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Hi Folks, first post.
I'm looking for a lightweight 2 man tent, max weight of 2 kg (4.4 lbs). I used to have bigger and heavier Hilleberg Nammatj 2 GT. After a terrible experience with it, I ended up returning it. I have never experienced any amount of condensation like it before. I refer to condensation on the inner of the inner, so much so, that everything was soaked including of course, our down bags. The tent was erected perfectly with nothing touching and with equal space all round, everything taught. The second night was spent in extremely unpleasant conditions because I opened up as much of the tent as possible, i.e., entrance to sleeping area totally open, porch zip mostly undone and any vent open. It was only slightly better but still a heavy layer of frost on the inner walls of the inner. The trip had to be cancelled because we were unable to dry our bags and gear and hypothermia wasn't part of the plan. Weather was -10 degrees C (14 F) during the night and around 4 degrees C (39 F) during the day, dry and sunny then light snow.
Briefly, I was told by Hilleberg that their tents were used in the World's most serious expeditions (one of my reasons for originally purchasing) and that it must have been my fault etc. Snow must have been pressing the outer onto the inner! Said I should have periodically dried the inside with a rag, put my jacket over the foot end (a entire Gore-Tex bivi bag would have been the best way!), light a candle to dry out the condensation, open the vents etc., etc. To me, that's not good enough. To suggest lighting a candle is not worthy of comment in my opinion, nor is taking it in turns to wake up throughout the night to dry the inner. I also couldn't understand that having a four season tent must be used with the doors open, creating a 2 or 3 season tent. That defeats the object of having a four season, surely.
Unbelievably, after all this and a few years later, my search is once again bringing me to Hilleberg. The construction is very good and I do really want to like them.
I wanted to know if anyone else has had similar situations with their Hilleberg (whatever model) tents. Whether anything has changed on them to improve such incidences. To me, it seemed that the yellow inner was simply not breathable, at all. Do they still use the same yellow material? Mine was bought in 2009.
I like the look of the Anjan but am afraid to go ahead in case of similar problems.
How about MSR Hubba Hubba? How are they in winter, being mainly mesh inner?
I understand that these questions are somewhere on the internet but I wanted to find out about people's experiences.
Sorry for the long post and thank you for any suggestions.