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Tent Showcase: Vango Inspire 600 Airbeam

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9/10 from 10 reviews

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10 Reviews of the Inspire 600 Airbeam

By: Yojot  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2015   Rating:   Date: 01/08/2016

We upgraded to an Inspire for a bargainous price returning our faulty Taiga, and Vango being out of stock. We are so glad we did. The difference in quality of the fabric and fittings is immediately obvious.

Pitching is incredibly easy. On it's second outing, I managed to put it up in heavy wind, and take it down in torrential rain with only a little help pumping the third beam when my arms got tired! There is no way I could have done this with a poled tent of this size (which is why I formally used a small quechua for solo camping trips with the three kids when my partner was working). So possible with one, a dream with two!

The space is lovely. Our last tent but one had plenty of room but was quite dark inside. Nice for sleeping, but less pleasant as a space to be. With the windows and doors open, and the fly sheets shut, it is a light and airy and comfortable in most weathers (I'm yet to find a tent that doesn't get unbearably when it's unbearably hot!).

Good storage. I like that the split bedroom zips so there's no flap that children can't help but pop their head through.

I agree with the two zips on the bedroom comments. This would be a small but not insignificant improvement.

I read about the flappy storm straps and was a little concerned. They were noisy my first trip but when being used subsequently with my husband, he gave them a twist which silenced them immediately. Even before this, it was really only noticeable in a howling gale and didn't bother me too much.

The only other criticism I would have is that the very light grey flooring does seem to mark quite easily and is quite difficult to clean. I am planning on giving it a really good clean with plenty of water, first thing on a hot day and hoping that I can get it properly clean, as this hasn't possible with a lightly damp cloth. Keeping it clean would be the best solution but despite my best efforts, the kids do occasionally traipse in a little mud.

Overall, by far the best tent our family has ever owned and the only one that we have used without experiencing any tent envy while roaming the campsite checking out other people's set up!
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By: Linny2008  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2015   Rating:   Date: 23/08/2015

There are many positive features of this tent. With a price tag of over 1000 you would expect a high quality tent. So let's start with what's great about it, best first. Pitching is an absolute walk in the park. From flat on the ground to go-in-able it takes about 7 minutes and there has been no need to worry about making little adjustments like you have to do with a poled tent it literally just pops up. Each beam takes about 23 pumps and is easy to do although it does get a bit harder towards the end. The material is high quality. It's been extremely stable and waterproof. Good headroom. It feels like a robust quality tent you can feel confident using with a small family. Good ventilation. Bedroom pods are darker for longer sleep which worked for our children and us! The built on canopy was great for shelter and cooking under. Packing away needs more instructions as it was a different technique than a poled tent. I had to look up on ukcampsite forums and YouTube for help.

So what about the negatives? These are all things that you wouldn't necessarily notice in the showroom. The things that you only notice when you are living in it. They may be small but there are significant design flaws.

With a view to 'family camping' where children sleep in the bedroom pods and it is beneficial to both keep an eye on them and prevent them from letting themselves out and roaming the campsite I would prefer double zips on the bedroom pods and on the exits to the tent. This means that the pods can be unzipped slightly to peep inside without announcing your presence with a big unzip from the bottom. Also it means that you can set both zips to the top of the door out of reach of little fingers.

There should be a lantern hanging point in the centre of the tent, not resting on the bedroom pods. This is the main lighting point on the tent for 'the big light' as Peter Kay would say. Not being able to put a light here makes it rather gloomy. There should also be a lantern point in the canopy.

I also think the front door needs a window so you can get the panoramic experience. The other doors would also benefit from one but the front door was a noticeable blind spot.

The tent is supplied with a front groundsheet for under the canopy but it was confusing as it wasn't wide enough to cover the webbing which was a trip hazard. There were no pegs included to peg the webbing down. There needs to be an eyelet in the groundsheet for the outdoor storage area in the groundsheet. We may have been doing something wrong by we couldn't figure out what! The lip of the canopy prevents flies from getting out. They can get in but then they stay there collecting in their tens.

Also. Light grey for a carpet?? Honestly?? It just isn't practical at all.

