?> Hilleberg Kaitum 3 review

Day 17

July 25, 2013

The one with Tim Crusoe.

We wake up in our tent, the Kaitum 3. I’m so grateful for it. This tent with its super strong lightweight fabric is a great invention from the Swedish company Hilleberg. It is incredibly easy to set up and break down, it only takes about 5 to 10 minutes. When you are wild camping as much as we are, this is very  important, as it takes the stress away of putting up a tent after a long day of hitchhiking or hiking.

My favorite features of this ‘rolls-royce’ tent so far are;

  • the very good ventilation on the front and back,
  • the integrated mosquito nets in the entrances
  • the fact that it’s gigantic (without a dog the Kaitum 2 would be more than big enough for 2 people)
  • the weight: only 3,3kg.
  • the 4 inside pockets
  • the inside drying line

We have been using this tent for ten months now in weather conditions that vary  from extremely hot (38) to reasonably cold (-10), from wind still to heavy stormy weather. We have used it on all kinds of surfaces; beach sand, grass, rough parking ground and different kinds of forest grounds. In any of the conditions the tent has held up perfectly, even when it was storming like crazy on the beach in Muxia. It was quite expensive, but living as we are, we haven’t regretted buying it once.

Today is repairing day because we tried to keep Lewis alone and tied to the tent as a guard when we went to the secret party. Just like the first time we did this almost ten months ago, it didn’t turn out so great. That time he ripped his way through the insect door and this time he managed to break three of the connections between the outside and inside tent. I think we learned our lesson now, Lewis is too used to being with us and leaving him alone with the tent is not a good plan.

It’s a pity, but things do get broken when you are backpacking. This is why we always have our most important repairing tools with us: needle and thread, duct tape wrapped around a pencil to save weight, glue and patches and scissors.

While we are fixing some broken items we are trying to figure out if we couldn’t use our footprint, that normally goes underneath the tent to protect it from rough surfaces, for any other function. Why not try to use it for shade on the beach as a tarp? The same day we found a perfect spot on the beach and tried  it out. With some rope we found from previous tarp users bound around the trees, we attached the elastic bindings from the footprint to the trees and it immediately feels like home. Tim Crusoe looks like he could live here for the rest of his life so we decide to stay at Getares one more night and sleep on the beach between the palm trees. The tarp will keep the humid air away from our sleeping bags, so we will have a good nights’ sleep. Our at least, that’s the plan.