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Tent Reviews: Vango Alpha 300

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4.05 KG
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21 Reviews of the Alpha 300         Showing 01 to 10          Page:   1   2   3  

By: DT-campers  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2016   Rating: 

Excellent tent for one adult and one child. Not a 3 person tent for sure! We were able to get in inflatable mattresses and kit, though left boots and rucksacks outside. This tent is ideal for backpacking as is light and easy to pitch. Good aeration means rapid cooling when the sun comes up. Removable porch fly brilliant. A good little tent value for money. Well done Vango!
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By: Baddon  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

Great tent for 1 on a double air bed with storage if you need to travel light.

Good for two if you have to travel light and space is not to much of a necessity.

Ideal for kids or more athletic younger people.

For 2 40 year olds for three nights.NOT IDEAL as getting changed, dressed etc was all a bit cramped.

However its 8 years old, does not leak, has some storage at front porch and if two up along side of double air bed.

Great tent for what it is.

Still have it and would use in right circumstances.
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By: HarryBear  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating: 

We purchased this tent as a pup tent for our teenage daughter. She can set it up herself, it has plenty of space for a single airbed and all her stuff - it would easily take two beds with belongings in between if needed, but I think three would be a squash. The porch is great for storing boots or sitting in to eat breakfast.

It's been used in wind, rain and sun in equal measures and has coped perfectly well. Very happy, money well spent (after wasting £20 on a Trespass tent that leaked like a sieve!). The only disadvantage I can find is that it pitches inner first - not ideal if it's raining.
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By: Maggienoodles  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating: 

I agree with most of the comments left, ok for two people, however I found that putting belongings either side of our blow up bed kept it in the middle and offered more space. I did find a little condensation inside but realised we hadn't pulled outer tent out enough with pegs and once re-pegged farther/tighter this was fine. I could sit on a chair in the porch comfortably in the middle however I am just under 5 ft, my partner at 5.6 couldn't.

I am hoping that as I have bought king poles this might give a little more shade. Although would appreciate any photographs of this as I am unsure why I have ropes to attach to it! like one of the previous reviews we also had a three man eurohike and preferred it although the arched porch does give more height for my husband and the lights out inner was a plus compared with the eurohike. I really like this tent and am sure with a few more uses can get the most out of it.

Was used this july 2013 in t in the park for four days (scorchio!) and no rain but a lot of dust kept out. We are going camping on arran on 23rd Aug and our first time with an electric hook up and small heater for night if needed. Will update on this trip!
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By: Norman-Nomad  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

Update as Iíve now had three days use of my Vango tent in the West of Scotland with night temperatures dropping to -5C. This tent is sold and marketed as an Adventure tent and as such not designed for sub zero conditions in my view. However Iím pleased to say that everything was fine, no condensation inside tent or ice. Tent next to mine had a lot of ice inside the tent.

Ice was present on the inside of the fly sheet at the door, chunk falling off in fact, but inside the tent was snug. There was not much wind wise so no wind chill factor and of course no rain. I think Iíd mentioned about the inner going up first and not been to my liking. Perhaps a bit unfair on reflection when one considers the price.

The design and layout brings a smile to my face, cleaver and thought out, pockets inside, vents, lantern hook in dome etc. Also has a well made feel.

Sum up, wonderful value, did more than design objective and punched well above its weight, great tent.
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By: Norman-Nomad  Reason: Other  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

Although Iím writing about my Vango Alpha 300 now, it is not the latest model as I purchased it in 2009 as a standby for a trip I was making with my son to Applecross and Torridon. As it turned out we stayed in hotels and had a great time, the tent lying dormant until a few weeks ago.

I happened to find this site by accident, spent some time reading reviews etc and thought Iíd rekindle the pleasure I got camping as a Boy Scout many years ago. I did have a Vango tent before, a hiking tent. The type that looks like a tent, orange in colour etc, I see they still make them but prices start at £400. To me that tent was a natural progression to the Blacks Palomine which Iíd used in the Scouts. I mention the previous Vango tent as it was a joy to use, very snug and always dry, wish I still had it. However the point in mentioning it is that had an inner and outer tent, you could put up the outer tent in inclement weather first and keep the inner tent dry when pitching. Not the case with the Alpha 300, if Iíd known that I may have gone for something else, but I had assumed that all tents would have the outer go up first. So far Iíve not used the tent in earnest, however I have made plans for the first week in April to see how I get on and also going to Donington at the start of May.

