Specs

minimum packed
Weight 870 g / 1 lb 15 oz 1.1 kg / 2 lb 7 oz
Capacity 1 person
Inner tent area 1.7 sq m / 18.3 sq ft
Vestibule area 0.8 sq m / 8.6 sq ft
Outer tent fabric Kerlon 600
Poles (9 mm) 1 x 293 cm / 1 x 115.4 in
Pegs 8 Tri-Peg

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The Enan is a lightweight and versatile 3-4 season…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: received for testing via the Trailspace Review Corps (Sample provided by Hilleberg for testing and review)

Summary

The Enan is a lightweight and versatile 3-4 season solo shelter that does not skimp on quality or design features. Ventilation control, a sizeable vestibule, and good strength-to-weight ratio are included.

This tent was built for snow free use in a temperate (warm) climate. It comes loaded with quality hardware including metal zipper pulls, and metal rings at the corners for stakes. Someone needing a high quality, functional solo shelter that can live with a little less head space than a dome shape, should consider the very light, single pole Enan.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Excellent build quality
  • Lots of useful design features
  • Good ventilation control and nearly windproof
  • The vestibule will accommodate a full size pack and boots.
  • Removable inner tent

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Non free standing—if it matters to you.
  • A couple of the vent toggles were hard to reach.
  • The tent, guy lines, and other parts can get tangled if you don’t pack it neatly.

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Backpacking in Wambaw Swamp, S.C., USA

 

Who is Hilleberg?

Hilleberg the Tentmaker is a Swedish company that was founded in the early 1970s with an innovative tent design (see below) and today offers a wide product line of quality shelters in four different Label categories. The labels are designated by colors: Black, Red, Yellow, and Blue. Each label represents a group of tents based on their design.

The Enan is in the Yellow Label category along with the Anjan, Anjan GT, and Rogen models. These four tents are in the lightest category and are designed for use in snow-free seasons and warmer climates.

Design

The Hilleberg design uses the tent poles and rain fly as an exo-skeleton with the inner tent simply suspended inside with elastic straps and toggles.

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Top of the inner tent linked to the outer tent by elastic straps, toggles, and rings.
This lets both sections get erected together at the same time.


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Inner tent partially disconnected and moved aside to change the interior space to mostly vestibule space. 

You could also use the inner tent separately as a bug shelter under a tarp or under some type of natural shelter like a cave opening. Hilleberg offers a kit for this that uses the Enan's tent pole, or you could rig up a ridge line and suspension yourself.

Materials & Specs

Hilleberg uses its own tent fabric named Kerlon. It is a high tenacity nylon ripstop.

They currently have five fabric weights (2000, 1800, 1200, 1000, and 600) ranging from 10-70 Denier, each triple coated with silicone. 

The Enan is made with the lightest, Kerlon 600.

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Green fabric is Kerlon 600.

Here are the Enan's specs:

  • Minimum weight: 870 g / 1 lb 15 oz
  • Packed Weight: 1.1 kg / 2 lbs 7 oz
  • Outer tent fabric: Kerlon 600 a triple silicone coated 10D High Tenacity Ripstop. 1500mm hydrostatic head.
  • Inner tent: Made with 10D nylon and mesh door. There is also an all mesh option.
  • Floor: 50D Double coated urethane bathtub floor. 5000mm hydrostatic head.
  • Pole: Single 9mm pole measuring 293 cm / 115.4 in long
  • Pegs: 8 Tri-Pegs


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Features

Even at 2 lbs. / 870 g. minimum trail weight the Enan has some really nice features allowing for a solid setup, good ventilation, and a configurable interior space.

Structural Components 

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A single hoop pole forms the basis for this non-freestanding design. The rain fly extends all the way to the ground and does a superb job of blocking out cold wind with the vestibule zipped up and the end vents closed.


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Interior view

Both ends of the tent have a vent (see more below), plus a red fiberglass rod to hold the tent up. This rod is built into the tent and stays permanently in place, even during packing up and storage.


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Outside view of the end of the tent and guy line.

Red fiberglass rod is inside tent and directly below top of guy line.


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Detail of the unzipped vestibule opening shows the tent pole, plastic pole socket, and adjustable tensioner (black webbing loop and metal buckle beside pole). 


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The red toggle locks the silver zipper pull in place when zipped shut, and can be fastened so you can reach it from inside or outside the rain fly.


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Heavy duty pole sleeve and zipper flap. View is up near the top of the tent.


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Rain fly / vestibule zipper. Same location as photo above, but with the zipper flap lifted up.

Leaving the rain fly zipper undone a little at the top increases ventilation. The large heavy duty flap keeps rain out. This top section of zipper is above the vestibule area, and not where water could drip on the inner tent if left unzipped a bit for some air flow during a thunderstorm.

