Brand: Terra Nova Equipment
Model: Solar Photon 2
[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.
Designed to be the lightest 2 person, free standing tent available the 2lb 1oz Solar Photon 2 certainly hits the mark. Designed for adventure racing and super light backpacking it offers the user multiple pitching options depending on the conditions.
1g titanium pegs for low weight
Small pack size: 16 x 6 inches
Can be pitched inner or outer only to save weight
Fast and simple to pitch first time every time.