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Why does everyone have this tent? – Vango Banshee 200 review

The Vango Banshee 200 tent is everywhere! Well, mostly hanging out in campsites around the UK! But it did get me thinking, why is this such a popular tent? After going on many camping expeditions with my Vango Banshee for the last few years it is time to share a few secrets to 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!

When and why did I buy the Vango Banshee 200?

Porch and inner sheet unzipped on the Vango Banshee 200
Porch and inner sheet unzipped on the Vango Banshee 200

When is a little difficult, since I have a terrible memory! It was about 3-4 years ago after deciding I need more adventure and wild camping trips in my life! However, 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 came out of hibernation! I went on a road trip around the UK visiting all 15 National Parks (and camping too). The 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?

Vango Banshee 200 at Nant Peris campsite Snowdonia
Vango Banshee 200 sloping design in Snowdonia


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.

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 on (I’m 5 ft 7 in).

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. 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.

Bigger tent?

  • 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 200 model tent?

Peak district - Edale to Kinder Scout - with Vango Banshee 200 tent
Vango Banshee 200 attached to the back of my rucksack


The Vango Banshee has a fly sheet, 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 it!

I’ve taken mine on a few one and two-day camping trips but I wouldn’t fancy carrying it on a long distance, multi-day hike.

Total weight of the Vango Banshee 200 is 2.39 kg (the Vango Banshee 300 is 3.43 kg)

How much does it 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 it good for hiking trips?

Peak District - Edale via Kinder Downfall hike
Vango Banshee in the bottom of my rucksack (with poles separate)

The pack size 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.

The thing I love it that the 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).

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?

Lake Earn - wild camping
Wild camping by Lake Earn in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs


A handy thing about the Vango Banshee 200 is that it’s 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 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?

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!

One tip to speed the process up is keeping 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!!

All depending on the weather conditions, I regularly don’t peg all the guy ropes in as 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.

What do I love about the Vango Banshee 200?

Nant Peris campsite Snowdonia
Hanging out in my Vango Banshee tent in Snowdonia

  • It’s big enough for me and my rucksack!
  • I can sit up in it, without bending my back.
  • 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 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 comments above.

Would I recommend the Vango Banshee 200?

Glen Nevis Campsite
Glen Nevis Campsite – the night before Ben Nevis summit


Hopefully, you’ve sensed the love for this tent as you’ve been reading my review. 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 it.

After 50+ (maybe more) camping trips the Vango Banshee is still going strong and I will continue to go exploring this beautiful country.

You might like to read about some of my hiking adventures here:

Buy your Vango Banshee 200 tent now from Amazon and start having more adventures in your life!

 

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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