We carefully select the thread we use for strength and durability, and we always use a flat fell-seam. This means that every stitch goes through four layers of fabric, ensuring both strength and water resistance. Additionally, our sewing machines employ cooling jets around the needles, preventing heat-producing friction that could enlarge the stitch holes. The end result is a very precise, very reliable seam that has remarkable durability and water resistance.
|Pole sleeves are integral to almost all of our tents. We use a 100 denier high tenacity nylon. This material is easily tough enough to handle the strain of pole movement when pitching or taking down the tent. We also make the sleeves wide enough to accommodate two poles, which is a good option for the most extreme conditions. The raised profile of the sleeve makes it easy to insert the pole, and protects the seam against wear. And separate pole sleeves keep the poles off the tent fabric for extra safety.|
Adjustable Pole Tensioners
Found on all Hilleberg tents with continuous pole sleeves, our pole tensioners allow for optimal tension to be applied to the poles. Once the pole is seated in the plastic cup, tension is added by simply pulling the webbing strap until the bottom of the pole cup is level with the bottom of the outer tent and the back of the pole cup is tight against the tent wall. The tensioners are easy to operate – even while wearing big gloves or mittens – and their plastic cups have room for dual poles.
Adjustable Peg Attachments
|Adjustable peg attachments allow for the utmost in pitching precision. Pegging out the adjusters when they are set to their longest position and then tightening the webbing strap adds tension and contributes to providing maximum stability.|
Ground Straps & Door Bands
|Both ground straps (the lines running across the floor) and door bands are integral to our tents’ design. Door bands help keep zippers running smoothly, since they keep the door opening the proper size, while ground straps help keep the poles’ arcs at both the proper height and tension. In addition, ground straps can double as extra guy line or rope as needed.|
Linked Inner & Outer Tents
Linked yet separable inner and outer tents are a Hilleberg hallmark. We sew heavy duty loops with toggles onto the inner tent, and place corresponding rings along the pole lines inside the outer tent. The toggles can be detached and reattached very easily, and the system not only allows you to use inner and outer tents separately, but also to customize your inner space.
Guy Lines & Attachments
Guy lines are essential for stability in rough conditions, so we equip every tent with them. We use a proprietary Spectra and polyester cord that is very strong and lightweight – see Materials, pp. 10 & 11 for more – and it is both the lines and how we attach them that sets us apart. On our continuous pole sleeve tents, each guy line has two attachment points, which spreads the tension load and is safer and more stable. On our dome tents using our short sleeve and clip system, the attachment points are designed to be wrapped around poles or pole crossings, adding significant stability.
Short Sleeve & Clip System
Our dome tents use our short pole sleeve and clip system. A single opening sleeve on each side of the tent holds the pole ends, and precisely placed clips then secure the tent to the poles. The clips are easy to handle, and the system can accommodate double poling: simply clip every other clip to each pole.
Every tent has multiple reflective strips. These are strategically placed around the tent, high up, so that they will catch even a small amount of light. Unlike some reflective systems, ours does not require a direct “hit” with a light beam to be seen.