For any backcountry camper, the tent is arguably their most important piece of kit. It can be a trusted companion or a bemoaned source of frustration. Hilleberg tents almost exclusively fall into the former category. To ensure that this stays the case product development, testing, and quality control is a never-ending project at Hilleberg. .

The approach Hilleberg has taken to develop arguably the best tents on the market is based on problem solving. The product development team, which is still to this day is headed up by legendary founder Bo Hilleberg, are all hard users of tents. As such, the demands they have on the tents they use is what drives the development of new Hilleberg products and features. They encounter a problem, and then go about creating the tent that solves it for them.

These solutions become prototypes that are extensively tried and tested. The ones that make it through have obviously withstood a lot, but Hilleberg isn’t done there. Fabrics are randomly tested to ensure no bad batches slip through, and even after completion at their factory in Estonia each and every tent is put up completely and inspected before it is ready to be sent to the resellers or end users. .

Of course, with a range of tents as wide as Hilebergs’ there’s still the matter of deciding on what tent is just right for you. The key to finding that trusted companion is finding the tent that excels at what you are planning on using it for. To help with this Hilleberg have grouped their tents in labels, where similar criteria and intended use is part of the product development.

The Hilleberg black label are the tents where reliability, adaptability, ease of use, durability, and comfort are the main components during the development process. These tents have to be able to stand up to what the harshest conditions can throw at them while at the same time being comfortable on fair weather summer days. For these models’ low weight, while still considered of course, has had to take a backseat to accommodate other attributes that are deemed more important. These tents are designed with the some of the toughest materials Hilleberg has to offer, all to make sure that you never have to be woken up in the middle of the night by the sound of your tent being torn up by the storm raging outside. That also means that the longevity of these tents is unrivalled.

Black Label tents are the best choice if you want the most comfort and greatest ease of handling, and/or if absolute all season strength is your highest priority – whether you are heading out on an expedition or a family camping trip.

The Hilleberg Red label tents are true four season tents. The difference from the Black label tents is that in the production of these tents, a higher importance is placed on making the tents weigh less while still being dependable in all situations. In other words, they are designed to be lighter than, and nearly as adaptable as, the Black label tents.

To achieve lower weight some of the Red label tents have different length poles which makes the tent lighter, but not quite as easy to put up as the Black label and Red labels tents that have uniform length poles. The outer material, zips, and pegs are also lighter weight than in the Black label tents.

These tents are ideal for use all year round in less exposed mountain terrain, forest areas and similar. Since they can still handle storm conditions to a certain extent, some experienced users still take them on demanding expeditions – knowing that there is a trade-off between strength and low weight.

The tents in the Hilleberg Yellow label are the lightest tents produced by Hilleberg. While light weight is an area of importance in the Red label tents – for the Yellow label tents it is the primary objective. To accomplish lowest possible weight and maximum ventilation the outer fabric doesn’t go all the way to the ground. Combined with large, fixed mesh panels on the inner tent this creates a constant cooling air flow – which is great in warm weather but can feel cold in chillier weather.

The tents use Hillebergs’ lightest outer materials, as well as the lightest inner tent and floor fabrics. While users willing to give up comfort for extreme lightweight will find their inherent strength equal to surprisingly tough challenges -they are less than ideal for fully exposed or high altitude terrain or far removed adventures.

These three season tents are perfect for use in snow free areas where adaptability between different challenges posed by the elements is required.

Taking the time to consider which one of the labels will be right for what you have in mind will go a long way towards narrowing down the field. From there it will just be about finding the right size and style and soon you’ll have a trusted companion of your own to bring along on your next adventure.