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Hilleberg Enan Tent | Review

A lightweight, bomb-proof one-person tent ideal for multi-day treks

It’s a difficult challenge for brands to try to make a tent that’s as lightweight as physically possible yet also strong enough to withstand a battering from the elements. So all credit to Hilleberg as they seem to have got things spot on here with the Enan.

The Enan tent takes a lot of its key design specifications from Hilleberg’s award-winning all-season Akto, being a lighter three-season alternative whilst still maintaining an incredible degree of function and build quality.

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With it’s single pole design, only eight pegs being required and the ability to pitch with the inner and flysheet combined, the Hilleberg Enan is a quick and super easy tent to erect.

Using a lighter yet still durable version of Hilleberg’s signature ripstop Kerlon fabric, the flysheet feels strong and durable, and despite packing small and weighing in at just 1.2kg altogether, the Enan offers a considerable amount of space within.

The inner tent gave me plenty of room to lay all of my kit next to me and the porch area was fine for a 55-litre backpack, hiking boots and a camping stove whilst also still providing enough room for me to get out without clambering over everything. I am 5’9” and there was a good amount of space at my head and feet when I was lying down inside. I reckon people under 6’3” wouldn’t have any issues with room when lying down either.

Photo: Jamie Barnes

The height of the tent also provided comfortable space to be able to sit up inside, although people who are much taller may not have the luxurious room that I did. That room to sit up is certainly handy for when I wanted to pack my kit away without having to stand outside and do it in the rain.

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If you are a frequent camper you will probably know that condensation can be a tricky battle when camping in humid environments, the Enan however has an upper hand. With the mesh vents on the front and back of the flysheet, air can flow freely through the tent drastically reducing the build up of condensation on the inside of the outer layer. Sections of fabric can be found tucked away in small pockets over the mesh vents that can be rolled down in strong winds and rain.

Photo: Jamie Barnes
Photo: Jamies Barnes

Additional features of the Enan include a bathtub style floor to the inner which helps to reduce water on the ground from getting inside. Side pockets can be found on the side of the walls opposite the mesh door and a storm flap runs along flysheet’s zipper to keep water out.

“I used it for approximately 80 consecutive nights on an expedition in North America.”

Included in the stuff sack that it comes with you can also find a small repair kit with a spare pole piece and repair instructions should it get damaged. An optional footprint can be purchased separately to add extra protection to the bottom of the tent, especially handy if you are camping in muddy or rocky areas.

I was able to thoroughly test the Enan as I used it for approximately 80 consecutive nights on an expedition in North America, with exposure to patches of moderate to strong winds and rain across a variety of different landscapes.

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The Enan, along with other Hilleberg tents, is a great example of getting what you pay for and I’d say its reliable durability and reassurance of protection from the elements makes it well worth the price. With the materials used and the incredible attention to detail in the stitching, sewing and general craftsmanship, you can see why Hilleberg has the reputation of being one of the best tent makers in the world.

If you’re embarking on a weekend wild camping trip in the hills or walking a long distance trail through the Highlands of Scotland, this tent will provide you with a light to carry, comfortable and safe shelter from the elements, and I like to think it will be able to do so for many years to come. All-in-all, this is a great option for any use from early spring right through to the end of autumn.


Full Specifications

One-person tent / three-season design / minimum weight: 906g / packed weight 1,200g / outer fabric: Kerlon 1000 / inner dimensions: 93(h) x 95(w) x 215cm (l) / 9mm poles: 1 x 293cm / front and pack ventilation / available in green, red or sand.


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