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Inspired by Hilleberg's exceptionally strong Staika, the Allak was designed to be a completely free standing, all season dome tent for those prioritizing lighter weight over absolute strength. During its two year development, the Allak became our testers’ tent of choice anytime they were uncertain about what kind of terrain or conditions they might experience on a trip. Its exceptionally compact footprint and free standing design are ideal for tough pitching conditions, such as rocky ground and sand, and it is easily light enough for mobile journeys, where you move your camp every day. At the same time, its three pole dome structure is strong enough for base camp use in all but the worst conditions. Since its introduction, paddlers favor it for its ability to be pitched nearly anywhere, while backpackers choose it for its roomy stability and wonderfully light weight. Mountaineers appreciate both the Allak’s free standing design and its roominess, as well as its ability to deal with snow loading. And taller adventurers find its length a welcome comfort.
“Allak” means “lake,” in Sami, the language of the people indigenous to northern Scandinavia.
For over 45 years, Hilleberg the Tentmaker has specialized in doing only one thing and doing it well – building the highest quality tents and shelters available. Conceived and developed in northern Sweden, Hilleberg tents are made in Europe, built to last, and offer the ideal balance of high strength, low weight, ease of use, and remarkable comfort. Hilleberg tents have been – and remain – the choice of polar and Himalayan expeditions, military special forces units, and discerning outdoor adventurers the world over. They are the go-to choice both for those who travel deep into the backcountry, in all conditions, and require tents that are utterly dependable, no matter what, as well as for those who just want a tent that will last. Founded in 1971 by Bo and Renate Hilleberg, the company is still family-owned and run. The company owns and operates its own European factory, which makes only Hilleberg products, and every tent is set up and inspected to ensure the ultimate in quality and reliability.
Hilleberg Tents are the first choice of discerning outdoor adventurers the world over.
"Hilleberg" - Swedish for 'hardest decisBy: sturat on 12 June 2016My Hilleberg catalogue is beginning to fail. Even though I finally decided on the Allak, the pages still get turned daily, pondering which Hilleberg tent will become my 2nd. Don't get me wrong, I'm still sure I made the right choice in the Allak, but when the family wants to tag along on adventures I need another tent. More on that later. The Allak has lived up to expectations, especially the ventilation, with superb rooftop vents that reduce condensation build up, plus 2 doors for the crossflow breeze when it's warm. Ventilation was probably my biggest reason for choosing the Allak (the Tarra might have pipped it, but Wild Earth didn't stock it back then), as tent life can be miserable with condensation everywhere and vents at the highest point of the tent work best. But there are various side-benefits too. The 2 big roof vents also act as windows, so if you hear noises outside you can peek outside through about 200 degrees by just sitting up. They also offer stargazing windows if you leave the vent cover off; and another biggy... when you're packing up there is inevitably sand and grass inside the tent, but instead of packing a dustpan and brush you can pick up the Allak, turn it upsidedown and shake out all the dirt. The 'free-standing' feature makes life easy. When setting up it doesn't matter where or how you start, you can position the tent once all the poles are in place. When packing up you can turn the tent around and around to face the morning sun and dry the dew off before packing up, which allows you to pitch a nice dry tent later that day. That last point shouldn't be under-valued. Pegs and ropes being optional also grants you access to more tent sites, like rock, concrete slab, paved areas, tennis courts, verandahs, indoors, and sand without carrying the big heavy sand pegs. Of course you should still bang in whatever pegs you can, and tie off as many guy ropes as possible (like to your bike and trailer). The Allak also has 3 equal length poles (which is actually a Black Label feature, along with 2 vents, but the Red Label Allak has both these features), which again makes life easy. and the colour-coded pole sleeves make it easier again. I've read a few reviews about how the pole-clips are annoying, having to walk around and around the tent, but I just unzip the vestibules and can reach all but 4 clips from them, very easy. I've also read reviews where it's a hassle to have to undo the vent cover... really?? It's 4 very simple clips. What's the problem? The vestibules... ok this probably the biggest drawback with dome tents. Weight for space, the GT tunnel tents are the winners. One big vestibule is far more useful than two smaller awkward shaped ones. That said, I can easily fit all my stuff in one of the Allak vestibules, and use the other for entry/exit. And if you need more vestibule it takes about 10 seconds to unclip 6 inner tent toggles and the vestibule just doubled in size! Undo another 6 toggles and it doubles again! Undo another 6, and the whole Allak becomes one gigantic vestibule for dealing with rain-soaked gear, fixing your bike, or having a party. The fabric is apparently the best you can get (short of the Hilleberg Black Label) and one of my outer doors has had a cat climb up it and through the vent. There were 6 footprints each with 3-4 claw holes, yes I was ropable, but just by rubbing the fabric the holes nearly disappeared and with some SilNet they would be hard to find. Any other tent would be in shreds, I'm sure. So far I've spent about 30 nights in my Allak, from rocky headlands, to sand-dunes, the roadside, riverbanks, and never once have I thought "I wish I got the ________ tent". In fact I'm seriously considering just buying another Allak for the family trips. Or maybe a Staika. Probably the only reason I didn't get the Staika was the smaller roof vents, they appear to be less than half the size of the Allak vents. The Nammatj 3GT and the Akto are other contenders... but don't get me started. Just buy the Allak, you won't be disappointed. www.instagram.com/bmx_around_oz/