User Review: Hilleberg Akto
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: £240 in 2000
I've been camping for 40 years, and had numerous tents, but this hurricane defying, quality tent knocks spots off them all and it must be the best 4-season 1/2 person tent on the market which is ideal for all conditions. I've had mine for 12 years, travelled thousands of miles, done no maintenance and it's as good as ever.
- Quality of workmanship.
- Superior flysheet strength.
- 100% reliable.
- Simultaneous inner/outer and easy erection.
- Mine is old so maybe design has changed but minor quibbles are the single velcro attachment holding the cover over inner mesh window (now not working) and the toggles holding the rolled up outer and inner doors are too small and slip out easily.
- Both of these can be solved with a needle and thread (but I still haven't done it!)
I've had this tent for 12 years now, buying it new, with no research, at an outdoor shop in Holland in 2000, because I immediately liked the look, quality, weight and design of it. Since then it has travelled thousands of miles with me on long distance bike and hiking trips, and more than a thousands nights of use. I have never done any maintenance at all and everything works as well as it ever did and it is still totally reliable in absolutely all conditions.
This tent takes me 5 minutes to erect — the inner and outer erect together but if the outer tent is very wet at pack-up time they can easily be separated and packed separate. This also allows the outer to be used alone as a tarp tent. With fine adjustment possible with the guy rope system it can be made very taut.
It has been buried in snow, blasted by gale force winds, etc. but the most extreme weather was on a 3-month cycling trip in New Zealand when I was hit by a hurricane in Fjiordland, the lake rose 10 feet and I was stuck in my tent for 4 solid days with horizontal driven rain for much of that time.
Not one single solitary drop of water found its way in (although some pegs were ripped out the first day because I had not been expecting a hurricane and hadn't put the stakes in well enough). Only by the fourth day was the inside starting to get damp but this was mostly due to me hanging wet clothes around the place. Contrary to reports, condensation in this tent is no worse than any tent I've had. It always stays on the inner side of the flysheet.
It is fantastic to know that whenever I put it up I can either sleep with the side door open and gaze at the stars just like being in a tarp, or zip cosily up with everything easily stowed in the tent and vestibule and know that whatever the weather throws at me I will be dry and safe and have enough room in the vestibule to cook while the tempest blows.