Vango Tempest 200 Tent
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2 person version of the tough 3-season Tempest 150. The Tempest family is a popular range and all well priced considering the quality of materials used. It will withstands 3 season elements in more remote places around the world or at home. Hytex Dura polyester flysheet. TBS tension band system. Mesh ventilation on inner tent. Power Flex 7001-T1 alloy poles
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Vango Tempest 200 Tent Reviews
Reviewed by Andy mogg (Yorkshire) on 2006-09-05:
General comments: Recently bought this as an entry level packapcking and wildcamping tent as i currently own the excellent vango equinox 350 for campsite camping.
The main reasons i chose this tent were price...for the money i dont think there is a better tent, lots of cheaper alternatives aren't as waterproof or as well put together. The build quality and stability are excellent especially when the weight is taken into account as by no means is this tent heavy.
The packsize is relitively small so can easily be carried by one or split between two.
Its easy to erect especially if you leave the inner tent attached to the fly, its simply a case of slotting the 3 poles through the outer guides and clipping them in place.
The tent is also extremely stable in high winds even without the tension bands in place.
Its pretty roomy for a 2 person tent and luxury for one but because its tapered its by no the highest of tents so you can only sleep one way on, having said that im not a small person by any stretch of the imagination and I can happily sit up in it.
The porch is big enough for a couple of pairs of boots and a rucsack but its not as big as on some tents...still I find this makes it easier to find a nice flat wild camp spot when on the hills.
Finally the inner tent has some nice touches like plenty of pockets to put you bits and bobs and a place to attach your headlight/torch to.
Cons: Quite low
Reviewed by Rachel (Guildford) on 2007-01-25:
General comments: I own the Vango Micro 200, and have since also used the Tempest. The main problems with the Micro were that there wasn't enough headroom because of the design, and that there wasn't a porch. These problems are solved by the Tempest; the head end is the highest point in the inner, and there is a reasonably sized porch. We managed to sleep three people in these tents during our Duke of Edinbugh expeditions and, though uncomfortable, it was very warm and a good way to save on weight.
Pros: Very reasonably priced, stronger and a bit warmer than the Micro (though heavier), a decent sized porch area. The guy ropes aren't really necessary - if put up correctly this tent WILL NOT FALL DOWN!!!
Cons: The tension straps can be confusing if you haven't seen them before, and are easy to peg down the wrong way around. We found that it was very difficult to sit up straight inside the tent. You have to climb in and out of the tent from the head end, which can become a bit of a drama! Also the porch is at the head end, and as the opening was quite narrow we found it was easier to leave rucksacks outside in bin bags.
Reviewed by Gethin (sheffield) on 2007-06-06:
General comments: I bought this tent because it appeared to have the capability of a far more expensive tent and it is light enough (2.3kg on my kitchen scales) to carry on my own.
This is a reasonable sized 2 man tent but i dispute what the other reviewer said that you could fit 3 persons in it (unless they are v.small ladies or children).
For the money this tent is very good although for the more demanding there are many small problems.
The main problem I have found is that there are too many vents. There are vents at the foot end that prevent you from pitching the tent with the door facing down wind because the wind blows through the tent making it far too cold.
This means that in very windy conditions you are forced to pitch the tent with door facing up wind so you can't open the door at all when cooking inside because it blows the flame out. I'm getting a seamstress friend to modify my tent so that the vents can be closed in windy conditions.
Pros: price and weight
Cons: not really suitable for windy conditions, the mosquito net used is quite fragile and can be torn but the Velcro used to keep the hood in position.
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Alec Hargreaves responded : Just to say that when wild camping up in the lakes near Buttermere, we did fit 2 small ladies and myself in the Vango 200. Cosy indeed and needs good organisation but far preferable to struggling up the valley with a heavier 3 man.
Vents at the tapered end do let the wind in but even in a constantly raging gale force wind, this did not make me cold. I was sleeping in clothes inside a 3 season sleeping bag under Snowdonia in March - if that info is of any help. (2008-04-04)
Somebody responded : The vents push shut. (2011-11-05)
Reviewed by RAY (NORTH YORKSHIRE) on 2008-02-01:
General comments: I originally bought this tent for a backpacking trip but decided to use it for early and late season pitches because of its stability in strong winds and purchased aTerra nova laser competition for my trips only for the weight factor.
The tempest 200 was tried out in the Lakes in late August and it certainly got tested in the strong winds and downpores.
