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Tent Reviews: Vango Velocity 400 Airbeam

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9.55 KG
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8/10 from 1 reviews

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1 Reviews of the Velocity 400 Airbeam

By: GHammy  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating: 

Bought this tent from Charlies Direct in May 14 for £300. I think they have stopped making this tent as I couldn't find any mention of it on the Vango website. The tent has a stack of space for one bloke with enough room in the sleeping area for a double air bed and bags and lots of storage space for the outer tent too. It takes minutes to pump up the poles and about 15mins total to put out the guys and peg it out. When I used it for the first time last month it was gale force winds, sun/heat that cracked the pavement and intermittent heavy rain/lightning storms. All in a single weekend! Yet it stood up straight with no issues what so ever!

I do have a couple of niggles with the design though.

1)The pump isn’t a tight fit to the holes and therefore is a pain to pump up, all the while the pressure indicator taunts you by never being accurate ever. This is a pain as Vango tell you to pump up to a specific pressure but if you can’t get a good seal then you can’t get an accurate reading. They should really look into this.

2)The tent is way too short to cook in (only dare to do this in terrible weather) and I didn’t trust the ventilation for it either although this isn’t the problem. The issue is the door zips to the side and not to the roof and the taper means that if the door is open then there is a direct route for the rain to come into the tent (not helpful considering the weekend I had). I solved this by getting a cheap tarp and placing it over the door way (not unlike the picture above). This gave me some shelter while cooking and a chance to have the door open and get some fresh air in the tent without worrying about the chance of sudden storms appearing. Vango could really do with a porch or something that was specifically made for it.

Other than these 2 niggles, this tent is excellent and I look forward to my next camping trip this weekend!
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Manufacturer's Description

The Vango Velocity offers AirBeam technology to campers looking for a truly simple to pitch, technically advanced product.

This tent can be put up in minutes, leaving you free to enjoy an array of features such as the double entrance and large porch, internal pockets and storage areas providing adequate space for all sorts of camping gear.
No pole AirBeam creates a strong and rigid tent structure combined with a rapid, simple pitch. Peg the corners of the tent into place and then inflate the AirBeams using the Vango AirBeam pump (supplied) and the tent will pitch itself! Double valves allow rapid inflation and deflation.

Flysheet: Protex® 6000 Embossed Polyester
Inner: Breathable 190T Polyester
Groundsheets: Polyester
Windows: PVC
Pitching: AirBeamTM As-One
Weight: 9.55 kg
Packed size: 65 x 38 x 24 cm
Inflation time: 3 mins

•Protex® 6000HH polyester
•Embossed flysheet
•As-one pitching
•Zip entry points at base
•Double entry
•‘Crystal clear’ PVC windows with internal covers
•Front and rear mesh vents with covers
•Orange reflective guylines
•Pre-attached guy lines with guy tidies
•Sewn-in polyester groundsheet
•Easy find inner clips
•Breathable fabric inner tent
•Vango Light reducing inner tent
•Part mesh inner door
•Polyester inner groundsheet
•Fire retardant fabrics
•Storage Solutions
•Supplied in zippered, handled carry bag
•Vango AirBeam pump included
•Repair Kit included

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