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Tent Reviews: Vango Kairos 500

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5  (more 5 berth tents)
12.00 KG
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Average User Rating:
9/10 from 4 reviews

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4 Reviews of the Kairos 500

By: Jayne28  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating: 

This has to be one of the best tents I have ever owned stands up to all weather and wind shame they stopped making them as I would love to buy a large closed in porch to add even more space. This tent is so easy to put up as other reviews have commented on, would not call it a 5man but as only 2 of us we have loads of space well worth the money
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By: Helenweddle  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

We just bought this tent to replace our weekend tent and it's a brilliant tent. We paid £75 at our Go Outdoors as it was in the bargain bin. I think Vango have stopped making this model for some reason.

Anyway, it's fast to put up - 2 of us took less than 10 minutes to pitch it. The already attached groundsheet and bedroom really reduce the time, as does just having one steel pole and 2 short fibreglass ones. It's a strange looking tent, but there's loads of headroom, and the porch is surprisingly large. 2 or 3 people could comfortably sit in it around a table in the rain. It also allows the use of king poles (not provided), and has large plastic windows in the porch area, so lets in lots of light. The bedroom is a darker shade of fabric, so it does stay quite dark in there for sleeping. Although we did not have any bad weather when using it, it does feel like a very stable tent and could withstand quite a wind.

Downsides - the bedroom is quite small. We can get a double airbed and a single in, just, but certainly it's not a 5 man tent, even if you were on rollmats. It could do with improved ventilation as it only has two small vents. Not too much of an issue though.

Brilliant tent, highly recommended. Have no idea why Vango stopped making them!
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By: Zombie woof  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

I've got a couple of tents including a Kampa Carbis, which is a nice tent, but takes ages to put up on your own. I normally have to put the tent up on my own because my kids are too young and the wife is normally keeping them out of the way. Anyway, I've been looking for a tent that I can put up quickly on my own with enough room to stand up in.

This tent is ideal for that, it goes up really easy. You can get the main tent erected in about 10 minutes, then it always seems to take ages (for any tent) to get all the guys pegged out. Just peg the four corners out then put in the main steel hoop, which is in three pieces. Push that hoop up and it will hold against the fabric of the tent, tensioned against the pegs (be careful of the position of the pre-attached guys as they can easy end up sitting in the wrong position and you have to take sections out again. Then just put a couple of guys to secure the main hoop at bit more, next the two fibre glass hoops and keep going with the guy ropes all round. The inner tent is already attached so that's ready to use.

Dead chuffed that I've found a tent that I don't dread pitching every time. It also packed down easy and fitted back in the bag with a bit of folding and adjustment before rolling. (this is another pain on you own, because the wind blows it all over the place).

A couple of let downs for me though; not enough ventilation. It really needs a net on the door or a couple of the windows to get some air flow on a hot day without letting the midges in. There are only two small covered vents on the front and one small one on the rear.

It's supposed to be a 5 birth, I bought it for use as a 4 birth, but if you're using air beds, it really is only a 3 birth. A double air bed and a single. We get away with four sleeping because my kids are only 5 and 7.

I wished the front had the 2 side doors like the 400, I think that would be more useful for me.

It's fantastic when just I take the two little ones out for a weekend and give the wife some peace. The tent is up and your having a brew in no time, without breaking sweat.
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By: Aconiston  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

I bought this tent for ease of use and versatility so that we could use it alone, as a couple or even as a family overnight. We have a big family tent but you don't always want the effort involved. The Kairos is very easy to pitch and can be done by one person in ten minutes.

One main steel pole which comes in three parts forms the main support and 2 fibreglass poles piggy back off the main pole. Then its just a case of pegging it out.

It has good height and plenty of space. I would only sleep 3 in it by preference. The front door is the only door and it would benefit from having a window in it like the 400, but there is plenty of light from the large triangular side windows.

I used it first time in a gale, thunder and lightening and it was totally stable and shrugged the weather off. The 400 and 300 only have a side door. The 500 gives the option of opening the door on to poles as a canopy which is useful. I would highly recommend it.
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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 (Patent pending)
* 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 & external zip pullers
* Heavy duty polesleeves
* Powerplus steel & Powerflex® fibreglass pole
* Ring and pin system
* Front and rear mesh vents
* Removable inner divider
* Breathable fabric inner tent with part mesh door
* Inner pockets
* Lantern loop
* Handled carry bag

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