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In a Nutshell: Why these are Ultimate tents


As you go through the descriptions and specs of the MoonLights, it’s pretty easy to see that these are excellent tents. Really top notch. Why would a tent designer make and sell anything else
directly like this? Once you’re convinced that I’ve done a bang-up job, the next question is “OK, so what’s better.” This is the crib notes version of what’s better - the top problems we’ve solved that others either don’t know enough about to fix or have simply chosen to ignore.


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If camping is part of your lifestyle, something that you do regularly and for a long time, then freak windstorms, snowstorms, and diluvial rains are not freakish at all – you've probably had them before and know that you'll have them again. And if you travel internationally, you'll find these tents are perfectly adapted to places like Iceland and Norway or backpacking in Torres Del Paine in Chile or providing shelter in the intense heat of the Namibian desert. These tents are built with great attention to strength and performance: they deal with harsh, infrequent but inevitable conditions – providing nearly winter-tent levels of strength at a far lower weights than any other commercially available tents (and they're vastly cooler in hot weather). Once you become used to their capabilities, you'll experience a shift in the types of campsites you're drawn to because the most spectacular campsites are always the most exposed. With the MoonLights: GO THERE, camp, enjoy.
I don't just talk about strength, I designed it
in and proofed it out.

Our wind tunnel testing sets a lofty new standard for showing you that the MoonLights are
strong in every direction. Weather embodies the essence of change. You cannot reliably set a tent up oriented to face the wind with its strongest side — wind changes. Most storms are part of rotating systems and as they move over or past you, the wind changes direction. So a tent made to actually handle this must be strong in every direction. And this is exactly what most tents aren't: quite the contrary, most tents have shockingly weak broadsides (even some winter ones). The MoonLights are radically different in this respect and we have the wind tests to prove it.

As you watch the wind test video or look over the results, keep in mind three things:

1) Most backpacking tents are flattened by 15 to 20 mph winds (24 to 32 kph) and most people in those winds would swear it was blowing 30-40mph. TRUE! It's a rare person that doesn't mis-gauge wind speed by almost a factor of TWO. So the wind speed results we show are winds that are really kicking it.
2) Our results are not the blow-down and smash flat windspeed. We give you the windspeed up to which they are solid and quiet. These tents really can take a beating.
3) We tested without guylines (but with the little velcro tabs under the rainfly connected to the poles) and in all directions so you can be sure that the tent itself is what's strong, not some fancy guyline work that took an hour to install (and a hundred feet of extra cord and a half pound of extra stakes). Crazy idea - doing it this way also tells us which direction we might want to occasionally guy the tent out.

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Our tents are stable and quiet up to these windspeeds. Actually breaking them requires even higher wind.


Click the photo below to see the wind testing yourself. I think you'll agree we've represented the tents quite accurately and fairly:
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Actual weather station examples -
LEFT: A strong wind changes direction right after dinner (and more than an hour after sunset)
RIGHT: Just plain crazy winds buffet from every side.


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MoonLights aren't tents where everyone's sleeping bag wipes the walls because they press in so much. MoonLights are so roomy they can even be called boxy inside. Here's a neat way to really see how roomy they are — accurate 3D models that you can look at from any angle with human-scaled mannequins inside. Click on the images below to take them for a spin. The MoonLight sidewalls are steep. Sitting or laying down, they don't crowd your feet or head. The MoonLights 3 and 4 can comfortably handle professional basketball players (the middle mannequin in the ML3 model is six foot seven - the average size of a professional basketball player).
The MoonLight 3 & 4 are fantastic tents for kids. I explain more at the bottom of the page but these are tents that kids and parents can really enjoy, both for
mayhem or sleep.

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Inside the MoonLight 4 when the rainfly is on. Pockets and ceiling bins and windows, oh my. Note roof zippers to access the vents up top.
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Inside the MoonLight 2 with the rainfly off. Very pleasant sky watching...the ML 3 & 4 views are even bigger.


