Hilleberg Soulo 2011

The Hilleberg Soulo had been designed as an all-season one-person shelter that will work in the worst of conditions while maintaining good living comfort inside. It pitches as one, the poles clipping on externally with some colour coding on the pole sleeves to make it easier. It’s also free-standing, which is great for perfect positioning. There are numerous pegging points and double guy lines all the way round for stability whichever way the wind is blowing. There’s a useful vent at the apex with an external cover, great internal space for sleeping and sitting up, and good porch space for cooking and storing your gear. One half of the double inner door can be zipped apart to reveal a full-size midge net. The outer door has a two-way zip giving extra ventilation options, including somewhere to let the steam out when cooking in the porch in a storm. It’s a tough, reliable shelter for the worst weather.
But the Hilleberg Soulo is heavy for a one-person tent, although pack size is good, and the level of performance it offers is more than most of us really need in the UK outside of summit camping in a storm. There’s a lighter tent in there waiting to come out, and with a little simplification it would be an all-round contender.

Design dome
Poles shock-corded alloy
Inner 30 denier ripstop nylon 
Flysheet 40 denier Kerlon 1200 ripstop nylon, 3000mm hydrostatic head
Groundsheet 100 denier nylon, PU-coated, 7000mm hydrostatic head
Internal dimensions length 220cm; width 105cm; height 95cm
Packed size 45x18cm
Weight 2365g
Made in Sweden/Estonia
Stores in the UK 9

If you’re needing ultimate protection from a one-person tent the Hilleberg Soulo delivers; you’ll just have to put up with that weight.

Review by Peter Macfarlane
First published in Trail magazine April 2011