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Tent Reviews: Vango Beta 450

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7.70 KG
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Average User Rating:
8.55/10 from 22 reviews

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22 Reviews of the Beta 450         Showing 01 to 10          Page:   1   2   3  

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

I gave up on this nightmare tent. Super design for the most part but let down by the fibre glass poles, which needed replacing after the third outing. Vango even wanted me to pay them for replacement. I didn't. The free Vango replacements were no better so I bought Vango alloys. The final straw was the last surviving fibre glass pole split. At the other end, the tent roof in the atrium leaked. I have a force ten, which is thirty years old and still going strong. Beta is a second class tent. Final resting place for this tent - the recycle centre. Goodbye and good riddance. Phots submitted
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By: LeakyPete  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

With regard to the leaking ground sheet. I recently had the same problem with blue groundsheet coating coming off, no longer waterproof. I contacted Vango/AMG Group, returned the groundsheet for inspection. They replaced the tent with a brand new Beta 450 XL 2014 model.

Up until it starting to leak we liked the tent.

One bad point is the way the entrance zip opens over the ground sheet, any rain off the top of the rent can run into the tent when you unzip the door.
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By: 39gmt  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

We have used this tent for Holidays that we were moving around a lot and for weekend camping only, as otherwise I need a tent I can stand up in. We have always dried it out carefully and handled it with care.

It has served us well until this year when we realised that the groundsheet is just not waterproof any longer and now looses specs of Nylon (all over the place, in cooking stuff etc) , which was not great on the last really rainy weekend.

Not sure how long we had the tent, but I guess it was 2010.

Otherwise all the other reviews are right,

Easy pitch,

Good size, used for 2 adults and 2 kids

Easy to pack away

A great weekend tent.

(but I don't know where the lifetime guarantee comment in the description comes from as I just checked the Vango website and its only 1 or 2 years)
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By: GDZEBRA  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating: 

Fab tent.Bought as a replacement for a Beta 350, and for short trips, whereas for long trips we take the big Outwell. Compact and pretty lightweight, it is easy to put up inside 10 minutes. Lots of space inside, and as one earlier reviewer has said, the drop down sides to make the porch groundsheet a bathtub style is a big improvement over the earlier 350 (but they may have done this on later models now.My 350 was a 2009). Porch is light and airy and the vent is good. Criticisms. Hmmm, think I'd make the front of the porch clear as well so that you have the option of front as well as side views, but other than that it's a pretty good tent
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By: Essexhebridean  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating: 

Just had our first trip out in our Beta 450 and been very impressed indeed. It was bought as a replacement for our old one - it's smaller brother the beta 350, and we decided to go for the larger model as we wanted more living space. It delivered in spades. The new 2012 version has a 'bathtub' style groundsheet for the porch area, which cuts down on draughts and rain getting in (which could be a problem with the old one). We were concerned that this might mean that condensation building up inside would be a problem but the large vent on the porch end deals well with that.

The extremely knowledgeable chap at Taunton Leisure, where we bought the tent, also tipped us off to a useful pitching method. First peg out the four 'corners' of the flysheet, then insert the centre pole sections - this makes the tent 'stand up' on its own and enables you to work gradually around the rest of the pitching. It worked admirably in very still weather but frankly I can't see why it wouldn't in a light wind also.

Very impressed with this - and looking forward to many more trips in it!
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By: John C Richardson  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating: 

We bought this to give us a bit more 'living and cooking' space in the porch than our small 3 man tent gave us and it does just that.

Yes it is a bit low in height and it is not possible to stand up in it but if we had thought this was a priority we would not have bought it as we saw it erected at a tent show.

The non sewn-in ground sheet can lead to driving rain getting under the porch's side panels and making the porch area wet and messy but other that this it has worked really well for us 2 adults as a spacious 2 person tent.

Very happy with the sleeping compartment which has ample storage pockets and is big enough to get a full-size double blow-up mattress in and room to store (and live out of)our luggage bags at the foot or head of the mattress.

It withstood torrential rain and did not leak apart from coming under the porch side panels and onto the groundsheet so be aware of this.

