Vango Storm Shelter 400
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Storm shelters, that piece of safety gear all expeditions use. A piece of kit which is suitable for that unplanned stop over, the Vango storm shelter 400 features taped seams and is suitable to house 4 people and their kit. The storm shelter can be used for sheltering for lunch or map reading and route planning, out of the wind.
Vango Storm Shelter 400 Reviews
Reviewed by Dale Reynolds (Sutton Coldfield) on 2008-02-15:
General comments: Many people call these indispensable pieces of kit “emergency shelters”, but the well throughout name Storm Shelter is far more appropriate. For years I have seen people haul big, heavy, less versatile models around, never once opening them to putting them to good use for fear of not being able to fit the unruly material, which always appears to have a mind of its own, back into their rucksack after use.
No longer can this be used as a lame excuse … Vango have brought the former ‘not-to-be-used-unless-it-is-an-emergency shelter’ into the 21st century, making it so easy to use and so versatile, no expedition rucksack should be without one.
Easily accommodating 4 adults and even more children (such as Cubs / Scouts / Brownies / Guides etc), the uses for this kit are almost endless, but are best put to good use protecting you from the exposed elements when there is any need to stop … think lunch, or for studying the map in a little more detail than you originally planned … think geographically challenged, or warming and re-motavating a cold group … think storm, not forgetting the emergency situation use of protecting the injured from the outside incremental conditions.
The packed size is no larger than your average travel pillow and the weight is little over half a kilo, next to nothing compared with its potential value. The shelter is carried inside an integral stuff sack, meaning you can never loose it before packing it away neatly & tidily.
No item is ever going to be 100% waterproof, but with a drawstring base and taped seams, this does a better job than most at keeping the elements out.
Its bright orange colour and reflective strips makes it perfect for spotting in the emergency situation, be it in the day or night.
Condensation build up is prevented by the presence of a chimney; allowing moisture to escape, not drip back down on you.
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Andrew Darby responded : Could you add approx dimensions - is it long enough for a casualty to lie down? (2008-05-11)
jim mccabe responded : Used one of these in an emergency situation last December. Worked well enough when we were benighted on the Aonoch Egach, however, three of us were a bit crowded in a 4 person bothy bag. I would definately recommend getting one that's slightly larger than your intended group size; i.e. a 2 person one for personal use a 4 person for 2-3 people as it can be a bit claustrophobic otherwhise. I appreciate that the idea is that you only put bodies inside, which we did but when your sitiing on your rucksack and you want to get at things inside it can become a comedy of errors as you wrestle with gear and one another to get a mars bar out of you rucksack lid!! (2010-10-31)
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