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Vango Banshee Tent

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      25.08.2011 14:17
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      Ideal expedition tent for those on a budget

      The Vango banshee is a lightweight 2 man tent ideal for hiking.

      Designed for 2 people it is very much the minimum required with not much space going spare. The bedroom area is 120cm at its widest point tapering at the head and feet. A row of pockets is suspended from the top of the tent providing much welcome storage off the ground and i've found that the extra weight keeps the bedroom tent from moving in the wind which leads to a more comfortable nights sleep and reduced the chance of the inner skin touching the outer as the inner bows downward slightly.

      With only 2 poles pitching requires a number of attempts repegging to get the outer skin taught and away from the inner, on flat ground it goes up easily but any ground that doesn't slope uniformly can lead to readjustment and worry that the 2 layers could touch. The pegs are quite weak so buying a set of stronger replacment pegs are advised for all but the softest ground, i bought this tent to be carried in a rucksack, i don't want to be carrying a mallet to be used on such soft pegs.

      For 2 tall campers the lack of storage and the inability to store gear at your feet may make this tent a bit too small for comfort. I'm 5ft7 ish and can lay out at full stretch but without too much room, so if you slip down your mat it can cause water to wick through to your sleeping bag.

      A small porch is present around the entrance which can store dirty boots and cooking equipment but not big enough for 2 to store rucksacks. Although the instructions say do not cook inside or near the tent, i've found that you can pull back the inner tent to give more clearance from the stove to the tent material, sometimes a warm drink or eating something warm can make a big difference on a wet and windy night.

      The banshee should be able to stand up to the toughest of conditions. 5000mm of hydraulic head can withstand the heaviest of downpours and the low profile shape and tension band system protect against strong gusts of wind but it's not a self standing tent so strong peg placements are needed.

      This tent is designed for the minimalist so isn't for those wanting comfort whilst camping but for those looking for a lightweight (less that 2kg) and reliable tent then for between £65-85 it competes with tents many times its cost. I've only managed one night in it with a companion and wouldn't want another, for an extra few hundred grammes i'd prefer something with more space. As a solo tent its perfect for carrying and being made of high quality materials it's nice to feel safe when the weather comes in overnight. For those who are seriously after a lightweight tent for a long hike then the Banshee may be perfect and compete with some of the much more expensive manufacturers offerings if they value weight over room to sleep in.

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