The Vango Banshee 200 has been one of Vangoâ€™s best selling lightweight tents for many years. The Banshee has been used on many expedition schemes throughout the country and is also highly popular with backpackers, cyclist and motorcyclists. So why change the design layout of an already popular tent?
Online PR News – 15-January-2010 – – The Vango Banshee range of tents includes both a two and three man version, both of which have received facelifts for the 2010 camping season to improve the overall quality for the end user.
The vango banshee 200 is a lightweight tent that is designed for backpackers, trekker and cyclists, the tent will accommodate two people but it is a tight squeeze. However, the tent was never designed to spacious, more to economise on weight and pack size for those campers needing to carry as little weight as possible.
The Vango Banshee has a couple of key features which make it such a popular choice of tent. Firstly, it is lightweight and portable whilst the small pack size is also a key component. The tent is also very stable in the wind any other forms of adverse weather conditions due to the fact it has a low profile and a solid design structure.
So what has changed on the Banshee 200 and 300 from previous models?
- The tent is now outer erect first which means it can be erected in more adverse conditions without getting the inner tent wet. The old version was inner erect first, meaning the outer tent had to be strapped on top. This is a disadvantage when pitching the tent in rain or light showers as the interior of the tent can get wet.
- The tent now has two alloy poles as opposed to the singular pole used on previous versions
- In our opinion, the new layout and design is more aesthetically pleasing.
Does it cost more?
The unfortunate answer is yes, the changes to this tent have seen the RRP raise Â£10 from the 2009 model. However, you can pick one up for around Â£79.99 which is a reasonable price when compared with other brands and styles of tents. Also with the extra features that are gained from buying the revamped model, Â£10 extra is not really a high price to pay in the long run.
Is it better?
The Banshee 200 2010 is a definite improvement of previous versions, tents that erect inner first are often very fiddly and take longer to erect. Also the use of the second poles adds more stability and strength to the structure of the tent. However, it must be noted that the most stringent testers of a product are the end users, the consumer; therefore the product will certainly be put through its paces once it is actually being tested by the backpackers and cyclists. However, the Banshee 200 remains a fine member of the lightweight collection of vango tents.