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Tent Reviews: Vango Beta 350

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6.40 KG
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41 Reviews of the Beta 350        Showing 11 to 20          Page:   1   2   3   4   5  
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By: Pudster  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 08/09/2011

I used the beta 350 for a four day camping trip. It took about 45 minutes to set up but I was on my own and it was my first time pitching it. I found that the materials where excellent but the workmanship was poor. It has two windows with covers that roll up and two loops beside each window to keep it all tidy. The first thing that I noticed was that one of the covers didn't match the shape of the window and was also about 3-4 inches too long, this put the velcro in the wrong place which meant that only two strips of velcro kept it closed so anyone who was walking past could see in through the gap. When I was setting up the sleeping area I noticed that the stitching was coming away from the zip that separates the bedroom from porch area. The first night I was there the tent was put to the test, I had strong winds 25-30mph and heavy rain. The tent stood up to it without me thinking it would collapse during the night but the next morning I had water on the groundsheet on one side of the tent, the groundsheet had not been cut to match the shape of the tent so I found myself rolling up one side to prevent water dripping on to it when it rained. You could clearly see that the groundsheet was not the same shape as the opposite side so I don't know how it passed QC. I would recommend it if you're looking to go one better than something from a supermarket but don't expect it to be perfect
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By: CBlaze18  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 27/04/2011

I bought this as my first tent, and couldn't believe how much space there was!

Myself and a friend had a double airbed in the main sleeping area along with massive backpacks. While another friend slept on a single airbed in the porch area as she doesn't like being enclosed. Along with camping chairs and games equipment for the kids, it was amazing!

I was worried when I put up the tent as the pegs weren't very strong and the front porch pole was bending the wrong way, but they were quickly rectified by someone who knew what they were doing! ; )

Excellent first time tent! Recommended!
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By: Clairerfina  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 27/04/2011

What a great tent! my partner and I we getting nostalgic for scout camp days and so decided we needed a tent for the following weekend, we found this one in a sale as it was last years model and bought it for 64 and what a good buy!

It is easy, and quick to build, it took us 15 mins in a breeze to put up and move our stuff in. Impressive for two rusty scouts! the ropes, pegs, and elasticated peg loops all stayed firmly where we put them so had no worries about stability.

We managed to fit the two of us on an airbed with easily enough room for another adult in the bedroom and all our bags (3 hold-alls, a rucksack, 2 stoves, 2 chairs, a cool bag, and a couple of full plastic bags.We don't travel lightly!) into the porch where they all stayed dry and safe. Due to rain one night we also made the porch into and eating/living area, which we found comfortably big enough, even with all our luggage!

We found that it was VERY waterproof in a huge rainstorm that we had over the weekend and stood up perfectly in the wind, we are so pleased with it.

The only thing we feel it is lacking is a skirt around the bottom of the porch as it is a bit drafty, but definitely not enough to bother us greatly.

The tent was packed away easily in 20 mins and we managed to fold it away smaller than when we first got it (yey go us!)

I would definitely recommend this tent to everyone!
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By: Bigfags  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 19/02/2011

After reading some of the reviews on this site and doing a bit of Internet based research, I settled on a Vango Beta 350 as my tent of choice for a European motorcycle trip in June last year.

Although the pack size and weight are not the smallest or lowest in comparison to other three berth tents, they are by no means the largest or heaviest!

When looking for a tent, I wanted to find one that I would be able to carry on the bike, one that provided a reasonable bedroom size and a reasonable living area/porch.

Although a last minute decision not to camp on the Euro trip was made and I did not take the tent, I have used it a number of times since buying.

This tent certainly provided the space I was after. The first time I used the tent was on a wet and windy night in the Peak district (camping off the bike). The tent went up quickly thanks to having previously had a dry run at home. It was relatively simple to erect by myself and took about twenty five minutes with a bit of time added on for pegging and tinkering with the guy ropes to get it completely stable.

I was able to sleep on a single airbed matress and had plenty of room in the bedroom for my dry bags holding all of my clothing and electrical components. The porch provided ample room to store the bike panniers and all of the bike gear I had been wearing. There was enough room to move about in the porch without falling over everything all of the time.

During the course of the evening, the weather took a turn for the worse, it became very windy and started to absolutely throw it down. The tent stood up very well to the wind and there was no real movement in the tent owing to the fact that it was correctly pegged and the guy lines were all checked at the time of pitching. The tent also stood up very well against the rain. I did notice some build up of condensation on the inside of the fly sheet but nothing to cause concern. My only negative point of note with this tent was with the design of the doors. Owing to how they are positioned on the side of the tent (and that they are crescent shaped) if you need to get out of the tent in the rain or after rain, the surface water drops onto the fly sheet a soon as the door is unzipped. Once you are in the tent in the rain, you need to keep the door completely shut and stay inside!

Packing the tent away whilst wet was no fun but easy enough owing to the oversized bag. Drying the tent off afterwards meant only having to erect the fly as the inner had remained dry.

I also used the tent whilst attending the Le Mans series races at Silverstone. On this occasion, the tent would house two adults and a thirteen year old. Two adults were able to sleep on two single airbeds in the bedroom area with room between then for bags and clothes etc. Owing to the wrong choice on the flip of a coin, my son slept in the porch area on a steel framed campbed. This bed had to be put at an angle so that it was not touching the fly sheet and to allow access to one of the side doors. Once again, the tent performed well, however, as has been commented on previously in other reviews, owing to the gap between the fly sheet and the ground sheet, there was a noticeable difference in temperature between the porch area and the bedroom area (although, with his extra bedding my son did not notice!).

