The Hilleberg Akto is a very well-established solo backpacking workhorse. At 1661g it is twice the weight of some superlight tents but you’re getting so much more here than the lighter tents can offer. The general design is similar to other tents, with a single pole being slipped through a sleeve on the outer while four in-situ vertical poles at the end provide additional height and stability. But unlike other tents the poles are a large diameter; the pegs, webbing and guy lines are chunkier; and there is a lot more adjustment available via ladder-lock buckles. This all makes the Akto feel more robust and better able to withstand hard use for extended periods. The outer door gets chunkier zips too and there are four zip pulls so you can vent the top. The porch runs full length and is 65cm wide at the centre, which is far bigger than other lighter tents. Internal headroom is 90cm but the whole inner feels bigger than lighter tents as those four end poles are a little longer than other tents. There is no mesh on the inner, so it isn’t too draughty, yet in summer you can open zipaway doors at the head and the foot of the outer for more airflow. The Hilleberg Akto is generally a bigger and more robust tent than similar designs that are lighter and it’s ideal for more severe conditions and hard use.
Flysheet fabric Kerlon 1200 silicone-coated ripstop nylon
Inner fabric 30d ripstop nylon
Groundsheet fabric 70d nylon
Poles DAC Featherlite NSL shock-corded alloy
Internal dimensions (LxWxH) 220x90x90
Packed size 16x45cm
The durability of materials and living space are what sets the Hilleberg Akto apart from its competitors, but the drawback is you have to pay more in terms of cash and weight, which may not appeal to everyone.
Review by Graham Thompson
Published in Trail magazine July 2014