Tarptent Moment DW
This tent is a great solo 3- or 4-season tent, depending on options. It is the 2nd gen. Moment, the 1st gen being a single wall version. The "DW" in the name stands for Double Wall.
- FAST setup
- Relatively lightweight
- Moderate cost (compared to European makes)
- Made in USA
- Aerodynamic shape = wind-worthy design
- 4-season options
- High quality
- Great venting
- Very versatile
- fly hem stake loops now standard items
- Factory seam sealing costs extra
<These photos are of my "winterizing" mods>
The Tarptent Moment DW solo tent is, in a sense, the Hilleberg Akto on steroids. It does derive its basic design from the Akto but has refined the shape and capabilities a lot, making it lighter yet more versatile.
Like the Akto, the Moment DW has a main hoop, but instead of the Akto's square ends the Moment has two captive carbon fiber rods at each end to form a triangle to support the canopy at the ends. And these rods have a clever stake cord arrangement that not only goes to one end stake but has two Line Loc tensioners to tension the ridge as well as both sides of the fly bottom.
Also the small Hypalon X-ing pole-end pocket is attached to the stake loop. The CF rods and stake cord design are trademarks of Henry Shires, the designer and owner of Tarptent. It is small details like this that show the amount of thought that went into the design. You see this thoughtfulness everywhere on the tent.
As with most truly lightweight tents today silnylon is used throughout the fly and floor. Of course Cuben fiber "cloth" could be used to cut weight by 40% but it would double the price. The Moment DW comes WITHOUT seam sealing and this can be easily done yourself but for a few bucks extra Tarptent will do it. Remember to seal the floor seams and corners as well.
- entirely netting inner tent (3-season)
- ripstop inner W/ netting top vent panels (4-season)
- crossing pole for freestanding feature and better snow load resistance
- four factory sewn fly hem stake loops (greatly lessens fly flapping in high winds)
- factory seam sealing
Ordering the ripstop inner, fly hem stake loops and the X-ing pole gives you a very capable 4-season solo winter tent, better in my opinion than the heavier Tarptent Scarp 1. This is because of the Moment DW's more aerodynamic shape.
With two doors, end vents, sliding fly hems (on the main pole sleeve, they slide up for more door area venting) and two top vents this tent VENTS! Even with the ripstop inner you can be cool in the summer .
The Moment still retains its fast, two stake setup, hence the name Moment. Plus, if the wind shifts a lot you can pull one end stake, pivot the tent end into the wind and re-stake, all in less than a minute.
For cooking in a rain or snowstorm you can slide the floor back from the main ("front") door and have a larger cooking area. Please use only canister stoves in this situation and vent where ever possible when cooking
Two doors means two vestibules. The "back door" has a smaller vestibule good for boots, etc. but, like the "front" door, it can be slid inwards on a webbing tape. In fact you decide which door will be front or back by sliding the floor of either vestibule back or outward depending on your needs. I use a "front" door (larger) vestibule to store my pack out of the weather and nearby for items I may want during the night. Personally I see no need for the "back door" in a solo tent but I'll take it because I can leave the fly doors unzipped on both sides for max ventilation.
The end vents have two closure flaps on each end, one on the fly and one on the inner tent. For the ripstop inner tent this is nice in winter to keep out spindrift snow. They are closed only with a three-inch strip of Velcro and I intend to sew a Velcro closure for the entirety of the free edges of the inner vent flap to keep out all snow, not just most of it. This also applies to fine, wind blown dust as I have experienced in Utah's Grand Escalante area several times.
Having used the original single wall Moment for over four years in wind and snow I appreciate the inherent stability of the design and the nice headroom of the center arch, where it's most needed when sitting up. The double wall successor Moment is my dream come true. Thanks, Henry.
The Moment DW comes with guy line tie outs on each side of the main pole sleeve and a the X-ing pole strap locations at each end of the fly roof. Tarptent's Moment DW photos show how to use hiking poles at each end for guy line locators.
BUT... you must buy the guy lines, end clips and Line Loc sliding tensioners and pre-make the four guy lines so you will have them ready when a storm suddenly blows up at O Dark Thirty and you have to run around in your undies trying to attach and stake out the guys. The end guys are the longest.
Of interest you may erect just the inner tent (using he optional X-ing pole) or just the fly. Taking just the fly and main pole and a light plastic or Tyvek ground cloth is nice in bugless areas. These options make the Moment DW a very versatile tent.
