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Tent Reviews: Vango Omega 450

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6.00 KG
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8.33/10 from 6 reviews

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6 Reviews of the Omega 450

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

Actually we own the Omega 450 XL, which is slightly larger. We have camped with this tent in Scotland during the summer of 2014, which was a wonderful summer. We did encounter a little bit of rain and than, when opening the zippers, the water comes onto the groundsheet. We think the tent is very spacious, considering its small packing size and weight. It is versatile in different conditions, using, as an extra, the adventure Vango tarp in hot sunny weather on the west coast of Scotland with 32 Celsius!Overall very content with the tent in summer conditions!

Different in wintery, breezy and cold conditions! Just before Christmas we expected guests, staying overnight. We wanted to pitch up the tent, it normally takes us about 15 to 20 minutes. We did take extra care, because of the wind. The tent nearly stood and a wind blew at its side facing, ending her down and suddenly 1 of the poles snapped and teared the pole tunnel of the tent fabric! We took her down immediately to prevent further damage. It all happened so quickly and so unexpected. Really such a disappointment (also for our guests). We thought the world of this tent. We arranged something else for them to stay, which did work out well fortunately. We have an appointment with the retailer to arrange a repair.I will keep you posted on this. Regards, Floramacdonald
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By: Bobvfr  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating: 

Bought this tent earlier on in the year, been on two trips with it (Both wet), the last was on top of Dartmoor and it really did belt it down apart from the one day when it went horizontal because of the wind.

We went for the tent for the extra head room, we aren't young any more and crawling into tents isn't our cup of tea, it isn't a standing up in tent, but you can as mentioned move about if you crouch a bit or bend your head, plenty of room in the sleeping area for all our luggage two full size sleeping bags and still plenty of room besides, I reckon in an emergency six people could sleep in this tent with two in the porch.

The porch area again has plenty of room, because of the weather we had to brew up and cook in there, no problems and still plenty of room to move about and store stuff.

If we could carry chairs on our bike you could easily sit in there still with enough room to brew up etc.

For a tent this size it is light.

I do like the guide rope tensioners and found it easy to put up even in the wet.

Yes the ground sheets are thin, if you did use chairs you would be advised to protect the groundsheet, but they seem strong and given the ground was pretty waterlogged we had no issue with damp or wet coming through.

My only issue with the tent is the side door, if you open it and there is any water on the top, it runs down to the door and then onto the porch groundsheet.

I noticed the front opening has reinforced holes for king posts so you could either have this as an extended porch and if you added a tarp you could gain extra area, we haven't managed to try this yet as we haven't managed a dry day in the tent yet (It will happen one day).

We could probably have got away with the 350, but that extra bit of height was the clincher for us.

Overall very happy with this tent.

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By: Madgebabes1988  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating: 

Brought this tent from Go outdoors with my discount card at a very decent price. It only took me and my husband about 25 minutes to set up (not that stated 12) however I did think that was slightly ambitious anyway and 25 minutes seemed perfectly reasonable. Plenty of room in the tent and lots of light allowed in through the windows which can be covered as desired. Very breathable tent with plenty of ventilation (it was freezing when we used it and we still were very toasty without opening the ventilation up.This tent holds its heat very well). No problems with condensation at all. Plenty of headspace to kneel up and get dressed in the tent. Great porch area perfect for storing all the necessities. No leakage.And boy was it put to the test. 2 doors (not a bad point but not quite sure why this was necessary? having said that my dog found it a great game walking in and out either side through the tent so it had a use). All in all a great tent withstands tough weather conditions and a very decent price.
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By: Mark James  Reason: Other  Made in: 2011   Rating: 

Having seen an Omega 350 at Go Outdoors we decided to opt for the larger Omega 450 - 60cm more width and crucially more height (as both my partner and I are 6' tall). The increased cost of £25 - 50 depending upon your supplier is worth it. The wider porch area provides ample space for cooking in inclement weather and with 2 doors would be quite safe using something like a trangia system that we have.

On our first test weekend it took us over an hour to pitch (the dog lay down and watched with faint amusement.) we are planning to return to same site (a friend's 5 acre field/garden) in Worcestershire.

