Robens Osprey 3EX Tent

 

osprey 3exWe’ve been using this lightweight tent for the past 3 months. This is what we think of it.

They Say - This tent offers three people comfortable living space, great stability and ease of pitching as well as a very generous and versatile porch space. For two it delivers luxurious space, yet still at a weight that could happily be carried on trail making it a good choice for long distance, self-supported treks, especially if prolonged bad weather is expected. The large porch provides excellent storage for bags, equipment or even bikes, or for sitting. With large mesh protected ventilation ports that are accessible from inside and out, and a new single sided silicone treatment on the flysheet that allows for extra seam sealing, it’s a protective and comfortable tent. It now comes in a lighter green colour.

  • Type of tent: Tunnel
  • Sleeps people: 3
  • Hydrostatic Head: 3000 mm
  • Flysheet: Hydrotex LT with sealed seams, 40D ripstop 100% nylon siliconized outside and PU coated inside. Fire retardant
  • Inner tent: 68D ripstop polyester 185T, 100% polyester, breathable
  • Rooms: 1 bedroom, 1 porch area
  • Poles: Alloy DAC #7001 Pressfit, T6, 9 mm, anodised
  • Floor: 75D polyester Taffeta 210T, 100% polyester, 10000 mm
  • Pitching way: Flysheet first or as one
  • Minimum weight: 3.4 kg
  • Pack size: 52 x 21 cm
  • Weight: 3.7 kg

We Say – When the tent arrived in the post I thought the package was some clothes I was waiting for as it felt too light to be a 3 person tent. Even though I knew what weight the tent was meant to be, when faced with the reality I was still surprised how light it felt ‘in the hand’.

The next thing to please me was the large size of the bag that held all the components. Some of these tent bags are so small it’s a hell of a job fitting the tent back in once you get it out for the first time but with this one it was easy. That gave me the first indication that this is a tent built by people who use tents, and who know what’s important to campers.

Set up instructions were online and easy to follow. There’s nothing too it really, and the first time I set it up it took just 10 minutes. That’s come down to 5 minutes now. You just lay out the tent – the inner is already connected to the outer – put the 3 poles through their sleeves and then make the poles taut by fitting them into little plastic holders that are fitted to one side of the tent rim. Then you peg it out.

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I’ve used it as a one man tent whilst out canoeing and the space available to cook, store kit, relax and sleep in was a real luxury. We had some rough weather at times so it was great to be able to spread out and cook undercover, inside the porch. The outer door has several zips attached to it and it can open bottom up or top down, so you can open it one way or the other depending on how the weather is coming at you, and there’s a large ventilation flap on the front wall under which I positioned my stove. I’m aware of the dangers of cooking inside a tent so I did monitor how I felt during cooking, which often took around half hour to 45 minutes, and I was never feeling ill from the fumes at all.

As for sleeping space, there is room for 2 people to be comfortable. I think you’d have to be very close friends for it to be a 3 person tent. I know that some might say that after a long day canoeing, or on the trail, you don’t care where you sleep, but that’s not true for me. Quite the opposite in fact. After a long day of sharing crossed words with my mates because somebodies not paddling hard enough, or they’re walking too slow or too fast, it’s really nice to have some space from each other. And if you’re using an air mattresses or a cradle, well, there’s definitely only room for the two of you.

At one point we were living in it for 2 weeks and it was fine for the 2 of us. Any smaller, or if there were any more of us, and we might well have had some issues.

The pegs are lightweight, so this does mean it doesn’t take much to bend them – just a bit of hard ground will do it – or indeed to bend them back if they’re out of shape. I step on them to straighten them out, it seems to work fine and none have snapped yet.

A nice touch is that the ventilation can be adjusted easily from the inside thanks to a zip on the inside of the back wall, and that it doubles up as a window that can be useful to check the weather, or enjoy sunset if it’s too cold to go out.

I never got cold inside, or overly warm, as long as I thought about the ventilation before I went to sleep and adjusted it as the weather demanded. The adjustments being, opening or closing either the flap at the back, the inner door which can be closed entirely or just halfway – with a net just zipped up to allow air flow but no mossies – and the front flap.

As for it’s weatherproof ability, the Lake District gave us a nice 2 day long heavy rain storm to contend with and the tent didn’t leak at all during this. We’d pegged the outer tent properly so it was not touching the inner and even though we were pitched on a slope the runoff water didn’t get in from below either. At one time I put a rucksack against the inside wall of the tent so that it touched the outer, and then there was some condensation transferred from outer to inner, but that’s to be expected, all tents do this. Use the tent as it’s meant to be used though and we found that it’ll survive the harshest British weather, for a few days at least.

It copes with high winds really nicely. I often camp on an estuary island that 3 days out of 4 is very windy. Up to around 40 mph, but usually around 20 mph. Once inside I don’t notice the tent moving about much in the wind, and there’s no noise created by the outer shell either. Compared to my mates dome tent, which rattles around in the wind and gives him an awful nights sleep thanks to the noise it makes, this Osprey is a dream.

So, all in all, I’m really happy with this Robens Osprey 3EX tent. It is very light – definitely light enough to carry in a backpack – but it’s not flimsy and there has been no deterioration in the fabric at all during 3 months of consistent use. The ground pegs have bent out of shape a bit by hard camping sites, but they’re easy to bend back. This Osprey is a great choice for those who’s camping needs are varied. I like to camp out of my car but also out of my canoe and my pack, so I need something that will be light enough to carry on my back but large enough to live in comfortably for weeks on end in the sort of very changeable weather we get in the UK. This Osprey fits the bill. I can’t think of a single negative point to make; it’s been a great tent to spend the summer in.

To see this Robens tent online, please visit www.robens.de/en/Products/Tents/Lite/Osprey3EX.aspx

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