The Robens Star 2 is the two-person version of the Star 1, and it pitches equally as easy with just one pole needed to be fitted as the four corner poles are preassembled and just require webbing to be tensioned. The tent is pitched outer-first, so you can keep the inner dry easily even when pitching in the rain; also, the fly hugs the ground to prevent horizontal rain from creeping under the bottom edge of the flysheet. Once erected the Star 2 is very stable, making it ideal for those more exposed wild camping pitches. To control condensation there is an excellent system of zipped panels at each end of the tent as well as a pair of vents at the apex of the roof. The outer door cannot be ventilated from the top, but as there are so many other vents this is not a problem. However the porch is extremely narrow, being only 40cm at its widest point, and so stashing gear is hard for two people if you want space to get in and out or cook. It’s also pretty tight for two inside the inner as the headroom is quite limited once you move to the ends of the tent. You could probably tolerate the lack of space if the Robens Star 2 was exceptionally light, but at 2344g there are lighter options and tents of a similar weight that are more spacious.
Flysheet material HydroTex 75D polyester
Inner material 68D polyester
Groundsheet material 75D polyester
Internal dimensions (length x width x height) 215x120x90cm
Packed size 56x18cm
The Robens Star 2 is very stable, making it ideal for wild camping, and the price is good; but the space is tight for two people and if weight is your priority there are lighter tents too.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine August 2012