The Robens Starlight 1 pitches outer-first with one pole having to be clipped to the outside of the fly (the four corner poles are pre-fitted and just require pegging out). So pitching is very quick and easy, although on uneven ground those corner poles do end up at unusual angles. However once up the Starlight is very stable, while the addition of guy lines designed to wrap around the main pole add further stability. The outer door lacks a double zip puller so you cannot open it from the top. But the doorway gives access to a porch that is good for one person’s kit while allowing space to enter the tent and cook. The inner tent is not all mesh, so it is not draughty, and to provide ventilation there are zip-out vents under the main pole and at each end of the tent. In addition to this you can also roll up the sides to allow more air to flow under the flysheet. The inner tent roof slopes away quite steeply on all sides, but there is decent width and although you have to sit hunched over the space isn’t too bad. The Robens Starlight 1 1 is a bit heavy, due to a lack of mesh and all those vents, but overall it is a great option at this price.
Flysheet fabric ripstop HydroTex HD 75D polyester
Inner fabric polyester
Groundsheet fabric 75D polyester
Internal dimensions (LxWxH) 215x75x95cm
Packed size 56x17cm
The emphasis with the Robens Starlight 1 is on stability and control of airflow to ensure the tent is neither too hot nor to cold; and while the result is a little heavy, it’s a great price. The tent won Trail’s ‘Best Value’ award.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine July 2013