Outwell Corvette XL vs. Vango Taiga 600XL Tent Comparison

Corvette XL vs Taiga 600XL

Outwell and Vango each introduced new air framed tents in 2015 for 6 people: the Outwell Corvette XL and the Vango Taiga 600XL.

Both are good tents, but there’s a big difference in RRP between the two brands. So if you’re deciding between which tent to buy, we’ve put this comparison together to help you make your decision.

Outwell Corvette XL Review

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Vango Taiga 600XL 2015 Review

Price

The Outwell tent is more expensive than the Vango. Though as always, shop around. (You can use our price comparison to help try and find a good deal: Outwell Corvette XL | Vango Taiga 600XL )

Tent Sizes

Both tents are very similar sizes with the Vango Taiga 600XL being just 5cm longer.

Number of People

The Vango Taiga 600XL is a 6 person tent, with 2 people per bedroom. Each bedroom is 140cm wide and designed to take a double bed.

You could fit Mum, Dad, and 2-4 kids in this tent.

The Outwell Corvette XL is technically a 7 person tent, though with one bedroom a bit smaller, I would only count this as a 6 person tent in practice.

The bedroom arrangement is slightly different in the Outwell tent. You have one double bedroom at 140cm, a three person bedroom at 180cm, and smaller double at 100cm.

In theory you could fit Mum, Dad, and 2-5 kids, though I would suggest a more comfortable layout is with 3 kids: 2 children sharing the double, Mum & Dad have the larger double, and 1 child in the smaller bedroom. This would give you more space. (The smaller bedroom is big enough for a small child’s air bed like the one we use.)

So on paper, the Vango and Outwell are similar, but if you have 3 children, the Corvette could be more comfortable as you would have more room in the bedrooms than the Vango tents. Both tents could squeeze four children in though.

Recommended family layout for Outwell Corvette XL

For us (we’re a 5 person family), the Outwell Corvette XL would be a better option.

Living Space

Both tents have good living spaces.

The Vango’s main living room is only 20cm longer than the Outwell Corvette XL.

The Taiga and the Corvette have porches that are useful for the outdoors/indoors living that you do when camping.

On paper, both porches look the same size, but the Outwell Corvette porch is more enclosed, and part of the main tent structure, where as the Vango Taiga is an extended shelter.

With the Outwell Corvette XL’s porch you get a ground sheet, though you can remove it if you wish.

For us, the Outwell Corvette XL’s porch is better, providing both more living space and and shelter.

Pitching

Simply inflate both tents for much faster pitching time than equivalent tents that use tent poles.

Most of Outwell’s inflatable tents (known as Smart Air) have a single inflation point, whereas the Vango AirBeam tents you have to inflate each tube.

With the Outwell Corvette XL it’s part of Outwell’s new Air range, where you inflate each air tube individually.

The Outwell Corvette XL has 5 tubes you must inflate.

The Vango Taiga 600XL has only 4 tubes you inflate, however this tent is not purely air framed and you must also setup a tent pole for the porch.

So the Outwell tent has 5 air tubes; the Vango tent is a hybrid as it has 4 air tubes plus a tent pole.

For us, the Outwell wins this round as it is pitched completely by pumping.

Tent Fabric

Both tents are Polyester but there are differences here too.

The Vango Taigo 600XL is 70D polyester with a Hydrostatic Head of 4000mm.

The Outwell Corvette XL is 75D polyester with a Hydrostatic Head of 5000mm.

So the Outwell Corvette XL material is fractionally thicker and also more water resistant.

Click here if you want to know what Hydrostatic Head is.

Weight

Both tents would typically require two people to manhandle and pitch.

Due to the extra thickness in material, the Outwell tent is 5kg heavier.

Conclusion

In looking at these two tents, we think the Outwell Corvette XL is the better tent, especially for us as a family of 5. Your circumstances may be different of course and so you may have a different view 😉

The differences in features explains the price difference. Now it’s your call on if that difference is worth the extra money.

Outwell Corvette XL and Outwell Taiga 600XL Comparison

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Prices and review ratings last updated on March 27, 2015

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5 Comments
  1. We also have the Corvette XL, IT HAS 3 beams gone, the main problem is the inner casings fray where they fix to the zip, this means the inner tube inflates into the area, which because of the larger volume, appears to behave like a puncture. Now in contact with outwell and and the supplier.
    John

    1:21 pm on July 16, 2017
    • That’s a BIG DISAPPOINTMENT and I’m really surprised.
      We’ve had 2 inflatable Outwell Tents and not had any problems. They’ve been so reliable.
      Do you have any pictures of the problem you could email me?

      8:47 am on July 17, 2017
  2. Air tents beware! I am sitting writing this from a hotel bar enjoying a large whisky. It’s the first day of our camping trip up in the Yorkshire Dales and things aren’t going well. The trip up from Brighton was good and considering we have a 4 yr old and 11 month baby we only had to stop twice.

    Campsite at Usher Gap was lovely and weather improved so just had to set up the tent. We have an Outwell Corvette XL which we bought back in June so three months old. We have used it on two previous occasions and its been brilliant. The problem we have had is when we went to pitch it we found that 4 out of the 5 air struts had a puncture. Now air tents are great but when you have multiple punctures then there really isn’t much you can do – at least with poles you can attempt to fix them.

    If you’re thinking about buying an Outwell Corvette air tent then please look at the air beams – I know why Outwell puts cable ties on the zips now as when you look at the inside youll see that the tubes are thin plastic. Are these really going to last years?

    So why the punctures? The only thing we can think of is where the zip head rubs against the thin plastic when you roll it up. After two trips it had worn a little hole in the same place on each of the damaged air beams.

    We were hoping that this tent would see our kids through the next 5-10 years but alas it only lasted three months!

    Back to Camping World and Outwell it goes. Pole tents from here on…

    10:56 pm on August 20, 2015
    • Thanks for the heads up.
      I’ve not heard of anyone else having this problem yet, but the Air collection was only introduced this year, so maybe time will tell.
      It’s such a shame as the Corvette XL is a really good tent.
      I understand why you would return to poles, but I’m not sure the problem exists for all air framed tents, as many people have been using their Outwell and Vango ones for years now.
      We’ve used the Outwell Hornet XL well over 20 camping trips over two years now (and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it carries on for many more).
      I hope Camping World sort it out for you.
      Cheers,
      Gav

      7:50 am on August 21, 2015
      • Hi Gav,

        Great site here. The upside of having this problem is finding your site 🙂

        We’ve returned it now to Camping World and they are investigating. It was a great tent and it had loads of space but I think the damage is done now. Too many potential problems – air leaks, punctures and broken pumps. Plus the pack size is huge. Funny that on Camping World the Outwell Corvette xl is now coming up as discontinued

        7:26 am on August 29, 2015

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