The Hilleberg difference…
At Hilleberg, “Comfort” is a major performance attribute, because in a tent, comfort is not about luxury. It’s the comprehensive measure of a tent’s overall performance, since it includes everything from keeping you dry when it’s wet and comfortable when it’s warm, to how much room there is to sort gear or move around. We achieve such “comfort” by considering seemingly small things in every aspect of every tent.
We favor double wall tents not only because they offer the greatest ventilation and breathability possibilities – and overall comfort – but also because they provide the greater confidence of having two layers of protection between you and the elements.
We link the inner and outer tents and put the poles on the outside so that a broken pole is less likely to compromise the tent’s integrity, and so that the tent goes up in one step. That single step pitching means you can get out of the weather quicker, and stay drier longer. It means your inner tent stays dry when you are setting up camp in wet weather. It also means you can quickly put up your tent during, say, a midday break, disconnect the inner tent, and you’ve got a dry, roomy shelter from wind and weather.
We make sure that all models are at least big enough for their intended number of occupants and their gear. Our inner tents are designed with as near vertical inner walls as possible to create the maximum usable space and headroom without adding weight, and their doors figure prominently in the tents’ ventilation system.
These considerations – and those detailed here on these pages – are only some of some of the details found on our tents. Others include zipper flaps to help protect the zipper; toggle and ring or pole clips for securing rolled away doors in both outer and inner tents; and pockets and either a clothesline or loops for a clothesline in all inner tents.
Inner & outer tents can be used separately
Disconnect the inner and outer tents to use the inner tent alone in warm and dry conditions. Or use the outer tent alone as a group gathering spot in camp or as an impromptu lunch shelter.
Well thought out doors
Allow full and easy access, and can be configured in multiple ways to adapt to changing weather conditions.
Provide both gear storage and protection for the inner tent door. GT vestibules add even more space for gear (or dogs).
Spacious, bright interiors
Offer plenty of space so you can get a good night’s sleep, lounge, or weather storm days in comfort.
…is in the details
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.
Black & Red Label dome tent pole systems
Our smaller Black and Red Label all season dome tents use our short pole sleeve and clip system, where a sleeve on each side of the tent holds the pole ends, and precisely placed clips secure the tent to the poles. Larger dome models employ a combination of full sleeves, shorter sleeves and clips, and adjustable pole tensioners. This system is designed specifically to make pitching larger dome tents simple for one person. Both systems provide great strength and quick pitching, and both can accommodate double poles.
Yellow Label pole system
Our 3 season tents use 9 mm poles tipped with locking ball ends, open ended pole sleeves, and an innovative grommeted webbing tab with an adjustable tensioner. The pole is inserted into the sleeve and one end is secured in the grommeted tab. The tent is then arched into shape, and the other pole end is secured in the tab. The tensioners allow you to adjust one side higher than the other to deal with rain from one direction.
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.
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.
Guy lines & attachments
Guy lines are essential for stability in rough conditions, so we equip every tent with them. On tents with continuous pole sleeves, each guy line has two attachment points, which evenly spreads the tension load. On dome tents using our short sleeve and clip or full sleeve plus sleeve and clip systems, many attachment points are designed to be wrapped around poles or pole crossings, adding even greater strength. The cord itself is light, strong, absorbs little water, and has minimal stretch. It is a proprietary interwoven blend of polyester and Vectran, a high-performance liquid crystal polymer yarn that is, pound for pound, five times stronger than steel.
Adjustable pole tensioners
Found on all Hilleberg tents with full or three-quarter length 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.
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.