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Ark 400 Tent River
Ark 400 Tent River Floorplan


Vango Ark 400 Tent (2017) (River)

Quick Overview

The Vango Ark 400 double skin tent offers excellent protection from the elements, ideal for those on a festival or adventure camping.

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Regular Price: £130.00

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The Vango Ark 400 is a superb four berth, double-skin tent, a simple tunnel tent with a gothic arch pole on the front to create a nice size porch. Great internal sleeping space allows for a double airbed to fit comfortably within the inner tent, whilst leaving space for your personal items and gear. The beauty of this tent is the ease of pitching - the tent pitches as one, and can be pitched within five minutes.

  • New River Colourway
  • Scout Association Recommended Kit
  • Gothic Arch Pole structure for added strength
  • Lights out inner tent
  • Part mesh inner door

Additional Information

Manufacturer Vango
Tent Collection Vango Adventure Collection
Year of Manufacture 2017
Berth 4 Man

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) 3000

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 River
Doors One Door
Flysheet Fabric 70D Polyester Fabric

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 10,000mm PE Groundsheet
Inner Fabric Breathable Polyester Inner
Window Fabric PVC
Fire Retardant Yes

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) 150
Length (cm) 305
Width (cm) 260
Pack Size (cm) 61*18*19
Weight (kg) 5.15
Pole Bag Weight (kg) No
Skin Double

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 4 Bedrooms
Bedroom Dimensions (cm) 240 * 210 Approximate
Bedroom 2 Dimensions (cm) No
Bedroom 3 Dimensions (cm) No
Bedroom 4 Dimensions No
Floor Dimensions No
Pitching Order No
Poles or Air Fibreglass

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 2 Poles
Pitching Time 5 - 10 Minutes minutes
Pitching Area (cm) 300 * 320 for ease of pitching
Recommended Use Spring / Summer
  • The Protex 70 Denier polyester flysheet is exclusive to Vango - offers a waterproof, robust and reliable fabric.
  • PE groundsheets are robust, hardwearing and waterproof to 10,000mm. 
  • Ideal fabric to stand up to the rigours of the most active of campers
  • Breathable polyester inner tent- the fabric allows condensation to pass through, ensuring a comfortable nights sleep
  • Linked-In Groundsheet - Designed by Vango this enclosed groundsheet system offers all the comfort of a fully sewn in groundsheet but also gives added versatility because it can be rolled away when not needed and is easier to clean than a conventional fully sewn in ground sheet.
  • Large Diamond Clear PVC windows for maximum light and great visibility
  • Colour Coded Poles for more intuitive pitching
  • The guy lines are attached to the tent at optimum positions for stability and tension. 
  • Handy guy line holders make for easy packing and re-pitching
  • Conveniently positioned inner tent pockets for stowing personal items
  • All Vango tents use fully fire retardant fabrics that meet the European EN5912 safety standard which will give you and your family peace of mind
  • Reflective webbing picks up torchlight so the pegging points are easily visible in darkness
  • Independently weather tested - according to European EN5912
  • Door with eyelets allowing optional king poles to be used
  • Handled carry bag is slightly oversized to make pack away easier
  • Lantern hanging point in the living area or inner tent
  • Part mesh inner door - Increases ventilation in the inner tent while keeping
Features No
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March 12, 2019Ivan Herron from Armagh asked:

Q is the flysheet good Quality or is it paper thin just before I buy this tent

A The flysheet is a 70 Denier fabric, which is the average fabric used for a tent, but adventure tents are typically made for Summer environments, and 70 Denier is absolutely fine. You will not get a small tent with a thicker flysheet to my knowledge. The super lightweight tents have 15 Denier fabric, whilst the big family tents go up to 420 Denier. So 70D is about right for this type of tent.

February 28, 2019Ivan Herron from Armagh asked:

Q has the porch Windows got blinds

A The porch windows do have curtains, you can see them in the photo.

February 27, 2019Ivan Herron from Armagh asked:

Q has the sleeping compartment a sewn in ground sheet

A Yes the inner tent has a fully sealed groundsheet.