Attached Guy Lines & Tensioners


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Pre-installed double point guy lines with adjustable line tensioners are on both sides of the tent.

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The guy line gets wedged in this part of the tensioner. To adjust you pull the line away from the plastic tensioner, slide it to tighter or loosen the guy line, then let the line snap back in the tensioner. Very quick adjustment and holds well.

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Closeup of the guy line and tensioner. 


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Heavy duty toggles and tie out reinforcements.

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The tent uses a 9 mm aluminum tent pole. It comes with a replacement section for repairs and instructions.

Ventilation 

If there is anything worse than a hot stuffy tent that you can't open up in a warm climate I don't know what it is. The Enan can be ventilated rain or shine and mostly without getting the inner tent wet. In a warm and humid climate that is a huge plus.


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Each end of the tent looks like this. There is a large triangular mesh vent in both tent ends that can be closed off with an attached fabric panel (see below).


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Looking inside the rain fly at the end of the tent.

The fabric panel I'm pulling with my hand can be detached at both bottom corners and rolled up or just pulled out of the way to allow air to flow freely through the tent.

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The fabric panel in place and blocking air from coming through.

 

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Inside view with the detachable, yellow inner tent moved aside for clarity.

The triangular fabric panel has been taken loose on one side to expose the mesh vent.


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Inside view.

Here the fabric panel is completely rolled up and tucked into its own small, built-in pocket at the top.  


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The two bottom corners of the fabric panel attach with a red toggle and will stop most of the air coming through the mesh vent when fastened. 

One of the red toggles is behind the inner tent and can be hard to reach, but just undoing the one easier to reach (pictured) will uncover most of the vent anyway.


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Here the fabric panel is fastened in place, closing off the vent.


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You can see the large black mesh door on the yellow inner tent.

The inner nylon tent  has a large all mesh door. There is no fabric panel to close off the door. It is not necessary since the rain fly can block all the wind.

Hilleberg also offers an all-mesh inner tent for even more ventilation.

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Additional venting through the rain fly by unzipping it a bit. 

  

Interior Space

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I'm 5' 7" tall and I have about 5" of headroom left.

The single pole and straight roof slope on the Enan leaves a little less head and shoulder room than many dome or double hoop tent designs. This is a tradeoff for the simplicity and lighter weight of the single pole design.

Interior Space Specs:

  • Total inner tent area: 18.3 sq ft
  • Vestibule: 8.6 sq ft / 0.8m2
  • Inner tent where you sleep: roughly 35 x 84 in / 90 x 215 cm
  • Head height: 36 in / 93 cm
  • Overall width: 64 in / 165 cm


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With the rain fly unzipped, access to the large vestibule is easy, and the inner tent is still out of the rain.

The single hoop pole gives the tent a good bit of width, much of which is used up by the vestibule, which I’m okay with. 

I would like for a tent to either give me a real vestibule or none at all (just assume I’m leaving my pack outside in a plastic bag)! The Enan gives you a real vestibule. Room for pack and boots, extra clothes on top of your pack, and a couple water bottles.

However, if you need more room to pack your gear up, or to change out of wet clothes, etc. you can take the inner tent loose and move it aside for more vestibule (dirty/wet) space.


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Here the inner tent has been unhooked from the outer tent and moved aside to make more room in the vestibule, what I call "dirty space."

This gives you a lot more room to change out of wet, dirty clothes without having to sit in the inner tent to do it. This is a nice option in a solo tent!

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The top of the yellow inner tent with two of the toggles undone.

Undoing the toggles will let you remove the inner tent partially or completely, all from inside and with the protection of rain fly.  


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Looking inside the inner tent at the foot end. Mesh door on inner tent is unzipped.


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A view of the 50 denier double coated polyurethane bathtub floor. Sides come up about 3 in / 7.5 cm.


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Two mesh pockets keep things like headlamps and toilet paper handy.


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Zipper on the inner tent mesh door is heavy duty and has metal pulls.


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The mesh door on the inner tent can be rolled up and held out of the way with the toggle and elastic loop you see at the edge of the yellow / mesh fabrics.


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The vestibule door can be rolled back and fastened with a large plastic toggle and loop.


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Vestibule door keeper, a toggle and elastic webbing.


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I really liked the ability to take the Yellow inner tent down from inside the tent, and move it aside for packing up, or changing clothes during a rainstorm!

The combined features of this tent—

A. Strength-to-weight.

B. Ventilation control, wind blocking.

C. Inner tent offset from the vestibule opening to help it stay dry when getting in or out during rain.

D. Large, usable vestibule.

F. Configurable inner space. 

—make this tent one of the most configurable solo shelters I have ever used.  

The Enan's design helped me stay comfortable in cold wind, as well as humid heat.

Setup

Technically this tent has three poles, but two of them reside in the ends of the tent full time and you don't have to worry about those (see below).

