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Tarptent Moment (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2009)

Henry Shires performs his magic once again – the new Tarptent Moment has one hoop pole, two stakes, sets up in less than a minute, and has loads of room for one person.

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by Will Rietveld | 2009-07-22 00:00:00-06

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The Tarptent Moment is a single-wall solo tent with vestibule that weighs just 28.5 ounces. It sets up in less than a minute using two stakes.

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Henry Shires at Tarptent has really been cranking out a lot of new tents lately. Within the last eight months, he has introduced the Scarp 1, Scarp 2, and Hogback, all double-wall and all really good designs. In August 2009 he will be introducing the Moment, a single-wall solo tent with a side entry vestibule that sets up in less than a minute with two stakes and weighs just 28.5 ounces!

The Moment uses one lateral center pole, similar to the other new Tarptents. Each end has a PitchLok strut consisting of two carbon fiber struts in sleeves that create a triangle. Set-up is a three-step process - slide the pole into its sleeve and connect to grommets at the ends, stake one end of the tent, and stake the other end. Simple and fast.

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Side view. The zippered entry is on the right side of the center pole. There are two top vents, which is a real plus.

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End view. The Moment is diamond-shaped and has a vestibule on the entry.

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Looking inside. There is plenty of room for one person plus gear, plus a dog. Dimensions are 84 inches long, 40 inches wide at center, 20 inches wide at ends, and 40 inches high at center.

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Inside, looking toward the foot of the tent. The floor has 5-inch bathtub walls, and there is a mesh panel at the end for ventilation.

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The sides of the tent are raised above the ground for ventilation (left), and can be raised even higher (right) for extra ventilation when it’s needed.

The new Tarptent Moment resembles to the Terra Nova Laser Competition and Photon, but it’s single-wall, while the Competition and Photon are double-wall. The major differences are in the details: the Moment has an L-shaped zippered mesh entry wall, uses two stakes rather than twelve, and is much better ventilated.

Admittedly, I get excited about every new lightweight tent that comes out, but I am really excited about the new Tarptent Moment; this one appears to be a winner.

Specifications and Features

Product Tarptent Moment
Style One-person single-wall tent with floor, side entry with vestibule
Poles and stakes One center lateral aluminum pole, PitchLok end struts, two Easton tubular stakes (included)
Fabric Silnylon 1.3 oz/yd2 canopy and floor, mesh entry wall and perimeter
Area Floor 18 ft2, vestibule 6.6 ft2
Dimensions Length 84 in, center width 40 in, end width 20 in, height 40 in
Weight 28.5 oz 
MSRP US$215 (tentative)


"Tarptent Moment (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2009)," by Will Rietveld. (ISSN 1537-0364)., 2009-07-22 00:00:00-06.


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Addie Bedford
(addiebedford) - MLife

Locale: Montana
Tarptent Moment (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2009) on 07/22/2009 15:47:10 MDT Print View

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James Nelson
(big_muddy) - F
Moment v Lunar Solo on 07/22/2009 19:23:22 MDT Print View

How does the Moment compare to the Lunar Solo when it comes to floor space and vestibule space? I love my Lunar Solo but will someday need to get a new solo tent. The Moment looks like a new trend setter!

Stuart Allie

Locale: Australia
Floor area and volume of lunar solo and tarptent moment on 07/22/2009 22:15:28 MDT Print View

Quoted floor areas are:
Lunar Solo - 27.5 sq. ft sleeping + 10 sq. ft vestibule.
Moment - 18 sq. ft + 6.6 sq. ft vestibule.

However, a few back of the envelope calculations gives me these figures for the *volume* of each tent:
Lunar Solo - 49 cu. ft in total, with 35 cu. ft sleeping + 14 cu ft vestibule
Moment - 52 cu. ft in total, somewhere around 34 cu ft sleeping and 18 cu ft in vestibule (roughly).

Note, these are rough estimates based on pictures and diagrams on the manufacturer's websites - actual measurements would be better. Also, I assumed the cross section of the Moment is exactly semi-circular when it isn't quite, and I made some simplifying assumptions about the geometry (it's half a cone on each side with the tip cut off...) but the numbers give you the general idea.

Funny how we talk about pack volumes all the time, but we rarely, if ever, see tent volumes mentioned.

The Moment is looking really good. Can't wait to hear some reports from the field.

If I do get a Moment, I'll be able to truly say that when I go bushwalking I really am "living in the Moment".


