The Robens Chinook Ursa is a great tipi tent and something different from your normal family tent.
Our Score: 8.5/10
- A beautiful tent that's different to what you normally see.
- A blend of tradition and modern, with the use of Polycotton and Aluminium.
- You can fit a stove flue, without needing to cut a hole in your tent.
- Easy to pitch.
- Flexible use with the front that opens up.
The not so good
- This style of tent is not for everyone, such as the lack of inner tent as standard. If you do get the inner tent, you cannot use a stove in the tent.
Robens Chinook Ursa has a recommended retail price of £1390.
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The Robens Chinook Ursa is a tent full of character, which I was impressed with when I saw it. On the one hand, the Chinook Ursa is very much like our beloved Robens Kiowa tipi tent. Still, on the other hand, the Chinook Ursa has some unique design features that take it to a whole new level.
Pitching the Tent
The Robens Chinook Ursa, like many tipi tents, is a simple tent to pitch, as it is held up by one central pole.
You peg out the base, assemble the pole, and push it up inside the tent. Then you assemble the a-frame poles that make up the front porch.
Using a Stove in the Robens Chinook Ursa
At the top of the Chinook Ursa is a vent. You can open and close this with guy lines inside the tent.
The black vent flap also contains a sleeve that you can put a stove flue pipe through, like the one with the Robens Kobuk Stove. Ensure you put a fireproof mat under the stove and keep the tent well-ventilated.
The Robens Chinook Ursa is a great tipi tent, but I've saved its main party trick until last: opening up to the world!
Normally, at the front of the Chinook Ursa is a porch, which makes getting in and out in the wet a lot easier. However, the porch comes with extra material and can open up wide to convert the front of the tent into a huge open shelter. The porch poles disconnect and can be used as tarp poles.
This provides a great option if your family likes coming and going in and out of the tent. Remember, with a stove inside, this tent can still be a warm shelter when open, even on a cool day.
When open, the tent looks like a bear on its hind legs with its paws out. This is why Robens called it Ursa*,*which is Latin for the word bear.
Inside the Tent
The tent is very traditional and doesn't have an inner tent. Just pick your spot on the floor and set up your beds.
However, if you want an inner tent, one can be purchased as an optional extra. This provides two three-person bedrooms, which are hung up inside the tent. But note, you cannot fit a stove when you have an inner tent.
Other extras include a carpet and a footprint. However, if you are planning on opening this tent up and for people to come and go, a carpet could get a little mucky, though you could glam it up like a Bedouin tent ;-)
|Attribute||Robens Chinook Ursa|
|Product Info||Brand Web Page|
|Pack Size (cm)||106 x 30|
|Recommended Tent Use||Ideal for Weekend Camping, Ideal for Longer Stays|
|Frame Type||Rigid, steel or alloy poles|
|Tent Accessories||Tent Carpet, Tent Extension, Inner Tent|
|Flysheet Fabric||Robens HydroTex® Polycotton|
|Fly Hydrostatic Head||Not Applicable|
|Taped Seams||Not Applicable|
|Sewn-in Groundsheet||Zip-In (no gaps)|
|Groundsheet Hydrostatic Head (mm)||10000|
|Sun Protection||Not Specified|
|Wind Rating||12 (Hurricane: >72mph/118kph)|
|Window Blinds||Yes, velcro up|
|Additional Tent Doors||No|
|No Trip Entrance||Yes, at main door|
|Bug-Free Mesh||Main door only|
|Door converts to sunshade||Yes|
|Bedroom Divider||Not Applicable|
|Larger Bedrooms||Not Applicable|
|Bedroom Partially Removable||Entire inner tent|
|Storage Pockets in Bedroom||Not Applicable|
|Auto-seal Bedroom Doors||No|
|Cable entry to Bedrooms||Not Applicable|
|Tent Living Space|
|Inner Living Space Size||Not Applicable|
|Living Area Storage Pockets||Yes|
|Porch Storage Pockets||Not Applicable|
|Pitching and Storage|
|PackSize (cm)||106 x 30|
|Colour-coded Tent Pegs||No|
|Colour-coded Tent Poles||Not Required|
|Guy Line Storage||Yes|
|People to Pitch||2 People|
|Pump Included||Not Applicable|
|Wheeled Tent Bag||No, not required|