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Tent Reviews: Vango Centara 800 Airbeam

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8.6/10 from 5 reviews

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5 Reviews of the Centara 800 Airbeam

By: Andy Cook  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2017   Rating: 

Wow! Straight up and down in wind. Once the corners were secured with sand pegs the Airbeams were a doddle to inflate. Although it was windy the whole tent was up and occupied within ten minutes. We also used the footprint. So nice to walk into the inflated tent and see the bedrooms already up and ready. The only thing left to do is finish pegging and sort out the guy ropes. The windows are clear and large. The curtains stow away at the bottom of the window and they toggle into place very snug.

There's no sign whatsoever that the Airbeams are less secure or rigid than a pole tent. Our last tent had the flexible fibreglass poles and that tent moved around in the wind. This Airbeam tent didn't move at all (except for the normal sheet flapping you get in any tent). Infact we used the Airbeams to hold onto when taking footwear on an off so they're sturdy but not intrusive. I did use the tent tension straps to secure it in 25mph winds (and stronger gusts) but it didn't really need it if I'm honest. Although it made me feel better at night. The corner pegging points are straps with strong plastic buckles. Supplied sand pegs fit perfectly into the curved plastic anchor points. Then its a simple tug on the strap to tighten the tent up. The tent comes with 4 sand pegs but l would recommend replacing the wire pegs that also come with the tent with sand pegs. I was camped on sand covered grass so the wire pegs pulled out when the wind gusted. Fortunately I had my own sand pegs.

The side porch didn't come with sand pegs and the wire pegs holding the porch to the back of the main tent whipped out of the ground straight away.

The little peak above the main tent door is okay (low but ok) and the small fibreglass pole that shapes the peak slides through the spacious hem and fits into plastic sockets in the tent wall easily without putting any strain on the tent. Although I did hit my head on it several times (note the peak isn't on both doors).

The insect mesh door isn't on both doors which is a shame because airflow would be improved in the sun if you could open both doors and keep out the critters but one side is better than no side. My overall impression of the tent as someone who has owned many is it's a 21st century answer to keeping my Wife and I talking after pitching the tent. No squabbles, Hardly any sweating or cursing and most of all,- it was easy to put down, roll up (roll toward the valves) and it almost fell into the bag provided because it's big enough. As well as the zip the bag has buckled straps to keep the tent and bag firm and secure.

I got my Centara XL for £577. A bargain. Replacement Airbeams can be purchased but I can't imagine they need replacing unless you over inflate one. The supplied repair patches are easy to use because there's no glue. You just peal off the back of the patch and stick it over the hole. (they can be replaced cheaply. I just bought 10 for £5.99). I used mine on the Vango sleeping mats to repair small holes so I know they work.

Overall I believe the tent was a great buy but I'm not sure if I would buy the STD porch if I could go back in time. I don't think the same care and attention to detail has gone into the STD Airbeam porch as went into the amazing tent and considering the £300 price tag versus the £577 tent, you'd thing every attention to detail would have been made.
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By: Belfastjules  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2016   Rating: 

This was my 2nd Vango inflatable tent in the summer season 2016. My first purchase had airbeam issues from day one and had to be returned and refunded. In replacing it, I chose this one, slightly bigger than the previous 6 man one.

On erecting the tent on first use, one of the bedroom central peg straps came completely off, leaving us unable to secure one of the bedrooms properly to the ground. Result was water able to seep in under the bedroom between the footprint and groundsheet - as well as things just not being as 'tight' as they should be resulting in lots of flapping in the winds

Again, disappointingly, this wasn't fixable and this tent also had to be returned.

My dilemma remains whether to try for 3rd time lucky this year as I have the official footprint, carpet and matching porch now for a centara but wary of buying another. I always thought Vango was a good reliable make of tent but now am not so certain 😐
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By: HelenW22  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2016   Rating: 

I wanted a tent to give my teenage daughter a bit of space away from her younger brothers. This tent has been excellent so easy to pitch by myself and I can pack it away and get it back into the bag by myself which is a bonus. Loads of living room space. Reason for 8/10 is same a a pervious review as only one door has the mesh fly screen, and it's a squeeze only just fits 3 single airbeds in the bedrooms. Overall I'm really happy with it, I recommend it to a family of 5.
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By: Angel1974  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2016   Rating: 

We had to upgrade from a Vango Icarus 500 as its wasnt big enough for the 5 of us. This allows the kids to have one end and us the other end, with living space in between. Easy to pitch, we just pegged the corners and inflated the tent, and then put the rest of the pegs in after. I do miss the storage pockets on the front of the bedrooms.
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By: Lmabbs  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2016   Rating: 

Great tent in a style which allows some privacy and splitting for sleeping arrangements. Easy to pitch and spacious and airy inside. 9/10 because only one door has mesh, would have been great if both had it. Also, coming from a Kalahari 8, I miss the storage pockets on the front of the bedrooms. Great tent and would recommend.
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Manufacturer's Description

For families with older children, a vis-a-vis tent design is a fantastic idea, since positioning the sleeping quarters at opposite ends of the tent allows the children some independence whilst granting the parents some well-earned peace and quiet. New for 2015, the Centara is the only traditional vis-a-vis model in the range, with five AirBeams using the new AirSpeed® valves and two huge 'Lights Out' inner tents at both ends ensuring that after a long day you can always rely on some privacy to relax and enjoy your evening.

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