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Tent Reviews: Vango Kairos 400

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9/10 from 7 reviews

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7 Reviews of the Kairos 400

By: Kazcaw  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

Just been away for a couple of nights in our Kairos 400. Myself and hubby had loads of room and was impressed by how quick it was to put this up. We brought this second hand off good old Facebook for £30 and after a quick put up in my Mums garden booked a weekend away. Brilliant, would be great if we could find a canopy to cover a door but not really necessary for a weekend. Canít wait to go away again.
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By: Speedcamp  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

Just finished touring in our Kairos 400 with persistent rain, very blustery conditions and moving daily. Proved a fantastic touring tent - quick to pitch and take down in the rain, leak free, very stable (hardly moving) and easy to get back in its bag.

We used double and single rubberised airbeds front to back in the inner tent with room to spare. Our Coleman Comforts are too tall given the slope at the back, but rubberised airbeds and SIMs are ideal. There is then plenty of room unless you are 6ft like my husband, who had to sleep with his legs bent to avoid pushing the inner tent against the flysheet at the back. A couple sleeping side-to-side would have plenty of room for the longer person.

We've added tent rubbers to lengthen 2 of the top suspension points of the inner tent and going to do the same for the rear middle one to increase the gap between the inner and flysheet in windy weather. A nice gap, however, is generally maintained if you lengthen the rear guys as much as possible and also peg out the base of the rear of the tent (and tension) as much as possible. Its not unusual to have to tweak a tent to optimize its performance!

The living area of the tent is a good size - plenty of storage under the sloping front and room for 5 to sit and eat inside on the floor or 4 in chairs. The large covered window makes it very pleasant when you are trapped inside by the weather. The window cover retainers act as good suspension points for damp lightweight rain coats or a UFO light.

The option of either side door or both doors being open also proved very flexible given the weather we encountered. Pegging outwards the base of 1 of the doors also gave a sheltered opening given the upright nature of the lower part of the doors. We used a large picnic rug as a carpet in the central part of the living area rather than the dedicated tent carpet, which allowed a wet zone/door mat by both doors.

All-in-all an excellent touring and overnight tent when you need a bit of space, the comfort of stand-up height, stability and an extra quick pitch!
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By: Emgi99  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

I purchased one of these as an ex-display model and paid £80 this year (2011). I wanted a tent we could easily erect in a short amount of time, could stand up in and wasn't enormous as we have lots of festivals and weekend camping planned. So far we're halfway through the summer, it's had 4 weekends use, including Glastonbury festival and it's still going strong - well, sort of, the rear pole snapped this weekend in strong winds, but we patched it up to get through the weekend and I've ordered two replacement sets now. Partially our fault for pitching it at an awkward angle to the direction of the wind. Lost a star though for breaking!

The SIG is wonderful, I love the easy access from either side and we are able to use two self-inflating airbeds side by side with plenty of space around for clothes and books and stuff. The living area is just about big enough for a couple of chairs.

It's had a few hard rainfalls on it (Glastonbury especially) and no leaks at all. I also managed to erect this by myself in no time at all and have packed it away solo too.

Overall, an ideal weekend tent for two adults who prefer getting on with sitting around with a drink in hand than faffing about putting a tent up! Brilliant!
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By: Judyd  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

Very quick and easy to set up, most of it can be done by one person. We slept 2 adults & 2 children in the bedroom but were concerned about the 'feet end' being too low. On that section the guy ropes look as though they need to be pulled upwards. It didn't rain much so not sure if that would be a problem. Perfect for solo or couple, may be 3, lots of living space and can stand up easily. Great tent!
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By: Muddie  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

I bought this tent because I wanted one with some living space that I can stand up in and as I'll probably be doing most of my camping solo, one that I can put up myself [5'6' female]. This is my first tent, so it also had to be simples! SIG, pitches in one, brilliant.

We [the tent & I] have just had our first outing and I've found it to be just about perfect for me. I agree that it's a good size for 1-3 people - getting 4 in seems very optimistic. With more practice, I'll even get pitching time down to 5 minutes. I love the window in the front.

Can't comment on how it stands up to heavy rain as there was only a shower or two, but it seemed ok in the wind.
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By: Speedcamp  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

I'll give a full review when we've tried it for real, but on initial inspection it looks very well made with SIG, full standup height, large window with cover, plenty of high level ventilation, suitable reinforcement wherever there are stress points, strong pole sleeves, easy flowing zips and adjustable tension straps. It is certainly easy to pitch - I did it on my own in 5 minutes plus guying out.

For anyone considering the tent, I am adding this review now as I thought the following information may prove useful as I searched and asked in vain for this information myself -- the rear part of the inner tent (the narrowest bit) is 215cm wide. It should take a standard (narrow) double plus single airbed, but check your airbeds first.

We are looking forward to plenty of touring and overnight camps in this tent as a family of 3!
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By: Johns559  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

I purchased this tent for quick overnight stops ,very quick for one person to set-up . All you do is insert the main steel pole ,peg out the four corners and tension the straps , the tent is now standing ,add the rear fibreglass pole and finish pegging out. Job done .

I would question the claim that this is a four berth tent , you will not fit four air beds in the inner tent , using the tent for just two people I find it's best to sleep across the width of the tent rather than lengthways . Light and airy with good airflow , very stable in windy conditions and enough room in the living area for a table and a couple of chairs .I think this is a brilliant two or three berth tent ,there is just not enough space for four people .The only change I would get Vango to make to the Kairos 400 would be to add a guyline to the centre of the front panel below the window to prevent it billowing out in rough weather .
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Manufacturer's Description

Kairos means right or opportune moment, an undetermined period of time in which something special happens. This is certainly the case as you step inside a Kairos tent. The ingenious pole system makes this tent light, stable, extremely fast to pitch and offers great space in both the living and sleeping areas in relation to the footprint.

* As one pitching.
* TAS - Tied Arch System.
* Fire retardant fabrics.
* Protex 2000 polyester flysheet.
* Taped seams.
* Storm skirt system.
* Fully sewn-in polyethylene 10,000HH groundsheet.
* Crystal Clear window with internal cover.
* Pelmet.
* Comfort colours.
* Pre-attached guylines with guy tidies.
* Reinforcement points.
* Reflective webbing and external zip pullers.
* Heavy duty polesleeves.
* Powerplus steel and Powerflex fibreglass pole.
* Ring and pin system.
* Front and rear mesh vents.
* Breathable fabric inner tent with part mesh door.
* Inner pockets.
* Lantern loop.
* Handled carry bag.

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