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Tom Bender (shovelman) - BPL Forum Member

My Locale Out East, sort of
About Me As the littlest Boy Scout I survived by going light. Many years later I play soccer and day hike a bit.

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A little more Field Time to Report
I have used the Moment on 2 trips for a total of about 12 nighte. There was condensation only one night when the other more traditional double wall had condensation also. Jury is still out on that....

In Editor's Roundtable » Performance Appraisal of the Tarptent Moment
August 06, 9:42pm

Thanks for the push
My overseas experiences were not bad but fear of robbery and officious customs officials have me cowering in the civilized world. You give me reason to laugh at myself and courage to reach out. Thanks

In Editor's Roundtable » The Global Test: One Gear List for Two Years and Five Continents
July 22, 5:12pm

How about a good day hike for a shakedown.
How about a good day hike for a shakedown. This could be the first day of the trip or better, a weekend prior. Then everyone can try out boots and hills, and miles and cameraderie. And on a day hik...

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » backpacking with non ULers/newbs
July 16, 7:46pm

Too Hot for Utah
Utah is my favorite state for hiking but not in summer. After Colorado you would do better to turn north and spend your time in Yellowstone. It is an outstanding hiking park.

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Road Trip. Colorado/Utah
July 09, 8:46pm

Good Configuration
This configuration, with a center hoop and struts in the ends works terrific for the Tarptent Moment which sets up in 5 minutes with 2 stakes. Seems the Laser could be improved by adopting that sta...

In Editor's Roundtable » Terra Nova Laser Tent Review
May 08, 6:11am

Rolling Boil
Pretty sure the needle valve on a backpacking stove would handle the pressure but sure would not want to open 'er up to see what she'd do. Might have to get a machinist buddy to make someth...

In GEAR » Fuel Adapter Needed
April 13, 4:28pm

Great Replys
These are great replys. Was afraid of the rants that could have rained on me. You guys are really opening up here and providing a good picture of reality on the trail. My 1 to 2 liters per day ...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » How much water do you need
April 13, 4:22pm

How much water do you need
When hiking with others I need less water than the average. What drives me toward the average? Caffene, Food, Sun on uncovered skin. A cool sleeper I rarely have condensation. The usual guidelines ...

In Food, Hydration, and Nutrition » How much water do you need
April 10, 6:59pm

Fuel Adapter Needed
When flying places to camp and hike it is not a good idea to try to fly fuel, and preshipping is a hassle. But fuel backpacking fuel canisters are hard to find. Everyone has those giant Coleman pro...

In GEAR » Fuel Adapter Needed
April 10, 6:40pm

Just a Moment
Yes that's the Moment. I used mine last week for 8 nights and 3 setups in Big Bend NP. Worked just fine. Only concern was the possibility of wind. With all that mesh, a good puff would have fil...

In GEAR » Taptent Moment vs Sublite Sil
April 08, 4:31pm

All Reader Reviews by Tom Bender

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tarptent moment
Spent 8 nights in Yosemite in the Moment and it worked really well. Pitched 4 locations. Conditions were cool, dry and calm so no big test of performance. The greatest thing is setup. It really does...

In Shelters - Single Wall Tents
October 17, 8:53am