All in all another good product from Vango that we will use many times.
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By: Family Whetman  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating: 

Me and the fella bought this when I was pregnant with our first. We've used it in all weathers from freezing to boiling, windy to wet for the last 4.5 years. The sleeping compartment fits us two and our double mattress and our kid lying a little squashed at the bottom, while we are surrounded by our kit. You don't want to leave anything in the porch that you wouldnt want getting wet, as on a slight slope the rain runs down and across your not-sewn-in groundsheet. There isn't room to cook if you have a kid too, but would be fine for a couple alone. You cant stand up, sort of stoop instead. There's just enough room for two adults to sit in chairs side-by-side in the porch if its too horrible to go out, but there's not much view then. It's a really good tent for the money, it's never leaked or blown down or torn or anything. A solid tent.But more of a 2-man with a bit of spare room, not a 3 man and certainly not a 4.5 man. We're getting rid of this now and have just bought an Outwell Nevada M, as our 40+ year old backs cant stand the stooping and cold outdoor porch evenings anymore, and the space is not enough for all 3 of us and our kit for a weeks camping and cooking, plus the kid needs a bit of privacy now.
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By: Mandymacuk  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

Bought this as I needed a smaller tent I could put up quickly on my own with two small children (5 & 7), that was lightweight and could pack away compactly. I'm glad I read the reviews and chose this one - it is a fabulous tent - withstands wind and rain without leaking - I can get it up in 10 mins - I leave the inner attached and have no problem - if very windy I get the kids to sit on it until I have pegged out four corners and then I can sort the rest. Have just returned from somerset and my only issue was that because their is no fixed groundsheet at the porch (which is a bonus with young children as they keep tripping over it!) - earwigs and other crawly's were quite prevalent - no real issue for us but might be for others! As others have said the porch area is just large enough to fit 3 chairs and a small table in when blowing a gale outside!
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By: Steven983  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating: 

Only used this tent three times so far. Comfortable for two adults to sleep in. Living area big enough for children to stand up in and enough space to store a store chairs and other belongings. Can be pitched alone but I did struggle, probably down to my inexperience having only used it three times! Much easier to pitch with two. I found that in heavy wind and rain the inner lining got wet at the top, again this might have been down to me pitching it incorrectly rather than a poor design! The pitching instructions could be clearer with more diagrams. It did with stand heavy winds on the North Wales coast.

Good tent for a a single person or a couple. Three or four adults would be a tighter squeeze but possible!
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By: Lambanana  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

We purchased a Vango beta 450 last year after two test camping trips in a Vango alpha 300 (my husband wasn't convinced he'd enjoy camping!) The two trips in the smaller tent taught us we needed something bigger to accommodate my husband who is over 6ft but as we only go for weekends we didn't want anything too big or complicated to erect.

The Vango 450 fits the bill perfectly. It's a perfect size for two adults (particularly when one is taller) with lots of extra room for stuff. We can sit in the living area if it's chucking it down with plenty of room and it's easy to manoeuvre inside to get changed (a nightmare in the previous 3 man dome tent!) I'd say it would be OK for 2 adults and one child or at a push 3 friendly adults but certainly wouldn't expect 4 adults to share unless they're very familiar!

Pitching is a doddle, again easier than the dome tent and I can do it alone with no real problems. I think any future tent purchases will be tunnel tents, they are so much easier to pitch and have the bonus of extra head room. We've not had any problems with leaks and being fly-first pitching makes it easier should it be raining during set up as the inner wont get wet (again an issue we had with our little dome tent previously).

We love this tent and it has completely won over my husband to camping when he had been very against it initially. I'm very happy with the tent and can't think of anything I'd change about it. We'll only be changing if something goes wrong with the tent or if we decide to go camping for longer trips as I think we'd want something with standing room in the living area instead of crouching/sitting but for weekends and short breaks this one is perfect for us.
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Manufacturer's Description

The Vango Beta 450 features taped seams for waterproof protection
As one or flysheet first pitching simple, quick to pitch and keeps inner dry
Heavy duty pole sleeves ensures even distribution of tension
Guy tidy velcro holder allows guylines to be packed neatly, making re-pitching easier
The Vango Beta 450 includes colour coded poles matching the poles to the sleeve tab for easy pitching
Front and back flysheet vents with covers allows continual airflow enhancing comfort
Rain gutter zip covers keeps zip dry
Mesh side door reduces build up of condensation and keeps bugs out
Mesh vents on inner allows continual airflow enhancing comfort
The Vango Beta 450 features part mesh on inner door reducing build up of condensation and keeps bugs out
Storage solutions inner pockets - keeps those essentials close at hand
Crystal clear windows allow maximum light into living areas
Lantern point loop or hook conveniently placed to attach lighting
The Vango Beta 450 features breathable fabric inners creating a comfortable sleeping area
Carry bag oversized to ease the pack away.
Repair Kit included for that unforseen tent emergency
Matching Accessories includes Sleeping Bags, Furniture, Windbreaks, etc.
Vango Lifetime Guarantee

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