Vango Illusion 500xl Tent (2018)
Updated for 2018, the Vango Illusion 500xl is the little brother of the larger Illusion tent, and offers an Elite five berth tent, with a brilliant 420 Denier fabric for enhanced lifetime, allowing you many family holidays over the years. The Illusion 500xl tent has three zones, an enclosed porch for dining, storage space or cooking. Secondly, there is a sewn-in groundsheet in the large living space, and the third area is the sleeping area "king-size, lights out" inner tents. The tent is feature-rich with some excellent new features being added to the Illusion collection for 2018:
- NEW Bedroom Design, with zipped inners
- NEW Larger roller bag
- Double Action pump with Gauge
- 50% larger ventilation points for reduced condensation
- Superzips on flysheet doors - stronger and more durable
- Cable entry points - 3 zipped entry points for cables
- Bedroom low level vents
- NEW Skytrack II system on Airbeams for attaching lighting and cables.
- Mesh on side door only
|Tent Collection||Vango Airbeam Collection|
|Year of Manufacture||2018|
|Berth||5 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)||6000 |
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.
|Doors||1 Front Door / 2 Side Entrances|
|Flysheet Fabric||420 Denier Double-Ripstop Polyester Fabric (6000mm) |
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||Lightweight polyester, sewn-in groundsheet|
|Inner Fabric||Breathable polyester inner tents|
|Window Fabric||Diamond-clear PVC windows, with zipped curtains|
|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.
|Pack Size (cm)||78 * 50 * 50|
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||2 Bedrooms|
|Bedroom Dimensions (cm)||210 * 210|
|Bedroom 2 Dimensions (cm)||210 * 140|
|Floor Dimensions||720 * 380|
|Pitching Order||Flysheet inflates, then inners are already installed|
|Poles or Air||Vango AirBeam™ |
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||5 AirBeam columns, pre-angled for added stability|
|Pitching Time||12 minutes|
|Pitching Area (cm)||820 * 480|
|Recommended Use||Perfect or family campers, wanting a more durable, quick-pitching tent, which offers plenty of living space.|