User Review: Hillary Cabin Tent 9 x 12 (out of production)
Design: steel pole, three season, freestanding cabin tent
Ease of Setup: Very easy, no guy wires, 4 steel poles. Set up in 7-10 min.
Weight: about 8 lbs.
Price Paid: $100 in 1993
I'm afriad this might be the last year for this outstanding tent. I've had it since 1993 and use it about 4 times a year. Coldest temp 35 degrees, hottest around 100. It has been through a number of solid mid western rain storms and high winds. Used annually at the Oshkosh Airshow where it stays up baking in the sun a week at a time. Other trips just 3 days or weekends. Very easy set up. As this is out of production, I just wanted to comment on the Hillary quality. Bought it at Sears as a first tent. The fabric is starting to strech, so I was very worried when I spent this last week at Oshkosh. It rained every night, with very hard (occasional) microbursts and lightning. My friends' tents leaked. Mine did not. It has no fly on it, just the plain cabin style. Good quality steel poles, excellent fabric. It has never ripped.
I'm saying good-bye soon, as time has taken its toll on the fabric. It is fading and sagging slightly. I will be buying another Hillary tent. I have also learned to go with steel poles on the new tent. My friends' Coleman and Target brand tent both broke fiberglass support rods. Electrical tape fixed em, but why hassle with it? Anyway, very pleased with the price and quality. Not a mountain climbing tent, but perfect for the casual camper/family.