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33 Reviews of the Omega 350        Showing 01 to 10          Page:   1   2   3   4  
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By: Curlzy  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 25/07/2014

Really like this tent, you could actually sleep 3 in it but more comfortable with 2. Good sized porch with groundsheet, bedroom with SIG. Needs a full insect screen door option into bedroom, has a little one in top of door at present. Very waterproof and seems fine in what wind I have experienced with it. I have a footprint for Vango airbeam Genesis 300 which fits perfectly, big help in keeping things clean and dry. Easy to keep the inner bedroom area attached when taking down if it is dry, goes up in no time in that configuration.Need to give the sides a good bash when it has been wet. Not too bad for condensation - keep the vents open. All in all, roomy, comfortable, weather proof and adaptable.
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By: Mysteryminx  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating:   Date: 13/07/2014

A really good little tent!

Lots of thought put into it and can be put up in no time at all with only one person (particularly handy whilst the other is occupied getting the barbecue going!)

It has some really handy features with it, and is a pleasure to camp it

The waterproofness of it is fantastic, the water just runs straight off, and the ground sheet comes up at the sides and clips on to prevent water entering from below - there are masses of pockets in the sleeping area which are rally handy for emptying your pockets into (just remember to take the pack of cards out before you pack up, or you'll be playing 52 card pick up next time you erect it)
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By: Mediastarz  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating:   Date: 09/07/2014

First time festival camping this year so plumped for this well reviewed model. After initially buying last years model at a 40 discount with G.O only to find it was 'used' they swapped it for the new model for same price for the inconvenience.

I bought a separate footprint (30) which I heartily recommend as you can peg it out first and use as a stencil for pitching area (great to have an idea if you encroach someone else's pitch). Time to put up was 15 mins but that was with me previously practising and attaching the inner bedroom. Would guess 25 to 30 mins from new bag to first pitch.

The tent really stands out and has a suitable porch which is well ventilated if both doors used. Can cook in there but only recommend a small hexi cooker and half a tab burning at a time (good when raining). The attachable bedroom section is very spacious. The bright orange colour means all is well lit in the day and gets quite warm in there if temperatures outside are up. It stays very cool at night though and plenty of zippable mesh kicking around for air flow (bedroom door & One main door fly screen).

There is a separate upper-lipped ground sheet for porch area you can attach in case you have no additionl footprint and works just as well, though would not recommend for stony/hazard ground.

As long as this tent is not stretched too tight with the guide ropes, the 2014 model seems very robust with strong seams. It survived an overnight downpour and mild gusts easily (it gives you confidence when inside).

The usual/well documented 'tapping the roof from within' to release the rainwater before exit is a staple but no dealbreaker or hassle; alternatively can be a useful shower if left on and then open your door (subject to porta-showers on site being crap).

I would definitely buy Vango again and this model is slightly too big for hiking so considering dropping a size to the 250 - it would all depend how long I plan to stay somewhere and how much luxury I want to take.

This would easily suit two people and the porch can be utilised as a sleep area if there are small kids. I would not sleep above 3 people. I was on my own and I had a single air bed in the bedroom - this left loads of room and I could have easily got a double in there with space left over for storage. 6 large side pockets take virtually every accessory you have and is a great feature.

There is space to hang a light and one of those mini 's' hooks allowed my torch/lantern to be hung no problem. All in all I felt rather spoilt with this tent for just myself and it did turn quite a few heads with the very British green colour.

Unflappable in the face of wind whilst shrugging off the showers and casual serenity in the blazing sunshine. I recommend A ***
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By: 19charliewarlie91  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 29/03/2014

Fantastic little tent, nice and quick to put up. A good amount of protection from bad weather with the store lashing internally. Nice bright colour on the inside along with brightly coloured guy ropes. Plenty of space in the sleeping compartment, to the point we had a self inflating queen sized airbed in ours and it fitted perfectly. In the 'living' end, we managed to have three bags of close, five carrier bags of food, a dog bed, and all our cooking gear, plus to chairs put up so plenty of room indeed! Nice and easy to put up and take down and folds away nice and compact. To add to this is amazingly light.

The only down side I can think of is that if you've had rain, when you open up the door, it runs down off the roof and straight onto the living area floor because the roof and the floor are offset and the floor comes our further than the roof.

Other than that its a fantastic tent!
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By: Selous  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 13/09/2013

The Vango Omega 350 I have owned since 2011/12 I have a 2011 model, I opted for it as the ally poles, (light & strong) & my mode of transport is a motorcycle + Pillion.

I have done so far 2 long tours 2012 (14 days) down to south of France & 2013 (17 days)through Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Luxembourg & Begum, & weekends away.

The reasons I got it where

1) It is one of the lightest tents on the market for backpacking

2) packs away quite small

3) easily put up or taken down

4) room enough for all the extra equipment a motorcyclist carry's helmets panniers etc.

