Vango Blade 100 Tent
Product Review & Walking Gear Test

Vango Blade 100 Tent Vango Blade 100 Tent
Blade 100 Tent

Vital Statistics:

Colours:
Pine

Weight:
1.72 gms

SRP:
£90.00

Features to Note:

In-use Test:

I've been looking at backpacking tents lately - I've heard lots about Vango's Blade but have only now had opportunity to try it out.

It's a good pack size - I can easily get it to about the 50x12cms the manufacturer claims; at 1.7 gms it's light but actually a little heavier than my other backpacking tent but not greatly so.

Pitching is inner-first, which is a bit unusual and could be a bit inconvenient in wet weather although with a bit of practice I found that I can arrange things to minimise the risk of a wet inner. Aside from that it's pretty straightforward to get up. It has just one central pole running its length and once up it has a distinctly (retro!) ridge tent like appearance. It's shape means that you do have to be careful about how you orientate it in the wind when you'd definitely need to make use of all its 4 guylines and 8 pegging points.

Inside, there's certainly enough space for one. Because of its ridge-like shape, there's more space at the base compared with the top. To avoid touching the sides, you need to sleep down the middle which is fine as long as you're under 6'. It's not really possible to sit up. There's room for storage on the ground around the sides plus there are 4 small storage pockets in the sides. There are also a couple of hanging points. There's a small porch which was large enough to take my 40 litre backpack. I didn't have to try this - but it might even be possible to cook in that little porch.

There are a couple of ventilation points - one in the doorway plus one at the other end. One doorway, which can be opened to the left or right and unzips bottom to top.

Not tried it yet in significant wind, but I've had several very comfortable, condensation-free early Autumn nights (albeit without much wind) around the Peak District in the Blade and I'm looking forward to getting out in it again over the next few months.

Buying Advice:

By virtue of its shape, there's less available storage - and headroom - in Vango's Blade 100. However, for many multi-day walkers, this will be compensated for by the light weight and very competitive price of this well-specd, one person backpacking tent.




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