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Tent Reviews: Vango Inca 500

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Current Model?
RRP on date added:
Bedroom inners:
Living area groundsheet:
Pitching Style:
5  (more 5 berth tents)
24.60 KG
Fully Sewn-in
Fly first
Average User Rating:
9/10 from 1 reviews

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1 Reviews of the Inca 500

By: Sindigo  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating: 

We're a family of three, two adults and one toddler. We purchased the pack with footprint and carpet after a *lot* of research. We wanted a large tent that would replace the small Yurt we built. At least until the kids are old enough to help me build and carry a new one! It needed to have a living area as well as bedrooms with sewn-in groundsheet and be usable for festivals, weekends away and the occasional family holiday in the future.

We've only used our Inca 500 once for the Womad 2013 festival and I have to say that I love it. It's bright, spacious and has plenty of features. We purchased through Ebay from JR Leisure of Leicester, who were brilliant.

The good:

* Relatively easy to put up. I didn't get any time to practice and OH was busy with the baby. I had a friend help me with setting the poles but I think with practice I could, maybe do it on my own. I don't know about 20mins to pitch though! It took me nearly an hour with all the guy lines but I'm sure I'll get quicker.

* The size is perfect for us. Not too big and definitely not too small, even leaving us room for a little family expansion! It has one bedroom with a zipped divider, though we had it open. We fitted a double air mattress, travel cot and single camp bed in (for me) with room to spare.

The open area at the front allowed plenty of room for DD to roam around, especially on the Saturday evening when it hammered down and the carpet made it feel warm and homely. We even parked our large, all-terrain pushchair in the corner. We will purchase the canopy to use as an all-weather kitchen, boot room and push-chair park though.

It's supposed to be a five-berth with one two-berth bedroom and one three-berth but to be honest, as the groundsheet is fully sewn-in you'd have no problem putting another couple beds in the living area. Especially with the addition of the canopy.

It's tall enough for us at just shy of 2m. But then, I'm only 5'8'. I only had to stoop slightly to get in the side door but taller people may struggle a little.

*It was dry as a bone when it rained but then, the Vango signature fabric has a HH of 6,000 so it should be able to cope with almost anything the UK weather could throw at it.

The vents helped to keep it cool it the sun. Opening the two doors created a perfect breeze through too, reducing the temperature immediately. We didn't notice any condensation either.

The bad:

*One problem with the design is that the smaller, side door has a small pole above it that holds the canopy over the door taught. This pulls the zip out of alignment slightly which makes it hard to zip shut. I'm not convinced this problem wasn't exacerbated by my amateurish erecting of the tent but even so, it seemed unnecessary. A small thing maybe, but there you go.

*Build quality. Again, this is a small thing and seeing as Vango, through JR leisure of Leicester sent us a replacement within a week of us returning the outer for repair/replacement, it's maybe barely worth mentioning. One of the tie-downs on the bottom of the tent came off in my hand when I gave it the gentlest of tugs. Plus a couple of the velcro patches were loose. In both cases, the stitching was inadequately done. But, like I say customer services were excellent from JR Leisure and Vango so it's difficult to hold it against them. I'll come back and update this review when I've checked the replacement out.

Overall, I couldn't be happier with this tent and would strongly recommend it to anyone. Unless you're over 6'2'.
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Manufacturer's Description

Sophistication and comfort are abundant throughout the Inca making this a great option for families and couples. The bright living space includes zippered roll down curtains as well as adjustable vents, creating airflow throughout the tent.

Total Weight 24.60kg

Pack Size 78 x 46 x 35cm

Pitching Time 20 mins


All in one or Flysheet first pitching

Easy pitch tunnel style

TBS®II Tension Band System

Protex® 6,000HH polyester embossed 75D flysheet

Polyethylene 10,000HH groundsheet

Sewn in groundsheet

Lightweight inner groundsheet

Breathable polyester ''lights out'' inner tent

NEW larger windows

NEW privacy curtains

NEW roof liner

Supplied with plastic pegs & mallet

NEW low level vents

Fully wind & rain tested

NEW sheltered side door cover

Webbing guying straps

Line Lok® guyline adjusters

Cable entry with cable tidies


Hanging storage

Vango AirZone ventilation

2 Mesh doors

Zipped inner divider

Part mesh inner doors

Roller Bag

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