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Tent Reviews: Vango Lumen V 600 XL

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6  (more 6 berth tents)
32.50 KG
£900.00
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Fully Sewn-in
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Average User Rating:
8.8/10 from 5 reviews

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5 Reviews of the Lumen V 600 XL

By: Rds2  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating: 

Soooo quick and easy to get this tent up. Lovely large tent.

We have so far used it 5-6 times. The tent hasn't leaked and when we had it up last it got extremely windy on the first night. One beam dipped over but we popped a little more air in and strapped on the TBS and it was all fine. Even the canopy withstood the wind - maybe down to guying it well.

My only big criticism of the tent is the doors. The zips snag easily and because the doors slope if the tent is wet it's hard to stop the rain from running back into the tent. I am considering adding a porch to the side to stop this, but if we ever buy another tent I will bear it in mind.
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By: Nosaj  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating: 

We are just back from our first weekend with this tent. It is the first air tent we have owned and can honestly say that it is simplicity itself to pitch. The next time we pitch it hand on heart will say that it could be put up by one person with ease. You just cannot go wrong.

Lay it out, peg the four corners, pump up each of the beams and it is up. OK you still have to guy it all out so in terms of time it is probably not that much quicker than a poled tunnel tent but you have to faff around a lot less (no need to guy the rear and then lift into place, gut the front etc etc). The built in sun canopy consists of one set of poles, that you thread through the sleeve and then pin which again could be done by one person very easily.

It rained and the tent didnít leak, we had a period of gusty wind and it stood up to this very well also.

Just as easy to pack away unplug the valves (be prepared as the valves are under pressure) and down it came. We couldn't quite it pack it away as small as it came out of the bag but it did all go back in its original bag.

We had a cheaper tent (see other review) so in terms of quality the two did not compare. All zips, seams etc felt tough and durable. The built in mosquito nets at each door are a real plus as you can leave the doors fully open and get all the airflow you need without the insects.

There are some niggles (even this seems overly harsh) but the tent at the front is shaped like an upside down seven (7) so it is a little tricky for example rolling up the front door you must open the zips at the bottom and stand in the tent to roll the door up fully. The toggle for the built in curtains at the front of the tent was at the bottom so it was little tricky getting to them to undo them. I can understand why they are sited there as rolling the curtain down and fixing at the bottom would be far harder but a zip might have been a better bet. The curtains for the side windows are all zips. At first glance price could be considered to be high (we paid £850 for the tent) but when you weigh it all up you do get a good quality hassle free tent.

One thing we do have in the back of our minds is when you are packing away and you are rolling the tent to get all the air out, is there a chance that you could damage the valves? We donít know but we are going away again in just over two weeks so we will find out.
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By: Jgrand  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating: 

Overall this is a great family tent. The pitching is quick and simple though make sure you get a level pitch.

We had a pitch that was slightly raised at one end. With the beam technology it caused a ridge where the beam was on the incline. Not a problem in dry weather but when it rained it caused pooling on the roof. To be fair to the 5000 static head it didn't let a drop in and there was at some points a good 3-4 cm of water pooling on the roof. At first I kept helping it off by shaking the beams but I soon gave up and the water just found its own way off.

Again this was only due to the pitch we set up on not being level.

We also had the tent in 30mph gusts. No issues at all with the tent. No beams folding as in the original airbeams. The tbs 2 worked very well adding that extra bit of reassurance. Though to be honest I think the tent in the high winds would of handled it fine without.

I don't want to sound negative about the tent but I would rather point out slight issues we had. It's better to be honest then say it's perfect.

We have always had Outwell tents in the past. If like me you switch to Vango you will have to just get used to not having the super high quality Outwell have achieved.

My main issue was the zips. They just seemed to get jammed every time you used them unless you was super careful. They are not even close to the smooth hassle free unzipping I was used to with Outwell.

The front canopy. DO NOT USE IN BREEZY CONDITIONS. Vango calls the poles light weight aluminium. I would call them cheap and flimsy. This is the biggest let down of all. Unfortunately due to the wind the front canopy collapsed and tore a small hole where the pole slides through. The poles didn't break though I think if the poles had been more rigid in the first place the front canopy wouldn't have collapsed. Without the front canopy we had to deal with rain water entering the tent every time we entered and left. Though this is a problem all tents have to deal with.

