Here in the cold north we have always relied on heated shelters to stay alive and operational, the HAWU tents are the latest step in the long evolutionary line of Finnish stove heated tents. What really sets the HAWU apart from it’s predecessors is it’s modular structure which allows it to be split up for transport, pitched around tree trunks, extended to house more people and much more. Its rugged construction and functionality have gained the HAWU a strong reputation among both professional and recreational users, including a number of military organizations.

Main features

  • Designed for four people, extendable to house six
  • Stove compatible for all-year, all-climate use
  • Durable and fire retardant for continuous heavy duty use
  • Splits into two halves for transport and use
  • No poles needed if pitched around a tree trunk
  • Easy to pitch even by a single person
  • 2 year material and workmanship warranty


Technical specs

  • Weight:
    • Door piece: 4,50 kg
    • Wall piece: 3,50 kg
    • Extension: 3,80 kg
  • Dimensions:
    • Door + Wall pieces: 3,50 x 3,50 x 1,60 m (L x W x H)
    • Door + Extension + Wall pieces: 5,00 x 3,50 x 1,60 m (L x W x H)
  • Floor area:
    • Door + Wall pieces: 10,00 m2
    • Door + Extension + Wall pieces: 15,25 m2
  • Material: Breathable, rainproof, mildew resistant and fire retardant specialty fabric


HAWU 4 system components

  • Door piece: the front half of the tent with zippered entrance and stove pipe port, can be used as a stand-alone loue style tarp
  • Wall piece: the solid rear part of the tent, can be used as a stand-alone loue style tarp
  • Extension: a separate add-on which can be used to extend the HAWU 4 to fit six people


Detailed description

The HAWU is a highly adaptable shelter system made to endure prolonged heavy duty use. It is perfectly suited for the most demanding environments, including all-year military use.

Made for versatility and adaptability, the HAWU is very flexible when it comes to finding a suitable spot to set it up and it requires very few accessories to do so. The heart of it’s flexibility is the zippers which connect the tent components and offer a means of splitting it and pitching it around tree trunks.

The door is designed so that you step down into the tent, instead of having to crawl under a low side entrance. An internal free hanging wall keeps the warm air from escaping from inside the tent when the zippered door is open. A useful feature if the situation requires someone to keep guard whilst also watching the lit stove.

A steel stove pipe port with a hinged cover is located between the door and tip of the front piece. This design offers safety and security when using a stove for heating. When a stove is not used the hinged cover seals the port from the outside.

The side zippers provide a means of quick exit, particularly important in military use. The zippers and their rolled exterior cover are designed to facilitate a very fast emergency exit – open up the zipper a little way from the top down and just push yourself through!

The tip of the tent features excess fabric which can be used to cover the top when pitched using a center pole. The tip can be left completely open or open on just one side depending on wind direction, thus controlling ventilation and evaporation of moisture depending on the circumstances. When using a stove it is recommended to keep the tip open to allow the warm air to transport moisture out.

Standard HAWU tents are made from an inherently fire retardant and breathable fabric, treated for mildew resistance. The fibers in the fabric swell up when moist to provide an effective seal against rain without the need for waterproof and poorly breathable coatings. For large orders such as military and government agencies procurements we can, and have done so in the past, manufacture the HAWU from other fabrics specified by the customer.


Pitching methods

The split design offers flexibility in both transport and pitching. The numerous pitching methods allow the HAWU to be set up virtually anywhere, minimizing time and effort spent looking for the perfect spot.

Around a tree: the halves can be assembled around a tree trunk, eliminating the need for separate center poles to be carried or made on site. Another benefit of this method is camouflage, with the canopy of the tree providing excellent camouflage from aerial reconnaissance.

Suspended: instead of using any kind of central support, tree trunk or pole, the HAWU can be hung from a line of rope attached between two trees. This frees up space inside the tent for more people or for laying out gear for maintenance and work.

With central pole: the usual, old fashioned way also works with the HAWU. We offer purpose made telescopic central poles for this purpose.

Shelter halves: the two halves of the HAWU can be used on their own as smaller open front shelters. This allows a larger team to split up, each taking one half of the tent with them.

No corner poles are needed due to the clever design of the corner guy lines. Just peg the lines, or tie them around a rock or tree, and pull the quick webbing adjusters to adjust the tightness and you’re done. The absence of corner poles also means that you have many less separate components to look after, highly beneficial in non-optimal environments and under stress.

Pegs are not absolutely required as such but recommended. Although the guy lines can be attached to terrain and vegetation this is not always possible. The corners of the hem also require pegging to the ground for a secure seal. No pegs are included with the HAWU tent, but we do offer those as separate accessories.

The top loops and carabiner attachment system that secures the tip of the tent allows the HAWU to be pitched using a usual center pole, attached around a tree or hung from it´s tip.


The HAWU story

The origins of the Hawu tents dates back to 1993 when Pasi Ylirisku, current CEO of Hawu Pro Oy, and his associates began developing a new tent design. For over two decades they tested and improved the Hawu tent to perfection in a true labour of love.

In 2016 Finn-Savotta Oy and Hawu Pro Oy signed a partnership agreement, the Hawu tent design was finalized for serial production in co-operation with Savotta’s designers and the original Hawu design and development team. The first batch which was completed and released for sale in the autumn of 2017.


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