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ph0n3y 09-30-2013 11:13 AM

Tarptent
 
Hi folks,

Looking at a new 1-person tent/shelter. Really like the stuff from Tarptent. Trying to decide between a couple of the shelters they have (Moment DW, Notch, Contrail etc)

Anyone willing (I'm sure there will be :)) to make suggestion, give a thumbs up/down etc to Tarpent or other similar lightweight shelters? Bug bivy with tarp is another option I've looked at as well to shave pounds...

Thanks!

FamilyGuy 09-30-2013 12:45 PM

That is really all I have used for the past several years.

I have used the Contrail, still have a Rainbow and now exclusively use the Notch. I also had a Moment but was not keen on the condensation management of that design. It has now been discontinued for the double walled version, which I have only heard amazing things about.

I have found the Notch to be the best trekking pole tent I have ever used. Very stable, completely waterproof, excellent ventilation options, modular design and double walled, and no water entry when setting up in the rain. Dual vestibles and doors are a luxury but now I don't think I can do without them.

I wish I had something bad to say....

BillyGoat 09-30-2013 01:11 PM

I love my Sharp 2 for its construction, versatility (can be used as a 4 season) and it's value. I'm Co sideline getting a Rainbow 1 as it also has 4 season capabilities and sleeps two in a pinch.

ph0n3y 09-30-2013 01:15 PM

Thanks FG - another ringing endorsement of the Notch which is the direction I am leaning towards. Do you have the trekking pole adapters that allow you to pitch point down?

I am sure the Moment DW is more stable with the poles but there is the weight hit - ever been snowed on in the Notch? If so how did it hold up?

Cheers!

FamilyGuy 09-30-2013 01:46 PM

I do have the attachments but never use them, LOL. I still put the tip of the pole down and the handles has never slipped yet.

As far as stability, I would argue that the Notch may be more stable than the poled Moment. There is no flex to my trekking poles or at least, substantially less than with a tent pole. Of note, the Notch also has upper guyline attachements where the pole end meets the fly (i.e. just above each side fly vent). Guying those out and the tent won't move. As opposed to my Hilleberg Akto (which is a similar design as the Moment). If I didn't use trekking poles, then I would get the Moment DW. But because I do, why not enjoy the 8-10 oz weigh savings?

ph0n3y 09-30-2013 02:07 PM

Yeah good points - the extra guylines probably make it fairly rock solid. I always have poles along so I am of the same thought and would go for the weight savings with the Notch...

Thanks again! Think I will be putting in an order for a Notch!


FamilyGuy 09-30-2013 06:12 PM

Which inner are you going to get? I used the primarily mesh one but have switched over to the partial solid version to add some protection from convective heat loss.

ph0n3y 09-30-2013 10:12 PM

I'm thinking just the mesh. I'm a pretty warm sleeper and am not looking at using during winter except for maybe occasional trip to the Stein and other low spots in colder months.

00skully 10-02-2013 11:45 AM

I have a tarpent Double Rainbow and love it, great tent.

Marc 10-02-2013 02:21 PM

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I just ordered the Moment, went for both inners as I will likely use it all year round, picked up the crossing poles for the same reason.
After my last 10 day trip, 8.5 of which it rained, I'm never going without 2 doors and 2 vestibules on a tent again. I wavered between the Moment, the Notch and the Scarp 1 before deciding on the Moment.

ph0n3y 10-02-2013 03:12 PM

I'm looking forward to having 2 doors/vestibules as well.

Anyone need a MSR Hubba? :)

Rachelo 10-02-2013 03:39 PM

why do you want 2 doors on a solo tent? I'm just honestly curious. I have the MSR HubbaHubba, and am extremely happy to have dual doors on my 2-man tent, so each inhabitant gets his own entrance and vestibule. But my 1-man tent has only one door, and since I am the only person getting in and out of it, it never occurred to me to want an additional door.
I can see why more vestibule space is generally nice, but what do you like about having a second door on a 1-man tent?

BillyGoat 10-02-2013 03:59 PM

One vestibule for gear storage and the other as an unobstructed entrance. It's also an added bonus for extra ventilation.

FamilyGuy 10-02-2013 07:56 PM

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quote:Originally posted by Rachelo

why do you want 2 doors on a solo tent? I'm just honestly curious. I have the MSR HubbaHubba, and am extremely happy to have dual doors on my 2-man tent, so each inhabitant gets his own entrance and vestibule. But my 1-man tent has only one door, and since I am the only person getting in and out of it, it never occurred to me to want an additional door.
I can see why more vestibule space is generally nice, but what do you like about having a second door on a 1-man tent?
Yes, just as Billy Goat indicates. Unobstructed entry, lots of gear storage, ventilation options, etc. In addition, if you use just the fly portion in bug free conditions, it will easily fit two people and two doors work great.

It also allows a perfectly symmetrical shape, which can work well with stability. On the Notch, it adds only a couple of ounces to total weight so it is kind of like getting something for nothing....


ph0n3y 10-03-2013 10:40 AM

So...a friend of mine pointed out (quite correctly) a limitation with the Notch. If you are wanting to day-hike/scramble and take your poles along - that presents an obvious problem.

So I called up Tarptent this am to see if I could switch to the Moment DW. Turns out...my Notch already shipped. The person I spoke to on the phone was quite helpful and pointed me towards a pole set that can optionally be used with the Notch.

This will give me good flexibility depending on the trip. If I am always planning to move and no day-hiking/scrambling I can leave the extra poles at home and enjoy carrying a 26oz Notch. If I need my hiking poles - I can pack along the extra 8oz of support poles for the tent.

Have to say - I'm looking forward to getting my hands on it!


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