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Tent Showcase: Vango Diablo 600

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Discontinued
6  (more 6 berth tents)
22.60 KG
ฃ350.00
2
Bathtub
Fly first
Average User Rating:
8/10 from 3 reviews

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3 Reviews of the Diablo 600

By: Eejaybee  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 06/11/2015

Fantastic living area but took far too long for us to put up, especially single handed (2h30 plus). Inner goes up first so risks getting wet and it also means it's difficult to work out exactly what the final tent area will be on the ground. We got told off at a campsite for not pitching centrally enough on our pitch. The first time we put it up, a Force 8 gale sprang up out of nowhere and the porch pole snapped. That said, it has survived some pretty windy weather on other occasions. The kids still love it- but we have decided to go for a folding camper!
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By: Jeanie bean  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2006   Rating:   Date: 30/08/2015

What a tent brought this second hand as wanted to try camping.As my friend was really into camping and wanted me and kids to join them on a trip. I am well and truly in to camping now.

The living space in the middle is fantastic . Can be used in the rain for seating or dinning. Have used it to sleep a couple of extras too.With 2 sleeping pods that each sleep 3 comfortably on air beds or camp beds.

I have used the front porch area for cooking in. Fly doors on both front and back door nice when hot as air can flow through.

Great sown in ground sheet so I can let the dog of once inside and he cant escape and neither can small children as you can use the zips either way so done up at the top and little fingers cant reach.

Is heavy and needs 2 to erect. Takes us about 20-30 mins.

Have used it in the rain and we stayed nice and dry. Very stable in winds.
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By: Jayfarnsworth  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 18/12/2014

I decided to upgrade from my trusty (ahem) old Eurohike Kelmarsh to something a bit more up to date. I don't have kids but do like odd weekends away and festivals. I need a tent I can stand up in, is somewhere to hang out and I normally go by car. The Diablo 600 is awesome!

I was looking around the beginning of 2014, after a 'dripped on' festival weekend in the Kelmarsh, I came across a few options from Vango, as well as others, and I came across the Diablo 400 (four person) at very reduced price .For sub ฃ200 a whole lot of tent. Whilst I was looking around I found a Diablo 600 (six person), nearly new, for a similar price (still sub ฃ200).

I know the market went away from the separate pod design due to campers being restricted by pitch sizes, but if that doesn't matter much to you, then the Diablo design is brilliant. Me personally, I prefer festival fields and open-field camp sites so the 7.5m width doesn't really matter too much. Of course, at a festival you can't be there too late with a tent this size but there is normally space somewhere. The twin pod design is great for two sets of people, each pod is about as private as you can get. (It is like having two three-person tents with a covered and windowed space in between)

It is nothing like the older (pre-2012) Diablo (XP) as far as I can tell, it is a very up to date tent. I've certainly never had a bath-tub fly sheet, zipped curtains, door fold-away pockets or darkened bedrooms before. The build quality and materials feel very good (in comparison to friend's tents .Not just the Eurohike). It pitches all in one, it is a relatively easy process but it does take a bit of work to get the footprint right (not completely right in the photos, but not bad for a first go - also not quite guy'd right due to trying to be polite with the lethal hazard of guylines). For two of us it took 45 mins on the first go, a pretty easy task. There is of course a whole lot of staking to be done on a tent shaped like this; the extra angles mean there are more positions to peg down.

Having the back door is great, it meant there was a nice wind tunnel effect which can be generated with the front and rear waterproof doors open and the screen doors closed. Like others say about the double material doors design, it was slightly annoying having to zip open and closed twice when getting in and out but it can be resolved by tying the zipper pulls together (the screen material can also be rolled back). The bedrooms feel very spacious, probably a comfortable three in sleeping bags, a double inflatable mattress went in easily with enough room for rucksacks down each side, and the bedroom pockets are very handy. The living area is massive; the hexagon shape makes it feel big. Plenty people can be in there, six very easily and with lots of storage pockets (12) to assist! The big front windows make it very bright and spacious; the veranda style back door means light can be let in through the back door too with it half way down even in rain. The porch over the front door is much more sheltering than it looks, boots etc. Fit nicely down in the corners and remain dry enough even through heavy rain.

One festival week this year really gave it a run for its money, all seasons in a few days, it was easy to get a breeze through the tent in hot summer sunshine (the front vents help too), felt really solid in rough wind and a lovely place to be in torrential rain, the design makes it feel really solid .Never felt more like being an a small polythene house!

As shown in the photos I replaced the Vango guyline with Glorope and Clamclets, not necessary really the Vango stock guylines and runners (triangular flip ones) are very easy to use .But I hate falling over guylines, the Glorope works really well, the reflecting thread shows up under torch and the rope is visible to the naked eye at night (not bright but plenty enough to see and avoid) .But that is another review.

Love this tent, it does fill the boot of the car up, and at 23kg, a trolley is definitely required at a festival (but you need one for the beer anyhow :)), however, the living space and bedroom privacy make it very realistic for two couples, a family or combinations of which, to have time in a tent without feeling cramped. If you can find one and don't care about small pitches, they are a great bargain.

I've taken a star off because I wish Vango had created a mechanism for operating the door zips individually or together, not all the tension straps are adjustable and the bathtub groundsheet does make for interesting times clearing out debris (see photos :)).
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Manufacturer's Description

New for 2012 is the re-introduction of the Diablo in this impressive tunnel structure with separate sleeping areas in the side pods. This is sure to be a firm favourite with weekend campers who value the extra privacy of the sleeping pods combined with a central social area, in this easy to pitch and compact tent.

• Flysheet first pitching
• Protexฎ 3,000HH polyester embossed 70D
• Polyethylene 10,000HH groundsheet
• Breathable polyester ‘lights out’ Inner tent
• Colour coded poles
• Pre-attached guylines with guy holders
• Sewn-in groundsheet
• NEW larger windows
• NEW privacy curtains
• NEW low level vents
• Fully wind & rain tested
• Sheltered rear door cover
• Cable entry with cable tidies
• Pelmets with pockets
• Reflective webbing
• Easy find inner clips
• Hanging storage
• 2 full mesh doors
• Part mesh inner doors
• Handled carry bag

Total weight: 22.60kg
Pack size: 85 x 37 x 37cm
Pitching time: 20 mins

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