Vango Longleat 800XL Air and Pole Tents Review

For 2019 Vango has launched their Longleat tent in both Airbeam® and poled versions.  This means that whatever your preference when it comes to structure Vango has it covered.

The Tent

This is another fantastic family tent from Vango.  With the option of fibreglass poles or Airbeam® structure, the choice is yours.

The tent is of the tunnel design with a central living area and bedrooms at each end.

The bedrooms are situated at either end of the tent. They can be used as 4 x2 person rooms or toggle away the inner divider to create one larger room at each end.  Bedrooms have storage pockets for small items to help keep them safe and bedroom fabric is made with lights out inner material to help reduce the amount of light coming into your sleeping area.

Storage pockets

The living area is very spacious with 2 large windows to let the light in. These are made with Vango’s Diamond Clear material. Privacy curtains for each window allow you to block everything out as you settle and rise in this tent.  These can be toggled away when not in use.

The living area has a light hanging point and cable entry point in the main tent.

2 large doors, 1 at each side of the tent 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.

With the living area being in the centre of the tent, it does give the feeling of being the heart of the tent which is great when camping with the kids.

The tent has the Vango Tension Band System to provide further stability in adverse weather conditions.  These can be neatly stowed away into the handy pockets provided when not in use.

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

 

 

The Specs

 

Poled                                                                                                                                       Air

Structure The tent is a 5 poled tunnel tent structure.  Also uses the Vango TBS. 5 pre-angled beams to give more standing room, comes with a double action pump.
Guy Lines Tent comes with pre-attached guy lines which helps to steady the tent in bad weather conditions. Made with high visibility materials. Tent comes with pre-attached guy lines which helps to steady the tent in bad weather conditions. Made with high visibility materials.
Fabrics The tent is made of Vango Sentinel Active Fabric, polyester fabric with 3000 HH flysheet, The tent also has a fully sewn in groundsheet. The tent is made of Vango Sentinel Active Fabric, polyester fabric with 3000 HH flysheet, The tent also has a fully sewn in groundsheet.
Cable Entry The Longleat has 1 cable entry points. To the main living area. The Longleat has 1 cable entry points. To the main living area.
Windows This tent has 2 large Diamond Clear windows. 1 at each side of the tent. Both windows come with privacy curtains. This tent has 2 large Diamond Clear windows. 1 at each side of the tent. Both windows come with privacy curtains.
Doors The Longleat has 2 doors. Again, one at each side of the tent. Doors have integrated fly mesh to help allow air in and keep bugs out. The Longleat has 2 doors. Again, one at each side of the tent. Doors have integrated fly mesh to help allow air in and keep bugs out.
Ventilation Ventilation panels are above each of the windows these panels are of generous size. There are also ventilation areas that can be pegged out to the back of bedroom areas. Ventilation panels are above each of the windows these panels are of generous size. There are also ventilation areas that can be pegged out to the back of bedroom areas.
Bedrooms The tent has 4 x 2-person 2 bedrooms at each end of the tent. Dividers can be toggled away to give larger bedroom areas or make a master bedroom.  Lights out fabric keep the bedrooms darker than the rest of the tent The tent has 4 x 2-person 2 bedrooms at each end of the tent. Dividers can be toggled away to give larger bedroom areas or make a master bedroom.  Lights out fabric keep the bedrooms darker than the rest of the tent.
Living Area The Longleat has a spacious living area, lantern hanging point and cable entry. The Longleat has a spacious living area, lantern hanging point and cable entry.

Optional Extras:  tent carpet, footprint with awning groundsheet and king poles if you wish to extend out the drop-down doors as sun canopies.

Longleat LayoutPoled                                                                                                           Air

Person  8 person 8 person
Bedroom 4 4
Hydrostatic Head 3000mm 3000mm
Standing Room Yes Yes
Weight 19.9 kg 25.8kg
Pitch Time 22 minutes 12 minutes
Price RRP £350 RRP £600

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



 

Conclusion

A great family tent that will allow plenty of room for everyone.  Not as light and airy feeling as it only has 2 windows.  Bedroom areas at each end will allow the adults slightly more privacy if required.  Personally, I’d have a master bedroom at one end for the adults and have kids at other end either in 1 large room or 2 smaller.

Need something a little smaller? Why not check out the Stargrove 600 XL tents.  A really light and airy tent.

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