OUR VERDICT This is glamping for campers who are more interested in escaping to the wilderness than throws and bunting. The Prospector Shack summons up the old pioneer spirit with a modern-day twist.
Groups of friends or family who want to head to the country for traditional back-to-basics weekends – and stand out from the crowd
If you think glamping is all about flowery throws, pastel-coloured bunting and huge, velvet cushions, then perhaps this will change your mind. With the Outback range of tents and gear, Robens has tapped into something a bit different. It’s more Ray Mears than Cath Kidston – aimed at campers who want a back-to-basics approach but without having to rough it too much.
It’s not exactly glamorous, in fact we suspect the sort of people who would buy this tent would be indignant at the thought of being described as glampers. But equally it’s something that goes beyond simple camping. The inspiration for the whole range is the sepia-tinged images of early American pioneers gathering round the campfire. You can picture yourself chopping wood, cooking meals over a real fire and generally having a good time. Perfect for fishing trips or family bushcraft weekends.
But the important thing is that it’s not enough for the tent to just look great, it has to work just as well.
The Prospector Shack is a compact version of the popular Prospector, but is still spacious enough for six campers. A sturdy steel A-frame with ridge pole supports a rugged, technical polycotton flysheet so you can be certain it will be stable and waterproof, whatever the weather.
Inside the tent is spacious and airy, with that ‘new tent’ smell that will evoke memories of camping trips in a bygone era. To really summon up the spirit of the early days of camping, you should consider a Robens stove – and, helpfully, the Prospector is fitted with a chimney port and a zip flap at the rear of the sewn-in groundsheet, where you can safely position a stove. Further optional extras include three- or six-person inners which let you create a dedicated sleeping area.
Retro camping appearance; breathable technical polycotton fabric; spacious interior; optional inner bedrooms are available to buy separately
Packed weight 24.6kg
Packed size 84 x 34cm
Pitching time 20 mins
Materials Outer Polycotton Poles Steel
Waterproof (hydrostatic head) N/A