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					THE TENT HANDBOOK




                    2008
                    ENGLISH
contents
General Information
   The Hilleberg History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
   Hilleberg Principles. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
   Design & Development. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6                 Welcome to our latest Tent Handbook!
   Building the Best . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
                                                                             When we called our last catalog “The Tent Handbook,” our goal was to better present both our
   Hilleberg Materials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10            company and our tents by detailing who Hilleberg is and why we make our tents the way we do
   Backcountry Comfort . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12                (and, of course, the tents themselves).
   The Hilleberg Advantage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
   Choosing the Right Hilleberg Tent . . . . . . . . 16                      In this year’s Tent Handbook, you’ll find three new models: a three-person version of the very well-
   Adventure Reference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
                                                                             received Kaitum, and the Allak and the Soulo. These last two are fully free standing, ultralight
   Who Uses Hilleberg Tents? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
                                                                             Dome Tents, two person and solo sized, respectively, both with integrated vestibules. Our large
   Reflections of a Tentmaker. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
                                                                             group tent, the Atlas, gets two new inner tent options – one with vestibule space, one without,
                                                                             and both with sewn in floors. And nearly all of our models are now built with DAC NSL Feath-
Tents & Shelters                                                             erlite poles, which are both stronger and lighter than poles using standard construction.
   Keron & Keron GT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18              You’ll also find that this edition of The Tent Handbook continues the tradition of the last in its
   History of the Keron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21             portrayal of our company’s principles, which are the same today as they were when our parents
   Kaitum. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22      founded the company over 35 years ago. Our tents have much the same design as they did a decade
   Nammatj & Nammatj GT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24                    ago, and exactly the same design brief as they have had since Hilleberg’s inception. Why? Because
   The Remarkably Versatile Nammatj . . . . . . . 27                         they’re still the first choice of discerning professionals and casual users alike, and they are still win-
   Nallo & Nallo GT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28            ning praises from people who use them: Hilleberg tents swept the reader-chosen Gear of the Year
   Nallo or Nammatj? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31              Awards from Outdoor Magazine (Germany), and one of the new tents, the Kaitum, won both Out-
   Saivo & Tarra . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32          door Magazine’s Editor’s Choice and “Tent of the Year” from Sweden’s Ute Magasinet. Why fix
   Tunnel Tent or Dome Tent?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35                   what isn’t broken?
   Jannu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
                                                                             Our future path is quite clear: we will continue to employ the same demanding quality standards
   Staika . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
                                                                             and rigorous design principles that we have since the beginning, in order to produce the best pos-
   Allak . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
                                                                             sible backcountry shelter solutions.
   Akto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
   Soulo. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44     By doing this, we are not only steering our own course, but also honoring our parents, Bo and Re-
   Unna . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46     nate. We wouldn’t be here without them, and that’s not merely children’s loyalty. Our parents’
   Stalon Combi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48           ethics and pioneering attitudes would have shaped us even if they were not our parents. Bo and
   Atlas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50    Renate have that rare gift of simultaneously being way ahead of their time while being able to op-
   Hilleberg Modular Tents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52                erate successfully, commercially, exactly in time with the market, and to do so consistently, over
   Bivanorak . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54        time.
   Tarp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55   Perhaps more importantly, their hands-on approach to design and meticulous appraisal of what
   Rajd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56    actually works in the field profoundly affected us, and it is this same approach we strive to en-
   Windsack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57       act – and will continue to enact – everyday.
   Accessories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58


cover photos                                                                                           Petra Hilleberg                     Rolf Hilleberg
   Hilleberg tents are as at home in the desert as in
   the highest mountains.
   Top: An Unna acts as home away from home in
   Namibia. Photo: Adrian Nordenborg (www.pathfind-
   ertravels.nu).
   Bottom: Team SAD taking advantage of the Staika’s
   compact footprint and excellent stability on their
   successful 2005 expedition to Cho Oyu, in Nepal.
   Photo: Team SAD (www.teamsad.com).

English copy and overall Catalog design & production:
   Synergy Word Craft & Pink Fish Graphics
3D Computer Graphics of all Tent Models:
   Linda Luik
Printing:
    GeHå 2007


02 |
The Hilleberg History
In 1971, while on a ski vacation in the Austrian Tyrol, Bo Hilleberg                               in the wind. He envisioned a tent that had an outer and inner tent that
met Renate Neuner. After a couple of years, the two had fallen in love,                            pitched together, simultaneously – but he didn’t have the necessary
married, and she had moved with him to Stockholm, Sweden. Their mar-                               sewing skills. With Bo and Renate’s marriage, conjugal and commercial
riage was the final, necessary ingredient in the mix that has become Hille-                        became one: Renate took charge of the sewing while Bo handled design
berg the Tentmaker.                                                                                and sales, a division of labor that has served the couple – and company –
      Before Renate, Bo’s fledgling company, Hilleberg AB, was prima-                              admirably ever since.
rily a forestry equipment concern, with tent making as a hoped-for                                      For the company – and the family – each decade has brought an
sideline. An avid, lifelong outdoorsman, Bo was terminally frustrated                              obvious and significant growth, always based on family and company
with tents that required pitching the inner tent first and then covering                           being inextricably linked.
it with a loose rain fly that usually displayed the same properties as a kite


1970        The Formative Years                                   1990      Dome Tents                                              2000 The Next Generation
1973        The new couple/company design their first pro-        1990 – Saitaris, the first Hilleberg Dome Tent, is intro-         2000   Hilleberg, Inc., the US subsidiary in Redmond,
            duction tent the Keb, the first commercial tent to    1993   duced, as is the first Hilleberg tarp and their first             WA, is established – and run – by Petra Hilleberg.
            have a connected inner and outer. Its obvious ad-            single-wall, Gore-Tex model, the Rupal.                    2001   The Bivanorak is introduced. A patented hybrid of
            vantage – simultaneous pitching of both ele-                    The Staika, the first fully free standing Hilleberg            garment and bivy bag, it is the commercial ver-
            ments of the tent – made it an immediate suc-                   tent, joins the line.                                          sion of what was originally developed as survival
            cess.                                                                                                                          gear for Swedish Air Force pilots.
                                                                            The EX system is introduced in some Tunnel Tent
1974 – Rolf and Petra join the family. Company and fam-                     models. With its zip on, zip off vestibules, it fore-   2002   Kerlon 1000, the Ultralight version of the estab-
1976   ily move to Jämtland, both to be near their pro-                     shadows the Modular tents that will come in the                lished Kerlon 1500, is introduced in the second
       duction facility and to take advantage of the                        next decade.                                                   generation of the Nallo. Its 10 kg/22 lbs tear
       area’s fantastic mountains, forests, lakes, rivers,                                                                                 strength make it five to six times stronger than
       and of course, snowy winters for skiing – every-                     All tents get adjustable pole holders, which makes
                                                                            pitching even easier.                                          most other “heavy duty” fabrics. It is also used on
       thing an outdoors-oriented family could want!                                                                                       the new GT version of the Nallo, which is so pop-
            Bo discovers that a certain type of silicone-coated   1995      After a number of years of internal testing to get             ular that demand outstrips production.
            fabric is six to seven times stronger than nearly               it just right, Bo and Renate debut the Akto, a
                                                                            roomy, very light, solo tent with true all season       2003   Rolf Hilleberg becomes Managing Director of
            any other tent fabric, and, always the early – or                                                                              Hilleberg the Tentmaker in Sweden. Bo Hilleberg
            in this case, the first – adopter, switches com-                function. It is an immediate hit.
                                                                                                                                           continues as Chairman of the Board.
            pletely from polyurethane- to the silicone-coated               The European Outdoor Award is given for the first
            fabric for outer tents. Dubbed Kerlon 1500, it has              time. The Hilleberg Nallo wins best overall out-               After extensive development, both Kerlon fabrics
            an exceptional tear strength of 15 kg/33 lbs.                   door product.                                                  boast an improved tear strength: from 15kg/33 lbs
                                                                                                                                           to 18 kg/40 lbs, and from 10 kg/22 lbs to 12kg/26
1978 – Bo redesigns the linked inner and outer tent de-           1996 – The company buys property in Estonia and begins                   lbs. Fabric names are changed to “Kerlon 1800”
1979   sign so that the two pieces can be disconnected,           1997   building the new Hilleberg factory. It opens on                   and “Kerlon “1200” to reflect this.
       and incorporates this into a Tunnel Tent design.                  February 2, 1997.
                                                                                                                                    2005   The fully modular Stalon and Muddus are intro-
1980 Tunnel Tents                                                           Unna, the second fully free standing tent – a solo             duced. Also new is the first Hilleberg Ultralight
            The introduction of the Keron, successor to the                 model – is introduced.                                         Dome Tent, the Jannu, which was designed as the
1981
            earlier linked-but-separate inner and outer tent                Adjustable peg attachments are added to the                    ultimate, high mountain assault tent.
            design.                                                         tents.                                                  2006   The company debuts the modular Atlas, the Ul-
1982 – The Nammatj and the original Stalon are intro-             1998      The Saivo debuts. An immensely stable three                    tralight Kaitum, and the superlight single wall shel-
1984   duced.                                                               person Dome Tent, it also showcases Bo’s short                 ter Rajd. All are the epitome of the Hilleberg low
                                                                            pole sleeve and clip system, which makes pitch-                weight principle: the eight person Atlas weighs a
1987 – The first generation Nallo model is introduced to
       great acclaim, both for its remarkably low weight                    ing tents with multiple pole crossings simpler and             remarkable 8.4 kg/18 lbs; the two person Kaitum
1989
       and for its innovative integration of the venting                    quicker, especially in windy conditions.                       weighs just 2.7 kg/5 lbs 15 oz, yet boasts two
       system into the outer tent door.                                                                                                    doors, two vestibules and exceptional roominess;
                                                                                                                                           the two person shelter Rajd weighs a mere 950
            The first, extended vestibule GT versions – Keron                                                                              g/2 lbs 2 oz, yet comfortably takes two plus gear.
            and Nammatj – are introduced.
                                                                                                                                           Hilleberg sweeps the prestigious Gear of the Year
                                                                                                                                           Awards, given by the readers of the German mag-
                                                                                                                                           azine Outdoor. The Nallo 2, Keron 4 GT, and Kai-
                                                                                                                                           tum all won their respective categories, the Kai-
                                                                                                                                           tum also received the Editor’s Choice award.
                                                                                                                                    2008   The two-person Allak and solo Soulo are intro-
                                                                                                                                           duced. Both represent the next evolution in Hille-
                                                                                                                                           berg Dome tents: Ultralight, fully free standing, in-
                                                                                                                                           cluding vestibule(s), with exceptional strength. Also
                                                                                                                                           joining the line is the three-person version of
                                                                                                                                           the Kaitum.




Background Photo: Rolf, Petra & Bo Hilleberg,
late 1970s. Thomas Johansson.

                                                                                                                                                                                          | 03
The Hilleberg Principle:
Constantly Striving For Excellence
Shelter is a basic need. When you’re out in the wilderness, however,              floors, as well as the subtle essentials, like optimal venting and intelli-
“basic” has to include both “shelter from the storm” and “ease of porta-          gent ergonomic solutions; versatility – its capability for competently han-
bility.”                                                                          dling any and all environmental and weather condition, from the most
      That’s why we build tents the way we do. We believe that ours are           benign to the most heinous; and durability – its capacity for standing
the highest performing backcountry shelter solutions available, and               up to use in all of those conditions for a long, long time.
they are that way because of our fundamental philosophy, which we’ve                    Underlying all of these criteria is one more: low weight. Building
used since our first tent was sold in 1973.                                       a reliable, easy to use, comfortable, versatile and durable tent is difficult,
      For us, the ideal tent is a blend of a few, very straightforward prin-      but not outrageously so. Encompassing these elements within a strict
ciples: reliability – your being able to depend on your tent, no matter           weight limit, however, is a unique challenge. Meeting that challenge, cre-
what; ease of use – being able to pitch it easily, even in high winds, in         ating the best balance of ALL of these standards is at the heart of every
the dark, alone, and while wearing heavy gloves; comfort – its livabil-           Hilleberg tent.
ity, including the obvious, such as fully waterproof outer tents and


Reliability                                                                       Ease of Use
Every material, design element, and construction technique we use is              No matter how robust a backcountry shelter is, if it’s difficult to put up
chosen to unite in creating the most reliable backcountry shelter pos-            by one person in any weather (and in the dark), it’s simply not good
sible. Our Kerlon outer tent fabrics are initially so strong that even should     enough. Our designs are elegantly simple and functional so that a
some damage occur, they will remain strong enough to keep your                    lone traveler can indeed erect the tent quickly and easily in any con-
shelter intact. We design all our tents to offer optimal aerodynamics,            dition. Linked inner and outer tents provide one-step pitching; contin-
and we strategically place the guy lines to distribute the wind’s forces          uous pole sleeves have only one opening and user-friendly pole tension-
evenly, rather than onto a few points. We are constantly testing our tents        ers; short pole sleeves and clips are placed so that each pole end’s
in real world situations, in all weather, and we maintain rigorous qual-          position is obvious and intuitive; tents with different length poles em-
ity controls in our manufacturing, all so that your Hilleberg tent will serve     ploy uncomplicated color coding; and adjustable peg attachments pro-
you flawlessly in every situation.                                                vide a quick, straightforward way to add precision to pitching.




Greenland is infamous for both its extreme wind and weather, and for its re-      Even in the harshest conditions – like driving sleet – setting up a Hilleberg
moteness. A tent’s absolute reliability in such conditions is crucial, which is   tent is quick and easy. Photo: Henrik Andersson.
why Hilleberg tents are so often chosen by demanding expeditions, all over
the world. Photo: Team SAD.




04 |
Versatility                                                                                                      Low Weight
Your backcountry experience is all about environmental variety: one trip might take you to re-                   Making a hardy, easy-to-pitch tent that is
mote, high peaks in the depths of winter, while the next might be to a warm, temperate forest
right around the corner. Hilleberg tents are at home at every point on that spectrum, from those                 heavy doesn’t meet our standards. But
high places, to deserts, to polar regions to that balmy wood right out your back door. Our tents’                neither does creating a tent that is super
versatility is reflected in fully adjustable venting systems, the ability to roll away part (or even             light at the expense of any of our other
all) of the vestibules and, of course, our hallmark linked but separate inner and outer tents. All               criteria. The key to our low weight prin-
provide unequaled adaptability to your choice of adventure environments.
                                                                                                                 ciple is that we never consider the weight
                                                                                                                 an end in itself, but as the mortar that
                                                                                  Hilleberg tents are equal-
                                                                                  ly functional in all sea-      binds our other criteria together. When we
                                                                                  sons, all situations, all      developed our Ultralight fabric, Kerlon
                                                                                  conditions, and all ter-
                                                                                  rain.                          1200, the process produced a number of
                                                                                  Clockwise from Top Left:       choices. We opted for the one we now use
                                                                                  Fredrik Sträng/                because it was the best balance of light
                                                                                  www. strang.se                 weight and strength. We could have cho-
                                                                                  Stefan Rosenboom/
                                                                                                                 sen a lighter fabric, but it simply would
                                                                                  www.augenwege.de
                                                                                  Fredrik Broman/                not have met our standards. Our ulti-
                                                                                  www.riverworks.se              mate aim is not to make the lightest
                                                                                  Peter Gerdehag/                tent, but the lightest, strongest, most
                                                                                  www.gerdehag.com
                                                                                                                 reliable, versatile, comfortable and
                                                                                                                 durable tent.


Durability                                                                          Comfort
Investing in a home includes a certain expectation of return on invest-             In the backcountry, your tent is your home, so it must afford real liv-
ment. That same expectation is just as applicable to your tent: it must             ability. That is why all of our tents are built with bright, spacious inte-
withstand not only the daily rigors of your trips, but it must also last            riors, fully adjustable venting solutions that keep air flowing in all
as long as possible. Expeditions to the most extreme environments and               weathers, and large, easily accessible vestibules. It is also why all our
special military units rely on Hilleberg tents, simply because they know            tents have the small details that turn a mere house into a home: well-
that our tents are up to the task, for an indefinite amount of time. In             placed interior gear pockets; clothes lines; and appropriately placed ring
part, Hilleberg tents have such endurance because of their superior ma-             and toggle or clip and loop fasteners for open doors or vents.
terials; in part they are durable because of strict quality control in their
manufacture and of uncompromising functionality in their design. But
mostly, their resilience and longevity is a direct result of Hilleberg’s over
thirty years of only making the highest performing tents available.




                                                                                    In the backcountry, your tent is your home, so maximum usable space is es-
                                                                                    sential to true comfort. Photo: Ashley Albright, “No Bugs, No Bears: A Very Un-
                                                                                    alaska Adventure.”




Everything in the Hilleberg design process contributes to durability, as do the
materials. In fact, one of the main reasons we use outer tent fabrics with such
high tear strength is so that your tent will last through years of use, even in
demanding conditions. Photo: Markus Koller (www.kokobike.ch).


                                                                                                                                                              | 05
Design & Development:
A Continuous, Hands-On Process
We make tents. More accurately, we produce high performance back-               market. No design or construction technique is ever implemented un-
country shelter solutions. That is all we do, so all of our design and de-      less it can live up to our exceptionally strict performance criteria.
velopment is focused on that single idea.                                             We test any new materials and the tent prototypes themselves both
      For us, design always begins with a situation that requires a solu-       in high tech labs and in year-round field use. Internally, we have a self-
tion: creating a fully free standing tent with integrated vestibules for pad-   imposed rule that we all spend as many nights as possible per year in the
dle tourers is one example (see Genesis of the Staika on the next page).        wilderness, in our tents.
Another example: polar scientists needed a portable laboratory that                   At the same time that we are testing new ideas, we are constantly
was strong enough for polar weather, light enough to be transported eas-        reevaluating our in-line models. In addition, feedback from current
ily, big enough to stand in and to sleep eight or more, and easy to pitch.      users is vital, since such users range from regular backpackers to profes-
Our solution was the Atlas, which we included in our regular line after         sionals in every climate and condition.
six years of use by the polar scientists themselves.                                  The greatest benefit of all of this experience is innovation. Early on
      The Hilleberg design team – all inveterate all-season backcountry         in our company career, we made pitching a tent a far simpler and eas-
adventurers – creates the initial solution to the problem at hand and works     ier procedure: we linked the inner and outer tents so both could be
out the general concept. Our founder, Bo Hilleberg, heads the design team,      erected simultaneously. We were the first to do this, and it has become
and his thirty-plus years of designing tents and a lifetime spent using them    a hallmark of our line. And we believe that it still provides the highest
as often as possible is a priceless asset. The team structure and Bo’s vast     performing solution for backcountry tents.
experience is a powerfully creative mix, and many – if not most – of our              Over the years more innovations have sprung from the minds of our
tent designs are literally born in the wilderness.                              team: full-length outer tents for true all-season function; exceptionally
      Other team members are tasked with turning idea into reality.             strong, lightweight fabrics for greater reliability, versatility and longevity;
They complete the transformation of Bo and the team’s rough sketches            innovative vents integrated into the doors; and, most recently, true
into workable patterns on the CAD system, and subsequently into use-            modular tent designs that are practical and remarkably lightweight.
able prototypes.
      At that point, “design” morphs – at least partially – into “develop-
ment.” Every detail and every tent goes through months – and often
years – of testing before it goes into production and is available to the




Clockwise from Top Left: Bo Hilleberg on a testing trip in Jämtland, Sweden; Bo and Renate Hilleberg backpacking (and, of course, tent testing) in Sy-
larna, Sweden; Members of the design team on a testing trip in Vålådalen, Sweden; Tomas Jonsson, Sales, and Rolf Hilleberg on a hiking trip near the
Norwegian border in northern Sweden; Ann-Catrin Lunde, Repair & Service, and Lars Bergsten, Distribution, set up a Staika on a paddling trip in Rogen
National Park, Sweden; Renate Hilleberg and Linda Luik working on product development with the CAD system in the Hilleberg offices in Sweden; Dis-
cussing the new GT entrance on a prototype Nallo GT; Pål Dufva, Product Manager, and friends testing the new Allak, Jämtland, Sweden. All Photos: Hille-
berg Archive.


06 |
Hilleberg design is a legacy of a company wide, lifelong pursuit of excellence. The re-
sult: a number of Hilleberg innovations are now standard on tents around the world.




 1973                                     1975                                     1977                                    1987
Connected inner and outer tents for      Use of silicone coated fabrics for       Linked inner and outer tents that       Integrated door and vent for all-
simultaneous pitching of both.           greater strength without added           can be disconnected and pitched         weather air flow.
                                         weight.                                  separately for maximum versatility.




 1990                                     1995                                     1998                                    2005
Effective vent cover on Dome Tents       Adjustable pole tensioner for both       Combined clip and pole sleeve sys-     Fully modular tent systems that are
allows full, through-the-tent vent-      ease of pitching and greater integral    tem for easy pitching of self-sup-     both exceptionally strong and re-
ing in all weather conditions.           strength.                                porting tents.                         markably light in weight.




development case study: the genesis of the Staika
The Staika was originally conceived for
paddle tourers in Sweden, who wanted a fully
                                                                                                             Today, the Staika has become a favorite of
freestanding tent so they could camp on the
                                                                                                             many groups for all the reasons the original
flat, rocky spits so common in the Swedish Ar-
                                                                                                             paddle tourers asked for it: fully freestanding
chipelago. We began developing it in 1988.
                                                                                                             construction with two doors and two ves-
                                                                                                             tibules. In addition, its Dome shape is quite
                                                                                                             popular with winter mountaineers, since it
                                                                                                             handles snow loading exceptionally well, is
                                                      In 2003, we redesigned the Staika to utilize our       very stable in high winds, and, of course, of-
                                                      innovative short sleeve and clip system, which         fers lots of space for people and gear.
                                                      made the tent lighter and easier to pitch, but still
                                                      as stable as the original.




Multicolor prototype Staika set up for testing near the Hilleberg
office in Jämtland, Sweden, 1989. These were produced for a
South Pole expedition. Photo: Hilleberg Archive.

 After nearly five years of testing and development, the Staika is officially added to the Hilleberg
 line in 1993. Here, a Staika fulfills its design brief perfectly on a very small island in the Swedish
 Archipelago. Photo: Urban Jonsson.

                                                                                                             Team SAD taking advantage of the Staika’s com-
                                                                                                             pact footprint and excellent stability on their
                                                                                                             successful 2005 expedition to Cho Oyu, in Nepal.
                                                                                                             At 8201 m/26906 ft, Cho Oyu is the sixth highest
                                                                                                             mountain in the world. Photo: Team SAD
                                                                                                             (www.teamsad.com)
Building the Best:
Unending Attention to Detail
Great Tent Design Alone Is Not Enough                                             ISO-9001: 2000 Certification
If one cannot construct ones design with superior quality, and do so con-         We maintain the highest level of quality, something we
sistently, then that “great” design is useless. It is precisely for this reason   achieve not only because we use fabrics and materials
why Hilleberg the Tentmaker owns and operates its own factory. Doing              that are second to none, but also because of our quality con-
so gives us complete quality control, and the ability to adapt to any de-         trol systems. Our factory is ISO-9001: 2000 certified, mean-
sign improvement we create instantly.                                             ing it maintains quality management standards for meet-
     Located in Estonia, our factory makes only Hilleberg products,               ing and exceeding customer needs and regulatory
and it meets Swedish standards of quality, both in terms of equipment             requirements, and for continual improvement in all areas. The factory
and working conditions. We chose Estonia for three reasons: its long his-         also purchases a Green Energy certificate annually from Eesti Energia,
tory and storied tradition of specialized mill work; because we could buy         the Estonia power provider. The Green Energy project markets renew-
land and build, from the ground up, a factory that met our high demands;          able energy – produced mainly from wind and hydro power – and do-
and because it is only a short two-hour flight from our headquarters in           nates a specified amount of the customer’s certificate payment to the Es-
Sweden.                                                                           tonian Fund for Nature (ELF).
     The factory has a highly skilled full time staff, from the tent mak-               The factory is just as much a part of us as our offices in Sweden and
ers – all of whom are trained to become experts in particular models –            the US are, so we treat the workers as we treat all of our employees – as
to the tent inspectors, who meticulously assess the finished tents.               the competent, trusted members of the Hilleberg company that they are.



how we make our tents                                                              3   Making the Tents
Our entire manufacturing process is dedicated to building the high-               Every inner and outer is hand
est quality products. What guides this is both rigorous, internal                 sewn by expert tent makers.
Hilleberg quality control standards, and an ISO 9001: 2000 certified              These highly skilled craftspeo-
quality management system, which is built on tested and proven qual-              ple take great pride in their
ity management principles.                                                        work, and are wholly account-
                                                                                  able for the products they pro-
 1                                                                                duce.
       Pre-Production
We order materials for every production run many, many months in ad-
vance, and do exhaustive quality control testing. This way, we ensure              4   Assembly
that we can replace any inferior component long before production be-             Every tent is completely set up
gins.                                                                             before it is shipped.
We test every roll of all our fabrics for proper color, abrasion resistance,      A tent inspector visually in-
waterproofness where appropriate, weight and hand properties. We also             spects both the inner and outer
test a significant sampling of outer tent and floor fabric rolls for tear         tents, puts the two together,
strength, tensional strength, and color resistance to light. And we sub-          inserts the poles and puts on
ject our tent floor fabrics to “tapability” tests along with the other, more      the ground straps. After erect-
standard tests.                                                                   ing the tent he or she makes
In addition, we ensure that all fittings – poles, zippers, fasteners,             sure the ground straps have
webbing and the like – meet our quality criteria.                                 the proper tension, and opens
                                                                                  the tent to check zippers and seams. After closing the tent up, he or
 2     Fabric Preparation                                                         she does another quality check and affixes the guy lines and line run-
                                                                                  ners. If at any point a mistake is discovered, the affected piece goes
                                               Fabric pieces are cut using
                                                                                  back to the tent maker.
                                               pattern shapes. The appropri-
                                               ate pieces – including fabric,     After the tent is certified and approved, it is taken down. Poles and pegs
                                               zippers, and all details           are put into their individual stuff sacks and bundled with the tent, which
                                               needed for each model – are        is then put, along with an instruction pamphlet, into its stuff sack.
                                                                                                                                                                Photos: Taimo Tammik




                                               assembled, and put on a cart,      The completed tent is now ready for shipment to the company ware-
                                               which is rolled to the proper      houses in either Sweden or the US.
                                               tent maker’s table.


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details that make the difference
    Seams                                                                           Linked Inner & Outer Tents
    We carefully select the thread we use for strength                              Linked yet separable inner and outer tents are a
    and durability, and we always use a flat fell-                                  Hilleberg hallmark. We sew heavy duty loops
    seam. This means that every stitch goes through                                 with toggles onto the inner tent, and place cor-
    four layers of fabric, ensuring both strength and                               responding rings along the pole lines inside the
    water resistance. Additionally, our sewing ma-                                  outer tent. The toggles can be detached and
    chines employ cooling jets around the needles,                                  reattached very easily, and the system not only
    preventing heat-producing friction that could                                   allows you to use inner and outer tents separately,
    enlarge the stitch holes. The end result is a very                              but also to customize your inner space.
    precise, very reliable seam that has remarkable
    durability and water resistance.


    Pole Sleeves                                                                    Guy Lines & Attachments
    Pole sleeves are integral to almost all of our                                  Guy lines are essential for stability in rough con-
    tents. We use a 100 denier high tenacity nylon.                                 ditions, so we equip every tent with them. We use
    This material is easily tough enough to handle the                              a proprietary Spectra and polyester cord that is
    strain of pole movement when pitching or taking                                 very strong and lightweight – see Materials, pp.
    down the tent. We also make the sleeves wide                                    10 & 11 for more – and it is both the lines and how
    enough to accommodate two poles, which is a                                     we attach them that sets us apart. On our con-
    good option for the most extreme conditions.                                    tinuous pole sleeve tents, each guy line has two
    The raised profile of the sleeve makes it easy to                               attachment points, which spreads the tension
    insert the pole, and protects the seam against                                  load and is safer and more stable. On our Dome
    wear. And separate pole sleeves keep the poles                                  Tents using our short sleeve and clip system, the
    off the tent fabric for extra safety.                                           attachment points are designed to be wrapped
                                                                                    around poles or pole crossings, adding significant
                                                                                    stability.

