Vango Ultralight 200

This 2-person tent features a very unusual design, yet it has incredible stability and a surprising amount of living space. It is a single-skin that pitches far more easily than it first appears. 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 the condensation inside the tent. For extra stability there is Vango’s tried and tested Tension Band System (in this case a lightweight version), which places internal guylines across the inner. There is a small porch 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. But the pegs are very short, which limits their use to good, grassy, flat pitches. This is a single-skin tent, so even with good airflow some condensation is possible in some conditions. You do not get a big porch for gear storage or cooking so it is not ideal for foul weather camping. Most annoyingly the stuffsack is a bit small, making it hard to repack when it’s wet.


Design: tunnel
Poles: shock-corded alloy
Inner: none
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

Verdict: A very stable, lightweight tent, ideal for weekend wild camping at exposed sites, the drawbacks being a single-skin design and lack of a large porch.


First published in Trail magazine, May 2008