There is no such thing as bad camping weather; you just need the right tent. To make its Akka tents even better for coping with 4-season conditions, Fjällräven has developed a new triple ripstop fabric. This fabric is extra-strong, yet it’s light enough that when used to make a hugely spacious tent, the resulting shelter is light enough to be carried to remote locations.
The Fjällräven Akka Endurance takes a well-proven 2-person design – the three-pole tunnel with a porch extension – and transforms it into a design that is practical, durable and relatively light for its performance.
The tent is pitched outer-first with three colour-coded poles slipping through sleeves that extend around the outside of the flysheet. The pole sleeves are sewn up at one end so you can pitch the tent rapidly from one side and, surprisingly for the size of this tent, it can be pitched easily by one person if needed, thanks to its thoughtful design. Ladder-lock webbing tensions the poles, and then you just need to peg out the windward end and stretch the tent into shape to create the tunnel. If you do end up having to ‘strike’ the tent in the rain you can remove the inner tent first before taking the outer down.
There is a wealth of guy lines and pegging points, which means the tent is very stable when fully erected, and it is more than capable of standing up to cross- and tail-winds. For extra durability there is a tough skirt around the lower edges of the tent, which allows this to rub against rocks without fear of abrasion trashing the fabric.
You get doors on both sides of the front porch so two people can have their own entrance, or to allow sheltering from the wind if it turns and comes from the opposite side. Those doors are massive too and give easy access to the huge porch, which makes this tent ideal as a base camp shelter.
The outer door and the inner doors have midge nets so you can ventilate the tent while still being protected from insects. This is a bonus as most outer doors do not have an additional midge net, so the porch tends to become filled with midges if you vent the outer door even slightly.
Inside the Fjällräven Akka Endurance there is a massive amount of space. You also get two huge main vents, one at each end of the tent, plus a good gap between the inner and outer. This airflow is important as you may be cooking in the porch in colder weather and need all the venting you can get to control condensation.
There is a large amount of reflective taping on this tent including large panels at the doors, while all the guy lines have reflective threads so you could locate this tent easily if trying to find it when returning through the mist at night after a long day on the hill.
What’s not to like about the Fjällräven Akka Endurance? Well, nothing, if you are in need of a quality mountain tent for year-round use and want it to be durable, large enough to live in for weeks at a time and yet light enough to be carried in a rucksack. The only drawback is that all that quality does not come cheap. So the Akka Endurance is an investment – but it is a superb investment if you really need its creature comforts.
Design three-pole tunnel
Poles 3 9.5mm poles shock- corded alloy
Materials outer: 30D polyester triple ripstop; inner: 30D polyester; groundsheet: 70D nylon
Internaldimensions length 225cm; width 125cm; height 95cm
Packed size 25x44cm
The Fjällräven Akka Endurance is an outstanding 4-season 2-person tent that is surprisingly light for its size and ideal for base camp use in the toughest of conditions.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine February 2013