Hilleberg Unna

2 reviews
5-star:   1
4-star:   1
3-star:   0
2-star:   0
1-star:   0

Reviews

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Let me start by saying no tent is perfect for everyone...but…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $300 US


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Let me start by saying no tent is perfect for everyone...but this one is perfect for me. The Hilleberg Unna is an exoskeletal design (poles on the outer) as all Hillies are, making it much easier to set up in wet snow or rain.

The interior of the tent is never exposed when setting up as it is already attached to the outer fly with toggles (my word, not sure what Hille calls them!). I'm not completely sure why every other tent manufacturer hasn't started this yet, but they should.


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Usage

I have had this tent for about a year now and had the chance to use it at least once in every season. I live in Ontario, Canada, and do the majority of backpacking in Northern Ontario. Temps ranging from I believe -28c was the coldest, to 26c. I am 6 feet, 160 lbs and often travel with an 120 lb Mastiff and 100 lb Eurasier.


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Positives

In my opinion this is the perfect solo tent and that starts with the kerlon 1200 fabric. If you haven't already, order the Hille catolog (free), it comes with fabric samples of the kerlon 1200, 1800 (its beefier brother) and standard ripstop nylon.

The first thing it encourages you to do is try to rip the three samples. The ripstop is easy but I was unable to rip the kerlon and eventually took a knife to it out of curiousity. The durability of this fabric is amazing. I bought mine used at a cheaper price and it looked untouched. I've put it through some tests, still untouched.

The next positive is the ventilation options. There are lots of different ways to set up the two (inner and outer I mean in this case) doors and the one window to ventilate. From battening down the hatches to a free view on a starry night. It has what I call a little rain hat, again I'm making my own descriptions, to allow you to ventilate through the fly door while still leaving it closed.

This is a solo tent so having only one vent does suffice, I wouldn't want to get two people in there unless it was an emergency. Almost all my trips are myself and two large dogs (100lbs plus each), and condensation has never been an issue.

The last positive is a couple little things that put this tent, and company, head and shoulders above. The tent has the ability to double up poles. I own both the 9mm and 10mm DAC poles and have used, albeit overkill, both sets together in heavy, wet snow. I have no idea the weight these two sets could bear but would bet my life on them rather then most other 4-season tents. I see no expense spared in this tent and you can see the quality in the metal tensioning strap and re-enforced pole pockets.

Interior space or vestibule? This tent lets you chose. There is no built in vesti, but rather enough interior space for a solo trip plus gear. If you want you can detach the toggles and make less interior space and have a vestibule.

Another of my favourite features is that worker that makes your tent (one worker does all the parts — start to finish) sews his/her name on the tent. In my opinion that brings them a sense of accountability to the product they personally, as well as the company, are sending out.


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Negatives

Very little. But being subjective the V stakes included are nothing special, standard quality. Don't get me wrong they work, and I havn't broken one, but they are not any better then most standard included stakes.

I've read Tipi's concern with the elastic that attaches the inner and outer fly and I think its a valid one. It certainly has to be the "weak point" if this tent has one. I am keeping my eye on that, no problems yet.

Price, has got to be a negative, but I bought mine used and at 300 dollars with both sets of poles it's a steal. Last is the specs, it is slightly smaller in all dimensions on the inner then on the website (91*44*40 inches) as the measurements were taken on the outside and the inner uses about an inch and a half of elastic to connect.


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Bottom line

Step #1 — Save up, collect pennies, go in the fountain and fish for quarters, do what you have to do to get the money, and then buy the Hillie that best suits you.

Step #2 — Never have to worry about your tent.

Step #3 — Enjoy when your friends have to look for a new tent again, and again, and again.

I've put up more pics in an album on my profile but didn't want to bog the review down too much.

Tipi Walter

Thanks for the link and your good pictures. I updated my Keron review with a pic of the elastic permamently deforming which is a problem after several years of hard use. It's a problem which needs a solution.


