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Tent Reviews: Robens Klondike

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6  (more 6 berth tents)
16.70 KG
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6.71/10 from 17 reviews

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17 Reviews of the Klondike         Showing 01 to 10          Page:   1   2  

By: Andi1979  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2021   Rating: 

This beautiful and rather expensive tent has three wholes by design. The front zippers (vertical, two horizontals, and bottom) when fully closed leave a whole of approximately 3-4cm diameter. Further, there are two additional wholes on either sides at the front which remain open and do not close. Mice, snakes and bugs can easily come into the tent through these wholes. Apparently, during the single time we used the tent, we found more than 30 earwigs in the tent and while the tent was closed properly.

When I emailed Robens, they responded the following:

'That is the design due to the opportunity to open the floor. It has the cost of the small gaps. You could use a piece of tape over it at night if you want it to be closed. '

I found their response insulting. This company knows that their products have design defects and neither do they inform the consumer about them, nor do they do something to fix them.

On the positive side, the fact that the tent is made of canvas, makes it very pleasant to sleep at night as the material is very breathable. However, because of the open wholes that pose a safety risk, we decided to return the tent.

Thankfully the retailer company in Sweden accepted the tent back and paid us full refund about it.
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By: Chrisinhove  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating: 

After our third season of our main family holiday 2 week holiday in the Klondike, and occasional weekends, we remain impressed.

To be fair, most of its use has been in mid France, but it has been in moderate winds and heavy thunderstorms with no problems, and no obvious deterioration other than slight fading of the polycotton, and a very little fuzz on the guys. I did fit line-loks from new, though, and almost never use without the carpet and thick footprint.

It works very well for our small family of three, using camp beds, and has very manageable pack size.
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By: Johns559  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2015   Rating: 

This is my third and final review of this tent . This tent is now two and half years old and has been a lot of trouble , the latest problems are . The base of the A pole sleeves have destroyed the waterproof coating on the groundsheet which is also delaminating in other areas ,This tent has always been used with a carpet and footprint .

While on holiday the stitching on the guy line tabs on the vent cap failed and converted our tent into an indoor shower room !The vent cap design has always been a source of problems ,even when fitted correctly the wind will cause the cover to creep up and expose the mesh .

I have had to reproof the whole tent to keep the rain out .

Yes we have used the tent a lot but its young to reproof it.

I feel the quality ,design ,materials and manufacture is inferior to some other brands .

When I had my door zip re stitched (see earlier review ) The company that did the work was a sail makers with over 100years of experience ,he was very critical of the materials and poor construction and lack of reinforcement in high stress areas .He told me the tent won't have a very long life . Because of all the problems I have had and Robens lack of any kind of customer care I cant recommend this tent .

I will now be using my lightweight ( alloy frame ) Raclet framr tent I bought in 1985 used all the time until 2007, I then started using modern tents and the Raclet was only used once a year .The only thing that ever broke on it was two rubber loops that hold the vent cover down .All original guy lines ,pegs etc . The 32 year old Raclet is in better condition than my 2.5 year old Robens ,says it all .
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By: Epjcasey  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2016   Rating: 

Great tent. Same faults.As other users. Water leak at A frame at door in heavy rain and windy. Going to wrap frame with bike tyre inner tube. If that doesn't work will change to single pole,. Two clamps and guy ropes cured roof flap problem. Found using stove keep flue cover tight and don't let heat guard stick out to high. When stove cools wrap flue pipe with a towel. This catches the small amount of water. Still love this tent.
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By: Wiggy25  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2017   Rating: 

Having owned a Karsten it was always going to be difficult to find something that was anywhere near as good.

If My shoulders didn't need replacing I would have kept the Karsten but at 34Kg I just couldn't lift it!

After owning that I knew the replacement had to be cotton or poly-cotton, trying to find somewhere that actually had them pitched was the main problem, I did find the smaller Robens Fairbanks actually pitched at Crowland caravans and once I had felt the poly-cotton material that was good enough for me.

They also have a few of the Cabanon cotton tents pitched and these are great tents but again, the weight issue came back to haunt me.

Crowland actually had the Klondike tent, carpet and inner all in stock and they did me a fantastic package deal!Its a shame they don't have more on display but people are going round looking at what they do have and then buy them on line, you only have to ask to see if you can get a deal, its also very useful to ask advice and have a point of return if needed.

Anyway went out the first time start of July, found the tent very easy and straight forward to pitch.

Very pleased I had the Quecha tarp as we spent most of the time under that.There were a few days of very heavy constant rain and no leaks at all.

When it was hot the low level vents and the oddly operated roof vent did really help in keeping the inside cool and that roof vent really didn't give us any bother you just need to remember to set it up correctly before putting the pole up or you won't get to any of it.

We did use the inner tent as there is only the two of us and it just made it feel that little bit warmer.

It does drastically reduce the space inside the tent and its a odd shape, but for the two of us and our gear it worked out really well.

It wouldn't really bother us not using the inner, the Karsten didn't have one so used to that.

The ground sheet is much thinner than the Karsten, but as we use a small footprint its not too much problem, but something to be aware of, hence I dropped a point for that and not having a dedicated footprint for it.

