Hilleberg Niak 2 Person Tent

Lightweight Two Person Tent – Hilleberg Niak 2 Person Tent Review

Hilleberg Niak 2 Person Tent

Hilleberg Niak 2 Person Tent
8.1

Size and Comfort

8.0/10

Weather Proof

9.0/10

Weight

8.0/10

Ease of Set Up

8.0/10

Dismantling

8.0/10

Features

8.0/10

Durability & Quality

8.0/10

Pros

  • Top-quality weather protection for 3-sessions
  • Incredible build quality makes it durable and long lasting
  • Lightweight while still being spacious
  • Very fast setup

Cons

  • Expensive price tag
  • Single door entry isn’t suitable for two people

Lightweight Two Person Tent – Hilleberg Niak 2 Person Tent Review has a solid reputation in the outdoors world. This Swedish company has consistently churned out top-rated gear that seeks to give the very best in quality, durability, and ease of use. Campers who like to push the limits will find a lot to love in this lightweight two person tent, a nice improvement on the Hilleberg Anjan.

With the Niak, Hilleberg has created one of the best lightweight two person tent in the market. It brings all the strengths of their previous products together but with a lighter weight to suit the adventurous backpacker. This premium product doesn’t come cheap but when you’re buying the best you can only expect to pay top dollar. Here we break down the components of the Hilleberg Niak 2 person tent, looking at its size, comfort, ease of setup, customer experiences and more. Read on to learn why we think this is one of the best lightweight tents on the market.

 

Size and comfort

Weight: 3lb 12oz
Color: Red/Green
Center Height: 39in
Base Size: 86 x 72in

if your unfamiliar with Hilleberg , they are a Swedish company with a world renown reputation for making beautiful expedition-class tents that are built for the toughest conditions. The Niak is their lightest tent to date, made for serious multi-day treks in the deep wilderness. This may just be the last tent you’ll ever need as it is built to last.

Although stated as a two-person tent, Hilleberg recommends it as a solo tent because it has only one doorway and vestibule. The extra space when used as a one-man tent allows you to wait out the worst storms and cook under the vestibule.

The Niak 2 is available in two different models. One with solid walls and another which is all mesh. The solid wall version is best for cold climates like Alaska or Scotland in the winter and spring. The all mesh version is suited for warmer climates like in summer or autumn when the extra ventilation can make a big difference. Even with the solid wall version the ventilation is excellent, customers who tested it out had no trouble with inner condensation. The ventilation is helped by the gap between the fly and walls, along with curves at the bottom of the fly that help channel air through the tent. The inner tent also has a deep bathtub floor so there’s no risk of leakage if rainwater runs underneath.

The interior of the tent is extremely comfortable and spacious with steep walls and good headroom. It comes with plenty of hand loops overhead to hang gear and two mesh pockets for storage. However, with only one door and vestibule, it’s a bit inconvenient for two people.

Weight

At 3lb 12 ox the Niak is Hilleberg’s lightest tent to date. Normally, when choosing lightweight tents, it means having to make a tradeoff between lightness and durability. Hilleberg has found a way around this by using the same 9mm DAC NSL poles as Hilleberg’s all-session Red Label tents but with lighter fabrics for the inner and outer parts of the tent. What you get is a lightweight tent that can still take a punishing from the worst storms and conditions.

Ease of Setup

Setup is made easy with its two-pole design and the DAC stakes that are of the highest quality. As always, it’s the small details that make the difference, each pole as a built-in tensioner making things even more simple for setup. Unlike many other tents, the Niak comes with enough stakes to use all the guylines. A single vestibule and four guylines allow you to secure it tightly against strong winds while the quality of the floor makes a footprint optional. According to one customer, with practice, you can get this tent up in less than two minutes which is exceptionally fast by any standards.

Lightweight Two Person Tent      Hilleberg Niak 2 Person Tent Green

Dismantling

The Niak comes with a cylindrical carry bag for easy packing and transport. You can separate the components to distribute weight better in your backpack but even if you choose not to the pack is still not difficult to carry.

Durability and Quality

The durability of this tent is a good indication of where your money is going. The tent is made from a fabric called Kerlon 1000 which is a 20D nylon that’s been dipped three times in silicone and has a hydrostatic head of 5000mm. The floor is made with an incredible 50D nylon polyurethane with a hydrostatic head of 12,000mm. As a comparison, most other lightweight tents have a hydrostatic head of only 1200-1500mm.

