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Vango Banshee XD 300 Tent

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SKU: Banshee XD 300
Brand: Vango

The Vango Banshee XD 300 is a great little backpacking tent. Better for two people than three!

Vango sent us over their Vango Banshee XD 300 so that we can review it on some non-car camping trips. This needed to be a tent that we could easily carry in a backpack or on a bike. Fortunately, the Banshee XD 300 ticks that box!

Vango Banshee XD tent in its bag

The Vango Banshee XD 300 tent in its bag. This measures just 46.0 x ø18.0cm, and so easily fits into a backpack. It also only weighs just over 3kg.

Pitching the Banshee XD 300

If all you have is your backpack and you need to get your tent up quickly to get out of the rain, you don’t want a complicated tent that’s going to take time to set-up.

Again, the Vango Banshee XD 300 ticks another box. This is a very simple tent to pitch, with a few tent poles, clearly colour coded as to where they go.

The Tent Poles

These are the tent poles for the Vango Banshee 300 XD tent.

Pitching the Banshee Tent

There are only a few tent poles to slide into the flysheet, and these are colour coded.

One thing I was particularly impressed with was the tent pegs. These were lightweight but very substantial aluminium.

The Tent Pegs that come with the Vango tent

The tent pegs that come with the Vango Banshee are very good. They are lightweight aluminium and very thick.

Vango Banshee XD 300 Tent pitched

The tent pitched, but the main door with the porch is on the other side.

Inside the Tent

So the official size of this tent is for three people, though that would feel very cramped. Being a backpacking tent, it’s not going to have lots of room.

The Banshee XD 300 Tent Layout

The Banshee XD 300 Tent Layout. To fit three people, you have to sleep in different directions and get very snug.

It’s important to note that the porch area for boots and bags is only on one side of the tent.

Within the tent, there are large ventilation windows. However, we did find an issue with condensation (more on that below).

Ventillation Flaps Open

There are ventilation flaps at both ends of the tent’s interior.

Porch Area

On one side of the tent, there is a small porch area for shoes and bags.

Looking Out of the tent

Looking out of the tent at our campfire in the evening

Condensation Issue

When taking this tent camping, one issue we did have was condensation between the flysheet and the inner tent.

There was no condensation inside the tent, and the flysheet was dry on the outside. The only water was between the two.

Condensation

We had a problem with condensation between the flysheet and the inner tent.

I’d never seen it this bad before. It might have something to do with the location and weather, and so we’ll update this review if this happens again.

Fortunately, it’s easy to remove the inner from the flysheet to dry them both out.

Packing Away the Vango Banshee XD 300

Drying out the tent before packing away.

Verdict

Despite an issue with the condensation (which might have been environmental), this proved to be a great tent. It’s lightweight and easily fits into a backpack, and is easy to pitch and put away.

It also appears well made with good tent poles and quality tent pegs, and despite that, it isn’t too expensive.

So, if you want to take your child on a camping adventure and need a smaller lightweight tent, the Vango Banshee XD 300 gets the Thumbs Up.

Camping with the Vango Banshee

9.2Expert Score
The Vango Banshee XD 300 is a great little backpacking tent. Better for two people than three!
Value for Money
10
Quality
9
Practicality
8.5
PROS
  • Lightweight and fits into a backpack
  • Good quality materials
  • Easy to pitch
CONS
  • Three people would be cramped. Better with two.
  • The porch is only on one side.

Specification: Vango Banshee XD 300 Tent

Weight 3.43 kg
Dimensions 280 × 215 × 105 cm
Bedrooms

Frame Type

Hydrostatic Head

5000 mm

Pack Size

46.0 x ø18.0cm

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