Overall, I would suggest that for the price, the Beta 350 is a great little tent. As another reviewer rightly pointed out though, whatever the size of tent you are after, it is worth going a size larger if not two. I bought this tent for motorcycling and only to accommodate myself, however, owing to all of the kit that comes with biking, I needed the tent to accommodate that too. This tent does just that.
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By: Pasancamp  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 29/09/2010

Do not agree with the negative comments on this tent.

I am 60yrs old my wife 57.

We have used this tent on 9 occasions with no problems

That some people have encountered

If you pitch it correctly and look for the direction of the predominant wind in the area you should not have a problem.

To often people just put the tent up without paying attention to wind direction,recipe for problems.

You have to take the tent for what it is and this one punches above its weight.

Yes it is a comfortable backpacking tent for two,would be a bit small for three.

I and the wife love it,we have experienced very bad conditions with no problems with performance.

Can not praise Vango enough for this gem. No I do not work for Vango and our tent for weeks away is not Vango but khyam
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By: Painter man  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 15/08/2010

As you can appreciate North Wales can be a little hostile on occasions but the Vango beta 350 stood up to the gales and driving rain without as much as a whimper. The Vango stood firm and true and when the sun did finally come out it showed its true colours as a perfect weekend tent.

Admittedly it was used solely by myself but for one/two man camping its ideal, offering loads of room in the sleeping area and masses of room in the living area, plus it only takes 10 mins to put up. A winner all round!
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By: CD04  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 28/07/2010

We bought this tent to replace our tiny two man TESCO 'festival' tent. We saw it for 95 at a well known highstreet retailer but found it online for a bargain price of 61 with delivery!

It is the perfect sized tent for a couple even if the weather dictates that you have to retreat to the porch. We happily sat in the porch and relaxed, even although there was a slight draught from the gap between the fly and the ground sheet. We didn't experience if this might have caused a problem in the rain.

It was easy to pitch even for the first time and packed away easily too. My fiance was happy with the amount of guy ropes that it has, as well as all of the little features that it has, i.E., closeable curtains, pockets, colour coded hooks for the inner tent, etc. They seem to have thought of everything!

Looking forward to many more nights in our Vango Beta 350.
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By: Rabyburns  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 25/07/2010

I bought the beta 350 for the Wickerman festival on back of reviews I read here so thought I would add my own.

This is a great tent with plenty of living space for a few nights away, suited our purposes greatly. You could sit in the porch at night for a smoke or drink and be very comfortable.

It took about 15 mins to pitch & fitted back into its bag no bother at all.

It's the first tent I've bought & I paid 79, my only problem with the tent was when I was pitching it about 5 of the metal pegs bent, I was using my foot to put them in as I didn't have a hammer, I'm not sure if this was purely my fault or not?

I would say its great for 2 adults and a child but would struggle with 3 adults I think, or you would have to use the porch to store bags etc.
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By: Alexwood146  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 29/06/2010

Bought this to use with my motorbike. It replaces a 2-man tent that I bought in Millets last year (which was too small and had major stiching problems. ). I always go by the rule of thumb that if you want a two man tent, buy a three man instead.

Pros. *I got it on special offer at 49.

*The sleeping area is roomy. *No obvious condensation problems. *Appears well made and has coped with a mixture of hot dry conditions through to wet and windy. *Easy to put up single handed.

Cons. *The front porch area is open at the bottom; not attached to the ground sheet so if it's windy you'll feel it. *The midges will get into the porch area eventually.
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By: Lesbuck  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 28/06/2010

After researching online to find a tent that would suit the needs of a motorcyclist travelling over to Switzerland, I decided to buy this one.

It's nice and light for the bike and not too bulky either.

Pitches in around 10 minutes, (erect the inner sleeping compartment and leave attached)

This tent faired well in the wind, rain and 34'C heat.

In 9 days it was pitched a total of 6 times, all without problem.

There is plenty of room inside for 2 and your belongings,the porch area was great to store the luggage off the bike along with helmets and leathers.

So far I cannot complain about this tent and will be using it more throughout the summer.
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Manufacturer's Description

# The Vango Beta 350 includes taped seams for waterproof protection
# As one or flysheet first pitching simple, quick to pitch and keeps inner dry
# Heavy duty pole sleeves ensures even distribution of tension
# Guy tidy velcro holder allows guylines to be packed neatly, making re-pitching easier
# The Vango Beta 350 includes colour coded poles matching the poles to the sleeve tab for easy pitching
# Front and back flysheet vents with covers allows continual airflow enhancing comfort
# Rain gutter zip covers keeps zip dry
# Mesh side door reduces build up of condensation and keeps bugs out
# Mesh vents on inner allows continual airflow enhancing comfort
# The Vango Beta 350 features part mesh on inner door reducing build up of condensation and keeps bugs out
# Storage solutions inner pockets - keeps those essentials close at hand
# Crystal clear windows allow maximum light into living areas
# Lantern point loop or hook conveniently placed to attach lighting
# The Vango Beta 350 features breathable fabric inners creating a comfortable sleeping area
# Carry bag oversized to ease the pack away.
# Repair Kit included for that unforseen tent emergency
# Matching Accessories includes Sleeping Bags, Furniture, Windbreaks, etc.

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