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I'm trying to decide between these tents for winter backpacking and have been doing a lot of reading on this site regarding the Hilleberg tents. However, the Alti Storm is fairly new so there doesn't seem to be a lot of reviews on it yet.
I like how the Hillebergs pitch...I can see how in bad weather this would be pretty cool. Since the Alti Storm's inner tent does not have much mesh, I'm wondering how wet it would get on the inside if I were to pitch it in the rain..I think the inner tent is 40D nylon.
Regarding weight, the Alti Storm's minimum is heavy...7lb 13 oz. However, it is 103 inches long, vs 91 for both the Allak and Staika, so it's longer (and heavier) than both the Allak and the Staika. I think I remember reading that Nemo designed the storm models extra long to avoid the wet sleeping bag foot phenomenon and to provide some extra storage space.
I remember Tipi Walter stating that because the walls angle inward on the Staika, the 91 inches is functionally shorter if you have a high loft bag and a large sleeping pad, and that his head and feet touched the end of the tent when he used his exped downmat 9 and high loft sleeping bag. Tipi Walter, is your downmat 9 the long wide 26x77 inch model? I have a Downmat UL7 LW, so if yours is shorter, I might have a problem in the Hilleberg.
I'm trying to decide if the extra length is worth the extra weight...it seems like a pretty bombproof 4 season tent, but it is heavy...but it's also on sale now at Campsaver for $375, vs $835 for the Allak and $810 for the Staika...
I'll spring for the Hilleberg's if I decide they are the right tent for me, but that's what I'm trying to decide. Help!!