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Vango Odyssey 500SC 5 man tent £117.00 @ Amazon
Vango Odyssey 500SC 5 man tent £117.00 @ Amazon

Vango Odyssey 500SC 5 man tent £117.00 @ Amazon

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Been looking around for a reasonable branded tent in the sales for next summer

This one ticks the boxes for me

sleeps 5 (we are 4)

has porch

4000mm HH

linked (not sewn in) groundsheet

easy to put up

small bagged footprint to go in my boot

fingers crossed I get it out of the bag next year

31 Comments

Original Poster

Can't change link but this is the one I bought amazon.co.uk/gp/…7AE

Very goid price for this. If I can find an extension to go with it I'm in.

simply put this is an awful tent based solely on the linked groundsheet. it is such a fundamental flaw it's baffling that it was given the green light past the design stage. as soon as the tent is up the bugs are in and then they stay in and increase in numbers. leaving it pointless to even try and sit down for food in the porch/seating area. there is also the risk of flooding as the water can just run straight through at ground level. I am an experienced camper and would venture to the Mourne's, torr head, Murlough bay, ballintoy, knocklayde, Ben Nevis in my terra nova which is a fantastic tent. I wanted something for the family and this arrived. this is not a tent. a tent is meant to keep you sheltered from the elements. this tent can't even keep out an ant. avoid and look at the euro hike or the gelert 6 which offer a fully sealed groundsheet, bigger bedrooms and 5000mm h/h.

I bought this tent a few days ago, not pitched it yet, alot of tents come with linked groundsheets, even the airbeam versions.
I suppose smedger is going to add links for the tents which are better for the same price? Or is he trolling.

Backto, if you want an extension , I believe the Woburn and Calder have the same footprint, so look at whats available

Bacto, also if you want a front awning then likely better off with tent without the sun canopy.

Mine arrived late yesterday .. Hopefully put it up this afternoon

just a concerned citizen spreading the love. wouldn't want an unlucky punter going through what we went through. no links, just some friendly advice. take it or leave it

Cold. I don't have 4 friends.

Used this tent several times now in our british summer! easy to put up and put away. This has been through pouring rain and high winds and still stood up and fully waterproof, i just rolled the awning up in very high winds. Great value for the money and quite spacious. Hot from me x

Has Vango improved as before there kit was cheap & nasty

waynersheridan

Has Vango improved as before there kit was cheap & nasty


Vango certainly do some good tents (and sleeping bags) but they have such a wide range of products for a wide range of prices that there are bound to be some crap ones.

But smedger your giving examples of so called better tents, do these tents cost alot more etc?
This deal is based upon a 5 man tent with hh4000, it also clearly states linked in ground sheet.
This is a bargain price for a solid tent with good specs, obviously if you spend alot more I would expect more, that doesn't make this a bad deal.

matlock67

But smedger your giving examples of so called better tents, do these … But smedger your giving examples of so called better tents, do these tents cost alot more etc? This deal is based upon a 5 man tent with hh4000, it also clearly states linked in ground sheet.This is a bargain price for a solid tent with good specs, obviously if you spend alot more I would expect more, that doesn't make this a bad deal.



He has a point. I was surprised to see that the ground sheet was not sewn in. I'm not sure it would stop me buying it but it is a fairly big downside to the tent. The Icarus 500 which looks similar and at retail price is also similar has a sewn in groundsheet.

OOS

buy enough cling film and make a poly tunnel for growing your tomatoes

OOS but same (similar?) item at amazon.co.uk/Van…rts

Frustratingly, I agree with the comments about the linked groundsheet but this has a 4000mm HH rating?!!

Edit: specs does say "full mesh door on front and linked-in PE groundsheet in living area" so maybe not linked in sleeping area...? Unclear from pics.
Edited by: "NikLP" 13th Sep 2016

Can 5 women use this tent or is it man only?

Ah! Amazon actually call this a 5 person tent. Error in OP.

Original Poster

No out of stock. As I said in my post 2nd post on this thread, I couldn't update the original link ... amazon.co.uk/dp/…7AE
Edited by moderator: "Sep 13, 2016 15:56" 13th Sep 2016

Original Poster

Really bad spelling, grammar, punctuation there sorry - I blame Samsung as my phone should have corrected all that. BTW, even though I ordered this on the slow delivery option, it arrived next day. Amazon is brilliant :-)

davidbrent

Cold. I don't have 4 friends.


Looks like you have at least 4

Bedrooms have fully sewn in ground sheet, the tent is in 2 pieces, flysheet plus groundsheet/bedroom.

Presto, can you link up the Icarus? All the other 5 men vango tunnel tents are over £200

just to clarify my comments are aimed at highlighting the defective design of this tent. yes as far as pricing goes this is the cheapest i have seen it. I paid £149 for my vango 500sc which I returned. I bought the gelert horizon 6 directly from gelerts website for £155. this is no longer in stock anymore after a quick Google. however the gelert horizon 4 is for £143

gelert.com/gel…616

. when I was in ultimate outdoors in Dudley I noticed the euro hike Buckingham elite 6 man for £160. the reason I did not link these deals are obvious. yes the price is a good bit higher but I personally was happy to pay that extra for a a tent that that is fit for purpose. the vango 500sc is not fit for purpose IMO. hope that clarifies things and apologies for any confusion.

For £117 i dont think you can go wrong .People mention a sewn in ground sheet is a must to stop bugs etc...Well they still going to get in the same way you do ,through the big massive door. The nearest rival with a shelter and sewn in ground sheet is the Vango calder 500 £199
Here mine i put up today ,the only issue a few of the guide ropes were tied up wrong
Never mind the fat bloke ,he doesn't come with the tent package
http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/yy86/nyckuk/image12_zpsjxzshrbm.jpg

lack of a sown in ground sheet is not a design flaw. sure, it's a cost saving, and it's not as good, but it's a cheap tent.
millions of tents over the years have only had flat groundsheets like this one. Then the sleeping pods have their own sown in sheets. That was pretty standard up to a few years ago.

in a few years time people will be laughing at steel or fibre glass poles on cheaper tents compared to airbeams, just like people look at old frame tents now.

old canvas frame tents never have a built in groundsheet.

ThrobsBlackHat

lack of a sown in ground sheet is not a design flaw. sure, it's a cost … lack of a sown in ground sheet is not a design flaw. sure, it's a cost saving, and it's not as good, but it's a cheap tent.millions of tents over the years have only had flat groundsheets like this one. Then the sleeping pods have their own sown in sheets. That was pretty standard up to a few years ago.in a few years time people will be laughing at steel or fibre glass poles on cheaper tents compared to airbeams, just like people look at old frame tents now.old canvas frame tents never have a built in groundsheet.



I hear you. It's not a design flaw. Might as well say it's flawed because it's not big enough for 6 people, or not made of polycotton.

Put the tent up this weekend, fairly solid and good materials.
For those wondering about the linked in ground sheet, the fly sheet has a skirt (6 inches or so) which underlaps the linked in groundsheet, so you cannot see the grass.
I bought the footprint ground sheet, put that down then pitched the tent on top, took less than 30 mins to put up, it will be quicker next time.
I must say I'm quite impressed given the price.

Original Poster

now £290 @ Amazon. Please expire
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