Testing Hilleberg Tear Strength

Inside every single one of our Tent
Handbook there is a tear sheet. This is kind of a sample of showing our fabrics and it also gives you the opportunity to test
the strength of it. Here you have pre-cut fabrics of all the four fabrics that we have and also a PU coated fabric that is a 40 D commonly used ripstop that you find in a lot of tents on the market. They have little cuts so you can try to rip it yourself. It gives you the ability to compare a little bit with our fabrics and the strength. Tear strength is the ability of a fabric to resist continuous tearing. So basically if you have a hole – say that you accidentally
stepped on it with a crampon or it rubs against a rock or any damage that you can get in a tent. Having a high tear strength prevents the hole from getting bigger. It also it gives a longer life span on the tent because any fabric is going to deteriorate over time. So if you start at a high strength
you’re going to have a longer life span than if you start at a lower one. You can kind of look at it as insurance. It is better to have it and not need it,
than to not have it and need it. So I can’t tear even our lightest fabric, our
Kerlon 1000, that we use in our yellow label tents, but I’m obviously not the
strongest person around here. A couple blocks down we have Eastside Gym
and there we have a bunch of power lifters. So I’m going to ask one of them to come
over to see if they can rip it. Okay, since I can’t tear them, I brought strong guy Henry from East Side gym. Lets see what he can do with these tear sheets. I want to start out a little bit easier. This is a commonly used rip stop it’s a 40 D nylon ripstop with a PU coating. It’s used in a lot of tents on the market.
Why don’t you try that one. I’m glad you guys don’t use that one.
Haha. Pretty easy huh? Okay let’s go to the Kerlon 2500, so
that’s our strongest fabric. It is used in our Blue Label tents: the Stalon XL, Atlas, and Altai. No?
Can’t do it. Okay we’ll make it a little bit easier for you,
we’ll go to our Black Label fabric. It’s our Kerlon 1800, so 18 kg tear strength. Still no go?
Nope. Ok, how about the Red Label fabric.
This is our Kerlon 1200, found in all our Red Label tents, which are also all season tents. 12 kg tear strength. No? Make it even even easier for you.
Okay. So here is the Kerlon 1000. It’s for our Yellow Label tents, so not for snow use, but for any other time of the year. 8 kg tear strength. No?
No So you can’t rip them.
I can’t! So Henry can’t rip them, but like we said it comes in every catalog so why don’t you order your catalog and tear sheet and try it yourself. Thank you.

7 Replies to “Testing Hilleberg Tear Strength”

  1. I was really amazed when I read the German Outdoor magazine issue, where they compared the fabric tensile strength between different tents. MSR Hubba Hubba NX 20D Si-PU Nylon was 1 kg, and Hilleberg Nallo Kerlon 1200 was 12 kg. Nuff said.

  2. I did try it myself, with a lot of patience. I have quite strong fingers and hands, but I have to admit I wasn't even able to tear apart the Kerlon 1000 fabric. Always nice to see/hear news from Hilleberg!

  3. +Hilleberg The Tent Maker,
    Oh come on Petra really? That's soooo stereotypical!! Hahahahah A great looking humorous lady goes for the muscles from the local beach! Hilarious. I just hope you get my English sarcasm??
    Yes great tents, great materials, but how about a team of Lapland huskies trying to rip the material? Hahaha
    Great video, for humour purposes.

  4. Better to have a gun that you won't need
    Than need a gun that you don't have


  5. Hilleberg tents are made for use without excuse – Simple as that !

    Dyneema Zpacks tents are made for use too but they will never be in the league of Hilleberg ,
    But Zpacks produces the lightest backpacking durable tents .

    But if the weight can be handled or a true 3 season tent is required – Then it's always Hilleberg


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