User Review: Hilleberg Nallo 2
Price Paid: List
I purchased the Nallo after a search for a hybrid tent: I wanted one that could work like your standard 3-season tent, lightweight and easy to set up, but which could also handle some snow, rain, wind, and could help keep me warm during cold nights. The Nallo was the right choice.
Set up is easy. Despite the fact that the poles slide into sleeves and the fact that the tent has to be staked out, it sets up just as fast as my standard three-season clip-the-poles-to-the-outside tent. I've never experienced any problems due to the non-freestanding nature of the tent.
The venting in the tent is adjustable, with several places, both on the inner tent and the fly, where you can choose to increase or decrease ventilation. This allows you to keep air flowing in nice weather and lock it down in bad weather, making the tent nice and versatile.
It indeed does what I was hoping: Keeps you dry and warm. I used this during four consecutive days of Sierra spring thunderstorms. It kept two people and all of our gear perfectly dry. I also used it during cold nights in the Adirondacks in November and was comfortable as could be. I haven't taken this out in bone-numbing winter conditions, but I'm not a badass winter mountaineer — I just wanted a lightweight, two person tent that could give me something extra beyond the standard three season model.
The only negative I can find is that the tent tapers at the foot end, meaning that the bottom of your sleeping bag is likely to pick up a bit of condensation on damper nights. It certainly wasn't debilitating, but we've all got to find our nits to pick.