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Monday, August 2nd, 2010 at 3:38 pm
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Kit Check

Loitering Within Tent

Yes, tents, like many other things these days, are becoming disposable commodities that you use once at a festival and leave behind. But the Vango brand is one that you will not want to part with and that’s not because you’ve spent a few more £££s on it.

Still coming in at less than £100 the Banshee 200 (2 person) and 300 (3 person) offer great lightweight products, suitable for running, walking cycling, or kayaking holidays. Our first test was at the recent Saunders Mountain Marathon in the Lake District. Both were to be seen all over the overnight camp, which  was encouraging for a start. The 200 was perfectly big enough for 2 people and their kit, either at the feet or in the’ gear loft’  so the extra space in the 300 wasn’t worth the additional 600 gms and £20 for mountain marathon purposes, although you might like the option of having a door on either side to save climbing over your partner to get in or out.

There’s no cooking space but that would weigh and cost more and at just on 1 kg each the 200 fits the bill nicely. You can pitch flysheet first or, once erected, take down and put up in a oner, which is certainly easier and quicker, and more convenient in the rain.

Gigha copyThe next test was whether it would float. Or rather whether it fitted into the sea kayaks for a trip round Gigha. No bother at all. The whole thing slithered neatly into the smallest of the kayaks, still leaving room for a comfy inflatable mattress  and sleeping bag, all in the front hatch.

There are lighter and more compressable tents, usually single skin and costing twice the price but, all in all, the Banshee, as a tent to be carried, rather than fitted in a car, represents very good value for money when you look at the spec. And we certainly want to use it again.

  • Gear Loft
  • Powerlite 7001-T6 Alloy poles
  • Pre-angled poles
  • Protex® HC 3000 polyester flysheet
  • Breathable fabric inner tent
  • Polyester inner groundsheet
  • Fire Retardant fabrics
  • Mesh ventilation
  • Reflective webbing at pegging points
  • Reflective zip pullers
  • ‘O’ ring guylines
  • Inner tent pockets
  • Repair Kit
  • Taped seams
  • Compression stuffsac

The Banshee 200 Tent is currently priced at £79.99 on Amazon

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