Leisureshopdirect are very pleased to be presenting to you Vango’s new pioneering Earth Collection’, a range of tents, sleeping bags and furniture, that any environmentally aware camper would be very proud to own! Read on to find out how plastics have been recycled to create the ground-breaking materials for this new Vango collection.
Well what a strange, unexpected year 2020 has been! I am sure we were all very grateful for the stunning sunshine over the summer season, making lockdown way more bearable, willing away the hours in the garden or on long countryside walks. With so many households’ holidays abroad cancelled, we saw a massive increase in the demand for tents and getting a pitch at your favourite campsite became a mission and a half! With this great swell in staycations in mind, we feel it’s Leisureshopdirect’s duty to ensure our new and existing customers can enjoy the many benefits of being outside, whilst being kitted out with the very best equipment. With Covid-19 still constantly in our thoughts and the uncertainty of how it will affect us in the next camping season, we have decided to really focus on innovative tents, utilising the very latest technology. Vango, with a twelve-year history of supporting the environment, upcycling and recycling, are taking their efforts a step further and launching their EARTH COLLECTION’. Read more below.
Tents in this Vango Earth Collection, come in different shapes, sizes, poled or air versions, meaning that every single campers’ preferences are met, so the only difficulty you will face is choosing which one of these highly desirable tents suits you best! All of the Vango Earth Tents are made from recycled single use plastics, examples being plastic knives and forks, plastic shopping bags, plastic coffee cup lids, plastic water bottles, just to name a few and represent the epitome of today’s throwaway culture. Somewhere in the region of only nine percent of the world’s nine billion tonnes of plastic has been recycled, with most of our plastic ending up in landfills, the environment and the oceans. As plastics do not biodegrade, they very slowly break down into smaller pieces called microplastics, contaminating our soil and water. The toxic chemicals used in the manufacturing of these plastics gets transferred into animal tissue and eventually enters the food chain. Also, for many animal species, plastic waste is disastrous, with turtles and dolphins mistaking bags for food, plastic straws get stuck in animals and can rings strangling birds and seals. Not a pretty picture and if this doesn’t sound bad enough, the world’s plastic problem is getting worse. Thank goodness for companies like Vango, who are making one of their main focusses of this coming season, to manufacture an environmentally eco designed collection, the Vango Earth Collection. Firstly PET (polyethylene terephthalate), single use plastics are collected, sorted, washed and crushed. The plastic is then made into pellets and spun into a thread, which is woven into the Vango Sentinal Eco fabric. This fabric is then made into the Vango Earth Tents and is all ready to accompany you and keep you safe from the elements in comfort, on your next camping adventures!
Let’s look into the Vango Sentinel Eco fabric in a bit more detail. This Sentinal Eco fabric boasts a waterproof rating of 3000MM HH and can be easily cleaned. 1000MM is the lowest level considered to be waterproof, using a hydrostatic head test. To give you assured peace of mind from weather egress, the seams are fully factory taped and the material is 70D (a very high-density weave) recycled polyester, which is highly waterproof, reliable and robust, whilst being low weight, making it easier to transport your chosen tent from storage to your car and from your car to your perfect pitch! It really is a durable material, with strong weather resistant features, enabling you to adventure in the rather unpredictable British climate! The Vango Sentinel Eco is fire retardant, meeting the ISO5912 standards (these are stringent international standards, which specify requirements on safety, including fire, performance, rain resistance and fitness for use). With a UPF (an ultraviolet protection factor), which is a rating system for clothing and fabrics that protect you from the sun) of 30+, you can be sure your family will be shielded from the sun. Vango have also incorporated their ColourLok technology into this Sentinel Eco fabric, which aids colour retention from UV light, meaning you will be the envy of the campsite for years to come!
Considering Air Beam tents seem to currently be more popular, let’s look into the Vango AirBeam Earth Tents first. In 2011, after eleven years of development and testing, Vango revolutionised tent design and camping by launching their inflatable AirBeam technology for rapid pitching in any environment, in place of the more traditional poled tents. Vango are currently celebrating their tenth AirBeam anniversary by continually developing their AirBeam range, ensuring they stay at the forefront of this innovative industry, bringing their exciting, finest features to campers far and wide. The AirBeam features allows you to be the envy of the campsite by inflating your tent in a matter of minutes, meaning you won’t waste your holiday time, but sit back and relax, watching other campers struggle with their older style poled tents! This system uses inflatable tubes instead of metal poles, meaning tents can be easily pitched by one person in a matter of minutes. The super strong rigid structure gives you total peace of mind that unpredictable weather won’t ruin your adventure away.
If you want to investigate this further then visit our Vango’s AirBeam technology blog.
There are three AirBeam tents in the Vango Earth Collection, the Vango Joro Air, the Vango Aether Air and the Vango Osiris Air, and they all have a feature called Nightfall Bedrooms, meaning the sleeping compartments are made from a tightly woven yarn fabric that helps reduce early morning light. If you are camping with little ones, this feature is essential to ensure your sleeping patterns aren’t dictated by the sunrise. There is nothing worse than the whole family being awake from the crack of dawn and then being tired and grumpy all day! They all have Clear Access Bedrooms, with a wider opening and no step over into the bedroom area. Much easier access and no trip hazard in the dark! In the bedrooms there is a toggled inner divider, that allows you to either split the bedrooms for more privacy or remove it totally to create a fabulous master bedroom. Both living room doors on all the designs have integrated mesh panels, increasing the airflow within the tents, while keeping all the nasty biting bugs out! They also possess the Vango AirZone feature, which involves high and low-level ventilation panels, that not only create a comfortable air flow through the tent, but also help to reduce condensation.
