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KerryG
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04/09/2017 07:56AM
Well, I went crazy and pulled the trigger on a new tent and I dare say it will be the last tent I ever buy. We've had our Mutha Hubba for ten years and used it at least 5 weeks a year so you won't hear me complaining about it. But it finally bit the biscuit plus our tripping style has become increasingly remote and more and more often exposed so we really needed more of a four season tent to handle the extremes of wind and rain under exposed conditions. We chose the Hilleberg Saivo as the latest member of our gear collection. I pitched it today and all I can say is, "Wow"! The construction, design, choice of materials, ease of set up, everything about it is so far above anything I've ever owned that I feel vindicated already for the ridiculous amount of money it cost. Can't wait for our first storm on the Bloodvein this summer :>)
 
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04/09/2017 08:48AM
Enjoy and share some pis!
04/09/2017 09:35AM
What do you mead "last tent"!

Says the guy with 10 in the garrage. Who's always looking at more.

Hilleberg make's a fine shelter. I won't say I drool when looking them em over, more like slobber a bunch.

"Wow"! The construction, design, choice of materials, ease of set up, everything about it is so far above anything I've ever owned that I feel vindicated already for the ridiculous amount of money it cost. Can't wait for our first storm on the Bloodvein this summer :>)"

Pardon me but "NO SHIT!". I was impressed with the Walrus Hurricane Hole I owned. But Hillebergs almost made it seem like it was made for "Wallmart".

Use it well and enjoy!

butthead



QueticoMike
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04/09/2017 01:54PM
I hope I live long enough to go through a couple more tents :)
KerryG
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04/09/2017 02:35PM
quote QueticoMike: "I hope I live long enough to go through a couple more tents :)"
Yeah, well when I say it will be the last tent I ever own, it's not necessarily saying much ;>)
mastertangler
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04/09/2017 05:55PM
Good for you Kerry.

I have always subscribed to quality being a priority. Such things are not merely a means to an end but rather a pleasure in and of themselves. Sort of like a CCS tarp vs a blue tarp.

Can I have your old tent? Your not going to need it any more......ever....... My Hubba Hubba needs a new fly I think. :-)
04/09/2017 06:14PM
From what I understand, it should do everything you need it to do and there's nothing better you could have bought. It will be interesting to hear what you have to say after the first trip.
04/09/2017 06:44PM
Congratulations, I as well have "drooled" over them as well. If I ever go back to the ground full-time and not using the lean- it's what I'll get as well.
DrBobDg
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04/09/2017 08:56PM
Wow....

Tent

Did you win the lottery....?

I thought a bit before getting the CCS3 with the floor....but...

Wow...........

be careful with it...

dr bob
KerryG
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04/10/2017 09:32AM
quote DrBobDg: "Wow....


Tent


Did you win the lottery....?


I thought a bit before getting the CCS3 with the floor....but...


Wow...........


be careful with it...


dr bob"

Sadly, no lottery win for me. But at this stage in my life I figure, "Why not?" My sincere hope is that I won't have to be careful with it :>)
KerryG
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04/10/2017 09:37AM
quote mastertangler: "Good for you Kerry.


I have always subscribed to quality being a priority. Such things are not merely a means to an end but rather a pleasure in and of themselves. Sort of like a CCS tarp vs a blue tarp.


Can I have your old tent? Your not going to need it any more......ever....... My Hubba Hubba needs a new fly I think. :-)"

Ah the price of being an aesthete. I'm afraid, however, that my Mutha Hubba is spoken for, she's still got some life in her yet.
wetcanoedog
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04/10/2017 10:27AM

I have the Akto and the only problem was that the side by the door did not come down far enough to keep out the wind.i like to keep the inside door open so I can use the vestibule.the uneven ground I pitch on sometimes left gaps so I had a sod cloth/wind flap put around that side of the tent.
like Gransfor Brunks the person who made the tent put a label with their name on what they made.the tent is made in Estonia but that is not for cheaper labor costs.Estonia has a large and well known sewing industry.
mastertangler
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04/10/2017 01:36PM
quote KerryG: "quote mastertangler: "Good for you Kerry.



I have always subscribed to quality being a priority. Such things are not merely a means to an end but rather a pleasure in and of themselves. Sort of like a CCS tarp vs a blue tarp.



Can I have your old tent? Your not going to need it any more......ever....... My Hubba Hubba needs a new fly I think. :-)"

Ah the price of being an aesthete.


What did you call me?

BTW............Did you ever catch anything on that Savage gear swimbait?

