Hilleberg Akto Single Person Backpacking Tent Review

7.7

Size and Comfort

8.0/10

Weather Proof

8.0/10

Weight

7.0/10

Ease of Set Up

8.0/10

Dismantling

8.0/10

Features

7.0/10

Durability & Quality

8.0/10

Pros

  • Extremely high-quality construction
  • Large interior and vestibule space
  • Angled vents at both ends for better ventilation
  • Extreme weather protection

Cons

  • Expensive price tag
  • Large weight for a lightweight tent
  • Condensation tends to make it heavier
  • Non-freestanding

There’s something to be said for a tent that continues to be recommended 20 years after its first release. The Swedish company Hilleberg has been in the business since 1971 and has gained a reputation for creating some of the most high-quality, durable tents available.

Although their Keron tent still remains as their signature tent, the Akto could be regarded as its most enduring and consistently popular single person backpacking tent. In our recent roundup of the 5 best-hiking tents, the Akto scored the top position for its durability, comfort, and ease of use.

Like most of Hilberg’s products though it doesn’t come cheap but if you’re looking for the best you can only expect to pay top dollar. Here we take a closer look at the Akto and show why we think it’s the best single person hiking tent available on the market.

Size and comfort

Weight: 2lb 7oz
Color: Green/Red/Sand
Center Height: 36in
Base Size: 86 x 35in

Hilleberg has a world-renowned reputation for building tents of the highest quality possible. The Akto continues that legacy with their signature Kerlon 1200 material, making the tent highly weather and damage resistant. This all adds up to a superbly comfortable tent.

When choosing lightweight tents there is usually a compromise that must be reached between durability/comfort and weight. That’s not the case with the Akto. Unlike other bevy tents, you get a complete sleeping shelter will still enough room to cook while out of the weather and keep your gear stored inside. With 18-sq ft. of usable space in the tent, an 8.6-sq ft. vestibule and a head height of 36″ you’ll still be able to move around comfortably while keeping your gear safe and dry inside.  

The no-see-um mesh allows you to get plenty of ventilation during summer camping but the Akto is ideally suited for cool to cold climates. If your new to bevy tents it might take some getting used to but compared to other brands, the Hilleberg Akto provides the best in comfort for a lightweight durable tent.

Weight

With a minimum weight of 2lb 7oz and a packed weight of 3lb 12oz the Akto isn’t exactly light compared with other brands. Add in a footprint and you’re looking at over 4lbs in gear to carry. This will need to be considered before deciding if the Akto is right for you but bear in mind that the extra weight is a tradeoff for assured protection against the elements.

Many lightweight tents compromise on material quality to get their tents as light as possible. With the Akto you can bear just about the worst conditions that nature can throw at you on the trail while still remaining comfortable.

Ease of Setup

The Hilleberg Akto may require a bit of practice when pitching before you get the hang of it. A minimum of 8 stakes must be in place if it is to remain secure and prevent sagging. When setting up the Akto you’ll be pitching it twice each time. The first is when erecting it which can be done very quickly if you need to get out of a rainstorm. You can then sleep comfortably like this for the night but if the wind starts to pick up you’ll need to get it fully pitched. This extra stage in pitching allows you to get the fly sheet as taught as possible and the guy lines in all their proper position for maximum stability.

A very useful feature that gives the Akto its stability is the two loops of guy lines located at either end of the Akto and connected to the fiberglass poles at each corner. Once staked out, these loops do the job of two separate guy lines. Once you’ve got all 10 pegs in position the Akto takes on its main form, providing the stability that’s hard to find with other brands.

Durability and Quality

You simply won’t find any better when it comes to the quality of the materials used in the Akto. When pitched properly the cylindrical shape prevents rainwater from pooling on the roof and snow will usually slide off. The fly is made from their patented silicone ripstop Kerlon, a material made from ripstop nylon with an additional silicone elastomer coating that is both waterproof and UV resistant. Combined with the DAC Featherlite NSL poles you get the most durable components possible to ensure this tent will last you for many sessions to come.