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This is one of those shelters you should definitely practice setting up a couple times before actual use.

Here is a short 2 minute video showing the area where I tested the tent in strong winds, as well as what the tent looks like being set up.

Hilleberg has good setup instructions included with the tent, as well as a video tutorial and downloadable instructions on their website.

In wet or windy conditions you should pitch the tent with the end that does not have the door facing into the wind, this offers the best protection in the entrance / vestibule area.


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Looking into the wind. Pitched this direction the vestibule is sheltered.

This tent comes with four attached guy lines, as well as some other webbing and cord, all part of the tent structure.


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Attached guy lines on each end of tent.


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Tent pole socket, toggles, guy lines, and other webbing.


*As noted above, pack the tent with care so these don't get tangled up. I found rolling the guy lines up a bit helped.

Stakes

The tent I tested came with Hilleberg's Tri-Pegs, which were only 5.5 in / 14 cm long. They would be okay for rocky or packed soil, but they are not nearly big enough to hold in the sand where I stayed much of the time.


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The stake on the left is the Hilleberg TriPeg, on the right is Coghlans 9" Y stake. 

I opted to use six of my own long aluminum Y stakes while camped on sand.

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One of the four metal rings used to stake down the tent corners.

After setting this tent up a few times I learned to pack it back in a manner that kept the various guy lines and straps organized, and allowed one end of the tent to come out of the stuff sack first, ready to be staked down. 

I can now set it up, have it guyed out, and my backpack in the vestibule in about three minutes. The tent's features let you set it up fast, control the ventilation, and configure the vestibule size if needed (see below).

Stability & Functionality

I set up and tested this tent in various conditions including: thunderstorms with wind, freezing temps with wind, direct sun, heavy forest with high insect populations, saturated soil, reaching dew point and condensation.

Once set up and guyed out, this tent is surprisingly stable in headwinds, but strong cross winds can push the outer tent against the inner tent midway between the tent pole and end of the tent which can transfer condensation to the inner tent.

The single tent pole sits securely in pole sockets at either side of the tent and has built in tensioner for the pole sleeve to help with pitching the tent taut.


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The guy line tensioners work well and make getting the tent stabilized quick and easy.  


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Testing on saturated ground.

I did not use a footprint while testing. I tested this tent two nights in standing water and several times on saturated ground. I had no issues with water getting through the 50 denier bathtub floor at any time during testing.

The tent can be set up and adjusted quickly. During testing the Enan shed wind and rain very well. The venting provided excellent air flow across the whole length of the tent. These things plus a configurable interior space, and a sizable vestibule for a solo tent, make it a very well thought out, lightweight design.

I was impressed.

Stuff Sack Stuff

Packing up is where I have a love / hate relationship with lightweight silicone treated fabrics. This one was no different. Its light weight and slick surface don't always cooperate with my ability to get it back in a stuff sack.

I pushed tent fabric into the stuff sack, and when I pull my hand back out the fabric just comes right back out stuck to my hand! If it is raining, or the tent is wet, the tent fabric just sticks to my hand worse.

Technique and practice helps and it’s just a tradeoff (I suppose) for a lightweight waterproof fabric, and not a fault of any particular lightweight, silicone treated shelter.


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When packing up I found it helpful to stuff the tent so that the guy lines and webbing don't get tangled, and so that one end of the tent comes out of the stuff sack first. 


The Enan and its parts fit in the stuff sack with room to spare.

The packed size is about 6 x 20 in / 15 x 51 cm.

Testing

I tested this tent in the lower coastal plain of South Carolina.

I slept in the Enan 23 nights over four months, including three nights in my yard.

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I tested the tent in:

  • Thick woodlands with damp soil.
  • On sandy shores exposed to high winds.  
  • A buggy swamp with mud and grass.  
  • In a grassy field with packed soil.

We have a temperate climate ranging from hot, humid summers to dry winters and many nights below freezing. We have a heavy insect population and loose, soft, and sandy soils.

Summer temps can reach 90°F / 35°C and humidity can reach 100% and stay there for days at a time.

Winter temps are often 50°F / 10°C during the day and fall below freezing at night in mid-winter. Occasional winter temps / wind chills are in the single digits.

Average rainfall is around 75 inches per year, heaviest in spring and fall.

About Me

I have been hiking, backpacking, and running around the woods of the Southeast U.S. since about 1976.

I started with army surplus gear and secondhand gear. I used it until I could buy my own new tent, stove, boots, water filter, etc. I have been fascinated with the design and functionality of outdoor gear ever since.

I believe that with the right skill sets and some well-designed gear you can be fairly comfortable in a wide range of conditions, but picking that gear can be confusing at times.

I hope this review has been a help to you!

Go Time! (Jesse Maloney) BRAND REP

I love all the pics. Question: I noticed there were no pics without the fly. Is the fly incorporated into the design light the new Sierra Design tents or can you actually shed the entire thing?


