By: Spud 2RRF Reason: I own(ed) one Made in: 2012 Rating: Date: 26/08/2014
I own a Vango Calisto 400 2012 model too, both are similar in size apart from the rear of the bedroom and the porch above the side door. I love these models as they are great for double or twin beds with lots of leg room, the living room is perfect in size for a wardrobe and a table, the carpets are great to add that last bit of a homely feel. The Extension is worth every penny for additional living space in hot weather it allows air to blows through to help cool down. The Mesh bedroom door, side door and front door are great for airing the tent without allowing undesirable parasites to enter. I love the luxury or being able to walk from front to end without having to bend down plus the sturdy steel poles. Simple to erect, just right in size, height, width & length.
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By: JimCall Reason: I own(ed) one Made in: 2012 Rating: Date: 13/05/2012
I really wasn't sure about this one. I started off looking for something to replace the Carolina M and I was swaying towards Kampa or Coleman.
My requirements were:- It had to be able to withstand the foul (some of the time!) weather in Glencoe. I need to be able to use it year round. Steel poles were a must (I've seen my fair share of fibreglass poles crash and burn). I need a sleeping pod which can sleep two adults in either direction (you cant do that with my Carolina M). I wanted a porch with a front door again with steel poles.
I am pleased to say the Asante 400 meets all of my requirements.
First the bad points. One tiny pin prick on the groundsheet near where the fabric meets, 4 inches above the ground. It looks like a manufacturing defect but a quick smudge of seam sealer quickly cured that. And thats it. I cant think of another bad point.
The good stuff:-
The fabric is very good quality. The hh is 6000 and it never let in any rain water, anywhere!
The seams all looked neat and tidy with no straggly bits.
There are low level air vents (with mozzie netting) around the tent and together with the large (netted) vent at the rear seemed to perform well and condensation was never an issue. There is a neat roof liner in the 'lounge' area which again will help reduce condensation and may help retain the heat in winter.
The main guying points are webbing with adjusters and the reinforced stitching at those stress points looks the business. There are also 4 huge webbing straps (one at each corner at roof level) for anchoring this beastie to the ground - this thing aint going anywhere in a storm!
The front door wall is vertical with a small wind valance either side. The door is an upside down 'J' and is velcro'd at the bottom. I don't mind this but some people might think that the wind will blow in under, but the mozzie net zips all the way round so the door is secure. If the awning is not used then this wall is perfect for either a table or cooker & table.
The side door (again upside down J zip with full mozzie net) has a nice rain porch with sides. There is enough room to stand under it and remove shoes whilst keeping out the rain. The porch has a fibreglass pole to keep the shape but there is no stress on this unit so no chance of it splitting. The sides of this little porch tie directly to the ground with adjustable webbing straps.
There's lots of neat stuff on this tent like the cord on the zippers with reflective hoops so you can see them when the torch shines on them, lots of pockets in both sides of an internal arch where the inner meets the main tent, line loks on all the guy lines - what a difference this makes when the wind gets up - the guys stay taut!, the dark fabric on the inner tent, the quality of the main groundsheet, even the tent bag has a quality feel about it and has wheels!
I threw this thing up in jig time but when striking camp the wind got up and one the poles twisted round on the way down. When I went to break the poles apart, I noticed this section had twisted slightly and had jammed (imagine a 'D' shaped cross section to hold the roof pole and upright in the correct orientation) A tap with the hammer sorted it but I will need to be careful that I don't damage the ends of the poles - not a problem if 2 people are pitching it but I do mostly solo camps.
The awning is made of exactly the same materials and has the same quality feel about it. It fits snugly on to tent via 2 roof webbing straps clipped to the middle tent pole then pegged at ground level with adjustable webbing ties. It has 2 sets of same size steel poles and a 2 zip front door. It also comes with a groundsheet which is ample but not quite as tough as the main tent one. You have to ensure that the front 'wings' of the tent are pitched in line before you put up the awning and on the side opposite the side door, the guy rope gets in the way. I got round this by running the line down to the clipping point and jamming it in there before pegging out that line. If I hadn't done that I am sure the fabric of the awning would rub on the guy line causing damage.
In summary, I am very impressed with this tent. The thing oozes quality and looks good on the campsite! Used along with the awning, it offers a very versatile set up - one which I intend to make full use of!
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This steel poled tunnel tent is a haven from which to enjoy the great outdoors. The spacious and airy styling combined with features such as the 'lights out' inner tent and impressive large windows offer the additional luxuries intrinsic to the Signature range. Great for couples, families or groups, the 4 man Asante 400 offers everything you need for a stress-free holiday.
Flysheet first pitching Easy pitch tunnel style Protex® 6,000HH polyester embossed 75D flysheet Polyethylene 10,000HH groundsheet Sewn in groundsheet Lightweight inner groundsheet Breathable polyester 'lights out' inner tent NEW larger windows NEW privacy curtains NEW roof liner Supplied with plastic pegs & mallet NEW low level vents Fully wind & rain tested NEW sheltered side door cover Webbing guying straps Line Lok® guyline adjusters Cable entry with cable tidies Pelmet with pockets 2 Mesh doors Part mesh inner door Roller Bag