Gear Review: Vango Force Ten Helium 100 Tent

Due to the growing popularity of my blog amongst outdoor enthusiasts I am going to start providing the odd review of gear that I myself (and no doubt others too) will find useful out and about taking photos on hikes & wild camps.

An ideal, cost effective one-man tent for wild camping - the Vango Force Ten Helium 100 Tent

There are lots of review sites out there for various gear going into vast detail on products, and it's all useful information - but for the time poor internet user - I want to keep my reviews brief and as too the point as possible so you can quickly weigh up the pro's and con's and make your decision.

Review: Vango Force Ten Helium 100 Tent:


  • The Helium 100 is a lightweight, one man tent.
  • The RRP is £220 (but you will be able to pick it up cheaper online so search around).
  • Beginners to these sort of tents may say this is a little expensive - but compared to others of a similar weight - it's a very reasonable price.
  • The Helium 100 packs down to a very small size and you can even get it into a 1.5L dry bag (excluding poles).
  • The Helium 100 has two skins; the inner and outer, and like most tents the outer pitches first. It can also be pitched together - the fastest and easiest option, which is especially ideal when pitching up quickly in the rain! This can be done in under 5 minutes!
  • The tent porch (on the side) is fairly spacious for one man use and to do your cooking (taking care of course!), and you could put your rucksack and shoes in this space over night (keep those smells at bay :-).
  • A drawback of this tent is that it can be a little flappy in the wind. But I like to pitch up in a sheltered spot from the wind anyway - so this is not a massive problem for me. 
  • Whilst the interior space is also reasonable, it does taper down in height quite a bit from the main central space (which is high enough to sit up in for most), but this is to be expected from a one-man tent trying to save material/weight.

Pros:

  • Lightweight and great pack size
  • Stable in bad weather
  • Good inner size
  • Great price for what you are getting

Cons:

  • Porch a little limit din space
  • Slightly flappy in wind

Verdict:

The Vango Helium 100 offers good all-round performance for the solo backpacker at a reasonable price and I recommend it for most UK back-packers apart from those who plan to regulary do extreme wild camps on the highest and most exposed and windy peaks. The tent is a frequent award winner which says a lot!


Spec:

Flysheet fabric Protex silicone-coated ripstop nylon
Inner fabric nylon ripstop
Groundsheet fabric nylon
Internal dimensions (LxWxH) 210x95x90cm
Packed size 40x11cm
Weight 1227g


Visit www.vango.co.uk to find out more.

Reviewed in September 2013 by Stuart Hodgson.

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Blog Update December 2015




In December 2015 I was chuffed to bits to be voted Go Outdoors Best Independent Blog of the Year 2015. With the extra exposure and positive feedback my blog is now getting because of this award win, my plan is to dedicate even more time to my blog and also expand a section dedicated to reviewing & testing more gear/kit (whether related to photography, hiking, clothing or camping).

If you are interested in me reviewing any products - please get in touch by emailing me, Stuart at hello@stuart-hodgson.com. Thanks.