By: Davismickey Reason: I own(ed) one Made in: 2013 Rating: Date: 01/02/2014
This is a superb tent and excellent value for money and I would highly recommend it.
The reason I have only given it 9 stars is this tent is a little less refined in its finish than my last tent which was the Vango Icarus 500, but then this tent is a lot larger and only slightly more expensive and if you were to ask me to choose I would buy the Lomond over the Icarus.
The bedroom has a divider down the center for privacy and the lights out system Vango uses ensures you are not woken too early.
The lounge is a nice large space and we can fit in an inflatable settee, 2 large camping chairs and table, camp kitchen unit, fridge and storage unit and we still have plenty of space to move around without moving anything.
The front door is straight down rather than sloped and this helps to give you more room in the lounge area and is also a lot easier to get in and out.
The best feature of this tent has to be the canopy above the front door. It is wide enough to keep our cooker and gas bottle under without getting wet and often eat under it in bad weather. No more getting wet leaving and entering the tent on wet days so the tent stays nice and dry.
Vango's tention band system is another great feature and gives you piece of mind on a windy day that you tent will still be where you left it, and we have had to use this on a few occasions as we camp in all weathers.
The slight negatives I have found with this tent is there is no fly screen on the side door so in warm weather bugs fly in at night if the door is not closed and there is a lack of storage pockets in the living area, although there are plenty in the bedrooms. I also think there is a lack of windows in this tent with only one on each side, two small ones each side of the main door but none in the doors.
Overall this tent is easy to pitch and takes 2 of us about 20 minutes to pitch including the ground sheet that we peg out first and we often camp for just one night without it being a pain to errect.
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By: Jjgreg Reason: I own(ed) one Made in: 2013 Rating: Date: 16/09/2013
We have just returned from our 2nd trip in this tent, a week in Cornwall. We are fairly new to camping and after doing lots of research thought this tent fitted our requirements perfectly, large enough for 2 adults, 1 little boy, the dog and all our stuff, and very reasonably priced!
We found the tent pretty easy to erect, taking about 30mins. This tent was the great layout for us, we removed the partition in the bedroom to create one large space, this worked perfectly for us. The large living area was great, especially as the weather was not always the best. There was plenty of space for storing all our stuff, eating, relaxing and playing. The porch is brilliant, and on our first outing with this tent, we cooked under it as the weather was lovely. However we knew we weren't going to be so lucky on our trip to Cornwall, so we had purchased an extension which basically tripled the size of the porch area, whilst still open at the front, we were sheltered from the wind and rain and cooked and ate all our meals under it. It was the best £50 we've spent! We bought an easy camp Boston extension rather than the Vango one, as we wanted an open ended extension, and it was a snip at under half the price of the Vango one. It attached to our tent very well and really transformed our tent in the inclement weather.
Throughout our trip we had torrential rain and gale force winds, and whilst other campers were giving up and going home, our Vango stood strong and battled on! The tension band system was really put to the test, and proved to be very effective. I would highly recommend this tent, we love the layout, and the quality of build and now I love it even more for protecting my family throughout the rough weather! Can't wait till next year, and many more happy camping trips.
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By: Lotzy Reason: I own(ed) one Made in: 2013 Rating: Date: 07/05/2013
We tried this out for the first time over the weekend and think it's going to be a popular one with families. We previously had a Vango Orchy and extension and wanted something quicker to pitch and this certainly was.
The bedrooms have special fabric making them darker than usual and stops the 7am sun blaring down on you. It's meant to be a six berth, but for us I'd say 4 berth with our large airbeds plus spare room for clothes. The living room is a good size and will easily take a kitchen big preparation unit, six chairs, good size table and our usual pile of games, dumped coats in a corner. It has an extending canopy which was great for cooking under/keeping the shade off us. Size wise it's 380cmx645cm and the canopy (although not measured) seemed to be a good meter at it's fullest. It has a side door which can be rolled up or extended with king poles, a mesh front door (which we found really handy as there were a lot of knats/flying bugs around) and pockets to roll curtains down into.
We pitched during rain and a light breeze, but the rest of the weekend was sunny so didn't have chance to test during heavy rain/winds. We had a good look at the seams and couldn't find any faults. It seemed steadier than our old Vango Orchy and has the added bonus of a special tension system which you can put into use during windy conditions.
I've given it 9/10 as we would have liked a few pockets in the living room area, although, there are plenty in the bedroom. This won't be an issue for some and, if curtains not rolled up, we could always use the curtain pockets. Well done Vango, we are really pleased with this tent.
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