Tent Test

Testing a new tent/bivy is always something I look forward to, but mother nature can throw a monkey wrench in things during this process and make life a little more difficult then you originally had planned. I was able to test out Nemo's 2011 Moto 1P over the weekend and the winter weather in Colorado definitely took a turn for the worse. Temperatures dropped down to 11 degrees both nights and the total snowfall each night was over 6 inches. The Moto exceeded my expectations for winter use (although it is more of a three-season tent) and is something any serious backcountry hunter could use in their arsenal. It's very quick and easy get set up and comes back down even quicker. The Moto also has a very unique air chamber tube in place of the traditional aluminum tent poll. This type of option is an asset for wilderness hunters who need to get camp taken down quickly and move before the sun comes up. It also makes broken tent poles a thing of the past. The Nemo company makes several different models of tents, but if you are looking for a bivy with a little extra room and some pretty unique features to boot, then the Moto 1P may be the tent you have been looking for. Before starting my field test, however, I had to find a flat area that wasn't covered in snow--not an easy chore.
I wanted to get the Moto as light as possible for the hike in, so leaving the dovetail vent pole at home and incorporating a stick in its place was an easy choice.
This hand pump makes quick work of inflating the air chamber tube. My average time to get the chamber completely full was under 20 seconds.
The Moto 1P has a very large front entry and I had plenty of room for my backpack and boots to keep them out of the weather.
The front corners of the bivy and fly are equipped with cord locks. These make it very easy to get a tight "pitch" on the tent and are very friendly to those hunters who are not specialists in knot tying.
As you can see in this picture, the head height of the entry of the Moto is very large for a shelter of this size and something I think that you would come to appreciate.
The snow started to fall and did not let up for several hours.
During the middle of the night, i would occasionally slap the roof of the bivy to shed some of the snow. As I said, this is marketed as a three-season shelter, but the amount of snow that I got on this trip was nothing that the Moto could'nt handle.
The air chamber tube stayed inflated all night, even with the extremely low temperatures that we faced.

Live Hunt's Aron Snyder puts Nemo's new Moto 1P through its paces on a midwinter coyote hunt.