Vango Banshee 200
The 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.
Firstly 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.
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.
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!