Vango Equinox 450
Product Review / Walking Gear Test
Weight: 6.70 gms
Vango says:"A classic in its own right, the 3 pole tunnel design is simple but devilishly efficient. With exceptional storage and magnificent sleeping compartments the Equinox is the obvious choice for multi-activity outdoor worshipers. Cyclists, climbers, paddlers, trekkers and all round adventurers who want a solid base camp or portable palace will love the Equinox."
Features to Note:
- Stated capacity: 4
- Pack Size: 54 x 28 cms
- Pitch Area: 20cms
- Colours: Pine/Black Flysheet : Protex SPU S
- L3000 Hydrostatic Head = 3000mm
- Inner: Breathable fabric
- Poles: aluminium alloy
- Groundsheet: HD Nylon Hydrostatic Head = 8000mm
- Crystal Clear windows
- Extended porch area
- Flat external pole sleeves
- Colour coded poles & pole sleeves
- Continuous pole sleeves
- Rainstop flysheet door
- TBS: Tension Band System - for additional stability in high winds Bath-tub inner groundsheet - protects against water entry in poor weather
- Entrances/Exits : 2
- Fire retardant
- Pitching: flysheet first or pitch with inner in place
The colour coded poles and pole sleeves make the Vango Equinox 450 really easy to erect. Two of us pitched this in about 15 minutes.
The internal accommodation is good - it will sleep 4 people in relative comfort in two compartments - 3 adults in one and 1 adult in the smaller compartment. Alternatively, a couple can have one roomy 'bedroom' and use the smaller compartment for storage.
The central area is quite roomy enough to take a table and chairs or store a couple of bicycles. The internal tent height is too low to allow me to stand completely upright. (I'm 5' 10''.)
The tunnel design provides a very stable structure and the tension band system provides additional stability in high winds. The high bath-tub inner groundsheet protects against entry of rain/wind in poor weather.
In addition to the 2 doors, there are 2 additional, good ventilation points plus meshing to protect from insects. The interior also includes storage pockets all the way round each sleeping compartment for all those night time essentials and there are 3 hooks (one in each sleeping compartment and one in the centre area) that can be used for hanging items such as a lamp.
Whilst too heavy and bulky to carry in a back pack the Vango Equinox 450 does pack down remarkably small for such a spacious tent and will fit easily into a car boot.
If you're looking for a versatile and comfortable 3/4 season tent that is easy to put up, easy to carry (by car) and easy to store (in the garage/loft/spare room) and offers plenty of room for all those accessories you need for camping in comfort - then you'll not be disappointed with the Vango Equinox 450.
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