• An All-In-One Quick Pitch and Pack Solution – up and down in seconds!
• Two Berth Bug-Free Ventilated Sleeping Area
• 3000mm HH Waterproof Outer Rainfly
• Breathable Inner Layer
• Bath Tub Style 3000mm HH Waterproof Groundsheet
• Thermobonded Taped Seams
• Separate Compact Porch Area for Equipment
• Two Adjustable Meshed Side Vents for Excellent Bug-Free Sleeping Ventilation
• Strong 8.5mm Jointed Fiberglass Pole with FlashFrame™ Technology
• Ground Pegs
• 7 Pre-Attached High Visibility Guy Ropes
I haven’t used this tent for camping yet, but we did use the bigger brother Gobi3 and all I can say as a camping noob is its legendary! Video reviews of both tents have been shot and should be published in a few days.
Once you get it out the box its packed size about 71x18x18 cm. The carry bag has two large handles and a transparent pocket that holds the tents description. Inside you’ll find the tent which wrapped and secured with a clip in strap as well as the roof cover, bag with pegs and a sewn in instruction manual.
Erecting and dissembling:
Pitching starts as soon as you open the strap and the tent opens up as you unfold the one way wrapped sheet. Fully opened you have to pull up the framework in the middle of the tent. With the frame standing upright now all you have to do is pull it up and compress the top and bottom bracket to erect the FlashFrame. I found the easiest way is to hold the framework slightly tilted when compressing the brackets. With the brackets snapped together the frame immediately expands like an umbrella. The tent is strong enough to be lifted and placed at the position you choose, similar to a semi geodesic tent. The Cub II’s FlashFrame fibreglass pole ends are already in the brass holes attached to the loops. Use the included pegs for soft terrain and secure the loops. When all pegs are down the tent stands firmly, is yet flexible enough if placed on uneven terrain. You can fit the top cover which protects the FlashFrame system before or after you put the pegs in.
Taking the tent down is just as easy. Remove all pegs, the top cover and open the internal front and fly covers. Then just grab the top and bottom bracket and pull it apart and the FlashFrame just collapses and is ready to be packed. Next you fold up the 4 legs and compress the tent a bit while rolling it up with the porch area wrapping around last. Then fasten the strap around it and put it into the bag along with the bag of pegs and the top cover. Goes in really easy yet the bag isn’t loose. Wrapped up, tucked in and zipped its ready to go again!
Space and internal features:
The cream coloured inner sheet is separate from the outer with a HH rating of 3000mm. It creates a nice ambience through the subtle pastel tones, and can easily be detached for cleaning or fixing.
The tent opens to the front via a horizontally attached door to reveal the porch area which is large enough for two regular sized backpacks and shoes. The bug screen and main door have loops and buttons which is a nice touch for letting light in but keeping bugs out. It has a HH rating of 3000mm but isn’t a bathtub style sheet and personal belongings could get wet in heavy rain.
The sleeping area is protected by a bathtub style groundsheet with a 3000mm HH rating. It can easily fit 2 normal sized sleeping bags. The one inside is my extra large square summer sleeping bag.
Inside each person has mesh faced pockets on either side with three compartments to hold valuables.
At the top of the dome is a ring for attaching a lantern up to 5kg.
Ventilation and light:
There is a vent on either side of the tent which are accessible from outside and can be open or closed. They are sewn into mesh for extra ventilation and reduction of condensation.
The colours of the tent produce calming difference in light levels and an ideal diffusion.
Performance and further details:
This tents materials are high quality but are not flame retardant. No can smokey!
The external flysheet spans well and has a hydrostatic head rating of 3000mm.
At the back of the tent you secure the flysheet in the centre to crate a good run off for rain which is directed away from the tent
You can place the tent on on uneven ground as the flexible poles keep the overall static of the structure well.
Insects have little chance of getting in and only very tiny ones can get through the mesh materials used throughout the tent.