We get away in the Vango Sierra 300 for a ‘dad and lad’ camp. It proves to be a great little tent.
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 Mirage 300 is a straightforward tent with 3 fibreglass tent poles.
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).
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.
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
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 backpacking.
Either way, both are great little tents.
A note to Scout Masters
When we first 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.
We liked the Vango Sierra 300. It’s a great little tent that won’t break the bank.
Ideal 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.
- A great little tent for getting away at the weekend or taking on an adventure.
- The poles can be a little stiff to insert into the eyelets.
Specification: The Vango Sierra 300
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