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Tent Showcase: Force Ten Classic Standard Mk4

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5.60 KG
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9.67/10 from 3 reviews

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3 Reviews of the Classic Standard Mk4

By: Vango man  Reason: I've used one  Made in: 2001   Rating:   Date: 26/05/2014

An iconic bit of kit. Almost 20 years old and still as good as new. A perfect retreat from bad weather on the mountain farms where we camp, not very big inside but very cosey for us. We car camp and don't carry it so the bulk is not an issue. Can take the worst of snowdonia and come back for more, year in year out, must be dry before packing away as its cotton. Smells lovely inside and is very warm. Worth getting one just to say you own one, very easy to put up and only takes 5 mins. Would we buy another ? without a doubt. A ten pointer if ever the was one.
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By: Gde745  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2001   Rating:   Date: 26/09/2013

My Vango Force 10 mk 3 goes back to 1978 and the mk 4 to 1982! Both are still going strong. Very dependable and durable classic tents; although cotton fabric needs to be stored bone dry and reproofed every couple of years.


*Quiet in strong winds compared to nylon

*Very long life if cared for correctly

*bombproof in gales and rain but should be pitched back end facing into the wind

*4 season capability


*limited internal space (but adequate if organised)

*Too heavy for backpacking/cycle touring
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By: Chrismo  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2001   Rating:   Date: 19/07/2011

What can I say, really. I now get the same sort of comments about the trusty old Vango as I did about my Morris 1000.

So, it's not got the space, headroom, and light weight of a modern dome or other design. People do make jokes about boy scouts. But it's 30 years old, still weatherproof,strong, stable and takes about 2 minutes to put up. And it smells lovely ! And it's orange canvas !

I think the Mark 4 is supposed to be 4 man; well, maybe if you're on an Arctic expedition. Mine is just for me and the dog. My 2 kids share another one. Not state of the art these days for backpacking, but great to chuck in the back of the car.

I have, and do, own a few other tents of varying sizes, but this is the best for convenience and reliability. I don't know if Vango still make them, but I'd buy one today if I had to.
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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. Using Protex® DWR Cotton flysheet and inner offers real nostalgia, cooler space inside the tent as well as good protection from the elements.

Flysheet: Protex® DWR cottofloorplan
Inner: Protex® DWR cotton
Groundsheet: Polyester/PVC 15,000
Poles: PowerLite® 7001-T6 alloy ø19–22mm
Pitching: Flysheet or inner first

• Protex® DWR cotton flysheet
• Protex® DWR cotton inner
• Polyester/PVC laminate 15,000 groundsheet
• PowerLite® 7001-T6 alloy poles ø19–22mm
• Alloy ‘A’ frame design
• Seam taped groundsheet
• Flysheet or inner first pitching
• Large porch
• Mesh panel on inner door
• Vertical zip on flysheet door
• Inner tent pockets
• Storm guylines included
• Line-lok guyline runners
• Repair kit
• Cotton compression stuffsac

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