Vango has a long and well-respected history in designing and manufacturing gear for outdoor enthusiasts from climbers to family campers. It was established in the West of Scotland in 1966 but the roots of the company extend much further back in time. The name 'Vango' is simply an anagram of Govan, the area in Glasgow where Vango started.
Vango and Force Ten are both world-renowned for designing and producing products that meet the needs of people who enjoy spending time outdoors whatever their interests. Every tent, rucksack, sleeping bag and accessory design is built on a depth of experience, reliability, quality, innovation and usability. All aimed at performance, reliability and comfort on the move or in camp.
A brand with a genuine outdoor heritage, Force Ten is recognised for durable and high performance expedition mountaineering tents that also offer a great home from home for adventurous campers with less ambitious goals in demanding conditions. The range includes leading edge designs that meet the extreme needs of mountaineers, climbers, runners, adventurers and explorers. The Force Ten Classic tent, the first produced by Vango in the 60s, is one of the most iconic outdoor gear designs. Updated through the years, Force Ten tents still offer outstanding performance in the worst conditions.
Continual research and development has been vital in developing the evolving range of innovative tents, sleeping bags, rucksacks, accessories and furniture year after year.
However you enjoy nights in a tent - on a busy campsite, a festival or in wild places - Vango has a range of tents to make your outdoor adventures comfortable and fun. A tent with 200 in the name sleeps 2 people; a 300 sleeps 3 and so on. Vango has models sleeping four, five, six and eight people; a 50, as in 250, means there is extra space to spread out your gear.
All Vango tents have neat features to match their purpose. For example, easy pitching tents have colour-coded poles and easy feed pole openings. Large family tents have features that include in-built storage pockets for easy storage and the Duke of Edinburgh tents include a tent repair kit among their many features.
Split into ranges reflecting their main use - Adventure, Family, Technical and Weekend - all the tents share a development programme aimed at delivering reliable, durable performance. Designs include dome tents; larger family tents with bedrooms, living area and large porches; budget festival tents; tunnel tents; tents for lightweight campers including backpackers, cycle-campers, paddlers and motorbikers as well as sturdy models for mountain use. There is also a comprehensive selection of vango pegs to suit all conditions and tent accessories.
Vango offers clear instructions and advice on pitching (videos available) and tent care and tents come with useful repair kits for coping with accidents on site or in the wild.
There's a wide range of sleeping bag sizes available from children's to double bags for adults to suit all pockets. Warmth options range from Spring/Summer through to 3 and 4 season use with light bags for backpackers through to those for family campers where weight and packed size are not critical. Designs to suit personal taste include mummy shapes which trim weight and packed size and square styles which can double as quilts; many single bags can be zipped together to make roomy doubles. Depending on use, preference and budget, whether you pick natural down or synthetic fills, bags are packed with features such as two way zips for quick and easy heat regulation.
Vango's self-inflating sleeping mats offer a comfortable night's rest with, as the name implies, little effort on your part! Simply unroll the mat, loosen the valve and watch your bed take shape; when the foam core has expanded fully and the mat is filled with air, close the valve and enjoy your sleep. If you prefer a more traditional overnight resting place, then pick a camp bed instead.
Quality fabrics, materials and manufacture combine with smart design features in Vango'srucksacks to offer easy to carry solutions for outdoor adventurers and campers alike with plenty of room to pack essentials and little luxuries.
Travel luggage includes rucksacks with adjustable backs packed with technical features and duffel-style luggage built to take tough punishment for adventurers in extreme conditions. Happily, that means it will cope easily with the demands of car camping as well - year after year. Tough materials are combined with smart designs tested over time to search out and fix potential problems. Travel accessories include many items, such as pillows, also suitable for camping.
Trangia has introduced generations of young people to cooking 'under canvas'. Safety, reliability and convenience are the hallmarks of these iconic stoves which integrate burner, pans and wind protection in one handy package.
Wayfayrer real food meals taste great can be heated easily in their pouches in boiling water or eaten cold if needs be. Being 'wet' meals, they need no re-hydrating and cover a wide spectrum of tastes in breakfasts, dinners and desserts, including vegetarian options.
Campsite comfort is guaranteed with Vango's lightweight, easy to pack and use outdoor furniture. Tables for food preparation and enjoying al fresco meals are available in folding, adjustable designs of various sizes and transform life on site. Folding chairs allow you relax at the end of a busy active day and can be packed away easily when you move on.
Other tent furniture that makes tented life more enjoyable includes collapsible cupboards and compact kitchens that make camping cooks' lives more organised and far easier with built-in windshields for stoves and shelf space for pans and food.
Whether in your rucksack or the car, on a hilltop or picnic site, the option of hot or cold drinks and food readily to hand is usually appreciated by all. With a tough, practical flask from Vango, the options are yours to choose. Wild camps and site pitches are made more practical and usable by Vango's lanterns and camping lights designed to light your tent and living area as well as making cooking and eating much more practical!
Walking poles not only help your balance but also ease the strain on your knees and ankles. Used as a pair, you can end a day's walking or backpacking far less tired and with fewer aches and pains.
All campers need water and water carriers are a convenient way of keeping it to hand and used easily. Folding and expanding options with taps are flexible in use, tough and take up little space when packed away.
Duke of Edinburgh Award Kit
Vango recommended Duke of Edinburgh Award approved camping gear means young people have the correct equipment for their award level that is both reliable and affordable. Vango specifically recommends backpacking tents as Duke of Edinburgh Award appropriate. These lightweight tents also suitable for school and youth group camping trips.