Vango Force Ten Helium 100 2011

The Vango Force Ten Helium 100 is a proven one-person tent design that stands up well to the worst of UK weather. The shape is good in a gale, with the internal Tension Band System that allows you to adjust exactly how the centrally positioned single pole tackles the wind. The fabrics are heavy-duty and among the most waterproof in the test, yet the packed size and weight are still impressively small. Pitching is very easy. The fly and inner pitch as one or you can pitch it flysheet-first; the pole is pre-curved and there are plenty of pegging points for security. The half-mesh inner door has a rounded edge, which is great for slipping in and out of without snagging the door. The porch isn’t very deep but there’s usable storage space, and the large door opens wide for easy access and cooking. Detailing is good with reflective webbing, inner pockets and a repair kit. This latest model has increased headroom over previous versions.
But some of the Vango Force Ten Helium 100’s weight saving is due to small internal size, and on a thick sleep mat, at a little under six feet tall, my nose and toes touch the inner. As good as the Tension Band System is, it’s a little fiddly and interferes with the inner door as it passes through it.

Design 2-pole side-entry tunnel
Poles shock-corded alloy
Inner 70D ripstop nylon
Flysheet 20D ripstop nylon topside siliconised, 5000mm hydrostatic head
Groundsheet high density nylon, 6000mm hydrostatic head
Internal dimensions length 210cm; width 90cm; height 90cm
Packed size 42x13cm
Weight 1255g
Made in China
Stores in the UK 45

The Vango Force Ten Helium 100 offers good performance with just a few niggles. The price and packed size make it a great choice if you’re not over six foot tall, and it merits our ‘Best Value’ award.

Review by Peter Macfarlane
First published in Trail magazine April 2011