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Tent Showcase: Vango Beta 350 XL

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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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By: Stogursey  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating:   Date: 29/05/2014

I've just returned from my first one-week camping trip with this tent and I am quite impressed.

Having used a solid but small 2-man tent (a North Face Westwind) for many years, I decided to go for a large tent for car-based camping a couple of years ago and bought a Coleman tent that I could stand up in. The first trip (to Skye) saw it collapse in the middle of the night due to high winds. The next trip, to Harris, with broken poles duly replaced, saw it collapse on the first night due to moderately high winds . It had to go!

I looked around for a tent that had a reasonable amount of space to sit out bad weather in yet looked like it might stand up to some rough weather and the Beta 350XL seemed to fit the bill: you can't quite stand up in it but there is a reasonable amount of space in the living area - two can sit comfortably in normal height camping chairs without your head hitting the roof and there is still room for the coolbox, food, crockery and all the other paraphenalia you seem to collect when camping from a car!

The sleeping compartment is big enough for two people with holdalls either side - although described as a three man tent I think it would be a bit too cosy for three.

The week was wet at times with some quite heavy storms, which the tent stood up to very well. Water doesn't generally come in through the doors but you do need to be careful when opening them if it is wet - the zips go up the sides and into the curve of the roof. If you unzip just the vertical part of the door then they are fine but if you unzip them all the way to the top then the top of the open door is over the inside of the tent and you will let water in. With care though we found that the only water inside the tent came in on our shoes!

It has a tension band system to help it withstand strong winds although with only light winds on the trip these didn't get much of a test. The tent feels very solid though and one of the factors that convinced me to go for this tent was the YouTube video posted by Taunton Leisure showing this (and other Vango tents) standing up to some horrendous winds in their outdoor display area.

Good Points

It is easy to pitch and easy to strike.

For the size of tent, it packs down into a relatively small bag.

It pitches flysheet first so the inner tent doesn't get wet if you pitch in the rain.

The groundsheet design works really well. If you splash out on electric hookup, the cable would also slip neatly through the overlap between the groundsheet and tent.

Good weather resistance.

Good value for money (I paid £99).

Less Good Points

As a previous reviewer has pointed out, I'd like to see a fly mesh on both doors.

The 'curtains' covering both the windows are fiddly to do up since the toggles are positioned where they are most likely to be hidden behind stuff inside the tent.

The bedroom zip could benefit from a zipper at each end to make it easier to open in the dark.

The tent was supplied with not one spare tent peg so make sure you carry some spares!

All in all, though, these negatives are pretty minor and don't really detract from what I think is a great tent for the intended purpose; a strong stable tent with plenty of room for two when car camping without going to the size/weight/expense of a full-size luxury tent.
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By: Chrismo  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating:   Date: 08/05/2014

I bought one of these last year, as I was looking for something to replace our ancient Vango Force Ten for my 2 teenagers to use. We needed something small enough to fit in our car, with some useable porch space for cooking,storing gear, sitting in in the rain, etc. And affordable.

This isn't an expensive tent, and I picked it up even cheaper in a Blacks sale, so I guess you get what you pay for.

I managed to put it up on my own first time round, though I wouldn't fancy doing this in any kind of bad weather.Even with 2 of us, it wasn't easy to get it perfectly pitched.

Used it 3 times for weekends and holidays last year,the kids liked having more space. But one of the pole bottom sections snapped on a windy site in Dorset the 2nd time we used it. Despite some 1st Aid with masking tape, the pole is now virtually unusable, and the tent pitches like a Tescos carrier bag. Blacks have closed down, and I no longer have the receipt. Bah! Lesson learned. Better to pay more, or look for a second hand better quality tent.

We're going back to the old Force Tens; lovely canvas, and despite a few knocks, still usable after 30 years!
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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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