User Review: Hilleberg Akto
Source: bought it new
My go-to tent!
- Fast easy pitch
- Light weight
I'm not sure how long Hilleberg has been producing Akto tents but I've had mine going on seven years now and it's out in the woods being used by either myself or one of my friends at least 14-15 nights per year in all sorts of weather conditions. It truly is a four-season tent; if there is weather that it can't handle I do not want to be out in that weather.
I'm just a skosh under six feet tall and the tent is of sufficient length for me in an long sleeping bag. With the larger zero degree and below bags the tent tends to "fill up" a bit and the bag will touch the inner tent wall, usually on the foot end. In temperatures below 15 degrees frost will sometimes form on even on the inside of the inner tent - last time out that frost was about 1/4" thick. Of course when you get up all that frost ends up inside the tent but that's pretty much par for the course when winter camping.
One trick I've learned to eliminate condensation with this little tent is to hang a candle lantern from the loop at the peak. This creates just enough air flow to keep the great ventilation system working and pretty much eliminates condensation.
Hilleberg now produces a mesh inner tent for the Akto which I feel would make this an awesome summer tent in warmer climes. I intend to add one of those to my inventory this summer.
Overall this is an awesome little tent — of all the tents I've owned and tried it remains my favorite year after year.