Since some people like camping, but do not want to have a long haul of equipment and would like to erect a tent without any hassle, more and more manufacturers have been concentrating on constructing tents that make this possible simple, uncomplicated construction at a fair price. Because few consumers are willing to pay for a tent that they only use a maximum of 2-3 times a year, prices for which vacationers sometimes fly 2 weeks into a vacation.
The most popular approach for this is the models with inflatable constructions, which promise a simple construction.
I wanted to use the cloud gap in April to look at a tent of this category more closely. So I took the tent Solaris 400 from Vango and made it a brief decision at my home in the yard. I was mainly concerned with the handling, the space, the value for several people and the processing of the tent.
4 person tent Vango Solaris 400 convinces with light weight
Since such a 4-person tent is more likely to be used on camp sites, I find the weight of 17kg not so critical. The tent can also be worn alone a longer distance to the stand. Of course, no-one-day tours are available. But the tent is not made for it. And tents with this construction of the inflatable tent canal are somewhat heavier than light weight tents for trekking.
The pack size is also fully acceptable with a length of 70cm and a diameter of 36cm. In the trunk of a normal car then also other things have enough space. The Packsack is spacious, even if the tent because of bad weather times badly rolls, it fits well into the Packsack and can even compress. However, you have to try to get really all the remaining air from the channels. But later on.
Inflatable tent – build made easy
First, the whole tent is rolled out and spread on the ground. For this, you need a flat surface, so that no one must lie down in the cabin.
Then the four corners of the tent are fixed with the provided ground nails. That these are made of steel, I do not find so good, because you could have saved weight. They also bend quickly in hard soils.
The interesting part of the construction is the new hose design. Instead of threading glass fiber rods through narrow channels, a two-way pump with a manometer is connected to the associated, marked inlet valve. And here comes a surprise for me. In other tents of similar construction, you often have a considerable amount of force when inflating, and you must try to fill the air hoses properly with air. At Solaris, this is surprisingly easy and the channels are set up within a minute and the tent is almost alone. Class, how fast this is. I find very good, because sometimes someone must also inflate someone who has no bearers. One does not have to make a second person,
The manometer on the pump also helps to find the right air pressure, which is noted in the assembly manual. But it is actually enough to stop when the tent stands and the hoses are filled. For very hot temperatures, such as in the summer, it is recommended to use the recommended pressure to prevent the air inside the hoses from over-stretching and damaging them. The hoses themselves make a robust impression, in addition, they are held by tensioning tapes located inside the tent. Unfortunately, shut-off valves are missing, if you accidentally damaged a channel. Then the whole thing collapses like a card house and can only be used again after a repair. The cabin is attached, so you do not have to worry about it afterward.
After the pumping up, the sun roof is built using a glass fiber rod. This is a bit tedious because the connecting sleeves of the rod segments are slipping badly in the boom channel and you always have to push them. From my point of view, it would make sense to use an aluminum rod which slides better through the channel, is lighter and has a longer service life than glass fiber rods. Finally, the tent is taut with the color-coded loops and guy lines (very good!) Tight and the construction is finished. The whole did not last 20 minutes and it is also easy to build for less experienced persons. Completed it makes a stable impression and should not be forced by wind blows to the knees. The canopy is designed for, to sit just relaxed and protected from the sun. However, it is not suitable for sitting more than 2 people, but it is simply too short. When used as4 person tent somewhat strange. I would have liked more space offer, the additional weight would have gladly for more space accepted.
The solidly seamed floor made of polyethylene is waterproof and robust. A good impression is the processing, the seams look clean and the zippers run well and are not hake lig.
The outer tent with a water column of 4000mm is tight and also withstands heavy rain. It takes longer to remove the remaining air from the channels. This should be taken care of so that the Zeltsack then does not suddenly become too tight. But if the air is good, the bag is plentiful.
Camping comfort with the Vango Solaris tent – mosquito repellent, sleeping cabin and much more
The tent has two entrances, a side entrance with separately usable mosquito protection and the main entrance from the side of the awning. This also has a roll-up mosquito protection net as well as a window of transparent, clear film on each side. It is somewhat cumbersome to roll up and fix the weather protection of the entrance from the inside of the tent. It is better to do it from the outside. Then it does not create any problems. The anteroom is nice and bright when all windows are no longer covered.
The generous antechamber, measuring 260 × 250 cm, is spacious and offers enough space for sitting with camping furniture or as a storage space for luggage. The standing height of 190 cm is good, as long as one is no longer. The feeling of space is good, you do not feel cramped. The sleeping-cabin with two entrances, also existing floor offers 4 people well place to sleep. I like it very much, that the material is made of very light, the air-permeable material in connection with mosquito net. This offers top ventilation and high comfort without condensation.
In addition, it is a bit darker, so you immediately have the impression to enter a resting room. If necessary, the cabin can be separated into two separate cabins by means of the above-mentioned partition. Staufachers provide space for small items such as flashlights, books or handkerchiefs. A mosquito net at the entrances serves as well as the ventilation of mosquitoes at the same time. Also on this tent there is a small zipper on the left lower side of the outer tent, which makes it possible to supply the sleeping cabin with electricity. For the electronic junkies a real rescue … The ventilation of the tent takes place via the inputs as well as via fan at the back of the tent and is top, condensation water should be minimized thereby.
Conclusion about the camping tent Vango Solaris 400 tent
The Solaris 400 from Vango is a fairly generous camping tent with fast build-up time and decent processing for families or small groups of friends.
The room offer is good, you have enough space to feel good. The canopy was a bit short, I wanted more space. The very simple handling during set-up and dismantling, the good processing as well as the good climate contribute to a good overall impression. Better herring would be more stable and lighter, but you can retrofit well with the campingman. Just like the hingy linkage of the awning, there are better solutions on the market.
Pack size, weight and above all the price are coherent. For 669,90 € normal selling price you get a suitable family tent with strengths in the construction, plenty of space and with the detailed solutions.
- uncomplicated construction, to create 20 minutes
- stable construction
- very much space in the anteroom and in the sleeping cabins
- easy handling
- clean processing
- practical detail solutions
- good indoor climate
- very simple pegs
- Glass fiber rods at the awning
The Vango Solaris tent is also available for 5 or 6 people.