Rated 5 out of 5Â by scout Vango Alpha 250
This is the second Alpha I have bought as daughter has other for explorers
Used it at the weekend and as always dry warm and does not condensate inside
Large porch brilliant for rucksack and boots leaving room for two inside
Its a most have light weight tent with loads of space
19 October 2015
Rated 4 out of 5Â by 21stevie12 A good fair-weather tent at a great price
- A sort of hybrid between tube tent and geodesic design, it is better than a tube tent and nowhere near the cost of a geodesic.
- The porch is definitely a plus point.
- You will, though, need considerable patience putting the tent up properly, as it needs to be very precise to avoid the outer draping against the inner. For this reason, I wouldn't want to be putting up in the rain, hence the review title of "fair-weather tent"
- Every guy rope needs to be out to properly erect the tent and to keep the outer off the inner. Added time for putting up and taking down.
- On top of this, the cross-poles need to precisely follow the lines of the seams so that the Velcro strips can go around the poles. This is a *must* in the instructions. These strips could do with being at least half as long again, as well.
- There is no midge-net in the door, though the windows in the porch mean you can zip down the outer door and still have some light in, though no proper view out.
- There is no way you'll pack it away in the field in the same fashion as it came when new (especially if it's even slightly blowy) so you'll need to practice using simpler half- or third-folding, so that you can get the thing away and into the bag quick if its raining.
- The bag zips aross the top and down one side, making it easy to get the tent in and out.
- The tent is darker than those with lots of mesh "ventilation" which makes for a more undisturbed snooze.
- If you're on the bulky side, you'll need to be good pals, as you'll be very close together!
- It is light enough to carry, so you could use it as a hiking tent, though I'd want to find a sheltered spot to use it and only take it in decent weather.
For the price this is definitely a good tent.
17 August 2015
Rated 5 out of 5Â by traveltheglobe95 Excellent would buy in a heart beat !
I had been looking all over the place for tents as I was going to have a weekend away with a few people camping. I didn't want to spend a fortune however I wanted something that was going to last more than 2 minutes. For Â£49.99 you couldn't go wrong! When the rain came hammering down everyone else tents began to leak but because of the unique double skin I did't feel a drop! When the wind came along with the rain the tent stayed put due to its great design! I loved the mini porch as it allowed me to separate my wet gear from my sleeping area. If you want a easy to pitch and pack away for a weekend tent, then I would recommend this 100%!!
17 August 2015
Rated 5 out of 5Â by MelinDublin User-friendly and stylishly understated!
I was very much delighted with this large two man tent at a very reasonable price. My husband and I and our bordercollie, Jack are getting great use out of it in Ireland over the summer and will bring it on our trip to Spain and France at the end of September. We find it very easy to pitch and even more importantly to take down and put away. If you are looking for an affordable, user-friendly and stylishly understated tent - this is a great option!
07 September 2015
Rated 4 out of 5Â by stevefor Good quality for the price Â£50
So far it has kept out the heavy rain. Very easy to put up and put away by one person. Roomy enough in side for one person plus baggage, A little tighter squeeze for 2 people.
I am 6ft 2in and found i had to unzip the inner tent to pock my feet out.
20 July 2015
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Gary9t9 Great tent for weekend break
The tent is really quick and easy to set up and take down. Was just enough room for 2 of us for a overnight kip after a day of climbing
13 July 2015
Rated 4 out of 5Â by mjstark Grade A festival tent
Vango have always been my favorite tent brand, I've yet to have trouble with one and I sold a fair few back when I worked in a camping shop a few years ago. However, being a family man, I've always gone for the larger end of the range and our Maritsa 700 has served us well.
But when you're off to work at a festival alone that BEAST is serious overkill, so I picked up an Alpha 250 from Snow & Rock at the bargain price of under Â£50! Weighs roughly the same as a 6-pack (about a 10th of the weight of the pole bag for the Maritsa!) and was so small it fit IN my rucksack!
Took under 10 mins to put up, and under 10 mins to pack away too!
The faux "sewn-in" groundsheet in the porch was a very nice surprise too... no river running through MY tent during the rains!
All in all, a great tent for a short break away, although I wouldn't want to try and share the space with another person! But if it's just you and your rucksack, perfect!
13 July 2015
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Katfje Great tent, good size
Great looking tent. A good size, plenty of room inside. Packs down nicely and is fairly light.
06 July 2015