In 1971, Bo Hilleberg, a Swedish outdoorsman and professional forester, founded Hilleberg AB. Frustrated by the tents available at the time, Bo wanted a light, strong, comfortable shelter with a connected inner and outer that could be set up simultaneously. In 1973, with Bo in charge of design and sales and his wife and co-founder, Renate in charge of sewing and production, Hilleberg the Tentmaker introduced the Keb (below), the first commercial tent with a connected inner and outer.
While the company's product line has expanded over the decades, Hilleberg tents are still known for being high quality, dependable, strong, lightweight, easy to use, and adaptable. Products for solo to group use include expedition tents for all-seasons and conditions, three-season tents, lightweight and specialized shelters.
"Every Hilleberg tent has true all-season functionality, will last despite the hardest use, and is easy to pitch by one person, even if it's dark and one is wearing mittens!" says the company.
To help select the right tent for one's outdoor adventures, Hilleberg categorizes its tents with a color-coded labeling system that represents a tent's performance range based on materials and construction.
- Black: Strongest, most adaptable, most comfortable all-season tents; Ideal for any trip, anywhere, in any weather condition, and in any season (for example: the Nammatj below).
- Red: All-season tents that prioritize light weight over absolute strength, adaptability, and overall comfort; Ideal for all-season trips where weight is a priority and where conditions may be all but the most challenging (for example: the Nallo).
- Yellow: Lightest weight tents, engineered for warmer climates and for snow-free months of the year; Ideal for warmer weather trips where lightest weight is the highest priority (for example: the Enan).
- Blue: Specialized tents, such as yurt style or modular group tents, designed and built for a specific purpose (for example: the Atlas).
Hilleberg remains a family-owned and -run business. Daughter Petra serves as CEO of the Hilleberg Group and leads company business outside of Europe; Son Rolf serves on the governing board of directors with Bo, Renate, and Petra. The company owns and operates its own ISO-9001-certified, manufacturing facility in Estonia, where all Hilleberg tents are sewn, set up, inspected, and approved before they head off on adventures around the world.
Hilleberg the Tentmaker
SE-832 51 Frösön
+46 63 57 15 50
fax: +46 63 57 15 65
Hilleberg the Tentmaker
14790 NE 95th St
Redmond, WA 98052
toll-free: (866) 848-8368
fax: (425) 869-6632
Hilleberg Coverage in the Trailspace Blog
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