Vango Diablo 600
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The Diablo 600 is a spacious 6-man tent with 2 sleeping areas capable of housing up to 3 people each. This Vango tent also features a huge porch and sewn in groundsheet. The geodesic shape offers generous sleeping areas, large living area and an extended porch for protection from the weather and storage. Features:- Geodesic design and two sleeping compartments create room for 6 High grade Fibreflex glass fibre poles Waterproof Hytex Dura flysheet Water-resistant nylon inners Unique 'integral' sewn in groundsheet for living area Heavy duty polyethylene groundsheet PVC windows with curtains allow light into tent Substantial vestibule for storage and food preparation.
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Vango Diablo 600 Reviews
Reviewed by Rich L (Aberdeen) on 2006-05-09:
General comments: I first saw a Diablo 600 at a mountain marathon in Scotland. It was being used as a base tent for several teams on the night before the actual race. As we squatted in our tiny tent, they got the tunes going and arced up the barbecue. Who was having most fun? I next encountered a Diablo 600 on a multi-family trip to Germany, where our friends turned up with one of these Behemoths in their car. It is truly a huge tent, God knows how big the Diablo 900 is…perhaps this can be used for corporate entertaining! It took about 30 mins to erect the Diablo 600 and it really requires about 3 people. The best way is to thread all the poles then someone goes inside and lifts the central dome. Once up it is superb. It has two large bedrooms and a central living space that could sleep another 6 or 8 people in emergencies. The real selling point of the Diablo is that the central living area is sealed in with a bathtub, stitched in groundsheet. This ensures it stays dry and no midges get in. We used their tent in as a living area in conjunction with our smaller tents for sleeping. It is a luxurious, and well thought out family tent which I would recommend to any car campers.
Pros: big, sealed in groundsheet
Cons: takes a while to put up...fibregalss poles at this price seem a bit cheap
Reviewed by dg (belfast) on 2006-10-06:
General comments: Have owned the Diablo for 6 months, It failed us in two ways. Firstly during a rainstorm it leaked through the groundsheet. We woke up one night to find our bags soaked with rainwater as the water poured through the seams in the groundsheet. Secondly, the pole sleeves are made of thin material and pushing the thick fibreglass poles through them causes quite a strain, so much so that the material will tear. The poles themselves are cheap fibreglass and will I imagine eventually slit. It is very hard to put up - I would say you are talking about two people working physically quite hard or an hour.
Vango and the shop where we bought it have been very unhelpful. They refuse to take any responsibility, rather accusing us of abusing the tent. We did nothing of the sort. We followed the instructions exactly. There is no other way to erect the tent other than to push the poles through the pole sleeves. We even had one person helping to feed them through as well. The material used is simply too weak. Avoid this tent if you want something that lasts for more than one season. Also – don’t believe them when they say its easy to erect. There were also some minor manufacturing mistakes in the tent.
Pros: Its big and spacious
Cons: Poor materials, poor construction, weak materials in its manufacture. Customer care from Vango is poor also.
