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Tent Reviews: Vango Beta 350 XL

Tent and Awning Reviews Index  >  Vango  >  Beta 350 XL Reviews

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3  (more 3 berth tents)
6.85 KG
£130.00
1
Bathtub
In one
Average User Rating:
6.56/10 from 16 reviews

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16 Reviews of the Beta 350 XL        Showing 01 to 10          Page:   1   2  
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By: Ste75ntl  Reason: I've used one  Made in: 2015   Rating:   Date: 21/08/2019

I borrowed a friend's one of these Vango Beta 350 XL tents for a weekend after having slept in it a couple of weeks before with them on a trip.

Firstly positives: exceptionally easy to pitch when you know which ends is which. It's an awkward shape and if it's not put away properly you'll struggle.

The pegs are great.

It's a nice colour.

That's where the positives end.

Negatives:

It's got a skirt, not a ground sheet.

It leaks! This is in no way a 3,000hh.

Even where there's just dew it drops inside on to the pod.

The stitching isn't robust.

The two doors are different to reach other which is frustrating.

The door design means they leak water in of opened as water collects on the zip seam.

The ground sheet isn't very water proof either.

The windows at the front are a pointless feature due to the location of the hold open toggle.

This tent had only been used the times for a couple of nights each in nice weather. When I pitched it and it rained out did not cope with half a days rain and leaked within an hour.

It sounded like a giant carrier bag in the wind too and it wasn't gale force.

The pod doesn't fit a double and single airbed comfortably and one person will have to use the porch area of that set up used.

The poles snapped on the third use too. I sat and watched one crack and the crack stretch when no one was near the tent.

Poor show from this maker in my opinion. If this had been my tent I'd have been making a formal complaint to the manufacturer.
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By: Smg1  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2017   Rating:   Date: 05/08/2018

We were looking for a smaller weekend car camping tent for the two of us.

The tent is a good size for two, really helpful having the large ish porch area.

We found it easy to put, I can even put it up on my own.

The only thing I would have liked is for the door to open upwards to give you a door shelter when opened.

So we bought the tarp that goes with it, more as some sun shade.

But overall great tent.We love it.
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By: Ffrankie  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2016   Rating:   Date: 02/09/2017

I have used this tent for two seasons for two short camping holidays in France and a couple of weekends away. In the first year, a leak occurred in the seam above the right side door. I used sealant and tape to fix this, which worked. This year when I was erecting the tent one of the glass fibre poles split. My daughter bought a larger version of the same tent (450xl) and on first use a leak occurred in the same place, and one of the poles split. I am now trying to decide whether to replace the split pole or give up and buy a new tent in case one of the other poles splits on the next trip.
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By: Jamesvolunteer  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating:   Date: 18/08/2017

I've had this from new, for a few years now so it has had some use and has performed very well.

It is easy to put up alone, and a total doddle with two, with a three pole tunnel design. I am always a bit confused when people claim that this is hard to erect, as someone has on this site. It is easier than all except the very most simple tents to pitch.

The biggest draw for me, is the living area (porch). Although not high enough to stand in, two can comfortably sit in chairs with plenty of headroom and still have spare for a table/some gear.

I usually go alone though and this is a palace for one. While not being ridiculously big, it has the space to properly relax. For quicker 'hit and run' style trips I use a Vango Banshee 200, which while also great, is more of a basic shelter type experience.

The only faults I can think of are that on mine, one of the loops is missing that should connect the groundsheet to the outer. Im sure I was just unlucky as I have never heard of this with any other. Also, the door has a slight design flaw in that if it has been raining, and you open the door fully, water falls onto the porch groundsheet (and/or your head). Nothing a bit of forethought doesn't sort out though. Lastly, the pegs are pretty naff. I haven't bothered to replace them but others may want to.

All in all, for the price paid this is a steal. I do a lot of research when buying outdoor gear and this came out on top for cost/quality/versatility. There are tents with exactly the same design and materials with more 'prestigious' branding that sell for at least double the price of the Vango. (They will doubtless be from the same factory I suspect).

I am just now considering putting it into retirement in favour of either a fast pitch tent, or something that I can stand up in, ideally both. Though I like the tent so much, I may not end up giving up on her just yet. Will see out the season and see how I feel. This is the sort of tent you can get attached to, funny as it sounds.

For one or two who want a smallish, yet deceptively Tardis like spacious tent in which you can see out a storm in relative comfort, this is a no-brainer. Any more than two people, or you want to stand up in your tent, perhaps look at something else.
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By: JohnFaul  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2016   Rating:   Date: 12/08/2017

I picked this tent because I wanted a porch with a full groundsheet. This porch is roomy enough for luggage, wet gear etc, with enough headroom to sit in a chair.

It is possible to pitch all-in-one but even fly-first it only takes a few minutes, one person can manage.

Gripes; the inner tent doesn't have a double zip which is inconvenient if your partner gets up in the night. There's an insect screen on only one of the two doors. It's a fiddle to tie back the screen and door at the same time.

