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Tent Reviews: Vango Rosewood Tipi

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7.67/10 from 3 reviews

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3 Reviews of the Rosewood Tipi

By: Martin Freedman  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2017   Rating: 

As an experienced glamper I have had bell tents, tipi tents (with a centre pole), a yurt dome.(geodesic wigwam) and the Lotus Belle.

I look at a tent for pack size/weight, setup time and effort, pack down time and effort, quality, space, performance and aesthetics.

In terms of pack size/weight and packdown it is best in class.

In terms of setup it is equal to a best in class bell tent or tipi tent but different - far fewer pegs but a more fiddly non-central pole. It can be done by one person in 20 odd minutes once you know how to insert the last aluminum pole into the steel A frame - only keep a peg on the opposite side and not the near or centre pegs on that side to relieve tension on the outer/upper roof fabric.

The quality is high getting a high performance set of modern features and whilst the fabric is thinner and poly cotton not cotton (or shingled tarp in the case of the yurt dome) but that is fine, indeed a positive producing the best in class pack weight and size.

The groundsheet does feel minimal compared to the usual 540g/m^s but is a bathtub and insect protector unlike basic bell tents and yurt domes and works fine with the footprint and carpet with no need to provide additional rugs that are usual in the other aforementioned structures and increase load size and volume. Still the groundsheet has no weight, dernier, layers info nor hydrostatic head rating unlike its predecessor - the Appleby 500 - which had a 120 g/m^s PE 10000 HH groundsheet. The fact that the equivalent information is not provided for the Rosewood is concerning. The groundsheet is fine but I recommend that the footprint and carpet must be used - if you want the groundsheet to last.

In terms of space it is equal in class to a yurt dome and better than a lotus bell having no central pole. That is it is fantastic! It is more like those than a traditional tipi tent since the walls are more vertical and the ceiling more horizontal - an excellent piece of design and a huge plus.

My first qualm is performance. I have only use it once in both fairly windy and reasonably hot conditions and it performed fine. Still it unsurprisingly feels less solid and robust than any of the aforementioned structures.

However this design is based on identical - apart from materials - the now withdrawn Appleby 500 - which did have an 'Weather tested to the European standard EN5912 by certified test centre' which is omitted in the specs for the Rosewood. Whatever this certification means - I cannot see if it is, say, equivalent to wind speed tests by Robens - it is a fact that just about all most Vango tents have it, whereas this does not. That is concerning.

Full guying is recommended at all times I would say. They recommend taking down the sun canopy in high winds and whilst that makes sense that would also make water ingress into the tent in bad weather far worse.

That brings me to the first design flaw - the doors should unzip from the centre out rather than as they do, as even with the sun canopy up there can be some small water ingress into the tent upon entering and exiting.

Now knowing this is identical in structure, with just with different materials, to the Appleby 500, it is very surprising that inevitable feedback from that did not lead to a design change here. I fear that, unlike Robens, Vango have not embraced nor understood this market and are just trying it on with this, at its core, amazing design but are skimping on important details.

Second the canopy either needs redesigning to be wind proofed or changing just to a wind proofed weather protection entrance way and then maybe the doors do not need changing.

Also the guys for the canopy - unlike the Appleby 500 - are not night reflective, these cause many trip ups and you will need to replace those guys or make sure they are always lit.

I have not used this in intense sun yet. On the one hand the double roof is a natural sun shade but inexplicably not emphasised in the marketing literature. That is a great feature. There are no air vents in the sleeping area and that might be an issue. The unexplained dark inner ceiling and wall make it easier to lie in but, I suspect, would create a hotter experience than the tan or white material used pretty by everyone else - for sure better than any nylon tent but those are not its competitors. Then again why is the window shade a light material ruining the blackout effect of the dark material elsewhere? (Yurdomes need sunshade as well as ventilation sunshade but perform well given that).

There is no need for the ceiling to be the chocolate brown (or nutmeg as they call it) of the walls it could be the same light colour as the upper/outer roof. That would still provide sunshade and make it easier to light at night.

This brings me onto the the final criterion of aesthetics. The dark ceiling means I need far more lighting and gimmick lighting such as lasers and projections have a far poorer aesthetic. The dark wall and ceiling mean that open windows or open doors are essential during the day with a potential loss of privacy. The brown colour makes the internal space more oppressive and less welcoming during the day.

Outside the tent looks better without the sunshade up, why are there no promo pictures of that? I think the tent would look better all in the same light colour and then no windows would be required.

Not one of the aforementioned tents has ever earned 10 stars in my view, as I have yet to find an ideal tent.

This earns 7 stars as I regard packsize/weight, setup, packdown, quality and space as very important, it still has great aesthetics compared to any normal tent.

There are some design flaws including IMV the colour, for everyone the canopy and doors, stupidities like non-reflective guys and a serious question mark over weather performance given the omission of what is standard for other Vango tents in their specifications.

So those concerns it loses 3 stars.
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By: G Mortimer  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2017   Rating: 

We purchased our Rosewood in May this year and have been camping with it 6 times now, she is a beast and lovely to be in plenty of room for two of us and is made very well.We have been in rainy conditions and it's true that the awning let's rain in when opening the door due to its curved designe, I think it would have been better to have the zips start in the center as appose to the side at least you would have some shelter. We have also been in very windy conditions and only put x3 guys out on one side she gave and held up very well, Can be quite heavy to put up in wind though and you do need two of you.We like it and will be using for many years to come.

It can be a little cold on a night so we have hot water bottles. We also purchased the carpet and foot print £699 the lot, I don't think we will go back to a conventional tent now.
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By: Basstrom  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2017   Rating: 

The passage of years mean that our trusty regular Outwell Yukon 6 is becoming less needed for family holidays as it's a little excessive fo just two of us (and lengthy to pitch). Our normal Vango Omega 350, although great, seems a tad small when staying away for a week or so. This being the case an alternative 'sensible' tent was sought. Ideally I wanted steel or ally frame (I've had too many leaky airbeds to trust air frames yet) but all options seemed, well, a bit dull. Whilst web-surfing, I chanced upon the 'Rosewood' and it made me smile! Although bigger than I was looking for, the 20 minute pitch time compensated for that. My wife needed convincing so we tripped out to Thurrock Go-Outdoors to see one in the flesh. We were sold - what a great looking tent! Having just returned form a weeks camping, a few observations. It's easy to pitch but the supplied instructions are rubbish! Watch the videos online to see how to do the job. If not 20 minutes, we can certainly do it in 25 minutes inc all guys. The built in extension is a little style over substance - it'll not really shelter you from much. The poly cotton material and assembly seems to be of high quality and the tent certainly has impact on the campsite. Watch opening the doors in the rain - you need to be careful to avoid a bit of water dripping in. I'd suggest full guying is necessary, I'm not sure how the Rosewood will cope in very windy conditions. As with all tepee style tents, cooler nights do mean that the tent does not keep as warm as a conventional frame tent - closing the lower vents does help though. These things aside, this is a magnificent tent for two wishing to clamp it up a bit!

At time of writing, Go-Outdoors seem to have the best price on this tent @ £499.
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Manufacturer's Description

New for 2018 the Rosewood is the epitome of boutique Glamping! This Tipi style tent is designed using our deluxe Poly-Cotton fabric and utilises a steal & alloy poled tied arch system which means the space inside isnít restricted by a central pole. The Rosewood also features a pre-attached sun-canopy allowing you to enjoy the most of the summer sun. This tent is a real head turner due to itís classic yet sophisticated design and is perfect for those who are looking to add luxury to their camping experience.

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