Black Diamond Skylight Tent Review
Best 3 Person Single Wall Tents

Need an epic tent? Check out the Black Diamond Skylight Tent.

Made with epic fabric, this 3 person, single wall tent is the best for ultralight backpacking .

Whether you're camping on the side of a mountain or deep in the desert, this single wall Black Diamond tent has got you covered and dry.

With a versatile design, this shelter will keep you dry and warm in the coolest weather, and cool and protected in the heat.

Black Diamond continues to raise the bar in excellence of design and high performance products, and with the Skylight it appears they are doing just that.

In 2006, Outside Magazine even gave the Skylight the Gear of the Year Award, so taken with its design as they were.

The Black Diamond Skylight is a three person, three season tent that works great for both backpacking (because of its ultra light 5 pound weight) and car camping.

Naturally, there is bad news alongside the good, but they weigh out pretty evenly. Below, we'll take a closer look at both the pros and the cons of this bestselling product.

Black Diamond Skylight Tent Review

A few of the Skylight's greatest advantages include:

  • Hybrid design - Includes a combination of mesh and Epic fabric construction.

  • Attached fly - Your fly will never go missing.

  • Durable - Through rain, sleet, wind, or hail, the Black Diamond Skylight 3 tent stays in one piece.

For all the good things we here at Camping Tent Reviews have to say about this shelter, however, there are a few negative things as well.

Putting it together isn't quite the snap it is with other models (like the Black Diamond Mesa, for example) and in order to keep it waterproof, you have to do a bit of work on it by yourself.

But when all is said and done, this is still one of the best 3 person single wall tents on the market.

Don't hesitate to consider it for your next tent purchase.

Black Diamond Skylight Tent 3: Specifications

  • Area: 36.5 square feet
  • Height: 3 ft 6 in
  • Floor Size: 7'4" x 5'9"
  • Weight: 4 lbs 2 oz (packaged weight: 5 lbs)
  • Pack Size: 12 by 7 inches
  • Number of Windows:
  • Number of Doors: 1
  • Sleeps: 3 People
  • Seasons: 3
  • Pole Material: Featherlite Aluminum (DAC)
  • Vestibule Area: 10 sq ft.

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Black Diamond Skylight Tent Review: Advantages

Two-thirds of the Skylight tent is made from Epic fabric, capable of breathing smoothly with the best of them while keeping moisture out. The remaining third can be opened to form a mesh wall.

This means you can stay warm and dry during a storm and nice and cool on a hot evening.

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The hybrid design is the Skylight's greatest advantage .

A simple addition to this tent is that the fly is attached.

You don't have to spend any time searching for where you may have misplaced your rainfly ever again. Now you will always know exactly where it is.

Another great benefit of this tent (and most other Black Diamond tents) is its durability.

No matter the weather or the terrain, the Skylight has been known to withstand a beating from Mother Nature.

Black Diamond Skylight Tent 3 Review: Disadvantages

According to several sources, this 3 person tent takes a bit of getting used to when it comes to assembly.

Once you've done it half-a-dozen times, it gets easier. But apparently the first few times can take several minutes to put together.

Another disadvantage to the Skylight is that it doesn't come factory seam sealed.

This means that until you seal the seam yourself, you can expect a whole lot of water to penetrate the walls.

Black Diamond Skylight Tent 3: Consumer Reviews

Consumers like:

  • Hybrid design
  • Attached fly
  • Durable
Consumers don't like:

  • High price
  • Awkward assembly
  • DIY seam seal


The Black Diamond Skylight 3 is one of the best single wall tents for three people .

Did it deserve the Gear of the Year Award from Outside Magazine in 2006? Sure it did. It's a durable, easy to use, hybrid tent that does its job very well.

But the few drawbacks it has, when compared to its competitors, drops this shelter from the top of the "Best Of" lists. You could certainly do a whole lot worse than the Skylight 3 tent if you need a single wall tent for 3 people.

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