New Robens Odyssey tents designed to perform where nature rules
All tents in the Odyssey range are quick and easy to pitch by clipping on to the exoskeleton frame and offer practical space without a huge weight/pack size penalty.
The tents are made from Robens HydroTex AWT-T 30D ripstop polyester fabric. While the outer surface is siliconized to enhance performance, the inner surface has a PU-coating so the seams can be taped to ensure an uncompromised 3,000mm hydrostatic head. Polyester is chosen over nylon for its inherent UV-resistance and its hydrophobic properties that prevent the fibres absorbing water. This means a Robens Odyssey tent stays taut and stable in wet conditions to prevent damage and water entry from flapping.
Stability is further enhanced by using Robens Storm Guard guying that directly links fabric with the DAC aluminium alloy Pressfit poles and pegs. Double rope pegging points ensure easy positive adjustment on all tents.
The Odyssey range comprises the Elk River 1 for solo use, the two-person Buck Creek 2 and the three-person Stony Brook 3. A Wing Tarp adds versatility.
The 1.52kg Elk River 1 is a sloping tunnel design that uses a clip-on external single hoop with a ridge pole to create and maintain an aerodynamic shape − the occupant has enough head room to sit in the inner close to its door. Entry to the tent is via a front door that folds to one side. This features a double zip so the door can be cracked open at the top for additional ventilation. The front porch is large enough for backpack and boots.
The 2.35kg Buck Creek 2 is also a sloping tunnel design with enough head room to sit the two occupants in the inner close to its door. The tent clips onto an external frame that has a ridge pole to extend the porch area for the additional storage required for two. The porch has a partial groundsheet to protect content while providing ‘wet’ access where boots can be left. Entry to the tent is via a side door that folds to one side. This features a double zip so the door can be cracked open at the top for additional ventilation.
The 3.31kg Stony Brook 3 tunnel tent sleeps three with sitting head room throughout. The tent clips onto an external frame that has a ridge pole to extend front and back porches. This provides the storage and access versatility required by three occupants. The porches have a partial groundsheet to protect content while providing ‘wet’ access where boots can be left. Each porch has a side door that folds to one side. This features a double zip so the door can be cracked open at the top for ventilation.
The addition of the 0.79kg Wing Tarp opens the possibility of adding extra shelter to a tent or for use as a standalone shelter for lightweight adventures or on-the-trail protection using walking poles as support.
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:
Elk River 1 MAX 140km/h and AVG 107km/h
Buck Creek 2 MAX 140km/h and AVG 118km/h
Stony Brook 3 MAX 135km/h and AVG 115km/h