User Review: Hilleberg Akto
Design: four-season solo hoop-tent
Ease of Setup: easy
Weight: 2 lbs 14 oz
Price Paid: $345
Having only been a serious hiker for two years, I have slowly become more involved in the pursuit and the gear. When I realized that fair weather hiking was no longer gonna satisfy my backwoods jones, I very methodically began evaluating all the four-season solo shelters I could find. After months of consideration, I finally decided to go with the Akto.
All that research was time well spent; I am so satisified with this tent that I cannot imagine being happier with another product. I hike in the East, so I was concerned by some of the reviews touting condensation problems. I found that this problem can be easily corrected by using a candle-lantern which will simultaneously dry the moisture and heat the air inside the tent in cold conditions.
This tent is not to be used in hot muggy conditions, but why would you carry a four-season tent in those conditions anyway? Space is ample, setup is super easy (the tent, fly, and footprint are clipped together even when stored), pitch is secure.
Only two nit-picking complaints: the pegs should be replaced with something like Mountain Hardwear Y-pegs, and the inner tent window has a kerlon cover that velcros over the mesh at one point rather than zipping along the perimeter. Overall, it is a fantastic solo shelter for wintery conditions.