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Nylon sags when wet because it literally expands. That's a huge shame because EVERY lightweight tent uses nylon (if it uses woven fabric). All that sagging and wrinkling and dripping and condensation and flapping you experienced people have seen over and over — it's just what nylon does when it gets wet. So... simple: we use the latest generation of lightweight polyester fabrics (which match nylon in strength) and everything works like it's supposed to. You can set your tent up and forget about it until it's time to take it back down. In a word, it PERFORMS. As an added bonus, the polyester also has better UV performance AND it dries faster — SWEET!
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Wet nylon sags and causes drips inside, flapping, and additional condensation

Time to face it: nylon sucks. TheTentLab uses state-of-the-art 20D polyesters — light, strong, better.
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WET on the left, DRY on the right, the same. No wait, I said that backward. It's the DRY one on the left and the WET one on the right. (Pretty sure I got that right. It's just hard to tell) NOTE that final models have 2 windows per side, not 3


Here’s a link to a video showing just how fast nylon sags when it gets wet

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The stakeout anchors on the MoonLight tents adjust up to a full yard in length. They make getting a good stake in really easy and quick - no picking up and moving the whole tent needed. But where they really shine is when you can't use stakes at all - on bare rock for instance. That's when you find out that using boulders as anchors is seamless and slick. No fiddling or gerrymandering with extra cord needed. It just works.
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That stick is held by using the end loop as a slip-knot. Fast, easy, SLICK! Oh, and that wedge outline? That's the area you have to find a place for a stake to go in.

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If you camp in sandy areas, doing river trips or going into any desert, no matter whose tent you use, the zipper is going to fail eventually. The sign is this: when you try to zip it, it doesn't engage all the teeth, it leaves areas unzipped. This is not cause by worn zipper teeth, it's caused by worn zipper sliders (sliders are the little do-hickies you pull to make the teeth mate). You can do a squeeze repair on the sliders and they will work for a short while, but you're playing with fire. Worn sliders have razor sharp inside edges that will destroy the zipper teeth when you back the slider over them. Destroyed teeth mean an expensive zipper replacement repair. My solution: an extra set of sliders already installed to use while you get the worn ones replaced. If your zipper fails to zip closed, don't screw around with a risky repair. Just take the pulls off the old sliders and put them on the fresh sliders waiting neatly at the bottom end of the door zipper. Replace the old worn-out ones inexpensively and at your leisure.
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Uh-oh! I hear a mosquito dinner bell. Hope that doesn't happen on a long, buggy river trip... Of course I'm exaggerating. I can't actually hear mosquito dinner bells anymore. Or, for the record, the sound of one hand scratching.

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That extra set of sliders weighs just 7 grams per door - 1/4 ounce.

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All MoonLight rainflies can be pitched with just the poles. If it's pouring, just pitch the fly, crawl in, lay out your nice dry tent body and clip it up to the poles, unclipping the pole ends from the fly and re-clipping them to the tent corners. All done. Nice and easy like everything about these tents. click the Photo below to watch the fly-only setup video.
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There's the rainfly-to-pole clip on the end of the pole there. It pops on and twists off. Easy peasy.

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What to do... the night hasn't cooled yet and you'd like to leave off the rainfly but you know there's a storm coming... Simple: put the fly on and then undo just two buckles and peel it back. If it rains the fly will slide back on in seconds. We may not have invented this feature, but we've perfected it. Thanks to the long adjustment cords on the vestibules, the MoonLight rainflies can be half-on or all the way down on one side. Either way, they re-pitch amazingly quickly and easily. Just the ticket for a 2:00AM downpour. 
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You can roll everything up neatly or be as sloppy as you like. It just works.


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 Every guyline in its place and a place for every guyline. 
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So simple I can do it.

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Camping out in extended rain can be challenging. One of its delights is that rainwear pretty much has to sit in a pile in the vestibule where it becomes completely, uniformly soaked. Cold and soaked. MoonLight tents can help. Outside both doors (to the right) are three little loops high up on the tent. You can use those loops to hang rainwear so it has a chance to drip-dry. You're welcome.
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Three little loops (per side): they cost nothing & weigh nothing but boy are they handy