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Tent Showcase: Vango Halo 200

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3 Reviews of the Halo 200

By: Armchaircamper  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating:   Date: 17/01/2014

I seriously love this little tent! Despite being used to large canvas tents filled with lots of equipment, I find the Halo very spacious for one person. The dome shape means it is possible to sit up comfortably and the two porches can store a surprising amount of kit. I particularly like the fact that the two entrances are on the sides - there is no claustrophobic feeling of crawling into a tunnel and there's plenty of room to get in and out.

Pitching is easy as all three poles are identical and the tent can be pitched as one. If I were to go wild camping, this would be the tent I would take as the green flysheet would blend into the countryside. In contrast, the inner is a cheery, warming orange.

So far I haven't used the tent in strong winds or torrential rain so can't comment on how it would stand up to bad weather. With a hydrostatic head of 5000mm and its stable dome design I would expect a good performance.

There are two small triangular vents, one at each side of the top, but these don't provide sufficient ventilation to prevent condensation with one person inside on a frosty night. However, the problem is easily remedied as the top section of each inner door is insect mesh with a zip up cover. Unzipping these sections at least partway allows plenty of airflow through the tent and prevents condensation.

It's a bit of a stretch to get hold of the bottom of the porch zip while trying to remain in the inner tent at the same time. It's also possible to open the porch zip from the top to have a peep outside in the morning, or perhaps to lie in the tent on a clear night and look up at the stars!
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By: Debbied  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 10/03/2013

I bought this for use on Dartmoor supporting Ten Tors team training. As I don't have to carry it all the time I get the luxury of a good sized 2 man tent to myself, it would easily accommodate 2 adults with the two porches for boots/rucksack/trangia etc.

The dome shape is ideal for the worst that Dartmoor can throw at a tent as it doesn't matter if the wind shifts direction (as it usually does) and you have doors on opposite sides so you can easily choose the downwind one. The poles are all the same length which I find helps at the end of a cold wet day but they are quite a tight fit the 1st time out. This has slackened off a little with use but it can still be a bit of a struggle on your own. The inner attaches easily into the fly but I would have liked the toggles to be a little larger so that they can be handled with gloves on. The only bit that really had me foxed was unclipping the clips that link the groundsheet inner to the tensioning straps of the fly. This is practically impossible to do when the tent is still pitched. I only managed by unpegging the poles to reduce the tension then twisting the plastic caribiner to undo it, I'm not sure how long they will stand up to this sort of treatment and I may have to replace them with something easier to undo.

In general a sturdy, spacious two man tent that has repeatedly stood up to some serious weather. A little too heavy for one person to carry alone but great for two if you split it. With a few design tweaks it would be perfect but for the price (I paid about £100 in Jan 2013) it is great value.
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By: EB00  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 20/01/2013

I have the green and orange one - not 100% sure it is 2011 as may have been a discounted one from the previous year's stock. Originally purchased for 2 children to share as having 2 porches meant they could each have their own entrance and place to store boots and bags. Did consider the 300 but (unusually) this 2-person tent does actually have enough room for 2 to sleep comfortably. Dimensions may have changed now but the 3-person was not much wider for the extra price and weight. Have not used this tent for backpacking but suspect it is a little heavy although recommended for DofE. I wanted something which looked sturdy enough to stand up to possible high winds and bad weather.

I now use this tent myself and it is ideal for 1 adult with room to keep some bags inside. Have not used it alone without another tent for gear storage - so may not be good if not backpacking and not on a site which allows cars by tents. I have had no problems in use but it is very difficult to bend the poles etc into shape when putting it up and best done by 2 people. One of the poles did get bent when my son tried to put it up by himself; however it survived the rest of the trip. You can get spare pole sections online which can be cut to size with a hacksaw and I recommend you do this as there is no pole repair sleeve in the repair kit which comes with the tent.
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Manufacturer's Description

Take three poles of the same length, add a flysheet and breathable fabric inner tent and within minutes you will have pitched a Halo. The innovative porch configuration gives both a dry area to store gear on the groundsheet, with an open section perfect for a stove or to leave muddy boots in. Straightforward pitching and the ability to split the load with friends will make this tent a firm favourite with youth groups, DofE adventurers and outdoor enthusiasts. Duke of Edinburgh's Award Recommended Kit. Our range of Technical tents encompasses Vango's spirit of adventure along with the brand's innovative designs and technology. Including TBS®, Alloy Poles, and a host of other features that you would expect from a Vango Technical tent .

Features

Flysheet: Protex® HC 5000 polyester
Inner: Breathable lightweight polyester
Groundsheet: Polyester 6000
Poles: PowerLite® 7001-T6 alloy
Pitching: As one or flysheet-first

DofE Recommended Kit
Groundsheets in porch areas
Semi-geodesic construction
Front and rear flysheet doors
Fire Retardant fabrics
Mesh ventilation
Multiple reflective points
'O' shaped inner doors
Flysheet door can be opened as a vent
Inner tent pockets
Supplied with compression stuffsac

Specifications
Pitching time 10 mins
Pack size 40 x ø17cm
Total Weight 3.50 kg

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