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Tent Reviews: Vango Mirage 300

Tent and Awning Reviews Index  >  Vango  >  Mirage 300 Reviews

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3  (more 3 berth tents)
3.65 KG
180.00
1
Fully Sewn-in
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Average User Rating:
10/10 from 5 reviews

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5 Reviews of the Mirage 300

By: Dartist  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2016   Rating: 

After 20 years my Ultimate was getting tired and leaky so this year I bought a Mirage 300+ from Millets in their winter sale, first outing was by motorcycle to Wales, it was wet and windy so a good test. The tent was intuitive and quick to erect and the 'fly first' means it is only a few minutes and there is a dry place to get in to.

Totally dry and it coped well with the wind.

Motorcycling means a lot of stuff, this tent is big and the extra porch area of the + version is a real bonus.

Looking at the excellent quality of this fairly cheap tent I wonder how some more expensive brands justify their prices.

Like most tents it benefits from an additional separate ground sheet but the sewn in sheet is thicker than several I looked at, Vango do offer a custom 'footprint' but a cheap rectangle works fine.

A bit big / heavy for hiking but ideal for motorcycling (or a car).

My only criticism is the same as another review noted; the style of hooks that hold the corners of the tent to the fly are easy to clip on but awkward to un-clip.
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By: Jeremyheaven  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2017   Rating: 

Vango Mirage 300+ from Go Outdoors purchased April 2017

I do a lot of wild camping and for that I just use a small tarp (Army basha), couple of walking poles and some cord. However I wanted a tent that was easily big enough for 2 that could be thrown in the back of the car for weekends away.

First time I put the tent up was when I arrived at the site and it was very easy to pitch and took 20 mins but will definitely be faster next time. Excellent rigid design and acres of space. Very roomy for 2 and enough space to sleep 3. Great ventilation and not a drop of condensation.

The only slight snag I had was trying to I clip the inner from the 4 corner anchorage points - almost lost a couple of finger nails but that might just have been me. Easy to take down and the oversized stuff bag is a great idea that works well. It's not light at over 4kg but if you want a roomy tent and you split the weight between 2/3 of you then that would be fine.

Stood up very well to strong winds in the night the semi geodesic design is brilliant.

I initially went for the OEX Cougar II but after one test pitch when a grommet detached and a pole bent I'm very glad I exchanged it for this. Ignore the price, with price match and further 10% off I got it for 129.

Highly recommended.
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By: Campbellpj  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating: 

I bought this little beauty for weekend trips with my children and friends. Goes up quickly single-handed, even managed it in the dark while raining with my six year old daughter holding the torch and passing me pegs. Hanging the inner at the far end is a bit fiddly so leave in place if you are packing it away dry.

The quality of materials and fixtures is generally excellent, lightweight pegs being the only exception. Flysheets is easy to tension and stood up very well to Welsh wind and rain. No issues with condensation as it's very well ventilated.

Size-wise this is a 2 bloke tent, or 3 children, but comfortably so even when you store gear inside. There's not a lot of room in the porch and that's probably the only downside as it's pretty nigh impossible to wriggle in or out keeping everything inside dry if it's raining.

I'd definitely recommend for DofE, or Scouting, trips as the comfort, stability and ease of pitching mean you'll likely get a good night's sleep whatever the weather does.
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By: Ghwerig  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating: 

I bought this tent to enable me to take my young son for a 'boy's weekend' of camping/fishing/swimming/tree climbing, I'd also got a bit tired of squeezing myself into my Gelert Mongoose 2 and wanted something a bit bigger for my own single nights. GoOutdoors matched Blacks sale price of 80 and knocked another 10% off so I got it less than half RRP. Unbelievably good value.

It goes up quickly, as I'd pitched it at home to attach the inner first, about 10 minutes fully pegged. The pegs are lightweight but solid enough for the damp ground I was pitching in, as the other reviewer mentioned I wouldn't trust them for tough pitching conditions. The poles went in easily and the tent popped up with no trouble. The tent is very rigid, with only five guys it never gave me a moments worry on the second night when it rained and the wind gusted upto 30mph. I experienced no condensation issues during the two nights and considering how windy it was that second night it wasn't drafty inside.

Inside the two pockets are spacious enough for small bits and bobs and the pocket for the door is slightly bigger and usable. There is headroom enough for me to kneel up inside. There was plenty of room for both of us, a good gap between us, and I'd expect two adults would fit fine too, but definitely not three. The small ground sheet that fits in the 'porch' is a nice addition for protecting your knees when getting in, but there isn't much room out here for anything more than our shoes.

Overall a great 2 man tent for chucking up quickly with a solid nights sleep in even dodgy conditions. Why anyone would buy a Vango Tempest 300 when you can get this at pretty much the same price I don't know.
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By: Shawad  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating: 

So far it's only been up in the garden a couple of times but now that we might actually get a summer after all the rain I'm hoping to get away to try it properly.

At 3.65 it might be a bit on the heavy side for backpacking but you can split the pack between tent, poles and pegs.

Goes up very easily with three poles, and being semi-geodesic you can then move the tent to your desired location as its entirely free standing. Pegs are lightweight alloy and do bend easily. I'll maybe consider replacing these at some point. Inner stays attached when fitted for a quicker second pitch.

It sleeps one VERY comfortably, with plenty of room for lounging and fitting in your rucksck and kit. Two would be cosy, but I just can't see how you would fit three in here, even if you were good friends!

5000mm HH for the fly and 6000mm HH for the rather thin groundsheet should keep you dry no matter what the weather throws at you and the pole structure should take some strong winds without any worry.
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Manufacturer's Description

This new semi geodesic tent completes the backpacking range with a free standing option. This is needed for camping on terrain where you are not guaranteed to be able to peg out your tent. With the new multi-function flysheet door the 3 man Mirage 300 will deal with harsh weather, and then open up into a comfortable porch for fine conditions.

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