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Tent Reviews: Vango Astoria 800

Tent and Awning Reviews Index  >  Vango  >  Astoria 800 Reviews

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8  (more 8 berth tents)
32.00 KG
600.00
2
Fully Sewn-in
In one
Average User Rating:
9.67/10 from 6 reviews

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6 Reviews of the Astoria 800

By: George Hincapie  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating: 

After a huge amount of research we chose the Vango Astoria 800 to be our first family tent. We bought it with the porch and carpet, so it was quite a significant investment.

Everything about this tent is quality; from the wheeled bag for transporting the tent from your car to the pitch, to the high quality zips and fastenings used throughout, to the myriad of thoughtful and useful little touches. There is a separate entry point on each side for EHU, and the main doors are huge, with useful separate mesh doors to let air in and keep beasties out.

One thing I did notice was that the lantern hanging point has no straps running down the inside to secure an electrical cable (Outwell tents have these - an omission from Vango), so you'll need to use a rechargeable lantern, or a Tilley lamp or similar. I am not a fan of having free hanging electrical cables in a tent where children are present for obvious reasons.

The main living area is, frankly, ridiculous. Massive. We have 3 boys and they could play and run inside freely in inclement weather. Tons of space for a full sized dinner table with 6 chairs, a massive crate for our Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever and still plenty of room to walk around.

The sleep pods are fantastic as well, using Vango's 'Lights Out' technology. Being honest, while they do work to a degree, they aren't nearly as dark inside as I had hoped for. One tip I've read since out first trip though is to orientate your tent east/west if possible, with the little ones in the sleep pods on the western side; the light should be just that bit dimmer then, having to travel through one set of sleep pods before reaching them. It might not always be possible to do this, but just bear it in mind. I'd love it if Vango (or someone else) made some properly dark sleep pods.

It rained heavily a few times when we were there, there were no leaks at all. It was also windy and the tent didn't move. Very reassuring.

Other than adding cable retaining straps for the lantern hanging point, I wouldn't change a thing about it - high praise indeed!

At the time of writing (27th June 2014), there are still some available on eBay and a small number of retailers.
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By: Thedennisons  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating: 

Our old tent finally bit the dust in 2012 after 15 years of faithful service. During it's lifetime I had got to know it's failings and had done a lot of tent nerding at campsites to know what I wanted in a new tent and this one ticked all of those requirements, i.E. Windows (so you can see what going on especially when it's raining), door porch (so water doesn't drip in when you open the door), massive headroom, (we're very tall), big bedrooms and massive living area (for when it's wet or we don't bring the canopy and our size), all in one floor etc. We also treated ourselves to a footprint, carpet and canopy all for less than the 600 rrp of the tent. The canopy is fantastic as a kitchen, bike store, dining room etc. Our 10 days in North Devon in 2013 also coincided with a severe weather warning (that flooded Ilfracombe), Not a drop of rain entered (4000hh!) and the tent was strong and very sturdy in the high winds on a hill top site (Lee meadow) Pretty easy for me and the boys to pitch now we have done it a few times. Loads of useful interior storage, electric hookup opening etc. Ood ventilation. The stay dark bedroom liners are fantastic. I agree with everyone else's comment about the fly mesh window zippers though. Altogether I can't think of a better tent that would suit us with great quality construction.
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By: Dgh1804  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating: 

Gave up a static caravan to go camping! so wanted a tent with space and this is it. Purchased the canopy as well. Bedrooms at each end, managed to get a couple of additional single bedroom inners to replace the double when the kids want to bring friends. The central living area is huge so we don't feel cramped when sat in. The canopy is great for the cooking gear, table and the dogs, shoes etc. This tent is perfect but like Ashy55 the only niggle is the zips on the net doors. Would have preferred being to zip either way but this is no reason to criticise the tent. Brilliant.
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By: Rutts  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating: 

Bought this tent due to being a family of five plus dog. Got a fantastic deal for the tent, canopy and footprint (499 the lot)

Inside the space is fantastic. If we ever have a rainy one there's plenty of room to be in the tent without being on top of each other. The canopy is huge, allowing lots of room for storage. I wouldn't say it's easy to pitch but we have only pitched it twice so I imagine it'll get a lot easier. The carpet is a fantastic addition especially when you get up on a cold morning. The only problem I found is I don't think the clips for bedrooms will last long after a fair amount of clipping/unclipping. Plus the pegs are a little flimsy. Especially when you consider the price of the tent. However I love the tent and can't wait to use it again.
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By: Billy7Billy  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating: 

Bought this tent so the kids and grandkids could join us under one roof plenty of space for the six of us, me n the missus on one side of the cavern and the boy his wife and the two grand kids on the other, coupled with a canopy its massive. Got a small leak after 1st heavy rain but its settled down now. Only gripe is the main vents either side of the doors cant be closed without cutting , maybe I'll tackle that when we get home. Fort William is a wet n windy place right now. If your looking for a good quality large tent look no further I got mine for 300 off ebay brand spanking
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By: Ashy55  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating: 

This tent is my ultimate tent! I have 2 airbeams and 3 Outwell lake tents, all bought in my quest for the best tent. I've found it now.

Good points

Fantastic central living area, lots of space and tall - without being hard to erect

Pitches so quickly - 2 main poles then 4 bedroom poles

3 bedrooms - one large 4 bed room and 2 smaller 2 bed rooms.

It means I can have a good sized bedroom with the OH, my grandson can have his own room and there is also a toilet/dressing room.

Both sides have a rain safe door - you can leave it on the nets when it's warm with little chance of rain entering the main part of the tent.

Bad point - could only find one! Only has single zips on the bedroom and net doors so always have to zip the same way - it's just a niggle really!

I have added the canopy and it makes for a terrific tent! I have truly found camping heaven.
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Manufacturer's Description

The 8 man Astoria 800 is a brand new Vango registered design for 2012. Offering sleeping areas at both ends, a truly massive central area, sheltered front and rear doors and large windows. The mix of steel & fibreglass poles in the streamlined structure ensure this is simple to pitch.

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