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Vango Banshee 200 Tent

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An ultra-light 2 man tent that's ideal for trekking and backpacking in any conditions.

Ideal for trekking and backpacking through any conditions, the Vango Banshee 200 is a reliable shelter with a handy porch area for cooking and storage.

Updated from previous versions, it has a lower silhouette and a door on each side, giving you dual access and extra storage if you need it.

The tent can be pitched either all as one, or flysheet first, depending on the conditions you're in.

The flysheet is fire-retardant Protex HC polyester with a hydrostatic head of 5000, with taped seams for extra protection and reflective webbing and zip pullers to help you find it in adverse conditions.

Handy features like O-ring guylines and colour-coded Powerlite alloy poles make pitching the tent simple, easy and quick. The inner groundsheet is completely waterproof polyester, and the breathable fabric inner and mesh ventilation ensure a comfortable sleeping area, with a lantern hanging point if needed and storage under the door. The whole thing packs easily into a compression stuffsack, and comes with a repair kit for emergencies.

In drier climates, you could use the tent without the fly to be even more comfortable.

Attributes

Berth: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Flysheet Hydrostatic Head (mm): 5000
Groundsheet Hydrostatic Head (mm): 6000
Weight (kg): 2.35
Pack Size (cm): 44 x 14
Pitching Order: Outer First
Pole Style: Powerlite 7001-T6 alloy
Number of Poles: 2
Fire Retardant: Yes
Repair Kit Included: Yes
Pitching Time: 7
Flysheet Fabric: Protex HC 5000 Polyester
Pole Composition: Aluminium
Tent Features: Fire Retardent, Repair Kit

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  • 4 out of 5
Great tent.... for 1 man!, 01 February 2017
By Dave (Cheshire)
I've probably slept about 20 nights in mine all told. First thing to say... this isn't a two man tent unless you are very friendly and dont mind leaving all your kit outside! For two teenagers on a D of E expedition its probably OK due to its light weight when packed.

For us adults, treat this as a one person tent with some space for kit. Its pretty low, you can just about sit up in it. First few times I used mine I had an inflatable airbed which meant my head was touching the inner. With a self inflating mat, only my feet touch the inner, but not enough to draw moisture from the outer tent. I use mine mainly for motorbike trips. Getting out of my wet bike gear inside is a challenge. Im going to get a Vango tarp to create an extra porch to solve this problem.

The porch isnt very big. You'll just about get a rucksack in there. You cetainly couldn't cook in there or get undressed (see the second picture)

Easy to put up once you've done it a couple of times. You can actually leave the inner connected to the outer when you pack it away which then makes erecting it much faster. Two poles, about 12 pegs and you're done, takes about 10 minutes, same taking down. So great for multi-day trips.

Packed away its pretty small (fits into my motorbike panners easily) though stuffing it into the bag when inner is connected to the outer is a bit harder as you can't pack it as efficiently.

Mine has never leaked, condensation on the inside is fairly minimal due to ventilation in the outer. It doesn't touch the inner unless you force it. Withstands high winds.

Buy some better pegs. The aluminium ones that come with it bend easily inless the ground is soft.

Couple of downsides: If its raining or tent is covered in rain then you get a wet arm opening the outer door. Cant really be helped because of the shape.. just roll up your jumper! The water also then drips into the porch area. Same issue of you're a creaking 40 something and cant get out without dragging your back along the door... you get wet!

The clips that hold the inner to the outer can be a right faff, especially with cold/wet hands. Hence I prefer to connect both together before setting off. I recommend drying the two sections separately when you get home.

Overall 4 stars as this has served me well in last 3 years, its a good tent for the money so long as you are realistic with the comfort/ space levels of a small tent.

  • 5 out of 5
Great lightweight tent, 27 November 2016
By Andy C (Colchester)
Bought this as a one man tent with room for a pack. But used it this summer for myself and my son in The Highlands. I'm 6'2" and the lad is 6'4". Being Scotland, if was windy, wet and near freezing. The tent performed well, I particularly like the security of the tortion band system which gives you confidence that it will stand up under Scottish weather. Yes, it was tight for space and the packs had to stay outside in a survival bag, but it doesn't take a genius to work out that you are sacrficing space for weight if you buy this, and that was my choice. I have other Vango tents and know that you are getting value for money and I wasn't disappointed. Good quality aluminium poles and pegs, a well designed tent and easy to pitch. If you are looking for a compact, light weight backpacking tent, this fits the description very well.

  • 5 out of 5
Superb, 17 October 2016
By Will (France)
It's a tight tent, I'm not going to lie, you have to organise yourself very very well and be very conscious of what you travel with but and the but is imperative.
I've traveled three years with this tent, two years on a long distance bike trip and a year walking.
If you're looking for something warm, compact, stealthy, waterproof to sleep in, this is it!
Sure your first night will feel like youre in a coffin and you will freak out, but give it a few weeks and you'll never regret your purchase.
Again, this is not a "chill out all day tent" this is a tent that's light weight as hell, you pitch it in one mins flat, the tight space will keep you warm, enough head room to sit up and a lovely meshing above your head to watch spiders terrorize each other. A good nights sleep!
Seriously, ive been travelling for many years and throughout them years I've been through a load of equipment. This tent, is the first thing I buy without a second hesitation.
I've been in wild winds in high peaks, continuous rain non stop and it still kept me warm and dry.

One peson fits with a 120l backpack, I'll let you figure out where the pack goes.

One word of advice; if you don't pitch it properly it will leak where your feet are. But that's not the tent being faulty, that's you that didn't tense it right.

  • 4 out of 5
Exactly what you need to shorter trips!, 19 September 2016
By Megan (Lancaster)
I took part in an Outward Bound skills for life award which included 2 4 day expeditions; one of which using this tent. Having had 2 people in this tent all 3 nights, it proved that it isn't the best for two teenage girls both over 5"9 and 2 90L expedition bags!

However very lightweight, and if I were to embark on a shorter expedition on my own, this would be perfect, or even a longer one on my own would mean more room!

All round a good tent, just don't push to its limits.

  • 2 out of 5
2 Man Tent?, 04 August 2016
By JonnyHo (Lincolnshire)
Just got back from 10 days in the Highlands with the Mrs and two lads 19 and 17. I took 2 sorts of tents. 2 blacks constellation series III and two Banshee 200's. The Constellation III worked like they always have, perfectly. We used the Banshee 200's for one night only. What a mistake. My lads who were already beginning to hate me.They really were pushed into despise mode, when I told them this was what they were sleeping in as I had made midgie nets specifically for the tents. These are not two man tents, they are possibly two child tents or anyone under 5 foot with size 6 dimensions. no way would you fit a back pack in. you would struggle even if you used it as a one man tent. It is a good tent and I will use it again as a one man backpacking tent but if you want a two man buy the banshee 300. I felt claustrophobic, (something I dont suffer from) cramped, and embarassed that I I had put the family through such an ordeal.

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