The Vango Banshee 200 tent is everywhere! Well, mostly hanging out in campsites around the UK! But it did get me thinking, why is the Banshee such a popular tent? After going on many camping expeditions with my lovely Vango Banshee 200 over the last few years, it is time to share a few secrets about this ‘famous’ tent (in my opinion haha) so you can decide whether to buy one for yourself.
This is my full and honest Vango Banshee 200 review so get ready for some serious tent and camping talk for the next few minutes!
Feel free to ask me any more questions about the tent in the comments below.
When and why did I buy the Vango Banshee 200?
About 3-4 years ago after deciding, I need more adventure and wild camping trips in my life! I went on a search for the perfect 1-man tent. A trip to Ultimate Outdoors, a huge warehouse of tents that I could try out. I spotted the Vango Banshee, hopped inside, had a lie down then decided to buy it.
After the first successful wild camping trip with my sister, it sat in my cupboard for a while. But in 2017, I was made redundant from my full-time job and the Vango Banshee 200 came out of hibernation! I went on a road trip around the UK visiting all 15 National Parks (and camping too).
My Banshee tent has now been on numerous other wild and non-wild camping trips in the UK (I’m yet to take it abroad yet but watch this space).
How big is the Vango Banshee tent?
Let’s start with the important size question! How big is the Vango Banshee 200? Well, it’s a 2-man tent, although I bought solely to use on my own, with my kit.
When buying a tent the number (200) will usually relate to how many people it is meant for, for example, 200 = 2-man tent.
The design of the tent goes from wide to narrow, streamlining the tent but also making it smaller at the lower end. When pitched the full dimensions are 270cm x 174 cm.
However, the sleeping compartment is (at the widest) 227 cm x 120 cm. It is also 95 cm at the highest point which is high enough for me to sit up in (I’m 5 ft 7 in), but only if you’re in the central section. The chances are you’ll still touch the slanting sections of the tent.
I’ve never tried with a second person but wouldn’t fancy it.
Can Two People Sleep in the Vango Banshee 200?
If you want a tent that two people can sleep in, without mattresses then yes you can fit two people in the tent. But if you want to fit two people with lovely sleeping mats then you would need to overlap them at the bottom because the bottom (foot) section gets narrow. The tent would be suitable for an adult and child combo.
I’ve never tried with a second person but wouldn’t fancy it.
There is also a small porch area. This is big enough to keep muddy boots, cooking equipment but nothing much bigger. It’s certainly handy to have on rainy mornings to stop the inner of your tent getting wet.
- If you are looking for a tent for two people Vango have another option! The Vango Banshee 300, full dimensions are 280 cm x 215 cm.
How heavy is the Banshee 200 tent?
The Vango Banshee has a flysheet, an inner sheet and two poles, plus pegs. With all that it’s fairly light but that all depends on how far you want to carry your tent!
I’ve taken mine on a few one and two-day camping trips but I wouldn’t fancy carrying the Banshee on a long-distance, multi-day hike.
(For my big 800-mile hiking challenge next year, I’m looking to get a new lighter tent)
Vango Banshee 200 Weight
How much does the Tent cost?
For a 2-man tent, (suitable for 1 person) the cost is pretty reasonable if you are planning on a few camping trips.
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Is the Banshee 200 good for hiking trips?
The pack size of the tent is 46 cm x 16 cm so depending on the size of your rucksack you can fit on the outside or inside. I’ve done both, depending on how much other gear I have with me.
I love that the tent bag is larger than the tent so you can roll into more of a ball and fit at the bottom of your rucksack (minus the tent poles which I slide into the main section).
See above my Banshee is packed in the bottom of my 55-litre rucksack, with the poles separate.
I love that the tent bag is larger than the tent
The weight is about enough for day hiking trips. I’ve done a few 10+ miles with my rucksack, tent, plus other wild camping equipment which for my body size and strength is enough. I find walking poles are great when you have a larger pack.
What about wild camping in the Banshee?
*Wild camping in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs requires a permit at certain times of year (March to September). Read more here
A handy thing about the Vango Banshee 200 is its a khaki green colour, perfect for blending into mountain, countryside or woodland scenery. When I’m wild camping I prefer to be as discreet as I can so have a tent that doesn’t stand out too much is important for me, especially as a solo female.
My other challenge on wild camping trips is something to find a spot big enough for the tent. I know it’s not as big as some of those house-sized tents that you get but depending on your location it can sometimes be a challenge to find somewhere to pitch up. This has only happened once or twice though.
You can read more about wild camping in the UK here plus a few tips!
How easy is it to put up and take down the Tent?
Since I’ve had this tent a while now I can confidently say I can put it up easily in the dark, without a torch. For the first couple of times, it probably takes 5-7 minutes but I reckon I’m down to 2-3 minutes now. Hmm, I really should time myself haha!
- To speed putting the tent up, keep the inner attached to the outer sheet. It doesn’t take long but since I always use the two together it’s easier to keep them attached. I did find the clips a bit fiddly to undo in the mornings and then one day just decided not to bother – best decision ever!!
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Also depending on the weather conditions, I sometimes don’t peg all the guy ropes out. The tent is sturdy with just the main points pegged out.
As the bag is larger than the tent with a drawstring cord, it’s really easy and quick to get away without having to attempt some kind of magic trick to get the tent in the bag. Yes, my favourite feature of the Banshee!
What do I love about the Vango Banshee 200?
- It’s big enough for me and my rucksack!
- I can sit up in it (in the middle), without bending my back. Bonus!
- The bag that the Vango Banshee comes in is awesome. It has a wide drawstring bag and can be squeezed into different shapes to fit your tent back into.
- The khaki green colour is great camouflage for wild camping trips (if you don’t want to be spotted).
- It’s good in windy conditions, the aerodynamic design, plus guy ropes to secure it in place.
- It’s super speedy to pitch, perfect in the dark or the rain!
What don’t I love about the tent?
- For a 2-man tent, it’s not that light to take on long-distance hiking trips (once you factor in the rest of the gear you have to carry). For my recent Jurassic Coast multi-day hike I swapped my Vango Banshee for a smaller and lighter 1-man tent.
- The clips, fitting the inner sheet to the outer sheet of the tent are a pain to get off with cold hands (even when they aren’t cold it’s tricky). This is why I’ve now left them attached, as per suggestions above.
Would I recommend the Vango Banshee 200?
Hopefully, you’ve sensed the love for this tent as you’ve been reading my review, so yes I would recommend the Banshee 200 tent 🙂
If you are looking for a great tent for one person (yes I know this is designed for 2-men) then this is a great option and I would recommend the Vango Banshee 200.
the Vango Banshee is still going strong
After 50+ (maybe more) camping trips the Vango Banshee is still going strong and I will continue to go exploring this beautiful country.
Want to try a warm weather option? How about Glamping in England! Read more about here
read about some of my hiking adventures here:
- Solo climb up Ben Nevis in Scotland
- Mam Tor and Castleton in the Peak District
- Derwent Edge in the Peak District
- Walks in the Brecon Beacons, including Pen y Fan
- Scafell Pike versus Helvellyn in the Lake District
- Long-distance hikes in the UK
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Do you have any more questions about my Vango Banshee 200 review? Is there anything else you’d like to know about the tent before you buy it? Ask me any questions in the comments below.
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