/ Tent advice from Snow and Rock?
If you are planning to camp on a Campsite then may I suggest that you get the biggest tent you can afford as well as carry?
Comfort is everything, especially as it can rain quite a lot and you will need somewhere to hide from the rain and expensive shops.
I've got a 2man Vango Tornado. Cheap-ish, solid build, very stable AND it's got nice old school orange bits on it. Winner!
If it was me I think i'd go for one of the more expensive Mountain Hardware tents, the MH Lightpath tent looks like it has a windshedding shape, but the mesh inner would be cooler in winter than a non mesh inner.
The Hubbah Hubbah HP might be a better buy if you can afford it, if you're thinking of camping with a friend in the future or in winter, from being bigger and not having mesh on the inner.
I think you need to think about what seasons you're likely to be camping in and who with and where, to help you decide.
I'd probably avoid the cheaper Vango tents though.
The Banshee could be okay actually, I was thinking about the tents costing 89 pounds when I posted.
Re above posts, I guess we'll be camping in the cosmiques bowl a bit and perhaps over on the geant. There'll be two of us. I take the point re weight, but would rather carry extra than remortgage our house to stay in huts! Have never slept well bivvying hence decision to try a tent this year...
The banshee sounds a good bet, anyone have any experience of it?
If you plan on carrying it far then get somthing light as number one priority and if you want to use it in harsher conditions its worth spending a bit more money to get something bombproof.
If you are going to buy a tent from snr, splash out and get a more expensive one- MHW or a MSR. Yes, expensive, but a much more intelligent buy in the long term.
I might even suggest using the voucher to buy something else and get a Vaude from Cotswold instead.
Vangos have their place, but I'd never use one out of a valley (or out of a festival if I had to)
I personally witnessed the Gendarmes get out of a helicopter take down 3 tents and carry them away when I was doing a route on the South Face of the Midi. There are signs posted in all the Telepherique stations advising people in big letters that camping is NOT allowed.
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