The Moken 4 is a mammoth and possibly misunderstood…
Source: bought it used
The Moken 4 is a mammoth and possibly misunderstood tent. It is advertised as a 4-person tent but really, it sleeps upwards of 8 persons.
- Separate sleeping quarters
- Lots of storage
- One piece fly, tent, footprint
- Double awning doors
- Stressed seams
- Windows lose adhesion
It is wise to make sure that the poles are fully inserted. If they are not, the end of the pole receives a large amount of stress and could be damaged. It’s sometimes difficult to keep all six poles fully inserted while raising the tent. The weight of the pole sometimes tends to pull it loose from the hub if it is tilted the wrong way. As long as you keep the hub somewhat level, the poles stay in place.
There is one thing that is somewhat unique about the tent during set up that confused me for a second. The fly, the tent, and the footprint are all permanently affixed to each other. When you throw the tent on the ground it takes a minute to make sure that the footprint is down, the tent up, and the fly on top. It can look like one big jumbled mess at first glance.
Last time I pitched the tent, while bending a pole to insert it into one of the grommets, the nearest corner stake popped out of the ground. It’s a lot of tent for small standard stakes. Once you put your gear in the sleeping areas, it stabilizes the corners and keeps the tent and stakes in place.
The tent is fully sealed in each sleeping area.
The main room is open at floor level.
It’s similar to when you fast pitch a tent with just the fly and the footprint. That one inch gap between the floor and the fly seems to be the tradeoff to eliminating the floor zipper and allowing the tent doors to become effective awnings. I don’t think the design is a bad one, but I would guess that most people would have liked to have a fully sealed center room to keep out bugs and splashback from rain.
There are two roof vents
and the lowest 6 inches of each door roll up.
This does allow a good amount of convected air flow to run through the tent. Each sleeping area has two vents in the fly.
As another venting option, you can roll up both doors and create a fully opened tent.
Each sleeping quarter has a screened side (outer side) that goes all the way to the top. The door itself is white tinted fabric for privacy.
I did take it on a winter scouting trip where eight boys slept in the tent. The next morning, there was considerable condensation on the interior of the fly—understandable. While folding up the wet mess, the only thing that kept running through my mind was that every time I touched wetness on the fly, it was the equivalent of running my hands through the saliva of eight 12-year-olds—uck!
Room and Storage
There is ample room for storage and stow. The central room has eight pockets and each sleeping area has floor and wall pockets.
You can install an optional gear loft. Considering this is a 4P tent and the central room is 45 square feet (4m squared), the room and storage is exceptional.
Both sides fit two people nicely. You can adequately place 2 rectangular pads or a larger blow up mattress in each. I am 5’11” and have room to stand anywhere in the center room.
The tent comes with a backpack style carrying bag.
This is a good idea since the tent weighs north of 20lb (9kg). It packs down to roughly 14 x 22". The backpack bag does have cinch straps to tighten things down.
You are able to remove either of the two inner tents (sleeping areas) to provide more open floor space. You can purchase separate footprints to fill the gap/s. That way you can convert the tent into a 2P model with and enormous open room. Maybe this might be a good idea if camping in a tropical country during the monsoon season and you know you're going to be holed up for a while?
Construction and Durability
There was a material science design flaw in this model. The heat welded windows lose their adhesion after a few years. Both of mine ended up on the floor this past year. I actually had to use two pieces of laminate and sandwich them together over the existing hole to create a new window on each side. I seam sealed them to the tent afterward and they work great.
I think that the engineers who made this tent had some really good ideas in mind. If you know how to use this tent and take advantage of its interesting capabilities, it’s quite a nice tent. The fact that the footprint, tent, and fly are all one piece is really convenient; it cuts out a significant amount of time setting it up.
I am guessing that most people don’t take advantage of the awning option on the doors because the tent doesn’t come with awning poles and most people (like me) don't have a set of four 6-foot poles at their disposal. I would also guess that since this model was a limited run, most purchasers didn’t buy the extra footprint sections that replace the interior tents if removed. That said, I surmise that this option is rarely utilized as well.
For this reason, the Moken may be a tent that has interesting options but is misunderstood by the general public. This works to its disadvantage. In the end, it’s the perception of the purchaser that matters most.