Earlier this year, Robens released a brand new range of lightweight tents, and if this option is anything to go by, they’re all worth taking a look at and considering for your next adventure.
The Goldcest 2, as you might’ve guessed, sleeps two people and is one of those tents that seems to be made specifically with backpacking in mind. Think decent space-to-weight, a small packed size and a sturdy design.
“One of those tents that seems to be made specifically with backpacking in mind”
It’s a kind-of mini tunnel design involving an outer flysheet that’s held up by one hooped pole and two mini corner poles at the back end, and there’s a mesh inner that’s clipped inside.
The main fabric is a silicone-coated polyester which feels light in weight but that will still offer durability and all-weather tension – even UV protection.
Apparently the Goldcrest 2, like all of Robens’ other tents, went through a rigorous testing process in its development to make sure it’s got the beans to cope with strong wind and heavy rainfall. The results of these tests have shown it can handle 140 km/h winds, and that its fabric can deal with an impressive 2000mm of rainfall per 1cm (squared) before the water begins to penetrate through. When’s that going to happen though?
To be able to manage strong winds, it’s been made with an aerodynamic profile, but one that doesn’t make the users feel cramped up and claustrophobic when they’re inside it. In other words, this is quite a spacious tent for two people. Its Yunan alloy hoop offers up decent head space, even for lanky campers, while the two Yunan carbon fibre poles down at the other end create good room for the feet.