The Hilleberg Mesh 1 Tent is a spacious single-person A-frame style bug bivy designed to be used under a tarp. While it’s frequently bundled with Hilleberg’s Tarp 5 Backpacking Tarp (see review), it can be used with any rectangular tarp to form a well-ventilated and insect-proof shelter, ideal for camping in warm weather.
Specs at a Glance
- Weight 15 oz (13.2 oz tested, including guylines)
- Person: 1
- Height (front): 95 cm/37 in
- Height (rear): 55 cm/22 in
- Length: 210 cm/83 in
- Width (front): 120 cm/47 in
- Width (rear): 70 cm/28 in
- Floor: Waterproof
The Mesh 1 Tent belongs to a class of shelters called bug bivies, which are the equivalent of the inner tents packaged with double-wall tents, but can be mixed and matched with a variety of rectangular or shaped tarps.
While the Mesh 1 is a single person bug bivy, it’s quite spacious inside, with plenty of extra space to sit up in or store your gear at night. While the floor is tapered from front to back, it’s not claustrophobic to sleep inside because the front peak is so tall. The front entrance also has a bi-directional zipper and zipper pulls on the interior and exterior, making it easy to get in and out.
Setup is very easy. The Mesh 1 comes with two long reflective ridge-line guy lines with line tensioners, pre-installed. The lines are attached to metal rings over the front and rear of the shelter, which are easy to fit over trekking poles tips if you use them to pitch the shelter. Simply stake out the four corner webbing loops and attach the ridge-line guy lines to trekking poles, trees, or branches that you find lying on the ground. If you use trekking poles and want more clearance to get in and out of the front door, extend your poles and move them farther away from the front door, before looping the guylines over them and staking them down.
Comparable Bug Bivies
|Make / Model||Weight||Entry||Price|
|Paria Breeze Bug Bivy||13 oz||Top||$60|
|REI Bug Out Bivy||14 oz||Front||$70|
|Borah Gear Bug Bivy||6 oz||Top or Side||$82|
|Outdoor Research Bug Bivy||16 oz||Front||$89|
|Oware Bug Bivy||7.65 oz||Top||$117|
|MLD Bug Bivy||6.5 oz||Top||$125|
|Yama Mountain Gear 1P Bug Bivy - Silpoly||12.2 oz||Front||$145|
|Enlightened Equipment Recon Bivy||6.35 oz||Top||$150|
|MSR Thru-Hiker Mesh House 1||14 oz||Side||$150|
|MLD Bug Bivy 2||7 oz||Top||$155|
|Hilleberg Mesh 1 Tent||13.2 oz||Front||$220|
At 13.2 oz (actual, tested), the Hilleberg Mesh 1 Tent is not the lightest weight bug bivy available today. But like all of Hilleberg’s Tents and other shelters, the sewing and materials that go into their tents and shelters are exceptionally high quality. A case in point is the lightweight mesh used on the Hilleberg Mesh 1 Tent, which is woven rather than knitted, so it has a soft hand and fine mesh structure, that provides superior insect protection. While Hilleberg is best known for their strong and wind-worthy double-wall tents, it’s great to see them expanding their range to include lightweight backpacking gear like the Mesh 1 Tent.
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