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Tent Showcase: Vango Calisto 500

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15 Reviews of the Calisto 500        Showing 01 to 10          Page:   1   2  
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By: Cindy007  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 22/06/2011

Purchased this as a weekend tent, for 2 adults and a dog. The steel poles make it very sturdy and will withstand very bad weather conditions. We have a Maritsa 700, and this tent is very similar to erect. It took 15 mins to pitch. We purchased the footprint and carpet, along with the front enclosed porch. The porch comes with a ground sheet and provides loads more space, and a place to put all you kitchen stuff, leaving the living space free. This is an excellent tent for weekends or short breaks. Packed away very quick and was easy to take down. Hubby put up tent and took it down on his own, which is another bonus.
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By: David storm  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 05/09/2011

Purchased the Calisto 500 after having a dome type tent with fibreglass poles break in high winds. Fantastic tent. Along with the front enclosed canopy, offers lots of room. We do our cooking in the canopy, leaving the living space/carpet able to be kept clean. Just back from Isle of Skye and very high winds-tent and canopy didnt move. Overall fantastic tent, easy to pitch and as weight not a problem to us-very pleased.
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By: Spuddy237  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 01/08/2012

We originally looked at purchasing the Vango Icarus, then we saw the Calisto and went with it as we preferred the poles and also in the main part of the tent the ceiling was higher.

We took it to Cornwall for 5 days, there were 4 of us, 2 children aged 8 and 4.

Being first time campers it took slightly longer to erect for the first time, the colour coded tabs were fab, very easy to erect, the tent was fab inside, the bedroom compartment was easy to install.

The canopy we erected in 20 mins, this tent was the perfect size for us with the canopy on, canopy also comes with a groundsheet which was a bonus. The canopy fits nice and snug to the tent, our brother was on the pitch next to us in his Icarus and his canopy did not fit as well, so pleased with the Calisto.

The 2 doors were a bonus and lots of windows too, loved the pocket by the main room to keep keys etc in.

Withheld wind and rain fine, no leaks so very very pleased :)

We bought the tent, canopy, footprint, carpet and windbreak for £420, very pleased with our purchase. :D

Highly recommend.
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By: Roxy1  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 30/06/2013

Purchased a 2012 Calisto 500 from Outdoor Megastore - package including tent, front canopy, carpet and footprint for £369. Very impressed with tent. Steel poles make it rock solid and give it plenty of headroom -I am 6'3 and there is still plenty of headroom.

The carpet is excellent and gives the living area quite a homely feel.

The front canopy provides stacks of extra living space and is well worth the money. It fits well onto the front of the tent and has steel poles the same as the tent.

If you are camping for more than a few nights I would say the front canopy is almost essential as it really does transform the tent.

The supplied tent pegs are OK, but nothing special. Its worth getting a dozen Rock Pegs for peace of mind in a storm.

My only slight criticism is the Vango Lights Out sleeping compartment. Despite what they say, its not really that dark inside. For a few extra quid Vango could have made a black out type sleeping compartment.

Overall, a very good tent which I would thoroughly recommend.
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By: B4rlow  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 29/04/2014

We purchased the Calisto 500 and front porch to use as a smaller weekend tent.

We picked this tent as it was a steel pole tent (like our larger maritsa 700) which we prefer to fibreglass poles

The tent was easy to erect taking around 15 mins and the porch a further 15 mins.

The tent has a sewn in groundsheet and the porch has a bath tub type ground sheet.

It is a 5 man tent but would say suits 4 better ( 2 adults and 2 Children) it is quite spacious, the front porch is large and ads the extra space we need and is also ideal for cooking in.

We experienced wind, light rain, heavy rain and a thunderstorm on our first outing and we had no issues at all.

We purchased the tent with the porch, footprint and carpet for just under £320. For the money we paid I could not find a better tent. Highly Recommended
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By: MandiNKel  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 30/06/2014

Absolutely love this tent!

Upgraded from the Vango Icarus as one of our poles snapped in high winds which really made me feel uneasy as I suffer with anxiety.

So opted for the Calisto as it is virtually the same size as the Icarus but with steel poles.

It's a lot easier to put up and the large windows let in loads of light. Getting the pins in can be quite difficult and when first put up the fabric did seem quite tight, but by time it came to packing up was a lot easier to take the pins out and wasn't as tight.

