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Bibler Eldorado
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Bibler Eldorado

Bibler Eldorado

Page Type: Gear Review

Object Title: Bibler Eldorado

Manufacturer: Bibler

Your Opinion: 
 - 1 Votes


Page By: Justin Pucci

Created/Edited: Oct 11, 2008 / Oct 11, 2008

Object ID: 5634

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Product Description

From www.bdel.com:
Two-person single-wall tents built for expedition use, the I-Tent and Eldorado are both lightweight, incredibly strong, windproof and waterproof. While the I-Tent is 208 centimeters (82 in) in length, the Eldorado is 221 centimeters (87 in) long for bigger bodies or more gear. The canopy is built with waterproof and breathable ToddTex, the bathtub floor is polyurethane-laminated nylon and all the seams are factory taped. Its single end-door utilizes hybrid single-wall construction with a no-see-um mesh panel that gives an open-air feeling in nice weather. With two equal-size aluminum poles that fit inside, it’s easy to pitch from inside and on narrow ledges.


COLOR: Yellow or FR Yellow

TENT: 2.9 m2 (30.8 sq ft)
OPTIONAL VESTIBULE: 0.8 m2 (9 sq ft)

AS PACKAGED: 2.3 kg (5 lb 1 oz)
TENT & POLES: 2.04 kg (4 lb 8 oz)
GROUND CLOTH: 300 g (10.6 oz)

TENT: 221 X 130 X 109 cm (87 x 51 x 43")
PACKED: 18 X 48 cm (7 x 19")

• Same design as the I-Tent, except it is 5" longer and 3" wider for taller persons and those who desire extra room
• Ideal in all high-altitude conditions, this tent can be pitched on ledges that are no larger than your sofa!
• Two equal-size Easton aluminum poles fit inside the tent eliminating pole sleeves; setup is a breeze from inside the tent
• Poles are held in place with Twistlock Pole Ties which are easy to work while wearing gloves or mitts
• Walls are steep and floor shape is simple, thus optimizing living space, eliminating wasted space and increasing headroom
• Precise catenary cut makes tent skin tight on the poles and quiet in heavy winds; door awning is designed to remain quiet, even in a gale
• Floor material is finely woven high-denier nylon taffeta laminated to a strong waterproof film; coating is on the inside to protect from wear and tear
• Tent interior is pale yellow for a bright, natural look; floors are black so they dry fast, even in cold weather
• Adjustable weatherproof vents keep the warm air inside the tent in the winter and provide cool airflow in the summer, even during a rainstorm
• Door zippers remain velvety smooth, resist wind and are treated with silicone to prevent water wicking and the inevitable freeze
• Door toggles to the side when open and no-see-em mesh is placed on the interior to prevent ice build-up
• Two interior net pockets hold odds and ends
• Three-point equalizing guyline tie-downs provide security in extreme winds
• Multiple light-reflecting tie-downs are helpful in the dark
• Designed with as few seams as possible, all are fully factory taped to create a completely leakproof environment; Seam Grip provides extra protection
• Seams are all sewn with super heavy-duty nylon thread and every stress point is reinforced for extra security
• Optional vestibule (sold separately)
• Average minimum weight specification is based on tent, rainfly and poles only
• Comes with stakes, guylines, Seam Grip, Monoject® syringe applicator, stuff sacks and instruction/care manual



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Justin PucciBibler Eldorado

Hasn't voted

My wife and I just returned from our first night in our new tent at Mount Saint Helens. After fiddling around with different methods of pitching the Eldorado, we found what we believe to be the best method, so far. I will say that it takes a few pitches to streamline the process, but once you've messed with it a bit, it becomes much easier. I figure that we'll be able to get it from bag to full pitch in about two to three minutes with a bit more practice. It pitches tight as a drum and fits my wife (5'6") and me (5'11") just fine.

This tent has a lot of flexibility in venting, which we appreciate greatly. We try to keep the tent on the cold side to prevent condensation. This particular night, it was about 25-30F outside and 35-40F inside. We only had a small amount of condensation and it was only on the poles. The fabric remained dry (not even damp-feeling) the entire time.

We didn't use the vestibule, so I can't comment on it beyond pitching it in the living room at home. Overall, my wife and I are very happy with our purchase. This shaved two pounds off of our carry weight and simplified setup significantly. We love the bright yellow inside and out, too! More to come with more trips...stay tuned.
Posted Oct 20, 2008 12:37 pm

mountaineer17Used it on K2

Voted 4/5

Great tent aside from a few issues; Condensation and Pitching
I used the tent at Camp II and Camp IV on K2 in 2008. The tent held up to massive storms and high winds (120km/hr) with no problems whatsoever. At Camp IV (8000 meters) it accumulated quite a considerable amount of condensation (understandable since it was -40 degrees outside) which was quite unpleasant to wake up to since it was frozen in the shape of icicles (it wasn't limited to just around the poles, but was all over the fabric as well). As for pitching the tent, it was quite difficult to pitch on small tent platforms on 70 degree snow slopes thanks to the interior poles. Quite a time consuming task. Was also quite challenging to squeeze two people into (I am only 5'9" and shared the tent at camp II with a sherpa from another team, who was around the same height) because we were both forced against the walls, which were covered by ice. This resulted in us waking up in wet sleeping bags in the morning.

Overall, great construction, and bomber tent; quite small for two people but perfect for one person with gear. A bit difficult to pitch in limited space and not quite enough guyout points. These are the things that must be sacrificed for the extremely light weight of the tent, which really can't be beat (around 2kg's).
Posted Oct 22, 2008 6:34 pm

BombchaserUsed twice so far

Hasn't voted

I have taken this tent on two trips so far. I used in for an over night trip to Maxwell Butte in Oregon and a summit attempt on South Sister in Oregon. It has seen temperatures in the teens to twenties and winds up to 30 mph. It is very simple and easy for one person to pitch in bad weather. I go solo and so that is why I baught it. You just have to position it correctly and keep it vented. I have no complaints so far. Light wieght and simple, but bomb proof.
Posted Feb 3, 2010 4:01 pm

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