5) plus all the normal camping equipment pots cooker etc.

I had looked at other brand where you can ride the bike in the tent but decided not for me.

This tent IS big enough put 3 in the sleeping area & 1 or 2 (tight squeeze) in vestibule.

I have found a few times condensation on the inside of the tent after a good nights sleep? we do not cook inside for obvious reasons. This year 2013 on the way back from Austria, we had particularly bad winds, most other campers lost there tents, I had gone to the loo came back saw my tent get pushed right back & forth a number of times, & almost to the ground, but remained seated, damage was done the 2 smaller pole sections where bent out of shape slightly, (one section on each) which I have now replaced. At no point have I been wet but when opening the side door, (either side), ensure you tap the top of the tent first. Warning every time you are going to take the tent down you should release the tension band straps slightly & re tighten once erected again. I have also have a inner ground sheet, with a lip that clips on I find this just brings more dirt in so only use the side we are not using as a door. This year I purchased the Footprint, to go with it have found around the sleeping area it works well but the vestibule area if the wind is in the right or wrong direction you can get water on top of the footprint

I keep my inner tent fitted at all times while touring once home remove & pack as 2 parts, I find this easier.

Me & pillion have found the 350 (3 man) is more than enough room even with our exped 7 down mats I like the little side pockets on the inner tent Ideal for torches required in the night. We have used it at week ends quite a bit & do not always use the guide ropes as you do not always need them, in calm conditions. I would suggest if your backpacking or have limited transport the Omega would be Ideal, if space is not a premium then look at the Vango Beta 350 the only main difference is fiberglass poles.

NOTE I looked at the Omega 250 (2 man) but felt the extra space & height worth it, I can sit on my chair & not touch the top of the tent I cant fully stand up in it (5ft 3') I would most definitely get another Omega 350.

Hint, once you have erected the tent tightened the tension bands, then go out side & check your tent pegs you may need to re position or tighten the guide ropes, to ensure no sag.

I pers use half of the vestibule area as storage, of panniers, & other bike equipment, (photo uploaded of my tent in germany & my bike plus chair), for a our bike gear the remainder for relaxing if not nice out side.

Note on Footprint & vestibule sheet.

As already mentioned water can get in if the wind is blowing in a certain direction, (can't be helped), I would suggest you

1) lay footprint

2) erect tent

3) depending what you are going to do in the vestibule area you can

A) leave it all the way down

B) fold half of it back to wards sleep area (so exposed ground

C) place the ground sheet with the lip on folded back bit.

This is of course all assuming you are there prior to it raining or becoming wet.
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By: Tisfortom  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 16/09/2012

I own several tents which I use for various trips. Ive had my Vango 2 years now. I really like this tent and have been all over the uk in it. I have used it in gale force winds and thunderstorms. I have been using this as a 2 man tent which then leaves lots of room to stow gear inside the tent. I do not use the supplied porch groundsheet as it picks up lots of mud.Not good when trying to store quick, so I use a separate smaller one in the porch. The porch is spacious and big enough to set up small camping stoves to cook in adverse weather. I have made one alteration to it. I added extra tent peg hoops along the porch diagonals which use to slap and flap in heavy winds. The inside of the flysheet can get a little damp if the inner air vent is left zipped in wet weather. The other thing you need do when it rains it tap the tent above the door to shake off excess water as it will drip in when you unzip the door. The tent is not perfect but is well built for what it costs and weighs.
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By: Hankakampa  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 15/09/2012

Depending on where your going to be using this tent id rate it 6 or 10 out of 10.

But my Kampa Minnis 4 is still better!

Anywhere windy together with wet/cold and id rate it 6 out of 10 because the wind and rain gets into the living area because this tent doesn't have a sewn/sealed/zip-in ground sheet. Its almost impossible in windy and cold weather to stay warm in this tent as the wind blows in under the tents fly sheet and takes out any warmth from a heater.

The wind also lifts up the flap of material covering the door zip, rain then lashes down on the zip and works its way through into the living area soaking every thing inside the door area.

If its calm weather though its fine though - so why have a living area as in nice weather your going to be outside anyways!

The Kampa Minnis 4 solves all this by having a fully sealed in ground sheet - with a heater in there in wet and windy and cold weather you stay warm and dry - and they are cheaper too and almost the same size.

Ill be selling the omega 350 next spring.
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By: Dbice  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 09/09/2012

Just got back from a couple of days/nights on the isle of skye with a brand new omega 350 (2012 model).

Tent is packed in a great little bag with poles, pegs, front area bathtub detachable groundsheet and is light.

Put up quickly and was very impressed to see that it came with Clam Cleat Loks on all the guy lines ready attached - never knew that tent makers were putting these on as standard - and they came in very useful!

On our 2nd night we were told a storm was approaching and would hit around 4am.

