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34 Reviews of the Omega 350        Showing 11 to 20          Page:   1   2   3   4  
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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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By: Chimpy  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 01/03/2012

Have just received my 2012 (manufacture date on label shown as August 2011, but is the 2012 model) Omega 350 and carried out my first test pitching in the back garden. Initial impressions are good - despite being a very inexperienced camper I had no trouble following the pitching instructions and took about 30mins to get it set up.

Tip #1: It mentions that the pole sleeves are colour coded to match the poles - they are, but it isn't immediately obvious. Each pole sleeve has a (very) small coloured swatch sewn at the opening, rather than the entire sleeve being coloured - however it's probably easier to just remember than the long pole goes in the middle! :)

I left the inner tent attached when taking it down to speed up pitching in future and everything fitted into the supplied stuff sack with only minimal cursing the pushing.

Sleeping pod is a good size, plenty of room for two plus bags and I don't think three adults would be as cramped as in some 3-man tents. Length seems fine too, I'm 5ft10 and have plenty of space.

The porch groundsheet is a tub-style (I think earlier models had a flat sheet) and fits in easily, once you've worked out which way round it goes.

Quality seems good too. Giving it a 9/10 based on very limited use so far, will be back to re-review once I've had it out in the rain and wind!
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By: Icecubeinhell  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 26/01/2012

I've just had my first trip away in my Omega 350 more then happy with it, I had 35mph winds when I was away and it stood there and took it without a flinch, I did have slight condensation on the fly sheet one morning but the temp had gone down to -4c in the night so its to be expected.

Its a good size tent and you could sleep 3 but I think it would be better for 2 unless you are all really friendly.

Easy enough to pitch, I managed to pitch it by myself when it was a bit gusty so no problems there.

All in all a good all round tent.
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By: Tyke-ess  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 30/08/2011

Great Tent, easy to put up & take down, clip in ground sheet in porch is a bit flimsy, not sure how it will stand up to less grassy pitches. Tension straps are great both inside and out. Small windows in front allow light into porch area. Fly mesh on one door also a nice & useful feature keeps those pesky midges out!

As previous reviewers have stated, plenty of room for 2 adults plus gear in both the sleeping inner & porch area (including crash helmets, bike leathers & boots). Storage in the Inner Tent is good (4 mesh pockets on each side) and stow-pocket is useful for the inner door when fully unzipped. There is plenty of room to sit upright in both inner and porch.

We have just got back from our 1st weekend in this tent and it almost got full marks. The problem with the water ingress when you unzip the door lets it down! We gave the tent a 'shake' before unzipping to get rid of most of the water. You'd expect better from Vango, but that appears to be the only fault we could give it.
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By: Mark James  Reason: Other  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 14/08/2011

If you are thinking of buying a Vango 350, seriously consider the slightly larger 450 (which I have). For less than a kilo extra weight there is more width and height - especially if you are tall (6' plus). I was all for the 350 but looking at the specs on Vango's website persuaded me to go for the larger size. This is for 2 adults and a small dog. Comfortable and well worth an extra £50 - have seen this at around £176 in 2011.

Just a thought but it's better to have more space than not enough?
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By: Sophiefp  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 07/06/2011

Thanks to all the handy reviews here I bought the 2011 model, which is improved with an up-turned and peggable porch groundsheet, a perhaps enhanced gutter over the doors (though still heavy rain would be an issue), with velcro on it to stop the zip getting exposed.

My small daughter and I put this up and took it down easily without needing to refer to the instructions. You can pack it away all as one to speed putting it up.

It is ultra stable in high winds and we had no worries about leaks or condensation.

It feels very spacious and airy for 2, and you could get away with 3 adults better than in most 3 man lightweight tents. In the evenings I hung out in the porch area while my daughter slept and although a little draughty it wasn't bad. Although you can't stand upright, you can stand bent over to pull trousers on or sit in a chair.

The orange sleeping area makes it feel light and positive even when it's raining, which is very cheering.

I probably would have bought a footprint groundsheet if there'd been one, but it didn't need it on campsite patchy grass and weeds, and you wouldn't want the extra weight if hiking.

We paired it up with a lovely polycotton Robens Tarp for outside cooking and eating, but you could just about cook inside perhaps - bit risky!
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By: Quartermaster  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 05/05/2011

AS the Omega 350 can be re-arranged into twin packs it makes for a roomy and effective walkers tent at just 5 kilos gross weight. However for stopping at the same location for a weekend with the car conveniently parked nearby I think I might buy a more robust and heavier duty tent and just use the 350 when I'm hiking and fishing. The Omega 350 is cleverly constructed but it does need an additional durable ground sheet. It could also do with an optional canopy over the doors as foul weather can easily penetrate the porch area when exiting or entering. Vango make plenty of tents ( I discovered this after purchasing my 350) that have optional 'footprint' ground sheets and canopies but they seem to have decided not to make these items available for the 350. If anyone has any experience of a DIY solution for the Omega 350 in this regard I would appreciate knowing about any possible solutions to this my only complaint about an otherwise great value for money tent.
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By: Msbean13  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 20/09/2010

Bought this tent in July. So far have had good use out of it.

It has seen us through some really dreadful weather and water logged campsites without a leak or drop of condensation. This is the big selling point for us. The tent breathes brilliantly, keeps you dry when its raining and nice and cool when its hot. When its windy it barely moves which gives great peace of mind.

There are some bad points, the stitching isn't good in some areas, a small hole appeared on the inner tent and the groundsheet. Although the tent withheld a nasty storm the wind did manage to bend the poles slightly. None of these things have marked my opinion of it though great value for money we hope for many happy holidays to come.
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By: Tci872  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 15/09/2010

We bought this tent as a middle ground between our Sigma and Force 10 and it served its purpose. Great space in the porch and easy to pitch. We have placed this review after our 2nd trip, the first in the west lakes was uneventful weather wise so nothing to comment on, however we have just returned from a week on South West Scotland.

Wind - blew a gale for 2 nights and the tent didn't budge. Rain - rained heavily for 14 hours and the tent didn't leak. So I have absolute and total confidence in the tent.

Now for the only minus (may have been mentioned before). The entrance / exit doors after rain soak you when you leave or enter due to poor / lack of gutters. And heres my point, our Colorado didn't, our Sigma doesn't and the Force 10 certainly doesn't, so I think this is such a schoolboy design error for a company with the reputation of Vango for this specification of tent that that I was seriously tempted to drop the rating to 8 on that fact alone.So annoying. It stays at 9 because it did the job in bad weather. Just don't go out.
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By: John S16  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 03/09/2010

I bought this tent in a panic after finding the day before my Easter trip to Wasdale that my old Timberline had turned into a cosy nest for a family of mice. I bought the tent on the name and thankfully I wasn't disappointed.

The build quality is excellent, the design is good but could be better, the doors open at an angle so water pours in when its only drizzling. The ground sheet is paper thin and needs a second more robust one underneath. The tent has a system of tapes that brace the tent in a storm and works well. Take plenty of clothes pegs with you as they come in useful for hanging damp clothes on.

The poles and inner have a colour coded system so after a few practice runs you can have the tent up in a few minutes.

Its called a three man but its actually a two plus gear but great for the weekend or a long weekend trip.
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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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