Hilleberg Soulo 2009

The Hilleberg Soulo tent is built to withstand the worst weather and it comes with features to let the occupant sit out the storm in reasonable comfort. It pitches as one, with externally attached poles. It’s free-standing, but has a dozen peg and double guy points all the way round for security (in a raging blizzard it hardly flinched). There’s an effective top vent with an external cover, and plenty of internal and porch space for cooking, storing your gear and stretching out inside. I could sit up easily as well. One of the inner doors can be zipped apart to reveal a full-size midge net. The outer door has a two-way zip to let cooking steam out the top and keep the wind off your stove at the bottom. It feels reliable and secure on the hill. But at 2.2kg packed weight it’s hugely heavy for a one-person tent, although its actual packed size is okay. It’s probably got too much performance for most needs outside of winter camping on the Cairngorm plateau. There are some features it could lose, thus drop the weight a little without compromising its performance. At this price you need to be sure you want the extra stability.

Design dome   
Poles shock-corded alloy  
Inner ripstop nylon  
Flysheet 30D Kerlon 1200 ripstop nylon, hydrostatic head 1200mm
Groundsheet 70D Kerlon 1200 ripstop nylon, hydrostatic head 1200mm
Internal dimensions length 220cm; width 105cm; height 95cm
Packed size 45x18xm
Packed weight 2200g
Made in Estonia  
Stores in UK 6
Hilleberg – tel. (0046) 6357 1550; www.hilleberg.com

Verdict: The Hilleberg Soulo is a fantastic tent for high winter camps at home or abroad; but a high price, heavy and overspecified for general year-round use.

 

Review by Peter Macfarlane
First published in Trail magazine March 2009