    Adjustable Pole Tensioners
    Found on all Hilleberg tents with continuous pole
    sleeves, our pole tensioners allow for optimal                                  Short Sleeve & Clip System
    tension to be applied to the poles. Once the pole                               Our Dome Tents use our short pole sleeve and clip
    is seated in the plastic cup, tension is added by                               system. A single opening sleeve on each side of
    simply pulling the webbing strap until the bottom                               the tent holds the pole ends, and precisely placed
    of the pole cup is level with the bottom of the                                 clips then secure the tent to the poles. The clips
    outer tent and the back of the pole cup is tight                                are easy to handle, and the system can accom-
    against the tent wall. The tensioners are easy to                               modate double poling: simply clip every other clip
    operate – even while wearing big gloves or mit-                                 to each pole.
    tens – and their plastic cups have room for dual
    poles.


    Adjustable Peg Attachments                                                      Reflectors
    Adjustable peg attachments allow for the ut-                                    Every tent has multiple reflective strips. These are
    most in pitching precision. Pegging out the ad-                                 strategically placed around the tent, high up, so
    justers when they are set to their longest posi-                                that they will catch even a small amount of light.
    tion and then tightening the webbing strap adds                                 Unlike some reflective systems, ours does not re-
    tension and contributes to providing maximum                                    quire a direct “hit” with a light beam to be seen.
    stability.



    Ground Straps & Door Bands                             These are only some of the details found on Hilleberg tents.
    Both ground straps (the lines running across the       Others include the hook and ring system on outer tent doors, which,
    floor) and door bands are integral to our tents’ de-   when employed, prevents zipper creep in vicious winds; zipper flaps
    sign. Door bands help keep zippers running
    smoothly, since they keep the door opening the         to help protect the zipper; toggle and ring or pole clips for secur-
    proper size, while ground straps help keep the         ing rolled away doors in both outer and inner tents; and pockets
    poles’ arcs at both the proper height and tension.
                                                           and either a clothesline or loops for a clothesline in all inner tents.
    In addition, ground straps can double as extra guy
    line or rope as needed.
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Materials:
Uncompromising Quality
Strength. Reliability. Low weight. Durability. These are the                     is the hallmark of Hilleberg tents. We are also constantly testing that per-
qualities we demand from all the materials that go into our tents and shel-      formance, from the strength and durability of our fabrics and poles to
ters, and we have rigorous standards that every material must meet. Such         the reliability of our zippers, guy lines, line runners and fittings. We use
materials are almost always more expensive, but they also yield a final          lab tests and field tests, and we are always seeking better material solu-
product that substantially outperforms one made with even slightly               tions.
lower quality materials. It is that kind of exceptional performance that

Fabrics                                                                          the same sort of superior performance that our fabrics do, and on most
A tent’s fabrics are the barriers between you and the elements. In a Hille-      models, we use the DAC Featherlite NSL poles. Because the section-
berg tent, those fabrics must perform to exacting criteria in a number           connecting inserts are nearly the same diameter as the pole section it-
of areas – criteria we check both in lab settings, with standardized tests,      self, NSL poles are significantly stronger than standard-style poles, and
and in the field.                                                                are lighter, as well.
     Hilleberg Kerlon outer tent fabrics, arguably the strongest, light-               The pole lengths and diameter on every model is the result of care-
est available (see “The Importance of Tear Strength” on the next page)           ful calculation. Each of our tents has the optimal poles for the the tent’s
must also have a minimum waterproofness rating, or “hydrostatic                  size and shape, and poles are individually fitted and, if necessary, pre-
                                          head,” a minimum tensional             bent. We use 9 mm poles on our Ultralight Tents because, like these
                                          strength – the amount of force         models’ Kerlon 1200 outer fabric, they offer plenty of strength at a very
                                          required to pull an uncut piece        low weight. We match stronger 10.25 mm poles – we refer to them
                                          of fabric apart – and a minimum        merely as “10 mm” poles for convenience – with our Kerlon 1800 tents,
                                          color resistance to light.             since these are designed to handle the most extreme conditions. Color
                                                The outer tent’s fabric is       coding helps when pitching dome tents or models with different length
                                          crucial to keeping the elements        poles. And whether they are paired with continuous pole sleeves, short
                                          out, but the inner tent fabrics        pole sleeves and clips, or a combination of both, the poles on all of our
                                          are just as instrumental in keep-      tents are situated to provide the easiest handling and greatest secu-
                                          ing the occupants as comfort-          rity.
                                          able as possible. Our inner tent
                                          fabrics are very lightweight and       Details
                                          highly breathable, meaning that        Small things can have a big impact. We consider the details on
                                          they let moisture vapor escape         our tents – the zippers, the guy lines, the pegs, and the other
                                          while keeping actual water             fittings – with the same rigor we apply to fabrics and poles.
                                          drops from penetrating. These                We use YKK zippers, which are the perfect choice for our
                                          fabrics must also have a mini-         tents, since they are the strongest and most reliable available.
                                          mum tensional strength as well               For both the 2 mm guy lines found on our ultralight, Ker-
                                          as a certain air permeability.         lon 1200 tents, and the 3 mm ones on our Kerlon 1800 and Ker-
                                                Floor fabrics, too, are vital    lon SP models, we us a proprietary cord that interweaves su-
                                          to the tent’s performance. We          per strong Spectra fiber with polyester. They are very light and
                                          use materials that are not only        very strong, absorb almost no water, and have miniscule stretch.
                                          extremely waterproof, but are          And, because of their unique construction, there is no sheath
                                          also highly puncture and abra-         to separate from the core.
                                          sion resistant, as well, and that            All of our tents come with the appropriate aluminum
                                          stay flexible even in the coldest      pegs: ultralight yet strong pegs with our Ultralight tents, and
                                          temperatures.                          very robust yet light pegs with our Kerlon 1800 models.
                                                                                       Even the fittings are well-considered. The simple, strong
                                              Poles                              and effective polymer line runners on our guy lines will not crack
                                              The fabric of a tent must be       in extreme cold, will hold tenaciously even on wet or frozen
Testing both tents and materials is an        strong, yes, but it must also be   cord, and yet can be easily adjusted. Similarly, the polymer pole
ongoing thing at Hilleberg. Field tests are                                      clips and pole tensioner cups, and the metal ladder lock buck-
                                              supported properly. In other
the gold standard of tests, but lab tests
on materials, such as abrasion and wa-        words, a high performance tent     les on pole and peg tensioners – we use metal because these
terproofness, add much to our ability to      must have a skeleton worthy        buckles must be as strong as possible – and the adjustable peg
make the strongest yet lightest tents         of the strength of its skin. For   loops are immune to wet and cold, and can be operated eas-
possible. Photos: Hilleberg Archive.          this reason, we use DAC poles,     ily, even while wearing bulky mittens.
                                              because we believe they offer

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                  the importance of tear strength
                                                                                                                           strength to the base material that is an order

        G
                  reater strength equals greater safety.          life – using the tent in the field – that strength
                  It is that simple. The stronger the fab-        (and light weight) translates into tents that, in        of magnitude greater than is possible with
                  ric on your outer tent is, the less likely      our opinion, outperform those made with other            the more common polyurethane coating
        it is to tear because of bad weather, rough han-          fabrics.                                                 process. Perhaps more importantly, our coated
        dling, or inadvertent mistakes.                                                                                    Kerlon fabrics are, far, far stronger than so-
               And Hilleberg outer tent fabrics – the             The Silicone Connection                                  called “siliconized” materials, which typically
        Kerlon family – are arguably the strongest,               In 1975, Bo Hilleberg received a sample of a             employ a coating mixture of silicone and other
        lightest tent fabrics available. Our Ultralight tent      new, lighter, more waterproof fabric. When               compounds.
        fabric, Kerlon 1200, has a minimum tear                   Bo cut the edge of the sample and tried to tear                This means that we can start with a lighter
        strength of 12 kg/26.5 lbs, and Kerlon SP, our            it, he couldn’t. The fabric, Bo discovered, was          weight base fabric and still produce a mate-
        unique polyester fabric, and our premier Ker-             coated with silicone, rather than the usual              rial – Kerlon 1200 – that is four to five times
        lon 1800 have minimum tear strengths of 15                polyurethane. And while this new fabric was              stronger than most so-called “expedition
        kg/33 lbs and 18 kg/40 lbs respectively. Yet all          indeed very light and waterproof, it was also            grade,” heavy duty tent materials. It also means
        weigh less than 80 g/m2 / 2.8 oz/yd2. In real             exceptionally strong. It was exactly what Bo             that if your outer tent does suffer a puncture,
                                                                                  had been looking for, and our            our high tear strengths make it far less likely
        ISO-139 37-4 standard                                                     Kerlon fabrics were born.                that the puncture will develop into a trip-end-
        tear strength test: a fab-                                                                                         ing rent.
                                                                                        Not all silicone-coated fab-
        ric sample with a pre-cut                                                                                                Such high tear strength is like insurance:
        flap is placed into a spe-                                                rics are created equal, however.
                                                                                  Our Kerlon fabrics are coated, on        It is much better to have it and not need it than
        cialized machine which
        pulls on the flap with a                                                  both sides, with a total of three        to need it and not have it, especially since this
        calibrated, increasing                                                    layers of 100 percent silicone.          “insurance” adds no extra weight, and also
        force until the fabric tears.                                             Certainly they are completely            increases the durability and longevity of your
        The higher the number,                                                                                             tent.
                                                                                  waterproof and very light, but
        the stronger the fabric.
        Photo: Hilleberg Archive.                                                 our process also imparts a




Fabric Specifications
                                                               Kerlon 1800                             Kerlon 1200                                    Kerlon SP
             Fabric:                            40 Denier Ripstop Nylon                     30 Denier Ripstop Nylon                      75 Denier Polyester

             Treatment:                         Coated on both sides with a total of 3      Coated on both sides with a total of 3       Coated on both sides with a total of 3
OUTER TENT




                                                layers of 100% silicone                     layers of 100% silicone                      layers of 100% silicone

             Weight:                            65 g/m2 ||| 1.91 oz/yd2                     50 g/m2 ||| 1.47 oz/yd2                      78 g/m2 ||| 2.29 oz/yd2

             Tear Strength:                     min. 18 kg/40 lbs (ISO 13937-4)             min. 12 kg/26 lbs (ISO 13937-4)              min. 15 kg/33 lbs (ISO 13937-4)

             Tensional Strength:                min. 60 kg/132 lbs (ISO 1421)               min. 35 kg/77 lbs (ISO 1421)                 min. 50 kg/110 lbs (ISO 1421)

             Hydrostatic Head:                  3000 mm/29 kPa (ISO 811)                    3000 mm/29 kPa (ISO 811)                     3000 mm/29 kPa (ISO 811)

             Color Resistance to Light:         minimum 5 (ISO 105-B02)                     minimum 5 (ISO 105-B02)                      minimum 5 (ISO 105-B02)


                                                  Kerlon 1800 & SP Tents                          Kerlon 1200 Tents                      The ISO – International Organization for
             Fabric:                            40 Denier Ripstop Nylon                     30 Denier Ripstop Nylon                      Standardization – certified method we
INNER TENT




                                                                                                                                         use to establish the waterproofness of our
             Treatment:                         Durable Water Repellent (DWR)               Durable Water Repellent (DWR)                fabrics is both very technical and highly
             Weight:                                   2
                                                42 g/m ||| 1.24 oz/yd 2
                                                                                            35 g/m2 ||| 0.94 oz/yd2                      reliable. Using other, simpler testing pro-
                                                                                                                                         cedures, we could conceivably attain fig-
             Tensional Strength:                min. 40 kg/88 lbs (ISO 1421)                min. 35 kg/77 lbs (ISO 1421)                 ures that are much higher. Since there is
             Air Permeability:                  280 mm/second (ISO 9237)                    280 mm/second (ISO 9237)                     no industry-wide standard method, we
                                                                                                                                         chose the worldwide, ISO method. This
                                                                                                                                         can, therefore, make comparing different
             Fabric:                            100 Denier Nylon                            70 Denier Nylon                              brands’ figures difficult.

             Treatment:                         Triple-coated polyurethane                  Triple-coated polyurethane                   Because we believe that longevity is a vi-
                                                                                                                                         tally important factor for the consumer,
F LO O R




             Weight:                                       2
                                                120 g/m ||| 3.53 oz/yd    2                        2
                                                                                            90 g/m ||| 2.65 oz/yd 2
                                                                                                                                         we also test fabrics after they have been
             Tensional Strength:                min. 40 kg/88 lbs (ISO 1421)                min. 40 kg/88 lbs (ISO 1421)                 exposed to weather and mechanical wear
                                                                                                                                         so that, beyond their guaranteed initial
             Hydrostatic Head:                  7000 mm/68 kPa (ISO 811)                    5000 mm/49 kPa (ISO 811)
                                                                                                                                         waterproofness, our fabrics will perform
             Miscellaneous:                     Highly puncture & abrasion resistant        Highly puncture & abrasion resistant         well even after some time of use.
Backcountry Comfort:
An Essential Element of Performance
“Comfort” is an integral component in a tent, since it includes                         All Hilleberg tents have spacious inner tents with vertical or near-
things like keeping water out, floor space enough to sort gear, and head          vertical inner walls. This creates more useable space and more headroom
room enough to allow occupants to move around with ease. In reality,              while still keeping the tent lightweight.
“Comfort” is a measure of the tent’s versatility and its ability to handle              Vestibules on Hilleberg tents are at least big enough to handle the
any condition. It encompasses the venting system certainly, but just as           gear of the occupants. But our vestibules are also an integral part of the
vital are the general design, overall ergonomics, vestibule space, and size       venting system: there are either actual vents built in, or the outer tent
and placement of the doors.                                                       doors (or door on single entrance models) are constructed so that the top
      We use double wall designs in our tents because these offer the great-      can act as a vent, and still be protected from the elements.
est ventilation and breathability possibilities, and because we firmly                  Outer tent doors are also situated to keep the weather off the inner
believe that simultaneous pitching of the outer and inner tents – some-           doors, and to provide easy entry and exiting. In dual door/vestibule
thing all Hilleberg tents feature – means you can get out of the weather          models, one entrance can always be placed out of the wind.
quicker, and stay drier longer. And two layers of tent fabric are better than           Inner tent doors are just as well-conceived. They, too, are part of the
one for creating a buffer between you and the elements. Our inner tents           venting system: all have no-see-um mesh panels with equal-sized, zip-
can, of course, be detached from the outer and used separately, just as           per adjustable fabric panel covers. This provides you with the ability to
the outer can be used individually, as well.                                      regulate air flow while still keeping out spindrift.
      Our linked inner and outer tents add another “comfort” dimension,
as well: pitch your tent during a midday break, disconnect the inner tent,
and you’ve got an impromptu shelter that gets you out of the wind and
weather.


overall reliability plus low weight: the foundation that under-
pins every other aspect of “comfort” in all Hilleberg tents.
                                                    Well Thought Out Doors
                                                    Allows full and easy access while also keeping the
                                                    weather off the inner tent door and acting as part
                                                    of the venting system. Photo: Jan-Eilert Pedersen.



                                                        Spacious, Bright Interiors
                                                        Let you fully enjoy your backcountry sojourn in any
                                                        weather. From a good night’s sleep to a leisurely
                                                        breakfast, Hilleberg tents have it all! Photo: Ste-
                                                        fan Rosenboom.


Large Mesh Panels on Inner Doors                      Roomy Vestibules                                        Detachable Inner Tents
Adds to both the venting and the views! Equal-        Provide both gear storage and protection for the in-    Simply detach the inner for a fine group gathering
sized, adjustable fabric panels allow for full or     ner tent door. GT vestibules add even more space.       spot in camp or an impromptu lunch shelter dur-
partial coverage. Photo: Harry Fichtinger.            Photo: Stuart Craig.                                    ing a day’s outing. Photo: Bo Hilleberg.




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                                the fine art of venting
B
        uilding functional tent ventilation             vents also have corresponding, adjustable        inner tents. There it cools, and turns to droplets,
        systems is an art –but one grounded             components in both the inner and outer tents,    and the inner tent fabric’s water repellency pre-
        firmly in science. The problem: your            so you can have less or more venting, as you     vents the liquid moisture from penetrating
tent needs to keep out the weather yet let in           choose (and as the weather dictates). Hence      back into the tent.
enough air to battle condensation and keep you          the vent covers on our Dome Tents, which
comfortable. A poorly placed mesh panel can             cover highly effective roof vents, and the
create a rain or snow storm in your tent, and           uniquely placed “tunnel” vents
an outer tent that does not go all the way to           on our Tunnel Tents.
the ground can let wetness and snow in. At the                To supplement the main
same time, there must be a way to move mois-            venting, inner tent doors have            the facts about condensation
ture out of the tent, to limit condensation.            no-see-um mesh panels cov-
                                                                                            Condensation is the exact opposite of evaporation.
      No tent is completely immune to conden-           ered with equal sized, zipper-
                                                                                            Air inside an occupied tent is warm and humid – which
sation: in some conditions, it is simply un-            adjustable fabric panels, which
                                                                                            means it has lots of “evaporated” water molecules zip-
avoidable. Cold temperatures with high humid-           allow for both venting and
ity is especially likely to create condensation         weather protection options. In      ping around in it. That warmer, moister air rises and hits
in a tent, as is rainy weather, or the moisture-        addition, our double wall design    the tent wall (which is cooler because of conductive cool-
laden air of coastal areas. Even tarps will col-        is integral to our effective vent-  ing), and those water vapor molecules slow down and
lect condensation in these sorts of conditions.         ing, and to fighting condensa-      “stick” to the cooler surface: they “condense” out of the
Wet gear (and humans or dogs) in the tent or            tion. In single wall tents – or in  air and onto the tent wall. The same thing can happen
vestibule will also contribute to condensation          any tent’s vestibule – rain hitting between your sleeping pad and the floor of the tent. Hille-
problems. And if the humidity outside the tent          the outside of the tent can knock   berg tents combat this process with:
is higher than within, it is simply not possible        condensed moisture off the walls
to vent that moisture laden air – unless you            inside, which can make it seem      R Vents situated high up to let warm, moist air out.
have a heater and a fan!                                as though the tent (or vestibule)   R Double wall design with water repellent, breath-
      All Hilleberg venting systems are built to        is leaking. Our outer tents keep       able inner tent fabric to let vapor pass through,
function no matter the weather. In all our              the weather out. Our inner tents,
                                                                                               and to keep actual water out.
tents, at least one main vent is placed high up,        whose fabric is both very breath-
to harness the chimney effect, which moves              able and highly water repellent,    R More venting via mesh panels in the inner tent
warm, moist air upward – and, thanks to the             lets moisture vapor escape into        doors.
vent’s placement – out of the tent. The main            the space between outer and



Hilleberg venting solutions
all weather venting system                                                          model-optimized vents
                                                                                     1                          2                           3




                                                                                     4                          5                           6
Air can move freely in a Hilleberg tent, even if it is dug down deep in the snow,
or covered by high grass, since the main vents are placed high up. In addi-
tion, mesh in the doors, backed with adjustable fabric panels, allows air to move
into and out of the inner tent.


breathable, water repellent inner tents                                             Vents in Hilleberg tents come in all shapes and sizes, each engineered for that
                                                                                    particular model’s design. 1 The vent integrated into the Nallo’s door. 2 The
Our inner tent fabrics are highly breathable yet remarkably water repellent:        Saivo’s large roof vent. 3 A vent on the Keron, showing its snow-proof
moisture vapor passes through them quite easily, yet they can actually carry        panel rolled and stowed. 4 & 5 The Nallo and Nallo GT’s interior, back wall
water, bucket-like. In addition, they have impressive air permeability, so that     vent, and the rear outer wall rolled up and guyed out for maximum venting.
air can circulate better throughout the tent, thus helping fight condensation        6 One of the two zipper vent and venting fabric foot panels on the Akto.

and increase overall comfort.

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   The Hilleberg Advantage
   In the backcountry, inadequate shelter can have the direst of con-                painstakingly examined by a dedicated tent inspector before it can be cer-
   sequences, so the tent you carry must be utterly reliable, in all ways, in        tified ready to ship (for more on Construction, please see pages 8 & 9).
   all seasons and in all weather conditions. Such absolute dependability                  It is their design, however, that makes Hilleberg tents greater than
   is the cornerstone criterion – along with low weight – for our choice of          the simple sum of great materials plus high quality construction. And
   materials, our construction methods, and our designs.                             that design is a direct result both of being a company founded and run
         The materials used in our outer tents are arguably the strongest,           by a family of avid outdoor enthusiasts, and of being a company with
   lightest such fabrics available, our floor materials are highly durable and       over 30 years of tent making experience. Every Hilleberg tent has true
   abrasion resistant, and our inner tent material is both distinctly water          all season functionality, will last despite the hardest use, and is easy to
   repellent and remarkably breathable (for more on Materials, please see            pitch by one person, even if it’s dark and one is wearing mittens! Outer
   pages 10 & 11).                                                                   and inner tents are linked for simultaneous pitching, yet each compo-
         Since we own our own factory, we can – and do – demand the high-            nent can be used separately. Venting solutions work in the worst condi-
   est quality control when we make our tents. The assembly of the inner             tions, and the thoughtful engineering of doors, vestibules and small de-
   and outer tents are the responsibility of highly skilled and thoroughly           tails ensure the greatest comfort and convenience.
   trained tent makers. Upon completion, each tent is fully set up and

                                                                                                        A Hilleberg Tunnel Tent’s design provides the
   In Every Hilleberg Tent                                                                              greatest weight to space ratio.
J The outer tent’s Kerlon 1800, 1200, or SP
  fabric has extremely high tear strength
  for maximum durability at a very low
  weight.

J There is plenty of room for the intended
  number of occupants and their gear.

J The linked inner and outer tents allow ei-
  ther simultaneous pitching or separate
  use for the greatest versatility.                            Nammatj GT

J The outer tent goes all the way to the                   Low friction pole sleeves are open
  ground for true weather protection, all                  on only one end for quick and easy               Pole tensioners are easy to adjust, even if you’re
  year long.                                               pitching, even if it’s dark, windy, and          wearing mittens, and they provide the optimal bend
                                                           you’re wearing mittens.                          and tension for the poles’ strength.
J The floor material is fully waterproof and
  highly puncture and abrasion resistant for
  superior functionality and durability.               A Hilleberg Dome Tent’s self-supporting or free standing
                                                       design provides the greatest snow-load handling.
J The highly breathable yet water repellent
  inner tent material offers superb comfort.

J The innovative venting solutions work
  even in the worst weather, and even if the
  tent is dug deep into the snow, since
  the main vents are situated high up in the
  tent.

J Guy lines are already affixed at optimal
  locations. While not necessary for pitch-
  ing, guy lines add extra stability for se-                            Saivo
  vere conditions, and having them engi-
  neered into the design ensures maximum               Short pole-sleeve and clip system              The innovative, simple-to-use vent cover allows for vents in
                                                       make for quick, easy pitching, even            both inner and outer tents, both of which can be adjusted
  functionality.                                       if it’s dark, windy and snowing –              from inside the tent and which provide remarkable air flow.
                                                       and you’re wearing mittens.                    And the roof cover itself is designed to keep even the worst
   14 |                                                                                               rain- and snow-fall away from the vents.
tents for all seasons, all conditions
         ost people go adventuring in the out-                  strength, safety, comfort, and versatility. Two      formance it yields not only outperforms any

M        doors to BE outdoors – hiking, climb-
         ing, paddling and the like – not to sit
in a tent! Thus, the most important thing your
                                                                layers of fabric between you and the elements
                                                                not only allow a greater degree of comfort –
                                                                the outer tent handles weather protection,
                                                                                                                     other method, but that it provides the highest
                                                                                                                     possible value to you, the user.
                                                                                                                           It also produces tents that are “expedi-
tent can do is afford lightweight, utterly reli-                while the inner tent provides crucial conden-        tion ready” right off the shelf. When polar ex-
able protection when the weather turns ex-                      sation-limiting breathability – but also a redun-    pedition teams or Himalayan climbers buy
treme and you do have to be “inside.” With this                 dancy factor in case of a punctured tent. And,       Hilleberg tents, they get exactly the same tent
in mind, we design and build all of our tents                   since our outer fabrics have such high tear          that any other user gets, with exactly the same
to handle those worst-case scenarios, like the                  strengths, if a puncture does occur, there is far    option – green or red. This means that whether
sudden, intense storm that comes out of                         less chance that the hole will become a tear         you’re camping with your kids over a weekend,
nowhere; the windy ridge top you get stuck on                   than with weaker fabrics. In addition, our de-       backpacking with friends for a few days, ca-
for days; or the deluge that keeps you pinned                   sign boasts a linked inner and outer tent,           noe or kayak touring remote lakes, or pushing
to the tiny bit of high ground your tent sits                   which not only allows simultaneous pitching of       the envelope on an extended winter ski tour
upon.                                                           both, but separate use of either.                    or mountaineering “mission,” your tent will
      We favor our double wall design because                        This design and construction approach is        stand up faithfully to every situation.
in our opinion it affords the very best blend of                more expensive, but we believe that the per-




                                     pitching a Hilleberg tent:
                                                   quick, easy & efficient
                                                        tunnel tents                               dome tents
Lay the tent out and insert a pole        1                                                                                         1      Lay the tent out and extend the
a few feet into the the appropriate                                                                                                        poles. Insert a pole end into the
pole sleeve. Pull the sleeve up the                                                                                                        appropriate short sleeve on one
pole until the tip is seated firmly in                                                                                                     side of the tent, and then on the
the end of the pole sleeve, then                                                                                                           other side. Repeat with the remain-
push the remainder of the pole all                                                                                                         ing poles (many of our models have
the way into the sleeve, and seat                                                                                                          color coded poles and sleeves to
the pole tip into the plastic cup of                                                                                                       simplify the process). 1
the Pole Tensioner. 1
                                                                                                                                           Once all the pole ends are firmly
Tighten the Pole Tensioner so that                                                                                                         seated in the short sleeves, attach
the bottom of the pole cup is even                                                                                                         the clips to the poles. 2
with the lower edge of the outer          2                                                                                         2      Peg out the vestibule(s) (Saivo, Tarra
tent fabric and flat against the wall                                                                                                      & Jannu) if not done already, and
of the tent. [inset] Repeat with                                                                                                           adjust peg placement and peg ten-
the remaining poles.                                                                                                                       sioners to fine tune your pitching.
Peg the back end (or either end of                                                                                                         Attach the roof cover and add guy
the Keron and Kaitum models)                                                                                                               lines for more stability if needed. 3
down, then grasp the other end of                                                                                                          For extra stability, wrap the pole
the tent and pull it taut, so that the                                                                                                     crossing points with the guy line be-
tent is well-stretched. 2                                                                                                                  fore pegging the line out. [inset]
Peg the end down, adjust peg place-                                                                                                        tip: On windy days, peg the tent
ment and peg tensioners to fine           3                                                                                         3      down before inserting the poles,
tune your pitching, and add guy                                                                                                            as shown in the series at left.
lines for more stability if needed. 3
tip: Set peg tensioners to their
longest before pitching; on windy
days, peg one end down into the
wind before inserting the poles.

                                         Photos: Bo Hilleberg                                                       Photos: Stuart Craig




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Choosing the Right Hilleberg Tent
Choosing a tent is no different than choosing any other piece of equip-       won’t give up maximum strength and reliability.” Since you probably do
ment – you first have to determine your needs. Ideally, this profiling        more than simply “alpine climbing,” this profile approach lets you fac-
process should be less about what you do – climb, hike, and so on – than      tor in everything that you do, rather than get bogged down in one activ-
about where and when (and how) you do those things.                           ity.
       Instead of thinking, “I’m an alpine climber,” for instance, look at          These two pages are designed to be a guide both to creating your
the where, when, and how of what you do, and create your own user pro-        user profile, and to transferring that information into a profile of the Hille-
file: “I spend much of my time in alpine areas above tree line in all sea-    berg tent that will most likely serve you best. And to make that process
sons; I tend to travel alone or with a single partner. Sometimes I move       as simple as possible, every tent description in the catalog opens with a
camp everyday, and sometimes I establish a base camp. I want to take          Tent Profile using the same criteria as are outlined here.
as little as possible, but while I’m willing to forego absolute comfort, I


matching what you do with what you need
The cornerstone of both creating your user profile and choosing the right Hilleberg tent lies in asking and answering key questions about
where, when and how you usually travel into the backcountry. This page is meant to be a guide to a general outlook on what you do. To-
gether with the physical characteristics outlined on the next page, choosing the best Hilleberg model for you should be no problem!

