The Alpha 400 by Vango is a four man dome tent with a good spacious front porch with a gothic arch pole. Ideal for first-time campers, festival enthusiasts and cycle/motor cycle campers. Pitch the inner first, then strap the flysheet on top - the tent can be pitched in approximately ten minutes. Perfect for those wanting a small pack size tent, the Alpha 400 only weighs 5.07kg, and has a pack size of 55 * 19 * 19cm, making it ideal for a multitude of different campers, wanting a stylish and functional tent.
|Tent Collection||Vango Adventure Collection|
|Year of Manufacture||No|
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.
|Colour||Atlantic / Black|
Protex® 3000 polyester embossed 70 Denier fabric - tried and tested across Vango range
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||Polyethylene 10,000HH groundsheet with fire retardant assurance|
|Inner Fabric||Breathable fabric inner tent with part mesh door and roof|
|Window Fabric||Diamond Clear PVC windows with internal covers - lets lots of light into tent during day|
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.
|Height (cm)||135 Max / 130 Low|
|Pack Size (cm)||60*21|
|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)||210 x 240|
|Bedroom 2 Dimensions (cm)||No|
|Bedroom 3 Dimensions (cm)||No|
|Bedroom 4 Dimensions||No|
|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 compared to traditional pole style tents. Some tents are hybrids, and combine poles and air technologies.
|Number of Poles / Beams||3 - 2 Dome Poles and 1 Porch Pole|
|Pitching Time||10 mins|
|Pitching Area (cm)||330 * 280|