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Tent Showcase: Force Ten Classic Standard Mk 5

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10.10 KG
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9.77/10 from 13 reviews

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13 Reviews of the Classic Standard Mk 5        Showing 01 to 10          Page:   1   2  
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By: Bennevisplace  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2001   Rating:   Date: 27/08/2014

We're still on the original, vintage 1978. It's seen many years' use by 2 + 2 kids + gear in the Drakensberg, the Grampians, Queensland, by untold numbers at Reading festivals, and more recently by the grown-up kid + husband + son + 2 dogs.

The fabric, seams, guys and sheet are all intact, the A-poles are still straight. Sharp stones holed the groundsheet: fixed w tape. Some rubber ties perished and all original pegs eventually bent double: easily replaced. The flysheet is faded but still weatherproof.

OK, the Force Ten Mk 5 is no backpacker. The vestibule is small, head height is restricted and there's no space for the TV. But if you want a compact family tent that won't leak, flap or blow away whatever the weather, and will continue to do so for three generations, then baby this is it.
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By: Rustycog  Reason: I've used one  Made in: 2005   Rating:   Date: 09/02/2014

Readers should be aware that the only review on here not giving 10/10 is not a review for a classic mk5, but a mark 5cn. Because of this ,the star rating is distorted and should be ten stars !I have never owned one of these but have used one. I currently use a mk3st but am upgrading to a mk5 this season. For solo or dog and me, this will be the height of luxury. Throw in a king pole and a canvas tarp for an extension and I probably will not want to go home.
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By: Jacoby  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 11/06/2013

Stress free camping! This tent is awesome. Warm in cold weather, cool in hot weather, quiet (no flapping) , very secure in gale force winds and rain. Fantastic for couples or small family of 3. I know wherever I take this tent it will do the job well! Easy to pitch up and take down and also a real head turner on the campsites. We had lots of positive comments from passers by :-) If you're thinking of getting this tent go for it!
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By: B12MLT  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2001   Rating:   Date: 30/05/2013

My trusty Vango Force Ten Classic MKIV (5) has been used by me, then my husband and I and finally by adding 1 then 2 children. (we now use a Vango Samara 600 for 2 week family camping)I purchased it in 1989 and it's still never needed re-proofing, broken any part and faded to a lovely pale orange. We also use the Vango nylon extension sometimes (discontinued but they do come up on e-bay, sometimes). At scout camps it always stands out with my led white fairy lights round the front guyline! Our scout group was so impressed they bought 4 for the scouts in addition to the large patrol tents. My kids now have a MK3 each of their own too! You can get a 2nd hand one on e-bay but expect to pay 150 - 250 for one as new cost £400 + . Easy to erect and take down and the zips and groundsheet are robust. Cotton inner and fly means you are warm in the winter and cool in the summer. I've already camped Jan and Feb and May so far this year. A force ten gale/wind doesn't bother this fantastic design. I highly recommend it - you will not be disappointed.
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By: Lescargo  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2001   Rating:   Date: 26/06/2012

I have a mk5 CNX, great tent, only real problem with CN types is that the flysheet does de-laminate after time and water will run straight through, although reproofing does assist it will not be 100% after., Storm brand waterproofing is recommended by Vango themselves.

I now use the mk5 as a real all weather family tent (minimal kit) 2 adults, 2 toddlers.

I have used F10, in winter snows on Ben Macdui in Cairngorms. Basic design and bombproof for it.

Only 8 out of 10 due the nylon flysheet. I wish I had a cotton one
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By: Ironox  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2006   Rating:   Date: 19/06/2011

I purchased a mk 5 Vango force ten 2 months ago. After reading so many good reviews about them I just had to have one, I bought mine second hand and having had little use it was still bright orange. I live in Blackburn and having heard weather reports of wind gusts upto 60mph I put up the tent on the front lawn to convince my partner I had invested wisely.

I read about how they stand up to the wind and rain with ease. My partner and I lay in the force ten with the wind blowing, I closed my eyes and I couldn't hear any flapping or creaking it was like there was no tent there at all. I slept like a log until 3 am and I woke up because the airbed had gone flat. Since this initial trial I have used it several times in all weathers.No leaks at all. I will also be using it in the peak district mid winter, I can't wait for the day when I wake up warm in a snow covered tent with the kids happy and warm too. I have acquired a flysheet and another set of poles and I am having the flysheet converted to use as an extension.

To sum up. I am hooked and would recommend this tent to anyone.
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By: Jofang  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2001   Rating:   Date: 09/06/2011

I bought a new force 10 in 1977 when I was doing motorbike rallies every weekend. The tent has been as dry as a bone inside in the foulest of weathers. It's been pitched in most countries in Europe and the eastern cape of South Africa when I emigrated in 1982. I've still got the tent, although the flysheet has lost almost all its orange colour by sun bleaching. I can still erect this tent in 5 minutes and the only faults it has after 33 years use is the brass eyelets on the flysheet working loose and the rubber on the S hooks perished long ago. Cannot recommend this tent enough.
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By: Andy1983  Reason: I've used one  Made in: 2001   Rating:   Date: 02/08/2010

I've used these tents extensively - using the various different sizes from Mk2 through to Mk5. They look smart when pitched and are rock solid. I don't worry at all about storms when I'm in the Force 10. It gives me the confidence to use it anywhere. It's never let me down.

In short a well sized simple tent that's very strong and simply will not let you down as long as you take care of it! I hope tyo carry on using it for many more years.
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By: Julie Ridley  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2001   Rating:   Date: 17/07/2010

I was fortunate to be sleeping in a Force Ten, when an actual force ten gale hit the Anglesey Coast on Thursday 15th July. Most of the tents in the field were flattened (apart from a couple of other Vangos) including our Khyam tent on which the Aircraft Grade aluminium poles actually snapped in half. My 14 yo son actually slept through the whole thing, despite the shouts and noise from the other campers. I think that if it hadn't been for the noise, I would have quite happily slept through it as well. I think this is probably the best testament for these tents.
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By: Chrisinhove  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2001   Rating:   Date: 25/06/2010

I've had my F10 MkIV Std since about 1990, bought from Peglers, originally for mountain use but since then has also been used for static and touring camping, and it's faded to that gorgeous tan colour.Only a bent ridge Y piece and bent pegs in all those years.

It is warm, robust, stable, comfortable, easy to pitch (and very quick with practice),feel-good & leak-free.

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Manufacturer's Description

The Force Ten Classics have been used by expeditions, adventurers and youth groups for over 40 years. So brilliant, the design is as recognisable today as it was then. Easy to erect yet tough and durable, they perform exceptionally well in all kinds of weather and provide welcome respite from even the most savage conditions

Flysheet Protex® DWR cotton flysheet
Inner Protex® DWR cotton inner
Groundsheet Polyester / PVC laminate 15000 groundsheet
Capacity 4 person
Total weight 10.10 kg
Pack size 74 x ø 30 cm
Pitching time 10 min

# The Force Ten Classic STD MK 5 features a seam taped groundsheet - water tight seal on all seams.
# Alloy 'A' frame design -extremely strong, easy to set up.
# Flysheet or inner first pitching - total flexibility depending on conditions.
# Flysheet tension adjustment for maximum performance.
# The Force Ten Classic STD MK 5 features a large porch - sheltered entry in all conditions.
# Mesh panel on inner door additional ventilation.
# Inner tent pockets for all your bits and pieces.
# Cotton compression stuffsac easy pack and go.
# The Force Ten Classic STD MK 5 includes a Repair Kit for that unforeseen tent emergency.

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