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Tent Reviews: Vango Eos 550XL

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5  (more 5 berth tents)
10.60 KG
Fly first
Average User Rating:
7/10 from 5 reviews

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5 Reviews of the Eos 550XL

By: Jfyv  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating: 

Brought this tent due to its large bedroom and living area. We used this tent for just the two of us and had plenty of room, but think at would be cramped with five people. Once you get the hang of it this tent is easy to put up, after seven site moves in 24 days (we toured around the UK) we are now experts. It did not leak and we had heavy rain nearly every day. It stood up to the winds, we put a few extra guy lines on it as at one point we had 40mph winds. We have given it 8 out of 10 because of a few problems we found with the design. The zips are only one way, so you can not just open the top to vent the tent. The front wall could do with a guy lines as in the wind that wall flaps about. The doors would be better if they opened upwards instead of to the side. Overall this is a very good tent and we would recommend it.
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By: Landrover boy  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating: 

Just come back from are first holiday with the tent. Second time we've put it up. Nice and easy to put up. The ground sheet is sown in on the sleeping compartment and just clips on in the main part. When it was raining we just rolled it up and put the chairs on the grass. Water will come in when you open the door tho only a dribble and I put towel down anyway.

I really bought it cause I wanted a tent I could stand up in to get dressed. We looked at other tents and decided for the price that this one would be good. Its a cheap tent or an expensive one. Its not divided inside but we decided thats not a problem for us.

We had a mixture of weather from hot and sunny to cold and rainy the tent never leaked once, there are also lots of vents to let the air in so you can cool off. Theres also a insect screen on both the doors going into the sleeping section. The tents only got a insect screen on one of the doors. Tho its got a large vent which runs the width of the tent.

I recommend this tent. Its even easy to pack back into the bag tho we've had practice sitting the tent before putting into the bag helps a great deal. Im hoping this tents gonna last us many years and will be used a lot next year.
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By: Cameron611  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating: 

After deciding that I wanted a bigger tent for ourselves and we took a trip to go outdoors. This tent we purchased a bargain for £93 due to the tent bag zip being broken. After being out of the camping scene for a while still found the tent easy to put up and dismantle, with not much messing around.

Pros. Vango are a good mid range quality tent. Does everything you would need, light for its size.

Cons, bedroom all as one, no separation ( able to overcome with a sheet. Would advise getting 6 hard ground anchor pegs for the main anchor points (just an advisory).

Very happy as we only plan to sleep two.
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By: Redmonds  Reason: I've used one  Made in: 2013   Rating: 

Poor design. No front door and if you open the side doors, which are on the slope of the roof the rain pours in. Groundsheet is not fully sown in and the elasticated strengthening straps criss-crossing the inside of the tent tell you all you need to know about the strength of this tent.

Finally when you come to pack up the bag has so little tolerance that you can't get the zip up. Overall a very disappointing, cheap piece of kit.
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By: Gerryrys  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating: 

We bought this tent at our local Go Outdoors for £128.00 in a weekend promotion. It seemed very good value. It is badged as the Eos 550XL exclusive to this store but appears identical to the Beta 550XL on the Vango website.

Being lucky enough to own a motorhome we camp all year round but we haven't slept in a tent for several years, never mind put one up! First attempt was on a very exposed site on the Somerset Levels in winds gusting to 30 mph! Despite the wind all was stable and the kettle was on in about 30 minutes.

The instructions, sewn on to a waterproof sheet inside the tent bag were for a generic range of tents rather than specific. This presented only one small problem. It took a while to work out that the groundsheet in the porch area needs to be clipped to the inside of the flysheet, not clipped to the pegs with the flysheet as detailed in the instructions.

We overnighted in very strong gusty winds and everything stayed put using only the standard pegs and guys supplied. The following morning everything was dismantled and stowed in about 20 minutes, the most challenging aspect being to get the tent back in to the bag from which it came. We moved on to a more sheltered site and put the tent up again in about 20 minutes.

Criticisms of this tent, considering what it cost are minor. There is no division of the sleeping area. To sleep five as claimed would be very cosy indeed. We found it just right for 2 adults and a big black dog.

There is only one roof hanging point for lighting. This is positioned to the back of the sleeping area

The specification of zips, tie backs and insect netting are a bit random. The inner sleeping compartment has 2 zipped access doors and each of these has a small window in the upper half protected by insect screens. The screens have 2-way zips but the doors only zip closed from top to bottom. 2-way zips, or one way opening the other would have enabled opening the top half whilst leaving the bottom closed to restrict movement of children and animals.

There are 2 external doors, one on either side. This is great. You can open one or other to dependant on the prevailing wind. Whilst looking similar there is no symetry in the way the doors operate. The one on the left (looking from inside) has a conventional two way zip running around 3 sides. The other zips accross the top then down one side but not across the bottom! This door does however have an internal fly screen which zips around all three sides but there is no tie back for the fly screen on the inside, only the outside. So if you are using this door on a rainy day for frequent access/egress and want to leave the fly screen open it just flaps around loose inside the tent.

Our only words of warning relate to pitching in strong winds. The front of the tent, if faced in to the wind, will on strong gusts encroach significantly in to the living area spilling all in its path! Given the layout of the tent this is where you are likely to have your table on which is a hot cup of coffee next to your expensive smartphone!

In summary though, great value.
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Manufacturer's Description

The Vango Eos 550XL is a good choice for those who like to camp in style, with it''s roomy living area and single large bedroom able to accommodate more kit than many tents of this size.

Pitching flysheet-first for speed and convenience, the Protex 3000mm polyester flysheet is tested to cope with prolonged rain while the linked-in groundsheet can be quickly and easily clipped into place and removed for cleaning.

Vango's patented TBS II uses tension bands to offer extra stability should the wind start to blow, and hi-vis orange guylines surround the tent to give it a rock-solid pitch.

On the inside, the bedroom can be attached separately or pitched with the fly and has it''s own sewn in groundsheet that provides extra waterproof protection and creates a fully-sealed area to keep out insects. The 2 bedroom doors are part-mesh for improved ventilation and useful pockets around the sides are ideal for keeping small items safe. The porch also has a lantern loop conveniently located in the ceiling.
Berth: 5
Bedrooms: 1
Doors: 2
Height (cm): 200.00
Length (cm): 475.00
Width (cm): 320.00
Flysheet Hydrostatic Head (mm): 3000
Groundsheet Hydrostatic Head (mm): 10000
Weight (kg): 10.60
Pack Size (cm): 72 x 23 x 26 cm
Bedroom Dimensions (cm): 210 x 300 x 190cm
Pitching Order: Outer First or As One
Pole Style: PowerFlex® fibreglass poles
Number of Poles: 3
Fire Retardant: Fire Retardant
Pitching Time: 15minutes

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