Sunday, 25 August 2019 19:15

Tested & Reviewed: Vango Calder 500 Tent

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Going camping with kids requires a lot of stuff, it is the exact opposite of wild camping in terms of gear. Camping in a tent like the Calder 500 is the introduction to staying outside for the younger generation of my family.

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Vango sent me a couple of bits over to take on my family adventure, the full specification of the Calder 500, Nitestar Junior and Comfort 10 single is below, check out the video review:

Calder 500 Tent

Weight 16.1kg
Packsize L70.0 x H30.0 x W32.0cm
Pitching Time 18 mins
Capacity 5 Person Tent

Vango PowerFlex® fibreglass poles - Create strong, light and reliable structures
Vango Protex® 70 denier polyester flysheet, 4000mm HH - Highly waterproof, durable and reliable fabric. Exclusive to Vango
All flysheet and groundsheet seams are factory taped - Provides watertight seal
Fully Sewn-in Groundsheet - adds to the comfort of your tent by providing a bug and draught free environment. The groundsheet is attached to the flysheet with an external storm skirt to provide all round protection.
Waterproof PE groundsheet - Robust and hardwearing fabric to stand up to the rigours of the most active campers
PE bathtub groundsheet in bedrooms - Provides a robust, high-sided, waterproof base
Pre-attached sun canopy - Provides a great place to relax outside your tent, shelter from the rain or shade from the sun or a covered space to store extra kit
Entrance has a full mesh door which provides ventilation and keeps bugs out
Covered entrance - gives a sheltered entrance to your tent, which prevents rain from dripping in to the living area
Cable entry point with tidies - Zipped entry point for power cable, with touch fastener tidies
Lantern Hanging Points - Conveniently positioned to attach your light(s)
Lights out inner tent - Darker fabric reduces the amount of early morning light
Toggled inner divider - Flexible options for sleeping.
Spacious ISO standard sized bedrooms
Bedroom pockets - conveniently positioned pockets for storing your essentials
Part mesh inner door - Allows ventilation, whilst keeping bugs out
Diamond Clear windows - Maximise light and visibility
Toggled privacy curtains - Provides privacy when required, can be rolled away when not in use
Patented Vango TBS®II Tension Band System ensures tent performs in adverse conditions, especially in strong, changeable winds. When tensioned, the bands brace the pole at 3 points, and prevent sideways movement. Adjust TBS®II to remove slack. Do not over tension, as this may deform the poles. Can be stowed away in calm weather
Weather tested to the European standard EN5912 by certified test centre
Fire retardant fabrics - Meets European EN5912 safety standard
High visibility guylines - Easy to see in low light conditions.
Vango AirZone - High and low level ventilation panels combine to create a comfortable flow of air through the tent. Air circulation is essential for reducing condensation
An expandable tent bag with an oversized wide opening makes it simpler to pack away your tent. This design also includes robust compression straps allowing you to reduce the overall pack size.
Integrated eyelets allow optional king poles to prop open doors to create a canopy

Nitestar Junior sleeping bag

Go to 7 min 14 secs of the review.

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Weight 1.3kg
Comfort -2°
Extreme -26°
Suggested Usage Min 4°
Limit -8°
Suggested Usage Max 20°
Ext Chest Width 70cm
Int Chest Width 68cm
Int Foot Width 48cm
Fill Type 60% Single Hole siliconised hollow fibre/40% polyester fill
Int Length 165cm
Max User Height 155cm
Shape Junior
Performance 2-3 Season
Zip Side Left
Tog 10.0

210T Diamond Embossed Polyester - A strong 100% polyester with a diamond embossed design
Off-set double layer construction - Off-set seams prevent cold spots at the stitching lines
Single hole siliconised hollow fibre insulation - Increases durability, maximises lofting potential for extra warmth and retains loft in damp conditions
100% polyester 190T slightly brushed- A soft to touch microfibre lining fabric that is wonderfully cosy, snug and breathable
Reversed, two-way auto-lock zip, with plastic zip cob - Seals in warmth and provides adjustable ventilation and can be opened from inside the bag. The auto-lock prevents the bag from opening when rolling over during the night. The plastic zip cob is provided on the Junior model for additional safety
Grab loops - To aid zip movement. Hold loop when moving zip
Zip guard with anti-catch piping - Helps to prevent the zip from snagging on the lining, allowing easy opening and closing
Hanging loops - Hang bag to air
Mummy-shaped sleeping bag - Tapers from the shoulders to the foot. Reduces packsize and increases thermal efficiency
Horizontal stitching - Evenly spaced to hold insulation in place and ensure even distribution throughout
4-strap compression stuffsack - Minimises pack size for easy transportation
Insulated, adjustable shoulder baffle - Retains heat within the sleeping bag
Insulated zip baffle - Retains heat within the sleeping bag and reduces cold spots
Internal pocket - Provides convenient storage for small items

Comfort 10 Single Sleeping Mat

Go to 8 min 47 secs of the review.

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Weight 3.0kg
Packsize 63.0 x ø28.0cm
Length 200.0cm
Width 60.0cm
Height 10.0cm
Comfort 3 Plus
Warmth 16

Brushed fabric on top surface is comfortable and warm to touch
10cm insulating foam - Exceptionally comfortable and warm
The robust polyester base fabric won't slip on your inner tent's floor.
Carry bag constructed from soft, comfortable brushed fabric, allowing use as pillow.
Easy operation valve - Quick inflation and deflation, securely locking when not in use
Repair kit included
Materials used within the sleep mat meet and exceed the European REACH standard, ensuring safe use and peace of mind
Carry bag and securing straps included
Cyclone Valve - Allowing fast and easy inflation and deflation

With the Vango gear my family camping adventures will continue, we’ll be dry, warm and comfortable. Let us know what you think of the video review.

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