Hilleberg could have gotten the tent lighter with thinner poles but they’ve instead opted for quality. The 9mm poles, high-quality fabric, and stakes that are the best on the market make for a true 3-session tent that will give you the best protection and durability possible.

Camping Situations for Best Use

The Niak is an investment for life that will get you through whatever rough conditions you take it through. Many tents are called 3-session but few actually live up to this, with the Niak you get exactly what you pay for. The solid wall version will keep you cozy and protected against the worst that the weather can throw at you. If camping in the summer or autumn the mesh version will give you even better ventilation.

If you only go camping infrequently or in prime conditions the Niak may be overkill. Unless you routinely head out for long hikes in rough conditions the Niak would be a heavy investment. Still, if you want a tent that will last a lifetime you’re making a good investment at that.

Customer Experiences

Customers have been ecstatic about the Niak. It’s incredible built quality has lived up to Hilleberg’s reputation for quality while still keeping it as a lightweight two person tent. Avid outdoorsmen who camp regularly and in rough conditions have had nothing but praise for this tent. The one entryway and vestibule make it a little unsuited for two people but it still provides enough interior space that it can be managed. I couldn’t find any major complaints of the Niak other than the one door design and the hefty price tag which hardly seems warranted given the quality of this tent.

 

Manufacturer

Hilleberg is a family owned and run company that has been manufacturing outdoor equipment for over 45 years. It all started in 1971 when Bo Hilleberg , a professional forester, founded his company, Hilleberg AB. That same year while on a skiing trip in the Austrian Tyrol, he met Renata Neuner. After a few years passed they married and moved to Stockholm, Sweden where the company really began to take shape.

Frustrated at the lack of quality made lightweight tents, Bo was determined to create his own that could handle the arctic conditions of northern Sweden while remaining lightweight. Today the business is still entirely family run with Bo as chairman, his daughter Petra as CEO and with Bo, Renata, Petra and her brother Rolf making up the board of directors.

Accessories to Consider

Preparing for a big expedition? Make your trip more comfortable with a few extra accessories. No extended camping trip should be done without these handy pieces of kit.

 

Etekcity 4-Pack Portable Outdoor LED Lantern

        

It’s always best to match quality with quality. While you won’t be needing all four on a hiking trip it’s good to have some spares you can keep at home for power outages. The Etekcity Outdoor Lantern is one of the best portable lanterns available. It collapses for easy carrying and it built from military grade materials for tough dependability. This is a solid investment that will last you years and be invaluable on any camping trip.

Osprey Ultralight Raincover

     

Expecting some heavy rainfall on the trail? Prepare yourself with the Osprey Ultralight Raincover. This lightweight cover is made from 40D nylon and folds up into a tiny carry bag that can be taken wherever you go. The next time a rainstorm hits you on the trail just pull this out to protect your pack and gear.

Features

  • Two-person capacity
  • Three-session tent
  • Kerlon 1000 utter tent fabric
  • Self-supporting dome design requires only the vestibule to be pegged
  • Linked but separable inner and outer tent
  • High bathtub floor keeps out rainwater
  • 10 V-pegs included
  • Lifetime warranty against effects in material and craftsmanship

Pros

  • Top-quality weather protection for 3-sessions
  • Incredible build quality makes it durable and long lasting
  • Lightweight while still being spacious
  • Very fast setup

Cons

  • Expensive price tag
  • Single door entry isn’t suitable for two people

Conclusion

If weight is your primary concern on a trip there are lighter tents available like the Big Angus Fly Creek. However, this comes at the cost of much less durability and build quality. The Niak is an expensive tent but considering the high quality of its built and low weight, this can only be expected. If you want the best it calls for top dollar and you be certain you’re getting the very best with Hilleberg. Serious outdoors people who camp regularly in rough conditions will find the Niak to be everything they’ve ever wanted.

If you’re an infrequent camper that never walks too far from the parking lot or only camps in summer conditions then the Niak is complete overkill. Choose instead something more budget-friendly and suitable for simple camping like the Mountainsmith Morrison 2. If though you want a lifetime investment that will get you through the worst the Niak could be the last tent you’ll ever need.

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