If you are looking to minimise the weight of equipment you carry, then it’s worth taking a peek at the new sub-1kg Buzzard UL (ultralite)tent from Robens. The Buzzard UL joins the Falcon UL as one of two two-person tents that appear in the award- winning technical tent manufacturer’s new Ultralite range.
All materials are chosen to balance performance and weight while maintaining the quality and resilience you’d expect from Robens.
The Ultralite tents feature the brand’s own HydroTex UL for the flysheet. This is a 10D nylon that has been siliconised both sides to create a 3,000mm hydrostatic head. Nylon mesh is used for the inner and the groundsheet is made from 20D ripstop nylon. The main poles comprise 7001 T6 aluminium alloy and carbon fibre is used for the side poles in the Buzzard UL and for the apex pole in the Falcon UL.
The Buzzard UL weighs in at 995g and is based on the outgoing award-winning Robens Buzzard – a two-person transverse single hoop design that quickly pitches outer first or as one. It features a single door and porch with additional end poles to increase internal head and foot space. Where these connect to the tent it creates a cowl that protects mesh vents. A minimum number of single rope pegging points provide fast pitching and easy adjustment needed in more demanding conditions. The overall weight of the Buzzard UL can be reduced further, to 950g when stripped to the minimum for transportation and pitching, and it handily packs to 35cm x 12cm into a roll-top carry bag.