Pros: A well made sturdy tent which has a quality feel to it and felt Bombproof in the severe weather.I was suprised how many storage pockets were in it and used them all which gives more floor space.The TBS System works a treat and i felt quite at home in the tent in the bad weather.The porch door can be unzipped slightly at the top with out the rain coming in and is great for having a nosey outside and to let out cooking smells/condensation.The vents to the rear of the tent cannot be closed off but i was able to block these up at night with a bin liner in each vent.I was impressed with the vent above the porch which would be great to have open in dry weather but i would not leave it open at night unless i was certain it would stay fine.The porch floor space was adequate for me and i fitted quite an amount of gear in it.
Cons: I struggled with the height on the vango tempest 200,even at the highest point in the porch.I could not sit up comfortably and had to lean into the porch with one elbow on my food box to actually drink my cuppas.This is a problem in most small tents for me as i am 6'-2'.I wouldn't class it as a bad point really.
I have sold my vango Tempest 200 and just ordered the Vango Tempest 300 as it has an extra 10" height in the porch--Problem solved as i got a good price for my 200.
All in all i think this tent is incredible value for money,is a high spec' tent and would highly reccomend it to anyone.I have had a lot of tents in my time and its the 1st time i have bought the same style of tent only a bigger version-Thanks
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Alec Hargreaves responded : I agree with all of your comments.
I wonder if an extra 10 inches height will compromise stability?
Just come back from an absolute pounding under Snowdonia in North Wales.
The campsite - er (wind-tunnel) was situated at the end of a lake. The 2 days of high wind flattened the whole campsight virtually apart from 2 geos and my Vango 200.
I added some extra guys to the Vango to try to ease the situation. I was not sure how to safely take it down in such a constant pressure of wind.
Only damage was one snapped guy point - hence my only gripes are that Vango needed to add more material here. Also, the constant battering kept releasing the TBS sliders, which had to be retightened. I taped them in place in the end - otherwise an excellent tent which I use for wild camping. I still dont know how it survived! At times I could not even shut the car door against such a gale! (2008-04-04)
Ray North Yorkshire responded : In answer to the extra 10" being a problem in the wind,I have to say it doesn't seem to affect the tents stability Provided every guy is tight and the floor straps tightened. I always may sure i pitch in a sheltered area if possible.I find that a well pitched tent thats reasonably tight with no flapping areas for the wind to grab has more of a chance of staying put. The vango Tempest is quie aero dynamic and having recently been upto the Lake District in howling gales I am delighted with its performance. Thanks Ray. (2008-08-21)
Reviewed by Kris (Manchester) on 2009-10-26:
General comments: Myself and my friend have just come back from 2 nights camping in the lakes. 1 night in a camp site the other wild. The first night was o.k. a bit of rain and wind. The second night was a different kettle of fish!! The wind houled all day with horizontal rain and 10m visability in the clouds. Due to bad weather conditions we were unable to make to are planned site (which was going to offer some protection from the wind at least) and with the night quickly drawing in we had to pitch by stickle tarn at the base of jakes rake. we found the best place we could and both pitched are vango 200's next to each other. I have never expereienced wind like it 50 - 60 mph at least, the vangos stood up to the wind like worriors. At points the poles were bending inwords!! 12 hours of hell...wind changed direction 3 times hitting the tents from the sides...only problem was that 2 of my friends pegs came out and his pole bent slightly the outer hit the inner a bit. Thats not bad for 12 hours of pounding.
Pros: Great tent...Great price! first tent i have had and think it performs as good as a £300+ tent.
Reviewed by lee (bedroom) on 2010-03-06:
General comments: have just put tent up in my daughters bedroom, it is for her duke of edinburgh, didnt read the instructions up in about ten mins good tent.
Pros: none as yet
Cons: as above
Reviewed by james (Romsey) on 2010-06-01:
General comments: Bought this tent on a mates recomendation and have been pleased so far. i use it as a one man tent for treking and between two of us in mountain running/eco races. Used in snow, rain, sun and high winds. Stood up well to snow , rain and high winds (as long as vents arnt positioned towards wind) but gets hot quickly in sunny weather.Great for one 5.8 man, equipment and dog..but too small for two males with treking gear. carried between two for eco races was perfect. poles are lightweight. inner and fly can be seperated easily and are good quality. fly mesh is a bit weak and has been repaired a few times by me due to rough use. colour coded poles make pitching easy when exhausted. A lot of equipment pouches inside make storage easy. a cheap good quality tent that i would buy again if i needed a replacement. i used it in Sweden, Wales, Scotland, England and Slovenia.
Pros: colour coded poles, easy to pitch, size
Cons: vents, not a two man with equipment tent-
Reviewed by Andy Brooks (Akureyri, Iceland) on 2010-08-05:
General comments: I needed a new 2.5kg hiking tent and this was the only one I could buy at the time.
