The Hilleberg Nallo 2 is a slightly tapered two-pole two-man double-skin tunnel, although there is an expanded version as well. First, the specifications.
|Poles||2, DAC Featherlite NSL 9 mm|
|Fly Fabric||Kerlon 1200|
|Listed Weight||2.3 kg (5 lb 1 oz)|
|Tent Weight||2.0 kg (4 lb 6 oz)|
|Pole Weight||302 g (10.7 oz)|
|Stakes, Weight||16, 185 g (6.5 oz)|
|Stuff Sacks||55 g (1.9 oz)|
Kerlon is silicone impregnated, but essentially custom to Hilleberg. They started using it around 1975, but are a bit cagey about what Kerlon 1200 is made from.
This looks like a fairly standard two-pole two-man double-skin tunnel tent, and it is just that. It is a full double-wall tent, but moderately lightweight. Hilleberg claims "Certainly, they are suitable for exposed and/or above treeline use in all seasons," and general experience supports that claim.
For campers who need more space in the vestibule, Hilleberg offers the Nallo 2 GT. It has a third pole to make an expanded vestibule. One of these is shown in Part 2.
The interior of the tent has reasonable floor space for two, and very reasonable headroom. The rear end of the tent does slope down, making the very rear less useful for sitting, but there seems to be a fair bit of floor space in the middle with high headroom. The sides go straight up and the middle is wider than most (130 cm vs 110 cm), so the middle region is quite usable. You would certainly be able to pack a lot of gear down the sides of your mats.
The stuff sacks are silnylon and very light. The 16 stakes are DAC angle stakes with rounded ends, which are comfortable to the hand. They go in a bit easier than the traditional Y-stakes. The ‘spares’ provided include a repair sleeve and a spare pole section. This suggests they think the fabric and the zips are going to last.
The guy ropes are a fairly hard 2.5 mm diameter, with CL260 ClamCleats. I know the ClamCleats are heavier than knots, but they are easy to use in a snowstorm. They use webbing loops as anchors on the tent: very easy to handle. As you can see here, the guy ropes are doubled so they support the poles at two points on each side. This is good for storms.
You can put a bit of lengthwise tension on this tent, which is good for handling violent storms. Also very nice is how they have designed the rear, or upwind, end of the tent. It has a middle guy rope and a middle ground stake as shown here to stop the end bell from bellying inwards under wind loading. I should add that my winter tent also has the middle ground stake, so maybe I am biased. But I know it works!
Of course, if you have only one tent you may want to use it for more than winter time. A closed end bell can make the tent rather hot, so Hilleberg has been extremely clever with this end bell, enabling you to raise the middle of it to allow lots of through-ventilation. This is shown here from the ground level.
The corner anchors are fairly standard, but they are adjustable. There’s a loop of light webbing with a welded ring threaded on it, Sorry, the ring is invisible in the photo, but the stake goes through it. What is more interesting is that the buckle used to adjust this webbing is not the usual plastic one: it’s metal. Perhaps they found that frozen nylon buckles can sometimes break? Details, details.
There is only one vestibule on the tent, but it is large enough for cooking in comfort. There’s plenty of room to store two packs in there as well, without getting squeezed.
Visible in this photo, as well as the previous one, is a length of webbing going across the end of the tent. This webbing holds the corners of the side panels in place when you have the door wide open. Yes, you can open the door upwards or downwards; it’s shown opened downwards in this case. I usually do it this way because I find the door flaps around and falls down in the doorway when opened upwards. That can be inconvenient, or even alarming, when I am cooking in the vestibule.
The tent poles are fairly stock DAC ones, 9 mm diameter for winter strength. You can double-pole the sleeves, but I really doubt the need. The ‘far’ end is captive inside the pole sleeve, making it easy to thread the poles but you can only do so from one side. The pocket is reinforced with some pretty robust fabric which looks a bit like the Hypalon they use on some snowshoe decks. The ‘near’ end is socketed into a solid plastic cup thing – no chance of jamming or of any damage there. It’s just visible in the photo here. There’s a metal ladder lock buckle there for the sleeve tension.
There is adequate provision for ventilation: the liftable rear end bell and the hood at the door end, as shown here. The rim of the hood is stiffened so the hole remains open. Inside the tent there is an openable vent, as may be seen in the first photo. Okay, it is likely that using this tent in hot and humid conditions might be a little warm: it isn’t meant for such conditions.
Winter conditions in Northern Europe can be a bit severe, and Hilleberg tents have to be able to take such punishment on a routine basis. The photo shown here is from a web video, and is of a Nallo 2 pitched in the open in a saddle (think mouth of funnel) in a storm. I have used this as an illustration, because I haven’t ‘enjoyed’ such extreme weather myself recently. Personally, I would have put a little more lengthwise tension into the tent, but I understand that the occupants were quite happy. (Actually, I might have tried to find a more sheltered campsite, but sometimes that just doesn’t happen.)
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