- May 20, 2020 at 4:08 pm #3648388S LongBPL Member
I’m looking for my next tent and have it narrowed down to the Big Sky Revolution 1P or the Tarptent Moment DW. They are very similar in price, weight, size, and features. What I want to know is which one would be better for my use. I usually backpack in the High Uintas and the Wind Rivers. Frequent but short rain showers are common, as well as occasional high winds (I often like to make camp above treeline to enjoy the views and storms). Which of these would handle wind better and be a better shelter for waiting out storms? This is assuming that I have used all guylines and staking points. I wasn’t able to find a lot of recent reviews of the Revolution, but the Moment seems to be a tried and true favorite of a lot of people. Any failures I have seen or read about (like the infamous YouTube clip of a Moment struggling in the wind) seem to be user error (inadequate staking or orienting the tent broadside to the wind). I am not currently considering adding the crossing pole for the Moment as I don’t anticipate using it in much snow. I am also not considering the Chinook.May 22, 2020 at 11:47 am #3648607Alex WallaceBPL Member
@feetfirstLocale: Sierra Nevada North
That’s a hard one. I think they’d both work well, but the BSI Revolution probably handles wind a little better. I’ve used the Moment DW and the Revolution 2P at and above tree line in the Sierra and the Revolution felt a bit more stable. I currently use a small mid and I’m mostly happy with it, but I keep looking at a BSI Mirage 1p.May 22, 2020 at 2:31 pm #3648637Henry SBPL Member
Alex, you may well be correct — I don’t have the other model to test — but the current Moment DW is stronger than the one you have. It now ships with a stiffer 9mm arch pole and dual sets of arch sleeve pullouts (and perimeter hem pullouts – not sure if your model has them). The arch combination makes for a much stronger setup when needed.May 22, 2020 at 3:20 pm #3648644Alex WallaceBPL Member
@feetfirstLocale: Sierra Nevada North
Thanks for chiming in, Henry. Good to know. Didn’t you also revise the fly a bit?
I really miss my Moment DW and may get another down the road (or the Rainbow Li). Great memories in that thing. I always felt confident in it, which included a serious fall storm in northern Yosemite.May 22, 2020 at 4:23 pm #3648656JohnBPL Member
@johnnyh88Locale: The SouthWest
For what you describe, I think either tent would work well. My Big Sky Revolution 1P has easily handled high winds and rain. I like it so much I got a Mirage 1P too. I think when stakes and guylines are all accounted for, the Revolution 1P will come out a couple ounces heavier.
It will probably come down to personal preference. For me, the large packed size of the Moment due to its struts were a deal-breaker. The Revolution 1P also allows for better views in good weather. If you are okay with the struts, then you get a 2-stake shelter with the Moment that is possibly more wind-worthy and a little more versatile (use it floorless, get a crossing pole for winter). The Moment may also have more interior floor area.May 24, 2020 at 11:38 am #3648952bradmacmtBPL Member
S Long, here’s a thread where John (above) goes into more detail about the BS Revolution.May 24, 2020 at 12:13 pm #3648957Eric BlumensaadtBPL Member
@danepackerLocale: Mojave Desert
I had to buy another Moment DW fly and pole as a windstorm took mine from my backyard picnic table where I had laid it “temporarily”.
So yes, the Gen.2 Moment DW fly is a bit lower, has 4 fly hem stake loops and the stouter main hoop pole and two pole tie-down guy points so it is certainly more suited to withstand heavy winds. I use my Moment DW in winter with a shortened Crossing Pole (an optional pole) run under the fly for more support. In this mode the Moment DW is very strong.May 26, 2020 at 12:32 pm #3649320bradmacmtBPL Member
Well, I’ve been contemplating a Big Sky Revolution 1P for at least a year myself. I finally ordered one. Should be here in a couple days. I ordered the solid inner as this tent will be used primarily in the fall/winter. I don’t do trekking poles so either the TT or BS would work. I just felt the additional head-room and greater free-standing ability of the Revolution made more sense for long tent nights where I plan on using it.
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