Adventure Travel’s editor Rosie seems to have a bit of a soft spot for Robens tents. She’s been using one for over five years (it’s still going strong), and when she saw that we had the Voyager 2 on test she went a bit weak at the knees. One thing Rosie kept banging on about was how easy it is to put a Robens tent up, and pitching the Voyager 2 proved her right. While there was no colour coordination, it was still easy to see where the two poles went, and they slid through the sleeves with little resistance. The inner’s already attached to the flysheet so the tent goes up in one easy step.
When the Voyager 2 is up it’s obvious the focus is more on a light weight and small pack size rather than comfort and living space. There’s enough width for two people to sleep in, but if you’re over 6ft then you’ll be touching the ends and sitting up will see your head hitting the tent roof. While the porch just about manages two expedition packs, it leaves no room for sheltered cooking and if you’ve been hiking in rain all day you might have to leave your wet kit outside while you heat up some grub.
You’ll also struggle to get out of the tent if there are two bags in the porch. Two things I really like (and Rosie adores) are the glow in the dark zip pulls and the great stuff sack it comes in that makes packing it away so easy If you’re looking for a tent with bags of room then the Robens Voyager 2 isn’t for you, but as a lightweight two-man tent that packs away effortlessly, I can’t see many problems with it. As I said I’d like a bigger porch, but if you’re travelling light your packs probably aren’t going to be that big anyway.
In a line: Great value lightweight tent from a reputable brand
- Weight and packsize: 4
- Ease of erection: 4
- Porch size: 2
- Inner size and features: 2
- Value for money: 4
- Overall: 3