Only the side and front door windows have the zips to adjust them. At the price you pay I would expect all windows to have zip blinds.

Also there is no hooks or tie backs to run a cable to a light on the roof. Again Outwell have always provided this. It may be that Vango do not want any extra weight on the beams. We got round this by buying mini bull dog clips to attach the cable along the beams access zip.

On a positive note I love the colour and how bright and airy the tent is. The bedrooms are adequate and spacious. They can also be customised or removed to the requirement you need. The windows are also super clear as stated in the product description.

The sown in ground sheet is excellent. Silver in colour and very tough. It almost has an elastic feel to it. Vango ground sheet compared to Outwell is actually much better.

As a family tent it is perfect for fair weather camping. Lots of living area and the carpet is very well fitted and snug. We purchased the foot print sheet also which helps with picking a pitch location.

The guy rope adjusters are great. Better than Outwell, quick and easy to adjust whilst being stable.

Just remember the pitching setup guide time is just to blow the tent up. It doesn't include setting and pegging all the guy ropes out.

Whilst on pegs, the ones included again are bog standard. They do not provide 6 substantial pegs for the corners of the tent.

We have just purchased the side awning to give us that dumping area for wet coats, tables chairs etc. Can't wait to give it a go.

Like I said I have given an honest review and pointed out the few areas that need upgrading or tweaking if they want to compete with Outwell standards.

Overall this is a great large family tent with loads of spacious living area. It was water tight and handled the wind really well (apart from the front awning/canopy).

I have given it 9 out of 10 as the few negatives do not outweigh how great this tent it.

So to round up- pick a level pitch and don't use the front awning/canopy in breezy conditions. Apart from that you will not be disappointed with this tent.

Thanks

James
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By: Ne1978  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating: 

We are just back from our first weekend away with the Lumen 600xl and I can safely say life without poles is fantastic!

It is so simple to put up and peg out, we were pithed and unpacked and having a cuppa within an hour.

The bedroom compartments are slightly smaller but you can easily fit a double mat / airbed in each one. Two of the rooms have an inter-connecting zip which is fantastic in the morning when the kids wake up.

The living area is really bright and light and the bedroom compartments are nice and dark, Vango have really got it right. I especially like the canopy at the front, it rained quite heavily one evening and we sat under the canopy perfectly dry.

The only gripe I have is about the door zips. There are two zip on the doors, the screen and then an outside zip. I am sure I will get used to it in time but I found myself zipping and unzipping the wrong one each time! You don't seem to be able to zip them together.

The colour of the canvas also seemed to attract flies, but that can be easily solved with a fly zapper.

Over all I am really pleased with this tent. We have been toying with the idea of going for an airbeam since they were launched and I haven't been let down. (no pun intended!)
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By: Clangodfrey  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating: 

Just back from our first weekend away in this tent and we are really pleased with it. Lots of space inside for the family ( 2 adults 3 children) and 3 sleeping compartments. It took us about an hour to pitch so more time than the manufacturer stated but this was our first go and we are no experts! We think we'll get quicker over time. Our previous tent had a complicated pole arrangement but with this tent we did not have the stress of getting all the poles upright as before. Loved the light airy feel of the tent and all the clear window compartments which let in light. Also liked the feature that the sleeping areas were made of darker fabric to help make it dark for sleeping. Only drawback was that once you've got your airbed in the sleeping compartment there is no room for your bags. We also purchased the footprint and the carpet. The carpet did make the tent feel snug which was important as we had a ground frost outside! The footprint helped to decide where to pitch which was invaluable as the tent is so big it filed the entire pitch! The weather was dry and no real wind so didn't get to test it in poor weather. Would definitely recommend this tent.
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Manufacturer's Description

Winner of Camping Magazine's Best Family Tent Award, this 6 person inflatable tent is completed with all the attention to detail expected from a Vango AirBeam. Influenced by the popular Netherlands style, the sun canopy at the front provides shade in the sun, shelter in the rain and a relaxing space to enjoy the outdoors whatever the weather. The Vista front on the tent makes the inside of the tent really bright and provides a great viewing gallery to take in your surroundings. By using inflatable beams encased in a double skinned, highly robust, sleeve system we have created a reliable tent that allows you to camp with confidence. All this coupled with easy and quick to pitch Vango AirBeam technology makes this an ideal family holiday tent.

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