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Robens Goldcrest 2 Tent | Review

A two-person tent from Robens that seems to be made specifically with backpacking in mind

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.

It’s clearly a product that’s been carefully thought out.

Take the doors and porches on either side for example. They not only give that extra space for your kit, but also make it easier for both people inside the tent to enter and exit it as they please without waking the other person up.

There’s also the rain safe vents, reinforced guying points, mosquito net doors to stop insects and a convenient internal pocket for storing your valuables.

With the Goldcrest, Robens didn’t aim to make the lightest tent ever made. Instead, they simply wanted to produce a durable tent that didn’t skimp on the features and that was by convenience, a decent weight also.

Mission accomplished.

Tester’s Verdict

“Considering the amount of room this provides for two people, the Goldcrest 2 has quite a low weight overall. This is clearly mainly down to its silicon coated flysheet which has a light but still dependable feel to it. I did find it a little bit trickier to erect than most of the other tents I’ve used over the last couple of seasons. There’s no strap that links the pole sockets across the width of the tent so it’s difficult to gauge how much of an arch you want to create – whether you want to peg it so that the tent’s wide and low to the ground or narrow and high.” – Will Renwick, editor of Outdoors Magic

Price: £499.99

Weight: 1340g

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