Addendum: I estimate the Contrail at 38 cu. ft interior plus 10 cu. ft in the vestibule. The vestibule figure is a guess :)

Edited by stuart.allie on 07/22/2009 23:40:46 MDT.

dave hollin
(backpackbrewer) - F

Locale: Deepest darkest Wales, boyo
Moment on 07/24/2009 02:41:01 MDT Print View

looks really nice and well made. I will be tempted to get one of these for summer trips in the UK. However, the only downside for me is the high cut fly. I know this works quite well in the US but its a disadvantage for the UK. I would prefer to see the fly cut to the ground but with the option of "hitching up the skirts" when required

Still, looks like it will be a winner IMHO

Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
Design Elements on 07/25/2009 12:22:40 MDT Print View

Sold my TT Contrail and I now own a Moment. It's an amazingly simple design and simple to set up, just as the review states.

Upon closer examination I was struck by the attention to detail that Henry Shires put into this tent.
1. internal clips in the roof to open the vents more
2. external Velcro under the vent hoods to close them off
3. intenal clips to hold up the floor walls
4. internal clip to hold up the rear fly for more ventilation
5. small Fastex-type clip to secure the door zipper in high winds
6. Velcro strip to hold down the front floor at the entrance
7. Well, you get the picture. This tent is a work of art.

All fittings and fasteners are in typical TarpTent style, small but very strong.

Recommendations for improvement:
1. Use small Velcro strips (as in the Contrail) instead of tie ribbons to hold the doors and the internal end flaps open.
2. Offer MSR Groundhog stakes as an option to the skinny Ti stakes.

That's it.

In seam sealing the Moment I lightly coated the top 1/2 of the entire roof to prevent "misting" in a driving downpour. A teensy bit more weight to carry, perhaps, but greater peace of mind in a storm.


I own a TT Contrail and have used it for 3 summers with satisfaction. It's a great tent - except in higher winds, where it can flap, even when pitched very tight. Yes, I can pitch my Contrail in a few minutes but getting the front stake points at the perfect angle is always a do-over thing.

The Moment appears to be a much more wind-worthy tent than the Contrail, uses fewer stakes and has a strong "structure" with the center hoop and triangulated ends, each with two small carbon fiber poles.

This design means extremely fast setup with no doubt as to exactly where stakes go. I think the Moment may supercede the Contrail in popularity even though the extra 4 oz. offsets the need for fewer stakes. This tent will also fare much better than the Contrail in an unexpected snowfall, especially the wet snow we find in shoulder season camping.

Finally, the option of a crossing pole for a self supporting tent is nice when you know you'll be on big, flat rocks some nights.

I feel, with the advent of the Moment solo tent that those wanting a lighter solo tent will go for the smaller Sublite instead of the Contrail, and yes, the Contrail sales will probably diminish with the clear choices of the Moment and Sublite.


Edited by Danepacker on 09/23/2009 21:17:11 MDT.

Peter Burke
(Fishmonger) - F

Locale: Midwest
not in stock on 09/04/2009 13:52:29 MDT Print View

well, I would have ordered one today, but they are not in stock yet and I am heading out for a fall hike in 7 days. Bummer - looks like the perfect tent for a late season John Muir Trail. Gotta buy a tent today and I still don't know what to get now. doh

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Re: not in stock on 09/04/2009 14:12:14 MDT Print View

From the TarpTent website: We will have a limited supply of the Moment on Sept 8.

Give Henry a shout and see if you can get one. I'm sure he'd overnight it to you if you're willing to pay the extra shipping. I don't know that, I just know he's pretty darned accomodating.

Tom Bender
(shovelman) - F

Locale: Out East, sort of
Momentary Field Report on 10/18/2009 06:30:00 MDT Print View

Just spent 8 nights in a Moment (well it seemed like a moment now that I'm back to work) in Yosemite. Pitched in 4 locations. Weather was cool, dry and calm so no tough test there. The coolest thing about this tent is the quick and easy pitch. Slide in the pole, drive one stake, pull the other end where you want it and drive the other stake. Adjust the end straps a bit and load in your gear. A six year old could do it ! This is my first tent with a decent vestibule and it works great. A place for my pack and shoes and it's easy to get my old bones in and out. In rain I'll be able to put my shoes on outside the floor tub but with the door closed. Then unzip, stand up and zip; almost no rain inside.

Now a couple of quibbles;

The crossing pole (not shown in any pictures) did not work well for me so I left it home. The tent worked perfectly without it and I will not carry it in future.

The hardware did not work really well, straps, hooks etc. But with the crossing pole at home and with a little forbearance this was not a problem.

Any windblown snow or dust will surely get in the tent. This is the price for a featherweight tent with great ventilation.

The stuffsack takes away from the otherwise wonderfull conveinence of this tent. You really could set it up for an afternoon nap on a rainy day.

I have owned 6 tents, 3 of them single wall. I really like this tent !