William recently reviewed the Vango Tempest 200 tent, it was quite a windy day but you get all sorts of weather when camping so it got a good test. Weighing just 2.9kg it is light and compact enough for backpacking and Explorer Scout expeditions.
The tent is a tunnel tent and you pitch the flysheet and inner tent together, this makes it very quick to put up which is handy when you are pitching your tent in bad weather. The first time they put it up it took about 5 minutes but now they are familiar with it it doesn't take as long.
It has a 70 denier, 6000mm lightweight polyester groundsheet which as you would expect is waterproof and hard wearing. The poles are Vango PowerLite 7001-T6 alloy poles, again these are lightweight and helpfully colour coded. We especially liked the patented Vango TBS®II Tension Band System which ensures the tent performs in adverse conditions, especially in strong, changeable winds. When tensioned, the bands brace the pole at 3 points, and prevent sideways movement.
The Venturi Vent System provides a constant flow of fresh air through the tent, by creating a chimney effect to draw stale air out and fresh air in, this could be very useful when you have two Explorer Scouts sharing a tent!
There is a decent sized porch which will keep boots and rucsacks dry and the tent also has rain stop flysheet doors which are structured to prevent rain dropping into the inner when opened. A flysheet door vent helps to ventilate the porch.
Inside the tent is plenty of room, William is 6' 3" and still growing and he found the tent was comfortable to sleep in.
William really likes the tent and I am sure he will have lots of adventures in it. I have always found Vango tents to be high quality and last well, we have some Vango Force 10 tents at the Scout Hut that we bought over 25 years ago that are still going strong, they are very faded but still great tents with plenty of life still in them.
We received the Vango Tempest 200 tent for the purpose of this review.