Overall; a pretty good tent. It's stood up to some wild weather. I'm pleased with it.
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By: RamblerCamper  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating:   Date: 15/09/2014

I bought this tent in 2014 to replace a 2 man Jack Wolfskin tent which I have used for the past 8 years before replacing it as it was showing signs of wear. I chose this tent as it has more headroom and no big gaps at the base of the flysheet. The first time it rained it leaked from the zip on the mesh door. I proofed the area before the next camping trip and my reproofing has done the job. However, on this trip a hole appeared in the porch groundsheet - it looked a bit like melted plastic - it was there when I returned from a day's walking. Absolutely no reason for it - no little creatures nibbling at it as had occurred in my Jack Wolfskin! So this was duly repaired with Duck Tape ready for the next trip. On returning from a day's walking there was another hole on the opposite side in the porch groundsheet which again looked as though it had melted and several holes in the groundsheet flap which is attached to the flysheet. Thankfully the inner tent groundsheet is ok!

Anyone experienced this? What is going on?
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By: Jnine  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating:   Date: 12/08/2014

I'm not going to add lots of detail as previous reviewers have covered all. I agree that its a good little tent, however there are design issues:

The lack of two way zips and a fly screen on both doors

The incline of the inner sleeping area, which limits the ways in which you can sleep

The fact that side opening doors mean you can't have a 'porch' option when its raining.

We have the black colour way, it's good for keeping out too much sunlight first thing, but is a bit dull in the day time and agree the wind covers are very fiddly and doubt the fasteners will last long.

Good points include the ease of putting this up, and its was solid as a rock in the wind. There is plenty of space for two, it would be tight with three, but its 's true of all tents, in that the maximum number is always tight in my opinion.

My biggest concern is that, like Bongomagic, our tent leaked on its first outing in exactly the same place. I was really disappointed with this and surprised given Vango's reputation. We have had the flysheet replaced and I'm now anxious about the replacement, we'll be testing it next week (although not exactly hoping for rain!).

We paid £100 for the tent, so not cheap but probably reasonable value. I don't think its worth the full price though.
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By: Bongomagic  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating:   Date: 14/07/2014

I have just returned this to the shop after the door zip leaked on my first trip. There are similar accounts of this design flaw. Quality isn't bad for the money but this isn't the Vango of old. Basically one door has a mesh secondary door with its own zip. Zips tend not to be taped so a storm flap is required. Here's the flaw. I think they have used the same stitches for the storm flap and the mesh door zip on that side, hence the accounts of only one side leaking. None of this structure is taped. I think the zip stitches is the source of ingress and once the fabric of the zip becomes saturated there is only one place left for the water to go. Light rain which is insufficient to saturate the zip will probably not get through. I think if you haven't experienced this yet you will. I also had a fraying hem along the bottom edge of the inner tent zip and a slightly out of line curtain. Shame as it does look relatively well put together apart from that. All taped seams look spot on and the light weight fabric seems good quality. Stitches do seem to lack tension as well though and I don't know if that is normal. If not then I don't think these will have a long life span like Vango tents of old. For a tent which leaks I can't give more than 1 star.
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By: Bobsy852  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 08/07/2014

This is the first proper tent I've owned and my girlfriend and I bought it to allow us to explore the UK without paying the extortionate prices for hotel rooms.

After a lot of looking this tent looked ideal for us, with a large porch area and separate inner tent from the flysheet.

We set it up without much trouble and it took us may be 30mins for a first try with all the guy lines etc. I wasn't sure if I'd set it up tight enough but it kept us dry through the wet weekend.

The extra space was great for the 2 of us, especially as my girlfriend doesn't travel light. I was very hot in the tent in the evenings, although my girlfriend was cold. We're very opposite!

It rained heavily both evenings, throughout the night. Inside the tent never got wet though (only if you opened the door). There was a lot of condensation on the inside of the flysheet which I mistook for rain on the second night. There was very little breeze during our stay, despite the rain and so I don't think the ventilation was much good in these conditions.

So far I'm very happy with the tent! Can't wait to use it again!

(Apologies I don't know when the tent was manufactured. It much be quite new as I only bought it a month ago (June 2014).
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By: Wibblywobbly  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating:   Date: 22/06/2014

Bought for motorcycle touring, needed something roomy, light, and no longer than handlebar width when packed.

Went for the black/treetops as it would be darker on bright mornings.

Went up straight out of the bag, and I left the inner attached to make subsequent trips less work. It is very roomy, I could stand up enough to get dressed on a morning which was a luxury.

Keep a towel handy to catch the drips from the door, though tapping the surface will cause most water/dew to run off before opening it.

Solid as a rock with the Vango tension bands, easy to erect in a few minutes, and quick to take down if the inner is left in place. It also went back into the bag without problems after a bit of persuasion.

All in all a good one, though oddly I now wish that I had bought a smaller tent as this one is way too big for my needs.
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Manufacturer's Description

◦Flysheet first or all in one pitching to ensure your sleeping pod always stays dry if it is raining.
◦Hard wearing, durable and waterproof groundsheet.
◦Linked in Groundsheet in the porch area ideal for storing outdoor footwear, rucksacks or for sitting under cover.
◦Breathable polyester inner tent on the Vango Beta 350 XL.
◦Sewn-in Inner groundsheet for easy pitching and eliminates draughts and stray 6 legged beasties.
◦TBS®II - Tension Band System - Vango''s patented system which gives our tunnel tents unrivalled stability.
◦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.
◦All our tents are tested, within a certified test centre, to ensure that they will stand up to even the most extreme weather conditions.
◦The Vango Beta 350 XL includes a handled bag for simple packing and carrying.

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