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Help me choose: Tarptent Moment vs Notch (or arc pole vs trekking poles)
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Mihai Preda
(mihaip)
Help me choose: Tarptent Moment vs Notch (or arc pole vs trekking poles) on 09/19/2013 15:56:14 MDT Print View

Hi all !

I am looking at these two tents and I would like to know what are pros/cons of each type of tent:
arc pole vs 2 trekking poles, other than the obvious weight .

Which is more resistant to strong winds ?
Which is easier to pitch on uneven ground ?

I would also like to know how the 30d silnylon copes with heavy rain considering it's just 1500mm HH .

Thank you in advance

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Re: Help me choose: Tarptent Moment vs Notch (or arc pole vs trekking poles) on 09/19/2013 16:04:41 MDT Print View

I have used a Tarptent Notch for the past two years and believe that it is the best solo tent in existence for 3 plus season treks. Having said that, the Moment DW is really just a poled version of the Notch so it comes down to whether you use trekking poles and / or prefer to base camp and leave for day treks with your trekking poles. I would argue that neither one is more stable than the other.

"I would also like to know how the 30d silnylon copes with heavy rain considering it's just 1500mm HH."

I am quite convinced that the 'actual' HH is about 2.5 times that number on the newer Tarptents.

Mihai Preda
(mihaip)
1500mm is quoted by Tarptent themselves on 09/19/2013 16:25:21 MDT Print View

I asked Tarptent what is their HH rating and they said is about 1500mm.

Bob Bankhead
(wandering_bob) - MLife

Locale: Oregon, USA
Help me choose: Tarptent Moment vs Notch (or arc pole vs trekking poles) on 09/19/2013 16:37:40 MDT Print View

Ignoring for the moment whether or not you routinely carry trekking poles, the Notch has the advantage in that it can still be set up with sticks or limbs even if you loose or break a trekking (or one of the optional tent) pole. Arch tents like the Moment, Rainbow, and Double Rainbow can not be set up without that pole, and there's no room in the pole sleeve for a repair sleeve.

That said, I've had a Double Rainbow out in some pretty wild weather ever since it first came out in '96. I've never had a pole problem with it. I'd have to fall on the tent to break the arc pole; possible but not likely. Rain has never penetrated the canopy material. I use a Tyvek sheet under the tent to keep from forcing water through the floor when the ground is wet, but a few extra minutes of careful site selection makes that really unnecessary....but I do it anyway. It gives me a clean, dry place to fold the tent and repack my pack in the morning.

Edited by wandering_bob on 09/19/2013 16:40:20 MDT.

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Re: 1500mm is quoted by Tarptent themselves on 09/19/2013 16:55:41 MDT Print View

Correct. However, based on how waterproof my Notch has been, I bet independent tests would show a higher number.

And E
(LunchANDYnner)

Locale: Pacific Northwest
HH on 09/19/2013 17:04:46 MDT Print View

I have their newest Double Rainbow and had it out under a thunderstorm at Granite Pass along the PCT up in northern Washington in early August (the one in the north Cascades near rainy pass that resulted in several rock/mudslides 25+ feet deep that closed the highway for awhile) and it was pouring down on us for a good few hours while the higher ground/ridges less than a mile away were being rocked by lightning (20+ strikes a minute by our count at times).

We didn't have the optional liner we brought with us at the time but still stayed dry. Did get a tiny bit of condensation misting due to the force of the raindrops, but that was only noticeable because I was sitting up with my face to the fabric checking for exactly that. Did end up putting it on though before falling asleep just in case but didn't need to.

So... Yeah, the fabric should be able to hold up during a deluge without leaking.

Edited by LunchANDYnner on 09/19/2013 17:06:35 MDT.

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: Melbourne
Help me choose: Tarptent Moment vs Notch on 09/19/2013 19:10:23 MDT Print View

Arch tents like the Moment, Rainbow, and Double Rainbow can not be set up without that pole, and there's no room in the pole sleeve for a repair sleeve.

Thanks Bob, you gave me something to do...
OK not ideal but something can be done.
Worst case scenario, you forgot your pole.
You can set it up like this* :
Ugly Moment
Another Moment

You have the pole , have broken a section or two and do not have any way of fixing it (why not ???) :

low Moment
polish Moment
The above shot is simulating two broken sections. Note that I have folded in the last two sections on one side inside that sleeve.
This may answer the 'there is no room..." bit.
So if you do have some tape and a larger pole section to insert over the broken one or just a couple of thin Ti pegs , you can repair that pole..

*This is much easier to do and would look a lot better on a Rainbow and in particular the DR because of the cross strut and grommets at the end of those

Edited by Franco on 09/19/2013 19:31:04 MDT.

Stephen M
(stephenm) - MLife

Locale: The Great Lakes Bay Region
Re: Help me choose: Tarptent Moment vs Notch on 09/19/2013 19:14:51 MDT Print View

Nice work Franco.

Bob Bankhead
(wandering_bob) - MLife

Locale: Oregon, USA
Help me choose: Tarptent Moment vs Notch on 09/19/2013 19:57:10 MDT Print View

Ingenious, Franco! I stand corrected. The pole sleeve on the Moment must be of a larger diameter than the one on my 1996 Double Rainbow. I'll have to dig out my 2013 DR and check that out. Good to know. (Yes, I always carry a pole repair sleeve anyway - force of habit established over decades past.)

Very minor quibbles:

Your set-up would require at least 3 more stakes than the Moment ships with. Large rocks or convenient logs/bushes would probably be needed. (I also carry 2 spare tent stakes + 1 or 2 titanium nails; again force of habit from so many years).

The OP would pick the Moment primary because he doesn't carry trekking poles. Again, large natural objects would suffice.

The greatest challenge would be the extra cordage needed. I carry 50 feet of Trip Teaze in my repair kit at the cost of about 1 ounce added weight, but many hikers do not carry any.

Thanks, Cobber.

Philip Tschersich
(Philip.AK) - F

Locale: Kodiak Alaska
Moment... on 09/19/2013 21:40:09 MDT Print View

I have not used the Notch but did a couple of trips this summer in my Moment DW. On the one really windy night I was not that thrilled with how the tent withstood gusts. I basically got beaten about the face by the walls of the tent getting pushed in and didn't sleep much. This despite the stakes having good purchase, me guying the lateral lines out, AND using the crossing pole attachment point and a trekking pole to lift/support the windward end. Not sure any tent other than a mountaineering model would have done great in those conditions, but the Moment was not a cut above, anyway. I still like it a lot and will continue to use it, but it's probably not a shelter for coastal areas and stormy alpine conditions.

Alex Wallace
(FeetFirst) - F

Locale: Northern California
I like the Moment DW on 09/20/2013 01:41:10 MDT Print View

As others have mentioned, I think it really comes down to whether or not you use trekking poles. With that being said, I really like my Moment DW.



Edited by FeetFirst on 09/20/2013 10:29:54 MDT.