User Review: NEMO Moki
Design: Four-season freestanding
Ease of Setup: Simple concept...interior poles are very tight to get in with cold fingers.
Weight: 7.5 w/out vestibule and maybe 10.5 complete.
Price Paid: $695
I just spent my first few nights in the Nemo this past weekend. The temp was about -10 with a slight wind. I was juiced up to try the tent so I was heading out no matter what. I tend to spend a fair amount of nights camping between -15 and +20.
The first thing I noticed about the tent was that it pitched very tight. I was actually a little worried pushing the poles into place. The one thing I can say is that there will not be any flapping with this tent. This thing is strung like a banjo.
The craftsmanship seems to be excellent at this point. Everything was cut and sewn well, nothing that stuck out as being cheap. Everything seems to be built to last with this tent.
I did not realize how large this tent was going to be until I actually put it up. I was expecting a slightly oversized two person tent but it is a full three person tent without a doubt. The ceiling is nice and high and the tent makes the most of the interior space with steep walls. I actually would prefer a slightly smaller tent but the windows in the ceiling and the venting options were just too tempting to pass over.
There is not really much of a price break for the Tenshi. The Tenshi is lighter and smaller but seemed to lack some of the other features that I was looking for. I won't be using this tent in the mountains so hiking this around in the flatlands of Wisconsin and Michigan won't be an issue. They give you a couple stuff sacks that you can use to split up the tent which is nice.
The tent stakes are like MSR stakes and are very strong and durable. My one issue with this type of stake is that when you pound them into frozen ground they are next to impossible to remove. If you pull on the attached string/rope they just rip off. I actually have some other stakes that I use in the winter. The one thing I can say is that they are much better than what you get with most tents.
There is a really nice compression sack that you can put the tent in to compress it down nice and small. This is a great touch. In the catalog and in the instruction book it looks like both of the stuff sacks are a compression style bag but only one is. I don't think you need two, but the picture is a little misleading.
The one thing that many dual entry tents overlook is a way to stuff the door out of the way. It would be nice if they made the door zip 3/4 of the way around and then tuck into a net pocket. I find that my tent doors get very abused because you are walking on them with wet and dirty boots...etc. I worry a little about the durability of the waterproof breathable coating on the inside of the door. I could see this getting scuffed off with time. Ice boots and hiking boots can be rough on stuff. Only time will tell.
The tent performed well over a two night outing. I found there to be next to no frost or moisture inside the tent. I used both of the roof vents which seemed to eliminate any moisture issues. I normally have another person with me so the moisture given off by one person is far less than normal. The tent was very stable and I had plenty of room for all of my gear. I think that two or three people would have enough room for gear in this tent and the vestibule.
Minor complaints....very minor.
1. There are four little mesh bags sewn into the tent doors near the floor....what the heck are they for? There is no mention of what purpose they serve. I guess you could put some small stuff in them but they are just strange.
2. The big stuff sack that you can put everything into loosely is short and fat rather than long and slender. I would prefer it to be long and slender and be a tighter fit. It is a 10 gallon bag with 5 gallons in it.
3. I wish there was a way to avoid seam sealing the tent. There are a number of external seams that need to be sealed...I hate seam grip. It never looks "good" and tends to stick to its self forever.
4. This tent is a little pricey...but you are buying from a small company with pride in what it is doing...the product is excellent.
I have been using the same Sierra Designs Tiros Convertible for the past 8 winters. That tent was bomber as well, but the technology is so much better now. The Tiros would always frost up, the fly would flap all night long and there were a million straps to clip and tighten. Until now, I really had not found a tent that I felt was that much better.
I know that my cons are very minor but I felt like I needed to give this tent a 4.5 since it was not perfect. I would recommend this tent to anyone who wants a four season tent you could use in the summer. The tent is bomber and has excellent attention to detail...I just wish I knew what those silly mesh bags were for.