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Tent Showcase: Robens Green Cone

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4  (more 4 berth tents)
5.00 KG
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9/10 from 2 reviews

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2 Reviews of the Green Cone

By: Quickpitch  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2017   Rating:   Date: 06/11/2018

The Green Cone marks my return to a camping lifestyle after an absence of about a decade. My dodgy knees has put paid to crawling into and out of backpacking tunnel tents. I didn't want to go the whole hog and get a massive family tunnel tent as I'm mostly a solo camper and they seemed overkill for my needs.

The green cone is advertised as sleeping four but that strikes me as nonsense in the real world. Yes you can probably squeeze four mats in but not if you have any ambitions of being comfortable or actually having gear with you. Maybe two adults and a small child of you're tidy and organised well. It probably best suits a couple or a solo camper like myself who likes to spread his gear around.

After a couple of practice pitches it takes about 10 minutes to pitch and strike the tent. You can adjust the height of the centre pole to suit the expected weather conditions. A higher fly gives better ventilation around the base, a lower fly can be virtually pegged at ground level.

It's not high enough to stand in although I can get away with stooping in the middle to get dressed. Entry and exit can be achieved more or less upright.

The vestibule will take a couple of chairs although the fly is quite close to your head. There's room to run my gas trangia with a good 4 feet of space between stove and fabric.

The inner door has full mosquito netting and there are vent panels in the roof and at ground level. Condensation hasn't been a problem. There are three mesh pockets and three hanging points for lights. The grounsheet is a deep bathtub that has little upright poles built in that give it about 10cm of height.

It came with the usual set of aluminium pegs that all mid range tents seem to come with now. Adequate for soft soil but best to pack a few extras of various sorts.

I've spent about a dozen nights in the Green Cone without any issue. They have mostly been in the off season and the tent seems to cope very well with bad weather.

30-40mph winds have been shrugged off with no drama and a night of solid rain failed to produce any leaks at all.

If I was going to pick fault it would be the fact that the tent was supplied with the fly and inner detached. Getting this sorted out in my living room before first pitch was a real problem.

Overall I'm delighted with my purchase. It's a tent that meets my needs perfectly and stands out when pitched in amongst a field of family tunnel tents. I've had a fair few enquiries from other campers.
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By: Kavsak  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2017   Rating:   Date: 01/09/2018

A superb 'little' tent, quick to pitch, and even quicker to pack away. I changed to this tent from a Fairbanks which has an identical physical footprint, simply because it is more practical for year round use, There is slightly less space because of the inner.

Although marketed as suitable for four people, and four people can sleep in it, three is probably a better number, and two would be perfect. Just bear in mind that you will not be able to create a replica of your home environment, which seems to be the aim of so many. I have it for solo use, giving plenty of space for a chair and table and stacks of gear. There is a good sized porch, big enough to stand up in and remove wet gear.

The first pitch is a bit of a pain, as the inner has to be attached to the outer at quite a few points. Thereafter it can be left attached and the whole thing pitched as one. I struggled a bit at first to find the best way to pitch it - peg out the two rear guys, pull it tight and peg the straps each side of the door. The you can loosely peg out the three guys on each side to give the correct overall shape. Insert the pole and tighten up all the guys. Only then should you peg out the ground sheet. Ten minutes, single handed, from start to finish.

As for weather resistance, it's like a limpet. Rain is not going to get through and you will need at least five inches of standing water before it comes over the groundsheet. It will withstand winds that no one in their right mind would camp in. I have a different tent for those conditions.
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Manufacturer's Description

The versatile four-person Green Cone tipi has great headroom and features an offset centre pole for easy access to the large porch and inner. This pole lifts the outer from the ground to create a gap to aid air flow. Small corner poles are sewn into the inner to create a wall that adds extra useable space. To save weight, remove the inner and adjust the telescopic centre pole so the outer sits close to the ground the perfect bivvy tent. Weight without the inner is just 2.9 kg.

Technical specifications
Type of tent: Tipi
Sleeps people: 4
Flysheet: HydroTex HD, 75D polyester 185T, 100% polyester. Fire retardant
Hydrostatic Head: 5000 mm
Pitching way: Flysheet first or as one
Inner tent: 68D polyester 190T, 100% polyester, breathable
Rooms: 1 bedroom, 1 porch area
Floor: 75D polyester Taffeta 210T, 100% polyester, 10000 mm
Poles: Alloy #7001, T6, 22 mm, telescopic
Pack size: 57 x 23 cm
Minimum weight: 4.6 kg
Weight: 5.0 kg

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