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Tent Reviews: Vango Diablo 900XP

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33.90 KG
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9.08/10 from 37 reviews

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37 Reviews of the Diablo 900XP         Showing 01 to 10          Page:   1   2   3   4  

By: Jach  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2005   Rating: 

We have had this tent for over ten years

Lots of space very sturdy

We love it.

Lots of space in the pods.

The center part is an ideal space to eat and play ges with a large family. The hook in the center lights up the whole area.

It does take 2 adults to put it up but as we camp for 2 weeks at a time it is worth the effort.

It will be a shame when we have to replace the tent as I can't find anything as good.
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By: Lisabaker  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

don't know when our tent was made exactly, so have guessed, as we bought it second hand, but we get admiring glances when we put it up!

The pole system is well thought out and the tent was relatively straightforward to pitch, except I'm 5ft so my other half needed help from someone else tall to get the outer over the top!

It is incredibly spacious, kept us warm and dry on our first nights stay and looking forward to our next stay.

Taking it down as newbie campers was a little harder and packing the tent into a small bag was hard with a hangover, but my patient other half managed it ok! Overall I love this tent and am very happy with it.
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By: Nobbio  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

Bought this bargain tent second hand from a friend for our first family camping trip. The tent is incredibly spacious plenty of room for me and four young ladies and their home comforts. Found it easy to put up and it survived a few torrential downpours over the course of the weekend. Looking forward to using it again and again.
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By: VANKEV  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

Love this tent. Used it 4/5 times now and amazed at how spacious it is. We go away with my sister and her kids so 4 adults and 3 kids. 3 very spacious bedrooms. And the middle area we call our living room its that big. When it rains we actually put a table in there with 6- 7 chairs to play games ect on an evening and there still room to move about. Very easy to put up now we have mastered it. Decent sized porch area too. We have had smaller tents but end up been on different pitches ect, upgraded to this one a few years ago and now all the family are together. Best money ever spent!
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By: Happycampers19  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

Back home after a 6 night break in the New Forest.

Upgraded our Vango Icarus 500 to the Diablo 900 for the extra room and boy, it should be called the Tardis!

The extra space was brilliant especially in the rain when the family could just chill inside.

After a practice pitch before we left expect to pitch up in around 45-60mins for 2 adults. Can't understand why they've discontinued this model; ours was a once used 2nd hand one. Loved the size of the porch with the choice of entrances. Really warm with the carpet as an extra. Fellow campers couldn't believe the size inside especially on tents they brought that cost loads more.

Won't need to upgrade or, change tents for years now as this one
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By: DaveyMG  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

What a tent, absolutely amazing. I have been camping since I was 7 and I am now in my 60's but we like lots of space and the Vango 900 does not disappoint. There are many reviews on here about this tent so I wont go over the same ground. Prior to purchasing the Vango we had always purchased Cabanon canvas tents, probably the best you can buy. However they are heavy and metal poles are not as flexible as fibreglass, so have had some issues with broken poles in bad weather. Vango for some unknown reason have changed the design to a different style, why I don't know, if it ain't broke then don't try and fix it as they say. Will be very reluctant to sell ours when we are to old, because there are no tents out there in our opinion that will stand up to the terrible unpredictable British weather like the Vango 900 series does, you would be hard pressed to beat this tent as an overall package.
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By: TracieT  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating: 

A very large tent. We bought this tent due to the sewn in ground sheet. There were very few available at the time, especially at the price we could afford.

It is a very large tent and the porch is a very useful addition - especially in poor weather. We have used this tent for short weekend breaks and much longer family holidays. It is very good when the weather is good and you are able to eat outside. However, in heavy weather, we had a constant worry about leaking - especially if anybody leans against the walls. We have always struggled to get it pitched correctly and would strongly recommend the footprint.

We have enjoyed using this tent. However, as our last trip was in persistent rain, [especially when pitching and taking down], we are now looking for another tent.

On the plus side I would say it is good value for money if you are looking for a large family tent.
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By: Under Canvas Again  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

The tent is fantastic and has a great living area and has put up with every weather condition known to man.

We bought it with the foot print and carpet and have found these to make it very homely / feeling of warmth.

The only negative is the pure size means it takes a while to put up and the crafty site owners since recession sell a larger plot to accommodate it!
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By: Craighew  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

We upgraded to the Diablo 900xp from a Wynnster Sat 12 (itself a big tent). We've used the Diablo twice now, both over long bank holiday weekends in May 2011. The weather couldn't have been more diverse. At Easter, we camped at Snowdonia Park (where they have a micro-brewery.!) and the weather was scorching. As the Diablo has a rear door (in the bedroom) we could get a good breeze flowing through to cool us down. Late spring B/H we camped at Ty'n Rhos on Anglesey. We had howling gales whilst pitching and for the next 3 nights. The tent stood up to the weather really well, no problems other than a couple of guy ropes needing re-pegging. We even left our extended porch up, although each morning we expected it to have been blown over the fields. Didn't get too much rain, but the tent stayed snug and warm anyhow. SIGs main advantage over the Wynnster (we sometimes got water blown in at ground level during heavy rain).

I can't recommend this tent highly enough. Can't understand why Vango discontinued it???

We're off to Devon for 7 nights in the Diablo next week and can't wait.

My only reservation is (as others have mentioned) the pitch-size required makes some sites nervous when booking. We always ensure that the site is committing to our large tent size before we travel: so far not had any problems.
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By: Chipmonk  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

This is my second Diablo. I had a Diablo 600 then upgraded to the 900XP. Its great and roomy.

It takes approx. 45 minutes to put up with 2 people. By the time you adjust the lines and straps etc. It takes about an hour to get it right.

We have the carpet and footprint which makes the inside comfy and the footprint helps you to position the tent before you put it up. It has a fully sewn in bathtub ground sheet, so no drafts, bugs etc.

We also have the porch extension which is great to sit under without getting too cold or wet if it is a bit damp!

In 2010 we had bad weather in Dorset. It rained and blew a gale. The tent stood firm and was totally dry and warm.

Would recommend the 900. Having the XP (xtra poles) means you get the extra head height in the bedrooms. The living dome is approx 4metres in diameter. The bedrooms are approx 2metres square x 2metres high. The height at the top of the living dome is approx 2.4 metres.

The only downside (if you can call it) is that you have to make sure that the pitches are big enough to take it. We have never found it a problem.

This is a fab tent and love it.
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Manufacturer's Description

Plan your camping holiday in style. This large geodesic tent offers generous sleeping areas, an exceptionally large living area and an extended porch for protection from the elements. The Diablo range features an integral sewn-in groundsheet protecting the bedrooms and living areas from draughts.

"If you must own a family tent, make it the Diablo. They feature spacious living areas, large porches and multiple bedrooms." THE INDEPENDENT

Flysheet: Protex 3000
Inner: Breathable H2O repellent Polyester
Poles: Fibreflex
Design/Style: Geodesic

Emergency exit on the middle bedroom/flysheet incase you need a quick exit.
Sewn-in groundsheet which adds protection, comfort and helps keep the bugs out.
Full mesh door on the porch to give extra ventilation on hot summer days.
Seam taped flysheet which gives long lasting protection from the elements.
Mesh ventilation on the inner tent reduces the build-up of condensation and keeps bugs out.
Bathtub inner groundsheet which gives you total climate protection and prevents insects crawling in.
Fibreflex fibreglass poles which are though, sturdy & reliable.
Colour coded poles which help you put the correct poles in their pole sleeves.
Roller bag with zip opening for easy packing away and transport.

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