The Force 10 XPD 3 tent is one of the exciting mountain tents available on the market today. Vango have collated expertise garnered through their 50 years of expedition experience and feedback, utilising their most advanced technologies to create an expedition tent capable of taking you wherever you can think of, from glaciers to the arctic circle. The flysheet is extraordinarily durable, made from 70D Ripstop Nylon 6, while the fully geodesic design features seven crossover points for the Yunan UL poles, to create an extremely stable structure. The doors allow for exit via the top half in case of snow build up, whilst the option of an internal guy system and porch snow valances provide extra resilience against hostile conditions. The tent packs down to 56 x 20cm, weighing only 4.45kg, and can be pitched in 12 minutes. The overall product represents one of the most impressive tents Force Ten have created.
|Tent Collection||F10 Expedition Range|
|Year of Manufacture||2018|
Berth – This shows the number of people that the tent can sleep within the inner tents of a model of tent, in line with the industry standard. Normal procedure is to look for a slightly larger tent, for example, a family of four usually purchase a five or six berth tent, to give added room and comfort.
|Hydrostatic Head (mm)||
Hydrostatic Head (Tents) – a waterproof rating for technical fabrics measured in mm. The higher the rating the more waterproof the fabric is. A rating of 1500mm is deemed waterproof, but on a tent, look for a rating of 3000 or higher. Measured by the height of water column a fabric weave can take before it begins to “sweat”. “Polycotton” tents will not have a Hydrostatic Head level, as they are not treated for waterproofing.
70D Ripstop Nylon 6: 5000mm Siliconised/PU Backed
Polyester – a synthetic fibre, made from polymer units to create a textile fabric. Polyester is the most popular fabric for tent manufacturing, as it is durable, reliable and lighter in weight. Polyester does not breathe though, which creates more condensation.
Polycotton - a blend of polyester and cotton, primarily cotton (usually around 65% cotton / 35% polyester split). Polycotton is a more natural fabric for camping, as it is breathable, far more durable material, reducing the effects of condensation. Offers greater versatility in hot and cold climates.
Ripstop Nylon – a durable material used in tents which is strong and repairable due to its Ripstop properties.
|Groundsheet Fabric||ProTex 70D 6000mm Nylon: PU Coated|
|Inner Fabric||Breathable Polyester|
Fire Retardant – all modern tent fabrics are fire-retardant under EN5912 European Safety Laws. Caution with fire must always be used, as flame retardant fabrics, will still catch fire given the right circumstances.
|Pack Size (cm)||56 x 20|
|Pole Bag Weight (kg)||No|
Double Skin Tent – A tent with an inner bedroom and a flysheet, most family tents are designed as a “Double Skin tent”, as it makes the tent more comfortable, and lessens the effects of condensation.
|No. Bedrooms||1 Bedroom|
|Bedroom Dimensions (cm)||220 x 160|
|Bedroom 2 Dimensions (cm)||No|
|Bedroom 3 Dimensions (cm)||No|
|Bedroom 4 Dimensions||No|
|Floor Dimensions||410 x 170|
|Poles or Air||
Most tent structure are either Airbeam or Poled in design, both have advantages and disadvantages. Air tents are quicker to pitch, but more expensive when compated to traditional pole style tents. Some tents are hybrids, and combine poles and air technologies.
|Number of Poles / Beams||5|
|Pitching Area (cm)||440 x 200|