Vents on the back and front allow you to regulate airflow between the outer and inner tent, especially useful when cooking inside. Condensation can still be a bit of an issue as you can have drips of water coming down from the underside of the flysheet on wet nights. A footprint can reduce this problem but not completely remove it. However, this doesn’t mean that condensation gets into the inner tent as the design accounts for this by placing a large gap between the inner and outer.

Single Person Backpacking Tent

Camping Situations for Best Use

When choosing the right tent, it’s important to think about what conditions you’ll be putting it through. The Akto is an almost bombproof against the worst conditions when properly setup but unless you’re expecting these kinds of conditions it can be a bit overkill. With a footprint, you’re looking at over 4lbs in weight which is a lot for solo hiking. However, if you do meet rough conditions you’ll have supreme confidence in its ability to keep you comfortable and protected.

Because it’s not a freestanding tent this may present a problem in mountains or rocky terrain where you have nowhere to pitch. When winter camping, this can also present a problem as you’ll need to prepare the campsite before you can use it

If you’re planning to go on a long multi-day or weeklong hike in rough conditions then the extra weight will be well worth it but for the infrequent or 2-3 day hiker it can end up being more than you need.

Customer Experiences

Customer experiences have been mixed, mainly because people have different ways of camping and so different expectations. As mentioned if you don’t usually camp for more than a few days and usually in good weather then the Atko is complete overkill. However, if you need guaranteed protection against rough winter conditions for many days then it may be the last tent you’ll ever need.

Manufacturer

Beginning in 1971, Hilleberg was founded by Bo Hilleberg , a Swedish backwoodsman with a passion for all outdoor activities. That same year he met his future wife Renata Neuner on a skiing trip in the Austrian Tyrol. Some years after they married and moved to Stockholm, Sweden where the present company began to take shape. To this day, the Hilleberg company remains a family-owned business that seeks to create the highest quality outdoor materials for use in rough conditions while still remaining lightweight.

Accessories to Consider

You can add some extra helpful items to go with your Akto for increased comfort and protection. Consider these extra accessories if you’ve got your eyes set on the Hilleberg Atko.

Hilleberg Akto/Enan Footprint

A footprint should always be brought along when possible on a big trip. The Hilleberg Akto Footprint is made specifically for the Akto and will give it even great protection, both for you and your gear.

Mesh inner for Akto

If you’ll be camping in warmer climates or conditions the Akto can get a bit stuffy. You can increase your ventilation with the Akto Mesh inner which can be fitted instead of the inner fly that comes with the Akto. This was you can allow more air through while still keeping the bugs out

Features

  • Four session usability
  • Available in three colors – green, red and sand
  • Comes with all equipment needed
  • Tent interior area – 18-sq ft.
  • Tent vestibule area – 8.6-sq ft.
  • Made from Kerlon 1200 material
  • Angled zippered vents in the head and foot
  • Bathtub floor design
  • Zippers covered by large flaps to prevent leakage
  • Single interior storage pocket

Pros

  • Extremely high-quality construction
  • Large interior and vestibule space
  • Angled vents at both ends for better ventilation
  • Extreme weather protection

Cons

  • Expensive price tag
  • Large weight for a lightweight tent
  • Condensation tends to make it heavier
  • Non-freestanding

Conclusion

For the serious outdoorsman who needs something lightweight, comfortable and dependable you can do little better than the Hilleberg Akto. A superior construction with high-grade materials ensures that you’ll get a lot of use out of this tent even when camping in the worst conditions. For most single person backpacking tent, you need to make a compromise between weight and durability/comfort. Although the Akto is a little over 3lbs when fully packed that’s still a reasonable weight considering what you get. No other brand on the market comes close to meeting this kind of performance in a lightweight tent.

That said, unless you expect to be camping for many days in rough conditions it can end up being a lot more than you need. For summer, it can get a little hot inside and the weight can prove a lot when camping solo. It’s really all a matter of what your needs are, anyone who experiences rough conditions will know immediately that this is a tent they can use. Otherwise, maybe you should look for something else like the Hubba NX1 or Fly Creek HV UL1 for less extreme camping.

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