The Robens Lodge 2 is a big, spacious dome-style tent that benefits from a short transverse ridge pole across the top to provide a little more headroom at the porch and an entrance on each side of the tent. But despite its size, this tent was easy to pitch. It goes up inner-first with two poles and then the transverse pole is fitted to the outside of the fly to create that extra headroom. The fly attaches to the poled corners with quick-release buckles and ladder-lock webbing adjusters, which makes this a breeze to tension. Guy lines add further security and make this tent particularly stable. As there is a porch on each side two campers have their own access and storage area, which is ideal in foul weather. Also you can open each side fully if you wish to enjoy a balmy evening. There are two big vents in the roof but you can also roll up the base of the flysheet and secure it to allow even more airflow from the base. There’s a lot of room inside for two campers and it would certainly be ideal for use near a car. But as it tips the scales at 3300g, the Robens Lodge 2 isn’t a great option for backpacking over longer distances.
Flysheet fabric HydroTex PU-coated 75D polyester
Inner tent 68D polyester
Groundsheet fabric waterproof 75D polyester
Internal dimensions 225x140x100cm
Packed size 62x18cm
A good price for such a stable, spacious tent. The Robens Lodge 2’s double porch and entry make it ideal near a car or for base camps, but it’s rather heavy for long distance routes.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine Spring 2013