Vango Tents 2012 – A Buyer’s Guide
Possibly the most well known Tent manufacturer in the UK, Vango formed way back in Scotland in 1963. They have nearly 50 years experience of manufacturing and developing products for outdoor enthusiasts. They are behind the truly iconic Force Ten – that big orange triangle that springs to mind for many people when they think of what a tent is. The name Vango is an anagram of Govan, the area in Glasgow where the company originates from.
Vango have developed and adapted their range to suit all needs. Anything from casual weekend camping in a family tent to high demand trips in extreme conditions. Vango have fantastic knowledge born out of a heritage as part of the British and worldwide outdoor scene that is matched by few. This is why they have been a consistent part of our tent range for years.
It’s family tents that we’re going to concentrate on in this blog post, though. From Vango, we have a wide range of fantastic value, easy to use tents that are wind and rain tested, suit a variety of needs and are Taunton Leisure best sellers.
Available from Taunton Leisure: Vango Tigris 400XL, Tigris 600XL, Tigris 800XL
|Vango Tigris 800XL|
The ever popular, reliable and best selling Tigris range is a mainstay of our collection from Vango. Designed with families in mind to be as easy to use as possible, you’ll find these tents provide a great amount of space in the living areas and bedrooms, as well as good stand up height. Vango have ensured that this range is as comfortable and straight forward to pitch as possible.
Across the range you’ll find several features in common; hydrostatic head, a measure of the polyester fabrics waterproof capabilities, is at 4000mm (minimum standard for manufacture is around 1500mm). The Duratec fibreglass poles are, sturdy, lightweight and colour coded. Detachable inners include colour coded attachments for ease of use; part mesh, with plenty of storage and can be left in once attached.
Guylines are pre-attached with ‘Line Lok’ guy runners, tension straps are included, along with the Tension Band System (TBS II), all helping to get that perfect pitch. The cable entry point enables you to power any appliances you may need inside the tent and the fully sewn in groundsheet is made of a tough polyethylene (PE), so no need to worry about any insects or bugs getting in.
|Vango Tigris 400XL|
The answer is ‘quite a lot, actually!’
|Vango Icarus 500|
In terms of look, these tents haven’t changed quite as radically as the Tigris models, but there are new features to speak of. Like the Tigris range, the windows have been updated. Larger windows on the side and new added window panels on the front of the tent bring more light and an increased spaciousness to the living space; these windows are supplemented with new privacy curtains.
Also an addition to the Icarus range this year are new low level ventilation points, aiding airflow into the tent and preventing condensation. The Icarus 500 has been widened for this season, allowing for more living and sleeping space inside.
|Vango Calisto 500|
|Vango Kinetic 500|
Vango Infinity & Eternity
|Vango Infinity 600 (top) & Vango Eternity 600 (bottom)|
With the bent section of the beams, the Eternity is reminiscent of an Amazon 600. The differing ‘pole’ structure is designed to create optimal head height and living space as well as having a distinctive look.
|2012 Vango Icarus 500 with Front Enclosed Canopy|
|Loads of tents will be on display this year at our summer tent show|