Price Paid: $1495 +tax (around $1623)
I just received this tent yesterday, and while I have not yet used it, my first impressions on its quality are superb. My former tent was a North Face Him 35, but after 90+ nights of use and abuse I retired it. I still have it, but not sure how sound it is, as it has mold starting to form in the very top. It must not have been totally dry the last time I packed it up.
I plan to use this tent in the coming weeks in the high country, but I do not foresee using it in as tough an environment as it was made for. So this review that I will make after using it likely will not have any useful information for some of the more extreme environments that it is in fact made for. However, the build quality and material used seem to me to be in a class well above that of the North Face Him 35 four-season tent that I owned, but I am no expert in materials used.
It is rather heavy as well, coming in at around 14 pounds packed. So if you're alone, pacing yourself will be required for most people, due to the excess weight. It is recommended to spread the load between backpackers but I usually go solo.
I will update this review as the fall/winter/spring seasons of 2011-12 continue.
I special ordered it through Neptune Mountaineering in Boulder, Colorado. If anyone is interested I suggest contacting Brannon Fisk, Neptune Mountaineering's hardgoods buyer. Neptune Mountaineering has simply an amazing customer service team.
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The exceptionally strong four-person Saitaris tent combines the self-supporting features of a dome tent with the spacious vestibule features of a tunnel tent to create a highly innovative and roomy shelter.
Boasting one standard-sized and one extended vestibule, the Saitaris easily provides enough space for gear-intensive outings from exacting base camp use to particularly demanding mobile journeys in harsh conditions.
Its unique full sleeve plus sleeve-and-clip system allows for quick and easy pitching, and the Kerlon 1800 outer tent fabric is easily one of the strongest lightweight tent fabrics available, so the Saitaris is capable of handling both heavy wind and snow. Because of both its tremendous strength and its spaciousness, the new Saitaris has a broad range of use.
Those needing the ultimate base camp tent and expedition travelers to the most demanding environments will find its strength and its excellent space to weight ratio invaluable. Ski tourers and paddle tourers alike will value its roomy interior and gear-swallowing vestibules, as well as its easy-to-pitch, self-supporting structure.
Here's what other sites are saying:
The new Saitaris tent from Hilleberg is the tent to use anytime overall strength and stability are the most significant priorities. It is ideal for exacting base camp use, especially in high mountains, exposed or above tree line terrain, and arctic environments. It is also an excellent option for particularly demanding mobile journeys in exposed and/or relentlessly harsh conditions.
Free Shipping. Hilleberg Saitaris 4 Person Tent DECENT FEATURES of the Hilleberg Saitaris 4 Person Tent Kerlon 1800 outer tent fabric and 10 mm poles with multiple crossing points make for an exceptionally stable tent with outstanding snow-load handling capability Multiple guy lines on the tent, the vestibule vent hoods and the vent cover afford even greater stability. Many of the guy line attachment loops on the tent are designed to be wrapped around poles or pole crossing points for maximum support The Saitaris has plenty of room for four occupants and their gear Dual entrances ensure that one door can always be situated out of the wind and provide flexible entry/exit options One standard and one extended vestibule afford tremendous convenience, flexibility and comfort The Saitaris' ventilation system functions regardless of the weather conditions, thanks to its integrated components Highly breathable yet water repellent inner tent fabric Inner tent doors have a full no-see-um mesh panel covered with an equal sized, zipper-adjustable fabric panel for greater venting and weather protection options Large vents in each vestibule, placed high enough to keep air moving even if the tent is dug down into deep snow Vestibule vents backed with no-see-um mesh and adjustable, air-permeable snow-proof panels that are accessible from inside the vestibules Roof vents in the inner and the outer tents that are accessible from inside the tent The inner tent roof vents can be opened or closed completely, and have no-see-um mesh backed by zipper-adjustable fabric panels A separate vent cover ensures that the weather stays on the outside, even if the vents are fully open The SPECS of the Hilleberg Saitaris 4 Person Tent Capacity: 4 Minimum Weight: 12 lbs 2 oz / 5.5 kg Packed Weight: 14 lbs 2 oz / 6.4 kg Inner Height: 49in. / 125 cm Inner Tent Area: 53.4 square feet / 5.0 square meter Vestibule Area: 30 square feet + 15 square feet / 2.8 square meter + 1.4 square meter Pole (10 mm): 4 x 169.7, 1 x 113in. / 4 x 431, 1 x 287 cm Pegs: 28 Y-Pegs OVERSIZE ITEM: We cannot ship this product by any expedited shipping method (3-Day, 2-Day or Next Day). Even if you pick that option, it will still go Ground Shipping. Sorry for being so mean. This product can only be shipped within the United States. Please don't hate us. Moosejaw CANNOT ship Hilleberg products to Japan, Hong-Kong, Korea, or any country in Europe. Sorry about everything.