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Tent Reviews: Vango Swift 300

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7.29/10 from 7 reviews

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7 Reviews of the Swift 300

By: JoJoDiddly  Reason: I've used one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 11/09/2011

I've used this in freezing cold and boiling hot temperatures in the UK and Europe. It is VERY easy to pitch, it nearly jumps out of the bag itself! Putting it away is another matter, the instructions are a bit vague and the first time we tried it took ages and we had to seek help. However, there is a knack to it and you have to bend it in a certain way and suddenly it folds into the correct shape (as if by magic). Now (with 2 people) it only takes a few minutes, wouldn't attempt to put it away on my own though (not enough arms and legs to hold bits down!) Once erected it is very spacious and both the porch and bedroom are fully enclosed with a sewn in ground sheet. The only niggle inside is that the bug screen is very small (not the whole inner door, just the top bit). Outside we've had the same issues as other reviewers with the outer cover at the back sagging, I just bought a cheap plastic clip and pegged it out, problem solved. We've been in very strong wind, it does move a bit, but is very secure, heavy rain, no leaking and very hot sun (gets VERY hot, but we have got the black one which doesn't help!) Other than that it's perfect for people who want to pitch up quickly and enjoy the camping experience, rather than spending ages with poles and guy ropes. Have not tried 3 people in it, but is perfect for 2 people and lots of luggage!
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By: Sara_H  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 18/04/2011

We have one of these tents for short stop overs.

We fit one adult and two teens in on SIM's no problen.

Incredibly easy to pitch - slight more difficult to put away, but easy enough once you have the knack.

Agree about the Guy's not quite tensioning the tent correctly - maybe next time I'll try some clingons and extra guys.
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By: Toddy6  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 06/04/2010

I've have had this tent for over a year now and it has not let me down once. I have used it in the middle of summer as well as heavy rain and it performs brilliant in both situations. Pitching it really couldn't be simpler, I have it from the car and fully pitched within 5 minutes! The only downfall was that the packing instructions seemed to be for the wrong tent, but Vango have since updated these on their official website so now taking the tent down is just as quick.

Typically two of us use this tent with a double airbed and there is still loads of room for bags and clothes within the bedroom space and the excellent porch space allows storage for everything else. I have also had three adults sleeping in it and whilst it offers very little room for much else in the bedroom it was still comfortably sized for three people. All in all a great tent, ideal for couples going on small camping trips who just want somewhere to sleep that can be erected in minutes!

P.S. I really don't get the 'saggy fabric' comments. I've had this tent out in serious rain in the valleys of North Wales and it performed brilliantly. Maybe mine was just pitched correctly and tensioned properly?
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By: Maughanjen  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 27/02/2010

Quick and easy to pitch,this was the main reason for buying. Easy to take down, as a two person job. Got us through a couple of very wet weekends in Northumberland, the swaying in the wind was restful and we felt secure. It did stay wet whilst we folded and we got wet, but so did our friends in their 'normal' tents. But we were quicker.

The bedroom does touch the outer, unless it is well stretched, and one time we pitched it we had a bit of a struggle to get it square. However practice etc.

Would like mesh for ventilation. Does the job for a couple of nights
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By: Wheelsy  Reason: I've used one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 03/09/2009

I bought this tent because I was fed up of fiddling around putting my old tent up whilst my mate with a pop-up tent from Decathlon was already cooking his dinner. On the positive side it is very quick to set up and I've found it extremely stable. Being quite short I've found that I can easily cook in the porch, and the two-way zip on the door allows me to do this in the rain if I leave a slight gap at the top. But, and it's a big but, like a previous reviewer has said, the front and back outer fabric is much too saggy and I've come back on more than one occasion to find the inner and my stuff inside soaking wet.

When I pitched it with the door downhill the back outer fabric touched the inner, and it really needs a central guy line at the back to pull this away. I sort of managed to bodge a temporary fix by pulling the outer taut at the bottom and putting a few pegs along the back to hold it down. However, I don't think it did the fabric much good! Another time, when I pitched it with the back facing downhill the door sags at the bottom, with two or three inches touching the groundsheet, meaning that water came in and flooded the porch area. Another downside of the tent is that it is practically impossible to put away without getting yourself and the tent dirty and wet. To do the final twist to get it to the appropriate size to fit in its bag I find I have to lay and then kneel on the tent to get any sort of leverage. This inevitably ends in soggy clothes.

On the whole I'd still rather take this than my old fiddly tent, but it seems more suited for fair weather camping.
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By: Morticiaskeeper  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 10/08/2009

An ideal size for us as part of a three small tent weekend setup. The porch is a good size, but I'm not always keen on the SIG.

I did notice that the tent had taken on a bit of a slant, re-angling the guylines partially corrected this, but a few guys connected directly to the pole tubes would improve stability.

I might have a go at modifying it myself.
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By: Mamee  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 22/07/2009

Purchased this for a week while staying outside the Gaelic college in Skye.

Pros

- Fast to put up

- Fast to put away once you have the knack

- Relatively spacious bedroom area (slept adult on airbed and two children on mats with a little space for belongings round about

- good size porch area, storage space was good. It zipped fully and was generally dry.

- Stood up to reasonable winds (although it does move more than a normal tent!)

- Condensation dried out relatively rapidly if you could leave front door fully open in morning

Cons

- The inner at the rear of the tent touches the outer. The tent could do with a pegging strap in the middle at the back and a guy in the middle at the back. This resulted in a small amount of water ingress in the rain.

- With three in the tent it could do with a bit more ventilation in the outer, perhaps with a Diablo bedroom pod size vent flap in the rear wall (which would help with keeping the inner and outer separate once guyed!)

- If you are of a nervous disposition you might find the tents movement in the wind scary.(but it does bounce back!)

- No real space to cook in rain due to SIG

Improvements which would make it a really good tent

Guy ropes at rear, and possibly on central poles to decrease movement in wind.

Improved ventilation at rear

Shape of front door so it could be opened in the rain for cooking without the water running in! Perhaps rectangular rather than c-shape so could be supported on walking poles!

Some no see um mesh on front door!

All in all a good fast pitching tent for an overnight or festival though.
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Manufacturer's Description

With a bedroom and a living area, the Swift offers much more usable space but with the same simplicity of pitching and packing away as the Dart models. Quick to pitch, fun to look at and easy to live in… move Swiftly to get one.

Specification

Flysheet: Protex® 2000 polyester, hydrostatic head 2000mm, tape sealed seams, Fire retardant
Inner: Breathable inner, pre attached
Groundsheet: PE, hydrostatic head 10,000mm
Poles: Powerflex Fibreglass, pre-inserted, tough and reliable
Weight: 3.9kg
Pack Size: 76 x 8cm (disc shaped bag)
Colour: Zinfandel/Mocha

Features

Pop Up Tent ultimate in ease of pitching
Mesh vents allows continual airflow to enhance comfort
Reflective webbing find your tent at night or in adverse conditions
Reflective zip pullers on external doors easy to find in darkening conditions
Heavy duty pole sleeves ensures even distribution of tension
Powerflex® Fibreglass poles tough, sturdy and reliable
Inner Pockets keep those essentials close at hand
Pre-attached guylines with guy tidies ensures correct positioning, improves pitching speed
Circular carrying bag with shoulder straps for easy pack and go

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