First impressions are that the groundsheet seems thin and so we are getting a separate groundsheet to put under the inner tent (to protect from punctures on rougher ground) and most of the porchway and on the inner tent we are having a camping carpet - the anti-slip waterproof backing will be warmer and sleeping bags and sleeping mats might not slide all over the place.

Originally I had a Vango Force 10 tent (they are still made) and trust Vango name but as almost everything is made in the Far East these days will publish separate report at end of autumn after our Lake District fortnight in September.
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By: Wilks  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating: 

We recently bought the Vango 450 as a downgrade from a vis-a-vis Coleman just for the 2 kids to sleep in with the view that it would be easier to put up and be a lot lighter. Also needed something that could be used for future D of E trips.

The tunnel design ensures it stays put in windy conditions & gives ample room inside. It took 2 of us about 30mins to put up and as mentioned in review below, once erected you can leave the inner sheet in place when taking down. It all went back in to the bag easily (first time ever with any of our tents).

Decided that for £20 extra we would go for 450 rather than 350 and glad we did. It could easily accommodate 2 camp beds in lengthways with enough room in the middle for a 3rd person or storage. The Orange coloured inner with sewn-in groundsheet made it bright & warm inside with the Green flysheet reflecting early morning sun and good protection from the elements. The 2 side door openings are better than at the front as they don't let any rain in and are also a godsend on hot days.

The only disappointment was the porch area - we had been led to believe by the online supplier that the groundsheet in the porch was sewn-in (which is one of the reasons we bought it). It is in fact a riser sheet that needs to be toggled but still leaves a small gap and wouldn't be comfortable enough to sit in during colder weather.

One other factor to consider is to use a picnic rug under the beds to protect the groundsheet as it does seem it could easily tear with any sharp objects. I'm surprised that there isn't a footprint to fit this particular make.

All in all, this is a great 2/3 man tent for short breaks and apart from the above small niggles we are delighted with it.

I will put up photos of it on our next trip.
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By: Jimcumming  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating: 

I've only just got this tent, but I thought I would post my initial thoughts after the first test pitch. I'll update this when I've spent a few nights under canvas and experienced some real weather.

I picked up the Omega 450 as it seems to be a larger version of my favourite backpacking tent, the Spirit 200+. What really appealed to me was the pitching as one construction, alloy poles, light weight and compact pack dimensions, all whilst offering a reasonable amount of space for 2 + dog.

The first time you pitch the tent, you must install the inner tent and ground sheet separately. Once this is done they can stay attached and be pitched at one. The tent was easy to erect and seems to have been well made. I do have some concerns with the plastic loops used to attach the ground sheet and inner tent to the fly. In some places these loops have 3 toggles attached to them (1 inner tent, 2 ground sheet) and they don't seem all that robust. I have known these loops go brittle over time and crack, so I don't hold out too much hope for these in the long term. For such an expensive tent, I would have hoped that Vango could have spent a few pence and few grams on some more robust fixing, perhaps with dedicated ones for the ground sheet. Once up the tent seems to be very stable and sturdy.

Overall the size of the tent is good, not quite standing height for me, but easy enough to move around without getting on your knees. The porch could be sat in using a standard camping chair, but the groundsheet doesn't seem like the strongest thing in the world, so probably best to be careful doing things like that. But this is a lightweight tent, so you've got to expect some compromises.

All in all this is a very compact and lightweight tent for it's size. I would highly recommend it for any situations where you need to carefully balance available living area with size and weight. It would be ideal for motorcycle camping, in fact if you took out the groundsheet, you could probably park your bike in the porch.
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No fuss alloy poled tunnel tents with extended porches give a large living/storage space with an equally generous sleeping area. The new split pack specification makes these flexible tents just as happy with families on campsites as youth organisations on expedition. If you are cycle touring, quick removal of the front wheel will soon see your bike safely stored in the porch area. Duke of Edinburgh''s Award Recommended Kit. Our range of Technical tents encompasses Vango''s spirit of adventure along with the brand''s innovative designs and technology. Including TBS®, Alloy Poles, and a host of other features that you would expect from a Vango Technical tent .

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