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Vango – The Good, the Better and the Best

Words by Taunton Leisure

on 04/06/2020 15:40:16

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Vango – The Good, the Better and the Best


Vango is one of the UK’s most iconic tent brands with a rich history of innovation. It is hard to find a campsite or wild campers patch which doesn’t include either one of their expansive family tunnel tents or lightweight technical tents. An incredibly talented design team work very hard in creating simple, well thought and incredibly effective solutions to problems faced by many campers today. Innovations first developed by Vango have helped shape the outdoor industry. They create tents which are immediately useable, even by less experienced camping enthusiasts who’re new to outdoor living. Every part of a tents use is tested carefully during the design process, including pitching and packing in order to make their products as simple and hassle free as possible while also being long lasting, versatile and very luxurious for their user.

We will be taking a look at some of our very favourite family camping tents from Vango, from entry level to one of their very finest tents.

Remember: What we’re looking to achieve here is the highlighting the features of these models. In our minds these are rated on their level of luxury, space and features. There is no tent which is best for everything and it is important to think about what you actually need your new tent to achieve. For example, it is certainly arguable that the much lighter Stargrove II (Good) is by far more practical than the Anantara (Best) when it comes to quick weekends away with only a couple of campers living inside. The Anantara is however despite its weight much more luxurious in its feature set, greater space and Polycotton fly making it cooler in hot summer weather during long holidays away. Let’s get stared with an absolutely superb entry level tent, perfect for weekend getaways to festivals or close to the beach.

Stargrove II

The Stargrove II 450

Part of Vango's Experience Range, the Stargrove II 450 features a flat front living area and a large pre-attached awning, perfect for socialising and storage.

The king-size bedroom provides a 70cm sleeping area per person, meaning you have plenty of room to sleep and store essentials while the new Nightfall material blocks out early morning light improving sleep quality by allowing you to sleep longer. The toggle in divider also provides flexible sleeping options, allowing you to split the bedrooms to create more privacy or remove to create a single bedroom for a couple.

The built in front awning provides extra enclosed space - perfect for socialising, dining and storage and features a large door designed to be opened in different configurations for access, ventilation and family life. An additional side door offers flexible access and can be turned into a mini canopy with the use of additional two King Pole (sold separately). An internal door between the main living area and the front porch features a mesh panel to help increase the airflow inside the tent while keeping the bugs out. The three zone living areas makes this tent ideal for active families or for those who require a separate storage/ kitchen/ socialising, living and bedroom areas.

New for 2020, the updated diamond clear windows maximise light and visibility and toggle up curtains on the inside of the tent offer full flexibility of choice between total privacy, letting in some daylight or enjoying the views.

Comfort isn't compromised with the sealed-in groundsheet designed to keep out draughts, insects, dirt and water from the tent and the drop down door allows you to effortlessly enter and exit your tent without any trip hazards. High visibility guylines makes them easy to see in low light conditions and the oversized carry bag has 50% more volume.

The Sentinel Active flysheet is a strong, yet lightweight material with taped seams for a complete watertight seal. The UPF 30+ protection prolongs the life of the fabric and it even meets the ISO5912 fire retardant standards. The PowerFlex fibreglass poles are constructed from the highest possible grade of fibreglass and are pre-angled to achieve greater internal space and the TBSII Tension Band System ensures the tent performs in adverse conditions, especially in strong, changeable winds.

For added comfort, an additional Footprint can be pitched first to help you pitch your tent in the correct spot first time and prevent the underside getting dirty or wet, or the addition of a Flat Woven Carpet provides under foot comfort and warmth. If extra living space is required, this Family Shelter fits over the front of the tent to create a front canopy that offers great flexibility and a Experience Side Awning attaches to the side of the tent, adding extra space for storage and socialising.

If your looking to move on from the poles, there is an inflatable air version of the Stargrove II HERE

Shop for the Stargrove II 450 HERE

Azura

The Azura II Air 600XL

Part of Vango's Airbeam Excel range, the Azura II Air 600XL offers a great balance between living space and must-have features.

The queen-size bedroom provides a 60cm sleeping area per person, meaning you have plenty of room to sleep and store essentials while the new Midnight material blocks out early morning light improving sleep quality by allowing you to sleep longer. Toggle in dividers also provide flexible sleeping options, allowing you to split the bedroom into one, two or three bedrooms.

Ideal for large families or a group of friends, the built in front awning provides extra enclosed space - perfect for socialising, dining and storage and features a large door designed to be opened in different configurations for access, ventilation and family life. An additional side door offers flexible access and an internal door between the main living area and the front porch features a mesh panel to help increase the airflow inside the tent while keeping the bugs out. The three zone living areas makes this tent ideal for active families or for those who require a separate storage/ kitchen/ socialising, living and bedroom areas. Diamond clear windows maximise light and visibility and toggled privacy curtains provides shade or much needed curtains.

