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Tent Reviews: Robens Horizon

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13.90 KG
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10/10 from 1 reviews

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1 Reviews of the Horizon

By: Incontinentia  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating: 

I am a newbie camper and wanted a tent I could put up and handle alone (5 foot/not very strong), and could cope with unpredictable Scottish weather. Because of this, I decided to pay the money for materials and get a tunnel tent rather than one I could stand up straight in. I chose the horizon because it looked small on the internet videos and was made of polycotton.

I have just returned from two nights camping in Glencoe-very wet weather with often heavy rain. I also practice pitched it last weekend in torrential rain. I got it up OK on my own, but bending the poles was at my limit. It is bigger than it looks on the videos.

The tent has three doors: one at each end of the tunnel and a side door. The two doors comprising the porch area open in such a way that you could pole them up to make canopies. They also have midgie netting, which is essential, but it means that you have two layers of material to zip in and out of when these doors are fully closed. The rear door opens like a set of curtains. There are two small windows in the porch area that are very clear and let in a lot of light. There are velcro flaps to cover the windows.

Because of the weather I only used the side door. It slopes, so water can run in if you let it flop over the rain valance. It's easy not to do this though,and I also put a towel down as a doormat that caught any drips and left inside the tent clean and dry.

The groundsheet zips in. This was a real struggle initially. I put it in upside dpwn first, then took ages trying to find the tabs to align it (it only goes on one way). I've put a bit of tape on it so I can align it much quicker next time. Once in, the elastic cords round the valance fly sheet really need to be pegged down so that the zip is completely covered. You maybe don't have to do this if the weather is going to be fine. You can leave the groundsheet attached but I took it off so I could dry it. Robens don't do footprints. The guy in the shop said I could get an Outwell trout lake footprint and fold it over. I did, but didn't bother using it. Despite this and the ground feeling quite squelchy underneath at no time did it feel damp or clammy. It was cold in the mornings but I had a wee fan heater.

The bedroom clips in and has handy pockets inside and out. If you don't fully clip in the bits to the rear of the tunnel you can create an extra bit of storage space between the bedroom and the rear door. I could do this and still lie down, both ways, in both compartments. Acres of space for one, but I couldn't stand up straight.

The poles are outside, so I left my EHU lying on the floor. There are some kind of velcro clips in the porch area. I don't know what they are really for but I used them to hang stuff up.

The tent never leaked and was really cosy. On the last morning there was a couple of spots of water near where I would expect condensation. I wiped them up and after a couple of hours more heavy rain they didn't reappear. So I think they were definitely condensation.

In summary: I felt sick when I paid for the tent as it was much more than I had expected to pay (£350), but if it continues to perform as it has and it is as sturdy as the quality of workmanship suggests then it will be worth the money.

Now if anybody can tell me how to get a sleeping bag back in its sack I'll be laughing.
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Manufacturer's Description

The tunnel design and durable HydroTex Polycotton fabric of the Horizon tent offer versatile, reliable shelter that can stand up to punishment from hard use and the elements over time. Sleeping 3 people in the black-out inner tent, the main tent features a tough sewn-in polyester groundsheet plus a mesh door for comfortable insect-free living inside. Four large windows in the living area give plenty of light inside are fitted with interior curtains that close upwards on toggles allowing them to be fully or half open as suits. The door can be raised to form an awning and the mesh door complements the tentís rainproof airflow vents at front and rear. One full mesh door in flysheet.
Flysheet: HydroTex Polycotton, 65% cotton / 35% polyester
Inner tent: 210D Oxford polyester, 100% polyester
Rooms: 1 bedroom, 1 living room
Poles: Alloy #6061, T6, 16 mm, anodised
Floor: 210T Oxford polyester, 100% polyester, 5000 mm
Pack size: 78 x 32 cm

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