The Hilleberg Principle

 

The Hilleberg Principle

 

Since Bo Hilleberg designed his first tent back in 1973, Hilleberg has made tents. That’s in fact all they have been doing. Where others have been tempted, with varying degrees of success as a result, at trying their hand at areas that lie outside their original speciality Hilleberg has continuously strived to improve, and perfect their tents.

While many tent makers haven’t gotten past low weight as the only determinant of quality in a tent Hilleberg has established five additional categories which they consider critical to superior quality. After integrating reliability, adaptability, ease of use, durability, and comfort into the optimum combination for the intended use of a particular tent, they then aim to make it as light as possible. While recognising that low weight is of course important in a tent, they will not make their tents low weight at the cost of sacrificing any of the other attributes completely. Low weight is not an end in itself, but rather the foundation that ties the other criteria together. This is what they call the Hilleberg principle.

 

The Hilleberg Principle

 

Of course, not everyone have the same requirement which is why Hilleberg offer three different ranges, or labels as they call them, created with different uses in mind.

The black label are the tents where reliability, adaptability, ease of use, durability, and comfort are the main component during the creation process. These tents have to be able to stand up to what the harshest conditions can throw at them while at the same time being comfortable in on fair weather summer days. For these models low weight, while still considered of course, have had to take a backseat to accommodate other attributes that are deemed more important in this area. These tents are designed with the some of the toughest materials Hilleberg has to offer, all to make sure that you never have to be woken up in the middle of the night by the sound of your tent being torn up by the storm raging outside.

Red label tents are also true four season tents. However, in the production of these tents a higher importance is placed on making the tents weigh less while still being dependable in all situations. These tents are designed to be lighter than, and nearly as adaptable as, the black label tents.

 

The Hilleberg Principle

 

The lightest tents produced by Hilleberg can be found in the yellow label. These three season tents are perfect for use in snow free areas where adaptability between different challenges posed by the elements is required.

No matter which label you choose, a Hilleberg tent is always designed to be easy to use. A big part of this is the straightforward construction and the linked inner- and outer tents, which means that they can be put up simultaneously making them easy to put up, even alone and in bad weather.

Because of this is important that you consider what you will be using the tent for when considering different models. Only by knowing where you will be taking the tent, what conditions you will, and attributes that are important to you can you pick the most suitable tent for you.