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J Pawsey responded : I totally disagree with this reviwers comments. I had not been campimg before and myself and my sister were able to pitch this tent for the first time before our husbands arrived later on in the day. It took us about 45 mins to erect and found it easy to pitch even though we are no experts. We also had rain and very windy weather and the tent kept dry and had no leaks. (2008-05-14)
AN Yorkshire responded : We too have found a leaky ground sheeted tent. But friends have one that does not. We even bought the footprint, but the water got between the two and we got wet again!!! Its been back to Vango and they told us there was nothing wrong with the seams, however, the floor in certain areas seems to be perishing, we bought the tent in late 2005, used it in summer 2006. We were leaky in 2007. We have no problems with the tent apart from its leaky Bottom. Love it to bits, and will probably buy the Carpet now, provided its plastic backed! (2008-08-21)
Matt responded : Had a 600 for three years now. Wife and I, four children and lots of luggage all kept dry and windfree on all of our 8 camping trips. Can be a bit confusing on inital set up....but from then on easy! Good product, well made, spacious and comfortable, Perhaps some people should stick to caravans!!!!! (2008-08-29)
Suzi responded : I fully agree with Matt. Had mine for a couple of years now and camp usually on the cliff edge on the east coast. Its never leaked yet. My daughter has the 900 , and she too cannot find any faults with this luxury tant. (2010-08-02)
ANN, JOY & THE DOGS responded : WE BOUGHT OUR FIRST DIABLO 400 7-8 YEARS AGO... THEN THE FOLLOWING YEAR BOUGHT THE DIABLO 600....AND DIABLO 900... WHEN I HEARD LAST YEAR THAT THE DIABLO WAS BEING DISCONTINUED I IMMEDIATELY WENT AND BOUGHT 2 NEW 600XP TENTS....... HAVE SINCE SOLD THE ORIGINAL DIABLO 600 & DIABLO 900 TO FRIENDS... ALL TENTS HAVE BEEN FANTASTIC & NEVER LET US DOWN..OUR FRIENDS CONTINUE TO USE OUR DISCARDS & SIMILARLY HAVE NO COMPLAINTS..... WE TAKE GREAT CARE WHEN ERECTING, TAKING DOWN & PACKING AWAY & PROOF ANNUALLY FOR EXTRA SECURITY... WE USE OUR TENTS AROUND 8-10 TIMES A YEAR IN ALL WEATHERS INCLUDING TORRENTIAL RAIN & HIGH WINDS.... WE ALSO SLEEP UP TO 8 DOGS WITH US IN THE TENTS.. TO PROTECT THE GROUNDSHEET FROM DOG NAILS WE HAVE THE FITTED CARPET IN THE MAIN LIVING AREA & USE AN AWNING GROUNDSHEET IN THE BED PODS....AM REALLY SAD THAT VANGO HAVE DISCONTINUED THE MANUFACTURE OF THIS TENT.... WILL TAKE EXTRA SPECIAL CARE OF OUR DIABLOS & CONTINUE TO USE THEM FOR MANY YEARS TO COME.... I HOPE !!!!!.... (2010-09-16)
Maureen responded : We have a Diablo 600XP we have used it for 3 years now and it has never let us down, its the best tent for us, we only used to use a two man tent, then three, then four now six man tent, oh and how many of us TWO, we like plenty of space, I usually have to have help to get it up and it takes us between 30 mins to 45 mins depending on the direction of the wind !! Kids running through, umpteen friends calling in for cuppa's breakfast and evening, I have no down sides to this tent at all. (2011-03-23)
Reviewed by Lynda (Stirlingshire) on 2007-07-09:
General comments: Huge family tent which we have been using for the past four years. Although it is described as a 2 / 3 season tent, it has served us well during torrential rain and high winds. The large porch is great for cooking, storing gear and sheltering under if the weather is too wet. The huge living space accomodates tables and chairs for 6 adults with room to spare. The sewn in groundsheet keeps you perfectly dry and beastie free! This tent was worth every penny and after nearly 20 trips is still as good as new.
Pros: Huge size and well made.
Cons: Bedroom zips are sticky and the outer can touch the inner at the rear door.
Reviewed by Rick Hanna (Somewhere) on 2008-08-24:
General comments: Superb tent, plenty of space with excellent porch, living and sleeping compartments. It did take a while to erect with a myself and my wife.. probably 1 1/2 hrs 1st time around... Unfortunately there won't be a second as we were battered with heavy winds on our second day... The diablo held out well for a number of hours but eventually the porch pole snapped quickly followed by the main dome poles. Poles pierced flysheet in a number of places. Having said that the wind did get up to what must have been gale force.. the problem being it would have been near impossible to take down safely in high winds with only myself and wife.
Pros: Excellent Space.. Held out in atrocious weather conditions for a number of hours
Cons: Eventually failed with fibreglass porch poles breaking under the strain. of gale force wind.. Time consuming to erect
Reviewed by Kerry Bagnall (N E Somerset) on 2009-04-30:
General comments: We have had this Diablo 600 for years and its great. Can anyone please tell me its Dimensions when erected as I need to know to book a pitch. I cannot find this out anywhwere and have lost all the information over the years. thanks
Pros: Roomy, attched ground sheet, fab. big but also cosy. Takes 1hr 30 mins with 2 to put up. has never leaked in terrible weather. Once we woke up after high winds and this tent was the ONLY one left standing !!!!! Say no more, Top Tent. Love it.
