Are you looking for a decent tent for the Wicklow Way or maybe a long distance trail elsewhere? While this Vango Banshee 200 review will show that this is by no means the best tent for Microadventures, it is certainly an excellent and most affordable option for any of the above.
In fact, I have taken this particular tent from the hills of Wicklow to Africa, Asia and back. You will find many advantages to the Vango Banshee but overall, I would suggest this is a good option for beginners and solo hikers looking to get started on their first Microadventure.
Vango Banshee 200 Review
Forget the Vango Banshee 200 review you read elsewhere, this is not a two-person tent. I repeat, the Vango Banshee is not a two person tent. Even Frodo and his smallest friend would have trouble sleeping in this one together. Anyway, the small size is both a plus and a downside of the Vango Banshee.
Plus – It is small so the tent is relatively lightweight. There is a strange sense of satisfaction when sleeping in something which seems to be just the right size for you and your backpack.
Downside – In the long term, it is nice to have more space.
Basic Analysis – Strong and reliable lightweight tent
As already mentioned, the tent is lightweight but not ultralight. With this in mind, the weight will be quite annoying on a long distance trail but if you just want a lightweight tent for Microadventures, this is a nice option.
Comfort – The Vango Banshee 200 review is just the right size for one person but there is very little space to move around inside. As for the side vestibule, this is also quite small and not ideal for your backpack in heavy rain. I would happily take this as a tent for the Wicklow Way but for anything longer such as a multi-week hike, I would upgrade to something slightly larger.
Weight – Again, at 2.35 Kg this is not considered a lightweight tent for the Wicklow Way. However, to the inexperienced hiker, this might seem like no big deal.
Stakes – Strong and durable, you can easily push these in with your hands and in more than two hundred outdoor encounters, I have never had any issues.
Colour – Another excellent thing about this tent is the green colour. Too many tents are bright luminous colours which look and feel silly in the outdoors. The Vango Banshee is truly awesome for stealth camping….if you know what this means!
More Features – The Vango Banshee is quite low at both the head and feet. There is a small vent at the head which I found useful for air circulation while the two pockets on either side are safe for mobile devices given that they do not touch the sides. My favourite thing about the Vango Banshee is in how the low centre of gravity enables it to stand strong in high winds. Similarly, it holds out really well in the rain and the inside mesh is big enough for air to circulate but small enough so as not to allow much heat to escape.
Setting up the Vango Banshee 200
My god, this is the easiest tent I have ever tried to set up. Literally, three minutes and you are done. It is also fast to take down and if raining, you can put up the outer fly first to make sure nothing gets wet. As part of my Vango Banshee review, I give this tent 10/10 for setup and I wish every other tent was this easy.
How did I test the Vango Banshee 200 Review?
I went wild camping in the Mountains and the West of Ireland for five weeks. I also used this tent for the Wicklow Way and can honestly say, it was perfect every time. During these trips, I encountered heavy rain, very strong winds, and cold weather. I felt safe in the Vango Banshee and knew it would withstand whatever weather was on the way.
The Vango Banshee 200 was the first tent that I was genuinely happy to take with me and as I write these words, it is still in my room here in Thailand. It is a reliable tent which holds up well in rain and blustery rain but for me, the weight is a little too much for my next hike. That being said, my next hike is a five-month journey on the Pacific Crest Trail and not one week on the Wicklow Way.
Excellent value, solid design and the ideal starter tent for Microadventures.
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