Just wondering if anyone has a Vango airbeam tent? is it any good? does it erect as quickly and easily as the spiel would have you belive? what are your thoughts on the system?
Looking for a family sized tent that can be put up by one adult if needed and these seem to fit the bill.
I've reviewed one on the site and I'm impressed. It goes up as one, easily and quickly, seems impressively stable once up and hasn't punctured. The one place I think Vango maybe missed a trick is by not interlinking the air chambers so there's just one inflation point and then isolating the individual beams with a lock-off valve, which would make it even faster - Heimplanet does this and it works.
They not cheap, but if you've ever been through the whole family tent pitching horror, you'll appreciate the ease of use.
Downsides? If you broke the pump or left it at home, you'd have a fairly big problem. If one of the beams punctured, it's not really a big issue. It's a bit like a bike tyre with an internal tube protected by a tough outer, so you could just patch it.
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Didn't realise that other people make them as well, the Heimplanet is too small for our needs.The family pitching horror is one of the main reasons I'm seriously looking at it.
Is the nozel for the pump a special fitment or a standard one that would come with most pumps?
I must confess I was a bit sceptical - well, it's in my nature - when these were first announced. But from what I've since heard, Airbeams seem to be well-regarded by their users.
My only direct experience was pitching near a Vango Airbeam tent on a LD campsite a month or so back (I didn't notice what model but it was a 4-5 berth about the size of an Outwell Nevada M). On the last-but-one night I was there, it got very windy: MWIS forecast strong gale on the tops and even in the valley it was gusting pretty near gale force. Several of the larger tunnel tents with conventional fibreglass poles succumbed to the wind: one was pretty much trashed in fact. But - to my considerable surprise - the Airbeam was fine. True, it deformed and bent with the wind much more than a tent with poles would have done but it very quickly sprange back and it held its shape all night.
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