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Vango Spectre Tent

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Brand: Vango / Type: Tent

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      25.08.2011 14:25
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      A great tent for a weekend trip or expedition

      The Vango Spectre 200 is a 2 man tent which is generous enough inside so you don't feel like you are sleeping on top of eachother.

      The symetrical design means that 2 friends can sleep in opposite directions without one having the flysheet in their face, a nice luxury as you won't have the awkward situation of waking up in an almost loving embrace with your friend. Pockets inside the bedroom tent help organise small items and reduces the wind effect keeping you warmer on drafty nights. At each end of the tent is a storage compartment accessed from inside, a novel design which really helps keeping organised, big enough for a back pack it means no gear needs to get in the way of the access to the tent, be careful though as moisture can get to your gear so use your rucksacks rain cover or everything can get damp and heavy. A very bad discovery to wake up to.

      A small porch on the side of the tent is ideal for keeping dirty footwear from the bedroom tent and for storing cooking equipment but it isn't large enough to cook in when the weather gets bad. However storing things in the porch means you tend to fall over them when trying to get in and out of the tent. Your sleeping camping partner will not appreciate being woken up with you falling onto them if all goes wrong.

      The Spectre can stand up to harsh weather conditions with the 5000mm of hydrostatic head and strong aluminium poles supported by the tension band system the strongest wind or rain won't harm a comfortable nights sleep.

      Pitching is simple once the instructions are followed however the pegs are weak so a sturdier set is recommended. The guy ropes are reflective to avoid tripping people up in the dark.

      At 2.7kg its an ideal weight for 2 people to take on an expedition and cost less than £100 it would be tough to find something as reliable and light for the price.

      As a weekend tent for 2 this tent i find it provides enough room for a relaxed camp at a lightweight and robust design to be carried and give the confidence i like when the weather turns on you. For car camping i like something with a bigger porch for more storage and plenty of protected space for sitting, relaxing and cooking. This tent was therefore replaced by something smaller carrying and a larger one for luxury space. For friends camping together this could be an ideal tent.

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