A Lightweight Tipi Tent For Hiking & Backpacking


We know what you're thinking. "There's no way I'm going to lug a heavy tipi around". When it comes to hiking and backpacking trips, tipis are usually a no-go area.

For the most part, tipis are heavy and difficult to carry, but we've got a few lightweight tipi tents in stock which are ideal for backpacking trips.

On a recent trip down to Cornwall, some of the team took one of the Robens tipis with them, and despite already knowing the benefits the tipi can offer, were pretty surprised by its performance.


The team took the Roben's Klondike tipi with them. This tipi (or bell tent) is a decent size, and can sleep 6 people easily. So, due to it's size, you would think that it would be pretty heavy, right? Wrong. Its pack size is less than a metre long, and it weighs less than 14kg.

I know, we're impressed too. How is this tipi so lightweight? It is mainly due to the flysheet. Made of Hydrotex Polycotton, this brushed cotton waterproof sheet is the heart and soul of the tipi, and is incredibly waterproof to boot. One one night, the wind and rain lashed the tipi, and the team felt much more at ease in the tipi than they would have done a tent.

The video below shows how awesome the tipi is:


A six person tipi is likely to be pretty clunky to put up and take down, right? Wrong again. The Klondike tipi is very simple and quick to put up. Between three of us, we had the tipi up in less than 10 minutes.

Putting up the Robens Mescalaro tipi tent

Using a simple alloy anodised central pole system, you simply peg down the groundsheet, insert the central pole, peg out the flysheet and connect and peg out the entrance. Easy!

Don't believe us? Here's a little GoPro video as proof.

The Robens tipis might surprise you. Lightweight, sturdy, and incredibly easy to put up and take down. Don't believe us? Check out this video, filmed by the team down in a blustery Cornwall a couple of weeks ago :)
Posted by Complete Outdoors on Wednesday, 29 July 2015


The Robens Klondike tipi is eye-catching. Previously known as bell tents, these tipis stand out from regular tents in a campsite. Not only that, because of their height you can also stand up in the Klondike.

The 6 person Robens Klondike Tipi
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If that's not enough, it also has a ventilation area for the Frontier stove, which can both cook food, heat water, and keep you warm in the tipi during the winter months.


We have many Robens Klondike lightweight tipis in stock, as well as the smaller 4 person Faribanks tipi, and the larger 10-person Mescalero tipi.

When split between two families or a group of friends, these lightweight tipis are fantastic value for money.

Robens 12 person Prospector tipi - £900 - BUY NOW
Robens 6 person Klondike tipi - £479.99 - BUY NOW
Robens 4 person Green Cone tipi - £270 - BUY NOW

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