Robens Yukon Shelter Tent evaluate: tenting meets glamping

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Robens Yukon Shelter Offers

New to Robens’ stable of camping designs for Spring 2022, this chic and more boxy, canvas-style tent has an RRP of £747.9. Robens calls it “a roomy base to take anywhere adventures lead,” but does it live up to those claims?

The Yukon is certainly spacious, with a palatial bedroom and a grand door that makes living inside and out a breeze. So is this beautiful design the ideal place where practical camping tent meets beautiful and spacious glamping tent? I put it through its paces to see if it was among the best tents. Read on for my full Robens Yukon Shelter tent review.

Robens Yukon Shelter Tent Review: Design

Robens Yukon Shelter Tent Review: Specifications

Weight: 17.2kg
Main Material: polycotton and polyester
Pitching time: 15-20 minutes
Bedroom: 1
Headroom: Yes
Package size: 91×25 cm

Robens was inspired by the simple wooden cabins that dot the Scandinavian countryside to design the Yukon Shelter and it shows – this tent design really stands out from the usual teepee-style glamping tents or geodesic backpacking tents that I tend to I am used to reviewing. What this square design offers the camper is plenty of room, headroom in part of the bedroom, and a decent porch that can be fully opened to the elements for al fresco dining or covered with a screened door to ward off insects. The spacious design and the fact that you can fully open the front of the Yukon Shelter means that it also works very well when just placed in a larger back garden, as a sunshade or as a playhouse on hot summer days.

Polycotton (in this case a blend of 65% polyester and 35% cotton) is a great material for tents – cotton works well in colder weather as it retains heat and is water repellent, and the fabric breathes and stays cooler than polyester in hot weather Weather. Polycotton is definitely heavier than polyester, but nobody looks at the 17.2kg Yukon Shelter and thinks it’s designed for light backpacking adventures or shorter camps – this is a tent designed for the trunk of your car for a relaxed week to deal with – long holidays at your favorite campsite.

Robens Yukon Shelter tent

(Image credit: Sian Lewis)

I’ve reviewed a few Robens tents in the past and have always noticed their great attention to detail, and again with the Yukon Shelter you get what you pay for, from reflective guy lines that are easy to spot in the glow of a flashlight, right through to insect repellent mesh screens and solid toggles to tie the main door shut. This really does feel like a tent that will endure years of happy camping.

Robens Yukon Shelter tent review: assembly and use

Robens Yukon Shelter tent

(Image credit: Sian Lewis)

When I first took the Robens Yukon Shelter out of its carry case, I was stunned by the instructions. Robens could use to take some tips from Ikea and invest in some clear drawings of how this tent is set up because I (plus my partner and two reasonably outdoor buddies) couldn’t figure out what to do with the various steel poles in different should make assembly states. Using online video provided by Robens, we finally cracked which bar went where and felt like we were in an episode of Crystal Maze.

However, once we figured out how to slot the poles into the Yukon Shelter, it was all forgiven — the Yukon is easy and quick to set up and could probably be set up by just one person, which is far easier than many family tents that require at least two People.

Robens Yukon Shelter Tent Rating: at the camp

Robens Yukon Shelter tent

(Image credit: Sian Lewis)

When you get the hang of pitching the Yukon you have a fairly square safari style tent. A central, soccer goal-shaped steel pole holds up the tent door and ceiling, and smaller poles support each corner of the tent. Once the Yukon Shelter is set up, the guy lines can be easily tensioned and the tent takes shape easily. Inside, the one bedroom is huge, comfortable and airy, with standing room at one end. While you could indeed fit four people in a row, we prefer it as a more spacious bedroom for two or three people with space for gear. Families will likely prefer a two bedroom tent, but if you’re camping with younger children this can still suit. You can leave the Yukon’s main door closed or roll it up completely, and there’s also the option to set up the Yukon Shelter’s front door as an extended canopy, but those poles aren’t included, which is a shame given this tent’s premium price point.

Robens high quality canvas style polycotton flysheet keeps the main room feeling cool and comfortable even in hot weather and in testing I found this tent to be far more breathable than most traditional polyester tents. The polycotton also reliably repels rain (note, however, that this thicker material will take a full day to dry in full sun before you can store it).

Robens Yukon Shelter Tent Review: Alternatives to consider

If you like the beautiful looks and quality of the canvas-style Yukon Shelter but want a design that sleeps more than four people, try the roomy Klondike PRS, which sleeps five to six people (£695.99 ). Not a fan of tricky bars? The palatial Robens Aero Yurt is more expensive but a breeze to inflate in minutes (£1,734.99). Or if you’re looking for multiple bedrooms, try Decathlon’s four-person Air Seconds inflatable (£899.99).

Robens Yukon Shelter Tent Test: Verdict

Robens Yukon Shelter tent

(Image credit: Sian Lewis)

There’s a tent for every type of camper and while I think the Robens Yukon Shelter only works for very specific nights under the stars, it definitely excels at what it’s designed for. This spacious tent offers a nice weatherproof bedroom for two or three people with plenty of space for gear and features easy indoor/outdoor summer living thanks to the large door and canopy option. It is also ideal for very hot weather thanks to the insect-proof mesh inner door and the cooling properties of polycotton. If you’re looking to add a little safari style luxury to your next camping holiday for two, this could be a great choice.

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