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11 Reviews of the Beta 350 XL Showing 11 to 11 Page:
By: Crazy daisy Reason: I own(ed) one Made in: 2013 Rating: Date: 09/05/2013
I have gained so much useful information from this site that I thought I would add my own contribution should anyone be in a similar situation to us.
REASON FOR PURCHASE
We wanted a 3 man tent that was relatively light weight (we are flying to France and hiring a car when we get there) to take on a 2 week camping trip in July 2013.
We also wanted a tent that could be used in the UK for short breaks for one or two nights that was quick to pitch but has good storage space.
We already have an Outwell Virginia 5 with a Vango Icaurus 500 canopy which is brilliant for longer stays but wanted something more “grab and go”.
On top of that we wanted the cost to be below £100.
WHY WE CHOSE A BETA 350 XL
We went for the 350 XL rather than the 350 because of the linked in ground sheet in the porch area. We have 2 dogs so wanted a way of keeping them inside the tent rather than heading out when the mood takes them! Also the windows on the XL are bigger.
Other reasons for choosing this tent was the price, under £100, the sewn in inner ground sheet, the large porch area and the head height. We wanted to be able to sit on chairs in the porch area if it was raining.
Used the tent this weekend for 2 night stay on Exmoor.
Easy to carry, comes in its own bag with handles. Can be carried like a holdall which could slide over your shoulder if necessary.
Easy to pitch, just the 3 poles, it says they are colour coded, one of the poles has a grey section which corresponds with a grey tab on the tent.
The bedroom area can be zipped up to keep it bug free, it also has a part mess section which can be zipped open for ventilation.
The ground sheet in the porch area is very easy to clip into the corresponding eyelets and more importantly it was dog proof.
It was easy to clip out at the end of our stay and brush out any grass etc. We are also thinking that in France we may even fold up this ground sheet up so that more air can get into the tent if it’s hot. (The dogs are staying at home on the French trip)
The porch can be accessed from both sides, one door is a solid door but the other door also has a mesh inner door. Ideally we would have liked both doors to have mess to improve the air flow without bugs.
We went for the black and green colourway hoping to keep the tent darker at night. I think this was the right choice, at night we could only see the green areas of the tent when lying in bed.
There is also this tension band section which is supposed to help in windy conditions. We haven’t tested this yet but I did find it useful to drape clothes over!
Storage wise we found the porch area to be very good, room for a bag each, 2 medium sized dogs beds and with some arranging two camping chairs.
On this trip we used 2 SIMS (forgot the double airbed!) there was also room enough to bring in one of the dog beds for our bigger dog to sleep on; the small dog sleeps on the bed.
We tried out this tent on a hot and sunny weekend so it hasn’t been really tested yet to the extremes of the UK weather!
My initial thoughts are that the tent is going to work for us, light weight, easy to pitch and roomy for 2 people. The couple of things I would change to give it 10/10 would be to turn the front panel into a window, to give more vision if you are inside looking out. The curtains for the PVC windows in the porch area are rather fiddly and awkward to get to if you have got stuff in the porch area. I would also have mesh on both the porch doors. Having said all that, we are really pleased with this tent and looking forward to many happy camping trips with it.
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◦Flysheet first or all in one pitching to ensure your sleeping pod always stays dry if it is raining.
◦Hard wearing, durable and waterproof groundsheet.
◦Linked in Groundsheet in the porch area ideal for storing outdoor footwear, rucksacks or for sitting under cover.
◦Breathable polyester inner tent on the Vango Beta 350 XL.
◦Sewn-in Inner groundsheet for easy pitching and eliminates draughts and stray 6 legged beasties.
◦TBS®II - Tension Band System - Vango''s patented system which gives our tunnel tents unrivalled stability.
◦Part mesh inner door.
◦Reflective webbing to pick up torchlight in the darkness.
◦Lantern loop conveniently sewn into roof, so that you can hang your Vango lantern whilst reading or chilling out.
◦Crystal Clear PVC windows allow maximum light and visibility.
◦Inner tent pockets are conveniently positioned and ideal for storing small items.
◦Vango Orange guylines are easy to see even in low light conditions.
◦All our tents are tested, within a certified test centre, to ensure that they will stand up to even the most extreme weather conditions.
◦The Vango Beta 350 XL includes a handled bag for simple packing and carrying.
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