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The Tarptent Moment is a single-wall solo tent with vestibule that weighs just 28.5 ounces. It sets up in less than a minute using two stakes.
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Henry Shires at Tarptent has really been cranking out a lot of new tents lately. Within the last eight months, he has introduced the Scarp 1, Scarp 2, and Hogback, all double-wall and all really good designs. In August 2009 he will be introducing the Moment, a single-wall solo tent with a side entry vestibule that sets up in less than a minute with two stakes and weighs just 28.5 ounces!
The Moment uses one lateral center pole, similar to the other new Tarptents. Each end has a PitchLok strut consisting of two carbon fiber struts in sleeves that create a triangle. Set-up is a three-step process – slide the pole into its sleeve and connect to grommets at the ends, stake one end of the tent, and stake the other end. Simple and fast.
Side view. The zippered entry is on the right side of the center pole. There are two top vents, which is a real plus.
The sides of the tent are raised above the ground for ventilation (left), and can be raised even higher (right) for extra ventilation when it’s needed.
The new Tarptent Moment resembles to the Terra Nova Laser Competition and Photon, but it’s single-wall, while the Competition and Photon are double-wall. The major differences are in the details: the Moment has an L-shaped zippered mesh entry wall, uses two stakes rather than twelve, and is much better ventilated.
Admittedly, I get excited about every new lightweight tent that comes out, but I am really excited about the new Tarptent Moment; this one appears to be a winner.
Specifications and Features
|Style||One-person single-wall tent with floor, side entry with vestibule|
|Poles and stakes||One center lateral aluminum pole, PitchLok end struts, two Easton tubular stakes (included)|
|Fabric||Silnylon 1.3 oz/yd2 canopy and floor, mesh entry wall and perimeter|
|Area||Floor 18 ft2, vestibule 6.6 ft2|
|Dimensions||Length 84 in, center width 40 in, end width 20 in, height 40 in|