Hiking tents: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Hi and welcome, Larry!

I am very happy with my P-Series tent.
Admittedly, I have only used it once… but the design seems solid, it’s easy to pitch and take down, it’s light, and it has more space than I imagined.
Some more thoughts here: "Namping" - a Noob goes Camping

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Any one in the market for a good 2 person tent. Vango banshee Pro 200 on sale one one day only. R2800!!! (thats very reasonable) https://www.onedayonly.co.za/banshee-pro-200-two-person-tent.html
Do some googling on it as it is a very popular model, Last year I nearly went for this tent but opted for the Nature hike mongar (which I am extremely happy with). But if this sale was on back then… it would have chucked a spanner in the works…

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You chose well…

I am on the lookout for my first tent. Does anyone have any recommendations of 1 or 2 person tents costing around R2000 - R3000 that can withstand Drakensberg winds and rain?

I’m still having good luck with my Naturehike tents (Cloud Up 2+ and the Star River, which is the same as the Mongar really). Mongar is a solid 2 person size, decent fabric denier and better weight than the 2 local brands. Quality is good but a couple of hundred out of the price range. The Cloud Up range is a little tight on space as someone over 6ft, would need to size up by one.

First Ascent Starlight 2 strikes me as the nicest entry level tent you can walk into a shop here and buy. Cheap, well sized one man and not a nightmare with two and not stupidly heavy. Haven’t had any trouble with one yet.

If solidity in the mountains is a big thing for you, maybe take a look at the Vango tents. Scottish company so they are largely designed assuming you are going to see some bad weather. Good price and weight if you actually wanted a robust one man.

My experience has been around paying attention to the weight, a tent is going to be one of the three heaviest things you carry and this stuff adds up quickly. There is nothing worse to me than hiking while exhausted and broken with overkill equipment. Space can be great if the weather is bad, look at sizing up vs the number of people who are regularly going to use the tent. If it is likely to be actually used by two people, more than one vestibule and door is a game changer.

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@Katashi where are you based?
Point being if you’re in Gauteng at Woodmead Value Mart there’s a Trapper’s Trading that has several Vango Tents nicely reduced.

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@Carl Thanks a lot, I am based in Gauteng, so your advice is much appreciated.
I’ll make an effort to check them out.

I took @Carl’s advice and went with a Banshee pro 200 for R2100, the weight (2.3 kg) seems good and it seems quite strong.

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It gets good reviews and is the latest version of an all-time Vango favourite. Hope it gives you years of joy. :camping:

…current price R4250, nicely done!!!


Thanks a lot, pitched it in my yard and I’m really happy with the design :camping::camping:

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Agree, that’s a really great deal :star_struck: The Banshee always reminds me a lot of some of the Hilleberg designs, which is a good sign!

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Very nice looking tent for a GREAT price!!

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