TBS – Tension Band System: Used on hoop and tunnel tents, Vango has developed the unique Tension Band System. The principle of this system is the support and stabilisation of the pole structure to side winds, by creating an internal bracing system for each pole. The system can be disconnected in calm conditions if desired.
TBS PRO – Lightweight Tension Band System: A lightweight version of the tried and trusted Tension Band System, utilising a ‘cord’ system instead of the webbing as used on TBS.
TBS II – The Versatile Tension Band System: A versatile version of the tried and trusted TBS, combining the webbing of TBS with the external guying system of the tent.
Powerlite (7001-T6 Alloy): Lightweight alloy poles that are made with precision and strength, combined with flexibility and corrosion resistance.
Powerflex – Proshield: Incorporating a protective shield around the fibreglass pole increasing strength and stopping potential damage to the flysheet from pole splinter.
Powerflex – Fibreglass: Vango only uses the highest possible grade of fibreglass for their poles. Used in various strengths and diameters which are specifically selected to suit the design of the tent. The steel ferrules and tips are finished to give smooth and snag-free travel through pole sleeves and eyelets. All sections are ‘shock-corded’ together for ease of pitching.
Powerplus Steel: Steel poles are used to give maximum strength and stability in many of the Vango tunnel tents.
Alloy: The performance of the alloy used in Vango poles is such that they incorporated it into their pegs. The pegs are supplied in V and pin designs depending on the pegging point usage. V pegs are used on anchor straps where most force will be applied, whilst pin pegs are used for standard pegging points such as guylines. These alloy pegs are strong, light and durable.
Steel: The steel pegs are supplied in V and pin designs depending on the pegging point usage. V pegs are used on anchor straps where most force will be applied, whilst pin pegs are used for standard pegging points such as guylines.
SPU Application: The outer surface of the fabric is coated with Silicon Elastomer, which acts as an initial barrier to UV degradation, water absorption and soiling. The secondary, waterproof barrier, is a flexible Polyurethane coating which is applied to the inside fabric surface. This PU coating also bonds strongly with the hot seam-tape used for sealing the stitching seams.
Protex SPU-RN: The combination of ultra-lightweight, strength and waterproof qualities makes the SPU-RN fabric one of the finest lightweight fabrics on the market. The use of an exceptionally lightweight 30D or 40D nylon 6.6 yarn with a very high 240T thread count has created a tent fabric that is incredibly lightweight yet very strong.
Protex 20D SPU-RN: An incredibly lightweight fabric – 450 metres of this thread will weigh 1 gramme. Ripstop weave and silicon elastomer coating ensure this fabric performs whilst being the lightest fabric in the Vango range.
Protex SPU-RP-3000: Protex is the original lightweight ripstop fabric used in Vango tents which uses a 70D polyester yarn and a 210T thread count to make it an ideal choice for the tents that look to combine performance, lightness all at an affordable price.
Protex 1500/ 2000/ 3000/ 5000: A premium PU coated polyester fabric which is coated to a number of different levels of waterproofness dependant on the type of tent it is to be used on. Polyester fabrics, if compared to similar nylons, have greater elasticity, hence are less prone to ripping if you trip on a guyline or pegging point. In addition, because polyester absorbs less water than nylon, the tent will sag less when it gets wet.
Protex CM 1500: Used in Vango’s Classic range of tents. Cotton mixed with polyester allows the fabric to be seam taped and PU coated resulting in superior protection from water ingress compared to standard cotton tents.
Hydrostatic Head: This is the ability of the fabric to withstand the penetration of water through the fabric. The measure used is the equivalent of the maximum height in millimetres, of a collumn of water standing on a piece of fabric without it leaking.
Fire Retardant Treatment: Tents that are described as ‘Fire Retardant’ have their flysheet and inner tent fabrics treated to prevent the fabric from continuing to burn after a flame or similar is placed against the fabric and then removed (in accordance to CPA1-84). It should be noted that these tents are not fireproof and that they will burn if an ignition source is placed adjacent to the fabric.
Taped Seams: All Vango tents have taped flysheet seams fixed using a hot-air tape which bonds strongly with the Polyurethane coating on the inside of the flysheet fabric, to seal the holes produced by the sewing action of the needles during production.
The qualities required in a good inner tent fabric are strength, lightness and the ability to for moisture vapour created by the human body, to escape out of the confines of the inner tent and into the air space between the inner and the flysheet. Vango use a selection of different breathable fabrics to provide a comfortable ambience for living and sleeping. It should be noted that if there is insufficient ventilation in the tent, then this moisture may condense on the inside of the flysheet overnight.
High Density Nylon: Vango’s high density nylon groundsheets are extremely tough, light and are coated at least 3 times with strong but light PU coating. Vango ensures that the waterproofness of all their groundsheets are exceptionally high for the conditions that the tent is designed to be used in. All seams are fully hot-air taped and the bathtub side walls are high enough to put a stop to any splash-back that may occur.
Polyethylene (P.E): Polyethylene groundsheets have proven to be the most durable groundsheet fabric.
Sewn-In Groundsheet: Adds to the comfort of your tent by providing a bug and draught free environment. The groundsheet is attached to the flysheet with an external storm skirt to provide all round protection.
Riser Groundsheet: A Vango registered design in which the groundsheet rises up around the inside of the flysheet and attaches with a toggle and loop system thus creating a sheltered environment.
Pack/Trail Weight: Vango quote 2 weights in their workbooks and catalogues for their Mountain, Ultralite and Lightweight tents. The pack weight includes all pegs, bags and guy lines. The Trail weight is for those requiring transporting their product by carrying only the bare necessities to pitch the tent.
Repair Kit: The repair kit supplied consists of fabric swatches and components suitable for minor repairs.
Lantern Point: Conveniently positioned attachment points for easy hanging of camping lanterns or torches.