Where & When You Travel                                                       How You Travel
Do you spend a good deal of time in snow?                                     Do you tend to move your camp every day, or to establish a
      “Snow,” of course, means winter camping, but it also encompasses        base camp and make shorter trips from it?
glacier and snowfield use. Since every Hilleberg tent has true all sea-             “Mobile journeys” is how we think of everything from extreme, long
son functionality, all models will serve you well come rain, shine, or a      distance expeditions and long distance hikes – skiing across Greenland
big snowstorm. The more time you spend in demanding, snowy climes,            or thru-hiking The Appalachian Trail, for example – to short rambles
however, the more likely you are to want certain performance charac-          in your recreational back yard. Since mobile travelers carry everything
teristics.                                                                    all the time, a tent with a very high space to weight ratio is often of
      One key here is how long your trips are. If your main focus is ex-      prime importance. For hikers – long distance or otherwise – our Ultra-
tended trips in extreme snowy climes, our Kerlon 1800 tents, with their       light Tunnel tents are ideal. For more demanding expeditions – a
10 mm poles and exceptionally robust Kerlon 1800 outer tent fabric (the       Greenland crossing, say – our Kerlon 1800 or Kerlon SP Tunnel Tents
“1800” indicates the fabric’s 18 kg tear strength), were created specif-      are a better choice, since they offer added overall robustness. For
ically for handling these harshest of conditions. Certainly our ultralight    base campers, who carry only the bare minimum on their shorter trips
Kerlon 1200 fabric, with its 12 kg value, is easily strong enough for snow-   from camp, a tent’s static strength – its ability to handle snow load-
oriented use (it is far stronger than many so-called “expedition grade”       ing when empty, for instance – is often crucial. Here, one of our Dome
tent fabrics). But if your trip means day after day after day in the snow,    Tents is an excellent choice.
the Kerlon 1800 tents’ fabric and 10 mm pole combination, as well as                In general, our Tunnel Tents, with their exceptional space to
their commensurately more robust zippers, guy lines and the like, pro-        weight ratios, are better suited to moving journeys (although both the
vides welcome extra insurance.                                                Nammatj and Keron models have been used very effectively as base camp
Do you spend lots of time in exposed terrain?                                 tents). Our Dome models – both free standing and self-supporting –
     “Exposed” includes areas above tree line in the high peaks, but it       meanwhile, afford tremendous static load capabilities, and so make out-
also denotes nearly any terrain where trees do not mitigate fierce ex-        standing base camp tents. Some – the Jannu and new Allak especially –
tremes in weather. This includes the rolling, exposed high country of         are also light enough to function well on mobile trips. (For more on choos-
Scandinavia and Australia, the windswept uplands of the United States’        ing between Hilleberg Tunnel and Dome Tents, please see page 35)
northern Great Plains and western high, mountainous deserts, the              The X-Factor
moors of the British Isles, and deserts of all varieties. Such places’ no-    Is there one characteristic – either of your tent or of how you
toriously bad weather puts even more demands on a tent than heavy
                                                                              travel – that has special importance?
snow use. In addition, you are more likely to encounter sand and grit –
                                                                                    Certain things are more important to some adventurers than oth-
both in the air and on the ground – which is one of the hardest things
                                                                              ers. Some travel in groups and share shelter; others fly solo. Some want
on a tent.
                                                                              the strongest tent, others favor the lightest. Some opt for maximum com-
     While our Kerlon 1800, Kerlon SP, and our Ultralight, Kerlon 1200
                                                                              fort, while others prefer fewer amenities, either from conviction or in
tents all work exceptionally well in exposed terrain conditions, the choice
                                                                              the quest for lighter weight. There is no “right” or “wrong” here, but
comes down to your particular priorities. If you want more comfort, or
                                                                              consideration of all of these factors are vital to finding the right tent
if you need extra durability – for, say, extended exposed terrain AND
                                                                              for your needs. The chart on the next page is designed to help you com-
snow use, heavy or prolonged desert use, and the like – then our Ker-
                                                                              pare our tents’ salient differences. For more information, see the var-
lon 1800 tents are the best possible choice. If you are after the light-
                                                                              ious model’s pages. If you have any questions, please contact us via our
est solution, then consider our Ultralight Kerlon 1200 models.
                                                                              website, www.hilleberg.com.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Stalon Combi 2, 4
                                                                                                                                                    Nammatj GT 2, 3


                                                                                                                                                                                      Nallo GT 2, 3, 4
                                                                                                                                     Nammatj 2, 3
                                                                                                       Keron GT 3, 4




                                                                                                                                                                      Nallo 2, 3, 4
                                                                                                                       Kaitum 2, 3
                                                                                          Keron 3, 4
matching what




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Staika
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Jannu




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Soulo
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Saivo




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Unna


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Atlas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Tarra




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Allak
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Akto
you want with                                             Linked Inner &
                                                          Outer Tents
                                                                                           ¼             ¼              ¼              ¼              ¼                 ¼               ¼                ¼       ¼       ¼        ¼       ¼       ¼      ¼       ¼          ¼                                       ¼

what you do                                               Kerlon 1800 Outer Tent           ¼             ¼                             ¼              ¼                                                  ¼       ¼                ¼

Each Hilleberg tent was designed and built to             Kerlon 1200 Outer Tent                    ¼                 ¼     ¼             ¼          ¼    ¼     ¼     ¼

provide the optimal balance of strength, us-              Kerlon SP Outer Tent                                                                                              ¼                                                                                                                                       ¼
ability, versatility, and low-weight for certain          Tunnel Design                  ¼     ¼    ¼     ¼     ¼     ¼     ¼                             ¼                 ¼
user profiles. At the same time, however, be-             Dome Design                                                             ¼  ¼    ¼    ¼     ¼          ¼     ¼                                                                                                                                             ¼
cause of our materials, our construction prin-
                                                          Ultralight Model                          ¼                 ¼     ¼             ¼          ¼    ¼     ¼     ¼
ciples, and our design philosophy, there is a
fair bit of overlap in the function of all the            Self-Supporting*                                                        ¼  ¼    ¼

models.                                                   Free Standing*                                                                       ¼     ¼          ¼     ¼                                                                                                                                             ¼
      We do, however, believe that certain                Number of Occupants           3,4   3,4  2,3 2,3 2,3 2,3,4 2,3,4         3  2    2    2    2    1     1     1    2,4                                                                                                                                       8
models are better suited to certain profiles              Inner Tent Entrances           2     2    2      1     1    1     1      2  2    1    2    2    1     1     1     2                                                                                                                                        2
than others. For example, we would not rec-
                                                          Vestibules                     2     2    2      1     1    1     1      2  2    1    2    2    1     1           2                                                                                                                                 2†
ommend that an expedition to the North
Pole – a movement-oriented trip over snow                 Extended Vestibule                   ¼                ¼           ¼

in exposed/above tree line terrain if ever                Modular Components                                                                                                ¼                                                                                                                                       ¼

there was one – use one of our ultralight Tun-            Number of Poles                3     4    3      2     3    2     3      4  4    3    3    3    1     3     2     2                                                                                                                                        6
nel Tents.                                                Pole Diameter (mm)            10    10    9     10    10    9     9     10 10    9   10    9    9     9     9     9                                                                                                                                      11
      Rather, we would point the team to-                 Adjustable Vents
wards our Kerlon 1800 Tunnel models, not                  In Outer Tent                  2     2    2      2     2    1     1      2  2    1    2    2    3     1     1     2                                                                                                                                        4
only because their stronger outer tent fabric
                                                          Roof Vents with
makes for a more robust tent, but also be-                Protective Cover
                                                                                                                                  ¼  ¼    ¼    ¼     ¼          ¼     ¼                                                                                                                                             ¼
cause they have features that give greater
comfort in the harshness of polar weather.           * Vestibules on Self-Supporting tents need to be pegged out. Vestibules in Free Standing models do not require pegging.
                                                     † External vestibules for the Atlas are optional, and require an extra pole.
      However, at least one North Pole ad-
venturer has used our Ultralight solo tent, the
Akto, quite successfully, so the final assessment of what will serve and Jannu – to distinguish them from true free standing models, such
you best must be yours, the user’s. This page approaches tent choice                 as our Staika, Allak, and Soulo, which have integrated vestibules, and
from the features you might want – or need – for your personal com-                  our solo Unna, which has extra interior space in lieu of a vestibule. These
fort.                                                                                are often better choices where there are limited pitching possibilities,
                                                                                     such as rock slabs and gravelly soil.
Ultralight or Not?                                                                          While not a necessity, using pegs with both our self-supporting and
      Our Kerlon 1800 tents offer the greatest overall strength and our free standing tents is a good idea, since any unanchored tent can
more features than our Ultralight, Kerlon 1200 tents, but our Ultralight             be pushed around by high winds.
models are some of the lightest all season tents available.
      Choosing your shelter solution solely because it is the lightest in            Single or Dual Entrances?
weight, however, can lead to problems. Simply put, if you need maxi-                        Our dual door/dual vestibule tents – whether Ultralight or Kerlon
mum strength for dealing with situations, then you need it. A tarp or                1800 or SP – offer greater convenience, storage, and, for the most part,
shelter such as our Rajd is easily the lightest solution, and many peo-              venting options. That second door lets you nearly always situate one
ple use them quite successfully. But there is a decided sacrifice in com-            entrance out of the wind. In the winter, that second vestibule is an ex-
fort, in resisting condensation, and in durability. The reality is that rid-         cellent place for “snow furniture” – foot wells and/or benches – a worth-
ing out truly bad weather in a minimal shelter can be miserable, if not              while luxury. They are also a more comfortable choice for taller peo-
downright dangerous.                                                                 ple, since inner tent entrances on our tents are vertical (or nearly so,
                                                                                     in some of our Dome Tents), thereby increasing overall space. The down-
Tunnel or Dome?                                                                      side? Extra weight. Indeed, choosing a two door tent is much more about
      Our Tunnel Tents offer lighter weight and more useable space. Our              comfort than necessity.
Dome Tents provide better static load stability because of their crossed-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Background Photo: Denali National Park, near Mt.




pole structure, and so withstand snow loading better – but at the price              Modular or Not?
of greater weight. As with choosing between Kerlon 1800 and Ultra-                          Two of our models offer the flexibility of modular components,
light Kerlon 1200 models, using weight as the only criteria is problem- which allows you to customize the tent to fit your exact needs. Both
atic: if you need static strength, a small increase in extra weight is an            retain the inherent characteristics of their design (Stalon Combi is a Tun-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Brooks. Daniel Rainwater.




insignificant price to pay.                                                          nel Tent; Atlas is a free standing – and very large – Dome Tent). Such
                                                                                     versatility is especially suited to group use, and to use by different sets
Self-Supporting or Free Standing?                                                    of people: set A might need, say, the Stalon Combi tent alone, while set
      Most so-called “free standing” tents have vestibules that require B might need an extended vestibule. For more on our modular mod-
pegging out. We call these “self supporting” tents – our Saivo, Tarra,               els, please see pages 48 to 53.

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ALL-SEASON TUNNEL TENT




   Keron & Keron GT                                                                                                                                         favorites of outdoor enthusiasts of every stamp.
                                                                                                                                                            Certainly this includes the “professionals,”
                                                                                                                                                            such as mountain guides, forest rangers, search
   The Keron and Keron GT offer the optimal blend of maximum                                                                                                and rescue teams, and military special opera-
                                                                                                                                                            tions units.
   space, maximum strength, maximum flexibility and maximum                                                                                                       At the same time, both the Keron and
   comfort in a lower weight package.                                                                                                                       Keron GT are also excellent choices for families,
                                                                                                                                                            hikers and “regular” users – anyone wanting a
                                                                                                                                                            tent that is exceptionally sturdy yet relatively
   Tent Profile                                                                                                                                             light in weight, that will work for any situa-
   Our flagship Tunnel Tents, the Keron and its                                especially suited to extended snow camping                                   tion, and that will handle many years of use. In-
   extended vestibule version, the Keron GT, are                               in extreme conditions, and while their Tunnel                                deed, the Keron and Keron GT models are ad-
   outstanding hard use, all-around wilderness                                 Tent design is geared more for mobile adven-                                 mirable choices for any backcountry adventure,
   tents. They are preeminent for adventures                                   tures, where you move your camp every day,                                   from demanding, extended winter expeditions,
   where, between strength and absolute lowest                                 they can be used quite effectively for base camp-                            to long or short rambles in mountains and/or
   weight, strength is more important, since their                             oriented trips, as well.                                                     forests, to casual coastal jaunts, to relaxed
   exceptionally strong Kerlon 1800 outer tent                                                                                                              overnight camping outings in your local recre-
                                                                               Keron & Keron GT Users
   fabric and 10 mm poles make these some of our                                                                                                            ation area.
                                                                               When we first introduced the Keron, it quickly
   strongest models. Thanks to both their strength                                                                                                                And the GT version is a fine choice for dog
                                                                               became the standard tent for polar expeditions
   to weight and space to weight ratios, as well as                                                                                                         mushers and cycle tourers because its extra
                                                                               because of its superb durability and excellent
   their two door/two vestibule configuration,                                                                                                              large vestibule allows plenty of storage space for
                                                                               wind stability, its roomy interior, and its sim-
   they excel for year ‘round use, especially in ex-                                                                                                        sled or bike equipment. In fact, you can park
                                                                               plicity. These same traits have made these tents
   posed and/or above tree-line terrain. Both are                                                                                                           two bicycles in the Keron 4 GT’s vestibule!



   Keron                                                                                                                                                    “Keron” means “grouse” in Sami, the lan-
                                                                                                                                                            guage of the people indigenous to northern
                                                                                                                                                            Scandinavia.

                                                                                                                                                            Colors: Green or Red




                                                                                                                                                                                      The US-based American Alpine
                                                                                                                                                                                      Institute presented its coveted
                                                                                                                                                                                      Guides Choice Award to three
                                                                                                                                                                                      Hilleberg tents, including the
                                                                                                                                                                                      Keron, declaring, “They are per-
                                               Keron 3                     Keron 3 GT                       Keron 4                     Keron 4 GT                       2006         fection in design.”

          Minimum Wt.                     3.4 kg/7 lbs 8 oz             4.4 kg/9 lbs 11 oz            4.0 kg/8 lbs 13 oz             4.7 kg/10 lbs 6 oz
          Packed Wt.                     3.9 kg/8 lbs 10 oz             4.7 kg/10 lbs 6 oz            4.4 kg/9 lbs 11 oz             5.2 kg/11 lbs 7 oz
                                                                                                                                                                                      Germany’s Outdoor gave the
          Inner Height                      105 cm/42 in                   105 cm/42 in                  110 cm/44 in                   110 cm/44 in                                  Keron 3 their highest rating in a
                                                                                                                                                                                      test in December, 2004. In Feb-
          Inner Tent Area                  3.4 m2/36.6 ft2                3.4 m2/36.6 ft2                4.4 m2/47.3 ft2                4.4 m2/47.3 ft2                               ruary of 2005, the Keron 3 GT
                                                                                                                                                                       12/2004 &      garnered the same “Outstand-
          Vestibule Area (m2)                 2 x 1.3 m2                  2.8 m2 + 1.3 m2                  2 x 1.6 m2                  3.4 m2 + 1.6 m2                  02/2005       ing” score.
          Vestibule Area (ft2)                2 x 14 ft2                  30.1 ft2 + 14 ft2                2 x 17.2 ft2               36.6 ft2 + 17.2 ft2
          Poles (10mm)                       3 x 328 cm                     4 x 328 cm                    3 x 368 cm                     4 x 368 cm
                                             3 x 129.1 in                   4 x 129.1 in                  3 x 144.9 in                   4 x 144.9 in                                 The Keron/Keron GT was select-
                                                                                                                                                                                      ed as Gear of the Year three
          Pegs                               18 Pro Pegs                    22 Pro Pegs                   18 Pro Pegs                    22 Pro Pegs                                  times by the readers of Outdoor,
                                                                                                                                                                                      Germany’s leading outdoor mag-
          Every Hilleberg tent comes with outer tent, inner tent, guy lines with line runners, poles, pegs, stuff bags for tent, poles and pegs, spare pole sec-      2000, 2001 &    azine.
          tion, repair sleeve and instructions.                                                                                                                          2006
          “Minimum Weight” refers to the outer and inner tents and the poles only. “Packed Weight” includes all items that come with the tent.


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                                                                                                                                                 Keron GT
Performance Attributes
r Our Tunnel design, with its single-
  opening, continuous pole sleeve
  construction and linked inner and
  outer tents makes the Keron and
  Keron GT easy and quick to set up.

r Kerlon 1800 outer tent fabric and 10
  mm poles make for an exceptionally
  strong and stable tent.

r Pitching requires only four pegs,
  yet additional peg and guyline
  points – 14 on the Keron and 18 on
  the Keron GT – provide a myriad of
  options for increasing stability. Re-
  markably strong Spectra guy lines are attached at two points to all pole        r The entrance on the GT’s extended vestibule boasts a full no-see-um
  sleeves on both sides of the tent, and have two line runners each to en-          mesh door (which can be zipped off completely), and a multi-slider zip-
  sure optimal tension. Each vent also has a guy line with a line runner.           per door that can be opened from the top, side, or bottom.

r Both Keron and Keron GT have extraordinarily spacious interiors, thanks         r Both the Keron and Keron GT’s ventilation system functions regardless of
  to full sitting height throughout the entire inner tent, the two vertical in-     weather conditions, since both the inner tent fabric is highly breathable
  ner tent entrances, and the tunnel design itself, which creates near-ver-         yet water repellent, and since each end has a large vent, placed high enough
  tical side walls.                                                                 to keep air moving even if the tent is dug down into deep snow. The vents
                                                                                    are backed with no-see-um mesh, and have adjustable snow-proof pan-
r Two entrances and two vestibules afford tremendous convenience, flexi-            els which are accessible from inside the vestibules, and which are air per-
  bility and comfort. For instance, one vestibule can be designated for gear        meable even when zipped up. In addition, both inner tent doors have full
  stowage, while the other can be used for food preparation or gear sort-           no-see-um mesh panels covered with equal sized, zipper-adjustable fab-
  ing.                                                                              ric panels for maximum venting and weather protection options.

r One entrance of the tent can always be situated out of the wind.




  Puncak Jaya/Carstensz Pyramid (16023 ft/4884 m), in Papua (Irian Jaya), Indonesia, is both
  the tallest peak in Oceania and one of the most remote. In 2006, Fredrik Sträng of Swe-
  den climbed Carstensz as part of his successful 7 Summits bid. Here, a Keron GT makes
  an excellent approach and base camp tent. Photo: Fredrik Sträng (www.strang.se).
Keron & Keron GT Details
Continuous pole        Linked inner and         4 Integrated     Adjustable vents on each       Full no-see-um mesh on
sleeves with single    outer tent for simul-    stowage          door can be closed with        doors covered by equal
openings provide       taneous pitching.        pockets.         snow-proof panels. Ac-         sized, zipper adjustable,
quick & easy           Each can also be                          cessible from inside           fabric panels for all-sea-
pitching.              used alone.                               or outside of the tent.        son comfort.
                                                                                                                             Extended vestibule on the GT version allows
                                                                                                                             for greater storage space and flexibility.


Double guy line at-
tachments on each
pole on both sides
have double lines
and line runners for
stability.




                                        Dual entrances and                    High bathtub               Large flaps pro-     Vestibule door opens from bottom, sides or top for
                                        vestibules for easy                   floor keeps out            tect zippers         maximum versatility, and is backed with an equal
                                        access and storage.                   ground water.              from the rain.       sized, removable mesh door.




                       Keron                                                       Keron GT




                                                                                                                                      Inner tent can be used separately.
                                                                                                                                      Pitching requires 6 extra pole hold-
                                                                                                                                      ers – see Accessories.




                                                                            * = Inner Tent Height

                                                               Keron 3 & Keron 3 GT              Keron 4 & Keron 4 GT

                                                                   105 cm/42 in                       110 cm/44 in




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                                the story of the Keron
         ur flagship tent, the Keron is, argu-      tent fabric, one only slightly                                     taking advantage of the latest

O        ably, the one most often associated
         with the Hilleberg name.
      When we introduced the first Keron in
1981, it was not the first Tunnel Tent on the
                                                    less strong than the fabric we
                                                    use today. And that first Keron
                                                    was built to the same de-
                                                    manding, all-season, all-
                                                                                                                       fabric and other material
                                                                                                                       technologies, and we have
                                                                                                                       continuously updated its con-
                                                                                                                       struction to match those ma-
market, nor was it the first Hilleberg Tunnel       weather standards that to-                   Keron GT              terials. What we have not
model. Bo had designed the Keron’s predeces-        day’s Kerons – and all other                                       done is sacrifice any detail
sor, the Caravan Nomad – which bore the la-         Hilleberg tents – embody.                          towards making the Keron the highest perform-
bel “designed by Bo Hilleberg” – in 1979, and             Indeed, the Keron’s appearance has ing Tunnel Tent available.
it WAS a first: the first Tunnel Tent with linked   changed very little over the years. With its           The Keron is the foundation of all of our
but separate inner and outer tents.                 vertical inner tent entrances and near vertical Tunnel Tents – from the Keron GT to the Nallo
      The Keron of 1981, like                                         walls, it provides the most and Nammatj series to the Stalon Combi, even
today’s incarnation, had that                                         useable amount of interior to the solo Akto. All have Keron genes – that
hallmark linked inner and                                             space of any other practical vertical entrance (or entrances), near vertical
outer for simultaneous pitch-                                         tent design, so we have side walls, the spacious vestibules, and, most
ing, as well as an exception-                                         stayed with it. We have im- importantly, that exceptional weight to space
ally strong silicon coated outer                                      proved its overall strength by ratio and that ultimate reliability.
                                                Keron



              1980                                     1984                                   1988                               2008
                                                                                                                         Today, the Keron con-
                                                                                                                         tinues to be a stalwart
                                                                                                                         choice for any use. Be-
                                                                                                                         low, polar explorer and
                                                                                                                         guide Matty McNair re-
Bo Hilleberg testing Keron proto-         Bo Hilleberg checking a Keron before   The Keron GT added an expansive         lies on her Keron 4
types in northern Sweden. Photo:          shipping it from the factory. Photo:   vestibule to the already roomy Keron.
Thomas Johansson.                         Hilleberg Archive.                     Photo: Hilleberg Archive.               near the South Pole.

                   Matty McNair is one of the
                   most renowned and experi-
                   enced polar guides and explor-
                   ers in the world. She has led
                   numerous record-breaking ex-
                   peditions, including skiing to
                   the North Pole and, unsup-
                   ported, to the South Pole.
                    She runs NorthWinds, one of
the leading Polar Training and Expedition compa-
nies in the world. “I love those Hilleberg tents: my
home away from home, the great space inside, the
attention to detail in the construction, how easy
they are to set up even in 80 kph winds, and how
they stay up when others around camp are blow-
ing down! I use these tents on all my North-
Winds Polar Training Programs, have taken them
to the South Pole three times and to the Green-
land Ice Cap, and I plan to keep taking them on
my adventures!” (For more, see www.northwinds-
arctic.com)
                                                                                                                                           Matty McNair


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ULTRALIGHT ALL-SEASON TUNNEL TENT




   Kaitum                                                      new size added
                                                                                                                                       dle forays in exposed and/or above tree-line
                                                                                                                                       terrain in all but the worst conditions.
                                                                                                                                       Kaitum Users
   A remarkable, two door/two vestibule tent that offers maximum                                                                       Because of its two door/two vestibule configu-
   usable space and remarkable strength in an incredibly light-                                                                        ration and its ultralight materials and construc-
                                                                                                                                       tion, the Kaitum provides a stunning balance
   weight package.                                                                                                                     of super light weight, high strength, and over-
                                                                                                                                       all comfort.
                                                                                                                                             Backpackers love its light weight and re-
   Tent Profile
                                                                                                                                       markable roominess, and both bicycle and pad-
   The Kaitum is essentially the Ultralight version                              weight to a minimum without sacrificing all-
                                                                                                                                       dle tourers greatly appreciate its low weight
   of our Keron, but with a bit more width and                                   condition strength – and its two door/two
                                                                                                                                       and the low-volume package the tent stuffs to.
   quite a bit less weight. Available in both two- and                           vestibule design, which affords its tremendous
                                                                                                                                       For the same reasons – and because of its all-
   three-person models, it is ideal for trips where                              degree of comfort and flexibility. The Kaitum’s
                                                                                                                                       season strength – the Kaitum has generated
   light weight is a higher priority than total                                  Tunnel Tent design and ultra light weight make
                                                                                                                                       quite a following amongst winter campers, ski
   strength, but where true all-season, all-weather                              it ideal for mobile adventures, where you move
                                                                                                                                       tourers, and climbers, as well. And taller users
   capability is still a requirement, and where ex-                              your camp every day, and it is equally well-
                                                                                                                                       will find the Kaitum’s plentiful floor space,
   tra comfort is important. The secret of the Kai-                              suited for both long and short adventures. Out-
                                                                                                                                       vertical entrances, and vertical walls a roomy
   tum is its combination of our Kerlon 1200 outer                               standing for use in protected terrain any time,
                                                                                                                                       pleasure.
   tent fabric and 9 mm poles – which keeps the                                  the Kaitum is also easily stout enough to han-




                                                                                                                                       “Kaitum” is named after a beautiful lake and
                                                                                                                                       river in northern Sweden.

                                                                                                                                       Colors: Green or Red




                                         In its first year of production, the Kaitum was awarded Gear
                                         of the Year by the readers of Outdoor, Germany’s top out-
                                         door magazine. It also received Outdoor’s Editor’s Choice
                                         Award.
          2006              2006

                                         The Kaitum was also awarded Product of the Year in the
                                         tent category by Ute Magasinet, Sweden’s premier out-
                                         door magazine.
                                                                                                        Rolling back one vestibule (or both) yields outstanding viewing and air circulation
                                                                                                        opportunities while still providing weather protection for the inner tent. Shown
                   2006                                                                                 here on an autumn hike in Jämtland, Sweden. Photo: Pål Dufva.

                                               Kaitum 2                       Kaitum 3
          Minimum Wt.                     2.5 kg/5 lbs 8 oz              2.7 kg/5 lbs 15 oz
          Packed Wt.                      2.8 kg/6 lbs 3 oz              3.0 kg/6 lbs 10 oz
          Inner Height                       100 cm/40 in                   105 cm/42 in
          Inner Tent Area                     2.9 m2/31 ft2                  3.9 m2/42 ft2
                                  2
          Vestibule Area (m )                  2 x 1.2 m   2
                                                                              2 x 1.3 m2
          Vestibule Area (ft2)                 2 x 13 ft2                     2 x 14 ft2
          Poles (9mm)                    2 x 260, 1 x 305 cm            2 x 285, 1 x 328 cm
                                        2 x 102.4, 1 x 120.1 in        2 x 112.2, 1 x 129.1 in
          Pegs                              9 Viper Pegs &                 9 Viper Pegs &
                                            9 Square Pegs                  9 Square Pegs
          Every Hilleberg tent comes with outer tent, inner tent, guy lines with line runners, poles,
          pegs, stuff bags for tent, poles and pegs, spare pole section, repair sleeve and instruc-
          tions.
          “Minimum Weight” refers to the outer and inner tents and the poles only. “Packed Weight”
          includes all items that come with the tent.


