Hilleberg Keron 2 tent

While Hilleberg's Keron is currently available as 3- and 4-person models and their GT variants, the making of the smaller 2-person version has been suspended about 2008 when the Kaitum was introduced. Since I own such a Keron 2, about which little information is found on Internet, I want to share here some infos and photos.

Dimensions of the Keron 2 (height of inner tent: 95cm):

Here further specs as of ~2005 (*)

Area outer tent (sqm): 3.7
Area inner tent (sqm): 2.8
Area vestibules (sqm): 2 x 1.2
Number of entrances: 2
Number of vestibule vents: 2
Poles (number, size): 3x, 9mm x 293cm
Poles material: DAC Featherlite SL T6
Outer tent (material): Kerlon 1800
Number of pegs: 18
Total packed weight (kg): 3.5 - 3.6(**)
Weight tent+poles (kg): 3.1 - 3.25(***)
Packed size (cm): 20 x 55

(*) Before 2003: Easton 7075-T9 poles; from 2006: DAC 10mm poles, modified vestibules, reflective guy-lines and reflective patches

(**) 3.6 kg with my own standard set of pegs

(***) 3.25 kg including stuff bags

The expedition-grade Keron 2 tunnel is sufficiently roomy for two persons plus standard backpacking gear. I like its functional layout with three equal poles, which yield a constant ceiling height, a perfectly rectangular floor and large entrance doors. It is thus possible to sit anywhere inside the tent enjoying full headroom, and there are no sloping foot-ends which could wet the sleeping bag. These conveniences make the Keron larger than the raw specs would suggest. A disadvantage of its spacious design is a considerable susceptibility to wind, which demands tough and heavy materials, and no less than 18 pegs are required for a fully storm-proof setup.

I guess that its weight of 3.5 kg made the Keron 2 less attractive to most backpackers, while expeditions commonly chose the larger Keron 3/4 and their GT variants. This is certainly one reason why Hilleberg later replaced the Keron 2 with the Kaitum 2, whose streamlined profile implies lighter materials but also the inconvenience of smaller entrances.

The photos show a model of 2003-2005

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