4 years ago
Rob R

Great review! I'm a Hilleberg owner and yes, according to the pitching instructions on the Hilleberg website, you can pitch the Enan using the fly only. There is a small rigging kit you have to purchase from Hilleberg to make it possible.


4 years ago
Rob R

Sorry, I typed that backwards. It can be pitched fly only without the rigging kit and WITH the kit it can be pitched INNER tent only.


4 years ago
Daniel Oates

Great review, Mike, extremely helpful!


4 years ago
Alicia MacLeay TRAILSPACE STAFF

Excellent review, Mike! Thanks so much for taking the time to thoroughly test and review the Enan.


4 years ago
trouthunter

Go Time, The rain fly has a pole sleeve that the pole passes through, it does not sit above the pole and clip to it like many tents. As Rob said, you can buy a kit that lets you set the inner tent up by itself using the tent pole. You can remove the inner tent in about a minute and have just the rain fly set up if you wish.


4 years ago
dirtwheels

That sir is one of the most detailed reviews I've read on any product, and hats off for testing in the saturated ground of which there is more than a little here in SC. That is going above and beyond, it would be a desperate and tired hiker that would intentionally pitch a tent in soggy ground IMO.


4 years ago
Ashleigh

Awesome review, Mike! The Enan looks to be a super nice and really stable tent.


4 years ago
300winmag

Good review and nice photos to explain the text. There is no doubting Hilleberg's great quality. The design is a derivative of the original Akto.


4 years ago
300winmag

To me the Enan is also a derivative of the Tarptent Moment DW design. I have the Moment DW and prefer its captive carbon fiber end struts and its optional crossing pole. The X-ing pole makes the Moment DW a freestanding tent. If Hilleberg would offer an INTERNAL X-ing pole (under the fly) they would not be infringing on Tarptent's exterior X-ing pole design and they would have a freestanding option plus a tent that could withstand snow loading and winds far better.


4 years ago
schifferj

This truly is an awesome review! I was fortunate enough to see an Enan set up but it takes some visualization to "see" the tent without touching one or seeing it in person. This review fills all the gaps. I've been using the prototype for this tent (Hilleberg Akto) for about ten years now. Several years ago I purchased a Fibraplex Carbon Fiber pole and struts for the Akto, replaced all the guy lines with 1.25 mm Spectra cord from Zpacks, and had the ends of the inner replaced with mesh panels (nicely done by Rainy Pass Repairs) and thus reduced the minimum weight to 2 lbs, 4 oz which is about 5 ounces more than the Enan. For the life of me I don't understand why Hilleberg did not leave the "Vent Hole" from the Akto in the fly of this tent. Opening the top of the fly zipper is a work around of sorts to solve that problem. You certainly put it to the test pitching in standing water - in my experience with the Akto wet ground in the vestibule results in condensation on the inside of the fly. Did you get a lot of condensation on the inside of the fly without the vent? Lastly, my experience is that four season tents are really one season tents (winter). In the other three seasons they are really too warm. For that reason I may pony up the bones for an Enan for summer and continue to use the Akto in the shoulder seasons where snow is possible.


4 years ago
KiwiKlimber

I second what Dirtwheels said.


4 years ago
Family Guy

My two biggest issues with this shelter are a.) there is no upper vent. My history with the Akto suggests that this will be a condensation magnet without it. And b.) it is outrageously expensive and there are many other solo shelters that match the features, quality and weight but are substantially cheaper.


4 years ago
Seth Levy TRAILSPACE STAFF

Thanks for this amazingly detailed review!


4 years ago
trouthunter

Family Guy - You are right there is no dedicated upper vent, leaving the fly unzipped a bit at the very top provided plenty of venting for me. As far as price vs. quality vs. design etc. that is a very subjective topic. Hilleberg's are expensive, they are built in Europe, not Asia & that is a big expense. But yes, there are cheaper options.


4 years ago
Fenwaybob

The review is superb and provides excellent technical details and photographs. Have an 2016 Enan (Kerlon 1000) on order based on my sequential criteria of quality, design, weight and price. My specific need is for a solo lightweight tent of design and manufacturing quality for 3-season, long distance trekking applications involving daily travel. Your review was very helpful.


3 years ago
Vladimir Gorbunov

Nice review! It looks like this tent is also suitable for winter use, isn't it?


2 years ago
300winmag

Thanks for the VERY extensive review and photos. That said I;ll still take my Tarptent Moment DW with the optional X-ing pole for winter.


2 years ago
300winmag

BTW, I've had my Moment DW guyed out (both sides and both ends) in steady 40 mph winds with gusts to 65 mph according to Nevada weather reports. With the fly "nailed down" using stakes on the fly hem stake loops I experienced a very stable tent with no flapping.


2 years ago

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