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Tent Reviews: Vango Edoras 500 AirBeam

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22.50 KG
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3 Reviews of the Edoras 500 AirBeam

By: Campasarow  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2016   Rating: 

This is a review for the Edoras 500XL not the 500 as the 500XL doesn't have a separate listing in the tent review section.

Just back from our 2 weeks in Cornwall. Have to say that the Edoras 500XL is the best tent we have owned (and we have owned quite a few!).

Tent is 150 denier Polyester and feels a quality product. Extremely stable even in windy conditions and no issues with leaks or condensation. The excellent ventilation definitely helps with the condensation issue and as we invested in the additional roof liner that also makes the tent more comfortable in both hot and cooler conditions. We also purchased the carpet and due to lack of stock of the footprint groundsheet at the time of purchase I picked up a much cheaper compatible footprint from a now discontinued Outwell tent.

A 5000HH means the tent is really waterproof and there were no leaks at all despite a lot of rain over a 2 day spell at the beginning of the holiday.

Tent has the Vango TBSII tension band system which we used a few times on breezy days/nights and really helps to keep the tent stable.

Love the built in porch/extension which is perfect for sitting under in wet conditions and big enough to keep you well protected from wind, rain and extremes of sun. As we cook inside there is no need for us to purchase the additional awning; we keep the extension for just sitting under and extra storage for things like the BBQ and fire pit.

As it's just for two of us it is luxuriously spacious. The jump up in living space from the 500 to the 500XL is significant so we are pleased we made the additional investment. The internal photos I have posted will show you how much room the 500XL provides even with our cooking facilities set up inside.

Sleeping pods are a good size but then with just the two of us we were hardly going to be short of space! The darker 'lights out' fabric of the sleeping pods is a useful feature but not so dark as to make it gloomy.

Storage is good with plenty of internal pockets; zipped window covers are also a real plus.

Pitching was a breeze. Just got to love Airbeams.

Negatives are very few indeed and don't really detract from the overall enjoyment of the tent. Guy lines are a stupid grey colour and easy to trip over; Side door would have benefited from an eyebrow porch and why-o-why don't Vango fit two way zips on the bedroom pods?

Packing up was easy too. Followed the method in the Outwell video on You Tube posted by Gary Cross which resulted in a well folded and rolled tent that went back into its bag without any problems.

I highly recommended this tent; it's a real keeper and will have no plans to upgrade for a few years yet.
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By: Domingo  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2016   Rating: 

We bought this tent a couple of weeks ago (July 2016), and have to say first impressions are very good.

We briefly pitched it in the garden on the day of purchase,and it went up like a charm. Much easier than poles! Also a massive plus is that the inner tent is already attached, so no messing about once it's up. Peg out the four corners, 15-20 pumps per beam (four of them), peg out the guys etc, and that's it.

Packing down is simple too: Unpeg the guys, unscrew the inflation cap on each beam, turn it over and use it to push in the spring loaded valve and turn it so it stays open, unpeg the rest of the tent fold front to middle, back to middle twice (might be three), and then one fold onto the other, roll up (twice so you can get the air out), put the bag over the top of the rolled up tent, turn it over and zip the bag up. Very easy.

We bought the package including model specific Vango footprint and carpet for £650. We also bought the matching Vango Skyliner to go with it. I'd say that's well worth buying as it definitely seems to help keep the tent cooler (still gets warm, especially of you fully shut the doors), and also helps keep the roof clean.

We used the tent for the first time this weekend and for the most part it is perfect, and definitely worth the extra £50 more than the Edoras 400, and the £100 more than the Vango Solaris we were originally looking at.

We love the permanent porch/canopy. It's big enough to sit under and hopefully not get wet unless the rain is being blown in sideways, and it means you can get into the tent when it's raining without getting water in the tent.

The only downsides so far are:

*The main zip was cross-threaded when we got it (too much zip on one side). We managed to pull it through, but I am concerned that doing this may have compromised it.

*The mesh doors on the outer tent only have one zipper. This means it always has to zip closed to the bottom corner. Would be nice to have double zippers so you can choose where it closes.

*The main door and mesh inner are completely separate. This means you have to open one then the other. The issue is that the main door doesn't zip shut at the bottom (presumably for air circulation) and so, if bugs get through it into the mesh, as soon as you open the mesh door they get let in.

*The innertent doors only have mesh at the very top, which can be unzipped to allow air flow through a small portion. It'd be nice to have the usual design where you can have the whole door as mesh to allow greater airflow while keeping out the (hopefully very few bugs) you let into the main tent when opening the doors. The inner doors also only have one zipper.

*There is an add-on canopy for the Edoras 600XL,but not for any of the other models, which is incredibly disappointing and nearly made me not buy the tent. Primarily as it just seems poor business sense and having it would be a massive bonus on rainy days. On speaking to the salesman at the shop we bought the tent from, he said 'we despair at the manufacturers with things like this, and it happens often'. Clearly the manufacturers don't want the easy money to be made from extras. My only assumptions other than poor business sense or being unable to manufacture them, is that they must make a loss in them. Why would you not do the canopy otherwise? TAKE MY MONEY, Vango!

So, other than a few niggles, this is a cracking tent. Incredibly easy to erect, and seems very stable. Despite the drawbacks, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this tent.
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By: Jennysligo  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2016   Rating: 

My first Airbeam tent, and so far I'm really impressed. Pitching and striking are quick and easy, the internal space is ideal. It's 5 berth with everyone getting 70cm of space. The porch is the biggest selling point for me, a great space to cook and sit and enjoy the sunshine ( hopefully )
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Manufacturer's Description

The Edoras 500 creates a perfect balance of space and light. Summer campers in particular will benefit from the grand front extension which can be used for food preparation, shade from direct sunlight or as a private area to sit out under the stars. The flat front and pre-bend AirBeams® maximise the useable internal space and the large windows on the pre-attached extension provide a great outdoor conservatory. Additional features include king size bedrooms, living area pockets and zipped privacy curtains to make the most of your camping experience. With the Edoras tent you have the option to attach a zipped front awning, offering plenty of extra space, whether you want to use this for an additional storage area or even a second living area for your family and friends.

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