The Robens Starlight 2 is a refined version of the Star 2 from 2012, with a slightly larger porch. Own-brand poles and fittings mean the price has remained at £150 while most tent prices have increased. The tent pitches easily as there is just one cross pole to clip into place around the outside as the four corner poles are pre-assembled. The Robens Starlight 2 goes up outer-first and it’s easy to create a good, stable structure with the webbing adjusters at the four corners really helping to increase head- and footroom as well as stability. The base of the fly hugs the ground, ideal for repelling driving rain. There’s just one porch and entry, so two campers have to share these. The porch is bigger in this new version, but it’s still pretty small at 50cm deep at its widest point, which means it’s still a squeeze if you want to store two lots of kit, have space to cook and still be able to come and go easily. It’s also pretty tight for two inside the inner tent, due to the maximum height sloping down to the foot and head quite steeply. There’s good ventilation in the roof and each end though, but the outer door doesn’t get a zip at the top to allow the top to be opened.
Flysheet fabric Hydro Tex 75D polyester
Inner tent fabric 68D polyester
Groundsheet fabric 75D polyester
Internal dimensions (LxWxH) 215x115x90cm
Packed size 56x18cm
The Robens Starlight 2 is easy to pitch and very stable, but the small porch and living space are drawbacks if used by two.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine June 2013