After many weeks of Spec checking, price checking and reading as much as possible on one man tents i am now in possession of the Henry Shire's Moment. I had been hoping that some company would do an eVent tent or a similar type of material but it doesn't look like it's going to happen unfortunately. Why manufacturers are not doing more in this direction i don't know. TN have gone some ways towards it with the Gemini using GORE-TEX® FLO2 fabric, but i couldn't wait any longer for a solo version.
I have not had time to do a first impressions as yet and as you can imagine i can't wait to try it out.
Tarptent website which is brilliant by the way. (Hope Henry doesn't mind me using the pic.)
I didn't have an arm and a leg to spend on a one man tent, like the Terra Nova Laser Ultra 1 at £650!
So the price of $215 for the Moment was very competitve. And at the top of the priority list was the weight. I didn't want to go over 1kg and this lot weighs 0.85kg.
I had a good conversation with Martin Banfield recently, who's very readable blog is here about the TN Laser Ultra and he has some very good views about it's positioning in the market place. Maybe more on that in a later post.
Henry tested this tent out on last years TGO challenge and by all accounts it handled everything very well.
I purchased the breathable inner liner also, which will reduce any condensation problems. But when you see all the venting on this tent the issue shouldn't be major anyway.
I also decided to buy the footprint off the Taptent Rainbow and modify it to suit the Moment as at this time there isn't a specific Moment footprint.
I would also like to thank Maz who's fine blog The Journeyman traveller is here. He kindly offered to lend me the Fly Creek UL tent to appraise before i decided. However due to circumstances i didn't get a backpacking window in February so i never took the offer up. But what a kind offer.
So i need to seam seal it now and then get out there and review it.
More to come later.