The Helium Carbon is Vango’s lightest two-person tent, weighing just 1061g. It features Yunan Carbon X-Lite poles, which Vango says are 48 per cent lighter than alloy poles, and titanium wire pegs. It also packs down extremely small. The tent is pitched with the main pole sliding through a transverse sleeve, and there’s a vertical pole at the head and foot area. The wire titanium pegs are very small and (in my experience) easily lost, so I’d prefer a set of standard heavier pegs. There are ladder-lock adjusters made of cord, but again heavier tents do use more robust webbing for this – and all this means more care is needed to pitch this tent compared to heavier options. Access is via a single door with double zip pulls, so it can be opened from the bottom or top, which leads through the porch to the inner. The porch is very narrow and while two rucksacks can be stashed here, one may need to be moved so you can enter or exit the tent easily. The inner headroom is quite limited as it slopes away steeply to the head and foot, and the width also narrows to the head and foot. This means living space is more limited than in other tents, but if low weight is your priority the advantages of the Vango Helium Carbon 200 can’t be overlooked.
Flysheet fabric ripstop nylon silicone and PU coating
Inner tent fabric nylon
Groundsheet fabric ripstop nylon PU-coated
Internal dimensions (LxWxH) 210x120x95cm
Packed size 13x46cm
As an ultra-lightweight tent with minimal packed size the Vango Helium Carbon 200 is ideal, but living space is compromised compared to other two-person tents.
Review by Graham Thompson
Published in Trail magazine June 2014