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Tent Reviews: Vango Nevis 400

Tent and Awning Reviews Index  >  Vango  >  Nevis 400 Reviews

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4  (more 4 berth tents)
13.75 KG

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8.89/10 from 9 reviews

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9 Reviews of the Nevis 400

By: Loachee  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating: 

This is our first tent and we have not been disappointed. Its easy to erect and is roomy for the two of us with all our gear. I wouldn't fancy it for four people but maybe we bring too much stuff. Once up, the tent feels sturdy with the alloy poles and tension bands and doesn't really seem to need guying unless it's breezy. If anything is going to fail on this tent, it will be one of the zips which don't feel to be heavy duty enough to withstand lots of use. We have used it in sustained periods of heavy rain with no sign of leakage at all. We also have the footprint and carpet which does add a lot to the warmth and comfort. The side door with the canopy is good for entry/exit in poor weather but the canopy has started to hold water as the fabric has stretched a bit with use. Ventilation at the bedroom end could be a bit better because the vent flaps don't open very far from vertical which I'm sure if great to reduce draughts but we do get condensation first thing in the mornings. However, it soon disappears once the main doors are opened and there is glimmer of sun. In summary, a really good tent to own for a couple who like plenty of room and are not concerned about the additional weight provided by the alloy poles rather than the more usual polycarbonate ones. However, I know which I would trust more in windy conditions.
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By: Foggers  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating: 

I have lost count of the number of tents I have owned in the 30+ years I have been camping, and the Vango Nevis 400 is a real winner out of all of them. I have had this tent for two seasons and it is still in great shape, having withstood some hefty rain and winds. The lightness of the packed tent, the quality of the materials and the ease of putting it up make it worth every penny. The three colour coded poles are easy to feed into the sleeves, and the rest of the pole length has clips along the seams. The ring and pin system at the feet of the poles is easy and the straps down one side are adjustable so the tension can be loosened off when erecting and then tightened up. I can put this tent up on my own in about 25 mins (middle aged woman, 5' 6', mild back problems but brain in working order). I like the big bedroom as this means we can orient the bed in whatever direction is dictated by the slope of the ground, and still have space around it for bags etc. The side door with rain-hood is great for access in wet weather. The ventilation is good and there have been no problems with condensation. The stabiliser straps are a good feature. There are plenty of storage pockets etc. I have some small gripes: I wish the doorways folded down flush to the ground like on the Nevis 600 because the 'lip' is a trip hazard for some of my regular camping guests who have mobility problems. The footprint groundsheet and fitted carpet make it warm and comfy underfoot. As a manageable, high quality tent for two, this one is hard to beat.
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By: Steven g  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

Own 2. One the special with breathable groundsheet. Pole broke on first where punched to hold inner sleeve_small cracks visible. I repaired and no problem. Good tents but condensation is a problem. Door zips should allow top to open while bottom closed
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By: Reuben  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating: 

Bought this year to replace a Robens Double Dreamer which was a sod to put up! The Nevis has the same principle - pins that insert in the bottom of the poles put is FAR easier to get them in. We liked the 6000HH too & it was certainly required up in Durness a couple of weeks ago!

Agree with Thumper regarding the poles - I like alloy rather than fibreglass in the UK. All in all it seems a very well made tent & packs away a treat. The bathtub groundsheet is excellent - usually put a couple of PVC groundsheets down as a footprint.

The only negative for me is the bedrooms as already mentioned. Very happy with it so far though.
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By: Gerry31  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating: 

We're a family of 4 & bought the Nevis for short breaks and weekend trips. It's easy to pitch, it takes us approx 20 mins which includes the footprint too. The poles are colour coded. We like the suit-pack style bag the Nevis comes in, it contains poles, tent & bedroom in 3 different compartments. We do recommend the footprint not only to give more comfort under foot for you, but also it keeps the base of the tent clean. It's far easier to clean the footprint mat than to clean the base of the tent. We also purchased the carpet to give that extra comfort inside.

The Nevis is easy to fold up even when wet, but you won't get it back in the bag when it's wet. We usually fold it carefully and put in the car in a plastic sack until we can sort it out at home. The whole tent bag when packed is quite lightweight and easy to transport. We haven't purchased a porch but for a family of 4 or for longer stays it would be useful for shoes etc to store out of the way.
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By: Leon66  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

The alloy-framed Nevis range has an almost unique place amongst family camping, being a brilliant compromise of size and sturdiness yet with low weight and bulk, which explains the slight price premium. Complaints about thin groundsheets, joined bedrooms, etc, have to be taken in this context.

I bought my Nevis 400 having decided the 30kg+ steel-framed family tent I used the previous year was way OTT for my partner and I, whilst knowing that few if any fibreglass-framed tents would stand up to the winds I experienced the year before in my backpacking tent. The Nevis, running in at less than half the weight of my steel Outdoor Revolution, stays put in pretty windy conditions.

With efficient use of space and a reasonable number of windows it's a pleasure to live in for a couple or perhaps a small family. Standing height and storage are both great in the front area for such a light tent. The choice of doors (side has porch roof rain protection) allows for quick, convenient and comforable set-ups in any weather.

The near-perfect combination of all these factors, plus stylish fabric colours, makes the Nevis a premium tent for lightweight yet comfortable couples camping.

It also won a 'best in test' status in Trail magazine
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By: Raywb10  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

I recently brought one of these tents (september09) and used it almost straight away.Easy to erect very roomy and really warm. My wife who hasn't done much camping actually said that she and my daughter would erect it oh god I thought but 25 minutes tent up and tea brewing so must be easy. Great price and additional canopy that we purchased made much more room for all of us. Only gripe was the ground sheet was too thin so will be buying a footprint.
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By: Calbet  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

Bought this tent for 200 - new. Used it for two nights in Yorkshire - it rained and the tent leaked and we came home early. Returned it to the place we bought it from, they erected it and water tested it and surprise surprise, it leaked on them too!

Vango authorised a new replacement as there was a fault in the 'smoke' coloured top panel material.

Lovely tent - we are 2 adults + 1 small child. We use the bedroom area as one space so we can keep the child near to us.

We have got a sun canopy on order to give extra space in future, especially needed for cooking with a small child around.

Plenty of windows and vents.

Agree that the groundsheet is a little on the thin side, we will be purchasing a footprint groundsheet and an interior carpet as well.

Needs 2 people to erect if windy and more than the stated 15 minutes to get the tent up properly, but it is not difficult just time consuming.

Good poles, clear instructions, good quality tent other than the faulty panel.

Have yet to test the replacement tent!
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By: Thumper62  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

Just got this tent & its seems pretty good so far. Choose it for the metal poles over similar models with the normal fibre glass type ones as they seem to split after time. Poles stay together far better when feeding & extracting them from the sleeves. Ground sheet seems just a tad light weight so I'd say a footprint is a must. Also an add on porch would help with storage & cooking in wet weather. Only real fault I find is the bedroom areas, all in one with a clip in divider rather have 2 separate doubles so that one could be left out if not needed increasing living area but really a very good tent for 260 quid. Now to order that porch
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Manufacturer's Description

Easy to pitch tunnel structures. Light and airy feel, lightweight fabrics, alloy poles, flexible bedroom configurations,storage options aplenty and headroom which makes you stand to attention. The Nevis range of family tents will bring a whole new level of enjoyment to your camping experience.

Capacity: 4 people
Total Weight: 13.75Kg
Pack Size: 65x41x22cm
Pitching Area: 695 x 500cmcm
Pitching Time: 15min


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