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Hilleberg Nallo Two Person Tent



Our Rating:

Best for alpine and winter use

 2400g / 2.6m2

At a glance
Plusses: Respectable weight for its strength and interior space, durable and weatherproof, flexible design.
Minuses: Feels slightly overbuilt, expensive

Features: An award-winning tent with strong tear-resistant fabric, durable floor, sturdy poles and reassuring construction. Two interior pockets, plus clothesline and a configurable vestibule. Inner or outer can be pitched separately. 

Pitching: The Nallo was intuitive to pitch, which is an indicator of an uncomplicated design. The longest pole and sleeve are colour coded. It was straightforward to fine-tune tension and stabilise the tent in winds with its five guy lines. 

Comfort: Spacious is the key word. For a two-person tent, there’s plenty of room for packs inside. For some, that will be considered a big benefit; for others, it will mean the tent’s unnecessarily heavy. But if you were stuck in this tent on a pit day, or you were on a long trip and did not want to be elbow-to-elbow with your companion, it would be appreciated. The side walls are relatively steep and the ceiling is high at the entrance, so it feels spacious when you are sitting up near the door, but as soon as you move towards the foot end it quickly feels more cramped. While the single entrance tunnel tent class is well proven on the strength to weight matrix, I prefer dual entrance tents for day-to-day use. 

In use: During a windy night on the tops, the tent had the feel of a mountain shelter that would be reliable in a storm. The vestibule entrance can be reconfigured from front to side entry, which is useful for wind protection. There are only two small mesh storage pockets – I would like to have seen more. An adjustable ‘clothes line’ along the ceiling is a plus. The tent seemed slightly over-engineered, for example, the zip sliders are huge and some components could be lighter whilst still being sturdy. That said, there is no questioning this tent’s confidence-inspiring durability. There is a reason why Hilleberg tents are popular with cycle tourists: they withstand a great range of conditions from desert dust to alpine snowfall and last the distance. 

Value: While it seems expensive, it’s in a class of its own and will significantly outlast the lighter, but less storm-proof tents on the market. 

Verdict: A well made and highly functional tent that will endure severe weather and extended use while still remaining reasonably light.