Vango Banshee 200
Product Review / Walking Gear Test
Sizes: 2 person
Features to Note:
- Pack size 44x13cms
- All in one pitching
- TBS® II Tension Band System
- Flysheet: Protex® 5000HH HC polyester 68D
- Goundsheet: Polyester, 6,000mm
- Polyester Inner Tent
- Poles: PowerLite® 7001-T6 alloy, colour coded poles
- Fire retardant fabrics
- Flysheet vents with mesh covering
- Walking pole attachment eyelet in door
- Part mesh inner door
- Compression stuffsac
- Recommended for use on Duke of Edinburgh scheme expeditions
The Banshee 200 is from Vango's Expedition range and is nominally a 2 person tent and with a flysheet/groundsheet spec that should make it fine for up to and including 3 season use. It also features a newer, more flexible version of Vango's Tension Band System (TBS). TBS provides additional stability for tunnel tents in side-winds by effectively providing an internal bracing system for each pole. The newer TBS II system combines the webbing of TBS with the external guying system of the tent.
So far (a rainy night in the Peak District with some moderate wind), I've been impressed with it. It's certainly light weight and extremely easy to pitch (ca 5 minutes first time). Once up, it felt very stable and secure. I made sure the flysheet was as taught as possible and didn't have any issues with the rain or the wind. It's well ventilated - there are 2 small vents at each end plus the flysheet door can function as a vent if necessary. Overall I was pretty comfortable.
On my own inside, there was enough space for me lying down (I'm 5'10'') plus my backpack. However, I could only just about sit up and there's not much room to do anything other than lying down/sleeping. Even delving for stuff in your backpack is a bit of a challenge. There is, however, a small covered porch area that can be used for cooking - albeit with care as this is a pretty small area.
This is described as a 2 person tent - and yes two people can sleep in it but you'd have to use your backpacks as make-shift pillows. So practically speaking, I view this as a (comfortable) one person tent.
The quality of the overall finish seems good.
Vango's Banshee 200 is a well-made, reliable backpacking tent - best for single occupancy - unless two of you are traveling extremely lightly!
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• Good design and excellent flysheet. Groundsheet is a bit thin and some reservations about quality if poles. Vango should up their game a little here but still hard to beat at the price.
Mark Fielding, Nottingham