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Vango Tempest Tent

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      25.08.2011 14:00
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      A perfect tent for short trips, enough room to not feel claustrophobic in bad weather but light

      The Vango Tempest is my favourite tent for short trips and sits nicely between lightweight and functional.

      The 200 model is designed to house 2 people giving each camper 65cm of width in the bedroom area. This does taper down towards the feet end though so wide camping mats need to be overlapped. At 210cm long, even the tallest of campers won't need to curl up. The height is 100cm at its maximum so standing up is impossible but anyone 5ft10 or under should be able to sit without touching the tent.

      The bedroom tent has pockets down both side for starage of small item and a handy hook for hanging a torch from. I've found that filling the side pockets with clothes reduces the wind coming into the bedroom when its gusty outside which can really make a difference to a good nights sleep (as well as keeping a small tent tidy).

      The door is circular meaning it opens easily and has a pocket to store it in so no need for fiddly toggles which you find on a lot of other tents and can get really annoying when its dark. 2 panels at the foot of the tent and a bug net on the door provide plentiful air flow to combat condensation.

      The porch area is big enough for storage on back packs and cooking equipment and a third pole gives a full height area for sitting in when the weather is bad. Over the porch area is a mesh panel which has a removable rain proof cover. This provides a great chimney for cooking inside when its raining. The porch groundsheet is independant from the tent so can be left behind when going light weight is important and also allows for easy cleaning on the area which is most likely to get dirty from muddy shoes.

      I made the mistake of not thinking what was being stored in the porch. Rain does get in as the outer skin doesn't quite hit the ground so anything absorbant will soak up any small amount, so camping chairs and unprotected food need to be kept inside the bedroom, raised off the ground or put in a waterproof bag or box. Soggy bread and a wet chair does not make for happy campers.

      Pitching is easy if the instuctions are read and a few tweaks of the pegs gives a very stable tent which can cope with some harsh winds. Its outer pitching first which means the inner bedroom tent can be kept dry when pitching in the rain. The pegs are quite weak so use in hard ground or trying to step them in will lead to bent pegs so purchasing a stronger design is recommended. The guy ropes are very reflective so they are easy to avoid tripping over at night. The ventilation flap on the foot end of the tent is aligned with the internal ventilation sections, great on a nice weekend but when its blustery it can let too much air in, especially as the shape of the tent means pitching feet into the wind gives extra stability.

      The outer skin is rated at 5000mm of hydrostatic head meaning it will stand up to the most harsh conditions and the low profile round shape means it isn't affected by the wind as much as some bigger tents. The aluminium poles are strong and lightweight and don't deform as much as the fibreglass altenatives. The patented TPS(tension pole system), supports the poles from bending in high winds and is a great addition, having had the tent in strong gusts recently it stood strong when others experienced a snapped pole and very wet bedroom tents after the outerskin lifted. When heading back to camp after some bad weather has come in, its nice to be confident that your tent will be standing and all your gear dry.

      At 2.5kg its a lightweight tent especially if 2 people are splitting the weight. Costing around £85 there aren't many tents that can compete for it's stability, waterproof rating or functionality.

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