I say ‘investment’ as Hilleberg are built to last and whilst the initial cost is higher than a lesser model, not only is the likely life expectancy is considerably longer, the performance is superb too.
Hilleberg has built an enviable reputation for lightweight performance in the tent market and as a family run and owned business they celebrated their 40th anniversary this year (2011)With their beginnings in the forestry industry, this year to reinforce the commitment to the outdoors Hilleberg will plant a tree for every tent sold. Click here to find out more.
Quality – Made in their own factories in Estonia, Each Hilleberg tent is individually pitched, inspected and approved before leaving the factory to maintain the high standards of manufacture and quality that the reputation is built on.
|Pitching an Akto Tent – Photo courtesy of hilleberg.se|
|Table courtesy of www.hilleberg.se|
If you are a serious camper and count the ‘days under canvas this year’ always trying to beat last years number then damage, wear and tear is of course part and parcel of dealing with your gear. For this Hilleberg offer a repair service based here in the UK through trusted partner Scottish Mountain Gear that’s fair on price and uses quality materials to get your tent back in to service. Worthwhile knowing for the future that the brand supports the ‘long term view’ with customers. Very occasionally tents can also be sent to the Hilleberg factory in Estonia for repair also.
Materials – Poles – DAC poles are a quality addition to any tent spec and whilst they are not exclusive to Hilleberg the DAC Featherlite NSL poles that they use are at the top of the spec line up and match the aims of the Hilleberg product to be the best you can buy.
|DAC Featherlite NSL poles|
Our Range – Design wise we concentrate the range on the lightweight collection, with the best selling Akto tent kicking off for a 1 person ‘do anything’ offer. The Nallo & Kaitum are tunnels and have a number of advantages – space for weight, stability in poor weather and ease of pitching making the design hard to beat when you compare with other styles. For the UK backpacker this mix seems to hit the sweet spot and the space you get in say a Nallo 2 GT makes a two person backpacking trip in foul weather as pleasant as it can be under the circumstances (only carrying around 2.5kg helps too!)
|Akto tent – Picture courtesy Bo Hilleberg|
You can see any of the Hilleberg tents in our stores, Exeter and Bristol stores have dedicated tent rooms and if we don’t have the model on display they will happily pitch one quick as a flash! Taunton store don’t have a tent room but can push back a few clothing rails and pitch any of the range no problem. If you are thinking of making a special visit it’s best to give them a quick ring or send a quick email to check they have the tent your looking for in stock. Click here for store contact info, For customer buying online then please feel free to contact us for more info or guidance.