The Naturehike Cloud Peak 2 is a budget-friendly 2 person tent designed for exploring the great outdoors. There are plenty of things to love about this neat little tent, but you should proceed with caution.
To find out whether the Cloud Peak is really the best tent for your needs, make sure to read this Naturehike Cloud Peak 2 tent review before going ahead with your purchase.
Naturehike Cloud Peak 2 Review
Who Is the Cloud Peak 2 For?
The Naturehike Cloud Peak 2 is for 1 or 2 people who will be backpacking in foul weather. Due to its heavy-duty rainfly, it is a little heavier than the average 2 person backpacking tent.
If you’re going to be camping in cold, wet, or windy weather, the additional weight is worth it for the extra security of a 4 season tent.
However, even a 4 season tent isn’t guaranteed to protect you from the most extreme weather, so make sure you invest in a decent sleeping bag and pad for the colder months.
Design, Material, & Performance
The Naturehike Cloud Peak 2 shares many characteristics with the far more expensive Hilleberg Allak Tent. It is common for popular tents to be copied into lower budget versions, but you shouldn’t expect the same quality from the Cloud Peak 2 as you would find with the original Hilleberg model.
The Naturehike materials will not protect you from the extreme cold as well as the Hilleberg will, but the tent does benefit from the same ergonomic layout.
The Cloud Peak 2 can resist up to 4000mm of water, and the fully taped seams will help prevent any leaking in bad weather. The vestibule area in front of the doors will protect the sleeping compartment from rainwater as you come and go.
The rainfly also reaches all the way to the ground, though the tent floor is fairly light-duty. If you respray your tent with a silicone coating after each heavy rainfall, you can rely on the Cloud Peak to keep you dry for a weekend.
However, if it’s raining for much longer, you may find that water starts to penetrate the floor.
The Naturehike Cloud Up performs well on long-term trips. Users frequently purchase it for backpacking trips. Over time, however, the zippers tend to be the first thing to fail.
In addition to respraying with a silicone coating after heavy rain, we recommend that you oil the zippers occasionally to help lengthen the life of the tent. A tent footprint would protect the tent floor from general wear and tear.
This tent is not as durable as a top-of-the-range version, but if you treat it well, there’s no reason it shouldn’t last for years.
The Cloud Up 2 may be small, but it has 2 separate doors. This makes it much more comfortable when sharing with someone else, as you don’t have to climb over each other to come and go.
There is also a vestibule where you can store your kit, which will provide more living space. The vestibule is not completely watertight, so I recommend that you bring your boots into the sleeping compartment with you in heavy rain.
Also, consider covering your kit with an additional tarp.
Coming in at 5.7 pounds, this tent is light enough for thru-hiking or backpacking if you share the weight between 2 people. If you plan on using it alone, it would be more suitable for bike touring or car camping.
It would technically be possible to use this for thru-hiking alone, but only if you make sacrifices elsewhere to lighten your load.
What Do Users Think & Say About This Tent?
I haven’t had the opportunity to test this tent for myself, but users' reviews are overwhelmingly positive for the Cloud Peak 2. They report that the tent handles wind and rain very well, and that it is easy to set up for a beginner.
Some people wish that there were fewer poles to set up, but this reinforcement is what makes the tent safe to use in the snow.
What We Love About the Cloud Peak 2
We love that this tent has 2 doors. The ability to come and go without climbing over your camping buddy makes a huge difference in terms of your comfort.
We also like the extra waterproofing provided by the sealed seams, which aren’t always present in Naturehike’s models. For the weight and price, the quality of this tent is very good.
What We Don’t Like
This tent is a decent copy of the Hilleberg Allak, but we don’t like some of the shortcuts that have been taken. For example, the zippers are low-quality and tend to break, which makes the whole tent vulnerable to leaking and insects.
We noticed that some users were unable to secure a refund after their zippers broke, which gives us some reservations about recommending the Cloud Peak.
Pros and Cons
If you’re looking for a more spacious tent, the Naturehike Opalus 3 is a brilliant option. It has an enormous porch area where you can store bicycles and cook in bad weather, but it's surprisingly lightweight for the size.
Or if you prefer something more compact, the Naturehike Vik 1 is a fantastic-quality 1 person tent for backpacking. It has some really cool features, including a mini canopy area which you can set up with your trekking poles!
All in all, the Naturehike Cloud Peak 2 is a comfortable and portable backpacking tent for a couple of people sharing. It may look just like the Hilleberg Allak, but don’t be fooled. The quality of materials is inevitably reduced in a budget copy.
For a weekend of hiking and camping in foul weather, the Naturehike Cloud Peak 2 is a popular and sensible choice.
We hope you found this tent review of the Naturehike Cloud Peak 2 useful, and we wish you many happy camping adventures!
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About the author
Rachel is a freelance adventure writer and founder of Highly Sensitive Nomad. When she isn’t writing, she can be found wild camping in the mountains and swimming in the lakes of Europe.