And it did! woke me up!. Tent was flapping about wildly but stood up to the gale force winds and lashing rain quite well.

Except that the tent was being battered by winds and rain side on and the wind was lifting the flap which covered one of the door zippers. The driving rain was then getting in through the zipper, spreading itself between the inside of the door and the fly screen and then dripping onto the ground sheet over a large area inside the tent.

The problem is that the flap cannot be secured down. There are only velcro strips on the vertical part of the zipper but not along the part that runs horizontally near the roof of the tent.

I might see about an alternative way of holding this flap down with press studs or something because otherwise the tent was very waterproof in the driving rain.

It was draughty too as the ventilation flaps on either end cannot be closed as the guy lines are atached to them and as soon as the guy lines are tensioned ( for windy conditions! ) the flaps are pulled up and open.

The detachable bathtub style ground sheet in the living area doesn't really keep strong winds out and we found on the stormy night that it was very draughty in there.

Finally the clips that hold the clip in ground sheet in place are very difficult to unclip to remove the groundsheet.

I like this tent and it would be ideal in calm conditions with perhaps heavy rain OR strong winds - but not both.

I much prefer my Kampa Minnis with a sealed in tub groundsheet even though it is much heavier at 12kg, it feels sturdier and more comfortable inside.
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By: Barnsleybill  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 02/07/2012

I bought this tent to replace a much loved three man dome tent that at 15 years old owed me nothing but was proving too small to take my little boy away for weekends.

I paid a premium and bought a bright orange' volcano' tent at 180. I know they can be had for 130 but my logic being that my little boy could find it easier in the sea of green and blue tents that proliferate campsites these days.

Having had practice putting the Vango Beta's up at a recent scout camp I had no bother at all getting this tent up in 15 minutes.

Loads of room inside and the bath tub porch sheet is a bonus as I'd seem the scouts Vango Beta's (2011 Models) submerge under mud and necessitate their tents being mopped out after one night.

I swapped the standard light alloy bent wire pegs for Y section alloy pegs which seem a good investment with none bending or twisting to release guy lines in windy conditions.

Another tip would be to obtain a footprint as the flysheet is very light. I'm not aware of Vango producing a specific one for this tent, but the Vango Velocity 300 is exactly the same shape and size of this tent and I obtained one off Ebay for 15 - bargain!

Note - I have only scored it at an 8 because we didn't experience any extremely bad weather which one needs to get a tents true worth. I can see what everyone means about the doors being an issue but I have seen this problem on other side entry tunnel tents.
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By: Chimpy  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 30/04/2012

Promised that I'd update my review after using the tent, so here it is. Just back from a weekend camping at RAF Finmere for a paintball event with absolutely horrendous weather - I can't recall the like since the storm of 1987 - 70mph gusts and driving rain. The campsite was decimated with tents collapsing, being flooded, blown upside down - you name it.

Thankfully the Omega 350 was superb. Easy to pitch even in the very blustery (30-40mph) conditions at the time and being set end-on to the prevailing wind it took everything thrown at it without any problems. Not a single leak inside and the split design was a god-send, allowing you to get inside and strip off waterproofs and wellies in the porch area, then clamber into the lovely dry sleeping area.

I'd made a tarp footprint for the tent and when taking the tent down was able to strip out the bone dry inner tent before having to collapse the fly sheet - made life a lot easier when drying the fly in the garage at home.

Other points - the bright orange guylines were superb, a small thing but I lost count of the times people tripped over the dark coloured lines on other tents - but these stand out brilliantly. They also come fitted with line-locks as standard, which I hadn't realised - makes adjusting the lines so simple and secure.

I've been racking my brains to think of a single downside to the tent and the only improvement I'd like to see for the 2013 model is some way of closing/adjusting the air vent into the sleeping compartment. It's well shielded from the elements but in the gale force winds we experienced it was slightly breezier than ideal.

A really excellent tent, can't recommend it more highly.
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Manufacturer's Description

The Vango Omega Tents are very similar in layout and style to the Vango Beta tents however, they feature two significant differences; they have alloy poles which significantly reduces the weight of the tent and they feature the new 'speed-pitch' system to allows for 'all-in-one' pitching (the Dodgers are interested). These tunnel tents are perfect for 2-season camping and feature a living/porch area large enough to use as living space, bike or gear storage and two entrances.
The Vango Omega 350 a 3-berth version of the tent which features a breathable polyester inner, bathtub inner groundsheet and permanent living area/porch groundsheet. The flysheet is made from Protex 2000, a polyester fabric with 2000mm hydrostatic head with fully taped seams and continuous external pole sleeves. Within the flysheet are air vents and 'crystal clear' windows with internal covers for privacy. The poles are Powerlite 7001-T6 alloy providing precision and strength with flexibility and corrosion resistance. Comes complete with zip entry handled carry bag.

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