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Tent Advice please

Postby george baker » Tue Jul 25, 2017 6:41 am

Hi
I have (sort of) been thinking about buying a new tent, choices seem to be

a 2 man tent

OR

a fourman tent that is about an inch bigger all around and a pound heavier when packed

Prices are about the same

Any advice?

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Re: Tent Advice please

Postby keiththeoutfitter1 » Tue Jul 25, 2017 6:51 am

I'm not a camper but how do you get the extra two men in the extra two inches on each side :-k
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Re: Tent Advice please

Postby george baker » Tue Jul 25, 2017 7:03 am

Hi
not sure Keith

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Re: Tent Advice please

Postby Bill Smithson » Tue Jul 25, 2017 7:28 am

I have a Vango Omega 350 which packs down to fit in a Givi top box. It's a good size for comfortable camping and will sleep 3 if required. The 350 Beta is a same size cheaper version.

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Re: Tent Advice please

Postby Aladin1 » Tue Jul 25, 2017 7:54 am

I've been looking at the Vango Galaxy 200 and 300 tents which have a good high porch area big enough for sitting/eating in and high enough to get dressed without doing yoga positions. Weigh about 5Kg so good for biking.
Bill I have the Vango 250 like yours but I struggle on my hands and knees getting in and out so the Galaxy is looking like my next purchase in the Autumn sales.
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Re: Tent Advice please

Postby Lolo » Thu Jul 27, 2017 2:30 pm

Have you been to somewhere like Go Outdoors George where you can try all the tents out (don't have to buy from there!)

I have done an awful lot of camping over the years and things I appreciate are;

Ease of putting up and down as it maybe windy and raining

fitted inner tent with groundsheet only way I have found to not have a wet sleeping bag in the night.

air vents

small inner space to keep heat in and smell of bike kit out!!! but with outer space for bike kit and sitting in out of the sun or rain and eat.

Although the old vango 250/ 300 / 350 compromise on height a little these were my favourite tents and lasted the constant putting up and down every day for six weeks at a time.
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Re: Tent Advice please

Postby Jockboxer » Thu Jul 27, 2017 4:22 pm

The Vango Galaxy range look good. Only issue might be the vulnerability ofmthemhigh porch bit in strong winds. Otherwise, they look good for those,of us getting a bit creaky in the back!

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Re: Tent Advice please

Postby Aladin1 » Thu Jul 27, 2017 5:41 pm

The Vango Galaxy range look good. Only issue might be the vulnerability ofmthemhigh porch bit in strong winds. Otherwise, they look good for those,of us getting a bit creaky in the back!
The high porch is a big selling point for me following a very wet night in Scotland recently, when crawling in and out on all fours on a waterlogged pitch was not very pleasant. Also it's a decent size floor area if you have to sit out bad weather. The tent also has the Vango tension band system which is supposed to aid stability in windy conditions.
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Re: Tent Advice please

Postby Ruralman » Thu Jul 27, 2017 6:44 pm

Hi Alan,
I have a vango 200 I think, I call it my coffin tent but after putting a hap on the front it's more usable
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If I was to buy another tent it would definitely be a bigger one

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Postby Galactic Greyhound » Thu Jul 27, 2017 6:55 pm

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Re: Tent Advice please

Postby Aladin1 » Thu Jul 27, 2017 8:44 pm

Hi Alan,
I have a vango 200 I think, I call it my coffin tent but after putting a hap on the front it's more usable
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If I was to buy another tent it would definitely be a bigger one

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That's not quite the Vango galaxy 200 I had in mind Keith!
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Re: Tent Advice please

Postby Tango » Thu Jul 27, 2017 8:52 pm

The high porch is a big selling point for me following a very wet night in Scotland recently, when crawling in and out on all fours on a waterlogged pitch was not very pleasant.



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Re: Tent Advice please

Postby Ruralman » Thu Jul 27, 2017 8:55 pm

Hi Alan,
I have a vango 200 I think, I call it my coffin tent but after putting a hap on the front it's more usable
Image

If I was to buy another tent it would definitely be a bigger one

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Keith



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That's not quite the Vango galaxy 200 I had in mind Keith!
Indeed I think mine must be the vango banshee 200........

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Re: Tent Advice please

Postby Tony the Skin » Thu Jul 27, 2017 11:14 pm

Tent buying is simple. Buy very cheap and after a bit of use dispose of it. Other option is buy a Vango and expect it to last many years. Money can be saved on a Vango by buying out of season.
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Re: Tent Advice please

Postby Aladin1 » Tue Aug 01, 2017 6:05 pm

Tent buying is simple. Buy very cheap and after a bit of use dispose of it. Other option is buy a Vango and expect it to last many years. Money can be saved on a Vango by buying out of season.
That's what I intend to do Tony....A Vango Galaxy in the Autumn sales.
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