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Vango Ultralight 200 Reviewed

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A little on the small side for a 2 man tent, and lacking undercover storage and cooking areas, but ideal for mountain marathoners, adventure racers and very good friends needing a quick to pitch and strike overnight shelter. Quality components and a proven tensioning system make the Ultralight 200 a serious contender in any value for money charts.

Real World Test
Although nominally a 2 man tent the Ultralight 200 is more ideally suited to the solo camper, with 2 man use advised only for the mountain marathon and adventure racer. Pitching is quick and simple, coming out at under 3 minutes with a little practice, and Vango's tensioning system works predictably well in keeping the tent upright and stable.

The main door is surprisingly large, making entrance and exit both easier without catching the flysheet - an inmportant consideration with singe skin tents. The mesh inside the front door provides reasonable levels of bug protection, although with vents open the lack of an inner during bug season is something you need to think about carefully. The biggest downside is the lack of a porch and minimal amount of covered storage area, with cooking in adverse conditions a major issue. You can just about squeeze a pair of boots under the guying fillet, but that's about it for dry storage.

Where the Ultralite 200 really excels is its price; with a street price of £100 - £130 it fits nicely into the budget range for anyone either starting out and wanting quality without a premium price or for the budding mountain marathoner. The Protex SPU 3000 fabric of the outer is about as good a balance between price and weight as you can get and the advantage of a Vango Life Time Warranty against defects means you should get years of useful service whether using the Ultralight 200 for occassional nights under canvas or a more prolonged trek where weight matters most.

 

Price: £160.00

Weight: 1300

Colour: Pine/Black, Viv-blue/black Features:

Design: semi-geodesic
Pack Size: 49 x 10cms
Claimed Pitching time: 10mins
Poles: alloy + tension band system
Body: Protex SPU SL3000 fabric, hydrostatic head 3000mm
Groundsheet: HD nylon 5000, hydrostatic head 5000mm
Ventilation: variable 'airflow' system
Taped seams
Fire retardant
Guying Fillet (additional covered space at 'foot' of tent, accessible from inside; also acts as protection for the large vent)

 

Pros: Weight, price

Cons: Limited space for a 2 man tent

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