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Tent Showcase: Vango Solace 400 AirBeam

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4  (more 4 berth tents)
30.00 KG
Fully Sewn-in
Average User Rating:
8/10 from 3 reviews

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3 Reviews of the Solace 400 AirBeam

By: TheClods  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2017   Rating:   Date: 15/09/2017

This is a great tent. We have used it for two separate camping trips so far, one long weekend in Ireland and we are just home from 3 weeks in France (in various locations so we pitched and unpitched a few times). We bought it to replace our Vango Icarus 500 as we wanted an airbeam with a canopy area for cooking equipment. After using it in Ireland we decided to spend the extra money on the porch door. This was definitely worth buying for rainy days, however given the initial price of the tent it would have been nice for the door to come with it. Also I do think the door is a bit bulky and could have been made lighter, but thatís a minor gripe. Once we had it zipped on we just left it on each time we took the tent down as the oversized tent bag had plenty of room for it. The tent is massive when packed down and takes up a good chunk of our car boot space. There are just two of us though so we can forego the back seats. Iíd imagine if you have a family you would need a trailer or at least a roof box to store stuff. The tent pitches very easily and because of the supersized beams it is incredible sturdy once up. There is plenty of space for two, we unzipped the bedroom divider and had a nice open space with plenty of room for our clothes. I really like that the front door is set off to one side so you have place to store your cooking cabinet in the porch outside and room for a table inside without blocking the door. When we initially got the tent I wasnít sure how waterproof it would be but we had 8 hours of solid thundering rain in Bordeaux and it didnít let in a drop. It also dries out reasonably quickly for a polycotton tent. As a previous reviewer said the webbing straps on the back air vent and front awning do catch the wind and can be very noisy. On our first night using the tent it did keep us awake. We solved this by replacing the straps with guy line and itís not an issue anymore. Being polycotton the tent is very breathable and comfortable, one of the days in France reached 40 degrees and the tent was still (just about) bearable to be inside when dressing. I really like the skytrack system as itís good to have options for where to hang lanterns and other items. I would have liked two skytrack on either side of the outer canopy to allow you to run a line for hanging tea towels. I also would have like a few more pocket storage areas in the living room space but again these are only minor issues. All in all, I am very happy with this tent, it has plenty of space for a couple to enjoy a long camping holiday without tripping over each other and stuff. It felt like a bit of an indulgent splurge when we first bought it but it has everything we wanted in a tent and I know it will last us a good long time.
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By: Quest no sit  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2017   Rating:   Date: 14/08/2017

Used for 5 nights on an extremely windy campsite in North Devon. Tent was rock solid in 40 mph winds. Only fault if you can call it that is that the venting at the back of the tent is extensive and permanently vented with no option to close it which means can be very cold at night. Other possible problem is that the back vent is not poled so when it's windy it flaps and is very noisy and kept me awake most of the night.Theres no option to close this vent. Also the back straps are webbing and they also make a racket if it's windy. It can stand up to massive wind but at the same time will be cold and noisey during windy weather but otherwise a great tent. Must be packed away dry as if wet would be far too heavy to handle.
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By: Jacfrosty  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2016   Rating:   Date: 12/09/2016

Really happy with this tent. We have used it for a total of 38 nights over the course of the summer, mostly in France but our 'trial' 2 nights were in the UK with our grandson. We find the pitching really easy. It also 'unpitches' very easily. The reason for only 9 out of 10 rating is because I would have liked 2 side doors instead of just one. Also if the designers could incorporate a way of totally opening the side door that is there so it could be used as a canopy this tent would be totally perfect. However, these are only small niggles. We find it very comfortable for the 2 of us (plus dog). 4 people would be a bit tight. It pitches in minutes and to be fully pegged out about 30 minutes. It was extremely stable although we never experienced huge winds. I love this tent.
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Manufacturer's Description

A tent for those who need lots of living space in combination with absolute luxury and impressive attention to detail. The Solace is a four AirBeam, rich Polycotton tent with a pre-attached extension. The pre-attached extension acts like a second living room providing a panoramic view from the large crystal clear side windows. The inner bedrooms are designed with a lightweight polyester bathtub groundsheet, ideal for packing away and sleeping comfortably. A robust oxford polyester ripstop groundsheet provides a solid base for extra strength and durability . The high-quality, polycotton fabric will protect you from the elements yet is breathable - no need to worry about a build up of condensation inside. A fantastic weekend style tent to the polycotton AirBeam family.

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