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Hilleberg Rajd Tarp Tent (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)

Lightweight three-season shelter for two.

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by Carol Crooker | 2005-08-13 03:00:00-06

Hilleberg Rajd Tarp Tent (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)

Hilleberg is known for their four season tents. The Rajd (pronounced "raid") is a departure from that model, but takes its roots from their oldest design - it's the inner tent from Hilleberg's first double wall tent design from 1973. It is what lightweight backpackers would call a tent or a floored tarp tent. Hilleberg is very keen on it not being called a "Hilleberg tent" since that conjures up the image of a sturdy four-season shelter for those familiar with Hilleberg, and the Rajd is intended for three-season use.



Rolf and Bo Hilleberg side by side in the Rajd; Bo has plenty of head room.

The Rajd weighs 2 lb 2 oz including Hilleberg supplied stakes and guylines. Weight does not include the two required trekking poles (tent poles are available as an option). Weight does include incredible head room for two people and lots of length. I sat and reclined in the Rajd with the 6'3" Rolf Hilleberg. Both of us had plenty of room length wise and above our heads. The zipped doors on both sides made it easy for two people to enter/exit the Rajd.



There are large triangular vents above both doors.

The Rajd displays Hilleberg's usual attention to details with some nice touches. The small awnings on both sides can be zipped in two to make entry/exit easier. The guyline comes off from both sides of the awning for even tension. Hilleberg worked with a US company to develop 2 mm guylines that have some nice features. The Spectra core and polyester outer are interwoven to prevent some of the problems associated with Spectra core guylines.



Both sides of the zip apart vestibule can be secured together with a loop and toggle to ensure even guyline tension.
  • Weight: 2 lb 2 oz (950 g) including guylines and 10 stakes
  • Height: 45 in (115 cm)
  • Area: 25.8 ft2 (2.4 m2
  • Fabric: Kerlon 1200
  • Optional 13 mm poles, 45 in (115 cm) long, 9.7 oz (276 g) each, MSRP $35
  • Available: Spring '06
  • MSRP: $285 includings pegs and guylines with runners

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"Hilleberg Rajd Tarp Tent (Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2005)," by Carol Crooker. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364).
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