We’re always looking for great one-man tents, so when we heard about the Robens Arrow Head tent, we had to take a look. Robens has a reputation for producing quality tents at reasonable prices, but does the Arrow Head follow this tradition?
In this review, we’ll help you decide if this is the tent for you by breaking down its features and specifications.
We’ll discuss its practical use and help you decide if it’s worth adding to your shopping basket to speed up your shopping experience.
Features & Functions
We delved into our Robens Arrow Head tent and unpacked its contents with a sense of childish glee. Here’s what we found:
Full Side Entry
The Arrow Head uses Robens’ signature side-entry sloping tunnel design. The side door is always a nice touch. It’s easy to start feeling claustrophobic when your only exit is a tiny opening at the tips of your toes.
This feature also allows you to rise from the Robens Arrow Head a little more easily in the mornings. Camping is supposed to be liberating. If you greet the dawn by pitching knees-first onto damp grass and having to catch yourself (oh hurray, muddy hands already)… it does remove some dignity from the camping experience.
The sleeping space is ample for most campers.
The Arrow Head uses the tunnel design to provide stable and comfortable sleeping space.
A little is given over to storage space, but we’re not complaining about that.
Taller campers may find sitting upright in the Arrow Head a little difficult, but it can certainly sleep a 6-foot traveller easily enough.
The sleeping space with enhanced headroom for solo use.
Weighing in at 1.8kg, we really love the pack size of the Robens Arrow Head.
We know every gram matters when you’re hiking and camping, especially alone.
This minimises pack size and weight like all good route tents, so travelling is much more comfortable.
Poles & Pitching
The pole sleeve is closed one end for easy pole insertion and quick pitching. The pre-bent alloy poles are surprisingly sturdy and extremely easy to assemble. They slot neatly into the pole sleeve, which is closed at one end. Really, you can’t go wrong here.
The design ensures that the inner tent doesn’t fully dominate space to give extra porch space while pre-bent alloy poles enhance headroom vents.
The pegs that come with the Robens Arrow Head tent’s delivery are extremely lightweight and don’t require a mallet for insertion.
Note that angling the guy pegs properly is important, as their lightweight means they may struggle with heavier winds.
If you are expecting strong winds, I would recommend you take a set of additional pegs.
However, they offer impressive performance in comparison to other weightless kits.
The manufacturers allowed for more storage by offsetting the inner tent slightly. This doesn’t significantly impact your sleeping experience: the poles enhance headroom.
An important plus is that there’s plenty of space between the inner tent and fly-sheet. There’s enough room to keep a few essential items dry, such as shoes and stoves that you’d rather not have in the sleeping compartment.
Ventilation & Waterproofing
The vents on each end aid air-flow to minimise condensation, and we do like the ventilation of the sleeping space.
The vents each end aid an easy night’s rest by increasing air-flow, while the HydroTex core fly-sheet prevents howling winds from getting into the tent. Some tents can be suffocating on warmer nights, so the gentle delivery of air is a real plus.
The fly-sheet also has an impressive hydrostatic head of 3000mm, which should keep you dry even in very wet (read: British) conditions.
The specifications for the Robens Arrow Head tent are as follows:
- Fire-retardant HydroTex core fly-sheet, 75D high-density polyester
- 3000m hydrostatic head
- 68D polyester inner tent
- 6.0mm 75D polyester Taffeta 185T floor
- 8.0mm alloy #6061 anodised poles
- Pack size: 380 x 150mm
- Weight: 1.8kg
This tent can stand up to surprisingly intense weather conditions for a tiny package. When you’re camping in the British Isles, one thing you want to be sure of is that rain won’t reach the inner tent.
The impressive hydrostatic head on this model offers substantial protection against the elements. It’s also always a good sign that it’s fire-retardant.
As long as you don’t choose a particularly rocky berth, tent pegs shouldn’t be an issue: they sink and hold pretty effectively. You can always pack heavier metal tent pegs if you’re cautious.
Reviews suggest that the alloy poles are intuitive for virtually all users. Most experienced campers will know what to do as soon as they unpack this tent, but even beginner campers will find assembly a breeze.
So, does the Robens Arrow Head tent deserve a place in your shopping basket?
- Lightweight, compact tent
- Easy to assemble
- Sturdy design
- Good storage space
- Full side entry
- Good internal space
- Strong fly-sheet
- Good price
- Harder for tall campers to sit upright
- Pegs seem less sturdy
Verdict: Should I Add the Robens Arrow Head Tent to My Shopping Basket?
Based on our test, other customer reviews and analysis of its features, this tent absolutely deserves its place in your basket.
This fast-pitching Arrow Head uses an intelligent pole-sleeve design and ample space to offer you a comfortable and secure rest.
Good one-man tents are hard to find, so positive reviews are a good sign.
It’s one of the must-have items in the basket of any solo camper looking to explore the beauty spots of Britain.
Order yours for delivery or collection today.
Where to Buy?
Ok, so you have decided the Arrowhead is the tent for you and that’s a good choice. There are many retailers which stock this tent.