Tarptent’s primary mission is to lighten the load of the backpacker by designing and creating innovative shelters. The shelters are a staple for ultra-light backpackers and minimalist, since the brand’s introduction. All Tarptents are the U.S.A. made and manufactured at their sewing facility in Seattle, Washington with no compromise in quality.
I’ve used the Tarptent Moment now for four years. I’ve taken it to Europe where it braved the rain and gusty winds at a few summits in Norway. It withstood against all the elements in the high Sierras. It provided comfort at beaches on the California coast.
Now that I’m gearing up to take this tent to trek the Torres del Paine circuit in Patagonia, I think it’s about time I did an honest review of the Tarptent Moment. I’ve owned a few solo tents already, but the Tarptent moment has been the one that left a lasting and significant impression on me.
Coming in at 1 lb. 13 oz. The Tarptent Moment is light. Very light. But ultralight design comes at a price. It commands a premium for you to carry less. The Tarptent Moment, however, is almost $100 cheaper than some competitors such as the Big Agnes Fly Creek, and delivers better quality and performance than a Eureka! Solitaire. The Tarptent Moment’s single pole design sets up in minutes and is very simple to assemble and disassemble. It’s got plenty of room for a 5′-11″ 170 lbs guy and can withstand 50MPH gusts of wind.
Tarptent can price its shelters cheap because they have a small operation and direct to consumer business models. Their tents aren’t available at retail stores sales, so there’s no middle-man to deal with. The shelters are designed by a physics engineer. They delved into Newton’s 2nd Law of Motion (F=MA) and its rotational analog for torques and applied it to their tent designs.
I was camped above the tree line during a fierce thunderstorm in upper Cathedral Lake in Yosemite, I appreciated the 6.6-square-foot vestibule, which gave me plenty of space to shed wet clothing before going into the tent. Over the years, the 30-denier ripstop nylon held up to abrasive sand, rocks, pine needles, mud; you name it. I took it with me to the mountains in Lofoten, Norway and used it when I couldn’t get a spot in Munkebu hut to summit Hermanndalstinden mountain.
One little gripe I have is that it sometimes would have a problem with condensation. It’s random and not enough of a nuisance, but it is there. Maybe their future or current designs address this issue, but it’s not enough to dissuade me from continuing to trust and use this tent. For a very sturdy and durable tent, it’s very light.
I have to stress that because gallivanting around the globe with heavy gear is not enjoyable. It’s also extremely easy to set up. I can get the tent up and assemble in less than a minute. You don’t even need to read the instructions, it’s bomb proof and foolproof. Highly recommended!
Here are some excellent tent reviews from the Broke Backpacker for other alternatives to the Tarptent.
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