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Fozzy on 16 Apr 2018

I've been looking for a new car camping tent & quite like the look of some of the Vango ones. We use some 2015/2016 models at Scouts and they are pretty bombproof. 

However, Vango now seem to have introduced a pointy ‘gothic arch’ into the poles, which looks to me to be a weak point in the curve. Does anybody have any experience of these poles and whether they are robust enough for 3 season use?

douwe - on 16 Apr 2018
In reply to Fozzy:

Got a cheap Vango tent as a emergency one, as my previous one has developed some leaks. Has the arch in the pole. Made me frown when I encountered it also. The overall quality of the of the tent is so dismal that I won't be buying Vango again. 

Siward on 16 Apr 2018
In reply to Fozzy:

Lightwave have/has some pointy arches on some of their lightweight tents. I'm sure they argued that they were stronger IIRC. 

tlouth7 on 16 Apr 2018
In reply to Fozzy:

I have a Vango Spirit (the 2.5 man tent) of 2012 vintage which has the pointed shape. This is a really well made and robust tent, and I think the point may well be the strongest part of the pole. The point also works well with the diagonal tension straps because you can put more tension on without the pole bowing out.

The short kinked section does mean that the poles don't fold up quite as neatly.

In summary I think it improves the shape of the tent with minimal downsides.

NB the Spirit was ~£550 pounds worth of tent in 2012, so a different beast from the <£200 tents with this feature.

Post edited at 13:46
Mal Grey - on 16 Apr 2018
In reply to Fozzy:

Fundamentally the Gothic Arch will be strong for the height, and never heard of any problems specific to this part of the poles (I was dealing with Vango in a previous job), and they've been using it for a good few years now.

Quality of the manufacture and materials used will probably be more important at the value end of the market. 

bouldery bits - on 16 Apr 2018
In reply to Fozzy:

I'd guess that for tents at that price point it introduces an unnecessary additional point of weakness.


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