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Tent Reviews: Vango Nevis 600

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17.70 KG
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9.38/10 from 8 reviews

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8 Reviews of the Nevis 600

By: Nigella364  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

We have been Vango fans for years although we did try a SunnCamp for a while we have come back to Vango with a Nevis 600. We did lots of research but for value and reliability this is the one.

I like it because it has metal poles and is very sturdy. Our previous Vango collapsed in (admittedly) very high wind on the Devon Coast - the carbon poles shattered - our mistake on underestimating the weather!

Love the Nevis, I can put it up on my own in about 20 mins. Storage pockets are cool and the sewn in groundsheet is brilliant. There are just two of us to use the 600 so a lovely luxury of space.

We also have a tunnel extension to the tent which has been more troublesome and I don't think we have ever really got it up how its supposed to be - but the tent is great.

We also have a carpet which is a good buy for cooler nights -really does make a difference.

Slight niggles - guy ropes, some zips that Jam, only half fly on the bedroom door - would have been good as previous Vangos to have the whole fly door option on the bedroom but guess thats me being fussy. As stated before bit hard to get it back right into the bag and its quite heavy once bagged.

Stands up well to rain and wind, no condensation - in all thoroughly recommend it.
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By: Foggers  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

I bought this tent at the beginning of 2011 at a reduced price because it was 2010 model. As an obsessive tent owner, I had done my homework very carefully in choosing this tent. We previously had its predecessor the Quest 600 (similar build quality but not a SIG) so this tent seemed to be an obvious choice to replace that one. After using it for three holidays now, I am very happy indeed with its performance.

The big plus points are:

- Excellent build quality of fabric and poles (alloy)

- light weight for the size of accommodation, due to these high quality materials

- Good quality angle-section pegs are provided, not just twiggy little wire ones

- tension band system does make a real difference to stability of the tunnel shape

- superb performance in a very severe all-day rainstorm; it was sturdy and dry in conditions that would have seriously flattened a cheaper build of tent

- The main bedroom is spacious and luxurious for 2-3 people

- The fully sewn in groundsheet gives great protection, with drop-down doorways eliminating the risk of tripping

- Excellent ventilation; there was not a drop of condensation, even in the mornings on damp days

- plenty of room, plenty of storage pockets

- extremely simple to put up and take down, with lots of adjustable points to get it straight n taut

- mesh door on side door is excellent for fresh air without bugs

- rain 'hood' on side door provides good shelter from the elements

- The extra bedroom is quick to go up and take down, so it was possible to have the full use of the living area through the day and just put this up at night when we needed it for guests

- The new feature of the dark roof panel did indeed give some shade to the bedroom on sunny mornings.

There are some teeny niggles, that mean the score is 9 out of 10 rather than 10 out of 10

- The stuff sack/storage bag is one of those compartmental ones that Vango do. Therefore you have to remove the bedrooms from the main tent and pack these away separately and you have to be very precise in the folding and rolling of the main tent or it just will not go back into its rather narrow zipped compartment. This means that setting up and packing away takes longer that it needs to.

- Windows are smaller than on other comparable models of tent (e.G. Outwell Nevada) which may not suit you if you tend towards the 'claustrophobic'

- Guyropes are still that daft orange colour that just becomes INVISIBLE from dusk onwards; when will Vango copy their competitors and make luminous guy ropes the standard?

- Some of the door zips need to be handled with care or else they seem prone to jamming, mis-connecting and even pulling apart if the guy rope tension nearby is too great. It's a shame that the quality of the zips used is not at the same standard as the fabric and poles.

- The big bedroom would be cramped with 4 people in unless using roll mats rather than airbeds. Similarly the second bedroom would not take a double airbed despite the diagrams suggesting it is a 2 berth pod. However, this is common for all tents, and not a criticism that is specific to the Nevis.

So overall I am extremely pleased with this tent and have been very happy with its performance so far. If you want a family sized tent that is manageable and will perform well in more extreme weather conditions with ease, this tent is the biz.
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By: Markerbouy  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

This is our first year with the Vango Nevis 600 and we spent lots of time choosing this tent over many others. The only other in the running, in the end, was a Wild Country Citadel 5. We, like another reviewer, bought the tunnel extension which we attached T-Bone style, over the main entrance and we used this area for our cooking etc. We did set up the tent in the New Forest to make sure it was OK so that we knew how it all went up but found it easy to erect. When we got to our main holiday for some reason it took a little longer to assemble but it went up without a hitch.

Having been in it for two weeks I have a few small criticisms. First the part of the tent which incorporates a large door for nice sunny days has a tendency to un-tuck from under the ground sheet when windy, we had to strategically place a heavy set of boules on the inside to stop it flapping (when out of guarantee I will pop a eyelet into the bottom flap to take a peg). Also it would help a lot if there was another cable entry point on the other side of the tent so you can continue the electrics into the awning area which is were our fridge was.

Finally and more seriously, no matter how tight I stretched the tunnel extension over the main tent, it sagged and filed up with water when raining. I made a temporary fix by sliding a telescopic pole up to the awnings roof (complete with tennis ball) to make a dome which appeared to work as no matter how hard it rained this problem did not arise again. I have already designed a fix for this by using a set of old fibreglass tent poles, popped into the webbing that holds the clips and guy ropes either side of the main door, which forms a hoop that permanently makes a dome in the tunnel extensions roof. We used some foam matting which fitted together like a jigsaw puzzle for the floor in the centre of the tunnel extension which worked great.