This probably sounds like a negative review but it isn't. All the essential things that you require from a tent are covered. This is a great tent. I just think they have missed easy opportunities to make it the perfect tent.
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By: Figar01  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2015   Rating:   Date: 09/08/2015

Just back from first outing in St David's in Wales. Horrendous wind and rain for first two days and nights but tent really solid,hardly moved,which other campers commented on. Only problem was a leak in middle of living area roof where the tensioners meet. Underneath the join there was no seal for some reason, obviously not quality checked in factory. I will be returning it for a replacement asap,as nobody else seems to have this issue. Too expensive to ignore! Otherwise lovely and spacious, if draughty when windy. I also found the zips irritating. We fixed the noise from the guys by giving one twist then pegging, worked like a charm.
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By: Deminotaur  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating:   Date: 23/08/2014

We have just come back from Abersoch where we have just spent a week in our Vango inspire 600 airbeam tent. We had high winds up to 80kph gusts the tent performed fantastically. We were worried the porch front would act like a parachute but it all stood fast. We also had heavy rain. No leaks all good. I would also like to say that this tent is very light inside. It's not a dark dingy tent. We looked at the Outwell version of this tent and it was just to dark inside the tent. Vango definitely got that right.

There's so much room to this tent it's amazing. I do agree that the double zips would be a benefit and if Vango decide to offer this as an upgrade to all us that have bought the inspire I would be one to take them up on it! Hint hint!

The slapping noise that comes from the tension band straps at the front and rear is very very annoying. We made them the longest they could go and this eliminated the slapping but caused a noise like a helicopter blade instead. So had to adjust again. Once adjusted again we had no noise.

We also bought the groundsheet with this tent which I will say is not of great quality. The little tabs, that you put pegs thru in corners have already ripped off 2 corners along the stitching. The tent has only been up twice! Vango could do with making this a bit better in quality for the money paid for it.
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By: Syeshazplus2  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating:   Date: 02/08/2014

We have just finished 7 nights in newquay on our first outing with this tent and it is fantastic. The tent goes up easy enough with the supplied pump. We had a morning of heavy rain and strong gusts of wind with no leaks and the tent stood firm. It was very warm at night in the bedroom pods and cool in the day with the three doors meshed. We decided on this tent over the eden 600xl and eclipse 600 due to the porch which provided a nice space to cook or sit under. The ease at which it deflates and packs away is excellent and we even got it back into its bag at first attempt. If I was being picky it could do with more air vents on the side panels and double zips on the doors. Overall we would highly recommend this airbeam for family camping.
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By: Woody 1234  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating:   Date: 08/06/2014

Bought one at the NEC and took it to Slapton, Devon, at Easter for two weeks. There are two of us, a supervisor and me. The tent went up quickly, but I found the pump height too low for my 63 year old back, and will buy an electric pump for the summer. The tent is massive, and takes a while to peg out, but sits better and needs a lot less adjusting than our old pole Vango. The built in front awning saves time and lots of fiddling around. We had very strong winds, but when the tensioners were applied it was very stable and lovely and quiet, with little flappling. It helps greatly that you peg out the corners where you want them and then just inflate and peg out.

No problem with zips, no children, and they are better quality than the old ones.

It even fitted back in the bag when we dismantled it.

Noticed a couple of comments about the tapes singing in the wind. We had this, but you just need to loosen the tailing end so they are not too close.

Overall, it is great, looks great, a bit draughty from those vents, but a nice peice of kit that works well, fits a toilet in the side bedroom, and is ideal for two people who like a bit of space.

Hope this helps
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By: Schoe  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating:   Date: 03/06/2014

Just got back from our first long weekend with the new Vango Inspire 600 we purchased the tent/footprint/carpet and side awning to go with it. Taunton Leisure were excellent.

Tent went up in about 10 minutes with another 20 mins to peg it out and about another half an hour to work out the awning. (it took about another hour setting up campbeds etc but as they were all new this will get quicker)

Loved the tent very roomy and light didn't have any rain or wind so can't comment on how it would stand up to adverse weather.

Lots of admiration from other campers/caravanners on the site.

I wanted a polycotton and was going to buy the Harrier XL or the Vango Eden however the lack of a porch on these tents put us off as we enjoy sitting outside in the evenings when the children are tucked up in bed.

