Ok all you hardcore Tarptent fans out there, you are probably all gonna want to shoot me after this!
I got back a week and a half ago from a 8 day camping and backpacking trip in Smoky Mountains N.P. in Tennessee. We had a great time and it was the first opportunity I had to test my UL gear in the field.
For the most part, everything worked well. My Tarptent Moment has concerned me though. On one night, we had unexpected winds estimated at 20mph+ with a few gusts at probably 40mph or more. The Moment was not guyed and flopped all over, collapsing twice (I will guy it next time).
On another night, we had quite a bit of rain in a storm and condensation became a big issue. The fabric was saturated. Even after the rain stopped, every time a drop fell from the tree above and hit the Moment, it rained condensation off the walls dampening my Western Mountaineering Summerlite. At this point I was beginning to envy my friends 7lb 30 year old North Face double wall tent.
I have a couple of solo trips planned this summer and need something that can handle sustained 25mph+ winds, work ok in sandy areas, and keep me drier in nasty storms. I am really considering the Big Agnes Seedhouse SL1 since it will fit this and is on sale many places right now.
Any advice? I love the concept of the Tarptents and the Moment is sweet for mild conditions but need something a little more protective and stable.
Also, I have a two man tent that was used for a week last year. A snake slithered under it and died leaving a nasty slimy and rotting smell in the fabric I cannot get out after multiple washings rendering the tent useless. Any thoughts on how to clean and make it rotten scent free?
Sorry to be long winded!