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Tent Reviews: Vango Dart DS 200

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2.50 KG
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6.73/10 from 11 reviews

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11 Reviews of the Dart DS 200         Showing 01 to 10          Page:   1   2  

By: RayBP  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

I bought my Dart 200DS shortly after they came out and thus paid a whopping 70 for the privilege. I was attracted by the quick pitch pop-up design and weatherproofing, although a little uncertain about the height as I'm getting older and have arthritis. I now use the Dart only for one or two night stays, preferring a tent with stand-up room for longer breaks. The Dart scores heavily on quick pitching - it takes me, with inflexible hip joints, barely 10 minutes before its all pegged down and tea brewing. Putting it away does require a knack, but is nevertheless easy, unlike a Halfords tent of similar size and construction that my son uses. The tent resists severe weather with ease, including high wind. Camping in cold weather will cause condensation to form on the inside of the outer sheet. This is a problem with most modern tents. Ventilation in the Dart is marginal for one person when sealed against bad weather. Wind helps the tent to circulate the air by the pumping action as the material flexes. In still conditions it gets stuffy inside, making sleeping difficult. I do not usually suffer from claustrophobia, but this tent, together with its ventilation problems, had me getting an uncontrollable urge to escape to the fresh air outside. I have gradually got used to the Dart and have used it maybe ten times. It is well made and fine for one person for one or two nights away.
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By: Kavsak  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

I bought this tent in the end of season sales for 30 as a quick option for one night camps with my grand daughter. It is a perfect for this - up and away again in less than 5 minutes and far less effort than putting up our Omega 350.

Plenty of of space for two, and not a lot of condensation. I think those who complain about lack of space and condensation must have unrealistic expectations of a modern synthetic material tent.
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By: Darren10000  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

Perfect for Bike Rallies, just got back and it's easy to pack away (Important when you've been partying all night!), a bit of condensation but leave a small gap in the outer door zip. Very warm and cosy. I paid 35 for it in a sale not sure whether the 60 rrp is worth it. Highly Recommended! :)
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By: Bobbins  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

Bought this tent in 2009 and used it for the first time in June this year when we decided to stay overnight in the lake district with our daughter, who was camping with her boyfriend.

Very easy to pitch and we managed to fit a double air bed into the tent and found it quite comfortable for the one night. On the down side my wife woke through the night with breathing problems due to the lack of ventilation when it is fully closed down, there was also a bit of condensation due to the airbed touching the sides.

Overall though a very nice little tent which is handy to put in the boot of the car to use as a back up for unexpected guests or even a storage area next to the main tent.

Found it quite easy to fold away and is very light if it is to be carried as a back pack.
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By: Frome  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

I bought this for solo one night camping trips, and I've used it with a double ready bed, which unfortunately due to touching the sides, let water in (no rain just dew) which my ready bed soaked up like a sponge. I think it needs camping mats rather than an air bed, as even a single airbed encroaches on the limited head height.

However, this made a fantastic beach shelter on a blowy day when having a picnic which doesn't consist of sand sandwiches.
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By: Kellytrev  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

We have the black and grey dart without the extra front porch,

We only use it to put up inside the living area of our coleman evolva if we have extra people come and stay, we always leave the door unzipped a little so have no problems with condensation,

We found it hard to fold back up the first few times but now it's easy.

Overall a nice little tent that fits a double airbed in no problem, we do not peg it down because its inside, holds its shape well and once the air beds in does not move.

Goes back into the bag easy and folds flat so it can just be layed on the boots floor.
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By: Julie1146  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

Bought this for my granddaughter but wanted it to be easy to put up (she's 7) but usable.

Daughter and granddaughter slept in it 1 night on an average summer night. Daughter woke about 2 pm and was having trouble with her breathing (no history of this).

In the morning they woke and the inside was soaking, damp hair and bedding (due to double air bed touching the sides) - there had been no rain!

This is all due to lack of any ventilation.

Sold as a 'festival tent' but in my opinion is nothing more than a play tent.
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By: MrsX  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

I bought this tent for quick and easy overnight stops.

It serves its purpose in that respect, but have to say that realistically, its too small.

I use a single air mattress, my son uses a junior readybed (so not as big as a single air mattress) and they only just fit in together. It does have a small porch, but again, it is tiny.

Very quick and easy to erect and put away.

I've used it about 3 or 4 times now, and have had quite alot of condensation each time.

I've decided to change to a vango swift 300 for my 'overnight' tent, and I have to say this is a lot more suitable for a quick overnight tent for two people.
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By: Taz38  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

A bit pricey for a little 2-berth tent but it kept 2 of us dry and warm in very wet and windy conditions. Very easy to put up, not so easy to pack it neatly back in the bag. Nice little tent for 1 person or 2 kids.
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By: Gemma-lu  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

We bought one of these for our little weekend tours where we pitch for one night at a time and we were really pleased with it. Compared to a small dome tent it does take up a bit more room but it's worth it for the time saved in pitching it, especially if you are going in bad weather. It is snug enough for the two of us and the dog but it's not cramped. There is room at the end of the tent for bags after we have put our air mats in it. Storage pockets, vents and double skin make it a good little tent and handy for one night stop overs. The sewn in groundsheet in the porch gives you a bit more room. It would have been even better if there was a little canopy over the door so you could have the door open a bit if it was raining but you can't have it all ways!
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Manufacturer's Description

The Vango Dart DS 200 pop up dome tent, erects itself in seconds. Simply lay the tent on the grass and the tent springs to shape, taking the time and hassle out of having to erect the tent. The Dart DS 200 has the ability to sleep two adults comfortably; this is aided by the built in waterproof groundsheet and the rear flysheet vent with cover for improved ventilation. Powerflex fibreglass poles give the tent a tough and well made feeling. To improve this, Vango have also given the tent a double skin to ensure additional comfort for occupants. This lightweight tent comes with a circular carry bag enabling easy transportation of the tent. Overall the Vango Dart DS 200 is ideal for weekends away and festivals.

* Sleeps 2 comfortably
* Flysheet is made of Protex 2000 Polyester totally waterproof
* Taped seams for improved durability
* Good ventilation from rear flysheet vent
* Pre-attached guy ropes with Velcro guy tidies
* Pop up pitching hassle free!
* Powerflex fibreglass pre inserted poles for added durability
* Breathable inner tent
* Waterproof sewn in ground sheet (5000HH Waterproofing)
* Circular carry bag
* Pack size: 63 x 63 x 6
* Total Weight 2.5 Kg
* Erects in seconds!

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