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                                                    Lightweight and tough, the Kai-
                                                    tum is an excellent all around
Performance Attributes                              tent. Its two doors and two
                                                    vestibules and remarkably
r Our Tunnel design, with its single-open-          roomy interior make it ideal for
  ing, continuous pole sleeve construction          all kinds of adventures, from
  and linked inner and outer tents makes            backpacking to ski or snow
  the Kaitum quick and easy to set up.              shoe touring, as seen here, on
                                                    the Mazama Ridge of Mt.
r Ultralight materials – Kerlon 1200 outer          Rainier, in Washington, USA.
  tent fabric and 9 mm poles – make for             Photo: Rob Plankers.
  a supremely stable yet very lightweight
  tent.

r Pitching requires only four pegs, yet an
  additional 14 peg and guy line points
  provide a myriad of options for increas-
  ing stability. Remarkably strong Spectra
  guy lines are attached at two points to
  all poles sleeves on both sides of the
  tent, and have two line runners each to
  ensure optimal tension. Each vent also has a guy line with a line runner.            r The Kaitum’s ventilation system functions regardless of the weather con-
                                                                                         ditions, since the inner tent fabric is highly breathable yet water repellent,
r The Kaitum has an impressively spacious interior, thanks to its generous               and each end has a large vent, placed high enough to keep air moving even
  width, full sitting height in the entire inner tent (and a bit more height in          if the tent is dug down into deep snow. Each vent also has an adjustable
  the middle of the tent), the two vertical inner tent entrances, and the tun-           snow-proof panel, which is accessible from inside the vestibule, and
  nel design itself, which creates near-vertical side walls. The Kaitum’s                which is air permeable even when zipped up. In addition, both inner tent
  length also makes it our best Ultralight tent for tall users.                          doors have full no-see-um mesh panels covered with equal sized, zipper-
                                                                                         adjustable fabric panels.
r Two entrances and two vestibules afford tremendous convenience, flexi-
  bility and comfort. For instance, one vestibule can be designated for gear           r The entire front end of each vestibule can be rolled away for maximum view-
  stowage, while the other can be used for food preparation or gear sort-                ing and superb warm-weather venting.
  ing.

r One entrance of the tent can always be situated out of the wind.




Kaitum Details
Full no-see-um mesh       4 integrated    Linked inner       Adjustable vents on
on doors covered by       stowage         and outer tent     each door can be
equal sized, zipper       pockets.        for simultane-     closed with snow-
adjustable, fabric                        ous pitching.      proof panels. Accessi-
panels for all-season                     Each can also      ble from inside or out-
comfort.                                  be used alone.     side of the tent.
                                                                                             * = Inner Tent Height

                                                                                            Kaitum 2           Kaitum 3

                                                                                          100 cm/40 in       105 cm/42 in
Continuous
pole sleeves
with single
openings pro-
vide quick &
easy pitching.




Double guy line attach-   Dual entrances and     High bathtub       Large flaps               Inner tent can be used separately. Pitching requires 6 ex-
ments on each pole on     vestibules for easy    floor keeps out    protect zippers           tra pole holders – see Accessories.
both sides have double    access and storage.    ground water.      from the rain.
lines and line runners
for stability.
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ALL-SEASON TUNNEL TENT




   Nammatj & Nammatj GT                                                                                                                                    Nammatj & Nammatj GT Users
                                                                                                                                                           The Nammatj and Nammatj GT are the mas-
                                                                                                                                                           ters of both high and low country, equally
   The best choice for any outing in any condition where low                                                                                               suited for a high altitude expedition or a week-
                                                                                                                                                           end walk in the local hills. These robust all-
   weight is of equal importance to strength, reliability, and                                                                                             season, all-arounders pitch quickly and easily,
   roominess.                                                                                                                                              can be taken down and moved in a flash, yet are
                                                                                                                                                           far stronger and lighter than any other tent in
                                                                                                                                                           their class.
   Tent Profile                                                                                                                                                  Because of their superb weight to strength
   The Nammatj and its extended vestibule ver-                                 also easily light enough for long trips in more                             ratio and compact footprints, both the Nam-
   sion, the Nammatj GT, are arguably our most                                 moderate climes. Both the Nammatj and the                                   matj and Nammatj GT have become immensely
   versatile tents. Made with our Kerlon 1800                                  Nammatj GT models have smaller footprints                                   popular with extreme users, such as polar trav-
   outer tent fabric and employing 10 mm poles,                                then their Keron counterpart models, yet they                               elers looking to save weight, mountaineers do-
   they are equal in strength and stability to our                             have the same inner tent square footage, and so                             ing remote routes in the highest ranges, profes-
   Keron models, but because of their single en-                               are excellent for limited-space sites such as nar-                          sional guides, and military special forces teams.
   trance and vestibule, they are impressively light                           row ridge lines or ledges. Both tents’ Tunnel                               But these same characteristics are just as highly
   in weight. They are exceptional choices for all                             Tent design is geared more for mobile adven-                                prized by more “regular” users, as well: back-
   season use in exposed and/or above tree line ter-                           tures, where you pitch your tent every day, but                             packers, cycle and paddle tourers, and anyone
   rain, or for demanding, extended winter camp-                               both can be used quite effectively for base                                 needing maximum strength while reducing
   ing trips in extreme conditions, yet they are                               camp-oriented trips, as well.                                               weight.


   Nammatj


                                                                                                                                                           “Nammatj” is the Sami word for a lone
                                                                                                                                                           mountain standing at the head of a valley.

                                                                                                                                                           Colors: Green or Red




                           Climbing magazine in the US reviewed the                                   Britain’s leading outdoor magazine, The Great
                           Nammatj 3 GT and concluded: “If you want                                   Outdoors, has twice named the Nammatj GT
                           one tent to cover all of your four season                                  “Best Buy.” One reason for the 2004 award: “If
      04/2005              outdoor adventures, from freight train winds                               you want the best, look no further.”
                           on Mt. McKinley to sea kayaking the Alaskan               11/2001 &
                           coast, the Hilleberg gets our nod.”                        06/2004




                                            Nammatj 2                   Nammatj 2 GT                     Nammatj 3                   Nammatj 3 GT
          Minimum Wt.                     2.5 kg/5 lbs 8 oz             3.1 kg/6 lbs 13 oz            2.6 kg/5 lbs 12 oz             3.3 kg/7 lbs 4 oz
          Packed Wt.                      2.8 kg/6 lbs 3 oz             3.5 kg/7 lbs 11 oz            3.1 kg/6 lbs 13 oz             3.8 kg/8 lbs 6 oz
          Inner Height                       95 cm/38 in                   95 cm/38 in                   105 cm/42 in                   105 cm/42 in
                                                   2         2                   2         2                    2         2
          Inner Tent Area                  2.8 m /30.1 ft                 2.8 m /30.1 ft                 3.4 m /36.6 ft                3.4 m2/36.6 ft2
          Vestibule Area (m2)                    1.2 m2                        2.4 m2                         1.6 m2                        2.8 m2
          Vestibule Area (ft2)                   13 ft2                        25.8 ft2                       17.2 ft2                      30.1 ft2
          Poles (10mm)                       2 x 293 cm                     3 x 293 cm                     2 x 328 cm                    3 x 328 cm
                                             2 x 115.4 in                   3 x 115.4 in                   2 x 129.1 in                  3 x 129.1 in
          Pegs                               18 Pro Pegs                    22 Pro Pegs                   18 Pro Pegs                    22 Pro Pegs

          Every Hilleberg tent comes with outer tent, inner tent, guy lines with line runners, poles, pegs, stuff bags for tent, poles and pegs, spare pole sec-
          tion, repair sleeve and instructions.
          “Minimum Weight” refers to the outer and inner tents and the poles only. “Packed Weight” includes all items that come with the tent.


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                                                                                                                                                     Nammatj GT
        Performance Attributes
        r Our Tunnel design, with its sin-
          gle-opening, continuous pole
          sleeve construction and linked
          inner and outer tents makes
          the Nammatj and Nammatj GT
          easy and quick to set up.

        r Kerlon 1800 outer tent fabric
          and 10 mm poles make for an
          exceptionally stable tent.

        r Pitching requires only four
          pegs, yet additional peg and
          guy line points – 14 on the
          Nammatj and 18 on the Nam-
          matj GT – provide a myriad of options for increasing stability. Remarkably        r The Nammatj and Nammatj GT’s ventilation system functions regardless
          strong Spectra guy lines are attached at two points to all poles sleeves on         of the weather conditions, since the inner tent fabric is highly breathable
          both sides of the tent, and have two line runners each to ensure optimal            yet water repellent, and since each end has a large vent, placed high enough
          tension. Each vent also has a guy line with a line runner.                          to keep air moving even if the tent is dug down into deep snow. Both vents
                                                                                              are accessible from inside the tent – through the vestibule for the front
        r Both Nammatj and Nammatj GT have spacious interiors with full sitting               vent, and through the adjustable mesh and fabric venting panel in the back
          height in most of the inner tent, one vertical inner tent entrance, and, thanks     wall of the inner tent for the rear one. The vents are also backed with no-
          to the tunnel design itself, near-vertical side walls.                              see-um mesh, and have adjustable snow-proof panels which are air per-
                                                                                              meable even when zipped up. In addition, the inner tent door has a full
        r A single entrance and vestibule afford easy access and plenty of storage            no-see-um mesh panel covered with an equal sized, zipper-adjustable fab-
          space, but keep the weight very low.                                                ric panel for greater venting and weather-protection options.

        r The entrance on the GT’s extended vestibule boasts a full no-see-um
          mesh door (which can be zipped off completely), and a multi-slider zip-
          per door that can be opened from the top, side, or bottom.




Right: The Nammatj is an excellent
winter-use tent, thanks to its su-
perb stability and space-to-weight
ratio. Seen here on a ski tour in Nor-
way. Photo: Ben Saunders.

Left: The versatility of the Nammatj
GT entrance: thanks to four sliders,
the door can be opened from the
bottom, sides or the top. This is es-
pecially convenient in deep snow or
brush, when the door’s bottom might
be hard to access. Photos: Stuart
Craig.
note: The Keron GT (pgs 18-20) has
the same redesigned entrance.
Nammatj & Nammatj GT Details
Continuous pole       Linked inner and          2 integrated   Full no-see-um mesh on       Adjustable vents on each
sleeves with single   outer tent for simul-     stowage        doors covered by equal       end can be closed with
openings provide      taneous pitching.         pockets        sized, zipper adjustable,    snow-proof panels. Ac-
quick & easy          Each can also be                         fabric panels for all-sea-   cessible from inside or
pitching.             used alone.                              son comfort.                 outside of the tent.
                                                                                                                        Extended vestibule on the GT version allows
                                                                                                                        for greater storage space and flexibility.
Inside vent affords ac-
cess to outer tent
vent, and has a no-
see-um panel covered
by equal-sized, zipper-
closure fabric panel
for full adjustability


Double guy line attach-
ments on each pole on
both sides have double
lines and line runners
for stability.



                              High bathtub                     Single vestibule pro-                 Large flaps pro-     Vestibule door opens from bottom, sides or top for
                              floor keeps out                  vides good storage                    tect zippers         maximum versatility, and is backed with an equal
                              ground water.                    while keeping tent                    from the rain.       sized, removable mesh door.
                                                               weight down.




              Nammatj                                                       Nammatj GT




                                                                                                                                 Inner tent can be used separately.
                                                                                                                                 Pitching requires 4 extra pole hold-
                                                                                                                                 ers – see Accessories.




                                                                            * = Inner Tent Height

                                                          Nammatj 2 & Nammatj 2 GT          Nammatj 3 & Nammatj 3 GT

                                                                  95 cm/38 in                     105 cm/42 in




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    the remarkably versatile Nammatj
         ince its introduction in 1982, the        use where absolute strength is                                     by traveling the most extreme

S        Nammatj has become one of our most
         popular tents. Little wonder, given that
it is exceptionally strong yet surprisingly light-
weight, and that its clever design affords su-
                                                   essential, but where low
                                                   weight is just as crucial. Both
                                                   the Nammatj and the GT ver-
                                                   sion have been enthusiasti-
                                                                                                                      regions of both the South and
                                                                                                                      North Pole (www.polarcon-
                                                                                                                      sultants.com), has used his
                                                                                                                      Nammatj tents on numerous
perb ventilation and overall comfort. Even on      cally embraced by moun-                    Nammatj GT              trips to the South and North
very long trips in the most demanding condi-       taineers climbing in Alaska                                        Poles, to Greenland, and to
tions, the Nammatj excels.                         (especially on Denali), in the                                     other remote places.
       The Nammatj GT merely augments these        Alps, in the Himalayas, and in Patagonia. Both        But everything that makes the Nammatj
traits with its capacious extended vestibule       are often chosen by military units, again be-    and Nammatj GT exemplars of expedition tents
that’s ideal for gear sorting, group gathering     cause of their unique blend of robust per-       also make them ideal for less extreme use, as
and the like. Both versions are light enough for   formance, generous space and light weight.       well. Their simplicity and strength make them
extended mobile adventures in                                        And the Nammatj has become     perfect for anyone who wants a tent to take
any terrain or condition, yet                                        the tent of choice for use in  backpacking, cycle and paddle touring – or
both are also strong enough                                          Antarctica. The Polar Re-      even car camping – and never have to worry
for some base camp use.                                              search Station at McMurdo      about either the weight, the roominess, or the
       In fact, the Nammatj and                                      supplies its scientists with   strength, and who wants excellent comfort
Nammatj GT have become the                                           Nammatj 3s, and Paul Landry,   and ventilation.
standard for high mountain                     Nammatj               who literally makes his living

                                                                                                                            Left: A Nammatj is the
                                                                                                                            perfect choice for the Ar-
                                                                                                                            gentinian Andes – such
                                                                                                                            as here, in Refugio Frey,
                                                                                                                            near Bariloche – which is
                                                                                                                            both notorious for its
                                                                                                                            harsh weather condi-
                                                                                                                            tions, and renowned for
                                                                                                                            its crystal clear beauty.
                                                                                                                            Photo: Eskil Selvåg.
                                                                                                                            Below: A Nammatj GT is
                                                                                                                            ideal when you need ex-
                                                                                                                            tra room, such as for a
                                                                                                                            casual family outing in
                                                                                                                            northern Sweden’s glori-
                                                                                                                            ous summer.
                                                                                                                            Photo: Petter Olsson.




Above: Nammatj models
are well-suited for use
in deserts, where tem-
perature extremes, abra-
sive grit, and high winds
are common. Photo:
Markus Koller
(www.kokobike.ch)
Right: Scientists of the
US Antarctic Program in
McMurdo Station count
on Nammatj 3s when
working in the field out-
side the base. “We
choose Hilleberg tents
for their easy setup,
durability, and function-
ality,” says Program
Manager Karla College.
Photo: Karla College.

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ULTRALIGHT ALL-SEASON TUNNEL TENT




   Nallo & Nallo GT                                                                                                                                       with its 12 kilo tear strength, is an order of mag-
                                                                                                                                                          nitude stronger even than most so-called “expe-
                                                                                                                                                          dition grade” fabrics, and so is easily robust
   The Nallo and Nallo GT are the ideal all-around, all-season,                                                                                           enough to handle adverse situations well.

   ultralight tents.                                                                                                                                      Nallo & Nallo GT Users
                                                                                                                                                          The Nallo and Nallo GT’s salient characteris-
   Tent Profile                                                                                                                                           tic may be their ultra light weight, but both
   In essence, the Nallo and its extended vestibule                            their exceptional weight to space ratio, they are                          are still fully able to handle all season, all
   version, the Nallo GT, are the ultralight ver-                              perfect for long distance endeavors where light                            weather adventures. This explains why these
   sions of the Nammatj and Nammatj GT. They                                   weight is a greater priority than absolute                                 tents are the first choice of those needing the
   excel in any situation where the lightest possi-                            strength. Certainly, they are suitable for ex-                             lightest weight tents that still offer all-season,
   ble tent is needed, but where true all season                               posed and/or above treeline use in all seasons,                            all weather functionality. This includes wilder-
   strength and reliability might be required. Both                            but because they are built using our ultralight                            ness photographers, professional climbers,
   tents’ Tunnel Tent design and ultra light weight                            Kerlon 1200, 9 mm poles, and lighter gauge zip-                            hunters, and other adventurers who have to
   make them ideal for mobile adventures, where                                pers, they do not have the same strength as                                carry large amounts of gear, as well as long dis-
   you move your tent every day. And, because of                               their Nammatj cousins. That said, Kerlon 1200,                             tance hikers, who want to get more out of car-
                                                                                                                                                          rying less. Globe-trotting trekkers often carry
                                                                                                                                                          the Nallo, as it ensures they will have private ac-
                                                                                                                                                          commodations wherever they go, and solo hik-
                                                                                                                                                          ers love having near-palatial space without any
                                                                                                                                                          real weight penalty. Families with younger chil-
                                                                                                                                                          dren and those who hike with their dogs love the
                                                                                                                                                          extra space – and, of course, the ultra light
                                                                                                                                                          weight – the Nallo GT has to offer.
   Nallo


                                                                                                                                                          “Nallo” is a peak in the Swedish mountain
                                                                                                                                                          range of Kebnekaise.

                                                                                                                                                          Colors: Green or Red
   Select Nallo Awards

                     The US-based American Alpine Institute presented                           Outdoor named the Nallo 2 “best buy” (Kauf Tipp),                            Norwegian outdoor magazine UTE gave the Nallo
                     its coveted Guides Choice Award to three Hille-                            referring to it as “the standard for ultralight 2-per-                       2 1st place in a test for field use, roominess, qual-
                     berg tents, including the Nallo, saying “They are                          son tents.”                                                                  ity, weight and price: “The best lightweight tent
      2006           perfection in design.”                                      07/2005                                                                     #4 – 2005       of the test, Best in test!” (2nd place went to the
                                                                                                                                                                             Nallo 2 GT!)

                     Three times the Nallo 2 has been rated Gear of the                         The UK’s Trail declared the Nallo 2 the winner of                            Britain’s The Great Outdoors rated the Nallo 2 the
                     Year by the readers of Outdoor, Germany’s top out-                         Britain’s Toughest Test of tents weighing under                              overall winner in a two-person tent test: “The
                     door magazine.                                                             5.5 lbs/2.5 kg, saying “This tent is just about per-                         Nallo is superb, probably the best two person
  2002, 2005 &                                                                   05/2005        fect for most backpacking situations.”                       06/2003         backpacking tent available.”
      2006


                                               Nallo 2                     Nallo 2 GT                       Nallo 3                      Nallo 3 GT                      Nallo 4                       Nallo 4 GT
          Minimum Wt.                    1.9 kg/4 lbs 3 oz             2.2 kg/4 lbs 14 oz             2.1 kg/4 lbs 10 oz              2.5 kg/5 lbs 8 oz            2.5 kg/5 lbs 8 oz              3.0 kg/6 lbs 10 oz
          Packed Wt.                     2.1 kg/4 lbs 10 oz            2.6 kg/5 lbs 12 oz             2.4 kg/5 lbs 5 oz               2.8 kg/6 lbs 3 oz            2.8 kg/6 lbs 3 oz               3.3 kg/7 lbs 4 oz
          Inner Height                      100 cm/40 in                  100 cm/40 in                   105 cm/42 in                   105 cm/42 in                  115 cm/46 in                     115 cm/46 in
          Inner Tent Area                  2.8 m2 /30.1 ft2               2.8 m2 /30.1 ft2              3.4 m2/36.6 ft2                 3.4 m2/36.6 ft2              4.3 m2/46.3 ft2                4.3 m2 /46.3 ft2
          Vestibule Area (m2)                   1.3 m2                        2.2 m2                         1.4 m2                         2.7 m2                        1.8 m2                         3.2 m2
          Vestibule Area (ft2)                   14 ft2                       23.7 ft2                       15 ft2                         29.1 ft2                      9.4 ft2                        34.4 ft2
          Poles (9mm)                   1 x 305, 1 x 260 cm           1 x 305, 2 x 260 cm            1 x 328, 1 x 285 cm            1 x 328, 2 x 285 cm           1 x 368, 1 x 328 cm            1 x 368, 2 x 328 cm
                                       1 x 120.1, 1 x 102.4 in       1 x 120.1, 2 x 102.4 in        1 x 129.1, 1 x 112.2 in        1 x 129.1, 2 x 112.2 in       1 x 144.9, 1 x 129.1 in        1 x 144.9, 2 x 129.1 in
          Pegs                             8 Viper Pegs &                10 Viper Pegs &                8 Viper Pegs &                10 Viper Pegs &               8 Viper Pegs &                 10 Viper Pegs &
                                           8 Square Pegs                 10 Square Pegs                 8 Square Pegs                 10 Square Pegs                8 Square Pegs                  10 Square Pegs
          Every Hilleberg tent comes with outer tent, inner tent, guy lines with line runners, poles, pegs, stuff bags for tent, poles and pegs, spare pole section, repair sleeve and instructions.
          “Minimum Weight” refers to the outer and inner tents and the poles only. “Packed Weight” includes all items that come with the tent.

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                                                                                                                                                                                     Nallo GT
Performance Attributes
r Our Tunnel design, with its single-opening,
  continuous pole sleeve construction and linked
  inner and outer tents makes the Nallo and
  Nallo GT quick and easy to set up.

r Ultralight materials – Kerlon 1200 outer tent
  fabric and 9 mm poles – make for a supremely
  stable yet very lightweight tent.

r Pitching requires only four pegs, yet additional
  peg and guy line points – 11 on the Nallo and
  16 on the Nallo GT – provide a myriad of op-
  tions for increasing stability. Remarkably strong
  Spectra guy lines are attached at two points to
  all poles sleeves on both sides of the tent, and have two line runners each                                      r The entire front of the Nallo GT’s vestibule can be rolled away to create
  to ensure optimal tension. The front vent on the Nallo GT also has a guy                                           a tunnel-shaped opening which has full tent width and enough depth to
  line with a line runner, and the Nallo has a loop for guy line attachment.                                         keep all but the worst weather away from the inner tent door.

r Both maximize interior space by having full sitting height closest to the                                        r The Nallo and Nallo GT’s ventilation system functions regardless of weather
  front, where you need it most, as well as one vertical inner tent entrance,                                        conditions, since the inner tent fabric is highly breathable yet water re-
  and, because of the tunnel design itself, near-vertical side walls.                                                pellent, and since the large front vent is not only situated high enough to
                                                                                                                     keep air moving even if the tent is dug down into deep snow, but it is also
r A single entrance and vestibule afford easy access and plenty of storage                                           backed by an adjustable snow-proof panel that is accessible from inside
  space, and this, along with our lighter weight Kerlon 1200 outer tent fab-                                         the vestibule, and which is air permeable even when zipped up. Inner tent
  ric and 9 mm poles produce an astonishingly light yet all-weather-strong                                           venting comes from the adjustable fabric-backed no-see-um mesh panel
  tent.                                                                                                              in the rear wall of the inner tent. In addition, the inner tent door has a full
                                                                                                                     no-see-um mesh panel covered with an equal sized, zipper-adjustable fab-
r The GT’s extended vestibule boasts one entrance on each sides, so that you                                         ric panel, and the rear wall of the outer tent can be partially rolled up and
  can always situate one out of the weather.                                                                         guyed out for more venting options.




Select Nallo GT Awards

                               When Norwegian outdoor magazine UTE tested
                               11 tents for field use, roominess, quality, weight
                               and price, they awarded the Nallo 2 GT 2nd
                               place – right behind the Nallo 2. Of the Nallo 2
 #4 – 2005
                               GT, UTE wrote: “Plenty of room, low weight – rec-
                               ommended!”




 Gear of the Year
                        2003   The readers of Germany’s leading outdoor mag-
 1. PLATZ                      azine, Outdoor, voted the Nallo 2 GT Gear of
   Leichtgewichtzelte
           HILLEBERG
           NALLO 2 GT          the Year.                                              The Nallo GT vestibule is exceptionally versatile. An
                                                                                      entrance on either side (above) ensures you can al-
      2003
                                                                                      ways enter and exit out of the wind, and both
                                                                                      doors can be open at the same time for better ac-
                                                                                      cess and venting.
                                                                                      In addition, the entire front can be rolled up to cre-
                               The travel magazine De Kompass gave the Nallo          ate the tent equivalent of a covered patio (above
                               GT “Overall Test Winner.”
                                                                                      right & right). Photos: Stuart Craig & Rolf Hilleberg.

      2004



                               In March, 2003, Dutch outdoor magazine Op Pad                                                                   Rear venting options on the Nallo and Nallo GT. Fully
                               called the Nallo GT: “...a real winner when you look                                                            zipped (far left), and fully rolled up for maximum
                               at the weight per square meter...an extra plus goes
                                                                                                                                               venting. Photos: Stuart Craig.
 03/2003                       to this model.”


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Nallo & Nallo GT Details
Continuous pole           Linked inner and        2 integrated       Full no-see-um mesh on         Integrated door and
sleeves with single       outer tent for simul-   stowage            doors covered by equal         vent. The top of the
openings provide          taneous pitching.       pockets.           sized, zipper adjustable,      door also acts as the
quick & easy              Each can also be                           fabric panels for all-sea-     vent’s adjusting
pitching.                 used alone.                                son comfort.                   mechanism.
                                                                                                                              Extended vestibule on the GT version allows
Inside no-see-um                                                                                                              for greater storage space and flexibility.
mesh vent is covered
by equal-sized, zipper-
closure fabric panel
for full adjustability.


Double guy line attach-
ments on each pole on
both sides have double
lines and line runners
for stability.


Lower portion of rear
outer wall can be
rolled up for greater
venting options.
                              High bathtub        Single vestibule pro-      Tent can be accessed        Large flaps                Dual entrances on vestibule allow greater
                              floor keeps out     vides good storage         from either front or        protect zippers            access, and ensure that one entrance can
                              ground water.       while keeping tent         side panels for             from the rain.             be placed out of the wind.
                                                  weight down.               greater versatility.




                      Nallo                                                         Nallo GT




                                                                                                                                     Inner tent can be used separately.
                                                                                                                                     Pitching requires 4 extra pole hold-
                                                                                                                                     ers – see Accessories.




                                                                             * = Inner Tent Height

                                                     Nallo 2 & Nallo 2 GT       Nallo 3 & Nallo 3 GT       Nallo 4 & Nallo 4 GT

                                                         100 cm/40 in                105 cm/42 in              115 cm/46 in
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                                      Nallo or Nammatj?
           e are often asked how to choose         pers, make the Nammatj bet-                                          stability options: by guying

W          between the Nallo and Nammatj.
           While we designed the Nallo and
Nallo GT as the Ultralight versions of the Nam-
matj and Nammatj GT, perhaps a better per-
                                                   ter suited to high-grit environ-
                                                   ments, such as deserts,
                                                   beaches, playas and the like.
                                                   The Nammatj (and Nammatj
                                                                                                                        out both the front and rear
                                                                                                                        vent, you add a significant
                                                                                                                        amount of stability to the tent.
                                                                                                                        In addition, since the Nam-
spective is to look at it the other way: the       GT) also both have more guy                    Nammatj               matj models’ rear vent is ac-
Nammatj is a supercharged Nallo. Both mod-         line and peg points than their                                       cessible directly from the in-
els are all season, all weather strong, and both   counterpart Nallo models, and so can offer         ner tent, it makes an excellent window –
will serve you well in all situations. Both have   more stability in extreme conditions.              something that photographers appreciate.
seen action – very successfully – in high                Both the Nallo and Nallo GT and the                On top of this, the Nammatj GT boasts a
mountain winter storms as well as tranquil         Nammatj and Nammatj GT have two vents, one         fully adjustable, fully removable no-see-um
summer idylls, both in exposed and/or above        on either end. Those on the Nallo and Nallo GT     mesh panel backing on its outer tent door. In
treeline terrain and protected conditions.         are situated high up in front (in the vestibule)   conjunction with the dual vents, it allows for
      So between the two, choose the Nammatj       and down low in back (the lower part of the        a remarkably airy, bug-free haven for warm
and Nammatj GT when you want that extra            outer tent wall is bisected by a zipper, and so    weather trips.
margin of strength that their Kerlon 1800 and      can be partially rolled up). On the Nammatj and          On the other side of the equation, the
10 mm poles provide, or what their extra fea-      its GT models, however, both vents are placed      Nallo and Nallo GT offer ultra light weight –
tures have to offer.                                                  up high – one in the vestibule  but at the expense of some of the features
      Kerlon 1800 has a some-                                         and one at the same height      found in the Nammatj and Nammatj GT. Thus,
what higher UV resistance                                             on the rear of the outer tent – if the lowest possible weight tent is the high-
than the Nallo’s Kerlon 1200,                                         and both have adjustable no-    est priority – more than the extra insurance of
and it has slightly higher abra-                                      see-um mesh panels. This not    added strength or the additional comfort of
sion resistance, as well. This,                                       only increases the ventilation  dual venting – the Nallos are the best choice.
along with heavier gauge zip-                                         opportunities, but it also adds
                                               Nallo



one summer in Alaska:
two very different trips, two different Hilleberg models


                                                                                   below: Daniel Rainwater and his brother Rob went to Alaska’s Denali National
                                                                                   Park, and spent 29 nights in their Nammatj. They climbed Mt Brooks (11,940
                                                                                   ft/3639 m), and walked 140 miles. They also had only one day without rain or
                                                                                   snow. Such conditions – extreme weather, higher altitudes and harsh terrain
                                                                                   above tree line – are exactly what the Nammatj and Nammatj GT were de-
                                                                                   signed to handle. Photo: Daniel Rainwater.




above: Ashley Albright, Blaque Reily-Orth, Christina VonMertens and Kelly Ryan
spent a month backpacking in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands. “Beyond the antic-
ipated moisture of the trip,” they wrote, “the wind was horrendous. The Nallo
stood up to winds that made creeks blow upstream.” Of their 25 days, “12 were
almost unbearable wind and rain, 9 were overcast with light showers…, and
4 were nice.” This is a classic Nallo/Nallo GT situation: light weight is a pri-
ority, but so too is strength for extreme weather, but in lower angle, less ex-
posed terrain. Photo: Ashley Albright, “No Bugs, No Bears: A Very Unalaska
Adventure.”

