Force Ten Vapour 100 2009

The Force Ten Vapour 100 is a very light tent and packs so small it disappears inside your rucksack. It’s a single-skin design with the poles fitting externally, and in rain you can throw your kit inside while you finish pitching. It doesn’t take up a lot of space, so your options for pitching are increased. There are venting options operated from the inside, which help to keep it fresh and hopefully lessen the appearance of condensation. Inside it has the adjustable cords of the TBS (Tension Band System) Pro. They’re essentially internal guy lines that increase tension on the central hoop where the main pole is, and combat the effect of wind. You can feel the effect as you adjust the cords. The Vapour 100 is probably the definition of fast and light, trimmed down as much as possible – shelter without any frills. But there’s no porch, so all your gear is either inside with you, or outside in the elements, and cooking is an issue if the weather is foul. It’s very small inside, almost like a tall bivvy bag. This lack of space meant I continually caught my hands on the TBS cords in the dark. Condensation is still present inside, and the stuffsack was very small for the tent and it split open.

Design single-skin tunnel  
Poles shock-corded alloy
Inner none  
Flysheet Protex, 3000mm hydrostatic head
Groundsheet nylon, 5000mm hydrostatic head
Internal dimensions length 200cm; width 90cm; height 85cm 
Packed size 40x10cm
Packed weight 1010g
Made in China
Stores in UK 362
Force Ten – tel. (01475) 746000;

Verdict: For solo fell racers seeking quick shelter the Force Ten Vapour 100 is fine, but for camping comfort a more conventional design is better.


Review by Peter Macfarlane
First published in Trail magazine March 2009