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!
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.
One thing I was particularly impressed with was the tent pegs. These were lightweight but very substantial aluminium.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
- Lightweight and fits into a backpack
- Good quality materials
- Easy to pitch
- Three people would be cramped. Better with two.
- The porch is only on one side.
Specification: Vango Banshee XD 300 Tent