User Review: Hilleberg Kaitum 2
Design: Three/four-season tent
Ease of Setup: Easy for one, a no brainer for two
Weight: 2.7 kilos (6 pounds)
Price Paid: US $1200!!!
Hilleberg makes the best tents I've ever used, and The Kaitum 2 is no exception. It's easy to set up, takes a beating like few others and for its weight it's huuuuuge!
I've owned quite a few tents over years, and a one thing has always annoyed me: all the wasted space in the foot end of the inner tent! If used to store any gear the inner tent gets pressed against the outer, and if there's any condensation, well, you know what I mean. The foot end of the sleeping bag will also brush up against the same slope.
Construction of tents here in Scandinavia is slightly different than in the US, where you consider the sleeping part as the tent, and then add a rain fly to it. Here we think of the rain fly as the tent, and then add an inner tent to it. This means that the fly goes all the way to the ground, and the poles are in the outer shell.
The Kauitum has three poles, that slides easily into place, the hopes are formed and with just four pegs the tent is of free standing. Then the rest of the pegs are used to make the fly taut, and since the inner tent is already attached the you're free to "move in" no matter what kind of weather you're facing. If you expect high winds, use the guy lines.
The inner tent is located in the middle of the outer, so that the end walls are straight instead of sloped, so that all the space is usable. The width of the the tent is just 6 inches narrower than my previous three person tent. In other words, you have tons of space! The vestibules, one in either end of the tent, are big enough to swallow all your gear in one end, and leaves room for cooking in the other. There are also huge vents in both vestibules, so air can flow easily through the tent without any condensation on the outer tent. The vents are adjustable of course The end walls of the inner tent can be adjusted from just mesh to completely sealed. Somewhere in between might be good, depending on the weather :)
Having two entry/exit points makes it easy to get in and out without rain blowing into the tent in case the wind turns overnight.
I have used the tent in well above the tree line pretty close to the Arctic Circle without any problems at all. Storms have come and gone, and besides the outer tent being a bit noisy, I've never felt afraid the tent might fail on me. Workmanship is as excellent as the design.