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Kit Review: Hilleberg Nallo 2 GT Tent
Our Rating: 8/10
Model
Hilleberg Nallo 2 GT tent with ground sheet

Purchased September 2008

Description
Hilleberg Nallo 2 GT tent
The Nallo 2 GT tent from Hilleberg is a light weight, all season, strong expedition two person tent with a large vestibule. There is a flap access on both sides so that you can open the tent on the wind shade side.
Review
There is much to admire about the Nallo 2 GT; it is quick and easy to set up in any weather, completely waterproof, stands strong in heavy storms, is light and compact and is extermly well made. We can store all of our kit in the large vestibule which is great as we prefer to have everything tucked in at night but we don't have to worry about dragging wet kit into the inner tent. The dark green colour camouflages us when we wild camp. Theoretically the vestibule can also be used for cooking in rainy weather, but we are not so keen to cook within the tent for safety reasons.

Pitching the Nallo 2 GT is a dream and easily done with just one person. Having the inner and outer shells attached is great when it's raining but you can easily remove the outer shell for cleaning. A few times we have had to camp on concrete, and as the tent is not free standing it required a bit of improvising. This would have been much easier with a free standing tent so consider your destination when choosing your tent.

There are nice features inside the tent like the clothes line running down the length, which is also useful to hang head lamps, and deep side pockets help stow small odds and ends away.

We bought a ground sheet from Hilleberg, which we consider essential as it keeps the tent clean and stops sharp objects from piercing the tent floor. Of course a cheap home made ground sheet could also do that job, though it may not be as small and light.

When we first used our Hilleberg Nallo 2 GT tent in the UK, we had a reasonable amount of condensation on the inside of the outer tent every morning due to the damp, cool climate. However, as soon as we left the UK and camped in Europe and the Middle East, we never had this problem anymore. Over time the tent fabric seems to have shrunk a little, maybe through repeatedly getting wet and dry again. The poles still fit, but it is a bit more of a struggle to get them in.

The pegs provided by Hilleberg were poor quality and easily bent. A disappointment for such a great quality expedition tent. After about 6 months of frequent use, and despite us cleaning the tent and zippers regularly, some of the zippers are starting to become sticky. When we contacted Hilleberg, they suggested to replace the runner but conceded that the zippers would eventually fail and we would have to get them replaced. There was no advice on how we got about this and we were hoping for a longer service life than 6 months from the Nallo 2 GT, even though it was regular use.

Pros
  • Light weight
  • Strong fabric on both inner and outer shells.
  • Dark green colour is good for wild camping
  • Quick and easy to pitch
  • Large vestibule area to store kit
  • Water proof (we were submerged in water once and it saved our kit)
  • Holds up extremly well in adverse weather conditions
Cons
  • Poor quality pegs supplied (they bend easily)
  • Condensation issues when camping in damp UK climate, but no problems in other regions
  • Tent seems to have shrunk over time, possibly to do with washing in warm water?
  • Not free standing (can be done but requires improvisation)
  • Zippers sticky after 6 months of frequent use
  • No patches supplied with purchase
  • Care manual is light on in the content department
  • For a high end tent we were hoping customer support could be more…supporting!
Reviewed On
28th March 2011
Comments
Comment by Alastair Humphreys on Thursday, April 14, 2011  9:22 AM  

You can never go wrong with a Hilleberg. Bomb proof!

Comment by Emma + Justin on Saturday, April 23, 2011  8:00 AM  

Really interesting to read your review of the Nallo as this was the other tent we considered rather than the Allak we purchased. Also very interesting that your experience with zipper failure and the not so great customer service matches our own experience. We thought maybe we just got them on a bad day. We got both zippers (Allak has two entries) on the external fly replaced by a UK company at our own expense around £10 per zip. Not so expensive but logistically complex when travelling. Thanks for the great review. Justin + Emma

Comment by Friedel on Sunday, April 24, 2011  6:45 AM  

The zippers on our Hilleberg Nallo 3GT lasted much longer (2 years of travelling) and we only needed to replace the sliders. Chances are you don't need to replace the whole zip, and you can put a new slider on in about 20 minutes in your hotel room, using a basic sewing kit.

Comment by M2M on Monday, November 07, 2011  11:00 PM  

The point is for a £645 tent one should need to be replacing zips or sliders. I would be happy doing that with a £30 tent from Tescos not with a Hilleberg. I would fully expect a free repair.

Comment by Friedel on Friday, November 18, 2011  1:17 PM  

We didn't mind replacing the sliders because after 2 years of being constantly on the road, we felt that was fair use. Nothing lasts forever, and you do have to take 'reasonable wear and tear' into account. When you've been zipping doors open and closed for over 400 nights, it seems to make sense that something might give at that point?

Comment by Steve Jones on Thursday, May 24, 2012  2:14 PM  

In all cases listed above, constant use, wear and tear, whatever... the zippers DID need replacing every time Seems reasonable to expect that Hilleberg would at least investigate improved zippers. 2 years use, ok. Six months? I guess I wouldn't be so happy with that.And you can put a new slider on in twenty minutes in your hotel room, using a basic sewing kit? My local bike shop can fix my flat tire in about fifteen minutes but takes me the best part of an hour if I'm lucky! It all depends on your skill or lack of it. Some of us lack. True enough though, nothing is perfect and everything and everybody wears out.My body is still doing well after 54 years and much better than those zippers!

Comment by Guy & Freddie on Friday, May 25, 2012  3:29 AM  

Friedel is correct in that it was only the slider that needed to be replaced. However hunting down a slider of the same size in Australia has proven very difficult. Highly recommend throwing in a few spares on the next trip, if only Hilleberg would supply them out of the box, perhaps worth investigating at time of purchase.

Comment by Conrad on Sunday, May 26, 2013  11:46 PM  

I garantee in another 50 years those zippers will be in a better condition than you

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