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Tent Reviews: Vango Calisto 400

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4  (more 4 berth tents)
15.30 KG
Fully Sewn-in
In one
Average User Rating:
9.14/10 from 7 reviews

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7 Reviews of the Calisto 400

By: Spud 2RRF  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating: 

I put this up on my own within 45 mins the first time as a practice run and to familiarize myself with its pitching, just been to a campsite and this time put both the tent and the extension up within 30 mins. Really impressive size with and without the extension, it has mesh/net fly dividers which let more light and air into the tent and keep the bugs out of the tent living & Sleeping area.

I've put plenty of photos up so people can see, I missed the fly mesh/net above the bedroom door hence why I took the photos so people can see the view of the size with the extension. A really impressive tent which I class myself lucky enough to have purchased, not too big not too small, just the right size to fit in two aluminium beds in the bedroom, a large table with chairs in the living room or in the extension.
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By: Notfrom Merton  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating: 

Nice and spacious for two. As mentioned before it might be a squeeze for four. We bought the canopy as well, although last time we did not use it.

Using the canopy creates dead space between the sleeping area and the canopy area.

It has taken time to put it up without taking a long time and the pins into the poles are an issue because they can be hard to do without some strength. It does need two people to put up and doesn't take the 15 minutes advertised. The poles themselves are heavy and not round so each time we have had problems taking it apart as the poles have got stuck in the joins because of not putting it together exactly to fit. This is an irritation.

It is spacious and it is good to be able to stand up in it.

Last time it survived a thunder storm well although water did collect on the roof and one small area we had to shift the pool manually. It did not leak though nor did the tent shift.

A good buy for a long weekend, even if it has to be transported by vehicle rather than carrying it. For longer stays - the canopy would be useful.
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By: Sool  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating: 

My wife and I came very close to purchasing a Vango Icarus 500, but had reservations about the fragility of the fibreglass support rods. Reviews on the web confirmed our fears about these regularly breaking; hence we broadened our search and discovered the steel-poled Calisto 400, which we bought via ebay for 175.

In many respects the two models are very similar, but the Calisto is a much stronger tent, albeit at the cost of its heavier weight. There is an informative video on YouTube of the two tents side by side in a gale.

The tent has changed slightly compared to the pictures above. It now has two additional wings at the front which effectively create something of a porch.

Like others, the first couple of times we erected it, we struggled to insert the metal pins into the ends of the poles, but this became easier with practise.

It would be difficult or impossible to erect this tent single-handedly but it's a breeze to put up when there are two of you.

The tent has bags of room for the two of us, and we once managed to squeeze four seated adults into the living area. Being able to stand up makes a huge difference, and generally makes camping seem more civilised.

We don't feel the need to optional bolt-on canopy but it could be useful if there were more than two people, or if dogs were a factor. We may consider buying the footprint at some point.

We are delighted with this tent, and are most happy to recommend it.
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By: Glennjo  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating: 

This is our first large tent which we purchased from S.K Camping who are very knowledgeable, friendly and are happy to price match.


Space to stand up (I'm 6'2)
Sturdy in windy conditions
Easy to pitch
Plenty of space
Handy storage pockets
Dark sleeping compartment
Good value
Sewn in ground sheet


Heavy (due to steel poles)
Standard pegs aren't great (probably the same with all tents)

Along with the tent, we also purchased the footprint which is brilliant as it is easier to clean a ground sheet than the bottom of a tent. We also bought the canopy which was invaluable for keeping wet and muddy shoes and clothing separate from the main living area and provides additional space for living and cooking. I would definitely recommend both the footprint and the canopy.

The only thing with the canopy is that it is a shame it only has a front entrance and no side doors - as it is bit enclosed to safely cook in.
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By: Marehoot  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating: 

This is our first quite large tent. For our first go at a pitch with this tent, we did it quite quickly and easily and in the rain. We like the steel poles, although quite heavy very durable.

It is only a 4 berth tent and there is only two of us so plenty of room, even if there was 4 people there would be plenty of room. The carpet is a nice touch adding comfort and a cozy feel.

Would definitely recommend having the canopy with the tent so all other items can be placed in this area leaving the rest of the tent cozy and clean.

The weekend we first pitched the tent it non-stopped rained from Friday evening to Sunday morning. Extremely heavy at times and the tent did not leak once. We are very impressed with our new tent and highly recommend.
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By: Sibbo  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating: 

Bought the display model of this tent from our local camping shop which was sadly closing down. We wanted something big enough to walk around in with a decent HH rating, and the shop staff pointed us towards the Calisto.

The steel poles mean it is heavy, so you really do need a car for camping trips with this one, but it performs well in windy conditions (it was well tested during a windy week in Dorset). We found it quite tricky to get the pins into the pole ends, even with the tension straps let out to their maximum, but this was the hardest part of pitching the tent. It is quite straightforward to do with 2 people once you get the hang of it.

The bedroom pod has plenty of room for 2 adults, I think 4 would be a squeeze. The living area is big enough for a table, chairs and all our equipment, but we are thinking about getting the canopy to give more storage space on long trips.

Overall, we are very happy with this tent and would recommend it.
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By: Traveljunky  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating: 

Just bought a Vango Calisto 400 for use as a Weekend/Festival tent and it had it's first outing last weekend. My criteria for buying this tent were:

Enough head room for 6'2'+

Sewn in ground sheet throughout


Enough space for 2 adults + gear

One bedroom access only ie no mesh divider

Current model - spares readily available.

This tent covered all the above and much more.

It stood up to heavy rain and windy conditions very well. No sagging, flapping or leaks.

It's pretty straight forward to erect. Hardest part is getting the pins into the pole sections. Ensure all the tension straps are let out to their maximum and that the roof sections to the poles are inserted all the way in to the side poles. Insert the pins whilst the poles are on the ground and then stand it up. Once this is done, the rest is easy.

The bedroom section is very spacious. Plenty of room both sides of a double mattress. Ideal for two adults. Bit of a push for four!

Lots of light and ventilation in the porch area.

Handy storage pockets throughout. Easily seated four adults and a large table during a heavy rain storm.

I would definitely recommend this tent - excellent value for money and as it is a new model, it will probably come down in price. I purchased it online from Taunton Leisure for 174.99 (RRP 240) and it was delivered within 24hrs.

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Manufacturer's Description

The strikingly different tunnel structure of the 4 person Calisto 400 is easy and quick to pitch. The wider central pole offers greater living space and headroom. This steel poled tent will withstand arduous weather conditions, offering you a robust and stylish place to rest and relax. Featuing Vango's "Lights Out" inner tent to keep early morning sunshine at bay, a sewn-in groundsheet, lots of ventilation options and numerous windows with covers. The Calisto 400 is compact and light enough for a touring holiday.
SKU 3740
Weight 15.30 kgs
Display Weight 15.3
Brand Vango
Berth 4 Person
Pitching Order Outer First
Design of Tent Steel Poles Family Tunnel
Waterproofing 3000
Flysheet Material Protex PU Coated Polyester Embossed
Groundsheet Material 10,000mm Polyethylene
Pole Type Rigid Metal
Pitch Size (L)450 x (W)270 x (H)200/190
Pack Size 80.00 x 25.00 x 24.00
Sewn in Groundsheet Yes

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