Rating: 4 / 5
I was looking for a < 1Kg solo tent and tried to get the Gossamer Gear the One but that was unavailable. After much searching I settled for the Tarptent Moment since it seemed to fit my needs and was light, plus fairly cheap.
First impressions: I unpacked it and felt it up in my living room, I even set it up there. At first I thought "can this thin fabric really hold up?". I was however pleased to realize that my six foot frame was able to sit up straight in the middle of the tent without my head touching the roof, this is comfortable while getting dressed and so on.
The floor is thin fabric and although the entire tent gives the impression of being well-manufactured I would probably use an extra floor sheet when tenting on anything but snow or grass.
The ventilation holes on top of the tent seem OK for a tent this size, but I am concerned about the covers, they don't cover the vents by much and I imagine rain could blow in since the fabric in front of the vents seem to slope inward slightly and rain could land there and seep through the netting and into the tent. However, I have not fiddled around much with the tent setup and maybe it is just an issue of stretching it right.
I got the optional extra pole to make it freestanding and have not tried it without it. I seem to recall reading it was slightly below 200 grams, making the tent (810 grams) an even kilo. But I am not sure about the weight.
I have tried one night only so far. This night there was a blizzard and temp was around 7 degrees celsius (like 44 fahrenheit) and contrary to common sense I set it up with the side facing the wind. The night was noisy as heck but although wondering at times, I found the tent to hold up well in the wind. It moved and made noise but did not break. The small vestibule does not go all the way to the ground so your gear is exposed to the elements, I will sew an extra piece of fabric on to make it go all the way down (but I had planned this already when I ordered it).
Wind blows straight through the bug netting but this was expected and is not a problem. If you want a heavier, more solid tent, get one =). I expected some condensation in the tent in the morning but I could not see even the tiniest ice crystal anywhere in the tent. Probably the wind ventilated my moisture out before it had the chance to stick to anything.
The mesh pockets on the sides are OK, but I would like to have them located slightly further up the wall so cell phones and such can be stored further from the ground and the elements.
The size is just enough, on my side I can put some gear and clothes, and in the narrow vestibule a medium-sized backpack can be stored although I may want to use a trashbag or backpack cover to protect it from too much rain until I do my planned modification of the fabric here.
As for setup, it is extremely easy to get up quickly. To make it stretch out properly and make the poles on the edges touch the ground and stretch out, I found this difficult but it was late and I did not make much of an effort.
All in all, the tent lives up to my expectations and I am content. It is light as a feather in the pack....