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Tent Reviews: Vango Nyx 100

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1 Reviews of the Nyx 100

By: Ric2013  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating: 

I have no idea on the year of release for this tent. I think it is exclusive to Go Outdoors.

My main negative for this tent is that it is marketed at the first-time camper, when it is better suited to someone who wants a very light, very small, and very cheap tent, and will work around the rest. The first time camper will be disappointed and will never camp again, but for someone more experienced, who knows how to pitch properly, this tent will serve very well.

But this tent has a specific use, and is not an all-rounder, so make sure it is right for YOU.

It won't fit two, but that is customary for a one man tent and not a cause for criticism.

This was test pitched and slept in at home and suffered heavy rain. It was also used for 5 nights of camping in Glo'stershire, and was again subjected to heavy summer showers.

At no time did this tent leak, as all the seams are tape sealed, and it is generally well made, and 2000mm HH flysheet was enough for heavy summer rain. Zips seemed to work well and line up nicely, which suggests reasonably accurate assembly. It even came with some material patches and pole emergency repair tube. This tent is inexpensive, but the quality does not scream 'cheap'.

It also has the tarpaulin type groundsheet which seem to have fallen out of fashion recently. While you can always use a footprint under a tent with a very thin groundsheet, it is nice that this tent has something of half-decent thickness in the first place and so less likely to puncture anyway. It just saves hassle.

However it was, at first, impossible to achieve a gap between the two skins at the foot end of the tent without deliberately under pegging-out the inner skin. I later found that there are 3 ties (not 2) at the head end, which if all on tight, allow a gap to exist, but only an inch, so you have to make sure you keep your feet away from the end wall. So the first couple of nights in this were spent with my getting used to making sure my head was hard against the door!

This comes to the other problem: length. Vango claims an internal length of 210cm (this translates to over 6ft 10in), but I am only 5ft 8in tall and would not recommend this tent to anyone taller than I am, so I wonder how accurate Vango's figure is. Width wise, this tent does have space to each side of your shoulders, but not enough to keep much more than a change of clothes. So any rucksack you want has to stay elsewhere. And the 'porch' (ha ha) will fit three pairs of shoes at a stretch, nothing else.

I personally would never want to sleep on an air mattress (I tend to stick an old duvet under my sleeping bag), but you couldn't in this tent anyway - it is too narrow to fit one in. A self inflating roll mat probably would not fit either, and a standard roll mat might need trimming.

Due to the slope on the door, you wouldn't want to exit or enter during heavy rainfall, and the design is such that, on opening, you get drips of last night's rain coming onto your pillow when you open up in the morning. You can, clearly, knock these off first, but that takes experience of camping to think of it.

Oh, and. It's inner first pitching.

The other problem with this tent is that it does suffer badly from condensation on the outer skin and could feel quite stuffy. There are only two tiny air vents on this tent, and it isn't really enough. The inner door is not waterproof, so you get to choose between leaving both doors closed, or leave the inner door open and hope nothing comes in to bite you. Only one zip on each door, so you have to unzip from the base of the door, not the top, and it would be useful to be ABLE to open the top up. C'mon Vango, give us an extra couple of zip toggles!

It won't compete with the best backpacking tents, but when your tent cost the same as your winter sleeping bag, and is considerably lighter, you learn to work around it.

I got a very good night's sleep on several occasions.

But if you buy this, make sure you are buying it as a reasonable quality, small size, and light weight tent, not just because it is inexpensive.

I hope you enjoyed reading this and hope even more strongly that it wins me a prize, then I can test my tent further!
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Manufacturer's Description

A simple tent for easy solo camping or festival breaks.

Simple to set up and comfortable to use, the Vango Nyx 100 is an ideal starter tent for those taking their first steps into the world of camping.

With just two poles and an easy to pitch tunnel design, you can pitch your tent in minutes leaving plenty of time for the more important things - like relaxing with a cold drink on a warm summers day.

Inner first pitching
70D polyester fabric
PE groundsheet - hardwearing, durable and waterproof to 10,000mm
Breathable polyester inner tent
Part mesh inner door
Lantern loop conveniently sewn into roof, so that you can hang a lantern whilst reading
Vango Orange guylines are easy to see even in low light conditions
Handled bag for simple packing and carrying

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