1 year ago
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I own five tents. This is what I use when I need a…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $500

Summary

I own five tents. This is what I use when I need a light, tough tent.

Pros

  • Strength
  • 4-season capability
  • Venting
  • Lightweight for 4-season
  • Easy pitching, pitching in rain

Cons

  • Peak height could be a few centimeters higher

I have used this tent under various conditions for a few years now. I do remote backcountry camping. At my favorite site my really light MSR ... Nearly caused me serious danger. That's when I decided to pay the extra money for the Hilleberg.

The conditions that caused difficulties for my MSR - it doesn't really matter which tent, they all suffer the same difficulty - were simply glided through in the Unna. Eight hours of cold damp fog - no problems in the Unna big probs for MSR and most non-4-season tents. My Bibler would treat these condition likewise with disdain but the extra kilo is not welcome at my age.

The quality of construction is unbelievable. It's like camping in a Rolls Royce. Superb! It pitches as one unit. All tents should be able to do this. Condensation is not an issue for me. It is very stable. No vestibule is no problem for using this as a 1 person tent. Hint buy a mesh inner from Hilleberg to make this tent into 2: summer and winter!

I should have never bought all those other expensive tents. This one with two inners would have covered all bases. When the weather turns really bad you'll be glad, safe and comfy inside your near indestructible Unna. Absolutely fantastic tent!

The only downer: I am 6' 2". When I sit up straight I touch the highest point with my head. Please, Hilleberg, add 2 cm to the interior peak height... Maybe 4cm that would cover everyone except basketball players!

Congratulations to Hilleberg for one of the best designed and built tents on the market. Bravo.

Justin glanzman

I agree. I have the jannu and have never been more pleased and trustful of a tent. I must admit it is slightly heavier than most of my other tents but beleve me the space is priceless especially whe the wife and dogs come along.long story short hilleberg tents are king.


10 months ago

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Manufacturer's Description

The fully free standing Unna is supremely easy to pitch nearly anywhere – rocky shores, narrow ridgelines, dense forests (or, of course, even on “perfect” tent sites) – and it boasts an impressive amount of interior space. Add to that its eminent stability and impressively light weight, and it’s no wonder that it has become a favorite of paddle tourers, year ‘round backpackers, mountaineers, cycle tourers and casual campers alike.

Performance Attributes

  • The Unna is a straightforward, all-season, completely free standing tent that weighs only 2.0 kg/4 lbs 8 oz. Our dome design has single-ended, continuous pole sleeves and linked inner and outer tents for simple, quick set up, and affords a very compact footprint without sacrificing interior roominess.
  • The two pole configuration provides generous head room, and makes for near vertical walls, so there is plenty of room for you and your gear.
  • Pitching requires no pegs, but 12 peg points provide options for increasing stability. This includes using the corner points of the tent itself, the double guy lines with double line runners on both sides of both pole sleeves, and the single guy line and peg point in the middle of both front and rear walls.
  • The Unna’s ventilation system functions regardless of weather conditions, since the inner tent’s fabric is highly breathable, and the since the main vent is integrated into the top of the door. The top third of the inner tent door is a no-see-um mesh panel covered with an equal sized, adjustable fabric panel, while extra sliders on both inner and outer tent doors provide full adjustment options, and a separate roof cover keeps rain and snow out. In fine weather, the bottom portion of the outer tent’s front and rear walls can be rolled up and secured with the integrated toggle and loop.
  • The inner tent can be taken out and the Unna Mesh Inner tent can be used instead.