Would recommend we really love it and looking forward to many more trips away.
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By: Rievaulx  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating:   Date: 01/06/2014

I bought a Vango Inspire because the apparent ease of putting up the air beam appealed. I go camping with two young children so needed something I could put up by myself. I managed with this tent and was pleased with how much quicker it went up compared to my old pole tent. It took me a while to pitch as I had not practised before I used it, but I reckon that next time I use this tent, it will go up quicker.

I loved the size of this tent. There was plenty of room for equipment and the kids still had floor space to play if they chose. One night, 7 of us (4 kids, 3 adults) sat on the floor playing board games - loads of space! The main area was also really light.

The 3 bedrooms were roomy enough and one opened up into a larger space. We fitted three camp beds in there comfortably, but don't think you'd get 4 in.

The porch area was also quite big and acted as a nice windbreak for me when it got breezy. A nice space to have! I didn't put up the little storage bit this time. Issues with the zips on the doors have been mentioned in previous reviews and I agree with comments made.

Two nights were particularly blustery and I did dread this having had a bad experience in my old tent, wondering what I would wake up to. No problems at all! This tent withstood rain and strong winds, but as someone has said previously, I too found that the rear guy ropes made an irritating slapping noise.

Putting the tent down was easy and stress free, however, putting it back in the bag proved to be a bit of a challenge and probably took up most of my 'taking the tent tent down time'. That said, this tent was great to go away in and I would recommend it to anyone.
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By: Indimeg  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating:   Date: 25/05/2014

We decided to buy the Vango inspire 600 because after years of pitching a large Outwell including extension my back was really struggling, So we headed to Waveney River Centre for a week to try it out, well pitching this was fantastic, it did go up in about ten minutes and we're enjoying a brew within the hour.

I'm not sure it has the same build quality of the Outwell tents.

I would totally agree with previous reviews about the zips on the door, would be really good to zip/unzip together as one not individually.

The beam that supports the side porch , kept going down this didn't effect the structure of the main tent and we will be requesting replacement from our local camping store.

Our main concern was that we unfortunately had torrential rain on our last day so much so that water had gone under the tent between the groundsheet and the footprint and started to seep through the groundsheet. We have never had this problem before but the material of the footprint and the sig does seem quite thin, the rain really was pouring so much so the ground around us was flooded and totally waterlogged.

We did find it harder to inflate once home to dry it out, the beams struggled to go up under the weight of a saturated tent but with a little help from us inside it did pop into shape.

Overall we do love it for its ease and good looks, really spacious, lots of pockets, nice big windows and it's bright even on a grey rainy day would be happy to recommend.
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By: Pcx8021  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating:   Date: 06/05/2014

We splashed out and bought a Vango Inspire 600. It's a blow up tent that costs 999 ! It's expensive but my back is goosed and rather than messing about with poles etc we thought we'd give my back a rest. We have owned a number of Vango tents and trust the quality.

Used it for the first time over the early May Bank holiday at Pooley Bridge. The tent itself went up in 10, yes ten minutes. We were impressed ! Within an hour the tent was fully erected and all the clobber set up inside and my back was ok

The weather was ok over the weekend and the tent was faultless.

A few observations though , the door zips are all single and open from the bottom. This is not good if you've got children or dogs. They can open them and be out without you knowing. It needs double zips so that when closed the zips are up high.

The vent on the storm door needs a Velcro flap on it to stop cold air coming through and for some reason the guy straps on the rear vent make a lot of noise when it gets breezy, it makes a slapping noise and is very irritating.

Overall a good first time experience and would recommend the Inspire 600 to anyone.
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Manufacturer's Description

One of our Elite range of tents, this is a great tent for those who need lots of space. The Inspire has multiple bedroom options making it ideal for those who want a bit of privacy and the living area is huge allowing you to stretch out with all the comforts of home. The extension space at the front of this impressive tent is massive and provides a great place to sit back and soak up the surroundings or an external kitchen area. Even though this is a truly massive tent, it won't take long or much effort to pitch. Thanks to our revolutionary AirBeam technology this is as simple and quick to pitch as it is luxurious.

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