Hi Gear Vanguard 6 & 8 Person Tents Review

Hi and welcome to my review of the new for 2019 from Go Outdoors, the Hi Gear Vanguard 6 & 8-person tent review.

As this tent comes in 2 sizes – 6-person and 8-person I thought I would review both together as it is only the dimensions of the tents that change.

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The Tent

Hi Gear Vanguard Tent pitched

This is another fantastic family tent from Hi-Gear.  With its shaped galvanized steel poles meaning it not only is a solid standing tent but that it also allows addition standing room that you do not always get with a fibreglass pole system.

This is a very spacious family tent that will not only provide you with great shelter on weekend camps but also longer camps. With large panoramic windows for both great views of your location and to easily watch the kiddies while you spend time relaxing there is much to love about this tent.

There are 2 large bedrooms to the rear of the tent, and they are made with Hi Gears Eclipse material meaning that it blocks out light and keeps the bedrooms cooler in summer and cosier during cold, wet and windy camps. The flysheet that covers the bedroom area has also been designed to give an extra 2000mm HH over the bedroom area from extra protection.

The living area is very spacious with full panoramic windows to let the light flood in and give you full views of your surroundings. With light hanging points and 2 cable entry also makes this area versatile to different setups.  All windows have privacy curtains for those early mornings and cosy nights where you want to just be by yourselves.  These toggle away when not in use

2 large doors provide you with optional entry points to the tent depending on set up and have an integrated fly mesh to allow you to have the door open and still keep the bugs out.

Vangaurds Large Front Door

Tent skirt (bottom of flysheet) can be pegged out to ensure that any rain or water runs away from the tent

The Specs

StructureThe tent has 4 pre-shaped stainless-steel poles. These allow additional height at the side of the tent. Poles have hi rust resistance.
Guy LinesThe tent comes with pre-attached guy lines which helps to steady the tent in bad weather conditions.
FabricsThe tent is made of a polyester 6000 HH flysheet, 8000 HH over the bedroom area.  The tent also has a fully sewn-in groundsheet.
Cable Entry The Vanguard has 2 cable entry points.
WindowsThis tent has 7 panoramic windows on 3 sides of the tent letting light flood in and giving you the best views possible. All windows have privacy curtains and these can be toggled away when not in use.
DoorsThe Vanguard has 2 doors. One large door at the front of the tent and one at the side.
Ventilation Lots of ventilation throughout the tent, most are above the large windows and these can be kept open using the Velcro tabs provided. There are 5 vents in total.
Bedrooms The tent has 2 x 4-person bedrooms to the rear of the tent. Bedrooms are made from Hi Gears eclipse material.  This means dark sleeping areas no matter what time of day or night it is.  This also helps with temperatures, keeping them cool on hot days and warmer on cold nights.
Living AreaThe Vanguard has a very spacious living area with a full panoramic view due to windows. Light hanging point.
  
Hi Gear Vanguard Layout

Optional Extras:  these tents have both footprints and carpets as optional extras and can be purchased a little cheaper if you buy as a bundle with the tent.

Person6 person8 person
Bedroom22
Hydrostatic Head6000mm & 8000mm over bedroom area6000mm & 8000mm over bedroom area
Standing RoomYesYes
Weight32.3 kg37.8kg
Pitch Time35 minutes35 minutes
PriceRRPRRP £900

*Please note that price was correct at time of publishing and will be updated on a regular basis.



Conclusion

A fantastic family tent that will allow plenty of room for everyone.  Gives fantastic views of surroundings and great value for money.  With footprints and carpets made specifically for these tents, everything fits just perfect to give a warm homely feel.

I love the fact that the flysheet has an extra 2000HH over the bedroom areas.  This gives great peace of mind for during the night, especially in adverse weather, which means you never need to lose any sleep over whether you will get wet or not.

Not sure which tent is for you? Why not use our free Tent Comparison Guide to help you figure it out. Simply click on the link below to download it. This will help you compare the tents you look at so you can see at a glance the specs for each tent you like and allow you to make a more informed decision. Use it when looking online or print and take it tent shopping to make things that little bit easier.

Free PDF Tent Comparison Guide

Check out our other large family tent reviews:

Freedom Trail Sendero 6

Vango Stargrove 600XL

Vango Longleat 800XL

Kampa Studland 8 Air Pro

Vango Casa

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5 thoughts on “Hi Gear Vanguard 6 & 8 Person Tents Review”

  1. I’ve had a lot of trouble with tents from go outdoors, but I must say this is a fantastic tent perfect for families, very strong tent highly recommend this tent

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  2. Hello. Do you know if there is a porch that you can get for the hi gear vanguard 6 eclipse. We want one that has a door on. I have searched and seen that they do it for the 8 but can’t seem to find one for the 6

    Thank you

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    • Hi Charlie,

      I do believe the Gelert End Porch in large fits the Hi Gear Vanguard 6 tent snuggly as I have seen them used together by others whilst camping. I didn’t get a chance to chat with the owners or have a proper look myself but think you may want to check out this option. It is also fully enclosed with door.

      I hope this is of help to you.

      Michelle

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    • Hi Charlie

      I’ve also been looking at this and found the pictures of the Vanguard 6 porch are a bit confusing. The main diagram does not appear to show the Vanguard 6 tent – look carefully at the faint lines of the tent and you can see it’s a straight ended tent with a built in canopy which the ‘porch’ is actually just extending to make a longer canopy.

      On the other hand the floorplan diagram shows a tent shape that looks like the Vanguard and a porch outline that appears to include a closed door.

      https://www.blacks.co.uk/15908392/hi-gear-vanguard-6-porch-15908392

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