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Tent Reviews: Vango DaVinci 500

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14.20 KG
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7.8/10 from 5 reviews

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5 Reviews of the DaVinci 500

By: Family Brown  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2015   Rating: 

This is the first tent we have owned, so we don't have much to compare it to, however we are very happy with it so far. The overall quality seems good and it has withstood some pretty heavy rain now with no leaks. It's so similar to the Icarus 500 and Woburn 500, but was cheaper, so seems very good value for money.

I can pitch the tent on my own easily and it wasn't hard to learn how to do this even though I've never had a tent before.

We're a family of two adults and two young children and the tent feels about the right size for short breaks. We are using it with a Coleman classic awning, which gives us a large outdoor shelter on the front of the tent and means we can get in and out in the rain without water dripping in.

The bedroom feels very spacious even with all four of us in, because of the full height ceiling. There are lots of windows and ventilation points so it feels light and airy. 'Lights out' inner tent doesn't seem to be any darker than other tents, but that hasn't been an issue.

If I could change something I would like the lip over the side door to be a bit bigger, and for there to be mesh on the front door as well as the side.

Definitely a good starter tent - on it's own it's a great size for a couple, or young family doing short trips.
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By: Towner7679  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating: 

Our first use of this tent was with our scout group which owns several. After erecting and taking down a few times at camp, this tent was a pleasure to work with. We were so impressed we decided to purchase one for our family, as well as the excel side awning for extra space.

The tent was purchased the end of August 2014, and the awning in May 2015.

We were so looking forward to our holiday in Dorset this week. Yes there was wind and rain expected, but we feel we are seasoned campers with 11 years experience under our belts.

First issue we had was the pole sleeve split, not to worry it should be fine we thought. Rest of the tent went up fine. Attaching the awning was a very painful experience. The instructions were so minimal and simple, construction had to be the same.NOT! It did not attached well at all. We also found 2 lines of little holes down the middle of the roof.

We experienced 17mph winds with gusts, and we felt like we were in a washing machine. Such a noisy tent that moved a lot!

After less than 24 hours we had to pack up and admit defeat.

After all that, I feel the issues we had were possibly a one off manufacturing defect. It is a 5 sleeper, we can fit 5 scouts with roll mats no problem, but a family of 4 with camp beds was rather cosy. The living area for a family could be bigger. We only used the side door, liked the canopy overhead.

We have contacted Decathlon about the issues, and they are willing to give 100%refund as we are still within the 365 day refund and exchange policy.
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By: Micheldeman  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2015   Rating: 

We have used this tent with 2 adults and 3 children. Overall, the quality is very good. It's a strong and solid tent that withstands wind and rain very well. Sewed in bathtub groundsheet doesn't let any water coming in.

Easy to set-up and disassemble.

To leave more living space in the front, we bought a side awning as well for storage.

Only disadvantage is the lack of a canopy at the front. When it rains, you need to keep the front entrance closed. I believe that the Vango Calder 500 is the same tent, but with a canopy at the front door. So, that would be my preferred choice.

7 out of 10, otherwise 8/10 incl canopy.
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By: Christina-o  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating: 

I bought this tent right at the end of the 2014 season when most camping shops had pretty much sold all their stock. I got a great price from Decathlon which included the groundsheet, and am very happy overall.

The tent has been on at least 5 trips so far now, and has withstood both wind and rain without leaking. The size is great, and the 2 of us can put it up in about 20 mins. One of the features I really like is the lip over the side door, which gives a bit of cover when using the door in the rain.

I have two gripes with the tent. Firstly, there is no fly mesh on the front door, only the side, which is a shame. Secondly, on our second trip one of the pole clips broke off for no apparent reason. I'm rubbish for returning things so never bothered, but to be honest this isn't really a big deal considering the price we paid for the tent, plus the damage has no overall effect on the tent.

In all this has been a great starter tent for a couple that wanted to try camping out, and I would definitely recommend for people like us.
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By: Flowing Stream  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating: 

Really nice tent, well designed and well thought out. It is specially produced for Decathlon and is very similar to the Icarus 500 and Woburn 500

Quality of manufacture good, I bought the Woburn 500 footprint as a I cant find a specific one for the Da Vinci 500 - Vango confirmed to me beforehand that it would be suitable.

Bathtub groundsheet is a must as far as I am concerned.

Good ventilation means you do not end up clammy the next morning.
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Manufacturer's Description

Exclusive to Decathlon, the Da Vinci is a simple to pitch tunnel tent with two entrances. It retains a perfect balance of living space with two spacious bedrooms. The fully sewn in groundsheet ensures that drafts and bugs are minimised while the patented Tension Band System (TBS II®) can be attached for stability in high winds. For additional shelter, simply use the front door and attach king poles to the eyelets. Ideal for couples or small families that want an affordable option with absolute functionality for short countryside breaks.

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