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Last year I went for a weekend trip to Shell Island in North Wales and this was the tent I used on the trip.
It was purchased from a local shop for under £70, which I felt was very reasonable for a tent being advertised as capable of sleeping two people. As it turned out this was not realistically the case. Two children could no doubt make it habitable enough, but unless the adults were both around 5'5" and of slim build the two person quota was off the mark.
As it was a solo trip however, this problem did not arise. The tent is extremely lightweight at around 2kg and folds up easily into a back-pack for convenient carrying. It is also very easy to pitch, taking around 10 minutes or so, even for the inexperienced type holding the instructions in one hand whilst trying to do so, i.e. me.
I have no idea what it is like in inclement weather, as the three nights I spent inside it were all calm and mild, which made sleeping and relaxing very easy, with no wind noise and no rain battering the canvas. Whether it has any problems with leaking rainwater or not, the subject brings me to the only down side of the tent I found. Despite leaving the vents open to let in some fresh air, on waking each morning I found a good deal of condensation had formed on the inside of the tent, running down the side in droplets in places.
This, however, was only a minor problem, and one which can easily be overlooked considering the tent itself was otherwise comfortable and secure wherever it was pitched. With the addition of a sleeping bag and a hurricane lamp it was actually more pleasant than some of the B & B's I've stayed at on previous long weekends!
This Vango Banshee 200 is the tent that I took with me on my travels before settling down and it did a number of trips. Unfortunately it succumbed to a few years of abuse but it was a great tent that only weighed about 2kg in weight making it nice and light and very easy to story in a rucksack. You can still buy an updated version of this tent now for around £120, I paid about £105.00 for mine and to be honest the design has hardly changed over the years as it is a design that works really well.
The one thing you instantly have to be aware of is although this is sold as a two man tent that would be a pretty snug fit for two people and leave no space at all for rucksacks, there is also a very limited porch area which is fine to store muddy boots and keep them dry but is not big enough for a rucksack so if you wanted to have two people in here the kit would be outside in the elements. The reason I bought the two man version for my trekking days was the fact that I could sleep alongside my rucksack and have everything secure and to hand. This is a tent designed for trekking where weight is everything, side opening which I prefer to the tunnel design of the front entry tents you can access all four corners from the entrance and there is enough height to sit up and certainly for myself get changed in fairly easily but then I have a petite dancer frame so flexibility is not an issue.
The tent is really easy to put up in all conditions. It is an all in one pitching design and there are only two poles to content with, a large one running through the highest point and a smaller one to provide additional ghead space at one end of the tent. The poles are from the powerlight range and are pre shaped and very strong, add in the fact that they are easy to fit and dismantle and they never failed me once. There are a minimal number of pegs and no long guy ropes to content with so he tent takes up little room which is good if camping in close proximity to other trekkers and when space is limited.
There is a flysheet door which can be opened to provide ventilation in warmer climates but without letting in horrible flying things as there is a mossie net across it as well with a seperate zip. The tent itself came with a compression stuff sack to reduce teh amount of space that it took up in my rucksack which was another essentail requirement. The instructions were very clear but the construction is so basic it is pretty much straight forward and intuitive to assemble and after a couple of test runs I was competent enough in darkness and bad weather and could put the tent up in about ten minutes or less single handedly.
This tent design is well made and functional, the inside has enough room for a sleeping mat as well as storing your kit, it provides the basics that you need for a dry nights sleep which is the most important thing. It is well made, I never had any issues with water getting in or it collapsing in high winds, it is designed for trekking and the fact that the basic design has not really changed over the past few years tells you that it is a design that works and can be trusted.