Favorite four season tent ?

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Raul P · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Feb 2013 · Points: 35

Just moved to Colorado from the south east, so my UL kit won't cut it above tree line or sub freezing. 

What are your favorite four season tents? I'm looking at some of the free standing 2p hilleberg or the new msr remote series. I plan to get a nice and toasty sleeping bag to pair it all with too. Weight is a concern, but not a major one as I can always bivy if I want true UL. thanks! 

Kevin · · California · Joined Jan 2012 · Points: 0

For what activities?

I have a North Face VE25 and a Black Diamond Firstlight. Both are great at what they do.

Hilleberg is fantastic for its thing, too.

Merlin · · Grand Junction · Joined Mar 2006 · Points: 10

Hilleberg, after 11 years, 30-60 nights of use a year, rain, snow, heat, high altitude, I finally replaced it with another Hilleberg. The old one probably had several years left but the zipper started sticking and I'm lazy. Just make sure to get a footprint to extend its life.  That tent is probably the single most comfortable, useable, bombproof piece of gear I've ever owned.

Raul P · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Feb 2013 · Points: 35

Thanks all. It would be mostly used for base camping or multi day trips above treeline in the winter. Weight isn't a huge factor, more interested in warmth/ease of set up and livability. If I need to go fast and light for an overnight I can bivy. 

All signs are pointing toward hilleberg, but was curious if anyone didn't like them. 

Nick Sweeney · · Spokane, WA · Joined Jun 2013 · Points: 650

I find that my Mountain Hardwear EV2 strikes a great balance of weight, ease of setup, and liveability.  The built-in vestibule (really just an extension of the tent body) works really well in practice.  The tent is very strong too.  I got mine for a killer deal at $375.  It's acceptably light at just over 5 pounds when you need something bombproof. 

simplyput · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2013 · Points: 60

i have the Hilleberg Atko 1p and love it.
I was only able to purchase it thanks to a pro deal but have used it in a variety of inclement conditions and love it.
Also, it weighs less than a kilo.

Jesse Coonce · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Aug 2016 · Points: 5

If you anticipate heavy snowfalls and expect to be away from your tent for extended periods, the freestanding Hillebergs may be the better way to go as they can handle a bit more snow loading due to the design, however the Hille tunnel tents typically offer more usable living space for less weight.  I just bought a Nammatj 3 GT and am looking forward to getting it out in some snow(the thing is HUGE!, I can lay perfectly flat on my back diagonally in the vestibule without touching my head or feet on anything, I'm somewhere between 5'9" and 5'10"for reference) .  I am however also contemplating getting a one or two man tent as well for any trips without another person or one or both of my dogs (likely a Nammatj 2 as the tunnel tent design has really grown on me, and other than a tiny solid rock bivy ledge cannot imagine a spot where I could only pitch a freestanding tent, though the Unna, Soulo, and Jannu are in the mix as well).

Surprisingly simple to pitch as well in spite of not being freestanding, I had it pitched nice and taut in under 10 mins. on my first attempt without having ever looked at any instructions.  Ultralight is definitely one thing that most Hillebergs are not, but they are very durable, well designed and put together.

I don't have any extended use reports for you with it yet as I just got mine yesterday, but there are thousands of those that are easily found on the internet.

Good luck with your choice and enjoy whatever it is you decide on.

Raul P · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Feb 2013 · Points: 35

Thanks Jesse, I'm thinking between the Kaitum, the januu, and the tarra. Good problem to debate. Hilleberg doesn't seem to have too many competitors from what I've seen... 

adeadhead · · Baltimore, Maryland · Joined Mar 2015 · Points: 25

Macpac for life. 

Caleb Schwarz · · Colorado Springs, Colorado · Joined Mar 2016 · Points: 105
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