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Radical new Robens Chinook Ursa tipi opens up views in outback living

Scandinavian technical tent brand, Robens, has added a radical new tipi to its superlative Outback range.

The Chinook Ursa combines retro good looks with modern quality materials and manufacturing techniques to offer huge living space that can be opened to the outdoors Bedouin-style for the ultimate sheltered views. As well as offering performance levels that will be appreciated by outdoor adventurers like bushcraft aficionados, it’s stunning design has already achieved the prestigious Camping Magazine Editor’s Choice Awards 2020 for best glamping tent. See more awards.

On the outside, the eight-person polycotton Chinook Ursa appears to be a traditional upmarket Outback tipi that uses Robens’ own breathable HydroTex Polycotton to enhance its internal microclimate by stabilising temperature fluctuations and eliminating condensation. This is supported by a centre alloy pole and an A-frame at the large door that leads to a porch area for easy protected access.

The door features mesh windows, each protected by a zip-close panel behind, to enhance the insect-free ventilation provided by the Internal Apex Vent Control that is simply operated from inside. The groundsheet unzips to the centre alloy pole, enabling it to be rolled away to create a safe area in which to use the optional wood-burning tent stove and store wet gear.

However, the Chinook Ursa holds a secret. The whole front can be opened as a massive sun porch simply by undoing two zips that run up the wall either side of the door, releasing extension panels neatly folded inside the tent, and converting the A-frame into support poles. This creates a huge open living space in which to shelter from sun and rain while enjoying the view.

Optional extras include an inner tent that sleeps six, floor covering for under foot comfort and a footprint. The Chinook Ursa also benefits from a comprehensive range of Outback accessories created to enhance the ‘bushcraft’ experience and open untold comfort levels. These include items like tent stoves and the Thacla tipi light designed to maximise light efficiency.

Robens continues to test all its tents using its own in-house facilities and, during the tests, register the maximum (MAX) speed impact a tent was subjected to and the average (AVG) wind speed at which structural instability occurred. Structural instability may show as the collapse of tent, returning to shape when the wind drops, or a broken/deformed pole. At no point did Robens encounter any form of catastrophic failure up to the maximum wind speed and an icon is now used, including on the Robens website, to show the MAX and AVG figures for each tent. 

The Wind Test figures are: Chinook Ursa MAX 195km/h and AVG 190km/h