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ALL-SEASON DOME TENT




   Saivo & Tarra                                                                                                                                       Saivo & Tarra Users
                                                                                                                                                       Thanks to their construction, the Saivo and
                                                                                                                                                       Tarra can withstand even the fiercest weather
   Supremely strong self-supporting tents that can handle any sit-                                                                                     and heaviest snow loads. Their four poles have
                                                                                                                                                       multiple crossing points – seven in the Saivo
   uation in any kind of weather.                                                                                                                      and five in the Tarra – creating an amazingly
                                                                                                                                                       strong structure, yet their short pole sleeve and
   Tent Profile                                                                                                                                        clip system makes pitching – even by a single
   Both the three person Saivo and two person                                    yet because they are self-supporting and easy                         person in windy conditions – remarkably easy.
   Tarra are our flagship Dome Tents. These are                                  to pitch, both the Saivo and Tarra are also                                 Both the Saivo and Tarra are highly pop-
   outstanding all-around tents for adventures                                   equally at home in protected conditions, all                          ular with mountaineers as base camp tents,
   where absolute strength is the highest priority.                              year ‘round. Their roomy two door/two                                 and have also found a great deal of loyalty
   Their Kerlon 1800 outer tent fabric and 10 mm                                 vestibule configuration, along with their static                      among paddle tourers, who love their roomy,
   poles put them among our most robust tents,                                   strength, make them exceptional base camp                             self-supporting design. Desert travellers, long
   and their Dome design give them great static                                  tents, where the users will leave camp unat-                          distance ski tourers and polar expedition teams
   strength for handling heavy snow loading. Both                                tended for extended periods of time (the Saivo                        have also found these tents’ strength and sim-
   are ideal for use in exposed and/or above tree-                               is often used at the South Pole, and is left un-                      plicity welcome, as have backcountry walkers,
   line terrain in the most extreme conditions,                                  attended for long periods).                                           especially those who enjoy travelling in unruly
                                                                                                                                                       conditions.



                                                                                                                                                       “Saivo” means “holy lake” in Sami, the lan-
                                                                                                                                                       guage of the people indigenous to northern
                                                                                                                                                       Scandinavia.
   Saivo                                                                                                                                               “Tarra” describes a steep cliff in Sami.


                                                                                                                                                       Colors: Green or Red




                                                                                                                                   2005
                                                                                                                                 2005
                                                                                                                Gear the Year
                                                                                                              Gear of of the Year
                                                                                                              1. PLATZ
                                                                                                                 1. PLATZ
                                                                                                                                          Two years in a row the Saivo was selected as Gear of the Year by the readers
                                                                                                                  Trekkingzelte
                                                                                                                       Trekkingzelte
                                                                                                                     HILLEBERG
                                                                                                                          HILLEBERG       of the premier German outdoor magazine Outdoor.
                                                 Saivo                           Tarra                                    SAIVO SAIVO




          Minimum Wt.                        4.1 kg/9 lbs                3.5 kg/7 lbs 11 oz                  2004 & 2005
          Packed Wt.                      4.6 kg/10 lbs 2 oz             4.0 kg/8 lbs 13 oz
          Inner Height                       110 cm/43 in                   105 cm/42 in
                                                                                                                                          Villmarksliv, The Norwegian outdoor magazine, rated the Saivo 5.5 out of 6. “One
          Inner Tent Area                    3.9 m2/42 ft2                  2.8 m2/30.1 ft2                                               of the best tents we have ever tested – a tent for life.”

          Vestibule Area (m2)                  2 x 1.3 m2                     2 x 1.3 m2                     #11 – 2005
          Vestibule Area (ft2)                 2 x 14 ft2                     2 x 14 ft2
          Poles (10mm)                        4 x 400 cm                     4 x 372 cm                                                   The German outdoor magazine Outdoor compared European and American ge-
                                              4 x 157.5 in                   4 x 146.5 in                                                 odesic tents for winter use and named the Saivo the clear winner: “Better is hardly
                                                                                                                                          possible!”
          Pegs                                18 Pro Pegs                    18 Pro Pegs                       03/2004

          Every Hilleberg tent comes with outer tent, inner tent, guy lines with line runners, poles,
          pegs, stuff bags for tent, poles and pegs, spare pole section, repair sleeve and instruc-
          tions.                                                                                                                          The German outdoor magazine Outdoor called the Tarra an “absolutely perfect
          “Minimum Weight” refers to the outer and inner tents and the poles only. “Packed Weight”                                        geodesic” tent.
          includes all items that come with the tent.                                                              2001

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                                                                                                                                                                  Tarra
         Performance Attributes
         R Our Dome design is self-supporting,
           and its innovative short pole sleeve
           and clip system construction, uniform
           length poles, and linked inner and
           outer tents make for quick, easy set up:
           only the vestibules require pegging
           out, and in nice weather these can be
           completely rolled aside.

         R Kerlon 1800 outer tent fabric and 10
           mm poles with multiple crossing points
           make for an exceptionally stable tent
           with outstanding snow-load handling
           capability.

         R Multiple guy lines afford even greater
           stability, especially as many of the
           guy line attachment loops are designed to be wrapped around poles or pole       R Both the Saivo and Tarra’s ventilation system functions regardless of the
           crossing points.                                                                  weather conditions, since both tents’ inner tent fabrics are highly breath-
                                                                                             able yet water repellent, and since both have roof vents – one in the Tarra
         R Guy lines on the vent cover add yet another level of stability to both tents.     and two in the Saivo – in the inner and the outer tents, all of which are
                                                                                             accessible from inside the tent. The inner tent vents can be opened or closed
         R The interior is quite spacious thanks to near vertical inner tent entrances,      completely, and have no-see-um mesh backed by zipper-adjustable fab-
           and only mildly sloping walls.                                                    ric panels. The outer tent vents can likewise be fully opened and closed,
                                                                                             and have integrated snow-proof panels, which are air permeable even when
         R Two entrances and two vestibules afford tremendous convenience, flexi-            the vents are zipped up. A separate vent cover ensures that the weather
           bility and comfort. For instance, one vestibule can be designated for gear        stays on the outside. In addition, the outer tent entrances can also be opened
           stowage, while the other can be used for food preparation or gear sort-           from the top, and the inner tent door has a full no-see-um mesh panel cov-
           ing.                                                                              ered with an equal sized, zipper-adjustable fabric panel for greater vent-
                                                                                             ing and weather-protection options.
         R One entrance of the tent can always be situated out of the wind.

         R The Saivo’s entrances are asymmetric: you can enter and exit from either
           side or from the end of the vestibules, meaning you can always get in and
           out in the lee of the wind and keep rain from getting into the inner tent
           during entering or exiting. The Tarra’s outer door boasts a large zipper flap
           to keep rain out.




The Saivo is a superb base camp tent. Spacious and immensely strong, it is at home in      Cold weather paddle touring in the Swedish Archipelago often means very windy,
even the harshest environments, such as the high plains surrounding 24758 ft/7546 m        very wet – and of course very cold – conditions, so the robust self-support-
Muztagh Ata in northwestern China (below). Photo: Johan Ranbrandt.                         ing Tarra is a welcome companion. Photo: Magnus Fischer (www.kajak-
                                                                                           specialisten.se).
Saivo & Tarra Details
                                       Saivo                                                                                         Tarra
Linked inner        Separate vent    Adjustable roof    Multiple guy     Full no-see-um       Linked inner        Separate vent    Adjustable roof    Multiple guy     Full no-see-um
and outer tent      cover protects   vents can be       lines increase   mesh on doors        and outer tent      cover protects   vent can be        lines increase   mesh on doors
for simultane-      open vents       closed with        stability in     covered by equal     for simultane-      open vent        closed with        stability in     covered by equal
ous pitching.       from snow        snow-proof         poor condi-      sized, zipper        ous pitching.       from snow        snow-proof         poor condi-      sized, zipper
Each can also       and rain.        panels, and are    tions.           adjustable, fabric   Each can also       and rain.        panel, and is      tions.           adjustable, fabric
be used alone.                       accessible from                     panels for all       be used alone.                       accessible from                     panels for all
                                     inside the tent.                    season comfort.                                           inside the tent.                    season comfort.


Short pole                                                               Asymmetric door      Short pole
sleeve and clip                                                          opening allows       sleeve and clip
system pro-                                                              one side to be       system pro-                                                              Large flaps pro-
vides quick &                                                            situated out of      vides quick &                                                            tect zippers from
easy pitching.                                                           the weather.         easy pitching.                                                           the rain.




                              Integrated                                 High bathtub                                        Integrated                                High bathtub
                              stowage pock-                              floor keeps out                                     stowage pock-                             floor keeps out
                              ets (12 total).                            ground water.                                       ets (4 total).                            ground water.




                  Dual entrances and vestibules for                                                             Dual entrances and vestibules for
                  easy access and storage.                                                                      easy access and storage.




Inner tent can be used separately. Pitching requires 8 extra pole hold-                       Inner tent can be used separately. Pitching requires Pitching Kit for
ers – see Accessories.                                                                        the Tarra – see Accessories.

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                               tunnel or dome tent?
           hile we originally built our rep-        son, even in high winds, in the dark, or while      without getting blown over – which is why our

W          utation on our Tunnel Tents, we pay
           just as much attention to our Dome
Tent designs, because both types offer their
own advantages.
                                                    he or she is wearing bulky gloves or mittens.
                                                    At the same time, Dome Tents – especially free
                                                    standing ones like the Staika and Unna – are
                                                    often better choices where there are limited
                                                                                                        Keron and Nammatj are so popular for long arc-
                                                                                                        tic expeditions.
                                                                                                              Similarly, we build our Dome Tents with
                                                                                                        the right amount of flex to ensure that they will
      In general, our Tunnel Tents afford lighter   pitching possibilities, such as on rock slabs and   ride out any storm without sacrificing any of
weight and more useable space. Our Dome             in gravelly soil.                                   their tremendous static, load-handling
Tents, because of their crossed-pole struc-              Both our Dome and Tunnel models offer          strength – which is why our Saivo, Staika and
ture, provide better static load stability and so   superb stability in even the highest winds.         Jannu are ideal for base camp use, especially
withstand snow loading better – but at the          Some tunnel designs can get pushed around           in winter.
price of extra weight. Both Hilleberg Tunnel and    by high winds, but ours have just the right blend
Dome models can be pitched easily by one per-       of strength and flex to move with the wind




                                                                                                        Tunnel tents are superb for mobile expeditions.
                                                                                                        Above: Martin Hülle training for his Greenland ex-
                                                                                                        pedition in the Hardangervidda National Park, Nor-
                                                                                                        way. Photo: Martin Hülle (www.martin-huelle.de).
                                                                                                        Left: On an expedition to South Georgia Island
                                                                                                        with the Northwest Mountain School. Photo: John
                                                                                                        Race. (www.mountainschool.com).




Dome tents are excellent choices for tough pitching conditions.
Left: Jonas Ahlman used a Jannu on Pumori (7,161 m/23,494 ft), in the Himalayas. “The Tent worked excellently at high altitude in harsh winds. I was very
happy with the tent’s performance.” Photo: Jonas Ahlman. (www.jonasahlman.se).
Above: An Unna makes a fine shelter on a South American “road trip.” Somewhere in Argentina Photo: Adrian Nordenborg (www.pathfindertravels.nu).

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ULTRALIGHT ALL-SEASON DOME TENT




   Jannu                                                                                                                           Jannu Users
                                                                                                                                   The Jannu was designed to be the ultimate,
                                                                                                                                   high-altitude mountaineering assault tent. Yet
   The Jannu is that rarest of combinations – tremendously strong                                                                  it is still easily light enough for weekend hikes
                                                                                                                                   in the hills. Thus, while the Jannu’s strength and
   and exceptionally light.                                                                                                        light weight has made it the tent of choice for
                                                                                                                                   alpine mountaineers, its excellent snow-load-
   Tent Profile                                                                                                                    ing resistance have made it extremely popular
   The Jannu is our strongest, lightest Dome Tent                        and small ledges, and it is very stable, even in          with winter campers, hunters, and high alti-
   model, and is in some respects the ultralight ver-                    high winds. Yet it is also easily light enough for        tude trekkers. Its light weight and self-support-
   sion of the Tarra, but with only one entrance.                        use on long distance trips where low weight is            ing structure have also attracted many long
   At the same time, it is very much its own crea-                       a high priority. The Jannu’s single entrance              distance backpackers and paddle tourers. And,
   ture. For while it is an Ultralight tent, it is                       and vestibule favor lighter weight over absolute          since it is quite strong and spacious yet also very
   nonetheless ideal for harsh, high altitude use,                       comfort, and its Dome design gives it excep-              light, solo adventurers expecting the harshest
   and both exposed and/or above treeline ter-                           tional static strength for handling snow load-            conditions favor the Jannu, as well.
   rain and protected conditions in all seasons                          ing. As a result, it is a fine choice both for base
   and all weathers. Its compact footprint shines                        camp situations, and for mobile adventures,
   in limited-space sites, such as knife-edge ridges                     where you pitch your tent every day.



                                                                                                                                   “Jannu” is a formidable 7710 m/25,295 ft
                                                                                                                                   peak (officially called Kumbhakarna) in the
                                                                                                                                   Himalayas.

                                                                                                                                   Colors: Green or Red




                                                                                                         The Jannu’s vestibule can be completely rolled away. This provides increased
                                                                                                         venting in warmer weather. Photo: Petra Hilleberg.
                            When Dutch outdoor magazine Op Pad
                            reviewed the Jannu, they concluded,
                            “All in all, a tent that could become as
          09/2005           popular as the acclaimed Nallo series.”




                                            Jannu
          Minimum Wt.                 2.5 kg/5 lbs 8 oz          Every Hilleberg tent comes with outer
          Packed Wt.                  2.8 kg/6 lbs 3 oz          tent, inner tent, guy lines with line
                                                                 runners, poles, pegs, stuff bags for
          Inner Height                  100 cm/40 in             tent, poles and pegs, spare pole sec-
                                                                 tion, repair sleeve and instructions.
          Inner Tent Area              3.3 m2/36.6 ft2           “Minimum Weight” refers to the outer
                                                                 and inner tents and the poles only.
          Vestibule Area (m2)                1.2 m2
                                                                 “Packed Weight” includes all items
          Vestibule Area (ft2)               13 ft2              that come with the tent.
          Poles (9 mm)              2 x 368, 1 x 373 cm
                                   2 x 144.9, 1 x 146.8 in

          Pegs                         8 Viper Pegs &
                                       7 Square Pegs

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                                         Professional adventurer and photog-
                                         rapher Fredrik Sträng recently climbed
                                         the seven tallest peaks on the seven
Performance                              continents in under seven months. “I
Attributes                               have to know that my gear can handle
r Our Dome design is self-               the tough environments that I am in.
  supporting, and its innova-            The Hilleberg Jannu was an obvious
  tive short pole sleeve and             choice because it is lightweight, stable
  clip system construction               and easy to pitch. I used the Jannu on
                                         my 7 summit expedition in the higher
  and linked inner and outer
                                         camps, which are often whipped by
  tents make for quick, easy
                                         merciless winds and heavy snowfall.
  set up: only the vestibule
                                         Thank you Hilleberg!”
  requires pegging out, and
  in nice weather it can be              At right, Fredrik prepares for his Denali
  completely rolled aside.               climb. Kahiltna Glacier (2100m/6890
                                         ft), Alaska, USA. Photo: Fredrik Sträng.
r Ultralight materials – Ker-            (For more, see www.fredrikstrang.se)
  lon 1200 outer tent fabric
  and 9 mm poles – com-
  bined with the three poles
  crossing each other in three places make for a supremely stable, very light-             r The Jannu’s ventilation system functions regardless of weather conditions,
  weight tent with outstanding snow-load handling capability.                                since the inner tent fabric is both highly breathable and water repellent,
                                                                                             and since there are roof vents in the inner and the outer tents, both of which
r Multiple guy lines afford even greater stability, especially as many of the                are accessible from inside the tent. The inner tent vents can be opened
  guy line attachment loops are designed to be wrapped around poles or pole                  or closed completely, and are no-see-um mesh backed by zipper-ad-
  crossing points.                                                                           justable fabric panels. The outer tent vents can likewise be fully opened
                                                                                             and closed, and have integrated panels of highly water resistant, air per-
r Guy lines on the vent cover add yet another level of stability to the tent.                meable and snow-proof fabric, which allow air to flow freely even when
                                                                                             the vents are zipped closed. A separate vent cover ensures that the
r The interior is quite spacious thanks to a near vertical inner tent entrance,              weather stays on the outside. In addition, the outer tent entrance can also
  and only mildly sloping walls.                                                             be opened from the top, and the inner tent door has a full no-see-um mesh
                                                                                             panel covered with an equal sized, zipper-adjustable fabric panel for
r A single entrance and vestibule afford easy access and plenty of storage                   greater venting and weather-protection options.
  space, but keep the weight very low.

r The entrance itself is asymmetric, and allows you to enter and exit from
  either side or from the end, so you can nearly always get in and out in the
  lee of the wind.




Jannu Details
Linked inner and         Adjustable roof vent      Separate vent     Full no-see-um mesh on       Asymmetric door
outer tent for simul-    can be closed with        cover protects    door is covered by equal     opening allows
taneous pitching.        snow-proof panel, and     open vent         sized, zipper adjustable,    one side to be sit-
Each can also be         is accessible from in-    from snow         fabric panel for all sea-    uated out of the
used alone.              side of the tent.         and rain.         son comfort.                 weather.




Short pole                                                                                       Single entrance and
sleeve and                                                                                       vestibule provides
clip system                                                                                      good access and
provides                                                                                         storage and keeps
quick & easy                                                                                     the weight low.
pitching.




           Multiple guy lines                4 integrated stowage                High bathtub floor                     Inner tent can be used separately. Pitching re-
           increase stability in             pockets.                            keeps out ground                       quires 6 extra pole holders – see Accessories.
           poor conditions.                                                      water.


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ALL-SEASON DOME TENT




   Staika                                                                                                                          Staika Users
                                                                                                                                   The Staika is all about simple – but simple
                                                                                                                                   does not by any means equate to “sparse.” Easy
   A supremely strong, elegantly simple – and fully free standing –                                                                to pitch, immensely stable, remarkably spa-
                                                                                                                                   cious, and quite light, the Staika is an excellent
   Dome Tent that is well-suited for any adventure.                                                                                “go to” tent for any use where sturdy strength
                                                                                                                                   is the high priority.
   Tent Profile                                                                                                                          We originally designed the Staika for pad-
   Because of its Kerlon 1800 outer tent material,                      mirably in both exposed and/or above tree line             dle tourers, who wanted a highly stable, fully free
   10 mm poles and completely free standing de-                         and protected terrain, year ‘round, in any and             standing tent for handling tricky pitching con-
   sign, the Staika excels on any journey where ab-                     all weather conditions. And thanks to its spa-             ditions. Since then, it has garnered a large,
   solute strength is the highest priority, and where                   cious two door/two vestibule design and ex-                loyal following amongst a wide assortment of
   terrain could create difficult pitching condi-                       cellent static strength, it makes a superb base            other adventurers: mountaineers, polar travel-
   tions. Easy to pitch and fully able to handle                        camp tent, where users will leave the tent un-             ers, and ski tourers find it a supremely stable
   heavy snow loading, the Staika will serve ad-                        attended for extended periods of time.                     base camp tent in all conditions; bicycle tour-
                                                                                                                                   ers love its simplicity and completely free stand-
                                                                                                                                   ing construction; and even regular backpack-
                                                                                                                                   ers find great comfort in its roominess and
                                                                                                                                   relatively light weight as well as in its strength
                                                                                                                                   and stability.




                                                                                                                                   “Staika” means “high,” or “pointed” in Sami,
                                                                                                                                   the language of the people indigenous to
                                                                                                                                   northern Scandinavia.

                                                                                                                                   Colors: Green or Red

                       Outdoor, Germany’s top outdoor publication,                                     Exceptionally strong and stable, the Staika is an excellent high mountain tent.
                       rated the Staika “Very Good,” in a test of
                                                                                                       And its fully free standing design make it ideal for difficult pegging conditions.
                       Dome Tents in 2003, commenting, “a good
                       tent has become even better.” In 2004, Out-                                     Looking towards Ranrapalca (6162 m/20,315 ft), Camp Vallunaraja, Cordillera
     05/2003 &         door once again tested Dome Tents, and pro-                                     Blanca, Peru. Photo: Tilmann Graner. (www.foto-tilmann-graner.de).
      03/2004          claimed the Staika “Outstanding.”




                                          Staika
                                                               Every Hilleberg tent comes with outer
          Minimum Wt.                3.3 kg/7 lbs 4 oz         tent, inner tent, guy lines with line
          Packed Wt.                 3.7 kg/8 lbs 3 oz         runners, poles, pegs, stuff bags for
                                                               tent, poles and pegs, spare pole sec-
          Inner Height                 110 cm/44 in            tion, repair sleeve and instructions.
          Inner Tent Area             3.2 m2/35.5 ft2          “Minimum Weight” refers to the outer
                                                               and inner tents and the poles only.
                             2                      2
          Vestibule Area (m )            2 x 0.9 m             “Packed Weight” includes all items
          Vestibule Area (ft2)           2 x 9.7 ft2           that come with the tent.

          Poles (10 mm)                 3 x 387 cm
                                        3 x 152.4 in

          Pegs                          16 Pro Pegs

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                                                                    The Staika’s fully free
                                                                    standing design put to
Performance Attributes                                              excellent use on a ski
r The Staika’s Dome design is completely free stand-                tour along the Råne
  ing, and the vestibules are included in the self-sup-             River, in Norrbotten,
  porting structure. Its innovative short pole sleeve and           Sweden. Photo: Fredrik
  clip system construction, same length poles, and                  Broman (www.human
  linked inner and outer tents make for simple and quick            spectra.com).
  set up. Its design allows for a very compact footprint
  without sacrificing interior roominess.

r Kerlon 1800 outer tent fabric and three 10 mm poles
  in true dome configuration make for an exception-
  ally stable tent with outstanding snow-load han-
  dling capability.

r Pitching requires no pegs, but 16 peg points provide
  options for increasing stability: six loops at each
  pole end, one point on each of the four non-door
  outer tent panels, and six double guy lines with dou-
  ble line runners, one along each pole line.

r Both the floor space and head room are quite spa-
  cious thanks to the three pole structure and Dome design.                                  two roof vents integrated into the top of the doors. Extra sliders on the
                                                                                             outer tent doors provide plenty of adjustment options, and one entire side
r Two entrances and two vestibules afford tremendous convenience, flexi-                     of the inner tent door opening is a no-see-um mesh panel covered with
  bility and comfort. And the two vestibules are parallel to the sleeping area,              an equal sized, zipper-adjustable fabric panel. In addition, the top portion
  so access to gear stored there is wonderfully convenient – you can even                    of the outer tents’ doors are made of highly air permeable yet water re-
  get at it while lying in your sleeping bag!                                                sistant, snow-proof fabric panels, so air flows freely, even when the pan-
                                                                                             els are zipped closed. A separate vent cover ensures that the weather stays
r Dual entrances ensure that one door can always be situated out of the wind.                on the outside.

r The Staika’s ventilation system functions regardless of weather conditions,
  since both the inner tent’s fabric is highly breathable, and since there are




Staika Details
Adjustable roof vents can     Separate vent cover    Full no-see-um mesh on doors      Free standing design pro-
be closed with snow-proof     protects open vents    covered by equal sized, zipper    vides excellent stability,
panels, and are accessible    from snow and rain.    adjustable, fabric panels for     generous head height, and
from inside the tent.                                all season comfort.               integrated vestibules.




Linked inner
and outer tent                                                                                         Multiple guy
for simultane-                                                                                         lines increase
ous pitching.                                                                                          stability in poor
Each can also                                                                                          conditions.
be used alone.




Short pole                                                                                             2 integrated
sleeve and clip                                                                                        stowage pock-
system pro-                                                                                            ets.
vides quick &
easy pitching.




          Dual entrances and vestibules      High bathtub floor keeps         Large flaps protect                          Inner tent can be used separately. Pitching re-
          for easy access and storage.       out ground water.                zippers from the rain.                       quires Staika Pitching Kit – see Accessories.

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ULTRALIGHT ALL-SEASON DOME TENT




   Allak                             new model
                                                                                                                         Allak Users
                                                                                                                         Over its two year development, the Allak be-
                                                                                                                         came the tent of choice for anyone wanting the
   Simple, ultralight, and completely freestanding, the new Allak                                                        convenience of a totally free standing design in
                                                                                                                         an ultralight package. Anytime our testers were
   is an exceptional all-arounder.                                                                                       uncertain about what kind of terrain or condi-
                                                                                                                         tions they might experience on a trip, they
   Tent Profile                                                                                                          grabbed an Allak. Paddlers love its ability to be
   Our goal with the new Allak was to create a com-           1200 outer tent fabric and 9 mm poles, it is not           pitched nearly anywhere, while backpackers
   pletely freestanding, all season, yet very light           as stout as its Kerlon 1800 cousin, the Staika. Its        are drawn to its roomy stability and wonderfully
   Dome tent – in other words, an ultralight Staika.          exceptionally compact footprint and free stand-            light weight. Mountaineers appreciate both
   The Allak uses the same integrated vestibule de-           ing design are ideal for tough pitching condi-             the Allak’s free standing design and its roomi-
   sign as the Staika, as well as a similar 3 pole            tions, such as rocky ground and sand, and it is            ness, as well as its ability to deal with snow
   structure, but it employs ultralight materials for         easily light enough for mobile journeys, where             loading. And taller adventurers will be pleas-
   weight savings. The result is a two door, two              you move your camp every day. At the same                  antly surprised at its remarkable length.
   vestibule tent that weighs just 2.9 kg/6 lbs 6 oz.         time, its three pole Dome structure is strong
   The Allak’s three poles cross in three places, so          enough for some base camp use, where you
   it is sturdy enough for all season use in both ex-         leave your tent unattended, especially in mod-
   posed and/or above tree line terrain as well as            erate conditions.                                          “Allak” means “lake,” in Sami, the language
   protected conditions. But because of its Kerlon                                                                       of the people indigenous to northern Scan-
                                                                                                                         dinavia.

