Small tents. I’ve never done them before, never really seen the need. But then I’m not the type to hike the Himalayas carrying all I’m going to need to survive on my back. In fact, I’ve always gone camping in the car or on the bike; which sort of led me to my reason for trying this one.
I’ve always ridden about with a 3 man tent on the back of the bike, normally to accommodate
2 people and the collection of obligatory bike stuff. On this trip, however, I was on my own
in the tent, and had to put all my clothes, camping stuff and food on one bike. Because I still
wanted to be able to manoeuvre my bike without being too weighed down I was in need of some weight saving gear… GearWeAre stepped up:-
“Please take this one man tent, along with a ¾ roll mat, and a lightweight sleeping bag.”
So I did, and it was good! Mostly…
Robens Mythos Solo is a 1-man tent with just enough room for a little gear alongside yourself. The advantage of such a small tent is that, when packed down, it’s roughly the size of a 2 litre coke bottle, and just a little over half the weight (1.35kg). This is obviously a very good thing if you’re travelling alone and especially where weight-saving is a major issue.
Being a bloke, of course I completely bypassed any thoughts of reading the instructions, which
are thoughtfully printed on a leaf inside the tent bag. Learn from my mistake. If you do read them, the next 15 minutes will be less baffling!
I made the mistake of pegging out before putting in poles – which is how my 3 man
tent goes up best – this tent definitely goes up easier the other way around…just like it says in the
Some nice touches to aid one-man pitching are that the poles don’t need to be slid through
any sleeves in the tent fabric, but all attach to external plastic clips. Secondly, the poles are all connected together, so you don’t have to try any simultaneous pole bending/inserting/clipping.
Another feature that was very handy whilst trying to push pegs into 2” of mud on top of rocks and shale is the adjustable elastic peg hoops that come with easy adjusters for length. This meens that you get about 6 inches of possible peg placement from tent edge to max extension: very handy!
And on the subject of pegs: These tent pegs take lightweight to the extreme, and may be common for this type of tent, but I’d never seen them before. They weigh practically nothing, made of a tough aluminium alloy, formed like little lengths of angle iron. This shape makes them very rigid and easier of get into the ground, but with considerably less material, and thus weight.
While I’m thinking about the good bits, the vents on this tent situated at the top on both the door
side and opposite side are particularly efficient at getting fresh air in the tent, especially at that point in the morning when the sun hits the outside, and heats up your world from freezing to boiling in a matter of moment. The vents have a little prop that can be Velcro’d in place to keep the air path clear. They look very small, but work very well when propped open.
There’s not much height, it must be said, but there is reasonable height for such a small base area. I had just enough room to keep all my bike stuff down beside me in the small triangulated area off to one side, but some of my stuff had to live out on the mini porch. I chose and decided that my food bag would have to live outside. Later, fearing bears in the Scottish Highlands, I decided to eat all my food to save it!
Despite the height, and it’s fairly un aerodynamic shape, the Mythos didn’t bat an eyelid in the Scottish wind, even in fairly exposed areas. That said, we didn’t encounter any storms.
I only had two minor complaints after a 4-night trip in the Mythos Solo.
The first was the button and hoop that holds the opening up out of the way. It was very difficult to
button, and in the end I found it easier to poke the one remaining tent peg through the loop.
The second is the price, and although it’s a very well built, very sturdy and lightweight tent I can’t ignore it completely. At around £200 this tent is not at the budget end of things that I’m used
to. I’ve owned a 3 man Eurohike tent for three years now, it has been well used, and is much more
practical in exchange for a bit more packed up size (roughly half again) and a fair bit more weight. If I was carrying a tent on my back all day, I’d seriously respect the advantages of this Robens tent, but for all other camping (where a vehicle was involved) I’d not shell out the extra cash (5 times what was paid for my 3 man tent) and enjoy the extra space.
SUMMARY: A really good, top quality one man tent, ideal for the singleton survivalist. It has good head room and is easy to put up. However, you’re paying for a top-quality tent here, so weigh up the price versus the advantage in weight and size. Backpackers, yes. Bikers… more debatable.