Robens Cloud 2

The Cloud 2 is a 2-person tent that’s very easy to put up as it is an inner-pitched-first design with the poles clipping to the outside of the inner. The fly goes over top, and a scattering of hand-friendly pegs finish the job. Ladder-lock webbing adjusters make it easy to tighten the fly, even on uneven ground. There is one entrance with an unusual diagonal zip that works quite well to create a sheltered corner of the porch even when the zip is fully open, which is useful when cooking in the porch. The porch has good space for a couple of sacks too. Get inside and you have space for two to sit up reasonably easily. There is good airflow through the tent as well, thanks to venting ports at the tail and above the main door. It’s not a bad weight either, and generally this is a good backpacking tent for two. But this is an inner-pitched-first tent, so it is not ideal for putting up when it’s raining. The inner tent has a black groundsheet, which makes it feel a bit gloomy. The outer door only has a single zip, which is a trick missed as a double-ended zip allows easier venting. Others are a little more stable for wild camping high up.

 

Design: 2-pole tunnel
Poles: shock-corded alloy
Inner: ripstop polyester
Flysheet: Hydrotex; 5000mm hydrostatic head
Groundsheet: 210D polyester; 5000mm hydrostatic head
Internal dimensions: length 210cm; width 130cm;  height 95cm
Packed size: 50x19cm
Weight: 2300g
Made in: China
Stores in the UK: no info provided

Verdict: A classic backpacking design, but a couple of details let down an otherwise good tent for walkers who plan to camp in reasonable weather.

 

First published in Trail magazine, May 2008