By: Happybonzo Reason: I own(ed) one Made in: 2001 Rating: Date: 24/05/2010
I Have had two Force 10 Mk 5 and cannot rate them highly enough. Stupidly, I sold both of them.
My kids used them, their friends used them and sometimes even I was allowed to use them.
I have used them in all conditions from blizzards and minus 25C to belting hot in Morocco.
Pitching them is sooo easy. My only reservation is that the pegs supplied are not good: Replace them with some decent plastic pegs.
I wish that I had bought the extension for mine though. It would have given me that bit of extra space
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By: MatSav Reason: I own(ed) one Made in: 2001 Rating: Date: 23/08/2009
I have owned three Vango Force 10 Mk 5 Std over the last 30 years. Two of these tents are still in use, and the only reason the first one isn't still in use is because it was stolen!
The classic design of this tent means it stands up to the harshest of conditions, as claimed. Pitching style is normally inner first, but in foul weather, this can be modified to erect the flysheet first and keep the inner dry. It takes a little longer than the claimed 10 minutes to pitch this tent fully, but if you like space, it's worth it. Calling it a 4-man tent is stretching a point somewhat, although I have used this model with six teenagers inside.
It's worth buying the extension for the flysheet, if you can find one second-hand (because Force 10 have stopped making them). This will provide about 5ft x 3ft of extra storage space, for your wet gear - or a kitchen space, sheltered from the elements.
There have been a number of small design changes over the years, so the approximate age of the tent can be determined if you know what you're looking for. For instance, S-hooks between the inner and flysheet in the centre of the roof have been replaced with small fastex style buckles; later models have an extra pegging point at the seam of the rear flysheet; the groundsheet materials are lighter in weight for more recent models, and the inner has only one internal pocket on one side on older models, rather than the present two on each side for the latest incarnation. Older versions have longer swaged ends of poles for insertion into the A-pieces, and tent rubbers between the inner and fly pegging points are bungee-cord on newer models.
Vulnerable points for damage are the apex on the flysheet where eyelets allow the A-piece spike to pass through, and the side-roof guy rope attachment points. The groundsheet anchor points may also fail if too highly stressed - the trick is to pitch this tent 'loosely', and expect a little flapping in the breeze.
I bought my newest Force 10 Mk 5 Std from a work colleague, for substantially less than the RRP. Worth watching online auction sites for a bargain. If the canvas is still bright orange, it's been little used and not yet bleached by the sun. Some models can be found with a green flysheet, somewhat lighter in weight as it's nylon rather than the cotton normally found. If you have a nylon flysheet, you actually have a Force 10 CN, rather than a STD. As rare as hen's teeth are the Mk 5 CNX - cotton inner, nylon flysheet - with a built-in extension. I'd recommend the latter if you intend carrying this tent for any distance. All in all, though, I'd recommend the Force 10 to anyone who needs 4-season camping.
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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 ° 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.