Helsport...

10:45 p.m. on July 5, 2012 (EDT)
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Anyone familiar or have any experience with these tents? This model in particular:

http://www.helsport.no/en/product/TENTS/PRO/Fjellheimen_Superlight_3_Camp

Extreme version:

http://www.helsport.no/en/product/TENTS/XTREM/Fjellheimen_XTrem_Camp

They look as though they are pretty nice tents and they go up in one shot(outer/inner together.)

I have been looking through all of their tents and they have some pretty nice looking rigs(pretty interesting as well.)

This pack also caught my eye:

http://www.helsport.no/en/product/BACKPACKS/XTREM/Spitsbergen_backpack

I love companies I don't see or hear about regularly.

Seems as though Helsport has some pretty nice gear. I heard their tents aren't cheap. 

1:00 a.m. on July 6, 2012 (EDT)
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The backpack looks great. Pretty unique padding with no middle section should keep you cooler. Too bad there seems to be no dealers on this side of the atlantic.

1:59 a.m. on July 6, 2012 (EDT)
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Hey Rick they look great.  I regularly see these type on a dirt/adventure bike forum that I also regularly frequent.  I did check the weight and as for (only) my measly opinion they seem a little weighty.

3:26 a.m. on July 6, 2012 (EDT)
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One of Hille's main competitors here in Scandinavia. The magazines here carry a lot of ads for Helsport gear. Somewhere I have a recent issue of Friluftsliv (Outdoor Life) with a good review of (mainly Scandinavian) lightweight tents and I think the Helsports stack up up pretty well agains the others.

10:22 a.m. on July 6, 2012 (EDT)
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I don't see anything truly innovative here.  Similar tent design to Hilleberg, Exped, etc.  Packs that have the same features as 1980's Gregory packs.

I will read some more about their offerings but they look like secondary versions of better products in the market.

10:53 a.m. on July 6, 2012 (EDT)
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Apparently they have been around since 1951.

http://www.helsport.no/en/ABOUT_HELSPORT/

Family Guy- thought you may find this one interesting:

http://www.helsport.no/en/product/TENTS/XTREM/Finnmark

Then there is this:

http://www.helsport.no/en/product/TENTS/TREK/Varanger_810_Camp

8:25 p.m. on July 8, 2012 (EDT)
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Rick-Pittsburgh said:

Apparently they have been around since 1951.

http://www.helsport.no/en/ABOUT_HELSPORT/

Family Guy- thought you may find this one interesting:

http://www.helsport.no/en/product/TENTS/XTREM/Finnmark

Then there is this:

http://www.helsport.no/en/product/TENTS/TREK/Varanger_810_Camp

 I sure like TiPi's......

; )

10:49 p.m. on July 8, 2012 (EDT)
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Family Guy said:

I sure like TiPi's......

; )

Me too...

As long as the weather is mild of course. :p

1:14 a.m. on July 9, 2012 (EDT)
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Zoinks!

6:26 a.m. on July 9, 2012 (EDT)
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Rick-Pittsburgh said:

As long as the weather is mild of course. :p

 Look again! The two tipi-like tents you linked to are lavvus, usually used more as a base camp for hunting and fishing etc. rather than for backpacking (although I suppose a weight of 0.6 kg = 1.3 lbs per person isn't too bad). You can put a little heater or even wood stove in these babies, and get them nice and toasty inside. I see them around but have never slept in one.

7:42 a.m. on July 9, 2012 (EDT)
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BigRed said:

Rick-Pittsburgh said:

As long as the weather is mild of course. :p

Lol, it was a joke. :p

I guess FG was probably the only one that would catch on. Everyone knows that set-up(tent/stove) would be perfect for a winter hike of the AT(laughs uncontrollably.)

3:28 p.m. on August 8, 2012 (EDT)
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All,

Actually just posted my Helsport Varanger 8-10 Lavvu for sale in the classified section.  True, it's probably not great for backpacking unless you've got a big group, but would make an excellent basecamp tent.  There is plenty of room for everyone and all their gear. 

Would be real nice in the winter with a little wood-burning stove! 

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