Brand: Terra Nova Equipment
Model: Solar Competition 1
[big and tall]
NEMO Moto 1P
Like most tall campers, our 6’7” tester often sleeps with his feet scrunched against mesh—but he discovered rare comfort in the 109-inch-long Moto. “I could extend my arms behind my head and still not touch either end,” he rejoices. Add XXL dimensions in every other direction—46 inches wide at the head and 27 at the foot, and a 37-inch peak height—and there’s enough space to sprawl comfortably and still store gear inside. And now the really good news: You get all that extra space without extra weight.
That’s a result of several design choices: 1) a tradeoff—in extra-long mode, there’s no vestibule; 2) a weight-saving air beam (in lieu of a pole) provides the main structure; 3) it’s a single-wall; and 4) it’s not freestanding.
Testers deemed the latter three nonissues: Inflating the air beam takes just 30 seconds using the integrated foot pump, condensation never built up, and four stakes achieve a taut pitch—in the Rockies, the Moto prevailed in hammering 35-mph winds. And the former? If you want a vestibule, just roll the floor back to create a 10.5-square-foot one. Bummer: Opening the door during rain allows some drips inside. $330; 2 lbs. 14 oz.
Modelled on the Solar Elite, the Competition has the same dimensions but offers a higher spec flysheet and groundsheet. The Solar Competition also uses a triangular rear pole section to make it 100% freestanding and offer more stability in poor weather than its competitors. It is quick and simple to erect and there are various ways you can pitch the tent; inner only in hot and dry conditions, flysheet only with fastpack groundsheet for the lightest set up option or both fly and inner for normal use. There is enough room to sit up and access the porch space and a good amount of storage along with multiple ventilation options on the door.
DAC alloy poles
2g titanium pegs
Reflective guyline with Cam cleats