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Tent Showcase: Robens Cabin 300

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3  (more 3 berth tents)
12.20 KG
£599.99
1
Fully Sewn-in
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Average User Rating:
8.8/10 from 5 reviews

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5 Reviews of the Cabin 300

By: Emcg61  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2016   Rating:   Date: 09/08/2017

Downsized to this - ideal for a couple although we have slept 4 in it.

Feel very secure in it - survived gales in Ullapool last year and continental storms this year.

Bought the sunshade extension this year and found it a great addition.

Took us a wee while to get the hang of putting it up but now takes 10 minutes. Kept the carpet from our old Outwell Nevada and it is just about the right size. Front door now has zip along bottom. Great tent - always sleep well in it.
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By: Lesnorman  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating:   Date: 21/07/2015

This is a terribly expensive tent so you need to shop around and we did OK. The fact is that you get what you pay for and this Cabin 300 model is no exception. The quality of the design, the materials and the DEC aluminium poles is first-class. The tent does not even flap in winds let alone move or fold. Warm, light, airy, two anti-mosquito mesh doors spacious and very easy to put up even single-handed as I do. Maybe 10 minutes from unloading the bag from the car and we are in. The only point that I would criticise is that the front foor does not zip on the bottom edge but with a little Velcro the matter is solved. Lots of little design touches here and there make you feel good with your purchase. I expect the canvas version is even better for just a few kilos of weight more, but even more terribly expensive.
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By: Dinkydeb  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 16/01/2012

I bought this tent last October (2011) from Yeomans, Northampton. It had been sold by Yeomans to a man who had apparently used it for one weekend then returned it to exchange it for the Cabin 500. Yeomans then put it up as a pre-sold at the bargain price of £100 and I bought it as I'm trying to persuade my sister to go camping this year and I thought it might do her and her two younger children. I didn't write a review at the time as I wasn't considering it for myself, wasn't even very interested in it, it was just something to get out when I managed to talk my sister round.

I got it out at the weekend to have a look at it and pitch it in the garden. Its a beautiful tent, made of extremely high quality materials (I've personally never seen such good stitching on a tent). I've never had a tent with 5000 HH before, my last tent, which lasted me 10 years had 2000 HH and I never got wet (even in torrential rain and wind), so my faith in the Robens is rock solid.

The gold coloured alloy poles are fantastic quality and really slot together easily. I tried pitching it the way it shows in the video. But in the video there are two of them and I did find it very difficult to get the front and back canopy poles into the black holders if the side 'eyebrow' poles were already in place. If you are on your own (and only 5'3'!) you will find the tent goes together much more easily if you try it the following way - you might not, but it worked for me!

1. Lay the tent out and put all the poles through their sleeves. Insert the two long arch poles into their tabs.

2. Raise the front arch and clip on the flysheet across the top. Leave the side clips till later.

3. Insert the front canopy pole into the black plastic holders. Be aware that each black plastic holder has two holes, one for the large canopy pole and one for the small eyebrow pole. If you are struggling to get the canopy pole into its hole on the black plastic holder (as I was first time round!) you are probably trying to fit it into the small eyebrow hole! When you get it right, it goes in easily and makes a very satisfying 'clunk' noise as it slots home.

4. Guy the front arch just sufficiently to enable you to leave it to attend to the rear arch. One guy/peg roughly stabbed into the ground will do, just so the arch can lean back slightly into the guy, freeing you to sort out the back arch.

5. Raise the rear arch, clip the flysheet across the top and insert the back canopy pole into the black plastic holders.

6. Insert the side eyebrow poles into the black plastic holders. The tent is now free standing and you can take long curtain calls and rounds of applause from neighbouring campers who've all been waiting for the idiot with the large tent to make a complete fool of herself / himself.

7. Insert the final rear bedroom pole into its tabs.

8. Clip all remaining clips to poles.

9. Guy out.

I took my time the first time I tried this, then did it all again, pitching the tent without straining anything in just a few minutes (I didn't time it but would guess about 10 minutes start to finish).