I did assemble the tent in my living room after watching a video on the Vango web site to make sure I knew what to do and also make sure nothing was missing. It went up in about the recommended time of 10 mins, of course no pegs etc were used. I concentrated in how it was packed to make sure Iíd get it back in the bag, this I managed but getting it back in the bag took me longer than putting up the tent. Glad I had a dry run though, got rid of that new adhesive / plastic smell and disposed of the loose debris inside, a result of quick manufacture no doubt. It says for three on the label, however one person would be sublime and two would be fine, three I just cannot envisage. Iíll update once Iíve had proper use of the tent, I must say it does seem well made and designed, letís see how practise does over the theory.
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By: Urbster  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating: 

Vango Alpha 300 2012 Version.

What can I say about this smashing little tent ?

Well. Having previously owned an Alpha 250 it was a tadge too small for me.

Also the porch area was very cramped and did not have a SIG.

The New 2012 300 is a different beast altogether, firstly Vango have designed an arched porch way, allowing ample headroom and whilst the ground sheet in the porch is not completely sewn in (it overlaps the SIG) you know that your kit is going stay dry.

Plenty of headroom in the sleeping area too, so that getting dressed is not a flaff.

The tent pitches inner first, which perhaps isnít ideal if itís raining, but the tent does go up very easily and quickly and solo too.

The tent also benefits from Vango`s lights out inner.

A lantern holder is placed at the apex of the dome and side pockets make it easy to store things such as a mobile phone or torch.

Plenty of room for a single camper and snug with two, but although this is marketed as a three person tent, they would have to be on the slender size, get on really well and be prepared for things to be a little tight!

The tent appears to be very well made with a 3000 Protex HH rated outer and 10000 rated Ground sheet.

Having just spent a weekend away with very heavy showers on the Saturday night, the tent stayed as dry as a bone.

Some minus points, the front porch panel seemed a pain to roll up and fix (in fact I didnít figure out how you did it?) and the tent needs matrix manipulation to get it back into its bag!

However thatís it, and weighing just over 4 Kilos and packing up small it is absolutely ideal for motorcycle touring and the best bitÖ. I paid just £37 for mine so shop around!
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By: Barry_432  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating: 

The new Alpha 300 2012 model has an arched front pole that increases the amount of headroom at the front of the tent. The front groundsheet is now linked to the fly providing increased weather protection.

I was looking for a tent for my 14 year old daughter who is becoming increasingly independent and wants her own space on family camping holidays. She is also doing DOE.

It pitches easily and has sufficient room for 2 plus kit. It also has useful inner tent pockets and a lantern hoop.

We were lucky as I bought it S/H from a couple who had used it for 2 nights before thinking they needed something a little bigger.

Should be a great little tent for her and can double as an overnighter on those long trips.
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By: Sarahlou85  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

We have this tent, owned it about 2 years now and used for the 4th time. We have just come back from 4 days camping with friends and we had nothing but heavy rain which was a first for our tent. I found it leaked a little in the porch area and then the water soaked the outside cover which in turn made wet patches on the inside cover and had to try and move our double bed more into the middle or I would have become cold and damp! Otherwise with all the wind and rain we had it withstood it fairly well

I would not like to sleep with a third person in it as it would be a bit of a squeeze and would all be on roll mats to be able to fit. For me and my partner we can have the double bed up and our bags down the side, even having the inside pockets is a bonus I find.

This is our first tent and has done us well but we are now looking to upgrade to the bigger one that our friends have as we want it all built in and to have a bigger porch. For a first tent this has served us well and have been more than happy with it
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By: Tenttime  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

This tent has had a lot of use this year and has been thoroughly tested in all weathers, including festivals (boiling sun at Glastonbury, stong winds in the Yorkshire Dales, rain and freezing fog in Scotland). I chose it due to it being light and a reasonable price. I would recommend this tent. The large porch is great, and this has been achieved without extra weight for the 3rd pole. The tent is great for backpacking. If it could be improved I would recommend that the length is slightly increased, so you can lie straight. The porch pole has split, but has been repaired with tape. This could have happened at a festival when idiots were jumping on tents. The seam on the groundsheet also was not stuck together properly and came apart, again, fixable with yet more tape!
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This dome design with porch is an affordable, easy-to-pitch tent that features a stylish and functional gothic arch porch pole, plus crystal clear windows to brighten the interior. The stable structure offers generous headroom whilst the superior waterproof and fire retardant fabrics make this well-ventilated tent an ideal choice for outdoor adventurers, cyclists and small groups needing a small pack size for easy transportation.

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