The Vango Sierra 300

The Vango Sierra 300
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Last Updated: August 10, 2015

We’ve certainly camped a lot of times in large family tents.

But large family tents aren’t always practical or necessary. For example, not everyone in the family can always come camping, but taking a massive tent for just two of you is, well, overkill.

So on a recent weekend when only me and my little lad could go camping, we went out and tested the Vango Mirage 300 (and has since been used in the garden too!).

The Vango Sierra 300

Vango Sierra 300 features

The Vango Mirage 300 is a straightforward tent with 3 fibreglass tent poles.

Tent Pole Sleeve
Two of them are the same length and go into the sleeves with the black tabs on. One pole has a kink in it with some grey sections. And guess what: you insert that in the sleeves with the grey tab on.

When you first pitch the Sierra you pitch the flysheet first, then attach the inner. The tent’s groundsheet is attached to the inner tent.

(We let our tent dry out and left the inner attached to the tent, making it quicker to pitch the next time).

Inside the Vango Sierra 300
The tent is technically designed for three people. I would say you’d be very cosy.

Two people is a lot more comfortable, especially if you have bags.

The Sierra 300 Porch Area
There’s a small enclosed porch too, complete with a groundsheet.

There are two doors to the tent; one either side of the porch. We only ever used one door.

Inside the bedroom you have three pockets either side. This is really handy, especially in a tent that doesn’t have a lot of storage space.

Vango Sierra 300 vs. Vango Mirage 300

Vango Mirage and Sierra

We have previously reviewed the Vango Mirage 300. So how do they compare?

Well the Vango Mirage 300 is usually a little more expensive, and although on paper their dimensions are similar, the Vango Mirage 300 felt a lot bigger and easier to fit three people in.

I think that’s because the Sierra 300 tapers towards one end, but the Mirage 300 doesn’t.

The Vango Sierra 300 is approved by the Scouts Association. The Vango Mirage 300 is approved by the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.

The Mirage 300 is lighter, and so much better for back packing.

Either way, both are great little tents.

Vango Sierra 300 Vango Mirage 300
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Price £85.00 £100.00
Buyer Reviews
Brand Vango Vango
Height (cm) 135 120
Hydrostatic Head (mm) 3000 5000
Length (cm) 340 330
Material ProTex 70 Denier polyester ProTex 70 Denier polyester
Num Persons 3 People 3 People
Pitching Method Insert 3 fibreglass poles. Flysheet first. Insert fibreglass poles
Rooms 1 room,with porch
Weight (kg) 5.25 3.65
Width (cm) 190 200
Year Introduced 2015
Units: Height, Length and Weight are in cm; Weight is in kg
Prices and review ratings last updated on August 10, 2015

A note to Scout Masters

When we fist pitched the Vango Sierra 300, we found putting the tent poles into the pins a little stiff.

You can loosen some of the pin straps to make it easier.

Smaller scouts may need some help.

Conclusion

We liked the Vango Sierra 300. It’s a great little tent that won’t break the bank.

GOWTK Thumbs Up AwardIdeal if just one parent wants to get away with a child, or if you want to put a couple of children in their own tent.

It gets the thumbs up from us.

Disclaimer: Thanks to Vango for supplying a Sierra 300 to review. All opinions are our own.

 


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4 Comments
  1. Staying at one site and walking out each day, have car if I need to drive a few miles to start of trail too. If I don’t use that my next one up is a Coleman Mosedale 5, bit overkill unless I see a cracking deal on something in between.

    1:21 pm on April 27, 2017
    • Well, the Vango is possible but I suppose it’s how much you can both make do for a week.  The bigger tent might be an overkill, but might give you better sleep over a full week.
      Any chance of getting hold of your son’s tent and having a look?

      1:29 pm on April 27, 2017
  2. Would this tent be too cramped for two well built 6ft tall guys to use for a week? I am going Lake District for a week in June and need to decide if I can use this as my son has one of if I need to get something else. All my others are 5/8/10 man tents!

    I will have my vehicle so backpacks etc don’t need to be in the tent, just two sleeping mats, sleeping bags and pillows.

    Thanks

    10:28 am on April 27, 2017
    • Hi Nick,

      That could be a bit cosy for an entire week. If it is just sleeping bags and mats in the tent, then it will fit you, but don’t expect a lot of space for getting changed, etc.   Are you just staying in one place for the week or pitching at different locations?

      1:02 pm on April 27, 2017

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