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Backpacker Magazine – Fall Gear Guide 2013

Gear Review: Hilleberg Akto Tent

Packed, the Akto scrunches to the size of a six-pack-of-bagels.

by: Casey Lyons

Hilleberg Akto Tent Fullerton
Hilleberg Akto Tent Fullerton

Hilleberg Akto
The worst-kept secret about four-season tents? They’re actually one-season tents: winter. Then there’s the Akto. When winter turns to spring, swap out the nylon body for an all-mesh one ($115 extra) by unclipping a couple of toggles (mesh and nylon tent bodies weigh the same). The weather-ready, non-freestanding design requires four guy points, and a single hoop pole slides into a sleeve on the fly. “Why can’t all tents be this simple, sturdy, and smart?” wondered our tester after camping in Oregon’s Cascades. Pitched, the 18.3-square-foot tent body and 8.6-square-foot vestibule were adequate for our 6’2” tester and his gear. Packed, the Akto scrunches to the size of a six-pack of bagels. Note: When we blasted the side with a 30-mph wind, it flattened; be mindful of wind direction when positioning this one. $465; 3 lbs. 7 oz.; hilleberg.com



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TJ
Feb 24, 2014

465 bucks for a tent that flattens in 30 MPH winds?
Really?

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Eric B.
Jan 14, 2014

Ths Akto must be credited with an innovative design that has given birth to other companies' similar designs. Tarptent has developed three tents from the basic Akto design, the Moment, Scarp 1 and Scarp 2.

I sold my original Momment single wall tent and will shortly be ordering the Moment DW. I like the Moment DW better than the Akto because not only does it have an optional summer netting inner like the Akto but it has a crossing pole for more protection from snow load. I've seen a photo of an Akto collapsed by a heavy snow load.

That X-ing pole will be shortened a bit and run INSIDE the fly (as I previously did on my original SW Moment). This will give maximum fly support and stability. I also did this with my Scarp 2 X-ing poles. Great high wind stability!

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