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By: Maggienoodles  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating:   Date: 31/07/2013

I agree with most of the comments left, ok for two people, however I found that putting belongings either side of our blow up bed kept it in the middle and offered more space. I did find a little condensation inside but realised we hadn't pulled outer tent out enough with pegs and once re-pegged farther/tighter this was fine. I could sit on a chair in the porch comfortably in the middle however I am just under 5 ft, my partner at 5.6 couldn't.

I am hoping that as I have bought king poles this might give a little more shade. Although would appreciate any photographs of this as I am unsure why I have ropes to attach to it! like one of the previous reviews we also had a three man eurohike and preferred it although the arched porch does give more height for my husband and the lights out inner was a plus compared with the eurohike. I really like this tent and am sure with a few more uses can get the most out of it.

Was used this july 2013 in t in the park for four days (scorchio!) and no rain but a lot of dust kept out. We are going camping on arran on 23rd Aug and our first time with an electric hook up and small heater for night if needed. Will update on this trip!
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By: Norman-Nomad  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 07/04/2013

Update as Iíve now had three days use of my Vango tent in the West of Scotland with night temperatures dropping to -5C. This tent is sold and marketed as an Adventure tent and as such not designed for sub zero conditions in my view. However Iím pleased to say that everything was fine, no condensation inside tent or ice. Tent next to mine had a lot of ice inside the tent.

Ice was present on the inside of the fly sheet at the door, chunk falling off in fact, but inside the tent was snug. There was not much wind wise so no wind chill factor and of course no rain. I think Iíd mentioned about the inner going up first and not been to my liking. Perhaps a bit unfair on reflection when one considers the price.

The design and layout brings a smile to my face, cleaver and thought out, pockets inside, vents, lantern hook in dome etc. Also has a well made feel.

Sum up, wonderful value, did more than design objective and punched well above its weight, great tent.
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By: Norman-Nomad  Reason: Other  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 04/03/2013

Although Iím writing about my Vango Alpha 300 now, it is not the latest model as I purchased it in 2009 as a standby for a trip I was making with my son to Applecross and Torridon. As it turned out we stayed in hotels and had a great time, the tent lying dormant until a few weeks ago.

I happened to find this site by accident, spent some time reading reviews etc and thought Iíd rekindle the pleasure I got camping as a Boy Scout many years ago. I did have a Vango tent before, a hiking tent. The type that looks like a tent, orange in colour etc, I see they still make them but prices start at £400. To me that tent was a natural progression to the Blacks Palomine which Iíd used in the Scouts. I mention the previous Vango tent as it was a joy to use, very snug and always dry, wish I still had it. However the point in mentioning it is that had an inner and outer tent, you could put up the outer tent in inclement weather first and keep the inner tent dry when pitching. Not the case with the Alpha 300, if Iíd known that I may have gone for something else, but I had assumed that all tents would have the outer go up first. So far Iíve not used the tent in earnest, however I have made plans for the first week in April to see how I get on and also going to Donington at the start of May.

I did assemble the tent in my living room after watching a video on the Vango web site to make sure I knew what to do and also make sure nothing was missing. It went up in about the recommended time of 10 mins, of course no pegs etc were used. I concentrated in how it was packed to make sure Iíd get it back in the bag, this I managed but getting it back in the bag took me longer than putting up the tent. Glad I had a dry run though, got rid of that new adhesive / plastic smell and disposed of the loose debris inside, a result of quick manufacture no doubt. It says for three on the label, however one person would be sublime and two would be fine, three I just cannot envisage. Iíll update once Iíve had proper use of the tent, I must say it does seem well made and designed, letís see how practise does over the theory.
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By: Urbster  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 01/08/2012

Vango Alpha 300 2012 Version.

What can I say about this smashing little tent ?

Well. Having previously owned an Alpha 250 it was a tadge too small for me.

Also the porch area was very cramped and did not have a SIG.

The New 2012 300 is a different beast altogether, firstly Vango have designed an arched porch way, allowing ample headroom and whilst the ground sheet in the porch is not completely sewn in (it overlaps the SIG) you know that your kit is going stay dry.

Plenty of headroom in the sleeping area too, so that getting dressed is not a flaff.

The tent pitches inner first, which perhaps isnít ideal if itís raining, but the tent does go up very easily and quickly and solo too.

The tent also benefits from Vango`s lights out inner.

A lantern holder is placed at the apex of the dome and side pockets make it easy to store things such as a mobile phone or torch.

Plenty of room for a single camper and snug with two, but although this is marketed as a three person tent, they would have to be on the slender size, get on really well and be prepared for things to be a little tight!

The tent appears to be very well made with a 3000 Protex HH rated outer and 10000 rated Ground sheet.

Having just spent a weekend away with very heavy showers on the Saturday night, the tent stayed as dry as a bone.

Some minus points, the front porch panel seemed a pain to roll up and fix (in fact I didnít figure out how you did it?) and the tent needs matrix manipulation to get it back into its bag!

