Details that Make a Difference
Most people go adventuring in the outdoors to BE outdoors – hiking, climbing, paddling and the like – not to sit in a tent! Thus, the most important thing your tent can do is afford lightweight, utterly reliable protection when the weather turns bad and you do have to be “inside.” For our Yellow Label, 3 season tents, it might be the intense summer rain squall that drives you into your tent, or a relentless downpour on a fall day. For our all season tents, whether Black or Red Label models, it’s about those worst-case scenarios, like the sudden, severe snow storm that comes out of nowhere; the windy ridge top you get stuck on for days; or the deluge that keeps you pinned to the tiny bit of high ground your tent sits upon. With this in mind, we design and build all of our tents with strict attention to the details that will make those times the most livable!
Black & Red Label Dome Tent Pole Systems
Our smaller Black and Red Label all season dome tents use our short pole sleeve and clip system, where a sleeve on each side of the tent holds the pole ends, and precisely placed clips secure the tent to the poles. Larger dome models employ a combination of full sleeves, shorter sleeves and clips, and adjustable pole tensioners. This system is designed specifically to make pitching larger dome tents simple for one person. Both systems provide great strength and quick pitching, and both can accommodate double poles.
Yellow Label Pole System
Our 3 season tents use 9 mm poles tipped with locking ball ends, open ended pole sleeves, and an innovative grommeted webbing tab with an adjustable tensioner. The pole is inserted into the sleeve and one end is secured in the grommeted tab. The tent is then arched into shape, and the other pole end is secured in the tab. The tensioners allow you to adjust one side higher than the other to deal with rain from one direction.
Pole sleeves are integral to almost all of our tents. We use a 100 denier high tenacity nylon. This material is easily tough enough to handle the strain of pole movement when pitching or taking down the tent. We also make the sleeves wide enough to accommodate two poles, which is a good option for the most extreme conditions. The raised profile of the sleeve makes it easy to insert the pole, and protects the seam against wear. And separate pole sleeves keep the poles off the tent fabric for extra safety.
We carefully select the thread we use for strength and durability, and we always use a flat fell-seam. This means that every stitch goes through four layers of fabric, ensuring both strength and water resistance. Additionally, our sewing machines employ cooling jets around the needles, preventing heat-producing friction that could enlarge the stitch holes. The end result is a very precise, very reliable seam that has remarkable durability and water resistance.
Guy Lines & Attachments
Guy lines are essential for stability in rough conditions, so we equip every tent with them. On tents with continuous pole sleeves, each guy line has two attachment points, which evenly spreads the tension load. On dome tents using our short sleeve and clip or full sleeve plus sleeve and clip systems, many attachment points are designed to be wrapped around poles or pole crossings, adding even greater strength. The cord itself is light, strong, absorbs little water, and has minimal stretch. It is a proprietary interwoven blend of polyester and Vectran, a high-performance liquid crystal polymer yarn that is, pound for pound, five times stronger than steel.
Adjustable Pole Tensioners
Found on all Hilleberg tents with full or three-quarter length pole sleeves, our pole tensioners allow for optimal tension to be applied to the poles. Once the pole is seated in the plastic cup, tension is added by simply pulling the webbing strap until the bottom of the pole cup is level with the bottom of the outer tent and the back of the pole cup is tight against the tent wall. The tensioners are easy to operate – even while wearing big gloves or mittens – and their plastic cups have room for dual poles.
Adjustable Peg Attachments
Adjustable peg attachments allow for the utmost in pitching precision. Pegging out the adjusters when they are set to their longest position and then tightening the webbing strap adds tension and contributes to providing maximum stability.
Every tent has multiple reflective strips. These are strategically placed around the tent, high up, so that they will catch even a small amount of light. Unlike some reflective systems, ours does not require a direct “hit” with a light beam to be seen.
“Locking” zipper system
On our outer tent doors, we use specially designed zipper pulls that have a ring which mates with a red toggle at the base of the zipper. This system effectively locks the zipper in place, preventing any zipper creep in high winds, and is both simple and quick to engage and relase.