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Tent Reviews: Vango Banshee 200

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2.20 KG
Fully Sewn-in
Inner first
Average User Rating:
8.65/10 from 26 reviews

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26 Reviews of the Banshee 200         Showing 01 to 10          Page:   1   2   3  

By: Gordon-uk  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2016   Rating: 

I have the Vango Banshee and have used it on several occasions when long-distance walking. Firstly as others have said here, it is a perfect fit for one person but for two people it is going to get uncomfortable very quickly.

When two people are in the tent, there's very little side room. We had to leave our stuff, like boots and bags outside the tent, in the little porch area.

As for pitching the tent, a couple of practice attempts gets you used to it quickly. It is sturdy and robust but I wouldn't use it for more than a couple of nights on the trot.

The point of this tent is the weight, which should be suitable for long distance walking, and indeed it is fine for walks of around 10 miles but when you get to 20 miles+ it, like everything, feels very heavy!
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By: Bern Behan  Reason: I've used one  Made in: 2016   Rating: 

Used this tent for total of 3 weeks in windy, wet and sunny Wales. Very dry even in very wet and windy weather. Can store stove, pans and kettle etc in porch. It's really easy to put up. For the price I'm happy with its performance so far. I camp alone so use inside space for rucksack, boots and food stocks, can't imagine another body in the tent but perhaps if it was a short overnight or couple of nights trip without much stuff needed, (or if you're in a car of course & so can keep your stuff in there) it could work? Bit hunched to look out when sat in doorway, I'm 5ft 6in was a bit of a niggle. Overall pleased with it.
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By: Coffee maker  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2017   Rating: 

Great little tent. Takes less than 5 minutes to pitch. The design allows for items such as boots to be placed under the flysheet on one side. It was water proof and very cosy. My only compliant is that the height inside could do with being a two of inches taller so that I (average height) can sit without my head touching the roof. Overall I'm very pleased with it, particularly as the tent is not too expensive and has been well made. The bag to hold the tent is also great as you don't have to be too careful about folding it exactly right to get it back in the bag.
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By: Jamesvolunteer  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating: 

The Vango Banshee is for many, the go-to tent for wild camping, backpacking and bike packing.

Although it is robust and versatile, it is relatively lightweight (though with each refresh it seems to be getting slightly heavier every year).

I have used the 2014 model many times over the past 3 years and it has never let me down. It is stable in wind, quite spacious as far as these type of tents go, and has a small but usuable porch area in which to cook or store gear.

Ventilation is amazing, and I can't remember ever experiencing any condensation issues. The only time I've had moisture in the tent is when I forget where I am and headbutt the ceiling!

Easily packable, and it pitches as one, which is great. You can remove the inner so that you have a lightweight but very waterproof tarp style shelter too, though this isn't really my thing so haven't tried it.

You won't get better than this unless you want to spend three or four times the price, and even then I would argue that you would probably have to make concessions around robustness. It's a backpacking staple which I can't see myself replacing any time soon.
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By: Leonardointenda  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2015   Rating: 

I participate in many winter motorcycle rallies and after a Coleman and ferrino I decided to buy the banshee 200, I was attracted by the size to be closed, the weight and ease of installation . Never choice was more right!

Is for 2 people but we say that it is perfect for a person with luggage, the assembly and disassembly are very fast and this is a huge advantage when operations are to be made in difficult conditions with wind, rain or snow . After the first assembly does not I have more separate the inner chamber from the outer cloth and this greatly reduces the time and effort.

I used it with very strong winds and snow, no problem.

Little condensation thankfully even with outside temperatures many degrees below zero.

Plus it's also nice aesthetically so I could not ask for more, thanks Vango !
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By: Mikey951r  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating: 

I really do like this tent. I use it for cycle touring and find it fits very snuggly when packed on the rear rack in between my panniers and doesn't weigh too much. I'm 6 foot 2 and have tried several other tents which don't offer the leg room this one does. I find I can sleep comfortable on one side and have my panniers and bar bag on the other side so I can easily get to them. I've been in one or two deluges and have never had a leak. My only criticism is when I sit up in the tent I have to stoop down to see through the door, but that's just being tall for you. What I do also like is I can sit up in it without touching the inner. Another very good tent from Vango.
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By: BigSnorer  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating: 

It's a lovely tent. I am about 6'2' tall and the inner was just about long enough for me. I would dispute the manufacturer's claim that it is suitable for two people but it was certainly adequate for me. It is as easy to erect as Vango claim. The first time takes a while but once the inner and outer have been connected I can have it up in about five minutes.