However thatís it, and weighing just over 4 Kilos and packing up small it is absolutely ideal for motorcycle touring and the best bitÖ. I paid just £37 for mine so shop around!
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By: Barry_432  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 09/06/2012

The new Alpha 300 2012 model has an arched front pole that increases the amount of headroom at the front of the tent. The front groundsheet is now linked to the fly providing increased weather protection.

I was looking for a tent for my 14 year old daughter who is becoming increasingly independent and wants her own space on family camping holidays. She is also doing DOE.

It pitches easily and has sufficient room for 2 plus kit. It also has useful inner tent pockets and a lantern hoop.

We were lucky as I bought it S/H from a couple who had used it for 2 nights before thinking they needed something a little bigger.

Should be a great little tent for her and can double as an overnighter on those long trips.
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By: Sarahlou85  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 20/07/2011

We have this tent, owned it about 2 years now and used for the 4th time. We have just come back from 4 days camping with friends and we had nothing but heavy rain which was a first for our tent. I found it leaked a little in the porch area and then the water soaked the outside cover which in turn made wet patches on the inside cover and had to try and move our double bed more into the middle or I would have become cold and damp! Otherwise with all the wind and rain we had it withstood it fairly well

I would not like to sleep with a third person in it as it would be a bit of a squeeze and would all be on roll mats to be able to fit. For me and my partner we can have the double bed up and our bags down the side, even having the inside pockets is a bonus I find.

This is our first tent and has done us well but we are now looking to upgrade to the bigger one that our friends have as we want it all built in and to have a bigger porch. For a first tent this has served us well and have been more than happy with it
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By: Tenttime  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 05/09/2010

This tent has had a lot of use this year and has been thoroughly tested in all weathers, including festivals (boiling sun at Glastonbury, stong winds in the Yorkshire Dales, rain and freezing fog in Scotland). I chose it due to it being light and a reasonable price. I would recommend this tent. The large porch is great, and this has been achieved without extra weight for the 3rd pole. The tent is great for backpacking. If it could be improved I would recommend that the length is slightly increased, so you can lie straight. The porch pole has split, but has been repaired with tape. This could have happened at a festival when idiots were jumping on tents. The seam on the groundsheet also was not stuck together properly and came apart, again, fixable with yet more tape!
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By: RuthieB  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 17/08/2010

I bought one of these in May for two weeks camping on Skye. The tent stood up really well to high winds and lots of rain and didn't leak!

It's quick and easy to put up and nice and light for backpacking.

I would agree with previous comments about the size of the tent. My 6'3' partner was struggling to fit without having a foot out of the door and we certainly couldn't have got a third person in but you don't want too much extra space in a tent or you will be cold.
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By: Janewaypurple  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 03/06/2010

I bought this for my children so that we had an option of pitching 2 small tents for a couple of nights instead of taking the big family tent. It does pitch very quickly. I was surprised that it wasn't better quality, being a Vango. We have never had a Vango tent before and I wouldn't buy another one. I didn't realise that it was pitch inner first when I bought it or I wouldn't have. Velcroing the outer to the poles seems a bit low tech and didn't fill me with confidence. It is smaller than the 3 man ancient Eurohike tent that we own and not as good quality. The nylon is thinner, the tent is much smaller and so is the porch. No idea why Vango seem to think that this tent has a large porch. We can only just fit a double air bed into the tent for length. You would never fit 3 adults into it!

There are some good features such as the inner pockets, lantern hook and the bright orange guy ropes. Take some decent tent pegs as the ones you get with the tent are very thin and easily bend.

On the plus side, it packs up very small and so would be a good option for backpacking or D of E. I got it much cheaper but I would be cross if I had paid the full price in the shop, as it isn't worth over £40. Somehow I don't think we'll still be using this tent in 16 years as we are with our Eurohike one!
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By: Steveg1964  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 12/04/2010

We bought this tent as an overnighter while driving down through France. Easy to erect (15 - 20 mins). Just about big enough for the 2 of us - you would have to be 'very good friends' for 3 people!

It has a small porch area to keep your boots etc.

It would probably make a reasonable hiking tent as it's light in weight and packs down quite small (although that's easier said than done - takes a bit of practice!)

We will probably go up in size as very limited head space for getting changed etc.
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Manufacturer's Description

Vango Alpha 300 Tent 2013

Featuring a large front porch and a high dome ceiling, making it a great tent for outdoor adventurers, cyclists and small groups of friends looking for an affordable feature packed tent.

-Inner first pitching
-70D polyester fabric
-PE groundsheet - hardwearing, durable and waterproof to 10,000mm
-Linked in Groundsheet in the porch area ideal for storing outdoor footwear, rucsas or for sitting under cover.
-Breathable polyester inner tent
-Gothic Arch pole structure for increased head room at the entrance and extra stability in side winds
-Part mesh inner door
-Reflective webbing to pick up torchlight in the darkness
-Lantern loop conveniently sewn into roof, so that you can hang your Vango lantern whilst reading or chilling out.
-Crystal Clear PVC windows allow maximum light and visibility
-Inner tent pockets are conveniently positioned and ideal for storing small items
-Vango Orange guylines are easy to see even in low light conditions
-Handled bag for simple packing and carrying

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