I hadn't really thought about this tent for just me and Lily (Jack Russell) as it is very luxurious for our weekend getaways, but having now cracked the pitching bit and finding it less faff than some other tents I've had in the past, I'm beginning to wonder if I might take it away whether my sister joins us or not!

I have given it 9 out of 10 as the doorway doesn't zip right round across the base which means I'll have to fix it with velcro/press studs along the bottom of the mesh door to prevent Lily getting out and wasps getting in, but deducting a mark does seem very harsh for such a well constructed tent.

Someone else commented on the lack of a lantern hanging point. This doesn't worry me as I never used the one I had in my previous tent - I always put the lantern on a low table, proof if ever it was needed that how we judge a tent's merits is a very personal matter!

It has mesh on the entrance door and on the bedroom pod door, mesh covered ventilation points above the two front and two side windows with zippered covers for all, and zippered mesh ventilation in the bedroom which corresponds to the zippered vent on the exterior flysheet, so this tent should be good in the heat.

On the downside, it has no cable entry point although this can be run easily through the front door, not a problem for me, but might be for others?

I'm now the proud owner of an Icarus 300, which I also love, and this beautiful Robens Cabin 300, bring on spring and our first camp, hurray!
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By: Google88  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 29/09/2011

== The good ==

- height is good

- porch at front 75cm

- porches over the windows (so when its raining you can see out rather than just see water droplets on the window)

- inner size is pretty big

- vents are nice

- front door mesh is great to see out

- inner and outer go up at the same time

== The bad ==

- Too expensive

- a bit of a faf to put up

- youtube video misses out a whole section

(best method is do the first 4 poles to make a square. Then unhook one of ther side window poles to get the back poles in) or you need a really strong grip. Not for the elderly (i mean that respectfully)

- ours had about 3 manufacturing faults on of which was a long piece of string allowing water to leak through the top seal. VERY BAD for a £270 tent.

- the door was sewn skew-wiff and some of the velcro bits were badly sewn on. Think Festival tent quality and your there.

- nowhere to hang any kind of light no hooks

- (would be even worse if outside electricity was used no inlet or hanging for electric cable)

- sleeping area very small (2 small airbeds max)

Overall I enjoyed the tent. We got it to the Pyrenees :). Great on rainy days. We put a table in the corner and made cups of coffee and ate french biscuits :)

Yeoman's gave us a refund because of the faults
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By: Trevorgoode  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 17/03/2011

The only tent I could find on the market that suited what I wanted. Although quite pricey, worth every penny. Good head height and a very good porch and inner utility area. -1 point for the bedroom being slightly awkward to get out of if you are nearer the back of the tent especially if you are trying to keep two dogs in check. On the whole 100% quality and perfect for me the wife and the two dogs, you wont be disappointed if you purchase one of these fine tents.
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Manufacturer's Description

With an easy-to-pitch tunnel design using just two poles, the Cabin 300 offers fantastic space and stability. With accommodation for up to three people in one large bedroom, there’s good headroom in the substantial living area too. A generous protective front canopy and side panels shelter the doorway, while large vents over the side windows contribute to the airiness, but are protected from the elements.


Technical specifications
Type of tent: Tunnel
Sleeps people: 3
Hydrostatic Head: 5000 mm
Flysheet: HydroTex 5000, 75D polyester Taffeta 185T, 150D Oxford polyester, 100% polyester. Fire retardant
Inner tent: 68D polyester 185T, 100% polyester, breathable
Rooms: 1 bedroom, 1 living room
Poles: Alloy #6061, T6, 16 / 14.5 / 13 mm, anodised
Floor: 75D polyester Taffeta 185T PU coated, 100% polyester
Groundsheet: Sewn-in groundsheet, polyethylene 10,000 mm
Pitching way: Flysheet first or as one
Pack size: 70 x 29 cm
Weight: 12.2 kg
Recommendation: The proven, stable tunnel tent design is quick to pitch and versatile making it ideal for couples

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