The classic bombproof 1-person all-season shelter
After two decades this is still the best 1-person tent around - much copied but never beaten.
Sure, there are lighter tents around, or bigger ones, but the Akto has the right balance of weight, strength, and practicality to make it a choice you won't regret. When the weather turns *_really_* nasty you can depend on your Akto doing its job of keeping you safe and dry. Just search youtube and you'll find many videos of these tents holding up under absurd weather conditions. Sure, you're unlikely to find yourself needing to pitch in hurricane-force winds, but it doesn't hurt to know that these tents really will stand up to winds in excess of 85mph. This means that under almost any normal conditions you'll not need to worry about your shelter being up to the job. Long after the lighter and bigger tents would have been torn to shreds, your Akto will still be standing, and that's the kind of peace of mind that you can't put a price on.
20 October 2014
This tent looked after me in the Artic
I walked across the Abisko mountain range (last week) in 5.5 days - every day my feet hurt, I was hungry and I was tired. And as much as the views were stunning and I thoroughly enjoyed it one thing I could guarantee was that my tent would quick to put up, it would keep me warm and dry and I could 'stash' all my stuff in it.
The Hilleberg AKTO did that.
It is a very well thought out design and brilliantly executed. This tent is the best in it's class.
19 August 2013
Fantastic lightweight one person tent. Very quick and easy to pitch in all weathers. Plenty of room and good design features and very good quality.
Packed this tent is fairly small and easy to fit in a rucsac. My first pitching from the bag using no instructions took 7 minutes to the point where it could be used. It is worth spending another 5 mins adjusting the guy ropes to get the tension and shape correct. Once up put in a clove hitch on all the guys at the pegs as this then allows you to adjust each one without affecting the other. There are ten pegs in all, 4 at the corners of the ground sheet and 6 outer guy ropes points. After the first pitching, having fitted the inner and the foot print ( a worthy investment I might add) I have not separated the three items since. Leave it all together and then pitching the tent the next time could not be simpler, especially if it is raining, a real practical bonus. With the footprint fitted getting in and out of the tent in wet conditions is much easier and allows you to put stuff outside of the inner without it getting wet. Getting in and out of the tent is not very easy and is one of the design flaws of the tent. The fly sheet door when opened drips water onto the inner and footprint and does not clip back properly and the clip is a fiddle. The same goes for the inner door and you can get in a bit of a mess if you are trying to get in quickly during a downpour. Once in side there is a good amount of space and cooking inside the fly sheet in bad conditions is possible. Condensation after a nights sleep can be a real problem so use the zipped vents on the fly at all times to reduce this except in extreme conditions. Use the fly sheet door vent as well.
Taking down the tent is so easy and quick that in a hurry and with practice you can have it down and folded in 4 minutes if dry keeping the flysheet, the inner and footprint all connected.
Overall a really good quality tent that is simple to pitch in all conditions and I would recommend it to anyone despite the flaws I have mentioned.
27 May 2012