The carpet has a split from center to outer edge which is held together with Velcro so once the tent is up, the carpet can be put down and fitted around the center pole.

The inner sits on the carpet so a few good layers of protection.

As you look into the tent the right hand side inner can be unzipped and rolled up to the left hand side which will give more space in the tent, but the bedroom pod would be small for out SIMS and all of our gear.

I have uploaded lots of photos to try and give indications of the size inside with the inner in position and two XL SIMS in place.

Overall very pleased and happy with this purchase, if I had the strength to lift the Karsten I wouldn't of sold it on, but this, at less than half the weight is a very good compromise and suits our needs.
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By: Gbusker  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2015   Rating: 

Just my comments:

- Leaks on the 'A' frame: we have replaced this with a single pole.

- Leaks through chimney hole - we have made a aluminium shroud around the flue above the tent that diverts most rain

- The black flaps around the top: we added another guy line loop to this so we can pull it down.

It's a nice tent - to bad none of the designers bothered to test it in rain and wind.
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By: Devoncamper1  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2016   Rating: 

Have had this tent for over a year now and have used it in the winter and summer. I have the wood burning stove and seriously wouldn't be without it!Have had five adults and 3 dogs in it when it is cold and everyone comments on how toasty it is. The best tent I have ever owned - easy to put up and with the stove it is fabulous. Just looking for an awning now to fit over the front and extend the living area.
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By: Johns559  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2015   Rating: 

An update of my original review.I have still not had any reply from Robens and that's after I sent them a few more emails ,It's now been over three months .

In reply to Mozshop 70 problems .Replace the guy line runners so you can tension the tent properly . My tent leaks mostly from the RH A pole looking from the outside .I have cut thin rings of pipe insulation to go over the A frame to space it from the canvas .I can't tell you if this is effective as the last few times we have used the tent it has not rained !

I don't use a wood burner in my tent but your problem with water running down the flue pipe might be solved by making a cowling to fit above the flue pipe insulated

Section ( do not obstruct the top of the flue pipe ).

Any other tips to resolve the problems with the Klondike would be good .
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By: Mozshop70  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2016   Rating: 

We used the tent over the 6 week summer holiday in the UK.

Good points : Great when you add the woodburing stove- lovely and toasty.

Very stylish, especially when you add bunting and lights.

Loads of space for family of three.

Easy to put up.

Could do better bits:

The tent has two major design faults, firstly the tent does leak as the A frame rubs against fabric in wind and rain. Secondly, the baffle which protects the tent from the chimney pipe lets in bucket loads of water when the stove has cooled. The water comes through the holes higher up the baffle and then flows out the bottom. It isn't an issue when the stove is on.

Roben have a customer service e-mail service. It is useless as I put these faults to them and they did not acknowledge that there was an issue or give any advice abut how to resolve the leaking.

If anyone has a Klondike and has solved these issues please post a response.

Finally, the additions such as carpet and tarp are difficult to buy and are very expensive.
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By: Johns559  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2015   Rating: 

I have always wanted a bell tent ,the reasons I chose the Klondike are : Much more height in the centre and at door than most other 4 metre bell tents , lower weight and smaller pack size and the use of modern materials .

The tent is easily put up by one person and is very comfortable to live in ,you do get some condensation because the polycotton is not as breathable as pure cotton but it does seem to dry quicker .

As other reviewers have said the top vent cover is a pain , if its windy when you put the tent up there is every chance that the vent cover will flip over the apex of the tent as it is only stitched on one side , you then have to take the pole down and refit the cover . This is a very poor design ,you can't leave the vent open in case it rains ,in the wind it will flap about and it takes an extra 6 guy lines to secure it.

Now for the problems I have experienced with this tent .

Poor quality guy line ( fray ), guy line runners don't hold in the wind ( changed for the angled type Vango use ), peg that just bend ( changed ).

Poor quality stitching on some seams ,in one place there was just a line of holes with the thread on top ,the zip then became detached . A persistent water leak near the A frame (it's not condensation and yes I did put the cap on the A frame spike ) .

I have emailed Robens ( same group as Outwell )but no reply from them in more than a month . I have found this before from this group of companies ,they are just not interested in supporting their products ,you are very much on you own .I personal will not be buying any more from these brands as I feel the quality does not justify the high purchase price .
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Manufacturer's Description

The roomy and popular Klondike bell tent provides excellent levels of comfort for up to six people. The vertical door makes for easy access especially in bad weather. Protective eaves run around the tent to shelter door and walls from rain run off. The groundsheet features a zip to the centre alloy pole, enabling it to be rolled away at the door to create a safe area in which to use the optional stove and a place for muddy boots. The neat Internal Apex Vent Control can be easily opened and closed from inside works with low-level mesh vents to control ventilation.

Technical specifications
Type of tent: Bell
Sleeps people: 6
Flysheet: HydroTex Polycotton, 65% cotton / 35% polyester
Rooms: 1 bedroom
Groundsheet: Zip-in groundsheet
Pitching way: As one
Pack size: 80 x 27 cm
Weight: 16.7 kg
Item number: 130189

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