                                                                                                                         Colors: Green or Red




                                                                                             Its free standing design, light weight, roomy interior and excellent venting make
                                                                                             the new Allak a superb backpacking tent in every season. Zion National Park,
                                                                                             Utah, USA. Photo: Lisen Svensson.




                                      Allak
          Minimum Wt.            2.5 kg/5 lbs 8 oz   Every Hilleberg tent comes with outer
          Packed Wt.             2.9 kg/6 lbs 6 oz   tent, inner tent, guy lines with line
                                                     runners, poles, pegs, stuff bags for
          Inner Height            105 cm/42 in       tent, poles and pegs, spare pole sec-
                                                     tion, repair sleeve and instructions.
          Inner Tent Area         3.0 m2/32.3 ft2    “Minimum Weight” refers to the outer
                                                     and inner tents and the poles only.
          Vestibule Area (m2)       2 x 0.9 m2
                                                     “Packed Weight” includes all items
          Vestibule Area (ft2)      2 x 9.7 ft2      that come with the tent.
          Poles (9 mm)             3 x 370 cm
                                   3 x 145.7 in

          Pegs                   6 Viper Pegs &
                                 6 Square Pegs

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                                                                       As with its “big
                                                                       brother,” the Staika,
Performance Attributes                                                 the new Allak makes
r The Allak’s Dome design is completely free standing,                 an ideal paddle tour-
  and the vestibules are included in its self-support-                 ing tent. Here the Al-
  ing structure. Its innovative short pole sleeve and clip             lak is home after a
  system construction, same length poles, and linked                   wet day in the Yukon,
  inner and outer tents make for simple and quick set                  Canada. Photo: Bo
  up. Its design allows for a very compact footprint                   Hilleberg.
  while maintaining interior roominess.

r Ultralight materials – Kerlon 1200 outer tent fabric
  and 9 mm poles – combined with the three poles
  crossing each other in three places – make for a very
  lightweight yet very stable tent with excellent snow-
  load handling capability.

r Pitching requires no pegs, but 12 peg points provide
  options for increasing stability: six loops, one at
  each pole end and six double guy lines with double
  line runners, one along each pole line.

r Both the floor space and head room are quite spa-
  cious thanks to the three pole structure and Dome
  design.

r Two entrances and two vestibules afford tremendous convenience, flexi-                        doors provide plenty of adjustment options, and the inner tent door is a
  bility and comfort. And the two vestibules are parallel to the sleeping area,                 no-see-um mesh panel covered with an equal sized, zipper-adjustable fab-
  so access to gear stored there is wonderfully convenient – you can even                       ric panel. In addition, the top portion of the outer tents’ doors are made
  get at it while lying in your sleeping bag!                                                   of highly air permeable yet water resistant fabric panels, so air flows freely,
                                                                                                even when the panels are zipped closed. A separate vent cover ensures that
r Dual entrances ensure that one door can always be situated out of the wind.                   the weather stays on the outside.

r The Allak’s ventilation works regardless of weather conditions, since both
  the inner tent’s fabric is highly breathable, and since there are two roof
  vents integrated into the top of the doors. Extra sliders on the outer tent




Allak Details
Adjustable roof vent can      Separate vent cover     Full no-see-um mesh on door         Linked inner and outer tent
be closed with snow-proof     protects open vent      covered by equal sized, zipper      for simultaneous pitching.
panel, and is accessible      from snow and rain.     adjustable, fabric panel for all    Each can also be used alone.
from inside the tent.                                 season comfort.


                                                                                                      Free standing
Short pole
                                                                                                      design provides
sleeve and clip
                                                                                                      excellent stabil-
system pro-
                                                                                                      ity, generous
vides quick &
                                                                                                      head height,
easy pitching
                                                                                                      and integrated
                                                                                                      vestibules.

Integrated
stowage
pockets (2                                                                                            Multiple guy
total)                                                                                                lines increase
                                                                                                      stability in poor
                                                                                                      conditions.




          Dual entrances and vestibules        Flaps protect zippers             High bathtub floor keeps
          for easy access and storage.         from the rain.                    out ground water.                        Inner tent can be used separately. Pitching re-
                                                                                                                          quires Allak Pitching Kit – see Accessories.

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ULTRALIGHT ALL-SEASON SOLO TENT




   Akto                                                                                                                                             Akto Users
                                                                                                                                                    When we first introduced the Akto over a
                                                                                                                                                    decade ago, we did not know that it would be-
   A spacious, ultralight, solo tent with true all season function.                                                                                 come as popular as it has. Although only slightly
                                                                                                                                                    heavier than a bivy bag, the Akto offers near-
                                                                                                                                                    luxury, all-season shelter for the solo traveller –
   Tent Profile
                                                                                                                                                    lodging that includes a vestibule and a packed
   The Akto is ideal any time you need the light-                           This is, in part, because of the Akto’s roomy
                                                                                                                                                    size small enough to fit into a side pocket on
   est weight, all condition solo tent. It is especially                    configuration – it will easily accommodate you
                                                                                                                                                    many packs.
   good for long trips of any kind, in any season,                          and your gear – and because of its remarkably
                                                                                                                                                          Hikers, climbers, bicycle tourers and sea
   where light weight is a very high priority. And                          strong Kerlon 1200 outer tent fabric. Its single
                                                                                                                                                    kayakers alike have embraced its lightweight
   while it was not designed for extreme use in ex-                         pole Tunnel Tent construction, very light (yet
                                                                                                                                                    roominess, and today it is being used in every
   posed and/or above tree line terrain, the Akto                           very strong) Kerlon 1200 and 9 mm pole make
                                                                                                                                                    clime, all over the world. Long distance back-
   has proven itself on extended polar expedi-                              it best suited for mobile trips, where you move
                                                                                                                                                    packers especially appreciate having a sturdy,
   tions, and so will stand up well to all conditions.                      your camp every day.
                                                                                                                                                    comfortable room of their own at the end of a
                                                                                                                                                    long day on the trail. Trekkers find it excellent
                                                                                                                                                    lightweight accommodation insurance for when
                                                                                                                                                    traditional lodging in far flung places is over-
                                                                                                                                                    crowded, overpriced, or unavailable. And tall
                                                                                                                                                    users find it one of the few solo tents available
                                                                                                                                                    that has enough room.


                                                                                                                                                    “Akto” means “alone” in Sami, the language
                                                                                                                                                    of the people indigenous to northern Scan-
                                                                                                                                                    dinavia.

                                                                                                                                                    Colors: Green or Red




                    In Britain’s The Great Outdoors, writer Chris                                   Premier German outdoor magazine Outdoor                          Finland’s highly technical outdoor maga-
                    Townsend twice awarded the Akto “Best Buy” be-                                  awarded only the Akto its highest score in a                     zine Retki named the Akto best tent from a
                    cause of its low weight, its vestibule, and its                                 review of solo tents: “Low weight, great wind                    large group of solo models: “The top tent for
                    stability. In 2005, he wrote, “Alternatives have im-                            stability, and plenty of space make the Akto                     solo use.”
                    proved since the appearance of the Akto, but it’s                               the best solo tent.”
    04/2002 &       still the best compromise between weight, space,              09/2003                                                                2004
     07/2005        and stability.”

                                                                                                                 Even while you share your love of the outdoors with your friends, it can still
                                                                                                                 be a great pleasure to have a room of your own! Here two “private rooms”
                                                                                                                 afford stunning views of the wilds of Glen Etive, Glencoe, Scotland. Photo:
                                                                                                                 Andrew Park.



                                              Akto
          Minimum Wt.                 1.3 kg/2 lbs 14 oz            Every Hilleberg tent comes with outer
          Packed Wt.                  1.5 kg/3 lbs 5 oz             tent, inner tent, guy lines with line
                                                                    runners, poles, pegs, stuff bags for
          Inner Height                    90 cm/36 in               tent, poles and pegs, spare pole sec-
                                                                    tion, repair sleeve and instructions.
          Inner Tent Area                1.7 m2/18.3 ft2            “Minimum Weight” refers to the outer
                                                                    and inner tents and the poles only.
          Vestibule Area (m2)                 0.8 m2
                                                                    “Packed Weight” includes all items
          Vestibule Area (ft2)                8.6 ft2               that come with the tent.
          Poles (9 mm)                    1 x 293 cm
                                          1 x 115.4 in

          Pegs                          5 Viper Pegs &
                                        5 Square Pegs

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                                             In September, 2006, Nicholas Cu-
                                             paiuolo, stepped out of his hotel in
Performance                                  Lhasa, Tibet, and walked to Kath-
                                             mandu, Nepal, 600 miles/966 km
Attributes                                   away. “I faced extremely harsh con-
r The Akto has true all-sea-                 ditions including 17,000 ft/5182 m
  son capability, yet its total              altitudes, 50 mph/80 kph winds, 5°
  weight is only 1.5 kg/3 lbs                F/-15 ° C temperatures and on one
  5 oz. Our Tunnel design                    occasion, exploding dynamite.
  and linked inner and outer                 Through it all, the Akto managed ef-
  tents makes it very simple                 fortlessly to shelter and protect me.
                                             The Akto is truly a marvel. For a tent
  and quick to set up, and
                                             so light, it is generously sized and in-
  provides a high degree of
                                             geniously designed. It is the cream of
  stability in all conditions.
                                             the crop in solo expedition tents.”
r The single pole offers full                At right, camping near Kampa-la
  sitting height in the mid-                 pass in Tibet.
  dle of the tent, while                     Photo: Nicholas Cupaiuolo (www.
  sturdy fiberglass rods in                  nicholas-cupaiuolo.com/tibet).
  the corners of the outer
  tent provide extra height,
  eliminating the claustro-
  phobia that many solo
  tents engender.                                                                               r The Akto’s ventilation system functions regardless of weather conditions,
                                                                                                  since the inner tent’s fabric is highly breathable, and the main front
r Pitching requires only four pegs – one for each of the corner guy lines –                       vent – integrated into the door and fully adjustable – is protected by a gen-
  yet an additional six points provide more options for increasing stability.                     erous hood. Both ends of the tent have zipper closure vents as well, and
  This includes using the corner points at the head and foot ends of the tent                     these are protected by the overhang formed by the guy line attachment
  and the double guy lines with double line runners on both sides of the pole                     points. Additionally, these ends are made from a venting fabric, which is
  sleeve. If needed, another guy line can be added to the front vent hood.                        highly air permeable but still able to keep rain and snow out. Lastly, the
                                                                                                  top half of the inner tent door no-see-um mesh panel covered with an equal
                                                                                                  sized, zipper-adjustable fabric panel.




Akto Details
Continuous pole sleeve          Integrated door and vent.     Partial no-see-um mesh on in-      Linked inner and outer
with single opening             The top of the door also      ner tent door is covered by        tent for simultaneous
provide quick & easy            acts as the vent’s adjust-    equal sized, adjustable, fabric    pitching. Each can also
pitching.                       ing mechanism.                panel for all season comfort.      be used alone.



Double guy line
attachments on                                                                                               Integrated
each pole on                                                                                                 stowage
both sides have                                                                                              pocket.
double lines and
line runners for
stability.

                                                                                                             Venting fab-
                                                                                                             ric on head
Sturdy fiberglass                                                                                            and foot
rods in corners                                                                                              ends keeps
of the outer tent                                                                                            out snow, yet
provide extra                                                                                                is highly
height and more                                                                                              breathable.
useable space.



Single vestibule provides          Large flaps protect       High bathtub         Zipper adjustable vents in head and foot
storage room, leaving the          zippers from the rain.    floor keeps out      ends of the outer tent provide good air
entire inner tent for the oc-                                ground water.        flow, and are protected from rain by the
cupant only.                                                                      angled design of the end itself.            Inner tent can be used separately. Pitching
                                                                                                                             requires 2 extra pole holders – see Acces-
                                                                                                                             sories.
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ULTRALIGHT ALL-SEASON SOLO TENT




   Soulo                                new model
                                                                                                                             Soulo Users
                                                                                                                             Since the Soulo’s free standing construction
                                                                                                                             allows it to be pitched almost anywhere, and
   A completely free standing solo tent that is both expedition-                                                             since it is remarkably light and tremendously
                                                                                                                             strong, it is ideal for almost any adventure.
   ready and ultralight.                                                                                                     During its development, nearly every tester
                                                                                                                             found it perfect for whatever trip it was used
   Tent Profile                                                                                                              on. Mountaineers, both recreational and pro-
   The new Soulo is an intriguing combination of                   above tree line terrain, as well as in more pro-          fessional, will take to its strength and low
   a number of design attributes. As with our                      tected conditions. And like the Unna and the              weight, as will backcountry hunters and win-
   solo tent Akto, it has a roomy vestibule; as with               new Allak, it has a compact, fully free standing          ter campers. Bicycle, motorcycle and paddle
   our Unna, it is fully free standing, and is roomy               footprint, and so is excellent for tough pitching         tourers will choose it for its free standing
   enough that if you want more vestibule space,                   conditions like knife-edge ridges, rocky ground,          simplicity and compact packed size. Back-
   you can get it by disconnecting a part of the in-               and wooden-floored sites found in some parks.             packers in all seasons, long distance trekkers,
   ner. And like our ultralight high altitude, moun-               It is certainly light enough for mobile jour-             and weekend hikers alike will be drawn to its
   tain assault tent Jannu, the Soulo is tremen-                   neys, where you move your camp every day,                 light weight and integrated vestibule, and ski
   dously strong – it has a stout 3 pole/3 crossing                while its Dome structure imparts superb snow              tourers and ski mountaineers will appreciate
   structure – as well as remarkably light, thanks                 load handling ability, making it a fine choice for        its snow load handling. Tall users will love its
   to its Kerlon 1200 outer tent fabric and 9 mm                   most base camp use.                                       length, and all will appreciate its remarkable
   poles. As a result, the Soulo is wonderfully                                                                              overall roominess.
   suited for all season use in both exposed and/or

                                                                                                                             “Soulo” means “island,” in Sami, the lan-
                                                                                                                             guage of the people indigenous to northern
                                                                                                                             Scandinavia.

                                                                                                                             Colors: Green or Red




                                                                                                   The new Soulo is wonderfully suited to winter camping, as seen here on a ski
                                                                                                   tour in the Swedish mountains in Jämtland. Photo: Bo Hilleberg.




                                        Soulo
          Minimum Wt.             1.7 kg/3 lbs 11 oz       Every Hilleberg tent comes with outer
          Packed Wt.              2.1 kg/4 lbs 10 oz       tent, inner tent, guy lines with line
                                                           runners, poles, pegs, stuff bags for
          Inner Height               95 cm/38 in           tent, poles and pegs, spare pole sec-
                                                           tion, repair sleeve and instructions.
          Inner Tent Area           2.0 m2/21.5 ft2        “Minimum Weight” refers to the outer
                                                           and inner tents and the poles only.
          Vestibule Area (m2)            0.7 m2
                                                           “Packed Weight” includes all items
          Vestibule Area (ft2)           7.6 ft2           that come with the tent.
          Poles (9 mm)            2 x 344, 1 x 285 cm
                                 2 x 135.4, 1 x 112.2 in

          Pegs                      6 Viper Pegs &
                                    6 Square Pegs

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                                                                                         The Soulo’s fully free standing design allows
                                                                                         for the ultimate in pitching flexibility!
Performance Attributes                                                                   Photo: Pål Dufva.

r The Soulo’s Dome design is completely free standing, and
  the vestibule is included in its self-supporting structure. Its
  innovative short pole sleeve and clip system construction
  and linked inner and outer tents make for simple and quick
  set up. Its design allows for a very compact footprint while
  maintaining interior roominess.

r Ultralight materials – Kerlon 1200 outer tent fabric and 9
  mm poles – combined with the three poles crossing each
  other in three places – make for a very lightweight yet very
  stable tent with excellent snow-load handling capability.

r Pitching requires no pegs, but 12 peg points provide options
  for increasing stability: six loops, one at each pole end, and
  six double guy lines with double line runners, one along each
  pole line.

r Both the floor space and head room are quite spacious
  thanks to the three pole structure and Dome design.

r The single entrance/single vestibule configuration affords
  convenience, flexibility and comfort. And the vestibule is par-
  allel to the sleeping area, so access to gear stored there is
  wonderfully convenient – you can even get at it while ly-
  ing in your sleeping bag!

r The Soulo’s ventilation system functions regardless of
  weather conditions, since both the inner tent’s fabric is highly
  breathable, and since there is a zipper adjustable vent
  above the door of the outer tent. Made from a highly air per-
  meable yet water resistant and snow-proof fabric, the vent allows air to                      In addition, one entire side of the inner tent door is a no-see-um mesh
  flow freely, even when it is zipped closed. And the vent is fully accessi-                    panel covered with an equal sized, zipper-adjustable fabric panel. A sep-
  ble from inside the tent itself, thanks to extra sliders on the inner tent door.              arate vent cover ensures that the weather stays on the outside.




Soulo Details
Adjustable roof vent can       Separate vent cover    Full no-see-um mesh on door          Linked inner and outer tent
be closed with snow-proof      protects open vent     covered by equal sized, zipper       for simultaneous pitching.
panel, and is accessible       from snow and rain.    adjustable, fabric panel for all     Each can also be used alone.
from inside the tent.                                 season comfort.


                                                                                                         Free standing
Short pole
                                                                                                         design provides
sleeve and clip
                                                                                                         excellent stabil-
system pro-
                                                                                                         ity, generous
vides quick &
                                                                                                         head height,
easy pitching.
                                                                                                         and integrated
                                                                                                         vestibule.

Integrated
stowage pocket.
                                                                                                         Multiple guy
                                                                                                         lines increase
                                                                                                         stability in poor
                                                                                                         conditions.




          Single vestibule provides storage   High bathtub floor keeps           Flaps protect zippers
          room, leaving the entire inner      out ground water.                  from the rain.                              Inner tent can be used separately. Pitching re-
          tent for the occupant only.                                                                                        quires Soulo Pitching Kit – see Accessories.

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ULTRALIGHT ALL-SEASON SOLO TENT




   Unna                                                                                                                              Unna Users
                                                                                                                                     The fully free standing Unna is supremely easy
                                                                                                                                     to pitch nearly anywhere – rocky shores, nar-
   A fully free standing ultralight solo tent that can be pitched any-                                                               row ridgelines, dense forests (or, of course, even
                                                                                                                                     on “perfect” tent sites) – and it boasts an impres-
   where, anytime.                                                                                                                   sive amount of interior space. Add to that its
                                                                                                                                     eminent stability and impressively light weight,
   Tent Profile                                                                                                                      and it’s no wonder that it has become a favorite
   An Ultralight, fully free standing Dome tent,                          suitable for short term base camp use, while its           of paddle tourers, year ‘round backpackers,
   the Unna is both supremely simple and highly                           roominess and light weight lend themselves                 mountaineers, cycle tourers and casual campers
   versatile. It is ideal for journeys in any season                      very well to mobile journeys, where you pitch              alike.
   where low weight is a high priority, and where                         your tent each day. Rather than a vestibule,
   the terrain makes for tricky pitching condi-                           the Unna has a spacious interior that easily
   tions. Since its outer tent is made with our ul-                       accommodates the occupant and gear – or, in
   tralight Kerlon 1200 – whose 12 kilo tear strength                     a pinch, the occupant and another person.
   is still far stronger than most “expedition” tent                      And by disconnecting a corner of the inner
   fabrics – the Unna is a fine choice for long or                        tent, one can create both a virtual vestibule
   short trips in exposed and/or above tree line in                       and keep the inner tent dry while entering or ex-
   all but the worst conditions, and for use in                           iting in rainy conditions.
   more protected areas any time. Its Dome design
   handles snow loading quite well, making it                                                                                        “Unna” means “small” in Sami, the language
                                                                                                                                     of the people indigenous to Scandinavia.


                                                                                                                                     Colors: Green or Red




                  The US-based American Alpine Institute presented                                        The Unna’s unique design allows you to create your own, custom-sized
                  its coveted Guides Choice Award to three Hille-
                                                                                                          vestibule space. By simply detaching a corner of the inner tent and folding it
                  berg tents, including the Unna, declaring, “They are
                  perfection in design.”
                                                                                                          to the side, you get storage space without very little loss of interior roomi-
      2006                                                                                                ness. Photo: Petra Hilleberg.




                                            Unna                  Every Hilleberg tent comes with outer
                                                                  tent, inner tent, guy lines with line
          Minimum Wt.                1.8 kg/3 lbs 15 oz           runners, poles, pegs, stuff bags for
          Packed Wt.                  2.0 kg/4 lbs 7 oz           tent, poles and pegs, spare pole sec-
                                                                  tion, repair sleeve and instructions.
          Inner Height                  100 cm/40 in              “Minimum Weight” refers to the outer
                                                                  and inner tents and the poles only.
          Inner Tent Area               2.5 m2/27.0 ft2
                                                                  “Packed Weight” includes all items
          Poles (9 mm)                   2 x 387 cm               that come with the tent.
                                          2 x 154 in

          Pegs                         6 Viper Pegs &
                                       6 Square Pegs


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                                      On July 4, 2005, Renata Chlum-
                                      ska, the first Swedish woman to
                                      climb Mt. Everest, set out from
Performance                           Seattle, Washington, on her solo
Attributes                            Around America Adventure. Using
r The Unna is a straightfor-          a kayak and a bike (and, on occa-
  ward, all-season, com-              sion, in-line skates) Renata cir-
  pletely free standing tent          cumnavigated the United States,
  that weighs only 2.0 kg/4           returning to Seattle on September
                                      15, 2006, 439 days and 11,180
  lbs 7 oz. Our Dome design
                                      miles/17,993 km later. “On my trip,
  has single-ended, contin-
                                      I sometimes had to be very creative
  uous pole sleeves and
                                      in choosing campsites, so the free
  linked inner and outer              standing Unna was perfect – and
  tents for simple, quick set         its roominess made it a wonderfully
  up, and affords a very              welcome refuge after a long day!”
  compact footprint with-             (For more, see www.renatachlum-
  out sacrificing interior            ska.com)
  roominess.
                                      At right, Renata on the Rio Grande
                                      River. Photo: Christer Rugestål.
r The two pole configura-
  tion provides generous
  head room, and makes for
  near vertical walls, so
  there is plenty of room for
  you and your gear.

r Pitching requires no pegs, but 12 peg points provide options for increas-                  vent is integrated into the top of the door. The top third of the inner tent
  ing stability. This includes using the corner points of the tent itself, the               door is a no-see-um mesh panel covered with an equal sized, adjustable
  double guy lines with double line runners on both sides of both pole sleeves,              fabric panel, while extra sliders on both inner and outer tent doors pro-
  and the single guy line and peg point in the middle of both front and rear                 vide full adjustment options, and a separate roof cover keeps rain and snow
  walls.                                                                                     out. In fine weather, the bottom portion of the outer tent’s front and rear
                                                                                             walls can be rolled up and secured with the integrated toggle and loop.
r The Unna’s ventilation system functions regardless of weather conditions,
  since the inner tent’s fabric is highly breathable, and the since the main



Unna Details
Integrated door and vent.    Separate vent cover    Partial no-see-um mesh on inner     Free standing design pro-
The top of the door also     protects open outer    tent door is covered by equal       vides excellent stability,
acts as the vent’s adjust-   tent vent from snow    sized, zipper adjustable, fabric    and generous floor space.
ing mechanism.               and rain.              panel for all season comfort.




Double guy line
attachments on                                                                                    Linked inner and
each pole on both                                                                                 outer tent for si-
sides have double                                                                                 multaneous
lines and line run-                                                                               pitching. Each
ners for stability.                                                                               can also be used
                                                                                                  alone.



Continuous
pole sleeves
with single
openings pro-
vide quick &                                                                                      Large flap pro-
easy pitching.                                                                                    tects zipper
                                                                                                  from the rain.




    Integrated stowage          Lower portion of both front       High bathtub floor keeps
    pocket.                     and rear walls can be rolled      out ground water.
                                                                                                                       Inner tent can be used separately. Pitching re-
                                up for more venting options.
                                                                                                                       quires 4 extra pole holders – see Accessories.

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ALL-SEASON MODULAR TENT




  Stalon Combi                                                                                                                         Stalon Combi Users
                                                                                                                                       All our Tunnel Tents provide maximum use-
                                                                                                                                       able space and excellent stability at a low weight,
  The Stalon Combi combines the superb strength- and space-                                                                            and are thus excellent choices for any adventure,
                                                                                                                                       from a long winter trip to a short jaunt in a
  to-weight ratios of a Tunnel Tent with modular flexibility.                                                                          nearby forest. The Stalon Combi augments
                                                                                                                                       this with the immense flexibility of modular
  Tent Profile                                                                                                                         components.
  The Stalon Combi is very similar in character                                 and/or above tree line and protected terrain                 Thus, the Stalon Combi has quickly be-
  to our Keron, so it is an outstanding all-around                              alike. And, because of its ability to be precisely     come very popular with users who want to be
  tent for trips where strength is a high priority.                             customized to a user’s needs, it is especially         able to customize their tent. Ski touring groups
  The Stalon Combi’s two door/two vestibule                                     suited to extended snow camping adventures,            can build their own chalet – two tent “bed-
  configuration, its strength and its spacious-                                 and to group and family use. Its Tunnel Tent           rooms” connected by a roof extension “common
  ness, and its exceptionally strong Kerlon SP                                  design is geared towards mobile adventures,            area”; bicycle tourers can add an extension be-
  outer tent fabric and 9 mm poles make it ideal                                where you pitch your tent every day, but its           tween tent and vestibule and so create a portable
  for year ‘round, all-conditions use in exposed                                strength and flexibility make it quite effective       garage; and families can construct a backcoun-
                                                                                for many base camp-oriented trips, as well.            try vacation home, with a Stalon Combi 4 for
                                                                                                                                       the kids, a Stalon Combi 2 for the parents, and
                                                                                                                                       an Extension for the family room. Organized
                                                                                                                                       groups, like scouts and outdoor schools, also ap-
  Stalon Combi 2                                                                                                                       preciate the Stalon’s ability to build shelter so-
                                                                                                                                       lutions to order.




                                                                                                                                       “Stalon” originates from “Stalo,” a race of
                                                                                                                                       giants in Sami mythology.


  For more on the modular possibilities of the                                                                                         Color: Green
  Stalon Combi, please see page 52.

                                         Stalon Combi 2                 Stalon Combi 4                 Paul Landry and the team of the 2005 Greenspeed Expedition across Greenland
                                                                                                       raved about the their two Stalon Combi 2 tents connected by an Extension.
         Minimum Wt.                        3.2 kg/7 lbs                4.0 kg/8 lbs 13 oz             “Everyone appreciated having two tents connected together,” said Paul Landry.
         Packed Wt.                      3.5 kg/7 lbs 11 oz             4.4 kg/9 lbs 11 oz
                                                                                                       “It was far easier to organize two people in separate tents. Your tents are the eas-
         Inner Height                       110 cm/44 in                   110 cm/44 in                iest tents to set up in strong wind conditions.”
                                                  2          2
                                                                                                       Photo: Greenspeed (www.greenspeed.tv).
         Inner Tent Area                   2.7 m /29.6 ft                  4.4 m2/47.4 ft2
         Vestibule Area (m2)                  2 x 1.6 m2                     2 x 1.6 m2
         Vestibule Area (ft2)                 2 x 17.2 ft2                   2 x 17.2 ft2
         Poles (9 mm)                   2 x 368 cm/144.9 in            3 x 368 cm/144.9 in
         Module Weights
          Main Roof                       840 g/1 lb 14 oz              1.2 kg/2 lbs 10 oz
          Vestibule                         390 g/14 oz                    390 g/14 oz
          Inner Tent                     1.2 kg/2 lbs 10 oz             1.3 kg/2 lbs 14 oz
          Extension (1 pole
                                           1.1 kg/2 lb 7 oz               1.1 kg/2 lb 7 oz
            included)
         Pegs                               14 Viper Pegs                  18 Viper Pegs

         Every Hilleberg tent comes with outer tent, inner tent, guy lines with line runners, poles,
         pegs, stuff bags for tent, poles and pegs, spare pole section, repair sleeve and instruc-
         tions.
         “Minimum Weight” refers to the outer and inner tents and the poles only. “Packed Weight”
         includes all items that come with the tent.


