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by erin_niamh » Tue Mar 21, 2017 4:49 pm
I have been looking at the Banshee 200 but saw the Tempest 200 in Go Outdoors today. Tiso also have a Salewa Micra II which looks good.
Any suggestions on what would be best?
by basscadet » Tue Mar 21, 2017 5:21 pm
Saying that, it would be heavy and overkill for summer and low level stuff. A pain in the behind to lug about for multi day treks, especially the kind which involve walking over hills.
One tent may not fit all your criteria on this one. You could get a 3 season tent for this summer, then buy a winter tent next season or ask santa nicely for next winter
by Michael Thomson » Wed Mar 22, 2017 3:28 pm
When it comes to tents, there are three components to consider: Weight, weather resistance and cost.
You can have any two you like to the exception of the third. i.e if it's light and bombproof it ain't cheap. If you are tall then space can be another factor. Everyone has different priorities, so no-one can decide for you. I'm assuming that cost is a big consideration and weight less so, given your current options.
For me the short list should include (but not be limited to)
Bombproof, lightish but not cheap
Light, good weather resistance and still pretty pricy
TN Laser Comp
Vaude Power Lizard
MSR Hubba HP
light, ok weather resistance, a bit cheaper
Cheap, ok resistance but relatively heavy
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by basscadet » Wed Mar 22, 2017 4:40 pm
by Marty_JG » Wed Mar 22, 2017 7:21 pm
Depending on size-options it's about 1.5 kg and about £80. Mind has stood up to some gale force winds, including an unwise side-on pitch.
You can find cheaper, you can find lighter, you can find stronger... but not all three.
by SpaceCaptainTheodore » Wed Mar 22, 2017 10:14 pm
Side entry makes for easy tea brewing in a porch, favouring the banshee and micro over the tempest
Tunnel tents are pretty robust and, once inside, offer decent all around space, favouring the tempest over the others
Tunnel tents can also be a bugger to pitch well on uneven ground (for me anyway, though I may just be incompetent or unlucky), favouring the banshee and micro over the tempest
Most will be perfectly able to carry any of these happily, but it's always worth getting the weight down if the cost penalty isn't too great, this favours the banshee and the micro over the tempest
Overall, that'd edge me toward the Banshee. At this end of the price range, I'd also take a wee look at the Coleman Cobra which is a very (almost suspiciously) similar tent to the Banshee but cheaper. If you're just dipping your toe in the water it might be worth a look and it's a tent I'd happily take out on most of trips I take.
Like anything, your tent is a trade off of all sorts of factors: space, weight, quality of the light shining through, room for wet kit, resilience to wind, rain and bog, ease of fitting into its bag, ease of pitching etc. So, if you can, try and get to see one in a shop; any of these will do for general use and if you know you like how it looks and feels you'll have got at least one thing right!
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by rockhopper » Thu Mar 23, 2017 1:03 am
by Mal Grey » Thu Mar 23, 2017 10:08 am
by JohnJoe » Sat Mar 25, 2017 6:15 pm
by Marty_JG » Sat Mar 25, 2017 6:26 pm
JohnJoe wrote:I found the Banshee 200 irritatingly low - i couldn't sit up in it, yet I could in the Helium 200 which has a very similar design as far as I can remember. And it was a fair bit lighter and packed up smaller. A much better tent and only marginally more expensive.
The Helium looks pretty great - the specs are solid - but pricewise I can find a Banshee 200 for £90 whereas the cheapest Helium 200 I can find is over £200.
by JohnJoe » Sun Mar 26, 2017 3:36 pm
Marty_JG wrote:The Helium looks pretty great - the specs are solid - but pricewise I can find a Banshee 200 for £90 whereas the cheapest Helium 200 I can find is over £200.
Then the Banshee price has gone down a lot - I think I got mine about 5 years ago.
In general I think Vango is really good on the the quality-price ratio.
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