Visit Hilleberg's Unna page.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

Free Shipping. Hilleberg Unna 1 Person Tent FEATURES of the Hilleberg Unna 1 Person Tent The Unna is a straightforward, all-season, completely free standing dome tent that weighs only 2.1 kg/4 lbs 10 oz. The single-ended, continuous pole sleeves and linked inner and outer tents make for simple, quick set up, and affords a very compact footprint without sacrificing interior roominess The two pole configuration provides generous head room, and makes for near vertical walls, so there is plenty of room for you and your gear Pitching requires no pegs, but 12 peg points provide options for increasing stability. This includes using the corner points of the tent itself, the double guy lines with double line runners on both sides of both pole sleeves, and the single guy line and peg point in the middle of both front and rear walls The inner tent can be taken out and the Unna Mesh Inner tent can be used instead The Unna's ventilation system functions regardless of weather conditions, thanks to its integrated components Highly breathable yet water repellent inner tent fabric The top third of the inner tent door is a no-see-um mesh panel covered with an equal sized, adjustable fabric panel The main vent is integrated into the top of the door and extra sliders on both inner and outer tent doors provide full vent adjustment options A separate vent cover ensures that the weather stays on the outside, even if the vent is open In fine weather, the bottom portion of the outer tent's front and rear walls can be rolled up and secured with the integrated toggle and loop SPECIFICATIONS of the Hilleberg Unna 1 Person Tent Capacity: 1 Minimum Weight: 3 lbs 5 oz / 1.5 kg Packed Weight: 4 lbs 10 oz / 2.1 kg Inner Height: 40in. / 100 cm Inner Tent Area: 2.5 square meter / 27.0 square feet Poles (9 mm): 2 x 154in. / 2 x 387 cm Pegs: 12 V-Pegs Moosejaw CANNOT ship Hilleberg products to Japan, Hong-Kong, Korea, or any country in Europe. Sorry about everything. Moosejaw CANNOT ship this product outside of the United States or Canada. Sorry about everything.

- Moosejaw

The Hilleberg Unna is a simple all season free standing tent that can be pitched anywhere. The dome design includes single-ended continuous pole sleeves and provides impressive interior space that will accommodate an occupant and their gear (or another person in a pinch). Great for backpackers, cycle tourers, mountaineers, and casual campers alike.

- CampSaver.com

The Hilleberg Unna Tent is a fully free standing ultralight solo tent that can be pitched anywhere anytime It is ideal for journeys in any season where low weight is a high priority and where the terrain makes for tricky pitching conditions Since its outer tent is made with our ultralight Kerlon 1200 whose 12 kilo tear strength is still far stronger than most expedition tent fabrics the Unna is a fine choice for long or short trips in exposed andor above tree line in all but the worst conditions and for use in more protected areas any time Its dome design handles snow loading quite well making it suitable for short term base camp use while its roominess and light weight lend themselves very well to mobile journeys where you pitch your tent each day Rather than a vestibule the Unna has a spacious interior that easily accommodates the occupant and gear or in a pinch the occupant and another person And by disconnecting a corner of the inner tent one can create both a virtual vestibule and keep the inner tent dry while entering or exiting in rainy conditionsThe fully free standing Unna is supremely easy to pitch nearly anywhere rocky shores narrow ridgelines dense forests or of course even on perfect tent sites and it boasts an impressive amount of interior space Add to that its eminent stability and impressively light weight and its no wonder that it has become a favorite of paddle tourers year round backpackers mountaineers cycle tourers and casual campers alikeFeatures The Unna is a straightforward allseason completely free standing tent that weighs only 20 kg4 lbs 8 oz Our dome design has singleended continuous pole sleeves and linked inner and outer tents for simple quick set up and affords a very compact footprint without sacrificing interior roominess Pitching requires no pegs but 12 peg points provide options for increasing stability The Unnas ventilation system functions regardless of weather conditions since the inner tents fabric is highly breathable and the since the main vent is integrated into the top of the door The top third of the inner tent door is a noseeum mesh panel covered with an equal sized adjustable fabric panel In fine weather the bottom portion of the outer tents front and rear walls can be rolled up and secured with the integrated toggle and loopNOTE This product only ships to North America

- Bentgate.com