The optimal blend of maximum space, strength, flexibility and comfort in a lower weight package
When we first introduced the Keron, it quickly became the standard tent for polar expeditions because of its superb durability and excellent wind stability, its roomy interior, and its simplicity. In addition to these traits, the GT models, with their one standard and one extended vestibule, boast even more room while maintaing an impressive weight to space ratio. As a result, the Keron 4 GT is a favorite of outdoor enthusiasts of all varieties. This includes the “professionals” –mountain guides, forest rangers, search and rescue teams, and military special operations units – but it also includes “regular” users who want a tent that is exceptionally sturdy yet relatively light in weight, that will work for any situation, and that will handle many years of use.
Other Keron models
Keron 3 – three person version.
Keron 4 – four person version.
Keron 3 GT – three person version with extended vestibule.
“Keron” means “grouse” in Sami, the language of the people indigenous to northern Scandinavia.
The History of the Keron
Our flagship tent, the Keron is, arguably, the one most often associated with the Hilleberg name. When we introduced the Keron in 1981, it was not the first tunnel tent on the market. And it wasn't the first Hilleberg tunnel model: Bo had designed the Keron’s predecessor, the Caravan Nomad, which bore the label “designed by Bo Hilleberg,” in 1977. But it was the first commercial tunnel tent with linked but separable inner and outer tents.
When Lisa and Simon Thomas left their UK home in May 2003, their goal was to circumnavigate the planet, on their motorcycles, in one continuous journey. They thought they would be out for two years, but after ten years of enduring some of the most demanding regions and conditions in the world, they are, by their estimation, “only” three quarters the way through.
The two have journeyed over 327,000 miles/526,000 km, have ridden to and through 78 countries of their planned 122, and they have traveled to the most northerly and southerly points on earth possible by motorcycle.
“After 10-years of continuous motorcycle travel we’ve come to depend on our Hilleberg Keron 4 GT. It has sheltered us from skin-tearing sand storms in Africa’s Sahara, from the biting dangers of Brazil’s Amazon, and has kept us warm in the sub zero temperatures deep in South America’s Patagonia. We ask it to perform and it does. Our Keron weighs next to nothing (10 lbs 3 oz), pitches in seconds, and is spacious enough for us to call it home. It'll continue to be one of the items of gear we depend on. The only thing that separates Lisa and me from anyone who dreams of a great adventure is that we chose to do it, and set out – and our Keron has simply allowed us to continue. Great gear can sustain you.”
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“Perfection in design.”
-American Alpine Institute, US
The US-based American Alpine Institute presented its coveted Guides Choice Award to three Hilleberg tents, including the Keron, declaring, “They are perfection in design.”
The readers of Swedish outdoor magazine Friluftsliv voted the Keron models their favorite tents.
The Keron/Keron GT was selected as Gear of the Year four times by the readers of Outdoor, Germany’s leading outdoor magazine.
Germany’s Outdoor gave the Keron 3 their highest rating in a test in December, 2004. In February of 2005, the Keron 3 GT garnered the same “Outstanding” score.
Norway’s Friluftsliv named the Keron 4 GT Top Product, praising its spaciousness, its ease of set up, and its outstanding stability, all at a remarkable low weight.
Awards for the Keron 3 GT
Germany’s highly regarded magazine Outdoor awarded the Keron 3 GT its prestigious Editor’s Choice Award.
While every Hilleberg tent comes with all the pegs, lines and poles you need, you may, from time to time, need replacements. You may also want to accessorize for more flexibility on your adventures: spare line runners, guy line, and pole holders let you customize your shelter to your needs; special circumstances may dictate special use pegs or additional poles for stability; or you may simply want different sorts of pegs. Footprints can extend the life of your tent and cut down on condensation in the vestibules, and a hank of our strong, light guy line cord is always useful.
This tough ground sheet helps both to protect your tent’s floor from abrasion and to keep ground moisture from rising in the vestibule. This footprint covers the full area of the Keron 4 GT outer tent.
Weight: 1 lb 15 oz
Extra pole holders are needed when you want to pitch the inner tent by itself. Link these to the corners of the inner, and place the ends of the poles into them. Six pole holders, two for each pole, are needed to pitch the Keron 4 GT inner tent on its own.
Every new Keron 4 GT includes enough pegs to pitch it, but a spare peg or two can save you the frustration of losing one in the middle of a long trip. Our Y-Peg is exceptionally strong yet quite lightweight, and its "Y" profile gives both excellent penetration in hard ground and plenty of surface area for reliable hold in softer conditions. Both because of its shape and its durable, hardened aluminum body, the sturdy Y-Peg can be hammered into hard ground. Its bright, gold anodized color makes it easy to see, and an attached string loop provides for easy removal.
• 18 cm/7.1" • 16 g/0.6 oz • Set of 10 •$38
Made from solid Titanium, the super strong yet lightweight stinger can easily handle being pounded into hard ground, and its integrated string loop makes for easy removal.
• 16 cm/6.3" • 14 g/0.5 oz • Set of 6 •$55
So-named for its fluted square cross-section, our new X-Peg is built from extruded, then anodized, aluminum, and is designed to take on the most demanding usage. The X-peg’s 30 cm (12 in) length and burly construction make it an ideal option when you need maximum penetration and holding power in hard ground, and it is stout enough to be hammered into the ground, even with a light sledge. An open, upside down “L” hook near the top of the peg allows quick securing of guy lines, and a separate closed ring has an attached string loop to make removing the peg easier.
• 30 cm/12" • 78 g/2.8 oz • Set of 10 •$110
Lightweight, tough and remarkably versatile, our Snow & Sand pegs are unique. After finding most so-called snow pegs to be too soft – they would bend in any but the fluffiest snow – we developed our own. Made from hardened aluminum, our Snow Pegs are build to withstand both very hard usage, including the inevitable contact with shovels, crampons and other winter gear, and very hard snow. At the same time, they are remarkably lightweight. The integrated line and hook gives you the flexibility either to bury the peg sideways in snow or sand, Deadman style, or to use it in a traditional, upright fashion.
• 31 cm x 3 cm/12" x 1.2" • 50 g/1.8 oz • Set of 6 pegs and XP carrying bag •$75
Your tent comes with poles, an extra repair section and aluminum repair sleeve, but spare poles can come in handy, both for repairs and for "double poling," which gives extra strength and stability.368 cm x 10 mm
Ideal for keeping your gear better organized. Standard versions of the peg, pole and tent bags are included with all new tents. The XP Bags are constructed of extra-stout PU coated nylon designed to withstand high use.
Tent Bag for Keron 4 GT 63 x 25 cm
XP Pole Bag
XP Tent Bag for Keron 4 GT 63 x 25 cm
Our proprietary 2 & 3 mm red and white guy line cord is strong, light and easy to see. Its interwrap construction interweaves super strong Vectran cord longitudinally with polyester, producing a cord with no sheath to slip, near zero stretch, minimal water absorption, an easy-to-handle soft feel, high UV resistance, and a stout 60 kg (132 lb) breaking strength for the 2 mm and 80 kg (176 lb) for the 3mm.
Our sturdy and reliable line runners are available in 2 and 3 mm sizes, and are designed to work perfectly with our 2 and 3 mm guy lines. They lock securely, and are easy to adjust even while wearing mittens.
3 mm guy line and line runners come standard with all tents except for our Yellow Label tents which come with 2 mm guy line and line runners.