1. INTERNAL CROSSING POLE > I've shortened my optional X-ing pole by 5 3/4" and run it inside the fly and back to the original Hypalon pockets on the stake lines. The X-ing pole is secured inside with two double-sided Velcro cable wraps that have been sewn to the two circular exterior Hypalon reinforcements for the now-unused exterior X-ing pole straps. These Velcro wraps keep heavy wind or snow loads from moving the X-ing pole off its center location. (Seam seal all sewing you have done.)
The re-located X-ing pole does not interfere with the inner tent setup and adds considerably to the tent's ability to withstand wind and snow loads. But in a heavy snowfall you still must get out and shovel snow away from the tent sides to keep it from pushing in and squeezing you - literally. ;o)
2. FLY HEM STAKE LOOPS > I used 3/8" wide grosgrain nylon webbing to make 4 tent loops equidistant around the fly hem for severe weather. Use button and carpet thread. (Tarptent now provides these loops as standard on most of their tents including the Moment DW.) HEAVY DUTY MAIN POLE > For a truly "belt-and-suspenders" winter mod you can order a heavy duty MAIN pole from vendors like Tentpole Technologies. Tell them the arch height and bottom width so they can figure the curve and know how much to pre-curve the center sections. Heavy duty poles (thicker walls and larger diameters) mean they cannot flex enough to make the proper arch so they must be slightly pre-curved by the vendor. If a guyed out heavy duty main pole deforms in the Moment DW you are surely in a hurricane!
NOTE: I have tested my Moment DW in recorded 40 mph steady winds with 60 mph gusts (the highest gust that day was a recorded 77 mph at the Las Vegas airport) with side and end guy lines but no X-ing pole. The tent was secure with no main pole deformation and had virtually no flapping of the fly because I had the fly hem stake loops staked down. It was this that contributed most to the tent's stability. I had one end pitched into the wind but variable gusts also hit the tent at the door with no problems. Guying out the main pole is extremely important for security in heavy winds.
There are several very good, light solo double wall tents out there, but few are as versatile and have as many important features as the Moment DW.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: over $300
A lightweight one-person tent that is easy to set up, takes up minimal space, and gives an easy drumtight pitch.
- Super easy to set up
- Good ventilation
- Discreet colors
- Tight pitch every time
- Stuff sack a shade small
- Needs seam-sealing
- Lack of pocket in the tent interior to store eyeglasses or other small items
Setup: This tent is incredibly easy to set up. Stake one end, insert the main hoop pole, stake the other end, and tighten the guylines. I can set this up alone in less than two minutes after I find a spot. The design takes up relatively little space, and I was able to slip it into spots on the Appalachian Trail that might not have accommodated some other tents.
Stability: This design gives you a drum-tight pitch with a few pulls on the line-locks. My outings were along the AT in forested areas, so I can't say much about wind-resistance, but if you point it into the wind, I bet it would be very stable.
Weather Resistance: Two of my three trips with this tent included steady rain, and the interior stayed dry. I used a soft Tyvek groundsheet, but with some good site selection I didn't have to worry about any puddling or streams running through my tent location.
Ventilation: Good ventilation. On a rain-free night you can roll up both doors and get good cross-ventilation.
Space: I'm about 5'6", and there was plenty of space above my head to store items I wanted to keep in the tent, e.g., reading materials, camera, phone, rain jacket, and clothes. Vestibule had plenty of space for shoes and dirty items that I didn't want to leave in my pack, which was left outside the tent.
The tent felt relatively spacious, not the coffin-like experience of other one-person tents. I contemplated getting a lightweight two-person tent, but the Moment DW offers plenty of space.
Packability: Since there are small carbon-fiber struts at the ends of the tent, you have to roll it up rather than stuff it, which means a little less flexibility in how you pack the tent in your backpack. But the design is really easy to take down and roll up. You even have the ability to unclip the liner and pack it separately if the fly is wet. The clips are a little fiddly, but it is neat to be able to set up the fly before the interior when it rains.
Overall, this is a great tent that is very well designed and meets all of the manufacturer's claims.
Update 8/19/17: The tent performed outstandingly during my recent trek at Philmont. Set up easily and quickly. We only had a few days with rain, but everything stayed nice and dry. One day there was a lot of condensation inside the fly when we had a cool, humid night, but the tent dried out quickly once it was set up at the next site. I used trekking poles and guyline to porch both doors, which provided excellent ventilation.
Source: bought it new
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