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Nammatj 3 GT
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Nammatj 3 GT

 

Page Type: Gear Review

Object Title: Nammatj 3 GT

Manufacturer: Hilleberg

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Page By: 2hansen

Created/Edited: Jul 7, 2004 / Jan 18, 2007

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(Extract from manufacturer's page, http://www.hilleberg.com/Catalog/nammatj_3_gt_403820.htm)

Nammatj GT has got it all: low weight, tenacity in enduring the onslaughts of the worst weather and on top of that a vestibule which could cause a fit of agoraphobia. Very likely the best of all worlds are combined in this well-tuned symphony of tent qualities. A reliable shelter that pitches with ease, providing room not only to sleep but, in the extended vestibule also for the largest quantities of gear one may want and/or need. With its great versatility the Nammatj GT is ideal for those who expect properties like space and stability of their tent which are normally exclusive to larger and considerably heavier base camp tents. Fishing gear, five course meals, dogs? Not a problem.

In a test executed by the British magazine “The Great Outdoors” Nammatj GT was considered the “Best Buy” in comparison with similar designs!

You will be attracted by this tunnel if your requirements include low weight, ease of handling, robustness, good ventilation and of course space that does not restrain you from bringing home a few mates for dinner. The Nammatj GT will do it all: anytime, anywhere!

OUTER TENT FABRIC: KERLON 1800
COLOURS: GREEN AND RED

* Min. weight: 3.1 kg / 6 lbs 13 oz ~ Packed weight: 3.7 kg / 8 lbs 2 oz
(Minimum weight includes inner tent, outer tent and poles while packed weight refers to the complete tent)

A complete tent consists of inner and outer tent with guy lines and runners, poles, pegs, stuff bags, spare pole section, repair sleeve and instructions.

* inner tent height: 42 in. ~ area inner tent: 36.6 ft² ~ area vestibule: 30 ft²

NAMMATJ GT ADVANTAGE:
~ Outer tent fabric in Kerlon 1800.
~ Inner tent fabric in water repellent and venting nylon.
~ Heavy duty nylon ground sheet with PU coating, high bathtub floor.
~ Pole sleeves with one opening only with room for “double poling”.
~ Pole tensioners wide enough for “double poling”.
~ Three poles of equal length.
~ Adjustable peg loops.
~ Full size no-see-um netting in inner tent entrance (with covering panel).
~ Very spacious vestibule for (wet) gear, meals, etc.
~ Vertical inner tent entrance.
~ Large, fully adjustable vent in foot end of inner tent.
~ Two large adjustable vents with no-see-um netting in outer tent.
~ Extended GT-vestibule with side entrance; entrance backed by full-size no-see-um netting.
~ Linked inner and outer tents set up simultaneously – both can also be pitched separately.
~ Two strong guy line attachments and double line runners on each side / pole sleeve.
~ Guy lines with line runners on vents.
~ Clothes line and inner pockets in the inner tent.

INNER TENT: Pitching of inner tent requires extra pole holders - see accessories.

Nammatj is the Sami name of a large rock standing at the entrance of a valley.

Equipment
Poles: Aluminum 9 mm dia.
Pole lengths: 3 x 129.1 in. (328 cm)
Pegs: 20
Stuffbag, pole bag, peg bag, guy lines, line runners, spare pole section, pole repair sleeve, instructions.

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2hansenUntitled Review

Voted 5/5

Low weight and low price - but easy to use and very flexible and durable throuh all weather conditions.

This tent has been with us in the vast forests on the Kola Penisula (1998) as well as in the icy and windy passes between the volcanes on the Kamchatka (2002) and has never let us down!

Enough space for four people if vestibule/absis is used at "cloak room".
Posted Jul 7, 2004 11:17 am

PeterCorneliusSpaethVery versatile

Voted 5/5

Contrary to other reviews I would not state it is low price. Especially if you add addtl. ground sheets, which are very helpfull. It is not really low weight either. And a Nammatj
can let you down. I had a collapsed tent (broken poles, sliced channels) in a winterstorm in the alps. We had to ski down the
same night. We had falling winds, a sanow wall would not have helped us. Tent was set up very firm but was flattened to the ground. To be honest, we did see some broken trees lower in
the valley, that night. I have since them replaced the poles by 10mm poles. More weight and not as well fitting in the channels
but I feel better. For extremes I have geodetic tents available.
See my pic of the Nammatj fighting the storm the day before that
crazy storm night.

But, though having had this scary experience, the Nammatj 3GT remained my very favorite tent for serious trekking. I have used it in the alps, Africa and Norway. I would always preferr the GT version with the large vestibule. With few exceptions I used it for 2 persons only. For 3 persons I think a Keron 4 GT is better.

Pros:

- Lots of space for two
- very good weight to space ratio
- very durable, quite UV resistant
- still waterproof after yrs of use (some minor seam leakage)
- very usefull vestibule (cooking, storing)
- easy to set up though needing some experience
(we never failed to set it up well, only few exceptions
when there is very rocky ground; but: you alway need pegs).
- very easy setup in snow, very good chance to dig a protected,
comfortable vestibule area then (cooking, gully for cold air).

cons:

- pricy (though worth it)
- has to be set up correctly to withstand storms
- condensation (if you don't apply vestibule ground sheet)
- seams are not fully waterproof, due to the siliconization
of the fabric. They use a specific yarn, but you have to
use some seal from time to time. But this only is relevant
to very heavy rainstorms.
Some things to mention:

- silky texture: I don't mind, you get used to it regarding
handling and packing;

- I have an older version (1997 ?). They improved
poles and zippers since.

- If you intend to really use it in very windy regions, better
go for stronger or double poles (I believe the newer Nammatj's
have channels that support double poles).

- People alway complain on the weak pegs. I don't because they
are light and I have a hammer to repair them. If you know you
go for harder ground, just add some cheap harder ones. The tent
is so expensive, so these extra bucks don't mind ;-)

- if you are taller then 1.85m better go for the Keron series of tents
since they do not have this flat ending on the feet side
(so you do not have the sleeping bag touching the wall)


All in all, I am very satisfied with this tent.
A good long term investment. Repair (at their
german partner) was very affordable and worth it.

But: don't expect it to be a tent for Everest South
Col (hope you get what I mean). That is for NF VE25
or MH Trango.

EDIT January 2009:

My heavily used Nammatj3GT is sold now. After >10 yrs of use it
leaked a bit in heavy Norwegian rainstorms. But we were happy
to have the old Nammatj back in the car trunk since another
lighter tent failed completely ...

I bought the same tent (2008 model?), again. The fabric is nylon
instead of polyesther. It does not look as smooth as the old one
when air humidity changes (the fabric tension seems to change
with temerature and humidity). But this is cosmetics only.

The tent is super waterproof. There are some improvements.
Most notably a much better outer entry and zipper design
that rinses water better. Much bigger inner pockets now.
Also, the optional footprint is one piece now. IMO a footprint
is mandatory in order to prevent condensation
(except in snow use of course).

Poles are by DAC now (instead of Easton). I understand DACs
need more care when assembled but are strong once installed.

I can again recommend the tent. A very versatile classic !
Posted Apr 17, 2007 6:43 pm

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