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Tent Reviews: Vango Zetes 300

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4.50 KG
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14 Reviews of the Zetes 300         Showing 01 to 10          Page:   1   2  

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

There are some really good plus points to this tent. The design is good, it will stand up to some pretty strong winds and rain, absolute breeze to pitch. There's a fair bit of headroom and a nice squarish footprint. I'd take this over a pop-up or a tesco special anyday - It's a very good festival tent. However the build quality is really poor on the tent inner. The seams around the zips come apart very easily and the stitching to the pockets etc rips easily also. I guess if you were exceptionally careful you might get away with it. If it cost £10 more without this problem I'd be scoring it 8 or 9. However when your with kids at night and bugs are getting in through all the little holes it's a major pain in the butt. Seriously put me off Vango tents I had to cut our festival visit short, head home and return it 3 days after I bought it. Maybe I was unlucky and got a 'bad egg' but once bitten twice shy sorry Vango; i'm sticking with Coleman for now.

My advice if you buy one make sure you keep some decent repair materials close to hand. Don't put any weight in the pockets, and treat the entrance zips like a princess with a headache.
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By: Hubbard373  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating: 

I bought the Vango Zetes 300 so that I can use it when I go to Classic Car Shows. It comes packed away in a small bag which takes up little space in the boot. Pitching time is around an easy 25 min mark but that is 1 person taking their time. Inside is roomy for 2 people & a dog & a bit of kit but not for 3. Both sides have pockets for keys & coins. The inner front has a hook for a lantern, fresh air vent & a large opening to the porch area which folds into a side pocket. Porch area is large enough for muddy boots and cooking needs's. It also has two windows with covers & another air vent. Outer door has 2 zips so that the flap can be rolled up out the way. Very pleased with the tent. Right size for the weekend away & easy to put up.
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By: UncleDave  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

I love this tent, easy to pitch and easy to pack away. Wouldn't class it as a 3 berth, 1 plus gear instead. Front porch area does collect water but I fold the groundsheet under the rest of the tent. I wouldn't recommend it for more than a long weekend though, or if you carry everything including the kitchen sink!
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By: Ma+Pa Clampett.  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating: 

We bought a Zetes 300 for overnight stops when we are travelling,and for when we have to pack up our large tent when we need to travel early on the following morning. We have only used it twice up to now,and have only a couple of criticisms of it. The first is that it is a three man tent,and it would be cramped if more than two people were to use it.The second one is the design of the door,as when it has been raining,when the door is opened, it allows water to run into the porch area wetting the groundsheet,and anything that is stored in the porch.That said,it is a good value for money tent,easily pitched in around 25 mins,fully pegged down, light weight and easily transported as it folds into a small package. The sleeping pod can also be left attached to the fly sheet making possible to pitch it all-in-one.
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By: Soren  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating: 

This is ideal for two people on an overnight/weekend trip or longer if you don't mind not be able to stand in the tent (although there's plenty of headroom for six foot me to kneel about!) The little pouch area is good for leaving shoes etc and simple cooking/tea making. Initially took about twenty minutes to erect (unravelling the guys, attaching the inner etc), but takes about ten to fifteen minutes at most thereafter. If leaving the inner attached, one needs to ensure the cross straps on the outer are under the inner when folding away. Yet to camp in the rain, but suspect water would run onto the groundsheet in the pouch-this can be folded in half or under the inner and ignored to avoid this. Haven't used in very windy conditions, but I think this tent would still be fine.
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By: Marrios  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

I bought one of these at a bargain price from Go Outdoors. It was only a few pounds dearer than the two-man version. I use it for motorcycle camping, the extra weight is a small sacrifice for the extra width and it gives plenty of room for one person plus kit. You'd have to be pretty friendly to share it with another adult.

Pitching is easy, takes a bit longer the first time, but then the inner can be left attached and it's a doddle. It even fits back in the bag, without too much cursing.

If it was more expensive I'd grumble about the porch groundsheet and flimsy poles, but it isn't, so I won't.

For occasional summer weekend use it's an excellent tent, don't know how they sell them at this price.
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By: Stevedh1967  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

Zetes 300, first trip out and seems to be really good but one thing lets it down - the porch door. The pic on this site shows it well, as do other user comments - the door sags and no matter what way you pitch the porch area it never draws tight and as a consequence when it rains it drips onto the groundsheet and subsequently into the porch area. In all other respects the design is very good - it's relatively spacious inside, porch area is roomy, easy to pitch and strike camp, offers good protection from the elements and seems quite sturdy. I'd use this for 2 night breaks but would use a larger tent on longer trips.
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By: Jackie_s  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

I purchased this tent to use for short trips when it's just me and my dog. I wanted a name I could trust but at a price that reflected the size.

It pitches easily, first test run it was up in 11 minutes (minus the guy ropes). The 2nd time it was up and guy roped in 10 minutes. It is small and to be honest, with me and the dog and a bag of clothes and some blankets the inner was full. We used the small porch area (non SIG) for storing the cool box, wellies etc but after a night of rain it did get wet inside, we were warm and dry in the inner though, no leaks! No huge issue with condensation, much the same as other tents of the same quality.

In my opinion this tent is perfect for one person, would work for 2 but not suitable for 3.
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By: Lamby42  Reason: I've used one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

Just been away using this tent for myself and my 5 yr old. Lots of space if used for two people. It rained solidly for two nights and we had no leaks in the main tent area but the porch area did let in water on both nights. Very windy too and tent stayed up as put. Overall a good tent for weekends away if the weather is good.
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By: ChrisFromWigan  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

I didn't want to spend too much on a tent, as all I wanted to do was try camping out with my 5 year old son, and if it all went wrong and we didn't like it, then I wouldn't have wasted too much money.

As it turned out the Zetes 300, 3 berth tent, is ideal for one man and his son. Pitching and packing is easy, the ventilation flaps make it easy to control fresh/cold air passing through and the porch is a reasonable size to accommodate bags and toys, however, rainwater did get onto the ground sheet around the porch (but quickly mopped up when the rain stopped). I put a sheet of plastic underneath the tent to protect the ground sheet from stones etc. And from getting too wet and muddy prior to packing.

I would recommend this tent for overnight and weekend trips.
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Manufacturer's Description

•Sleeps in comfort 3
•Total weight (kg) 4.54
•Packed size (cm) 60 x 19 x 19
•Pitching style Outer / Simultaneous
•No. of poles 2
•Pole diameter (mm) 8.5
•Pole material Powerflex Fibreglass
•Outer material Protex 2000 Polyester
•Inner material Breathable Polyester
•Groundsheet Polyethylene 10000HH
•Fire retardant Yes
•Max. headroom (cm) 110
•Est. pitching time 5 minutes (2 people)
•Pitch size Small

It's pretty big for a small tent. Almost tardis like, the amount of space inside is surprising. It's no myth that the tunnel structure gives lots of internal room to manoeuvre.

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