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Tent Reviews: Vango Tempest 300

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17 Reviews of the Tempest 300         Showing 01 to 10          Page:   1   2  

By: Paulharness  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2015   Rating: 

I own the XD version of the tent, built for harder wearing than usual, along with the footprint.

Great tent for hiking as it has a porch with groundsheet so wet gear doesn't get wetter overnight. The XD features mean it can take a bashing (I'm a Scout leader so my Scouts can be semi violent with it!).
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By: CarmenDC  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2020   Rating: 

Having used a Quechua popup tent for the last few years, I wanted something a little roomier with a porch. I checked reviews online and settled on this, which seemed to meet a lot of the qualities I needed.

The Pros:

1) Very roomy. The porch is a great size, and there's enough room inside for everything I needed for a weekend camping trip, with enough space to move around.

2) Light! At just over 3kgs, it was easy enough to carry along with all my camping gear on the train. It packs down to a manageable size as well and the bag it comes in means you can squeeze all the air out.

The Cons:

1) No built in groundsheet. You need to buy a separate one. I went for a cheap and cheerful groundsheet but not having a built in bathtub groundsheet was a new experience for me and I was not impressed. Water pooled in from the torrential rain seeping in. Unavoidable because of the bad design. Why have a nylon breathable floor? Make it make sense.

2) Not tense enough in the rain. The guy ropes are all on the sides. None at the front or back. Water pooled in the top and leaked straight through, apparently a common hazard with tunnel tents. We tightened as much as we could but this could have been avoided by having a guy rope in the centre back, and maybe two more in front either side of the door.

I took photos of the leaks and returned the tent back to Vango, hoping they'd be able to resolve it but they've posted it back to me saying they couldn't find any fault! Very disappointed. That's £150 I'm not going to get back now.

My plan is to buy a silver heavy duty tarp and make my own bathtub groundsheet, and put in an eyelet at the back for a new guy rope. I may use this whole tent as a pattern for making my own gear if I'm honest. I do 99% of my camping in Britain, universally famous for the rain. Vango, if you're reading this, your next upgrade of this design needs to have a built in groundsheet at the very least.
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By: Daveandmitch  Reason: I've used one  Made in: 2011   Rating: 

OK let's be fair here. Vango changed the design of the Tempest after a couple of years. I'm a DofE Leader and I bought 8 Tempests to go with out 4 Banshees. I wish I'd bought Banshees instead. The Tempest is bigger (and a little heavier) so it's better for three teenagers, and it has a porch. But it doesn't perform as well in the wet and wind as the Banshee.

The biggest problem with the first generation is the porch. It doesn't meet the ground. And the little triangular groundsheet is next to useless. My rating is for the 2011 version.

The new design is better. The porch has been redesigned with a zipped front door and it's a lot better.
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By: Keithscribe  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2016   Rating: 

10 days in the pouring rain and occasional wind in Scotland in July . And no problems whatsoever for two 60 year olds with good self-inflating mattresses and sleeping bags. We were touring in a car so didn't have to carry the little tent, but it is light and quick to put up and down. Too small to cook in the porch but great for overnight stops. I recommend the footprint for ease of pitching.
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By: 3Mountaineers  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2015   Rating: 

My friend and I got into wild camping last year, and needed a lightweight tent to carry up the mountains before camping up there. Considering the situations we were putting ourselves in, and the unpredictable weather at high altitude, I was looking for the best lightweight tent for severe conditions (which I could afford!). I settled on this after numerous reviews of these tents standing up in adverse weather, and its many d of e recommendations. We have camped on top of the highest mountains in England in both summer and winter, and even when there has not been a suitably sheltered place to camp, this tent has still taken all that the weather could throw at it. It miraculously survived the worst conditions I have ever been stuck in. A literal snow storm on the top of pillar mountain at 3000ft! With relentless winds of 70-80mph, horizontal snow and hail, this tent was still standing in the morning, and nothing was broken, bent or snapped.

I have to admit, I was nervous. I knew if the tent didn't hold we were in deep trouble. I got little sleep, due to the noise and worry. But it stood up all night. Granted it was noisy, and the tent was bending, swaying all over the show, and we did get water sprayed in our face from the inner continually being blown against the outer, but it proved just what a tough little tent this is. I would happily not put myself in that position again - but when I really needed it, this tent didn't let us down. For the money, I challenge you to find a better tent. The only other tent I would consider moving up from this for is a force ten. That's saying something.
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By: Thormoore84  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2015   Rating: 

Great lightweight tent, suitable for 2 people, not 3!

I bought this as a lighter alternative to my ageing Vango Milano 250 to take on motorbike camping trips. Trying to cut down on weight due to an extended trip around the Scottish North 500 Coastal route, I purchased this tent after looking at the Tempest 200. The 200 looked just a little too snug for me and my motorbike gear, so I chose the 300 for more space, and because it was on special offer at Millets with an extra 10% discount if purchased online (came out cheaper than the Tempest 200).

It packs down small, and neatly, and weighs just under 4 kg. I replaced the aluminium tent pegs that came with it with my old steel ones, as they looked and felt like they wouldn't last 5 minutes, though in the knowledge that this would be adding back some of the weight I'd been trying to shed!