All in all a great tent. Highly recommended.
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By: J Steerment  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

I bought one of these (limited edition) at end of season last year, previously owned a Yukon 600. Unfortunately my son managed to destroy it!Have used the Nevis a couple of times overall very pleased with it, goes up easily comes down even easier, like the little porch over the door,the Yukon didn't have this so when it rained it came in!Not keen on the groundsheet as its made of the same material as the tent,(this might be because it's a limited tent) got round this by using a footprint and a couple of old gazebo sides!Might buy a carpet at a later date!Good value for money,plenty of space, lots of pockets to stash things in! Hoping to be able to hang on to this one for a bit longer than my last one!
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By: Dorset mouse  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

This is a very good quality tent and the value for money is second to none. I like the aluminium poles and the rip stop material, but I do think the footprint is a very important addition as it helps keep the groundsheet clean and easier to maintain. The tent large enough for very comfortable family camping and has plenty of storage pockets. It seems to stand up to wind and rain very well due to plenty of guy points and a good hydrostatic head rating, which is a lot more than I can say for my old tent a family Khamsin, that was an overrated disaster. The tension band system is very good point because it helps stabilise those large aluminium poles in windy conditions, but can be unclipped in light weather. This is my third vango tent over the years, the others being a force 10 and an equinox 4,so I hope it will live up to my expectations and so far I think it will.
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By: BJS69  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

I've got one now!

It cost a bit more than at Stapely but at 325 I'm not complaining. I have gone the whole hog and bought the Tunnel Extension too which when added to the main tent makes it look like a small bungalow!

It is the biggest tent I have ever had, I had a trial pitch at a local campsite where I live, but couldn't really pitch it properly because the ground was very poor, (couldn't get the pegs in more than a couple of inches). But you could see how it went up, and with the help of the DVD that Vango kindly sent me it really is a cinch! If you go on the Vango website, you can actually download the video instructions to either your mobile phone or your MP4 player, so that you can check you have done it properly whilst you are away from your computer or television!

Vango say that the poles are colour coded but in fact they are not, but it is fairly straightforward with there being 2 long and 2 not-so-long poles when made up and its fairly obvious where they go anyway.

I have now added a footprint, which I think is essential for preserving the groundsheet and a carpet, (must be getting soft in my old age!).

The only small problems are that the tunnel extension is the one intended for the Tigris so the material differs in that it isn't honeycomb ripstop. Also there is no ground sheet for the extension, so you'll have to make your own up with a very big tarpaulin. This, I find a little strange because there are other tents in the Vango range such as the Diablo that have a groundsheet throughout. I reckon Vango could design one in to the tunnel extension if there was enough demand.

All in all I'm very happy, I just hope I don't get charged for a double pitch because it is huge!
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By: Nosey_witch  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

Well what can I say this tent is fabulous, it is exactly the same as the Vango Tigris 600, with just added extras like the previous review says. It has the new honeycomb ripstop, which with younger kids I found a better option. Also has a higher hydrostatic head and alloy poles. Also the top is darker which made it cosy when it needed to be (to get the kids to sleep!) And the description of up in 20 mins is spot on! Held up well to windy Dorset weather and kept us all warm and dry despite the rain!
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By: BJS69  Reason: I've seen one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

I saw one of these on exhibition at Stapeley Water gardens in Nantwich, Cheshire. They were selling out at 250 reduced from 300. They had 3 remaining, (4 with the display).

I am kicking myself because I prevaricated and missed out when I should have waded in with my credit card. I am now desperately searching for another.

The outer shell is made of honeycomb ripstop - that is the big plus!

It is a very easy erectable tunnel tent with loads of room.

It was a toss up between this and a Diablo 600DX but I have been told that on some campsites the Diablo will attract double pitch fees because of its floor area. The Diablo doesn't have ripstop either, so repairs could be serious if snagged on thorns etc.

If anyone knows where I might get one of these let me know.
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Manufacturer's Description

The Vango Nevis 600 is an easy to pitch tunnel structure. Light and airy feel, lightweight fabrics, alloy poles, flexible bedroom configurations,storage options aplenty and headroom which makes you stand to attention. The Nevis 600 brings a whole new level of enjoyment to your camping experience.

# The Vango Nevis 600 is made from Fire Retardant fabrics.
# Storm skirt system.
# Flysheet first pitching.
# Colour coded poles.
# TBS II Tension Band System.
# Cable entry points and tidies.
# The Vango Nevis 600 features a Mesh door.
# Multiple mesh vents.
# Pelmet pockets and inner pockets.
# Crystal Clear windows with internal covers.
# Pelmet.
# Breathable fabric inner tents.
# The Vango Nevis 600 features a drop down groundsheet at doorways.
# Flexible inners.
# Roll-back inner tent divider.
# Parallel zip door (King poles not included) .
# Rain gutter zip cover.
# Easy find inner clips.
# The Vango Nevis 600 includes a Saddle bag.

Flysheet Protex HC 5000 polyester
Poles Powerlite Alloy poles
Groundsheet Sewn-in polyester 4,000HH groundsheet
Capacity 6 person
Total weight 17.70 kg
Pack size 67 x 43 x 25 cm
Pitching time 20 min
Pitching area 790 x 500 cm

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