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Tent Showcase: Vango Orchy 500

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Bedroom inners:
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5  (more 5 berth tents)
12.00 KG
Fully Sewn-in
In one
Average User Rating:
7.39/10 from 46 reviews

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46 Reviews of the Orchy 500        Showing 41 to 46          Page:   1   2   3   4   5  
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By: Kitedan  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 04/08/2008

I purchased this tent with accompanying groundsheet and carpet in May 2008. I was at first very happy with my purchase, the tent appeared to be a good design and the ideal size for the camping holidays I wished to use it for.

However, I have since become concerned about the rigidity of the design. The tent is perfect when there is no wind, but when it is used in a breeze it is clearly not fit for purpose. Last week when we were camping we were forced to dismantle the tent and return home, the tent simply buckled and completely flattened, the dome is not sufficiently rigid to support itself. I can confirm that the tent was erected correctly as detailed in the instructions and the DVD supplied by Vango. The wind speed was reported as 16mph. This is the second incident in three camping trips, this first occurred in Derbyshire when the tent was subject to a light wind from the side a similar problem occurred but not as severe since luckily we were sheltered by a stone wall.

There is clearly a problem with the design of the Vango Orchy and it is disappointing since I cannot use the tent for general camping as was intended. Having used many tents in the past I have not come across a problem like this in light and moderate wind conditions.

A copy of this complaint was sent to Andrew Mooney at Vango Customer After Sales. I have had no response from Vango, not even an acknowledgement despite the fact that I have a read receipt so I know it has been read. Very poor customer service. The retailer on the other hand was very good and refunded the tent without question.

On the whole the tent is an ideal size for a couple wanting some good living space. Please however get a different tent if you are going to use it in even fairly light winds.

I now have an Outwell Montana 4 - much stronger
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By: Crazycamper  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 21/07/2008

Bought the Orchy 500 last month for weekend use. Best tent ever. Easy to put up, took two of us 15 minutes. Stood up to a bit of wind no problem. Says for 5,but I'd say a comfortable 3. Plenty of living space for 2 big chairs and table, but got a bit cramped with the small kitchen, which I thought it would be, lucky we took the kitchen tent. Solved the problem, had plenty of room. The bedroom had just enough height my head did touch the roof, but you can put up with that, cos your not in the bedroom for long. Love the tent.
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By: San321  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 01/06/2008

Just bought this as a weekend tent and love it. It's so easy to put up and take down. It took about fifteen mins. It has a really good living space for a small tent. The SIG ground sheet made sure there were no drafts. The bedrooms are supposed to sleep five but you can't fit two single airbeds in one half. Might just get two double airbeds in the whole space. There is some space in the bedrooms at the top to put your bags. The oversized bag is a joke, a very tight fit. To pack away fold front to back, in half. Then half again. Then into three and roll tightly.
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By: Mamee  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 13/05/2008

Just pitched mine for the first time yesterday. Took me about 50 minutes from getting the footprint groundsheet out of the bag but I mixed up Bedroom and porch pole (my mistake)and it took me a wee while to unknot the odd guyline!

This tent fulfilled all my criteria, mesh doors, SIG, pitchable on my own, big enough for me and sons or me, DH and sons.

I was surprised at quite how large the tent was as I laid out the footprint groundsheet. It went up very easily. The skylights give good light to the living area, as with only smallish windows it could be gloomy if trapped inside in the rain.

Headroom is a small issue but it is probably a compromise from having a small, easily pitchable tent I can carry myself.

I would disagree though with the comment that it comes with an oversized carry bag. Even before I unpacked the tent for the first time it was jammed full. It took my hubby and I a good few minutes to squeeze it back in. That is the reason for 9/10 instead of 10/10! A couple of extra inches in both directions on the bag would have made it easier!

I also purchased the sun canopy which more than doubles the living space. However Vango could do with providing slightly better instructions, maybe with each tent, upon how to pitch the canopies for most effective use.
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By: Chasmanp  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 10/05/2008

I bought this tent a few weeks ago to be used for long weekends as the Outwell Montana6 that we have, although an excellent tent, is really too big (imho) for very short breaks of 2 to 3 nights when it is just one adult and 3 children (9, 6 and 3 years).

I put the tent up the other day and considering the size (which was larger than I expected) it was a doddle to put up on my own (about 20mins including pegging out)and taking down and folding/rolling up was also easy: about the 20 mins as well as I folded it the wrong way initially (memo to self use the length of the pole bag as a guide to the width of the final package to fit in the carry bag).

I am also a fan of SIGs and the Orchy's zip and unzip bath tub style is great at preventing tripping when entering/exiting the tent and that's for the adults as well as the children!.

Highly recommended and at around £130.00 its a bargain for a tent of this quality.

So why not 10 out of 10 well its a small issue and one that Blondie6 touches on; its down to the head room in the living area which is okay but reduces quite quickly as you move away from the centre.
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By: Blondie6  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 06/05/2008

Got this tent so I could camp with my two kids, very easy to put up, only 5 poles. Plenty of room for 3, wouldn't like to squeeze in any more. Head height ok if you're not over 5' 4'.
Got the carpet to go with tent, very cosy but not exactly colour co-ordinated, a dissapointing blue / green / black check!
All in all very happy.
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Manufacturer's Description

Protex® 3000 polyester waterproof, durable and reliable
> Taped seams for waterproof protection
> Comfort colours darker over bedrooms for more restful sleep
> Storm skirt system waterproof exterior skirt system which creates dry comfort zones. Heavy duty oxford fabric used for strength and durability
> Flysheet first pitching inner tents are kept dry
> Guy tidy velcro holder allows guylines to be packed neatly, making re-pitching easier
> Colour coded poles match the poles to the sleeve tab for easy pitching
> Powerflex® fibreglass poles tough, sturdy and reliable
> Pre-angled poles improves angles of the walls resulting in more usable space and stability
> Front flysheet vents with covers allows continual airflow enhancing comfort
> PE waterproof groundsheet 5000HH minimum ensures dry inner tents
> Rain gutter zip covers keeps zips dry
> Sewn-in groundsheet fully enclosed to protect against unwanted draughts and bugs
> Drop down groundsheet at doors fillet and toggle system improves performance and comfort by eliminating gaps. Also a useful safety feature by removing tripping obstacles in doorways
> Front and side mesh doors reduces build up of condensation and keeps bugs out
> Mesh vents on inner allows continual airflow enhancing comfort
> Double zip windows flexible internal cover allowing choice between - light and vent, light only or vent only
> Pelmet aesthetic addition to conceal inner attachment points giving the interior a more finished look.
> Breathable fabric inner creates a comfortable sleeping area
> Parallel zip door allows the use of accessory King Poles to create a canopy for sheltered entry
> Carry bag oversized to ease the pack away and easy transportation
> Matching Accessories includes Sleeping Bags, Carpets, Furniture, Windbreaks, Sun Canopies, etc

Pack size: 72 x 29 x 26cm
Pitching area: 615 x 390cm
Pitching time: 2

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