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Tent Showcase: Vango Vail 700

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Bedroom inners:
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Pitching Style:
7  (more 7 berth tents)
33.70 KG
Fully Sewn-in
Fly first
Average User Rating:
8.54/10 from 13 reviews

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13 Reviews of the Vail 700        Showing 11 to 13          Page:   1   2  
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By: Beth9  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating:   Date: 05/09/2008

We had one of these without a sewn in groundsheet. On the third camping trip it leaked. The design was awful, the flysheet stretched so filled with water and the window side 'flap things' (could see no use for them except to make the whole thing thoroughly unwieldy in bad weather) just filled with water and caught the wind. It was really cold, horribly heavy and difficult to pitch. All in all a bad design we felt. In the second week of our holiday last year it actually blew away. Went back, with our family of four, to our lovely but ancient Vango diablo 400- great design and weatherproof. Looking at getting a 600 for next year.
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By: Geraldine Bookham  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating:   Date: 25/06/2008

We were so impressed when we saw this tent on display that we immediately upgraded and bought one! If you are looking for a modern equivalent of a frame tent this is it - massive headroom throughout makes for a very comfortable camping trip, you can even stand up in the bedrooms which is a real bonus for those of us who are tall or past crouching down! There are 3 separate bedrooms sleeping 2,2&3 - we have a double airbed in the 3 person one which leaves room to walk round it, store your luggage etc, or in our case room for the dog too!

The living area is large enough to accommodate a camping kitchen unit, fridge, 4 large chairs and a large table - plus all the usual! Nice details, SIG is great - no bugs, covered flaps for EHU cable, option of door opening at side or front, but best of all is the massive porch/awning at the front which gives a nice covered area for cooking/sitting.

Downside is the poles are really heavy! But the tent itself comes in a great bag with wheels, you can also buy a footprint ground sheet to protect the underside of the tent. Pitching is straight forward, but it can be tricky to lift into the upright position if its very windy due to the weight of the poles - but the end result is well worth it.
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By: Dibsy01  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2006   Rating:   Date: 13/05/2008

The Vango Vail 700 (also available as 500) (now replaced by the Amazon 600 or 800) is an excellent tent. It can sleep 7 although as a family of 5 we found it to be a good size. It is simple to erect although can be heavy to lift into an upright position, especially if it is raining whilst putting it up. We spent 3 weeks in it last summer, mostly in torrential rain, and had a tiny bit of leaking around the side door zips (this may have been sorted with the new Amazon as I notice it has a 'lip' above the side doors). It has a sewn-in groundsheet but also the front and side panels can roll up to let air in when it is hot. There are sky lights in the roof making it light inside. The bedroom pods are easy to put up, or can be folded up with the inner of the tent. The canopy is excellent and we used this area for cooking even in bad weather - we just wrapped a wind break around to box it in a bit. Due to it's shape it fit well into campsite plots (better than the tent we had previously with pods sticking out the sides). We have no urge to replace it this year so it must be good!
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Manufacturer's Description

Spacious and airy, stable and comfortable - these are key attributes that make the Vail so special. This tent has a commanding presence on the campsite with its great contemporary styling. 3 doors, 4 windows, movable front wall and detachable canopy all contribute to a superb camping experience.

* Canvas: 72x40x40
* Roller bag with zipper opening for easy packing away and transport.
* Poles: 90x25x12
* Sewn-in ground sheet which adds shelter, cosyness and helps keep the insects out.
* putting up style: Inner first
* Front and side doors for easy access in all weather.
* Rigid steel frame which makes sure the tent is secure and gives a cosy living space.
* volume: 7
* Rating: Family Tents
* Seam taped fly sheet which gives long lasting shelter from the elements.
* Bathtub inner ground sheet which gives you total climate shelter and prevents insects crawling in.
* Crystal Clear windows which let the the most amount of light through.
* big canopy that attaches by zipper to give additional shelter and can easily be cleaned.
* Mesh side door which adds extra your ventilation options.
* color coded poles which help you put the correct poles in their pole sleeves.
* Total mass (kg): 33.7
* Mesh your ventilation on the inner tent reduces the build-up of condensation and keeps insects out.

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