Comfort isn't compromised with the sealed-in groundsheet designed to keep out draughts, insects, dirt and water from the tent. High visibility guylines makes them easy to see in low light conditions and the oversized carry bag has 50% more volume.

This tent also features Vango's SkyTrack II System that enables campers to safely and easily hang lighting, Skytrack Storage and other items in their tents. It consists of strategically placed durable, sturdy transparent piping and 10 reliable clip hooks. Offering flexible positioning options, this system enables wires for lighting and other electrical devices to be routed securely out of the way and allows lights to be positioned where needed.

Quick and easy to pitch via the AirSpeed valves, the AirBeam structure is pre-angled to achieve greater internal space and stability against side wind. TBSII Tension Band System and storm anchors at the front and rear of the tent ensures the tent performs in adverse conditions, especially in strong, changeable winds.

The new Sentinel Dura fabric has been developed with improved performance without the addition of unnecessary weight. Fully taped seams provide a watertight seal and it even meets ISO5912 fire retardant standards. The introduction of Vango's new ColourLok technology guarantees market leading quality and performance by preventing colour retention from UV light, a 30% increase in strength and a hydrostatic head rating of 4000mm.

For added comfort, an additional Footprint can be pitched first to help you pitch your tent in the correct spot first time and prevent the underside getting dirty or wet, or the addition of a Flat Woven Carpet provides under foot comfort and warmth. If extra living space is required, this Family Shelter fits over the front of the tent to create a front canopy that offers great flexibility and a Excel Side Awning attaches to the side of the tent, adding extra space for storage and socialising.

Shop for the Azura II Air HERE

anantara

The Anantara II Air TC 650XL

Part of Vango's Airbeam Elite Range, the Anantara II Air TC 650XL maximises both space and luxury.

The super king-sized deluxe bedroom offers 70cm sleeping area per person, allowing for a comfortable nights sleep with plenty of space for your bedside table and more. The new Midnight material also blocks out early morning light, improving sleep quality by allowing you to sleep longer. Toggle in dividers also provide flexible sleeping options, allowing you to split the bedroom into one, two or three bedrooms.

The built in front awning provides extra enclosed space - perfect for socialising, dining and storage and features a large door designed to be opened in quarters or fully for access, ventilation and family life. An additional porch door with a rain canopy offers quick and easy access into the porch and two extra side doors allow direct access into the main living area. Backed by mesh, these three additional door also offers insect-free ventilation.

The three zone living areas makes this tent ideal for active families or for those who require a separate storage/ kitchen/ socialising, living and bedroom areas. Diamond pro high quality windows provide clearer views and additional sky light windows let in sunlight. Simple and quick to use zipped privacy curtains allow for varying levels of opening. They fit to the flysheet with no gaps and simply roll down into a pocket.

High cable entry points allows you to neatly run electrical cables out into the awning at the front of the tent and AirZone panels help to increase the airflow into the living space.

Comfort isn't compromised with the sealed-in groundsheet designed to keep out draughts, insects, dirt and water from the tent. High visibility guylines makes them easy to see in low light conditions and the easy-pack roller bag take out the effort of moving and packing your tent.

This tent also features Vango's SkyTrack II System that enables campers to safely and easily hang lighting, Skytrack Storage and other items in their tents. It consists of strategically placed durable, sturdy transparent piping and 10 reliable clip hooks. Offering flexible positioning options, this system enables wires for lighting and other electrical devices to be routed securely out of the way and allows lights to be positioned where needed.

Designed to maximise space whilst providing a stable structure, the Super AirBeams are quick and easy to pitch via the AirSpeed valves. The TBSII Tension Band System and storm anchors at the front and rear of the tent ensures the tent performs in adverse conditions, especially in strong, changeable winds

The Sentinel Signature fabric combines the leading properties of both cotton and polyester to create a feature rich polycotton fabric. The softness of the cotton and the dense weave ensure that light and noises are reduced and the breathable nature eliminates condensation while maintaining the tent's micro-climate at a comfortable level no matter the outside temperature. The introduction of Vango's new ColourLok technology guarantees lasting quality and performance by preventing colour retention from UV light.

For added comfort, an additional Footprint can be pitched first to help you pitch your tent in the correct spot first time and prevent the underside getting dirty or wet, or the addition of a Flat Woven Carpet provides under foot comfort and warmth. If an extra bedroom/ storage space is required, an additional Universal Inner designed to be attached in the living area easily allows you to add a sleeping space for 2 or an enclosed storage area. If extra living space is required, this Family Shelter fits over the front of the tent to create a front canopy that offers great flexibility and a Elite Air Side Awning attaches to the side of the tent, adding extra space for storage and socialising.

Shop for the Anantara II Air TC 650XL HERE

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