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Tent Reviews: Vango Banshee 300

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19 Reviews of the Banshee 300         Showing 01 to 10          Page:   1   2  

By: Stephenc  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating: 

Decent backpacking tent, nice and light considering the pitched size. Pitching couldn't be easier. Not used it in the wet yet but in the dry it performed well. No hint of condensation due to good venting.

The stock issued pegs are pretty poor considering, they bend too easily.

It's possible to get this tent stood in a few minutes with proper pegging and guying in around 10 mins.

The interior size doesn't feel too small and is ample for 2 adults on sleeping mats, although that doesn't leave much room for gear.

I'm a grumpy sod so a high rating is unusual for me.

Would recommend for 2 adults.
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By: Sea27n  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating: 

This replaced my old Vango and first time out the bag its a great tent, I went for the 300 as its roomier and only a little heavier than the 200, I use a tent a lot though work but also go camping a lot with my two boys (4&7) and the 300 works really well for the three of us.

Its very quick to put up, very simple design and can stand up to some really rough weather! the poles are super light and so are the pegs, the only negative is it has a small porch, but apart from that it gets 10/10 from me, make sure you shop around, I got mine nearly £40 of the RRP
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By: PLoDR1  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

Chose this tent for backpacking trips with friends and it has performed exceptionally thus far. Other members of my walking group refer to it as the 'magic tent' for its ability to stay dry despite being struck when wet and inner still attached to outer.

Shrugs off water extremely fast. Very stable in wind if you use the guys although drafty and the air vent flaps a bit. Tested on the South West Coast Path and Offa's Dyke path and stood up well on both. Does eventually get soggy by the second week of backpacking but that's to be expected.

Comfortably fits 3 smallish ladies with backpacks although may be a squeeze if 2 or more had wider shoulders. Don't understand people moaning about the amount of mesh; if filled to capacity gets very toasty and venting is essential! Pitching and striking really quick especially if you keep the inner and outer together.

Packed weight light for its price but could ideally be more compact and lighter. Wouldn't want to carry it if going solo. Other downside as mentioned is asymmetrical design meaning the right hand side has a smaller porch than left - I've woken up to find the toes of my boots outside the tent and covered in frost. Bag storage not a problem however as can be shoved under the fly at the widest end by lifting a peg. Flap in tent allows some limited access to this cubby hole once your bag is inside but often feels like an exercise in obstetrics trying to extract what you want!

Love it though and expect to use it for many years to come.
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By: Lekytent  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating: 

Definitely not a three man tent, two and a bag or three small people but three men with no kit would be a squeeze.

The double access is OK but neither way in offers a dry way in. On one side there is a small area big enough to store boots outside of the inner tent. The other side has little space between fly and inner. The triangle at the higher end is neither use or ornament. It is called a boot locker. A small zipped access hole will allow the placing of boots in there but a backpack won't fit through. The small access does have a second zipped extra ventilation mesh if required, we found this useful on one very warm night but the standard high level fixed ventilation may be too much in colder weather. We had it at minus 3C with a slight breeze and it feels like a gale flowing through! It does need it though as two bodies creates quite a lot of condensation in this small tent. The area at the side isn't quite big enough to store one pack without touching the fly never mind three so for two and and two packs the inner is just about big enough.

The ground sheet has a head of 5000mm. With me laying on it on wet grass that is not relevant and damp patches are apparent come morning. This wasn't a problem for us as we use waterproof mats but needs considering if you don't.

It is light for the price. It is easy to pitch if the inner is left in, less than five minutes on my own, about three to strike and pack in it's compression bag.

Despite my moans this is a great little tent. A couple of inner pockets, a 'storm strap' for high wind stability and enough room for two.

Backpacked the West Highland way with it and also as a 'throw behind the car' overnighter. Survived scottish rain (all night heavy stuff) and high winds without flapping about too much. The noise of the wind and not the fear of the tent blowing away kept us awake.

Would I recommend it to a friend? Yes. Good for the money, light enough for backpacking and confidence in wind and rain.
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By: Thecomrieboy  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating: 

Used twice so far in Scotland, once in good weather and one in a combination of wind and rain. Very easy to set up by one person with good instructions. Relatively spacious for two people but certainly not a three man tent. The double entrance keeps the tent cool in the warm but occasionally lets strong drafts through. Good purchase if you can get it in a sale.
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By: SuenGordon  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating: 

Great for 2, not for 3 - toured New Zealand and camped UK. It was light enough to easily go in travel baggage allowance It withstood torrential rain and moderate heat. Inner side netting essential on hot nights yet still very warm on cold ones. Excellent in strong winds and so easy to erect and pull down without getting kit soaked.
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By: Janekinson  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating: 

Brilliant tent quite roomy for two, we've just come back from a weekend hike with our spaniel and had no problems at all, just a small gripe that the second door isn't as big so I imagine it would be difficult to use as a porch if it rains, and because of this the storage on this side is non existent, so I ended up with my bag on the other side of the tent to where I slept, just meant I stayed in bed that bit longer while my co hiker got up first, Result I think!
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By: Rat race escapee  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating: 

Great tent for one man, particularly if your 6 ft plus like me, with plenty of space for all your gear. Has more height at the narrow end than the Banshee 200 so you're less likely to touch the tent with your feet & get wet. You can put it up inner & flysheet together in no more than 10 minutes. Only gripe, as others have mentioned, is porch could be bigger.
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By: Tc2c  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating: 

I got this tent to use on bicycle touring because as a one man tent it's a decent size and the weight was a big factor.I haven't tried it in very windy conditions but in the rain it is great.I would recommend this to anyone as a 2 man tent(not 3). The only drawback as other reviews have said is the lack of a porch area for cooking in but a minor drawback for me.
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By: Chrisbk  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

I bought this tent on a whim, as it was a good deal at around £70, but I own the mark 1, inner first and only one door.

I used it on the OMM in 2012 and it was spacious and comfortable for the 18 hours I sat in it! My biggest gripe is the porch area. When the doors are open, water drips straight into the tent as the top of the zip hangs over the inner (if viewed from above). The inner is so exposed that cooking in the porch in rain would mean puddles. (The porch is too small imo, to cook in with the fly door zipped up.)

Build quality is good and tent is easy to put up - but as already said in other reviews, very draughty due to the mesh inner.

In the future, I would look for a similar spec tent, but one that had a more overhanging porch area for foul weather cooking.
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Manufacturer's Description

Compact, simple, stable, the Banshee is packed with features but still weighs less than 1 kilo per person when shared, making it an excellent choice for trekking and backpacking.

* Duke of Edinburgh Recommended Kit
* Entry from both sides
* As one or flysheet first pitching
* Zipped boot locker
* Gear Loft
* Powerlite 7001-T6 Alloy poles
* Pre-angled poles
* Protex® HC 3000 polyester flysheet
* Breathable fabric inner tent
* Polyester inner groundsheet
* Fire Retardant fabrics
* Mesh ventilation
* Reflective webbing at pegging points
* Reflective zip pullers
* ‘O’ ring guylines
* Inner tent pockets
* Repair Kit
* Taped seams
* Compression stuffsac
* Pitching time 10 mins
* Pack size 46 x ø14cm
* Total Weight 2.6 kg

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