Hilleberg Allak

 In gear review

As explained in my review of the Hilleberg Soulo, I’ve kept borrowing the Hilleberg Allak from my friend each time I need a two person tent during my winter snowshoe/mountaineering trips for the past two years. It’s the Allak tent which made me replace my Vaude Hogan Ultralight Argon by the Soulo. So I though this tent deserved a review in this blog.

Overview

Four seasons double wall tents, completely free standing, very easy and fact too pitch; usable in all conditions even extreme.
Hilleberg Allak

Fabrics

  • Tent fabric: Kerlon 1200 (minimum tear strength of 12 kg/26.5 lbs)
  • 3 x 9mm poles
Manufacturer’s data:
Hilleberg Allak : données techniques
Hilleberg Allak : tailles
  • Minimum weight: 2.6 kg
  • Full weight: 3.1 kg

Advantages/Drawbacks

  • Very easy and fast to pitch (no more than 3 minutes)
  • Completely free standing
  • Lot’s of space thanks to the two entrances with two absides
  • Price
  • Less easy to pack
  • Can’t share the load

Ease of Use

This is THE strong point of the Hilleberg Allak. With the flysheet being fixed to the tent, the short pole sleeves and the clip system, the tent is as easy and fast to pitch as a single wall tent. It takes about 3 minutes to pitch it as shown in the video below. Fully free standing it is easy to pitch on snow or a slab.

The drawback is that it is a bit harder to pack but nothing that is not manageable.

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I don’t speak German but the video speaks by itself.

Usable space

The tent, with it’s two entrance with absides where you can put your shoes and backpack is very spacious. The largest 2 person tent I have ever stayed in.

Protection

Kerlon 1200 fabric is silicone-coated on both sides, which makes it very waterproof. In addition to this, according to Hilleberg, Kerlon fabrics are arguably the strongest, lightest tent fabrics available ; four to five times stronger than most so-called “expedition grade,” heavy duty tent materials.

Wind stability

The three poles, the dome shape and the fabrics gives the tent a very good wind stability. It can be strengthen with the guy lines that are attached to the tent.

Ventilation

There are two roof vents integrated into the top of the doors. They are covered by a separate vent cover which allows you to leave the vent opened even in bad weather. The inner tent door is a mesh panel covered with an equal sized, zipper-adjustable fabric panel. With doors on both sides you can create an air flow through the tent.

Durability

If the Kerlon fabric is as resistant and strong as Hilleberg says, this tent will follow you everywhere for a very long time if you take good care of it.

Opinion

The price and the 3.1kg, compare to single wall tents, might discourage some of you. But with the Hilleberg Allak, you have the ventilation/strength/protection advantages of double wall tents and easy pitching advantage of single wall tents. Why hesitate when you can the cake and eat it too ? It is quite priceless in extreme conditions or place where the air is humid like in Japan.

In addition to this, the tent is very spacious. The most spacious 2 person tent I have sever stayed in. The drawback is that you need a large space to pitch it which might be a problem on narrow ridges.

The other problem is that you can’t share the load with your partner as the flysheet is attached to the tent. At most you can give the tent’s poles. This can be managed by giving your friend some of your cooking gear or gas. So not that of a big issue.

To conclude, I would say that it is a very good tent. That’s why I keep borrowing it all the time. But when I will buy one I won’t go for the Allak but the Jannu which is a mountaineering/expedition/assault tent, basically the same as the Allak but with only one entrance wo it weights 200g less and requires less space to pitch.

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