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Tent Reviews: Vaude Mark III

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9.33/10 from 3 reviews

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3 Reviews of the Mark III

By: RufusKN  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2001   Rating: 

I have owned a Vaude Mk3 tent since about 1995. Since then I have used the tent for both wild Mountain camping and for camping at low level. I have used this tent in the Picos de europa, the italian appenines, glencoe and mountains all over Ireland

I have 4 other tents as well and am in a good position to understand the strengths and weaknesses of this tent.

I can honestly say it is a very good tent for the following reasons.

It is quick and easy to pitch, inner and outer going up as one. The one comntinuous pole keeps it all together.

Having two doors with porches is essential to allow a good flow of air when its warm. The porches are a good size to store gear and cook in.

The tent has withstood fairly extreme wind but its essential that all guying points are pegged.

It is a 3 season tent but will not withstand the sort of punishment that a Terra nova Quasar will.

It sleeps 2 in comfort or 3 at a pinch

Room for improvemnt

Porch Zips tend to snag on zip cover

Pointed shape of porches not the best shape for storing gear like large rucksacks.

The alloy pole/s is not as rigid as other tentmakers poles and tend to bend too easily, too malliable a stronger alloy would help its robustness

Modifying the design a little, including more guying points, could improve the tents performance in high winds making it a 4 season tent.

The tent was not supplied with enough pegs for the number of guying points it had.

A little on the heavyside for backpacking

But to summerise, a versitile, easy to use tent, at reasonable value for money.
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By: Valia47  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating: 

This is the first tent I've owned in 20 years and I bought it for solo camping.

I did one practice pitch before going away and was able to do it in under 10 minutes with only a quick glance at the instructions.

Pitching at the campsite was a doddle. The tent is really easy for one person to get up and it's stable and solidly in position straight away. I did fiddle about with the guy ropes because of an unfounded fear that the tent might collapse otherwise. There was a bit of wind and rain where I camped, but it didn't bother the Vaude at all. It was also very simple to strike camp and I could have done it in 5 minutes if I'd counted the tent pegs when I pitched, instead I spent an extra 10 minutes searching in the grass in case I'd left any in situ.

I loved the fact that inner and outer tent go up together as this saves an awful lot of faffing about.There was plenty of room inside for me and my dog. The ventilation panels are very effective letting air in without allowing a wind at the same time.

I'm extremely pleased with my purchase and I'm looking forward to many happy days ahead in my Vaude.
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By: Helios  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

I've gone from small to medium to big back to small again.

This Vaude tent wipes the floor with any tent I've owned in the past. It is exceptionally easy to erect, and with its freaky 1 piece pole keeps pieces down to a minimum. The inner is attached to the outer (straight out the box) but can be detached if so required, however for ease we leave it attached.

Both porches fully unzip and fold out, meaning that baking sunshine can be flooded into the entrance and the porches can easily be zipped back up to provide storage cover again. With the zip system on the porches you can unzip a slight flap at the top of the porch to allow a breeze to flow through the tent, which is handy if its too hot.

The doors,zip back the waterproof part of the inner tent to leave a mesh screen, we sleep with that all the time - means it doesn't seem so claustrophobic and you also have weather protection from the porch still.

Inside the tent, it isn't massive and the sides drape in from the outer tent meaning that the chances of the outer and inner touching are slim. Handy pockets either end and a nice 'washing line' on the ceiling of the inner means you can hang glow sticks, glasses, watches etc.

I'd recommend this for anyone as a 2 person tent, anything else would seem more 'cosy' than it needs to be. Although you cant 'do anything' inside in ways of entertainment/cooking - gazebos are cheep enough for that.

9 out of 10 for me, would be 10, but they might make a better model next year.
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Manufacturer's Description

Vaude Mark III offers comfortable sleeping quarters for 3 in a perpendicularly positioned inner tent, with wider entries and larger vestibules. Quick and easy to pitch, it also has ventilation windows and enhanced wind stability.

* Features: Sleeps: 3
* Weight: (min) 3.85kg
* Weight: (max) 4.10kg
* Packed Size: 63x24cm
* Fly: 75D Polyester 185T PU coated 5000mm
* Inner: 70D Polyamid Ripstop 210T
* Floor: 70D Polyamid 210T Premium PU coated 10000mm
* Poles: Al 7001 T6; 11mm/10.2mm
* 12 pegs, 6 guylines
* 2 entries
* 2 vestibules
* Additional mesh ventilation
* Excellent ventilation through the vestibules
* Excellent head room
* Proven wind resistant elastic fixation
* Very fast and easy to set up
* 4 storm anchoring points for extreme conditions

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