Cons: No Bad points really but over the years one of the poles is nearly cracked and some seams broken in high winds. This would happen to any tent. Done well as its much used in terrible weather.
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Neil responded :
I believe the dimension are 600cm (L) x 750cm (W) x 220cm (H).
Reviewed by Linda (West Wales) on 2009-05-05:
General comments: Love our Diablo 600 to bits. Had it for three years has a little wear from the poles being inserted but can be fixed. Perfect size and shape for our family. You soon get the hang of putting it up and after our third trip we go the time down to 45 mins, just with two adults.
Pros: The sewn in ground sheet makes it harder for creppy crawlies to get in.
Reviewed by Joolz (Aberdeenshire) on 2009-07-13:
General comments: Fantastic tent - so much so we are looking to replace our old one with exactly the same model only newer. My 9 year old and I managed to put it up ourselves in under an hour last weekend. Huge amount of space and sown in groundsheet keeps it cosy. Heaps of pockets for all those bits and pieces that you always lose. Living area huge enough to keep everyone happy on rainy days. Porch big enough for larder and cooker unit with table and chair at other side.
Pros: Sown in groundsheet, Ease of erection for such a big tent
Cons: Bit heavy
Reviewed by Bev (North west) on 2009-09-30:
General comments: Love the Diablo 600xp when erected but I have to say we struggle to get it up in under 1 hour. Seems very fiddly. Once up the living space makes up for it though. Just been camping with another family and we used the diablo for all 8 of us to get toether in the evenings. We are really struggling to find a footprint groundsheet for the Diablo 600xp - any ideas?
Pros: Space - lots of it.
Cons: Putting it up - takes ages!
Reviewed by lee (cheshire) on 2010-03-06:
General comments: got the tent last year,used it a couple of times,the worst wind i have ever seen or camped in coming straight off ullswater it kept me awake all night ,i sat there with a bottle of aussie red and watched, from the inside as the front tunnel area got blown in untill it touched the ground then back to normal,good experience.
Pros: stands up to what the lakes can throw at it,and comes out smilin!
Cons: the front opening lets the wet in when it is opened
Reviewed by Johnny (Crewe, Cheshire) on 2010-03-29:
General comments: Awesome tent. First saw it at a local show, and thought I gotta get me one of these!! For the few trips weve been on and saw them out and about,they normally tend to be quite an envied tent. Roomy, spacious, comfortable and well thought out with good features. That large porch is awesome.
Ive since lost my porch groundsheet. Does anyone know the dimensions so I can get another one please? Im sure I can find a suitably sized groundsheet for under a tenner rather than pay th £32.50 Vango price!! Cheers in advance....... Johnny xxx
Cons: Zips can snag a bit..... but that may be down to my over-zealous taughtness of the tent.
Reviewed by Weealex (Scotland) on 2010-06-30:
General comments: Had Diablo 600 for 4 years, as served family of 4 well, design is great for not letting creepy crawlies in, Rooms big enough for double airbed with room to move about leftover. Big living area is great for all friends to gather in if weather gets bad, or as an eating area, a bit longer to put up (approx 1hr) but worth it.
The envy of every camper in the campsite, some folk have even asked to come in and have a look.
Would buy again if needed to
Pros: Spacious, sewn in groundsheet in living & bedroom area and tub design makes it helpful in staying bug free.
Cons: No bad point only a bit of a pain to take down in the wind
Reviewed by Ian (Surrey) on 2013-06-19:
General comments: Just bought a brand new but second hand Diablo 600. We used it last weekend for the first time and we are very happy. It took about an hour to put up in windy conditions and with my non camping wife! Should be quicker now I know what to do! (Not let my wife help!)
Our friends were impressed at the size of the bedrooms and living area.
I now want to buy a carpet and footprint for it and have seen a second hand one for a Diablo 600 XP. Despite a bit of research I can't find out the difference between the 600 and 600 XP. Can anyone help please?
Pros: Space and comfort. Relatively easy to put up.
Cons: Zips are not as smooth as could be but this could improve with use.