Hey folks. This week on the blog we’re taking a look at the Naturehike VIK Tent – a new single skin shelter that’s a total game changer. We’ve been blown away by the quality of other Naturehike tents such as the Cloud Up, and the VIK is another step up in both weight and comfort. It’s also got lots of cool and innovative features we’ll look at in a moment.
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The Naturehike VIK comes in two basic options: with or without an attached ‘snow skirt’. The design involves a double forked, single pole running from the back of the tent to the front. A short cross-pole at the top of the tent ensures tension / lack of droopage on the sides. The VIK is free standing, with the single entrance and vestibule on the side.
One design feature that I love about this tent is that you can create a canopy by propping up the door with trekking poles and guy ropes. It’s a simple thing, but it will make a huge difference to the sense of space that you get with this shelter. The canopy would be useful for cooking under if the weather turns as well.
Another innovative feature of the Naturehike VIK is the the way that the single air vent opens. A lot of shelters have vents that prop open from the outside, meaning you always have to get out of the tent first. With the VIK, you can actually open it from the inside. Simply detach a small pole from its velcro housing, push it up through the hole inside the tent, and boom – instant airflow. I can’t count the number of times I’ve wanted to aerate my tent from the inside, so this is a major plus.
The VIK is rated as a 4-season shelter, but it’s only single skinned. Although single skin tents have historically suffered from condensation, I’ve never found this to be an issue on more modern designs. The fly is made from 15D Silicon-coated Nylon, with Aluminium poles. The material used for the stakes isn’t listed, but we suspect these would probably be Aluminium as well. The skirts on the tent door clip closed with magnets, which is a neat touch.
Size & Weight
The total packed weight for the VIK is 1100 grams – that’s if you’re buying the version with the snow skirt. If you only want the basic version, this comes in at 1060 grams. The trail weight is 970 grams or 930 grams for the versions with and without snow skirt respectively. Trail weight is often optimistic, and packed weight is sometimes excessive, so the actual weight for this tent is going to fall somewhere between 930 and 1100 grams.
The pack size is a neat and tidy 46 x 16 cm. In terms of interior space, there’s a fairly roomy – for one person at least – 95 x 210 cm.
Naturehike VIK Tent Review
The Naturehike VIK is freestanding. To pitch it, first you lay the groundsheet and put the fly over the top. Once you’ve staked it down, you slot in the forked poles to create the hoop. Then the fly simply clips in place onto the hoop, including onto the cross-beam at the top. Lastly, stake out the sides for the entrance and vestibule and you’re all set. Then you can decide whether you want the tent closed, or whether to avail yourself of the walking pole canopy.
This pitch seems pretty foolproof, and has a few benefits. First of all, it’s quick. With practice, this tent should be pitch-able in just a few minutes. Secondly, it’s difficult to see how the interior could get wet- even if you’re pitching it in the rain. As long as you keep the fly right side up, you should have a nice dry shelter to escape into once the tent is pitched.
Space & Storage
So, the Naturehike VIK is a 1-man tent, right? Well, strictly speaking, that’s true. But, if you don’t mind getting cosy with someone – and I’m talking significant other cosy – I think you could squeeze two people in there at a push. 95 x 210 cm doesn’t leave much personal space for two, but if your goal is to save weight, then it’s worth considering as an option. An 1100 gram shelter split between two people? Now we’re talking.
What about vestibule space? In short, it’s fairly generous. The main gear storage area tapers out to 65 cm at its widest point. This will easily be big enough to hold a meaty backpack. The ability to extend the door into a canopy also gives you more storage options, especially if the weather lets you keep the door open at night.
There’s also a second vestibule on the tent, which is accessed through a small internal zip. The chances are you aren’t going to be able to store anything huge in there. Still, for small items or just some extra airflow, it’s definitely a ‘nice to have’. There’s also a standard phone / wallet / headtorch pouch on the inside of the tent.
Wallet & Weight Impact
So, how does the VIK impact on your weight and wallet? Well, the weight seems like a no-brainer. For a (maximum) 1100 grams, this tent is packed with a lot of cool features and a comfortable amount of space. And although it’s a little more expensive than some other Naturehike offerings such as the Cloud Up or Taga, the extra value added is well worth it. All in all, we’re giving this tent maximum thrifty points.
Naturehike have consistently raised the bar for good value tents, and with the VIK they just raised it even higher. Try as I might, I can’t really see what the downsides to this tent are. It’s packed full of innovative features like the door-canopy, internal air vent, and magnetised seams. And all for a low weight, and a fraction of the price of an equivalent western-branded tent. Basically, the VIK has just forced its way to the top of my ultralight gear list!
Well, that’s all for now folks, I hope you enjoyed this rundown of the Naturehike VIK. Don’t forget to check out the rest of our blog for more tips, tricks and gear reviews from the trail. Until next time.