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                                                                                                                                                    Stalon Combi 4
Performance Attributes
r Our Tunnel design, with its single-
  opening, continuous pole sleeve con-
  struction and linked inner and outer
  tents makes the Stalon Combi quick
  and easy to set up.

r Kerlon SP outer tent fabric and 9 mm
  poles make for a highly stable tent.

r Pitching requires only four pegs, yet
  additional points provide myriad op-
  tions for increasing stability. Remark-
  ably strong Spectra guy lines are at-
  tached at two points to all pole
  sleeves on both sides of the tent, and have two line runners each to en-                    r The Stalon Combi’s ventilation system functions regardless of weather con-
  sure optimal tension. Each vent also has a guy line with a line runner.                       ditions, since the inner tent fabric is highly breathable yet water repellent,
                                                                                                and since each end has a large vent, placed high enough to keep air mov-
r Modular construction lets you add sections to create very large “vestibules,”                 ing even if the tent is dug down into deep snow. The vents have adjustable
  or connect two (or more) complete tents. And because the two and four                         snow-proof panels which are accessible from inside the vestibules, and
  person models share the same height and width, you can mix and match                          which are air permeable even when zipped up. In addition, both inner tent
  to meet specific occupancy requirements flexibility and comfort.                              doors have full no-see-um mesh panels covered with equal sized, zipper-
                                                                                                adjustable fabric panels for maximum venting and weather-protection op-
r The Stalon Combi has a remarkably spacious interior, thanks to full sitting                   tions. For even greater air flow, the vestibules can be completely zipped
  height throughout the entire inner tent, the two vertical inner tent entrances,               off, allowing for both maximum venting and panoramic viewing options.
  and the tunnel design itself, which creates near-vertical side walls.

r Two entrances and two vestibules afford tremendous convenience and com-
  fort. For instance, one vestibule can be designated for gear stowage,
  while the other can be used for food preparation or gear sorting.

r One entrance of the tent can always be situated out of the wind.




Stalon Combi Details
Double guy line
attachments on          Continuous poles      Linked inner and       Full no-see-um
each pole on both       sleeves with sin-     outer tent for sim-    mesh on doors cov-
sides have double       gle openings pro-     ultaneous pitching.    ered by equal sized,
lines and line run-     vide quick & easy     Each can also be       zipper adjustable,
ners for stability.     pitching.             used alone.            fabric panels for all-
                                                                     season comfort.


                                                                       Adjustable vents
                                                                       on each door can
                                                                       be closed with
                                                                       snow-proof panels.
                                                                       Accessible from in-
                                                                       side or outside of
                                                                       the tent.



                                                                           Large flaps
                                                                           protect zippers
                                                                           from the rain.


                                                                                              Inner tent can be used separately. Pitching requires 4 extra pole hold-
                                                                                              ers in the Stalon Combi 2 and 6 in the Stalon Combi 4 – see Acces-
Dual entrances        Modular capability: op-        2 Integrated stow-    High bathtub
and vestibules        tional roof extension can be   age pockets on        floor keeps out
                                                                                              sories.
for easy access       added for more vestibule       Stalon Combi 2 (4     ground water.
and storage.          space, or to link to other     on Stalon Combi 4).
                      Stalon Combi 2 or 4 tents.
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ALL-SEASON MODULAR TENT




  Atlas                        new options added
                                                                                                                    Atlas Users
                                                                                                                    Large group tents that are very strong, rela-
                                                                                                                    tively light, and easy to pitch are difficult to find.
  Tremendously spacious, very stable and completely modular, the                                                    The Atlas is all these things and more, since it
                                                                                                                    is also totally modular.
  Atlas is the ideal big-group tent for any situation.                                                                    We originally designed and built the At-
                                                                                                                    las for polar scientists who wanted a mobile
  Tent Profile                                                                                                      research station, and it has been used with
  With its remarkably easy-to-pitch free standing         most extreme conditions, where its great static           great success by South Pole research teams for
  design, multiple poles and exceptionally strong         strength is capable of handling heavy snow                over seven years. It appeals to large backcoun-
  Kerlon SP outer tent fabric, the Atlas is the           loading. It is just as suited to more protected sit-      try groups of all types, from mountaineering ex-
  ideal base camp tent for large groups. It excels        uations, however, since its modular construc-             peditions needing a highly reliable, spacious
  in exposed and/or above tree line terrain in the        tion allows for a high degree of customization            base camp tent to outdoor programs looking for
                                                          to any and all weather and terrain conditions.            large, easily portable spaces for sleeping and
                                                                                                                    group gathering. It has also become especially
                                                                                                                    popular with outfitters leading large groups
                                                                                                                    into remote places.
                                                                                                                          This year’s two new Inner Tent options
                                                                                                                    make the Atlas even more versatile. Both have
                                                                                                                    sewn in floors and one, the Inner Tent 6, creates
                                                                                                                    vestibule space inside the outer tent (See page
                                                                                                                    53 for photos).




                                                                                                                    “Atlas” takes its name from the giant in
                                                                                                                    Greek mythology who holds up the earth, as
                                                                                                                    well as from North Africa’s most famous
                                                                                                                    mountain range.

  For more on the modular possibilities of the Atlas,                                                               Colors: Green or Burgundy
  please see page 53

                                         Atlas                                           The Atlas shows the strengths of its roomy, fully self supporting design in the
                                                                                         Swedish Archipelago. Photo: Pål Dufva.
     Atlas Basic Wt.*             8.5 kg/18 lbs 12 oz
     Height                          205 cm/81 in
     Area                          15.5 m2/166.8 ft2
     Optional External                                             * The Atlas Basic
                                      3 m2/3.6 ft2                   includes outer
     Vestibule Area
                                                                     tent, poles, guy
                         2 x 773, 2 x 673, 1 x 625, 1 x 212 † cm     lines, vent cover
     Poles (11 mm)
                          2 x 304, 2 x 261, 1 x 246, 1 x 84 † in     with pole, and
                                                                     20 Pro Pegs XL.
     Module Weights                                                † The 212 cm/84
      Inner Tent 8                 4.0 kg/8 lbs 13 oz                in pole is 9 mm
                                                                     in diameter, and
      Inner Tent 6                 3.5 kg/7 lbs 11 oz
                                                                     supports the
      Floorless Inner               2.0 kg/4 lbs 7 oz                roof vent cover.
      Detachable Floor             2.6 kg/5 lbs 12 oz
      Vestibule                     1.4 kg/3 lbs 2 oz
      Connector                      600 g/1 lb 5 oz
     Pegs                           20 Pro Pegs XL

  50 |
                                                                             The Atlas makes an
                                                                             exceptional base of
Performance Attributes                                                       operations for any
                                                                             group adventure, as
r The Atlas’ Dome design is fully free standing, and its                     seen here, with two
  Dome design offers prodigious snow-load handling.                          optional External
                                                                             Vestibules, on a
r Thanks to an innovative combination of both our pole                       climbing expedition
  sleeves and our short sleeve and clip systems, the At-                     to Greenland. Photo:
  las can be pitched by a single person.                                     Harald Edling/Ver-
                                                                             tical Reality (www.
r Kerlon SP outer tent fabric – which has a minimum                          vertical-reality.de).
  tear strength of 15 kilos – and 11 mm poles with mul-
  tiple crossing points make for an exceptionally stable
  tent with outstanding snow-load handling capability.

r The Atlas will accommodate double poling, which is
  an excellent practice when using the tent for a base
  camp in exposed terrain in extreme conditions.

r It sleeps eight comfortably yet weighs only 8.5 kg/18 lbs 12 oz in its Ba-                         Detachable Floor. The Detachable Floor itself comes in two pieces, and can
  sic version. It also boasts a full 205 cm/81 in interior height.                                   be customized to have an “aisle,” or to cover only half, or to cover the en-
                                                                                                     tire area. Adding one (or two) optional External Vestibules adds more space
r Multiple guy line points – including those on the vent covers – afford even                        and storage options, while the optional Connector lets you link multiple
  greater stability, especially as many of the guy line attachment loops are                         Atlas tents into a spacious efficient “tent city.”
  designed to be wrapped around poles or pole crossing points.
                                                                                                 r The Atlas ventilation system functions in all conditions, as there are two
r The Atlas’ modular design allows you to configure it in multiple ways. To                        fully adjustable roof vents in the outer tent (and matching ones in the op-
  the Atlas Basic, which is the outer tent and vent cover and which sleeps                         tional inner tent). All vents are accessible from inside the tent. There is
  8, you can add the optional Inner Tent 8, which has a sewn-in floor and                          also a rectangular mesh panel at the base of the outer tent door covered
  also accommodates 8. Alternatively, you can add the optional Inner Tent                          by a zipper-adjustable fabric panel. In addition, the doors on the optional
  6, which sleeps 6, has a sewn-in floor, and leaves room in the outer tent,                       inner tents each have a no-see-um mesh panel covered with an equal sized,
  thus creating vestibule space. Or you can add the optional Floorless In-                         zipper-adjustable fabric panel for greater venting and weather-protection
  ner, which sleeps 8, and which can be use with our without the optional                          options. A separate vent cover ensures that the weather stays on the out-
                                                                                                   side.




Atlas Details
Modular capability: Atlas      Separate vent cover    Adjustable roof vents can       A combination of     Dual entrances are
Basic is the outer, poles,     protects open vents    be closed with snow-proof       pole sleeves and     nearly full standing
pegs, guylines, and vent       from snow and rain.    panels, and are accessible      short pole sleeves   height for excellent
cover. Optional Floorless                             from inside of the tent.        and clips provide    access.
Inner Tent, Inner Tent 8                                                              quick & easy
or Inner Tent 6 can be                                                                pitching.
put in using our ring and
toggle connecting system.


                                                                                                            Modular capabil-
                                                                                                            ity: optional Ex-
Free standing
                                                                                                            ternal Vestibule
design pro-
                                                                                                            or Connector can
vides very
                                                                                                            be zipped into
good stability
                                                                                                            the door.
as well as full
standing
height inside.




Multiple guy
lines increase
stability in
poor condi-
tions.

                             Modular capability: optional two-piece, high                 No-see-um mesh panels
                             bathtub floor can be used with outer alone or                in both doors add to the
                             with outer and Floorless Inner tent.                         ventilation system.
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Hilleberg Modular Tents:
Unparalleled Flexibility
The Stalon Combi and Atlas represent                  tents are ideal for those needing – or simply        date large groups which have varying needs.
both of the main tent designs that Hilleberg pro-     wanting – increased flexibility.                     The Atlas Basic works well as sleeping quarters,
duces. Each retains all the characteristics and            Each model has a slightly different flavor      dining hall, and the like. If the group needs
benefits of its specific design – excellent weight    of “modular.” The Stalon is a superb choice for      more room, another Atlas can be attached with
to space ratio in the Tunnel Tent Stalon Combi,       those who want to customize a complete tent –        the Connector. If more comfort is needed, then
and high static strength and free standing struc-     by adding a huge “vestibule,” for example – to       one of the optional Inner Tents, or Exterior
ture in the Dome Tent Atlas. But each then            suit different situations or group sizes. The        Vestibule(s) can be added.
gets a boost from its modular capability. Such        Atlas is perfect for those who need to accommo-



Stalon Combi




                                              A Stalon Combi 2 and 4 linked with an Extension creates      Top: A Stalon Combi 2 with an Extension is a great
                                              a capacious group tent. Photo: Bo Hilleberg.                 option for those traveling with lots of gear.
                                                                                                           Above: Removing both of the vestibules from a
                                                                                                           Stalon Combi provides shady vistas and maximum,
                                                                                                           bug-free ventilation. Photos: Bo Hilleberg.




The Stalon Combi’s optional Extension adds immense convenient to backcoun-
try travel. Here, on a trip to Greenland, it makes an excellent “living room.”
Photo: Martin Fischer.


                                                                                 Above: The door on the Stalon Combi Extension can be pulled out, awning-
                                                                                 fashion, for both easy access and a covered porch effect. Photo: Pål Dufva.


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the many faces of the Atlas
1                                                                                                            2




                                                                                                             Kenneth Westman-Drake




                                                                                                             3

Harald Edling/Vertical Reality


1   An Atlas, with two External Vestibules, in the field in Greenland, during the 2006 Vertical Reality
    Climbing Expedition.
2   The Atlas with its optional Floorless Inner Tent (which sleeps 8 and to which the optional Detach-
    able Floor [inset] can be added. The optional Detachable Floor comes in two pieces, and can be cus-
    tomized to have an “aisle,” as seen in the inset, or to cover only half, or to cover the entire area).
3   An Atlas with the new Inner Tent 8, which has a sewn-in floor, fills the entire outer tent area, and
    sleeps 8.                                                                                                                        Kenneth Westman-Drake

4   An Atlas with the new Inner Tent 6, which sleeps 6 and has a sewn-in floor, but also leaves room
    in the outer tent, creating an integrated vestibule space.
5   Two Atlas tents, one with an External Vestibule, linked with the optional        4
    Connector.
6   An Atlas Basic in use during a group ski tour in northern Sweden.
7   The optional Carrier Bag for the Atlas. Designed to function as a back-
    pack for carrying the tent, the Carrier will hold all the Atlas components –
    outer and inner tents, floor, vestibule, poles and pegs [inset] – in a com-
    pact, easy-to-carry package.



                             7




                                       Bo Hilleberg



                                                                                     Thomas Jonsson


6

                                                                                     5




                                                                    Thomas Jonsson                                                   Kenneth Westman-Drake



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MINIMALIST SHELTER




   Bivanorak                                                                                                                                   Generous Hood
                                                                                                                                                Bivy Use…
                                                                                                                                                  Will accommodate a sleeping bag
                                                                                                                                                  hood

   An innovative, multi-purpose piece of equipment that is indis-                                                                               Rain Garment Use…
                                                                                                                                                 Keeps rain and snow off the face,
                                                                                                                                                 and is fully adjustable to move
   pensable for nearly every outdoor activity.                                                                                                   with the head



   Originally developed as a survival tool for Swedish air force pilots, our patented Bi-
   vanorak is a bivy bag/sleeping bag cover, rain garment, portable windbreak, and emer-
   gency shelter, all in one – and all in a 580 g/1 lb 4 oz package. The Bivanorak is made
   from a lightweight, tough, polyurethane-coated waterproof breathable fabric and
   has fully taped seams.
                                                                                                                                                  Shock Cord & Lock in Cuffs
                                                                                                                                                    Bivy Use…
                                                                                                                                                      Seals out the elements AND al-
                                                                                                                                                      lows full arm mobility without loss
                                                                                                                                                      of weather protection
                                                                                                                                                    Rain Garment Use…
                                                                                                                                                     Provides complete adjustability




                                                                                                                                                  Roomy, Extra Long Cut &
                                                                                                                                                  Deep Center Zipper
                                                                                                                                                    Bivy Use…
                                                                                                                                                      Accommodates a sleeping bag
                                               Bo Hilleberg
                                                                                                                                                      AND full sized pad
                                                                                                                                                    Rain Garment Use…
   Bivy Bag/Sleeping Bag Cover                                     Rain Garment                                                                      Can be worn over a pack, and al-
   The Bivanorak is cut long and wide to provide                   The Bivanorak is worn anorak style and can be                                     lows the wearer to customize cov-
                                                                                                                                                     erage and ventilation
   room for both a sleeping bag and pad in bivy                    adjusted to a variety of lengths. Simply pull
   bag mode. Its lower hem and cuffs have draw                     the bottom hem up inside the body of the Bi-
   cords (those in the cuffs are elastic) which can                vanorak and tighten the draw cord around your                                  Draw Cord & Cord Lock in Hem
                                                                                                                                                    Bivy Use…
   be secured shut to keep warmth in and rain                      waist or tuck the extra fabric under your pack’s                                   Seals the elements out and pro-
   and snow out, and its long front zipper makes                   hip belt. There is even enough room to carry a                                     tects the sleeping bag

   entry and exit easy. The large hood will easily                 backpack underneath! Pair it with rain pants or                                  Rain Garment Use…
                                                                                                                                                     Can be cinched at wearer’s waist
   accommodate the hood of a sleeping bag, yet                     chaps and you have superb wet weather protec-                                     or around pack hip belt to create
   it can be cinched tightly around your face.                     tion. Its single size and easy adjustability allow                                anorak length “jacket”

   Combine a Hilleberg Bivanorak and Tarp to cre-                  both the tallest and smallest person to use the
   ate a highly effective – and incredibly light-                  Bivanorak.                                           Colors: Green or Red
   weight – shelter system.


   Windbreak/Shelter
   Pull it out of your pack and climb in. The wind and waterproof mate-
   rial, adjustable cuffs and hem, and generous hood make for a roomy, com-
   fortable temporary refuge! It’s a versatile alternative to our Windsack as
   safety equipment for one person. At right, a Bivanorak makes any spot
   perfect for a lunch break while ski touring! Photo: Stuart Craig.




                             Bivanorak
          Weight            580 g/1 lb 4 oz
                         240 cm/94.5 in long                               08/2003
          Dimensions
                          86 cm/34 in wide
                                                              The USA’s Backpacker Magazine
                         Ripstop nylon with PU                named the Bivanorak “Best Bivy” in
          Fabric       waterproof (3000 mm/30                 a test of multi-functional products.
                       kPa) & breathable coating


   54 |
MINIMALIST SHELTER




   Tarp                                                                                                                        Hilleberg tarps come in three sizes, Tarp
                                                                                                                         5, 10 and 20, designed for solo, two person, and
                                                                                                                         group use, respectively. Each is available in
   The most basic shelter solution: light, simple, and remarkably                                                        both a super light UL and a heavy duty XP
                                                                                                                         version. The former is made from our Kerlon
   versatile.                                                                                                            1200, and the latter from Kerlon SP. Both are
                                                                                                                         tremendously strong yet lightweight, silicone-
   A tarp provides essential weather protec-                       vanorak (see picture below), and you get re-          coated fabrics, but where the Kerlon 1200 is
   tion but still allows you to feel fully “outdoors.”             markable weather protection at an incredibly          nylon, the SP is polyester.
   Indeed, there are those who prefer tarp camp-                   low weight.                                                 On all models, the attachment rings have
   ing, in all weather conditions, precisely because                    A tarp can also add a new dimension to           long guy lines with line runners on them. In ad-
   of that feeling. And how much of that “feeling”                 tent camping: Pitch a tarp over the tent’s en-        dition, the stuff bag is cleverly integrated into
   you indulge in is up to you, since our tarp’s                   trance, and you have a breezy patio, or build a       the Tarp itself, both saving weight and allowing
   “shape” is limited only by imagination and                      tarp kitchen away from your campsite for              quicker deployment and repacking.
   pitching materials. Combine a tarp with our Bi-                 greater safety in bear country.
                                                                                                                         Color: Green


                                                                                                                          1




                                                                                             1 A Tarp 10 over a tent
                                                                                                                          2
                               Please note: poles are not included with                     provides extra sun pro-
                               Hilleberg Tarps. Trekking poles shown here                   tection and creates a
                               are likewise not included.
                                                                                            great backcountry porch.
                                                                                             2 Tarps lend themselves

                                                                                            to creativity, as is seen
   Those looking to go super light can go even further by using the Bivanorak
                                                                                            here with a roomy Tarp
   as a sleeping bag cover in conjunction with a tarp – such as a Tarp 10, shown
                                                                                            20 on a paddling trip in
   below – for their shelter system. As a sleeping bag cover, the Bivanorak im-
                                                                                            northern Sweden. Paddles
   proves the comfort temperature range of a sleeping bag by up to 4° C /7° F
                                                                                            make excellent poles, and
   (Data determined by Thelma AS, an independent testing lab in Trondheim Nor-
                                                                                            small stuff sacks can be
   way, in accordance with European Requirements for Sleeping Bag standard
                                                                                            used to help with the
   EN 13537). Photo: Bo Hilleberg.
                                                                                            pitching (inset).             3
                                                                                            3   Two Tarp 20s used to-
                                                                                            gether provide an impres-
                                                                                            sive amount of cover-
                                                                                            age – perfect for group
                                                                                            outings. Photos: Bo & Rolf
                                                                                            Hilleberg.




                                                                                                                     Tarp 5             Tarp 10           Tarp 20
                                                                                                 Weight – UL     350 g/12 oz        570 g/20 oz        1.1 kg/2 lbs 7 oz
                                                                                                        – XP     470 g/17 oz        850 g/1 lb 14 oz   1.6 kg/3 lbs 8 oz
                                                                                                                 3.5 m x 1.45 m     3.5 m x 2.9 m      4.4 m x 4.4 m
                                                                                                 Dimensions
                                                                                                                 11.5 ft x 4.8 ft   11.5 ft x 9.5 ft   14.4 ft x 14.4 ft

                                                                                                 Fabric – UL     Kerlon 1200        Kerlon 1200        Kerlon 1200
                                                                                                        – XP     Kerlon SP          Kerlon SP          Kerlon SP


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MINIMALIST SHELTER




   Rajd                                                                                                          for adventure travel or hut trips, where accom-
                                                                                                                 modations are overcrowded, unsavory, or sim-
                                                                                                                 ply unavailable. Likewise, it is a great choice for
   A hybrid shelter that blends tarp and tent qualities into a sim-                                              adventure racers and mountain ultramarathon
                                                                                                                 runners, especially since it complies with many
   ple, versatile superlight package.                                                                            race regulations that require overnight shel-
                                                                                                                 ters to have a sewn-in floor.
   More than a tarp yet not quite a true tent,                found in our UL tarps and Ultralight tents,              For those looking to go super light in the
   the Rajd (pronounced “ride”) is an excellent               and is patterned on the first Hilleberg tent,      backcountry, the Rajd is also a worthy option,
   choice for those who favor a tarp’s gossamer               the two-pole ridge design Keb. Designed to be      especially since it can be pitched with avail-
   weight, but don’t want to sacrifice the comfort            pitched with trekking poles (or with optional      able branches or by suspending the ridgeline
   of walls and a floor. Comfortably big enough for           poles, which are sold separately), it boasts im-   corners.
   two, the Rajd is a veritable palace for the solo           pressive head room and a two door configura-             Bear in mind, however, that it is a shelter,
   traveler – especially one used to the confines of          tion, which gives each occupant his or her own     not a true tent, and so does not offer the same
   many solo shelter solutions. And it weighs less            entrance while also affording the flexibility to   comfort or strength, especially in variable to
   than many tarps and bivy bags!                             situate one door out of the wind.                  poor weather conditions. It is highly weather-
        The Rajd is made from Kerlon 1200, the                      The Rajd’s light weight and compact          proof and very durable, but its single wall con-
   same highly durable and super light fabric                 stuffed size make it ideal “alternative lodging”   struction not only puts only one layer of pro-
                                                                                                                 tection between you and the elements, but it is,
                                                                                                                 like all single wall designs, more prone to con-
                                                                                                                 densation than a double wall tent. To combat
                                                                                                                 this, we put no-see-um mesh into the the top
                                                                                                                 third of the door to promote cross ventilation,
                                                                                                                 and we bisected the eaves over each door with
                                                                                                                 a zipper, so you can roll up one or both halves
                                                                                                                 for even greater air flow.




                                                                                                                 “Rajd” is named for the annual reindeer herd
                                                                                                                 drive of the Sami people.

                                                                                                                 Colors: Green or Red




                                                    Easy to pitch and even easier to
                               Rajd                 carry, the ultralight Rajd is ideal
                                                    for quick trips into the moun-
          Weight *      950 g/2 lbs 2 oz
                                                    tains. Here a Rajd sits on a se-
          Height         115 cm/45.3 in             cluded bluff looking towards Mt.
                                                    Rainier in the Cascade Moun-
          Area           2.4 m2/25.8 ft2
                                                    tains, Washington, USA.
          Pegs           10 Square Pegs             Photo: Stuart Craig.

     * weight measured with shelter, guy lines,
       and 10 pegs – no poles – since you can
       use two trekking poles or branches.
       Optional 13 mm poles are available. Two of
       them together weigh 272 g/9.6 oz. Each is
       115 cm/45.3 in long.



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MINIMALIST SHELTER




   Windsack                                                                                                     hunker down out of the wind to enjoy a meal
                                                                                                                or a rest break. You will be most comfortable if
                                                                                                                you either dig down into the snow or find a
   Lightweight insurance against sudden inclement weather.                                                      place that is already somewhat out of the wind.
                                                                                                                      More importantly, the Windsack is an
                                                                                                                emergency shelter. As a refuge from a sudden
   This simple, lightweight, uncommonly                Windsack is a good idea in any country! No
                                                                                                                winter storm, its highly wind- and water repel-
   versatile portable shelter is a “don’t leave home   matter if you’re walking, skiing or climbing in
                                                                                                                lent fabric keeps the weather out while provid-
   without it” item for winter trips in Scandi-        the mountains, the Windsack provides an ex-
                                                                                                                ing a relative degree of comfort, and its bright
   navia. But since wilderness weather conditions      cellent – and portable – chance to avoid the el-
                                                                                                                red color is distinctly visible from a distance or
   can change instantly anywhere, carrying the         ements: simply deploy it from its stuff sack, and
                                                                                                                from the air. The Windsack will also work as a
                                                                                                                bivy bag for one to three people (although in
                                                                                                                heavy rain, it will provide less protection).
                                                                                                                      Both roomy and lightweight, the Wind-
                                                                                                                sack will accommodate up to three people. A
                                                                                                                zipper with four sliders make it possible to cre-
                                                                                                                ate either head “holes” or venting ports. The bot-
                                                                                                                tom hem has a draw cord which lets you cinch
                                                                                                                the Windsack around your feet, and a safety line
                                                                                                                prevents it from blowing away in strong winds
                                                                                                                while you’re climbing into or getting out of it.
                                                                                                                The top corners have pockets for skis or poles
                                                                                                                with which you can hold up the Windsack to
                                                                                                                transform it into a shelter cum windbreak.




