Hilleberg Tents

Choosing the right tent with the Hilleberg Label system

 THERE REALLY IS NO “BEST” TENT, but there is a “right” tent for you. Choosing that “right tent” is less about what you do on your adventures – climbing, hiking, hunting, sea kayaking, bicycle or motorcycle touring and so on – than it is about determining what your tent needs to be able to do on those adventures. We advocate that you establish when, where, and how you will most often use your tent as well as any specific features or performance attributes that are important to you, and that you assess your general level of experience and confidence in your backcountry skills. With this information, you can then determine the tent (or tents) with the most suitable qualities for your needs. In the end, only you can decide which tent is the right tent for you, but since it will literally be your home in the backcountry, we urge you to choose wisely!

What Is The Hilleberg Label System?

THE HILLEBERG LABEL SYSTEM divides Hilleberg tents in one of four categories, or “Labels,” Black, Red, or Yellow, each representing a performance range based on materials, construction or both. This grouping makes it straightforward to see the differences within our line, and so makes selecting the right Hilleberg tent for you much easier.

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Hilleberg's most versatile tents. Black Label models will handle any terrain or weather condition, from the mildest to the most demanding. Their simplicity, ease of use, and comfort make them perfect not only for any trip in any season, but also for general use in less challenging situations, and for less experienced users. Their strength, stability, and roominess, meanwhile, make them the best choice for long term, demanding, all season use in the harshest conditions – exposed and/or above tree line terrain, continuous heavy snow conditions, high-grit environments like deserts, beaches, and playas, and the like. Their extra durability increases longevity, and reduces the risk of problems, especially on longer adventures in remote areas, where repair opportunities may be limited.

Black Label tents are constructed with Hilleberg's strongest materials:

Features:
Outer tent in our Kerlon 1800 fabric, with an 18 kg/40 lb tear strength.
10 mm poles.
3 mm Vectran & polyester guy lines.
Our most robust inner tent and floor fabrics.
Heavier duty zippers.
Y-Pegs, Hilleberg's strongest pegs.
Black Label tents are designed to maximize strength, ease of use and comfort in all seasons and all conditions:

Outer tent goes all the way to the ground for all season protection.
Same-length poles throughout make for simple set up.
Multiple vents high up offer ventilation even if the tent is dug down into the snow.
The interior is designed to offer the greatest usable space.

 

Use the table below to compare the full range of Hilleberg Tents to decide the model that's best for you.

 

Red Label Tents are built for both short and longer trips in generally less demanding conditions in all seasons, such as less exposed mountain terrain, forests in both winter and summer, and the like, but where you still may encounter severe situations. Their emphasis on lighter weight makes them less than ideal for harsh environments and extended adventures in demanding conditions. They are, however, quite capable of withstanding heavy storm conditions. Experienced users sometimes choose these tents for more demanding adventures because they knowingly accept the trade off of strength for lighter weight.
Red Label tents’ materials favour lighter weight over absolute strength:

Features:
Kerlon 1200 outer tent fabric, which has a 12 kg/26.5 lb tear strength.
9 mm poles.
3 mm Vectran & polyester guy lines.
Lighter weight inner tent and floor fabrics.
Lighter weight zippers.
V-Pegs, Hilleberg's lighter, but still very strong, pegs.
Red Label tents are designed to maximize light weight while still retaining appropriate strength, ease of use and comfort in all conditions:

Outer tent goes all the way to the ground for all season protection.
Different length poles in some models reduce weight.
At least one vent high up for ventilation even if the tent is dug down into the snow.
The interior is designed to offer roominess at the lightest weight.

 

Use the table below to compare the full range of Hilleberg Tents to decide the model that's best for you.

 


Hilleberg engineer their Yellow Label tents principally to be lightweight. Intended for use in warmer climates and in snow-free conditions, these models have inner tents with large mesh panels which cannot be covered, and shorter outer tent walls. This ensures they have superb warm-weather venting, but can also make them feel cold in cooler conditions. Yellow Label models are perfect for long or short trips in more protected terrain, but, while they do have remarkable strength, their lighter weight materials and their design make them less than ideal for fully exposed or high altitude terrain or far removed adventures.
Yellow Label tents are constructed with our lightest materials:

Features:
Kerlon 1000 outer tent fabric, with an 8 kg/17.6 lb tear strength, or Kerlon 600, which has a 6 kg/13 lb tear strength.
9 mm poles.
2 mm guy lines.
Our lightest inner tent and floor fabrics.
Lighter weight zippers.
Tri-Pegs, Hilleberg's lightest pegs.
Yellow Label tents are designed to be very light and to provide comfort appropriate to use in warmer climates and/or snow-free conditions:

Outer tent does not go all the way to the ground, offering a lightweight balance of weather protection and constant air flow.
Different length poles reduce weight.
Outer tent can be lowered on one side/raised on the other to increase protection on the weather side.
Large, fixed mesh panels on the inner tent and shorter outer tent walls create constant cooling air flow (which can feel cold in cooler conditions).
The interior is designed to maximize light weight while providing sufficient roominess.

 

Use the table below to compare the full range of Hilleberg Tents to decide the model that's best for you.

 

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Hilleberg Tents - Details and Features

 

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