Vango Colorado 600
Tent
Product Review / Walking Gear Test

Vango Colorado 600 Tent
Colorado 600
Tent


Vango Colorado 600 Tent

Vital Statistics:

Weight: 19.4 kgms

SRP: £200.00

Vango says:"The Colorado makes excellent sense for those families who have given it a try and want to take the whole business a little more seriously. With the sleeping area in the tunnel and living area in the dome, the Colorado range combine comfortable sleeping areas with large living space."

Features to Note:

In-use Test:

The Vango Colorado 600 is a dome style tent with extended tunnels at either end holding two sleeping bays. The dome and tunnels are formed with the commonly used tent pole system that comprises several short lengths of tent pole connected to each other with elastic that slot together to form longer poles using metal sleeves.

Both sleeping pods have built-in bath-tub floors as you would expect, and the living area has a semi-bath-tub floor that clips to the flysheet.

There are five mesh windows that open and shut with zipped 'curtains' plus two clear plastic windows (one in the roof) also with 'curtains' that, combined with the light blue material, makes the internal living area very bright and cheerful.

The carry bag has three pockets (one for the flysheet, on for the sleeping pods, and one for the poles and pegs) and folds up to form a stylish piece of luggage.

The Vango Colorado 600 tent was tested during a refreshingly spring night in The Peak District.

Erecting a tent of this size and type really needs at least two people (though it is possible on your own with a bit of practice). Providing you remember to slacken off all the tensioning straps and don't mind 15 minutes of patient pole threading you should be able to get the whole thing up and ready for use in about half-an-hour.

The internal accommodation is plentiful for 6 people. The two sleeping bays - one 2 berth and one 4 berth - both have robust bath-tub floors and provide plenty of room for sleeping. Each has internal stowage pockets (two pockets in the 2 berth end, and six pockets in the 4 berth end) for all those night-time essentials - such as a torch and a teddy bear.

The central living area does not have a ground sheet sewn-in but the tent does come with pseudo bath-tub style ground-sheet that clips into position and is remarkably effective providing you do not have running water entering the door area. If you do, it is probably time to move your tent!

The height is plentiful for all but the tallest person to stand upright and there is a plastic ring from which to hang a battery powered light.

The whole structure felt strong and stable and there are plenty of guy ropes and tensioning straps to hold the whole down in high winds.

Taking the tent down again was pretty straight-forward though dethreading the poles is always much easier with two people - one pushing and one pulling. Everything folded-up and went back into its storage sack with relative ease.

Vango do say that you can leave the bedroom pods in position when dismantling the tent and this would be my preferred option. If you do this though, getting the tent back into just one of the pockets in the storage sack when it is designed to go into two does take a bit longer.

Indeed the time you save putting the tent up with the sleeping pods in position cancels out the extra time it takes to put the tent away again. I guess it depends whether it is raining or not!

Buying Advice:

Overall, the Vango Colrado 600 offers a really good level of accommodation for 6 people and performance from a tent that has plenty of windows and is bright and cheery to be in.

At 19.4kg (42lbs) you will need two people to carry it very far but on most commercial campsites you would expect to be able to pitch your tent close to your car so this is not a problem.

If you don't mind taking a bit longer over the pitching and dismantling operations - this tent offers a high level of camping accommodation at a competitive price.

Ideal for a family planning an extended stay in one location.


Now on iPhone, iPod Touch, Android, Palm or Blackberry Stop Press! If you have an iPhone, iPod Touch, Android, Palm or Blackberry you can now use it to download and see this Vango Colorado 600 product review and gear test with go4awalk Mobile. Simply enter www.go4awalk.com into your iPhone, iPod Touch, Android, Palm or Blackberry's internet browser (e.g. Safari) and follow the on-screen links.


Where to buy:

What do you think?

Have you got/bought Vango Colorado 600 Tents?

We would love to hear what you thought of it - good, bad or indifferent. Perhaps you simply disagree with our verdict - or feel we've neglected an important feature.

Let us know by clicking this link - What I think of Vango Colorado 600 Tents - so we can publish your important views below.


Bookmark/Share this page with:

Delecious | Digg | Facebook | reddit | StumbleUpon | Twitter

Log On/Off

Follow go4awalk.com on Twitter Follow go4awalk.com on Facebook


Home


Find new Friends to go walking with
Walk all 214 Wainwrights in just 59 Walks. Download GPS Waypoints - Great Walks you must not miss!
Walk The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge Walk - All the Latest Route Information, GPS Waypoints and Split Times to keep you on Schedule
Walk The British Three Peaks Challenge Walk - All the Latest Route Information and GPS Waypoints
See our pick of The Best Walks in The Lake District - Great Walks you must not miss!
Walk our pick of the Best Lake District Ridge Walks - Great Walks you must not miss!
Walk our pick of the Best Lake District Walks to do in the rain - Great Walks you must not miss!
Walk our pick of The Best Walks in Snowdonia - Great Walks you must not miss!
Walk our pick of The Best Ridge Walks in Wales - Walks you must not miss!
Walk our pick of The Best Walks in The Brecon Beacons - Great Walks you must not miss!
Walk our pick of The Best Walks in The Yorkshire Dales - Walks you must not miss!
Walk our pick of The Best Walks in The Peak District - Walks you must not miss!
Walk our pick of The Best Walks in The Forest of Bowland - Walks you must not miss!
Walk our pick of The Best Walks in Shropshire - Walks you must not miss!
Walk our pick of The Best Walks in Cheshire - Walks you must not miss!
Walk our pick of The Best Walks in Lancashire - Walks you must not miss!
Not sure where to walk next? Try Peak Bagging - Great Walks you must not miss!
Not sure where to walk next? Walk part of a National Trail - Great Walks you must not miss!
Walks with Downloadable and Uploadable GPS Waypoint Data
Walking Kit Gear Tested by Walkers

Walking Gear Tested by Walkers
Full Site Search