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3 Reviews of the Apex 200
By: Sagnier Reason: I own(ed) one Made in: 2010 Rating: Date: 10/06/2010
I have used my apex 200 tent a few times and I'm very pleased with it. It seems like a popular one given the number of people viewing this page - given that, id like to make a comment about the size of the bag.
Both of the other reviews have noted that it's too small. I would like to make the case that it is not too small. It seems there are two things to consider when making this judgement - firstly; does the volume of the tent, pegs and poles literally exceed the volume of the bag? clearly not, is the answer, as the tent is in the bag when you buy it. Secondly; is it reasonably within the powers of the average person to put the tent in the bag? I would say (having done it several times) yes it is. I possess no magic powers. I'm not even very good at origami. I think it only requires a bit of thoughtfulness, and careful folding.
Personally I'm very happy with the bag the size it is. A little care taken with the folding and rolling and it goes in fine. Not at all difficult. Five minutes up, five minutes down.
Also, the rainflap over the door zip will snag if you yank the zip closed and hope for the best. But if you're mindful of the possibility of it snagging and take care not to let the flap get caught (really quite easy) then. It wont get caught!
A brilliant tent in my opinion.
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By: Leafletter Reason: I own(ed) one Made in: 2010 Rating: Date: 28/05/2010
Just returned from a cycle tour through Scotland with my wife using this tent. We wanted a small footprint, green tent with single pole and side entrance. Our experience with Vango tents has been favourable in the past and we felt this would be up to the weather conditions we were likely to encounter.
First impressions were of a very well made and sturdy tent with strong but light fabric, top quality poles and guy fittings - all very good value for the price.
We noticed when cutting a Tyvek groundsheet protector that the dimensions of the inner tent did not match the floorplan supplied by Vango. It is 125cm at its widest, not 135cm. This was disappointing because the size of the inner was one reason we bought it. It did however have the advantage of making the porch slightly bigger than the floorplan indicated. (The actual weight was also more than the stated weight, but still light).
There are two large vent hoods which give the tent a rather strange shape and could prove a liability in strong wind, although we enjoyed such good weather in Scotland we did not have the chance to find out!
I was also a bit concerned that the front of the tent had no guying points, although that again had the great advantage of making it very easy to get in and out through the large door, and did not seem to be a problem.
The inner is held taut by an attachment to the fly so there's no fabric draped on the face, even with two of us sleeping in it.
The front vent hood acts as a canopy, keeping the rain off when the flysheet is open, and makes the porch seem roomy when the fly is zipped shut and the inner is open. There is plenty of headroom even for two adults sitting up in it.
The mesh vents in both the fly and inner give effective ventilation but do not prevent condensation. Because the inner door is only mesh at the top means that it is a warm tent, something we appreciated in the north of Scotland. Also, this is the first Vango tent we've had whose flysheet fabric stayed taut and did not sag in the wet.
So after a week's use, overall I have to say we are very pleased with the tent and would happily recommend it.
However, the reasons I didn't give it a ten are some minor problems which are very irritating.
First, the stuff sack is the size and shape of a packet of spaghetti and was too small to put the tent back in. Other reviewers have managed to get the tent back in, but I couldn't be bothered, and bought a 13-litre Alpkit dry bag which fits it perfectly and removes that particular niggle (http://www.Alpkit.Com/shop/cart.Php?target=product&product_id=16316&category_id=295).
Another drawback - the little short pegs which we replaced with proper-sized ones.
There is a rain cover for the door zip which snagged every time I tried to close the door.
Finally, the clips that attach the inner to the fly theoretically enabling it to be pitched 'as one' are too slack to stay in place. So although it takes a couple of minutes to put the tent up, I then have to grope under the fly to find the inner and attach it.
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By: Kenb Reason: I own(ed) one Made in: 2010 Rating: Date: 26/04/2010
There are two very minor negative points about this tent, but I'll leave that until the end, otherwise the news is all good.
Firstly the single pole makes it easy to put up.
Secondly, this tent is both light and robust : the material is not flimsy, is reinforced in the right places and does not sag on those damp cold mornings.
So far so good, but it gets even better. There is room for two if you are making it a short trip or have just fallen deeply in love with your tentmate. However, the Apex 200 is a light giant for one who is backpacking or cycling about.
I have not tested it in strong winds, but in very breezy conditions, pitched to the wind there was no flapping and a sound night's sleep happened. The tension band system actually works!
The next day's rain stayed well out of the tent and the canopy meant I could keep the door open and not get the inside wet. I like that canopy: it gives even more headroom and keeps the upper tent taught - its an excellent design feature.
Cons ; The bag is far too small and the door is mesh only at the top.
I love this tent, its ideal for me, being well made, roomy for one, and just do - able if a close friend comes with me.
Even with the minor faults, I'm as chuffed as nuts with this beauty.
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Protex® 30D SPU-RN 3000 flysheet
TBS® Pro – Tension Band System
Flat external pole sleeves
Large apex vent
Rain stop flysheet door
70D ripstop polyester inner
HD nylon 5000 groundsheet
Pole sleeve tension adjustment
Powerlite 7001-T6 Alloy poles
As one or Flysheet first pitching
Flysheet door can be partially opened as a vent
Reflective webbing at pegging points
Line-Lok guyline runners
Half mesh inner doors
Inner tent pockets
Pitching time 5 mins
Pack size 44 x ø11cm
Total Weight 1.6 kg
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