The tent pitched in 10-15 minutes, really easy to do alone, which is great. Poles nicely colour coded so you can't get it wrong! The ground sheet seemed thinner than the older style sheets used in the previous Vango tents, but then I haven't bought one in years, so maybe it's just an upgrade of materials. It withstood the rain and muddy ground very well. I'll be interested to see if it is as long-lasting.

The sleeping area is a good size, with room for one person and plenty of gear, or two people with gear in the porch. Not suitable for 3 people as it would be too snug.

Great ventilation - no condensation whatsoever - a big improvement on the Milano. Head room was a little restrictive but this will always be the compromise when choosing a smaller tent. The porch is a good size, big enough for cooking in should the need arise (with ventilation of course!), and definitely large enough to store gear from the bike.

Great tent, very little effort needed to put it up after a long day on the bike. I just wish Vango would consider that sometimes due to the gradient of the ground, you might want to sleep with your head at the far end, and so an additional hook for the lamp at that end would be good, rather than the singular one near the inner door, as no one wants to clamber back out of their toasty sleeping bag to switch off the lamp!
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By: Curlzy  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating: 

Neat little 2 man tent for backpacking etc. Small triangle for storage at front, enough room for 2 people comfortably in bedroom area - definitely not 3 ! Haven't had it in anything too wild yet but would anticipate it will cope with it. Would like a full insect screen in door as can get a bit stuffy. Condensation was a problem with 1 person on a cold night in mid april, but fine with 2 people in July.
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By: Mjrees  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating: 

Don't have much to add to other reviews! I fully agree with comments about pegs though - I use 'ALPKIT' spikes which are anodised, solid aluminium and are virtually indestructible. My Tempest 300 has put up with some extremes of weather and with the Internal Tension Band system has coped well without flapping! Paid £100 new - excellent value!
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By: Adamski13  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating: 

I have a bit of a tent fetish and have owned many over the years but the tempest 300 I bought last summer was one of the best I've owned(for the money)and I agree with all of the above reviews,change the weak aluminium pegs for something stronger and you have a great tent that will withstand quite a battering but that was until this weekend when 5' of snow killed it.Flat.! Both the two main aluminium poles have snapped and torn a hole in the fly sheet.Fly sheets can be patched but I'm not happy about the poles at all.I know the fly was under tension and the build up of snow had a bit of weight to it but even so,I've had the fibreglass style poled tents that have performed better.To make matters worse the replacements are expensive.£50 for two wafer thin aluminium poles when the whole tent only cost me £100.
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By: Chappers2341  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating: 

My wife and I were looking for a new backpacking tent to walk the Anglesey coast path with and the tempest 300 didn't disappoint.

We mainly chose it for it's light weight at a very reasonable price.

The tent is easy enough so as to be pitched by one person and can be pitched with the outer and inner still together so make things even simpler.

This tent is very spacious and easily accommodated both of us with all our kit and our dog(Labrador)for two weeks in all weathers.

The tent even stood up to winds close to 50mph when many others were blown away and destroyed.

The tent has brilliant ventilation and never felt stuffy even in the hottest or wettest weather and is well made with brilliant alloy poles.

The tension bands are a good addition to the stability of the tent but being a tunnel I have not ever managed to get the main tent section really tight which can make the tent quite noisy in strong winds.

The porch is spacious and can be used to cook in with care, but did let some water in at the sides during some wet and windy weather. I have since sewn in a couple of extra pegging points to the sides of the porch and this has since completely cured the problem.

The pegs on first inspection appeared good but after a two week trip were severely bent and becoming pretty useless. I have since replaced them with some decent lightweight alloy 'v' pegs from blacks(not cheap at £2 each).

Overall a great little tent for the money and although not quite as stable and quiet in strong winds as my Super Quasar it has stood up to equally bad weather conditions with no problem and weighing in over a kilo lighter and £200 less than my quasar was when I bought it 10years ago, it can't be beaten.
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Manufacturer's Description

The Tempest range of technical tunnel tents addresses the demands of the modern adventure seeker – stability, flow vent system, lightweight groundsheet and alloy poles ; ideal for lightweight backpacking and expeditions on a budget.

Flysheet: Protex® 3000 polyester waterproof, durable and reliable
Groundsheet: PU waterproof groundsheet 5000HH minimum ensures dry inner tents
Poles: Powerlite® alloy poles light, flexible and durable

> TBS® II – Tension Band System unique internal bracing system, ensures tent per forms in adverse weather conditions, especially high winds
> Top vent unique high level poled vent designed so that air and moisture will be drawn out of the tent by the movement of air outside
> Powerlite® alloy poles light, flexible and durable
> Heavy duty pole sleeves ensures even distribution of tension
> As one or flysheet first pitching simple, quick to pitch and keeps inner dry
> Protex® 3000 polyester waterproof, durable and reliable
> Taped seams for waterproof protection
> Reinforcement points extra strength on tension areas of the flysheet
> Pre-attached guy ropes ensures correct positioning and improves pitching speed
> Adjustable tensioning and pegging system keeps tent securely anchored and stops drafts
> Breathable fabric inner creates a comfortable sleeping area
> Mesh vents on inner allows continual airflow enhancing comfort
> Part mesh on inner door reduces build up of condensation and keeps bugs out
> PU groundsheet 5000HH waterproof and lightweight
> Lighting point conveniently placed point to attach lighting
> Storage solutions inner pockets – keeps those essentials close at hand
> Stuffsac with compression straps to reduce overall pack size

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