Question: How tough is the Vango Typhoon 200? Is it up to winter UK prolonged camping? If not are there any in its price range that are?
Answer: Hi there,
The name is Gear, Richard 'Tentage' Gear and thank you ever so much for
opening up this can of geodesic worms.
The Vango Typhoon 200 is a sturdy but not particularly light tent -
Vango quotes a total weight of 3.75 kg which is fair chunk and also
says that it's 'very stable and ideal for all-season use'. With its
semi-geodesic construction and tough fabrics and pole material, along
with Vango's reputation for sturdy construction, I'd say that it should
be okay most of the time in the UK.
The problem with your question is that winter conditions can span
anything from gentle breezes through to full-on gales that can destroy
serious mountaineering tents and on top of that, you don't say whether
you're talking about valley use or camping higher on the mountains
where conditions will tend to be fiercer.
I'd say the Typhoon 200 should be ideal for most year-round valley
camping and is nice and roomy too, but in really serious weather,
particularly higher up, a full geodesic mountaineering tents or a tough
tunnel tent migh be a better bet. Sorry if that sounds a bit
fluffy, but if I told you that the Vango would cope happily with
galeforce winds and blizzards on the Cairngorm plateau, that would be
Pretty much any full-on mountain tent I could suggest will cost you
more and I think the Typhoon is a really decent tent for the price and
you could probably pick one up for less if you shop around. So my basic
advice would be yes, the Typhoon should cope with most year-round
valley conditions as long as you accept that really extreme weather
will challenge most tents and it should be sturdy and roomy enough to
cope with extended use,
It's a little weighty for backpacking use, but anything that's both
tougher and lighter is likely to cost you significantly more.