With the Icarus always seem to get condensation in the Icarus just come back from 4 day trip and didn't have any condensation at all which was a nice surprise.
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By: Bloyces  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating:   Date: 13/07/2017

Very pleased with this tent! We bought it because of steel poles and the head height / overall dimensions. Easy to pitch - can manage this in 15 minutes and then just needs a bit of tightening of guy ropes. Mostly used by just 2 of us this gives lots of bedroom room and space in living area for sitting and cooking. No problem to have 4 adults sitting in living area on cold evenings.

For longer trips or when in a larger group we also use the canopy which gives an option for more social space / storage and is useful for wet things.
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By: Dmsum  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 18/06/2011

Bought as a weekend family tent, this is well designed and made, with steel poles creating a bigger inner volume than the otherwise similar Vango Icarus, and also giving it a much sturdier feel. We have an Outwell Montana 6 as our 'big' tent, and I'm struck by the similarities of design - which is a good thing! Only used it for one weekend so far but quick to erect and take down, easy to pack and weighs less than half what the Monty does, so an excellent family tent for short breaks. Teamed with a Vango family shelter (tarp) it's even more versatile.
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By: Slarticus  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 26/05/2014

We have recently purchased a Calisto 500 second hand along with the canopy and carpet (all in original bags and unused). We have just returned from our first outing with the tent and thought a quick review of it was in order.

After a practice pitch in the back garden it still took us better part of an hour to fully pitch including the canopy once we arrived at our campsite. The weather only just holding off and as soon as our last bag was in the tent and the zipp went up the heavens opened allowing us to fully water proof test the tent. We stayed dry thankfully, but did have a few issues with some condensation on the inside during our stay but this was mostly of a morning after a nights sleep.

The inside of the tent is lovely and roomy, which is just what we wanted. There is only two of us so this gave us plenty of room for our double folding camp bed in the sleeping pod with room either side for our clothes and even room for the dogs bed. There is lots of storage pockets around and the netted doors keep the nasty bugs out.

With the canopy attached to the front you get three nice sized rooms and with the main tent having the sown in ground sheet and the canopy coming with a separate sheet. This did mean some little puddles in the canopy area but the main tent area was dry as a bone. I'm sure that was just down to not being familiar with how to use a separate sheet properly. As an outside covered storage room it was fine.

The metal poles and design give a secure feeling of stability and strength to the tent. The main v pegs are a little flimsy and do tent to easily bend (stronger ones added to shopping list). We did have an issue with two of the loops for pegs ripping when removing the pegs but I am sure they will stitch back on easily. The front door does seem a little tight in places when trying to close from fully open but once past that its closes easily. Overall we are very happy with our tent so far and hope to have many more adventures with it.
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By: Tentbunny50  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 08/03/2014

We wanted a large, yet sturdy tent that we could stand up in. After replacing wind damaged, flimsy, fibreglass poles in the past it was wonderful to have tough steel poles to hold our tent up. However, attaching these poles into the ends can be a real hardship, particularly when you do not have an assistant. Erecting does get easier with practise. If you find the weight of the poles too much I recommend the Vango Icarus 500, which is similar in style.

It can be bought in surf blue, or moss green. The 2012 model has slightly less indoor living space than the 2011 one, but there is a windbreak to the front.

The hydrostatic head measurement is 3000. I never suggest anything lower than this, as it will not keep the rain out. This tent is warm and dry.

I really love this tent and in particular the sewn in ground sheet, which helps keep out draughts in the cold. I could not comment on the matching carpet, as we just use picnic rugs on the floor. It is a very strong tent, which can be used all year through. We have used it in ten centimetres of snow, in floods, at minus 12ºC and in heavy storms. It has never let us down and because because of the steel construction we feel secure inside. I definitely recommend this tent.
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Manufacturer's Description

Technical Specifications:
Fabrics: Flysheet: Protex® 3000 polyester embossed
Inner: Breathable 190T polyester
Groundsheets: Polyethylene 10,000
Windows: PVC
Poles: PowerPlus steel 22mm
Pitching: Flysheet-first

General Details
• 3000 HH
• Vango easy-pitch tunnel
• Sewn-in groundsheet
• Vango ‘lights out’ inner tent
• Vango pelmet
• Easy fi nd orange inner clips
• Part mesh inner door
• Mesh doors
• Detachable inner divider
• Mesh ventilation
• Windows have internal curtains
• Vango Air-Zone - Large venting panels
• Storage solutions
• Lantern loop
• Zipped cable entry point
• Fire retardant fabric

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