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"It is important that you really define your needs when choosing a tent. A traditional Hilleberg tent is the toughest light weight tent there is when it comes to longevity and strength."
This quote is from Hilleberg's Question and Answer section from here---
Let's talk about Hilleberg longevity. From my most recent trip report---
The biggest long term flaw on the Hilleberg tents is their use of crappy black elastic connectors between the tent fly and the inner tent. All of my Keron elastic has stretched permanently causing the entire inner to sag and there's one elastic band in particular which is completely useless and excessively stretched to the point where it just hangs uselessly. (see fotog). It's their biggest weakness but the company doesn't address the problem. I need to email Hilleberg about it but what can they do? Keep my tent for a month to sew on new elastic? No thanks cuz I'm using it all the time.
Here's a solution: get rid of the elastic connectors. Luckily the Keron is big enough inside that even with partially ruined elastic it still offers enough room for 1 person (even though it's a 3 person tent). This elastic flaw has been present in both my Staikas too and the company's reply is to get sent new elastic and sew them on myself. Too much of a job for 24 connectors and 48 sew points. I keep saying it but these black elastic connectors are an engineering failure waiting to happen as elastic deforms over time and stays permanently stretched and longer which ruins the whole purpose of a Hilleberg tent---to have a strong and firm supported inner tent. What to do? Buy a new tent? Naw, too expensive.
Go back to the MSR Fury? Naw. Do a home repair? Maybe I will get Hilleberg to mail me a set of elastic and replace the most obviously ruined ones. At first light I'll inspect them and do a field repair whereby I shorten them by wrapping a re-toggling. Hilleberg uses excellent materials except for these elastic connectors. Here the material fails as the whole concept is flawed since elastic is never meant to be permanent or not stretch. Look at high use rubber bands or the waist in your underwear---they all stay stretched over time and Hilleberg should know this when they decide to use elastic."
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