Pitching is easy, even for one person; the carry bag is relatively light and compact. The poles are colour-coded for ease of pitching - the two alloy cross poles connect to the porch pole via DAC hubs. There are wraparound guylines for extra stability.
The living space is comfortable for two or three people, with room for chairs and a small table. Headroom is decent, with no need to stoop if you are under 6ft tall. The bathtub groundsheet can be removed for cleaning, or left out altogether if you prefer to have a “wet area’. The four large windows allow plenty of light in during the day and can all be covered with curtains for privacy. Storage pockets provide somewhere for small items to be kept.
The bedroom inner tent is attached with a zip, which helps with the structural integrity of the tent and eases some of the pressure you’d normally find on the seams. Darkened fabric in the inner, makes the tent less bright early in the morning. Air flow comes from a large mesh panel at the rear which corresponds with the ventilation panel on the outside. There are small storage pockets in the corners for night-time essentials.
The Robens Chalet 400 is a quality, compact, weekend tent that is comfortable for a small family or a couple. There is plenty of living space when the weather isn’t great and the stability of the tent makes it feel safe and welcoming even when it’s blowing a hoolie outside. Generally we prefer tents with sewn-in groundsheets as they tend to better at keeping the elements (and wildlife!) at bay, but there are advantages to removable versions, the main being the fact that they can be cleaned separately.
Packed weight 10.6kg
Pitching time 20 minutes
Style Hybrid dome
Packed size 68 x 23cm
Materials Outer Polyester Poles Alloy
Waterproof (hydrostatic head) 5,000 mm