Vango Ultralight 200 tent (2008)

Review
This ultralight tent is an incredibly stable design and it is also very light as it is only a single-skin  model, but there is a surprising amount of space inside. It pitches very easily too. Once erected, the external door gives direct access to the inner living area, as there is no porch. The headroom easily allows two to sit up, and just above your head are two large air vents that encourage airflow to control condensation inside the tent. Another feature is Vango’s Tension Band System, which places internal guy lines across the inner to add extra stability. There is a small sheltered area at one end that could be used to stow boots or a stove, and you can just about cook in this if you have a small stove. Space for weight is superb and two people could sleep in this reasonably comfortably. But the pegs are short, which limits their use to good, grassy pitches. It is a single-skin tent, so some condensation is possible. There‘s no big porch for gear storage or cooking so it is not ideal for foul weather camping. The stuffsack for the tent is a bit small, making it hard to repack when it’s wet.

Design tunnel
Poles shock-corded alloy
Inner none provided; flysheet Protex, 3000mm hydrostatic head; groundsheet nylon, 5000mm hydrostatic head
Internal dimensions length 215cm; width 125cm; height 100cm
Packed size 49x10cm
Weight 1420g
Made in China
Stores in the UK no info provided
Stockists – tel. (01475) 746000; www.amg-outdoor.co.uk
Verdict
A very stable, lightweight tent that is ideal for a weekend, but as it is single-skin and does not have a porch others might be preferable for longer trips. This tent won ‘Best value’ in our test.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine August 2008