Category Archives: 2 Person Tents

23Mar/15

Vango Banshee 200

Vango Banshee 200

Vango Banshee 200The Vango Banshee 200 is a perfect tent for a hiking expedition. Most of us who have been hiking realise the importance of the right tent. Personally I used to love hiking as it certainly keeps you fit and it is great to get outdoors. In the springtime months, it is fantastic to see nature awakening from it’s winter sleep.

The Vango Banshee 200 has been around for a few years now and has proved extremely popular amongst hikers. One of the banshee’s plus sides is it’s small, compact size when packed away. In fact it is only as small as 47 cm x 14cm approximately when packed up. Packed really tight and you can get a little smaller in tests that were carried out.

In 2014 the Vango Banshee 200 was made even better. Vango introduced a side door opening. This made the banshee 200 easier to access when two people are sharing.

How quick is the Vango Banshee 200 to set up.

The set up or pitching is a superbly quick 7 minutes on average. This is great as the Banshee is quick to take down and pack away too. Packing up has an advantage over some pop up tents in my mind, as pop up tents can be tricky to pack up at times.

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Vango Banshee 200 tentFirstly the length of any tent is important depending on your stature. The Banshee has an overall length of 270 cm ( 8ft 10 inches). The actual sleeping size length wise is approximately 227cm ( 7ft 5 inches). Myself being 5ft 6 would have no problems.

The main sleeping area width of the Banshee 200 is 120 cm ( approx. 4ft). A little bit tight for two larger people but excellent for one large person. 2 regular size people would be ok.

How does the Vango Banshee 200 stand up to harsh weather conditions?

The weather here in the UK is always hard to predict due to it being an island. The boffins at Vango have done really well in making the banshee 200 with a top layer made of a 5000mm hydrostatic head material. This makes this tent superbly waterproof and weather resistant. Even in a torrential storm the Vango Banshee 200 would keep you dry. The inner layer is also breathable and lets the condensation escape which is a true bonus.

When windy the Vango Banshee 200 (Available on Amazon) tent would hold its own against its competitors. The high strength guy lines, combined with the colour coded, lightweight and durable aluminium poles help to secure it admirably. Not forgetting it’s low sleek design.

Vango banshee 200 flysheet
The groundsheet is a 6000mm construction material which is excellent for toughness  and waterproofing. Vango also sell a trekking footprint to go with the banshee 200 which helps to protect the bottom of the tent even more. A great idea as this protects against stones, dirt and thorns.

The VANGO Banshee 200 Trekking Footprint or flysheet helps to stop the dirt sticking to the bottom of the tent. This keeps your Vango Banshee 200 Cleaner in muddy conditions.

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Overall the Banshee 200 is an excellent 2 person hiking tent. Ideal for hiking and trekking in the UK or abroad. Both small (when packed), lightweight and fully waterproof with its taped seams and 5000mm hydrostatic head.

Would I recommend the Vango Banshee 200?

Most definitely!  I would rate this at a high 9.9 out of 10 for Hiking!

 

 

12Mar/15

Coleman Coastline 2 plus tent Review

Coleman Coastline 2 plus tent review

Coleman Coastline plus 2 tentDuring my years of camping I have used many different sized tents depending on the occasion. Not all tents are equal wether they are a 2 person or 10 person tent.  Tents these days have some unique and innovative features.

It’s not easy for manufacturers to please every camper however Coleman have come up trumps here with this spacious 2 person plus tent which offers good space and durability.

Taking a closer look you will see that The Coleman coastline 2 plus tent is a superlight, superfast erecting tent, this two person tent benefits from a quick and easy to erect tunnel that is cleverly designed to be pitched in no time at all, so that you can sit back and relax with a decent cup of tea or beverage of your fancy.

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Let’s look internally. The design of the Coleman coastline 2 plus tent makes optimum use of space, providing ample sleeping room. There is plenty of storage space available for all of your normal camping gear.

Please see the dimensions on the image to the left to see the full dimensions of this roomy 2 person tent.

Another great feature of the Coleman Coastline 2 plus tent is the great ventilation which is ideal for a warm day or summer evening. All you have to do to cool down is open the large side doors, also the large PVC window allows plenty of light in when needed.

There is also an addition of mosquito vents on the front sides for added skin protection from bites (see photos).

The Coleman Coastline 2 plus tent (Available on Amazon) offers good wind and waterproof protection. If it is a bit windy in one direction it is easy to just zip one side up and open the other side which saves the hassle of turning the tent around. The same applies when the sun moves around during the day so this 2 person tent has excellent benefits

The groundsheet is built with increased weather protection due to it’s upturned sides plus there are extremely handy storage pockets inside the tent and also a power cord vent hole for lighting or heating wires etc.

If you look at the picture above you can also see that the guy ropes that stabilise the tent in windy conditions are placed in the safest positions.

Coleman Coastline +2 TentPlease see below for more specs on The Coleman coastline 2 plus tent.

Capacity: 2 person

Sleeping area: 2.7 m²

Storage area: 2.28 m²

Pitching surface: 20 m²

Headroom: 110 cm

Carry bag type: Rectangular with zipper opening

Pack size: 50 x 16 x 15 cm

Weight: 4.71 Kg

Polyester 185T Flysheet

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