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Tent Reviews: Robens Evening Star XL

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23.50 KG
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1 Reviews of the Evening Star XL

By: TheWombat  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating: 

A good size family tent, very comfortable for 4.

The bedroom inner can be opened through to form a single unit if required, or can be halved in size for even more 'living' space.

The bathtub groundsheet for the living area works reasonably well but gaps at the corners along the bedroom inner could cause water problems if water started flowing under the groundsheet.

Pitching is quite straightforward, the alloy poles (which save a huge amount of weight and bulk over steel poles) have quite a bit of flex which gives the tent its shape. Inserting the expanding pins into the bottom of the poles takes some effort and is tricky when the poles are wet (2 people make this job so much easier). Getting the canvas to a reasonable tension is easy with very little 'spare' canvas to flap around. Getting the front wall tensioned correctly takes a bit of judicious pole and guy rearranging to prevent too much tension round the zip. Having a completely removable front wall is a nice idea but we've not had cause to use it.

Great usable space inside the tent given its vertical front wall and near vertical side walls. The only real slope is up the back of the bedroom end. The drawback of this is that I would want to re-pitch with the back into wind if the forecast indicated strong wind - the flat front end and canopy look as if they would gather the wind very effectively! The canopy is quite small but proved effective in even quite heavy (but vertical) rain.

The tent is well vented, each panel of the side wall has a vent which is propped open by a piece of stiffened material with velcro on either end.

Plenty of windows (with integral curtains), 2 of which open fully or have mesh panels. The design is such that one has to be outside to roll up the clear plastic window, so if it starts raining you'll get wet to keep the tent dry!

The tent gets marked down on leakage. Our model had 11 leaks! 5 out of the 6 vents leaked through the stitching under relatively light rain, and further leaks occurred on the bedroom inner attachment tabs causing drips into the bedroom section.

A highly usable tent making the most of the available space and lightweight (for its size). Not the most visually attractive looking thing due to the vertical walls (looks a bit like a large green brick!). It would have been a cracking family tent if it wasn't for the leaks. I've not found any other reviews of the Evening Star so have no idea if others have had similar quality issues. Robens, if you're reading these - please sort the quality control out and you'll have a great tent!
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Manufacturer's Description

The manufacturer has advised that this model has been discontinued.

The Evening Star XL version has a large inner tent that can be divided into smaller areas and offers room for six people to sleep. The biggest difference between that reach almost to the floor provide an excellent view out, even when it is raining. The special tent shape with its steep walls further benefi ts the innerspace, making it possible to stand up everywhere in the tent. The front wall can either be removed entirely or placed further back to create a large, open and shaded outdoor living area.

# Taped Seams
# Alloy Poles
# Mud valence
# "Bath-Tub" groundsheet in inner tent
# PVC-Window
# Universal Inner Tent
# Hanging point system
# Mosquito Net
# Red reflective guy ropes
# Waterproof heavy duty hanging system
# Improved ring and pin system

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