                                                                                                 Stuart Craig




   using the Windsack                                                                                           Color: Red


    1                                      2                                    3                                        4




                                                                                                                                                         Rolf Hilleberg



                                                       1   Pick as sheltered a spot as possible, and prepare the site. In snow, use skis or snow shoes to pack
                             Windsack                      the surface down.
         Weight              500 g/18 oz               2   Attach the Windsack’s safety line around your waist.
                          210 cm/83 in long            3   Pull the Windsack over your head. Lay out a foam pad inside the Windsack and sit down. Leave the
         Dimensions
                          180 cm/71 in wide                safety line around your waist until you pack away the Windsack again so that it does not blow away
                             Windproof
                                                           when you get up.
         Fabric           water repellent &            4   The Windsack can accommodate three people, or two with large backpacks.
                          breathable nylon


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                                                                                                                     Snow & Sand Peg
Accessories                                                                                                         Lightweight, tough and remarkably
                                                                                                                   versatile, our Snow & Sand pegs are
                                                                                                                  unique. After finding most so-called
While every Hilleberg tent comes with all the pegs, lines and                                                    snow pegs to be too soft – they would
poles you need, you may, from time to time, need replacements. You                                              bend in any but the fluffiest snow – we de-
may also want to accessorize for more flexibility on your adven-                                              veloped our own. Made from hardened
tures: spare line runners, guy line, and pole holders let you customize                                      aluminum, our Snow Pegs are built to with-
your shelter to your needs; special circumstances may dictate special                                       stand both very hard usage, including the
use pegs or additional poles for stability; or you may simply want dif-                                    inevitable contact with shovels, crampons and
ferent sorts of pegs. Footprints can extend the life of your tent and cut                                 other winter gear, and very hard snow. At the
down on condensation in the vestibules, and a hank of our strong, light                                  same time, they are remarkably lightweight. The
guy line cord is always useful.                                                                        integrated line and hook gives you the flexibility
                                                                                                      either to bury the peg sideways in snow or sand,
                                                                                                     Deadman style, or to use it in a traditional, upright
Pole Holders                                                                                        fashion. A carrying bag, made from our XP bag ma-
Extra pole holders are needed when you want to pitch the                                          terial (see Tent & Accessory Bags) is included.
inner tent by itself. Link these to the corners of the inner,                                    • 31 cm/12" x 3 cm/1.2" • 50 g/1.8 oz • Set of 6 •
          and place the ends of the poles into them. • Per
          piece (except for Tarra, Staika, Allak and Soulo ver-
          sions, which come prepackaged in Pole Holder
          Kits) •                                                               Guy Line
                                                                                Our proprietary signature red and white guyline cord is strong, light and
                                                                                easy to see. The 2 mm version is the same as is supplied with our Ker-
                                                                                lon 1200 tents, while the larger is the same as is on our Kerlon 1800
                                                                                 and Kerlon SP tents. Both boast Interwrap construction, which inter-
Tent & Accessory Bags                                                             weaves super strong Spectra cord longitudinally with polyester. This
Ideal for keeping your gear better organized, our Bags                             produces a cord with no sheath to slip, near zero stretch and water
are sized for our poles, pegs and, of course, our tents.                           absorption, an easy-to-handle soft feel, high UV resistance, and a stout
               Standard versions are made from the                                135 kg/300 lb breaking strength. Both sizes are marvelously light
                 same strong yet light silicone coated                          weight, making either ideal not only for extra guy lines on your tent,
                 fabric as our tents, while our XP ver-                         but also for rigging for bear bags, customizing your tarp set up, or sim-
                 sions are constructed of extra-stout PU                        ply lashing things to your pack. • 2 mm x 25m/82 ft, 46 g/1.6 oz • 3 mm
                         coated nylon. Tent Bags, which                         x 25 m/82 ft, 67 g/2.4 oz •
                          come in four sizes and have a
                          round, sewn in bottom, are
                          also available in Standard and      Poles
                          XP. • Per piece •                   Your tent comes with poles, an extra repair section and aluminum repair sleeve, but
                                                              spare poles can come in handy, both for repairs and for “double poling,” which gives
                                                              extra strength and stability. • 13 mm (Rajd) • 11 mm (Atlas) • 10 mm (Kerlon 1800 mod-
                                                              els) • 9 mm (Kerlon 1200 models) • Per piece •




pitching an inner tent separately                                                                                                                  Bo Hilleberg




Detach the outer tent from the inner tent. Attach    Thread the poles through the toggle loops [inset]    Peg the corners and/or guy lines as needed to
pole holders to the bottom points on the inner       that connect the inner to the outer tent, and seat   complete the pitching (All Tunnel Tent models
tent that correspond to where the pole ends sit on   the pole ends into the pole holders on all poles.    need guy lines; Dome Tent models do not).
the outer tent [inset] .

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the sled pack in action                                                                                                                                  Stuart Craig




To use the Sled Pack, first un-peg your tent and dis-   Next, gather or roll the tent around the bundle of   Slide the bundle into the Sled Pack, making sure
connect the pole ends from the pole tensioners.         poles, creating a cylindrical package.               to tuck in all guy lines. Now the Sled Pack can be
Push the poles halfway out of their sleeves, and fold                                                        easily strapped onto a sled in the winter, or into an
them in the middle.                                                                                          open canoe in the summer.




   Pro Peg                                                                                                    Sled Pack
   Exceptionally strong yet quite lightweight, Pro                                                  A unique accessory for our tunnel tents, the Sled
   Pegs are hollow, but have solid heads, enabling                                          Pack is designed for winter trips with gear sleds (or dog
   them to be driven into hard ground. The at-                                       sleds). It allows you to strike your tent quickly and pack it into
   tached string loops afford easy removal. Stan-                               an easy-to-manage package. • 205 cm/81" x 60 cm/24" at the
   dard with our Kerlon 1800 tents. • Available in                        opening (50cm/20" wide at the bottom) •
   two sizes: • Standard: 20 cm/7.5" & 14 g/0.5
   • XL: 24 cm/9.5" & 22 g/0.78 oz• Set of 10 •


Square Peg
Slim and solid, this peg can easily be driven into
                                                                Footprints
hard ground, and its integrated string loop fa-                 Available for all models except the Atlas, these tough
cilitates easy removal. Standard issue, along with              ground sheets help both to protect your tent’s floor from
the Viper Aluminum, on our Kerlon 1200 tents.                   abrasion and to keep ground moisture from rising in the
• 16 cm/6.3" • 9 g/0.32 oz • Set of 10 •                        vestibule. All models’ Footprints cover the full area of the
                                                                outer tent except the Stalon Combi, which has separate Foot-
                                                                prints for the inner tent and for the vestibule.
   Viper Aluminum
   This hardened aluminum peg is tough and
   lightweight, and its “V” cross section is best in
   soft to somewhat firm ground. An integrated
   string loop facilitates easy removal. Standard
   issue, along with the Square Peg, on our Ker-                Guy Line Runners
   lon 1200 tents. • 15 cm/6" • 11 g/0.38 oz • Set              These unique and reliable line runners come with every tent, but they can also be pur-
   of 10 •                                                      chased separately. They lock securely on a range of different line dimensions and
                                                                                are easy to adjust, even while wearing mittens. The smaller
                                                                                ones come standard on our Kerlon 1200 tents, and
Viper Wide Aluminum                                                             mate with our 2 mm guy line, while the larger
Designed for soft, loose earth, the Viper Wide                                  ones are standard with our Kerlon 1800 and
is slightly wider and longer than the standard                                  Kerlon SP tents, and match our 3 mm
Viper model. It also has a raised, stabilizing spine                            guy line. • Set of 10 •
for extra holding power. • 19 cm/7.5" • 20 g/0.71
oz • Set of 10 •


   Stinger Titanium
   Made from solid Titanium, the super strong
   yet lightweight Stinger can easily handle being
   pounded into hard ground, and its integrated
   string loop makes for easy removal. • 16 cm/6.3"
   • 14 g/0.5 oz • Set of 6 •
Adventure Reference: Tips for Trips
One of the best things about being tent makers is that we have to use our product, constantly! As a result, we have learned a few things about
ways of making backcountry travel and living just a bit easier. We hope these tips will make your next trip(s) just a little better.


general tent pitching
Tunnel Tent Pitching Tips
A Hilleberg Tunnel tent is at its best when it is pitched properly. Its roof-
line should be stretched tight, as in the photo at left, with no sagging
                                                                                   Greenspeed Expedition     Hilleberg                  Hilleberg
                                             and minimal wrinkles. This
                                             imparts the optimal struc-            Alternative Peg Options
                                             ture – and the maximum                Our pegs are excellent, but sometimes you need more “pegs” than you
                                             space inside – to your tent.          have. In the winter, skis provide excellent peg capability [left]. And in
                                             The key is pegging one end            both summer and winter, trekking (or ski) poles are another option. Af-
                                             and then pulling the tent taut        fix one end of a short line in the metal ring on the peg attachment loop
                                             from the other end before             of the tent and the other to the middle of the pole. In winter, bury the
                                             pegging it down.                      pole as you would our Snow Peg. In summer, use rocks to hold the er-
                                                                                   satz Deadman in place [middle]. Another alternative on paddle trips
Hanna Falkeström
                                                                                   is to use a canoe or kayak paddle [right]. You can also use either a
                                                                                   pole or a paddle by simply slipping it behind two adjacent trees with
Using the Guy Lines                                                                the guy line in the middle. Yet another possibility is to use a piece of
Even though setting guy lines                                                      line to tie the peg loop to a tree or similar fixed object. If you do this,
isn’t always necessary, it is                                                      put other rocks on top of the line to keep the tent corner down.
always a good idea, since
mountain weather can
change in an instant                                                               Double Poling
overnight. That’s why all of                                                       While only necessary (and recommended) for the
our tents have a full set of guy                                                   most extreme conditions, adding another set of
lines attached at spots that                                        Bo Hilleberg   poles to a tent does provide a tremendous in-
will maximize stability.                                                           crease in stability. All of our tents are built to
                                                                                   accommodate an extra set of poles: in the Tun-
Getting the Best from the Pole Tensioners                                          nel models, you simply slide a second pole into
                               Before pitching your Tunnel Tent, loosen            the sleeve. In the Dome models, you attach
                           1




                                                                                                                                                             Stuart Craig
                               the pole tensioners completely. This makes          every other clip to each of the two poles.
                               it easier to seat the pole end into the plas-
                               tic cup. Once the pole end is seated, tighten
                               the strap 1 , so that the bottom of the
                                                                                   Extreme Wet Weather Packing Option
                               plastic pole cup is level with the bottom of
                               the outer tent and the back of the pole cup         In very high condensation conditions – super humid days, torrential rains,
                           2                                                       or the like – if the inside and outside of your outer tent is wet, you can
                               is tight against the tent wall 2 . This will
                               give optimal tension to the poles and cre-                                                detach the inner from the outer tent
                               ate the optimal headroom, as well.                                                        and pack it separately. At your next
                                                                                                                         camp spot, pitch the outer first, then
                                                                                                                         climb in and attach the – still dry –
Stuart Craig
                                                                                                                         inner. note: This is only needed in
                                                                                                                         extreme conditions!
The Adjustable Peg Loops
                                                                                   Bo Hilleberg
Loosen the peg attachment loops on
your tent fully before pitching. Tighten-
ing the webbing strap adds tension and                                             Our web site is the best source for product details, dealer loca-
contributes to providing maximum sta-                                              tions, and expeditions using Hilleberg tents.
bility.                                                                Hilleberg
                                                                                   In addition, you’ll find a wealth of useful information to help you
                                                                                   better enjoy your outdoor adventures including practical ad-
                   www.hilleberg.com                                               vice, equipment lists and thoughts, and trip planning tips.

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keeping your tent healthy winter camping
Clean the Zippers                                                                  Using Snow Pegs
Zippers take a huge beating, so keeping them clean is essential. Brush             Our Snow Pegs can be used Deadman style, or in the traditional verti-
                             them off after each use, and check them               cal manner. The former is often the best choice in softer snow, where
                             after every trip. Doing so will ensure a              burying the peg crosswise of-
                             much longer life for your tent. Avoid us-             fers the most hold.
                             ing zipper lubricants, since these inevitably               To get the most out of
                             attract grit and other zipper-eating debris,          this use, before attaching the
                             thus causing more harm than good!                     Snow Peg’s clip to the metal
Stuart Craig
                                                                                   ring on the tent’s peg loop or
                                                                                   guy line, cut a trench for the
                                                                                   line with the Snow Peg 1 .
Finger in the Zipper                                                               Next, estimate the length of                                  Bo Torstemo
Whenever you zip your tent door, put the                                           the line, and create a similar
tip of your finger ahead of the slider. This                                       trench for the peg itself 2 .
keeps the door fabric from catching (and                                           Finally, press the Snow Peg
subsequently getting stuck or, worse, get-                                         into the trench – 3 and photo
ting chewed up), and will increase the life                           Pal Putva    at right – so that the line an-
of your zippers, as well.                                                          gles down from tent to peg,
                                                                                   and cover the peg with snow.
                                                                                   Use the peg loop adjuster (or
Dry Your Tent                                                                      line runners on the guy lines)                                Stuart Craig

When you return from a trip, if possible, hang your tent with the poles            to tighten up the set of the peg.
still in. Failing that, hang it without the poles, but try to keep the tent
                                  walls from touching each other. This
                                  keeps mildew away, and increases the             Vestibule “Furniture”
                                  tent’s life. Make sure it is completely dry      Dig foot wells into your vestibule (s) (left). This makes for comfortable
                                  before packing it away!                          luxury while eating or hanging out, and can even provide organization
                                                                                   options! (right).




dealing with condensation
Use a Rag
Simply wiping off the condensation from in-                                        Henrik Andersson                           Adrian Nordenborg

side the tent can often prevent your gear
from getting dripped upon, and it can help stop
condensation from continuing to happen.
                                                                 Elin Engerström
                                                                                   Winter Camping Peg Choices
                                                                                   Taking a couple of either our Pro Pegs, Stinger
                                                                                   Titanium Pegs, or Square Pegs (Right), in ad-
                                                                                   dition to our Snow Pegs (Bottom), is a good
Jacket Over Your Bag
                                                                                   idea in the winter, especially for times when
                                 Before going to sleep, zip your water-            (or places where) the snow cover might be
                                 proof/breathable jacket over the foot             thin and/or if you end up camping on bare,
                                 of your sleeping bag. This will help keep         but frozen ground. While our Snow Pegs will
                                 any condensation from getting to your in-         work in most conditions, if it has been con-
                                 sulation.                                         sistently very cold and the ground is very
Stuart Craig                                                                       hard, they aren’t as effective. So having some
                                                                                   robust, regular pegs that you can hammer into
                                                                                   the ground will make things easier.

Footprint
Using a footprint to cover the ground in
the vestibules can help reduce moisture
rising from the ground.
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Who Uses Hilleberg Tents?
We’ve been making tents for over three decades, and people all                                         tell you about who we are and what we do, since they represent people
over the world – from military units to professional guides to families                                using their tents day-in, day-out, in very tough conditions. The group
to compulsive adventurers – have honored us by choosing our models                                     pictured here are just a few of the adventurers who depend on Hilleberg
for their journeys. Some of their stories – such as those below – help us                              tents.


Rob Luxton,                                                                                                                                                     Paul Pregont
                                                                                                                                                                Paul Pregont is both dedicated
China Wheelie                                                                                                                                                   teacher and inveterate arctic explorer.
Rob Luxton began his China Wheelie                                                                                                                              He founded NOMADS On line Class-
expedition In 2006, to raise both                                                                                                                               room Expeditions in 1994 to provide
awareness of and money for two char-                                                                                                                            on line, interactive education oppor-
ities, Sowers Action and Care For Chil-                                                                                                                         tunities for elementary and second-
dren, both of which are committed to                                                                                                                            ary school students and teachers. He
the improvement of children’s lives                                                                                                                             is also the Expedition Director and
in poor areas of China. Rob set out                                                                                                                             Leader for Go North!, an ongoing se-
alone on his recumbent tricycle to                                                                                                                              ries of arctic expeditions. In 2007, he
                                                                                        Rob Luxton     Mille Porslid
ride around China – a trip of approx-                                                                                                                           traveled through the Chukchi Penin-
imately 25,000 km/15,534 miles over an estimated 18 months and to pass through every                   sula in Russia to study mineral exploration. In 2008, he journeys to Fennoscandia to research
province. He began with an Akto, but, after being joined by Ditch the dog and then meet-               deforestation. “We have been traveling in the Arctic region for 14 years, covering distances
ing and falling in love with his now fiancée, Nono, he moved into a Nammatj 2 GT. “Should              over 2,000 miles (3219 km) and several months in duration. During these journeys we have
a man have such a palace whilst roughing it? Unzipping the vestibule I soon realized I could           to rely on our tents to provide shelter, which means a lot during a multi-day storm. After
easily live with this new luxury. No harm in enjoying your travels, too. When you climb in-            trying different brands, we have chosen the Hilleberg Keron 4 GT as the tent we rely on.
side, like with all Hilleberg products, you can feel the quality. It’s not just the materials but      [During] our Arctic Transect 2004, which lasted 155 days, we pushed the limits for tent abuse,
the workmanship and attention to detail, too. Everything is so well thought out.” (For more,           and the tents never failed.” (For more, see www.polarhusky.com)
see www.chinawheelie.com)



Joe Stock                                                                                                                                          Bryan Martin
Joe Stock is a certified American Mountain Guide As-                                                                                              Hunting guide and outfitter Bryan Martin leads
sociation (AMGA) Alpine Guide and avid mountaineer                                                                                                hunts in some of the most remote and challeng-
and ski adventurer. He has skied and climbed in                                                                                                   ing terrain in the world, including the Rocky
both North and South America, New Zealand, Aus-                                                                                                   Mountains, Alaska, northern Canada, Kyrgyzstan
tralia and Southeast Asia. In April of 2006, he and two                                                                                           and Tajikistan. He spends three to fours months
companions completed the first ski traverse of the                                                                                                of every year in tents, often camping for weeks at
Neacola Mountains in Alaska, USA. Remote and lit-                                                                                                 a time. “Since 2004, I’ve upgraded all of my per-
tle explored, the Neacolas are a sub-range of the Aleu-                                                                                           sonal and company backpack tents to Hilleberg
tian Range, which runs along the Aleutian Peninsula,                                                                                              products. On several occasions, I’ve been totally
west of Anchorage. Joe and his team covered the 115                                                                                               confined to one of their tents for days at a time,
mile-long range in 22 days, encountering icefalls, av-                                                                                            due to constant rain, wind, snow and/or fog.
alanche-prone slopes and five storms. “After each gru-                                                                                            They’ve always kept me dry and have never let me
eling day we had a safe home in our Hilleberg Keron                                                    Bryan Martin                               down. I have taken several of the tents overseas,
3. The Keron never flinched, even in 80 mile-per-hour                                                  to Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, where they performed equally well. Tents and light weight shel-
winds and four-foot dumps of snow. The spacious in-                                                    ters are Hilleberg’s only products; they are experts in this field. It doesn’t get much better
                                                                                   Joe Stock
terior let us store our gear inside and still have room                                                than Hilleberg Tents.” (For more, see www.canadianmtnoutfitters.com)
to stretch out. All that space at less than 9 pounds! Hilleberg tents are designed to per-
fection. Once you try a Hilleberg you’ll never go back.”




Jan-Eilert Pedersen                                                                                                                                   Hands & Feet
For the past six years, Norwegian nature photographer Jan-                                                                                            When expedition leader Anna McCormack’s
Eilert Pedersen has worked to capture photographically the                                                                                            friend, Scottish paraplegic athlete Karen Darke,
extensive wilderness areas of the Nordkallot. Comprising                                                                                              couldn’t prevent her feet from freezing on a ski
the northernmost areas of Norway, Sweden, Finland and                                                                                                 trip to Finland, the two decided to put to-
Russia, the Nordkallot is a vast, wild area, mostly above                                                                                             gether “Hands & Feet Across Greenland 2006.”
the Arctic Circle. Jan-Eilert spends much of the year, in                                                                                             Despite facing unique challenges and bitter
all seasons and conditions, in Hilleberg tents, and is of-                                                                                            cold, Hands & Feet succeeded admirably, cross-
ten in the field for over 30 days at a time. For most of the                                                                                          ing Greenland faster than many able-bodied
winter months, he calls a Hilleberg tent home. “My Hille-                                                                                             teams. “We were confident that our Hilleberg
                                                                                                       Pasi Ikonen
berg tents give me the safety and comfort that I need.”                                                                                               Keron could withstand any conditions on the
Jan-Eilert’s project will be documented on both a book and                                             Icecap. Thus, we weren’t worried during storms when the winds were so strong that we
a DVD. (For more, see www.villmarkshistorier.no)                                                       would have to lie on the tent to put it up or during nights when we would have to dig our-
                                                                                                       selves out of the snow three or four times. Its great ventilation meant that there was lit-
                                                                                 Jan-Eilert Pedersen   tle moisture build up despite hours of melting snow daily and it was sufficiently roomy for
                                                                                                       three of us to live in it comfortably for a month, despite all of the extra adaptive kit we had
                                                                                                       with us.” (For more, see www.hie.co.uk/by-hands-and-feet)


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                                                                   reflections of a tentmaker
                                                          hen I started going into the moun-         crampons, rope, camera, and everything else          bringing such extras can be a way to compen-

                                             W            tains in the 1950s, all of the available
                                                          outdoor gear was heavy. Packs had
                                             heavy duty steel frames and rugged cotton
                                             canvas bags. Sleeping pads were reindeer
                                                                                                     I needed for the entire trip, my starting pack
                                                                                                     weight was 18 kg/40 lbs. Such a liberatingly
                                                                                                     low weight was possible only because of the
                                                                                                     lighter weight materials. Today’s gear is lighter
                                                                                                                                                          sate for a lack – real or perceived – of expe-
                                                                                                                                                          rience and knowledge.
                                                                                                                                                                At the same time, all the lightweight gear
                                                                                                                                                          has also favored groups intent on saving weight,
                                             skins – warm and comfortable, but also very             still – remarkably so: for a week-long, summer       most notably adventure racers and those into
                                             heavy, especially in wet conditions, where they         backpacking trip, my personal pack weight            “fastpacking” or “super ultralight backpacking.”
                                             sucked up water like sponges.                           now is 15 to 17 kg/33 to 38 lbs, including           Both are, I think, an example of the pendulum
                                                   I joined the Swedish military’s Mountain          food, tent, and all other equipment. In the          swinging from one extreme to another – from
                                             Hunter unit in 1959, and we were issued the lat-        winter, the weight is rarely more than 20 kg/44      extremely heavy to extremely light. In both
                                             est in outdoor equipment. Weight was still an           lbs.                                                 cases, however, comfort and safety are often
                                             issue, but the packs were of a more modern de-                 But even as modern equipment has got-         under-prioritized, and this is usually not the
                                             sign, and the sleeping bags and reindeer skin           ten significantly lighter, I have noticed that       best choice for most users.
                                             pads were warm enough for                                                                                                          At Hilleberg, our approach
                                             the sometimes minus 40° C             I believe that the over-abundance of excellent                                         is what we call Smart Packing:
                                             nights we encountered. Shel-                                                                                                 bring only the things necessary
                                             ter, more often than not, came                                                                                               to the trip, and choose gear
                                             from simple large triangles of
                                                                                   lightweight gear now available often repre-                                            that is as light as possible
                                             heavy cotton that could be                                                                                                   WITHOUT compromising safety
                                             used individually or connected
                                                                                   sents too strong a temptation, so many travel-                                         and the desired level of com-
                                             to make larger shelters.                                                                                                     fort. We have assembled pack
                                                   We trained to be self-suf-      ers simply bring too much “stuff”                                                      lists on our web site, and these
                                             ficient behind enemy lines, so                                                                                               are divided into the necessi-
                                             we carried everything we needed in our packs.           many peoples’ packs have actually gotten             ties, the necessary extras, and the extras that
                                             Being based in Kiruna, above the Arctic circle,         heavier. A few years ago, I wrote in one of our      are nice to have but not necessary. In addition,
                                             we needed to carry enough to keep us warm               Hilleberg catalogs that the pack weight for a        we give an approximate weight range for the
                                             in very cold conditions, and with our weapons           week-long backpacking trip didn’t need to ex-        items, from the lightest to the heaviest.
                                             and other military gear, the pack weights were          ceed 17 kg/38 lbs. In response, I received a               This then allows one to choose precisely
                                             often brutally heavy.                                   number of phone calls, decrying this claim. It       within his or her comfort zone, within a gen-
                                                   But despite the sometimes severe condi-           was impossible, I was told, to carry less than       erous weight range. For example, if one chooses
                                             tions, I quite enjoyed my time in Kiruna. I re-         25 to 30 kg/55 to 66 pounds for such a trip.         the lightest alternatives for only the absolute
                                             ceived an excellent education in real outdoor           But after going through someone’s pack con-          necessities, pack weight for a week-long trip
                                             living. I learned to take care of myself in all sit-    tents, I often received a thank you note because     in the summer might be only about 12 kg/27
                                             uations, and to make sure I ate, even when all          the caller realized that perhaps it wasn’t nec-      lbs. Choosing the heaviest alternatives of
                                             I wanted to do was sleep. Perhaps most impor-           essary to carry so much.                             everything on the list might take the weight to
                                             tantly, I learned to take with me only exactly               Lightening ones pack affords not only           40 kg/88 lbs.
                                             what I needed and nothing more, because                 more comfort and enjoyment on a backpack-                  Such Smart Packing provides a way for
                                             with my weapon, ammunition and the like,                ing or ski touring trip, but also provides a         backcountry travelers and adventurers to learn,
                                             the packs usually weighed between 35 and 40             greater degree of safety: you can move more          and to gain confidence to push their limits,
                                             kg/77 and 88 lbs.                                       quickly, you are less tired at the end of the day,   without having to take big risks. It encourages
                                                   After leaving the military, I continued my        and so are less likely to get hurt.                  people to experiment with their gear while
                                             outdoor adventures. I carried the same amount                So why are packs prone to heaviness? The        offering them discipline in their choices. And
                                             of personal gear, but the lack of a weapon and          problem isn’t with those who need more gear–         most importantly, it allows them to enjoy their
                                             other gear meant a wonderful decrease in my             climbing or camera equipment, for example –          time outdoors more!
                                             pack weight and an equal or greater increase            or with those who choose a bit of luxury, such
                                             in my enjoyment! The gear was still heavy, but          as gourmet food, wine, and the like. The prob-
                                             now my pack weighed “only” about 20 kg/44               lem is with those who believe they are bring-
                                             lbs for a week-long summer hike.                        ing only the essentials, but still can’t get their
Background Photo: Bo Hilleberg climbing in




                                                   When the first real lightweight “revolu-          packs under that 25 kg/55 lb weight. In-
                                             tion” dawned in the late 60s, things got even           evitably, the culprits are unnecessary amounts
the Alps, 1970s. Hilleberg Archive.




                                             better. Cotton in tents and packs was sup-              of food and extra clothing, redundancies in
                                             planted by synthetics, and reindeer skin sleep-         equipment, or both.
                                             ing pads gave way to wonderfully light foam                  I believe that the over-abundance of ex-
                                             ones. In 1968, I did a two week trip through            cellent lightweight gear now available often
                                             northern Sweden’s Sarek, Padjalenta, and Stora          represents too strong a temptation, so many
                                                                                                                                                                   Chairman of the Board,
                                             Sjöfallet National parks. Including tent, food,         travelers simply bring too much “stuff.” And
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                        Keron & Keron GT. . . . . . . . . . 18                                                      Nammatj & Nammatj GT . . . 24
           Keron 3      3.9 kg/8 lbs 10 oz    Keron 3 GT   4.7 kg/10 lbs 6 oz                       Nammatj 2      2.8 kg/6 lbs 3 oz        Nammatj 2 GT      3.5 kg/7 lbs 11 oz
           Keron 4      4.4 kg/9 lbs 11 oz    Keron 4 GT   5.2 kg/11 lbs 7 oz                       Nammatj 3      3.1 kg/6 lbs 13 oz       Nammatj 3 GT      3.8 kg/8 lbs 6 oz




Kaitum . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22                                         Nallo & Nallo GT . . . . . . . . . . 28                                 Akto . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42
Kaitum 2      2.8 kg/6 lbs 3 oz                                Nallo 2       2.1 kg/4 lbs 10 oz   Nallo 2 GT     2.6 kg/5 lbs 12 oz                        1.5 kg/3 lbs 5 oz
Kaitum 3      3.0 kg/6 lbs 10 oz                               Nallo 3       2.4 kg/5 lbs 5 oz    Nallo 3 GT     2.8 kg/6 lbs 3 oz
                                                               Nallo 4       2.8 kg/6 lbs 3 oz    Nallo 4 GT     3.3 kg/7 lbs 4 oz




Saivo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32               Tarra . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32        Jannu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36             Staika . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38
   4.6 kg/10 lbs 2 oz                                  4.0 kg/8 lbs 13 oz                             2.8 kg/6 lbs 3 oz                                 3.7 kg/8 lbs 3 oz




Allak . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40             Soulo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44          Unna . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .46            Rajd . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56
   2.9 kg/6 lbs 6 oz                                   2.1 kg/4 lbs 10 oz                             2.0 kg/4 lbs 7 oz                                    950 g/2 lbs 2 oz




                                                                                                                                                     Tarp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55
                                                                                                                                                     Tarp    5 UL     350 g/12 oz
                                                                                                                                                     Tarp    10 UL    570 g/1 lbs 4 oz
Atlas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50             Stalon Combi . . . . . . . .48                 Bivanorak . . . . . . . . . . . .54
                                                                                                                                                     Tarp    20 UL    1.1 kg/2 lbs 7 oz
Atlas Basic     8.5 kg/18 lbs 12 oz                 Stalon Combi 2       3.5 kg/7 lbs 11 oz           580 g/1 lbs 4 oz                               Tarp    5 XP     470 g/17 oz
                                                    Stalon Combi 4       4.4 kg/9 lbs 11 oz                                                          Tarp    10 XP    850 g/1 lbs 14 oz
                                                                                                                                                     Tarp    20 XP    1.6 kg/3 lbs 8 oz
All weights are packed weight
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