Why We Chose It: Hugely reliable, made from excellent materials, great feature-set
Fjällräven’s tent collection, while not overly extensive, certainly is impressive. It’s comprises a limited number of designs all specifically made with extremely harsh conditions in mind – the kinds of conditions you’d find in the northern reaches of Sweden, not far from where Fjällräven are based. This, the Abisko Lite 1, is the lightest and smallest in the brand’s collection, weighing in at 1650g and catering for one sleeper plus all of their backpacking kit.
Who Is The Fjällräven Abisko Lite 1 Tent For?
Fjällräven have designed this as a trekking option for four-season use and that means that it’ll be great for warm and calm conditions but will really come into its own when you’re venturing into conditions that are likely to be cold and very wet and windy.
If you’re unlikely to be going camping in any super rough conditions, this’ll probably be overkill for you – you’re probably better off going for something lighter and cheaper. If, however, you want a tent fit for every occasion – one tent to rule them all – you won’t find many options that strike a better balance between weight and sturdiness.
Loads of impressive materials are used here – as you’d expect from a Fjällräven product.
The flysheet is made from a TripleRip silicone coated polyamide with an impressive waterproof rating of 3000mm (hydrostatic head). Cleverly, the upper parts of the fly have a 20D strength rating while the lower parts, those more at risk of abrasion, are rated at 40D.
The inner features a 15D ripstop polyamide, a super fine bugproof mesh, and a 40D polyamide bathtub style floor with a 4000mm hydrostatic head.
“Fjällräven are great when it comes to sustainability and they haven’t dropped the ball here.”
The poles, which are DAC Featherlite NSL, have a very durable feel to them. One long pole is supplied, along with four short poles for the corners of the fly sheet. You also get one emergency pole section should the main pole happen to break while you’re out and about. The pegs are v-shaped and made from DAC aluminium alloy.
Fjällräven are great when it comes to sustainability and they haven’t dropped the ball here. You can expect all the materials to be made without PVC plastic and they’ve managed to implement a durable water repellent coating that’s free from fluorocarbons.