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Hilleberg Saitaris Review


Four Season Tent

  • Currently 5.0/5
Overall avg rating 5.0 of 5 based on 1 review. Most recent review: July 13, 2015
Price:   $1,795 List | $1,795 online
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Pros:  Bomber, very comfortable, fast to pitch, super tough.
Cons:  Not as strong as the SlingFin Hardshell
Review by: Chris McNamara ⋅ Founder and Editor-in-Chief, OutdoorGearLab ⋅ July 13, 2015  
The Saitaris is our favorite four person winter tent for base camping or long expeditions in nasty weather. When compared to the competition from Mountain Hardwear, The North Face, and the like, the Saitaris is the shining star: it uses much better fabrics, pitches faster and easier, has much better ventilation, and is likely much tougher. For details on its fabrics and materials read the Hilleberg Tarra Review.

The Saitaris' primary competitor is the SlingFin Hardshell, which is slightly less spacious but stronger, 2 lb. lighter, and costs $300- $500 more depending on pole type. We haven't used both tents for long enough to have a conclusive recommendation for when to use one tent or the other. Our preliminary suggestion is to opt for the Saitaris if comfort is more important than Herculean strength (the Saitaris' vestibule is much larger than the HardShell's but the HardShell is perhaps the strongest 4 person tent in the world). In short, choose the HardShell if your primary application is high altitude mountaineering and the Saitaris if want to do that plus a bunch of base camping in more forgiving environments. Both tents are world-class.

Several people used the Saitaris, Hilleberg Jannu, and Mountain Hardwear Hoopster for a ski expedition in Greenland. Here's their brief report:

"[Of all the tents used] The Saitaris blew us away the most. It is relatively light (for being a four person expedition tent), unbelievably spacious, and so quick to pitch thanks to its design that enables the user to keep the fly attached to the body. We would tag team that tent and get it up in less than five minutes…and that's with burying snow stakes for all of those guy lines even! It has such a thoughtful design; from the efficient use of vestibule space to the clever guy line arrangement to the red of its fabric (the warm color makes it seem nice out even in the middle of a blizzard!)

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Other Versions and Accessories

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Hilleberg Nammatj 2
  • Editors' Choice Award!
  • Cost - $810
  • Weight - 6lbs 9oz
  • Extremely versatile 4 season tent
  • Good weight to strength ratio, a true go-anywhere tent
  • Tunnel design

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Hilleberg Anjan 2
  • Editors' Choice Award!
  • Cost - $630.00
  • Weight - 3lbs 15oz
  • 3 season tent
  • Tunnel design
  • Highly versatile, durable, lightweight tent

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Hilleberg Jannu
  • Cost - $925.00
  • Weight - 6lbs 13oz
  • All season construction for serious mountaineering conditions
  • Dome design with fast setup

Hilleberg Saitaris Footprint - $135

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Chris McNamara and Max Neale

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