My wife caught me looking at those Hilleberg tents and asked why........."Oh i'm not getting one" I replied, "But your looking at them" LOL, LOL.
CanoeKev
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04/11/2017 10:54AM
quote wetcanoedog: "
I have the Akto and the only problem was that the side by the door did not come down far enough to keep out the wind.i like to keep the inside door open so I can use the vestibule.the uneven ground I pitch on sometimes left gaps so I had a sod cloth/wind flap put around that side of the tent.
like Gransfor Brunks the person who made the tent put a label with their name on what they made.the tent is made in Estonia but that is not for cheaper labor costs.Estonia has a large and well known sewing industry.
"

Looking over the Hilleberg offerings, I was actually surprised that they don't include sod cloth/wind flaps on their tent vesitbules. For such well designed and manufactured tents, it seems like a significant omission. They are really handy in all types of bad weather. Fortunately, they are super easy to install as a DIY project.
CanoeKev
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04/11/2017 10:54AM
quote wetcanoedog: "
I have the Akto and the only problem was that the side by the door did not come down far enough to keep out the wind.i like to keep the inside door open so I can use the vestibule.the uneven ground I pitch on sometimes left gaps so I had a sod cloth/wind flap put around that side of the tent.
like Gransfor Brunks the person who made the tent put a label with their name on what they made.the tent is made in Estonia but that is not for cheaper labor costs.Estonia has a large and well known sewing industry.
"

Looking over the Hilleberg offerings, I was actually surprised that they don't include sod cloth/wind flaps on their tent vesitbules. For such well designed and manufactured tents, it seems like a significant omission. They are really handy in all types of bad weather. Fortunately, they are super easy to install as a DIY project.
CanoeKev
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04/11/2017 10:54AM
quote wetcanoedog: "
I have the Akto and the only problem was that the side by the door did not come down far enough to keep out the wind.i like to keep the inside door open so I can use the vestibule.the uneven ground I pitch on sometimes left gaps so I had a sod cloth/wind flap put around that side of the tent.
like Gransfor Brunks the person who made the tent put a label with their name on what they made.the tent is made in Estonia but that is not for cheaper labor costs.Estonia has a large and well known sewing industry.
"

Looking over the Hilleberg offerings, I was actually surprised that they don't include sod cloth/wind flaps on their tent vesitbules. For such well designed and manufactured tents, it seems like a significant omission. They are really handy in all types of bad weather. Fortunately, they are super easy to install as a DIY project.
wetcanoedog
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04/11/2017 11:49PM
Hilleberg makes a sod cloth for the vestibule and I have one.i think they left out the wind flaps to keep the weight down as far as possible.
before the flaps I was using my boots and other bits of gear to seal the gaps.
too give you an idea of how well made the tent is I got up one AM and standing up
got cramps in both legs.i fell against that center pole and bent it but the fabric sleeve
held without damage.
bwcasolo
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04/12/2017 05:18PM
enjoy, what will your property taxes be on that condo? :)
KerryG
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04/12/2017 07:32PM
quote bwcasolo: "enjoy, what will your property taxes be on that condo? :)"
Well sure I had to get a second mortgage but I gotta have a good tent, right? To paraphrase the fabulous furry freak brothers - "I'd rather have camping in times of no money than money in times of no camping."
04/12/2017 09:30PM
quote KerryG: "quote bwcasolo: "enjoy, what will your property taxes be on that condo? :)"
Well sure I had to get a second mortgage but I gotta have a good tent, right? To paraphrase the fabulous furry freak brothers - "I'd rather have camping in times of no money than money in times of no camping.""


That you quoted the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers impresses me even more! Brings me back to my freshman dorm in 1980...I bow down to you!
ISRO
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05/06/2017 05:08PM
I have a Kaitum 3 that is our big tripping tent.

It's been to Isle Royale twice already, I am a firm believer in buying quality gear.
Eyedocron
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05/06/2017 05:53PM
I just pulled up Hilleberg tents to find out what is so special. Seriously $600 -$800 for a 2 person tent?
Eyedocron
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05/06/2017 05:53PM
I just pulled up Hilleberg tents to find out what is so special. Seriously $600 -$800 for a 2 person tent?
mastertangler
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05/07/2017 05:40AM
quote Eyedocron: "I just pulled up Hilleberg tents to find out what is so special. Seriously $600 -$800 for a 2 person tent? "

When things are expensive there is a myriad of possible reasons........could be a scam or it could be something which uses only top quality materials and takes the time and effort to make something which is superior.

You will find Hilleberg tents on the flanks of Himalayan mountains such as K2 and Everest. The question then becomes does one really need such a product to stay safe and dry canoe tripping? Most of us, myself included, find other less expensive options which still suit our needs admirably well.

But I am in the camp of tolerance and if someone wants to get a truly amazing tent and it brings them enjoyment to use it I say more power to them.
Scout64
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05/07/2017 07:09AM
I spent more than that staying at a hotel last spring. So, when you think about it, after you use it for one week everything else is free. So, well justified purchase.
And, I am very jealous. Look forward to hearing how you like it after a few trips.
SaganagaJoe
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05/07/2017 10:01PM
Maybe after my $30 Ozark Trail tent bites the dust I'll upgrade!
SaganagaJoe
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05/07/2017 10:01PM
Maybe after my $30 Ozark Trail tent bites the dust I'll upgrade! Good for you. Enjoy it!
 
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