Brand: Terra Nova Equipment
Model: Solar Photon 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.
The Solar Photon 1 represents the cutting edge of superlite tent technology, at a mere 1lb 13oz it is the lightest freestanding tent in production. 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
1g titanium pegs
Refelective guylines with Cam cleats
Multiple venting options on the door