I have just a couple of little niggles: The door zippers on the flysheet are slightly fiddly and could do with a re-think. Also, the tension band system does intrude on the inner tent.

All in all, I will continue to use this tent for short trips of one or two nights but for any longer, I will use a larger tent.
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By: Daveandmitch  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating: 

A good tent for one person. Sure you could fit two people inside but bearing in mind this is a backpackers tent there would be no room for two people and two rucksacks. I've also tried the 300 version and the same rule applies - great for 2 people. If you want a larger porch then buy the Tempest, the porch on Banshees is tiny. Another difference between this and the 300 is the number of access points - only one in this case which might be an issue in high winds. Having said that they stand up really well when it's windy.

The header here says 'inner first' but it's actually outer first or all in one. Pitching all in one is easy and takes 5 minutes.
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By: Jester-Jamie  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating: 

For the price this is a great tent. Stands up well in the wind, light weight and easy to pitch. My only quibble is the length. Obviously this tent is meant to be small as its a hiking tent and the width is absolutely no problem, it could just do with another 2 inch on the lengh and it would be perfect.I'm 6.1 so although taller than average I'm hardly a giant.

If they lost an inch off the roof height, an inch of the width and gave you a couple in the length it would keep the weight the same but for me make a vast improvement.

Its not too much of an issue though as I do fit just about and for £70 quid its a right bargain.
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By: Kaizersoza  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating: 

Great little tent for backpacking/cycling/biking and wild camping, I bought this tent at the beginning of 2014, I have been out in it twice, windy conditions with a drop of rain, it fared well and there was no leaks and a fair bit of condensation, which didn't drip but I could feel it on the inside of the fly, the tent is small and the porch as stated is only really good for keeping your boots and a stove in, my rucksack came in with me and gave me something to catch up to during the night, first time I pitched it, it took about 30 minutes because I had to connect the inner to the fly, the second time took less than 10 minutes, I did use a footprint under the tent, a tarp which I bought from B+Q, just make sure that once you peg out the tent, that you tuck in the footprint so none is sticking out from the fly, as this lets rainwater seep underneath the groundsheet and you are good to go
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Manufacturer's Description

Lightweight and small pack size, the Banshee is the ideal tent for trekking and backpacking. In addition it is spacious, stable and airy – truly outstanding value.

Flysheet: Protex® 3000 polyester waterproof, durable and reliable
Groundsheet: PU waterproof groundsheet 5000HH minimum ensures dry inner tents
Poles: Powerlite® alloy poles light, flexible and durable

> Inner first pitching simple pitching system. In dry climates can be used without flysheet
> Pre-angled poles adds rigidity to the tent
> Powerlite® alloy poles light, flexible and durable
> Protex® 3000 polyester waterproof, durable and reliable
> Taped seams for waterproof protection
> Flysheet vents with covers at front and rear allows continual airflow enhancing comfort
> Reinforcement points extra strength on tension areas of the flysheet
> Pre-attached guy ropes ensures correct positioning and improves pitching speed
> Adjustable tensioning and pegging system keeps tent securely anchored and stops draughts
> Breathable fabric and mesh inner creates a comfortable sleeping area
> PU groundsheet 5000HH waterproof and lightweight
> Mesh inner door reduces build up of condensation and keeps bugs out
> Storage solutions inner pockets and gear loft – keeps those essentials close at hand
> Stuffsac with compression straps to reduce overall pack size
> Repair Kit included for that unforseen tent emergency

Capacity: 2 person
Total weight: 2.00kg
Pack size: 43 x 13 x 13cm
Area: 2.8m2
Pitching time: 10 min

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