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.
There are 2 versions of this tent available, the 2013 version in Green/Black and the 2014 version in 'Cactus' Green. The 2014 version has been updated with 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.
- 2013 weight = 2.14kg
- 2014 weight = 2.3kg
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||44 x 14
||Powerlite 7001-T6 alloy
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||Repair Kit Included
||Protex HC 5000 Polyester
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Good biker tent, 20 June 2014
By Throttled (Renfrewshire)
I am 6'2" and can lie down and sit up inside. It packs down to fit inside a Givi V35, 35l pannier taking up about half the space. Easy to pitch, the drawback is very little space to store anything or cook. I have used in the heat and it vents well. I have used it in the pissing rain and packed it wet and it still kept me dry. Thrown over a branch it dried out very quickly. Well made as I have not exactly given it an easy time.
Light and sturdy, but one man plus kit., 06 June 2014
By Bhearshuiligh (Harrow)
I bought this at Colindale for DofE leadership, having decided not to buy more expensive tents of half the weight. At just over 2kg this is still a light piece of kit in a 15kg pack. I had the newer version with two doors, but only use the second door to air the tent. With a large rucksack inside with you, this is a one man tent, and shrugs off rain and wind. A good buy.
Simple High Quality, 05 June 2014
This product was on sale when I bought it and for what it offered I couldn't go wrong, double the water resistance and storage space to what some better known (to me) brands claim for half the price.
I used this for the first time on the sea front on the north east coast toward the end of march, It was easy to set up, it didn't take me 8 minutes to set up like it said on the packaging (maybe closer to 20 after checking and double checking everything.) but I'm sure after a couple more trips it wont be far off.
I was surprised at how warm I was considering I didn't invest in a thicker sleeping bag. There are storage spaces set to one side of the tent (at one of the two entry ways) and to the rear. I am 6ft2 and quite a large build, I had enough room to sleep along with my 65Lt backpack, with room to spare if you are willing to snuggle up, obviously not enough room to throw a party but a good place to get your head down.
By Luke Allum (somerset)
holds a shape well once erected, nice amount of space, i use it for 1 persons with a 65litre bag, enough space, the 2014 is nice with 2 doors
Vango Banshee 200, 25 May 2014
By Craig M (Tyne & Wear / Co. Durham)
I bought my Banshee 200 in 2008 to use for motorcycle touring around Europe. It's been everywhere from baking sunshine in Italy to torrential rain in the Black Forest to fairly heavy snow back here in the UK. Despite mine being over 5 years old, being pitched/taken down daily, usually in a hurry (less than carefully) during trips lasting 2-3 weeks, it has little sign of being ready for replacement.
The newer Banshees have changed a little in design since I bought mine but a cracking little tent for what I wanted it for. I ride sportsbikes so no huge side cases for unnecessary kit and it's small pack size was the big selling point for me. I've even strapped it to the outside of a small rucksack but generally speaking, I'll put sleeping bag, clothes, etc in a dry bag, strap the tent bag to the dry bag and strap both to the pillion seat.
Set up time is easily inside the 7 minutes quoted by Vango, maybe only a little longer in the dark or poor weather. With practice, you'll have it thrown up and the kettle on in about 5 minutes.
Yes, it's small but if you're near 6ft like the 1-star reviewer on here, don't buy a small tent and complain about its size if and didn't try it first. I'm 5'7" and it's a 1-person + kit tent really, rather than a 2-person tent.
I posted a review on Vango's website suggesting some minor improvements and that they should make a 300 version. That tent incidentally came along about a year later. No reply or thank you for the suggestion from Vango but the 300 would be the tent I'd buy for motorcycle touring if I was buying again. The small increase in pack size is a worthwhile compromise if you're buying for the same purpose as I did.
If I was being really critical, mine had a problem with the flysheet touching the outer if not careful pegging out, but that was probably more to do with me than the design of the tent. Other thing was the aluminium pegs are OK but if your pitching on harder ground, they will bend very easily.
Still give it 5 stars as it's sensibly priced and near perfect for lightweight motorcycle touring.