Pros: Over 2 weeks the tent did its job, but I was only exposed to bad weather on two days, and not seriously bad weather at that.
Cons: I am over 6 feet and found it very irritating getting in and out of the tent. It is a real hands and knees job. Plus in bad weather when you try to dress inside the tent and pack up as much gear as possible, again I found it a struggle. Donīt buy this tent unless you are under 5 feet 8 inches tall.
The porch with ground sheet is a mixed-blessing. I found without a flat surface I had rain draining onto the ground sheet creating a puddle which soaked my gear.
The tent takes about 50% more time to pitch than my previous hiking tent. There are just more bits to deal with. 3 poles rather than 2. Tension straps. Clipping in the ground sheet. After hiking 25kms, I want to pitch my tent, not have a love-in with all kinds of clips and bands.
I found I had to apply a lot of force to bend the main pole. I am not sure yet if there is an adjustment I have missed, but I donīt like thinking I am about to break a pole every time I pitch my tent.
I prefer to shake out the inner each day but to do that with this tent is not easy unless you fully unclip the inner. Then you are doubling the time it takes to pitch the tent.
Reviewed by Merle (France) on 2010-08-20:
General comments: Useful reviews, all of them. We're trying to find a good 3-man, light-weight tent for cycle-touring at around the £100 and have narrowed it down to Coleman Graphite 3 and Vango Tempest 300. I am not keen on the Vango porch as the gap below the flysheet-is so big - surely it would allow rain to gush in... The Coleman porch looks bigger and has a side entrance as well as an end opening which implies more storage space. BUT - how does Coleman compare quality-wise with Vango. Is it a good make? Advice please - you all seem to be very experienced campers...
thanks in advance
Reviewed by Paul Hastings (Aberdeen) on 2010-09-30:
General comments: I bought one of these for myself after using them in our Duke of Edinburgh group. Very stable, utilising Vangoís proven Tension Band System and easy to put up. The porch isnít a great size and thereís not a lot of internal space for two Ė but very spacious for solo occupancy in comfort. Not the longest tent though, and at 5í7Ē I donít have a tremendous amount of space lengthwise, but it would just accommodate a 6-footer. Height-wise I canít sit up comfortably either but despite this Iím more than happy to spend a few nights at a time wild camping in here. I initially thought the groundsheet was a bit thin, but Iíve yet to puncture it despite many wild camps amongst the heather Ė and more tellingly none of the less experienced DofE participants have holed the groundsheet either! Not superlight at just over 2kgs, but certainly light enough for the low price. Pleasingly the poles are alloy, rather than fibreglass and pre-shaped for a nice easy mating with the flysheet. The pack size isnít the smallest in the bag that Vango provide but by the time youíve removed the poles and pegs, you can pack the tent itself into a small-medium drysack. The flysheet and groundsheet can remain attached for a very quick (and dry) erection. Iíve yet to have it out in diabolical weather but Iíd be confident that it would bear up very well. Iíve had zero condensation problems, with good venting, certainly in the 2009 model that I have.
Pros: Excellent value. Very sturdy when erected properly Ė which is easy to do. Vango customer service well proven.
Cons: A bit snug for 2 adults with kit. Other tents lighter Ė although not for the money. Pack size.
Reviewed by Jamie (Reading) on 2011-03-29:
General comments: I used a Vango 200 for a month trekking around Ecuador. It was fantastic! Very quick and easy to put up. The fly and inner come attached which it great. Its lightweight (I use this as a one man tent for myself and my gear) and it can take a pounding from the elements. I realise that the vents can allow a breeze, but I would rather have that than a tent full of condensation every morning. If you are looking for a good all rounder then you can't go much wrong with one of these
Pros: Lightweight, cheap, sturdy, east to set up, HH3000
Cons: Porch is quite low
Reviewed by Antony (Leighton Buzzard) on 2011-07-01:
General comments: Having taken an age to choose a tent i finally decided on the Tempest 200. Its light enough to take on short walks (there are lighter tents around this price range) but roomy enough for a weekend car camping trip.
The waterproof rating and stability are both more than you could expect at this price and its nice to know that whatever weather is thrown at you you'll be dry (within reason).
This is an ideal 1 man tent, enough room in the bedroom area for storage and the porch is big enough to sit fully upright if your under 5ft8. 2 could sleep comfortably with gear in the porch but it would become quite awkward getting out over the bags etc. If its a wet weekend i think 2 people would find it a bit too snug if any time was spent in the tent awake.
Cons: Not a comfortable 2 man if used for more than sleeping