This Vango Tyneham Tent 500 is a 2-room tunnel-type tent with solid windows and a huge waterproof rating, suitable for cold weather camping and for areas with lots of rain.
Key features & benefits
- Tunnel tent.
- Fiberglass poles.
- 2 Rooms.
- Huge waterproof rating.
- Solid windows.
- E-cable port.
What this is about
This Vango Tyneham Tent is a tunnel-type structure supported by 3 loops. This is a 2-room structure with an inner tent that represents the sleeping area and a living room in front of it. The living room is directly under the shell while the rest is a double-wall structure, so the tent is a single/double-wall hybrid, this is typical for most of the multi-room tunnel tents here in the site.
The inner tent (shown below) can be removed so you can use the shell alone and have a huge single-room tent. Observe that the floor of the shell is fully sewn-in and sealed. The inner tent itself has its extra floor, so you have two floors in the sleeping area.
Note also that the poles are added from outside, and this is convenient when you have to pitch the tent in rain. This is a dry setup because everything inside, the inner tent included, will be protected from the rain.
The picture above shows also the TBS II (Tensioned Band System), Vango’s patented feature that includes those adjustable and removable straps. They are introduced to stabilize the tent laterally. The tent is quite tall with its 74 inches (188 cm) height in the living room.
The windows and the door: The tent has a huge front door that is partly protected by a beautiful but quite small brim that provides a dry entry. You have solid windows here and they are equipped with shutters from inside, for privacy and to reduce glare. The inner tent is with one huge D-shaped door shown in the picture above.
The door is a double-layer type so you have a full-size mesh plus a panel. When the sky is clear you can keep it with mesh only and this will provide huge air circulation supported also by a rear roof vent.
The inner tent is separated from the shell, there is a wide 10 cm gap between the two walls, you can see this in the picture above. So this will provide free airflow to fight condensation. The inner tent’s fabric is breathable and there is a mesh on the back that matches the roof vent shown in the picture.
But when it is raining, you will have to keep the door with the panel, and in such situations, it would be good to have some floor vents. They are missing here.
They use fiberglass here under the name Powerflex, so you have three main loops plus a short brim pole. This is not a very strong material but it is commonly used in such budget-friendly tents.
You have what they call the Vango Protex 70 denier polyester shell with a 3000 mm waterproof rating. So this is an impressive value and you are fully protected. The seams are factory-taped and the tent provides a UPF 30+ rating. This is also a fire-retardant material that meets the usual standards.
The floor is most likely polyethylene, they do not provide data but no doubt this is highly waterproof and you are safe from groundwater.
Lights-out design: They use this term to describe the fact that glare in the inner tent is considerably reduced due to a darker material used in its construction, see the picture above. This is why I have added it to my list of dark-rest tents.
You also have high visibility guylines that reduce the risk of tripping, and lantern hanging points are available. All necessary stakes are also included.
Who is it for
Regarding the area, the tent is officially for 5 people. For this you have 68 ft² (6.3 m²) in the sleeping area plus around 43 ft² (4 m²) in the living room. They did not provide the exact data for the area. But in any case, this is a generous space and no doubt the tent can indeed accommodate two people more.
Regarding the climate & seasons, this is a structure that you can use in all seasons. But it is quite enclosed with its solid windows and without mesh on the shell. This is why I see it as better suited for a cooler environment, not surprising when you know this is a Scottish brand. I have included it in my list of tents for cold weather camping.
The TBS II system mentioned above should work well in windy places and this should stabilize the tent. The waterproof rating is more than enough, you will never need more.
Regarding the weight, the tent is quite heavy with its 26.2 lb (11.9 kg), but this should be normal in view of its size and volume, the tent is both large and tall. You will need a car for transportation.
- Declared capacity: 5 people.
- Weight: 26.2 lb (11.9 kg).
- Dimensions: 13.6 x 10.5 ft (415 x 320 cm).
- Area: 111 ft² (10.3 m²).
- Area per person: 22.2 ft² (2.1 m²).
- Peak height: 74 in (188 cm).
Final thoughts, rating, pros & cons
So this Vango Tyneham Tent 500 is nicely built, the inner organization with those two rooms is great, the waterproof rating is excellent, and the solid windows make it suitable for a cooler environment. The price is more than appropriate for what you have here, fully recommended.
Please see how I rate this tent against my standard set of criteria:
Check this CORE 6 Person Tent with Block Out Technology if you would rather have a dome-shaped dark rest tent. If you need more options in this capacity range, check under the category Tents for 5/6 people. For more tents of this particular shape check under Tunnel Tents.
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