Vango tents and awnings always create a very bright and airy atmosphere inside and this is largely due to the Diamond Clear Windows, that really maximise light and visibility. All the Earth tents have living rooms, capable of having seating and table areas, so it’s great to be able to sit back and relax inside your tent and watch campsite life pass you by! Also, it’s important to let the children have their freedom, whilst being able to keep an eye on them.
Another very notable feature of these Vango AirBeam Earth tents is they have the Vango TBSII, Tension Band System, which ensures the tent performs in challenging conditions, especially in strong changeable winds. When tensioned, the bands brace the AirBeam at three points and this really reduces any sideways movement. With these tents, you won’t need to let a day or two of bad weather cut your camping holiday short. Vango tents possess the AirSpeed Valve system, enabling you to not only inflate, but deflate your tent effortlessly in minutes due to the unique and conveniently positioned valve. It is an easy to attach valve and is located higher on the tent, making it easier to attach the pump and way more accessible.
The Vango AirBeam Earth collection boast an attribute called Villa Construction, which entails upright side walls, that increase the height within the tent, even at the sides, allowing campers to fully maximise the internal space. The King pole door feature allows campers to increase the external space of the tent, with the addition of king poles to create a sun canopy. This can provide a great shelter from the sun, but also a space to take off welly boots and coats, or rub the dog down on a rainy day. A flexible door step can easily be dropped to ground level allowing you to enter your tent without needing to step over the entrance…………a valuable feature when you have had one too many or you have a clumsy camper in your group!
As with all Vango AirBeams, these Earth Collection tents are supplied with a double action pump, which allows campers to effortlessly pitch their tent. The strong sewn-in ground sheet, creates a bug and draught free environment for living and sleeping. This ground sheet is attached to the flysheet with an external storm skirt in all three of the Earth AirBeam tents, to provide all round protection.
The Joro Air 600XL is the largest family tent in the Vango AirBeam Earth collection, with dimesions of 705cm by 380cm. It can sleep a family of six campers, with the ability to sleep in 3 different toggled bedrooms. The Joro benefits from many key features, including an integrated front awning and a large front door. Great for sun shade, or a porch for removing wet gear, enabling campers to keep the main tent area clean and dry. As we have already discussed, the Villa Construction really helps to increase the height in the tent, but you really will be spoilt and the envy of the campsite with the Joro’s large dining and social area with its extensive living room. Once you have put the Vango Joro Air tent up once, you will be a pro and it will only take you about 12 minutes to pitch up on your next adventure. It has a surprisingly small pack size of 80 x 46 x 46cm and a weight of 25.5kg, so it is very manageable to manoeuvre and store at home. However surely the most impressive fact is that the Joro Air 600XL is made from recycled material equivalent to 261 plastic bottles! You can camp in luxury, whilst still feeling you have done your bit for the environment!
If you really like the look of the Vango Joro Air, but you are a couple or family of four and can’t justify needing that much room (the Joro 600XL is a very roomy and spacious tent!), then don’t panic Vango also make the Joro Air 450. It is of a very similar layout, with smaller dimensions of 600cm by 300cm and only has 2 toggled bedroom areas. However, it’s definitely worth mentioning that in the Joro 450, both the bedrooms, along with the Nightfall feature, are King-sized, which means there is a 70cm sleeping area for each person, allowing for a super comfy nights sleep, with plenty of space even for a bedside table. The Joro 450 has a lighter weight of 19.6kg and a smaller pack size of 80 x 43 x 43cm.
The new Vango Aether AirBeam Earth tent also comes in two sizes, the Aether Air 450 XL being produced from recycles material equivalent to 153 plastic bottles. This Aether design boasts not only the Villa Construction for maximum internal space, but also a pre-attached extension (giving it a different overall outside look to the Vango Joro), as well as a double living area and large front door. These Earth tents really give the camper excellent living room beyond the sleeping areas. In the Aether 450, along with the reduced early morning light due to the Nightfall thick weave fabric, the bedrooms are king-sized, offering an enjoyable and comfortable 70cm sleeping area per person. With a very practical weight of 22kg and a pack size of 80 x 40 x 40cm, campers won’t find this tent too cumbersome to transport around or store at home. If the Vango Aether Earth tent is for you, but you have a bigger family, or accompanying dogs or you just like having the extra space, then don’t panic, Vango have catered for your needs! The Vango Aether 600XL allows six campers to sleep comfortably and will only take 2 minutes more to put up with a pitch time of 12 minutes. You will definitely be environmentally friendly if you decide upon the Vango Aether Earth Air tent, as it is made from recycled material, equivalent to 221 plastic bottles.
The last AirBeam tent in the Vango Earth collection is the Osiris Air 500. It comfortably sleeps five campers in two toggled bedrooms and although it does not have as much internal space as the Aether and Joro designs, it has key features of a covered entrance and an extended living area. Your choice of Vango Earth tent all depends on how big your camping party is and how much space individuals in your group need, thinking about how much equipment and baggage they require. The Vango Osiris Air 500 has a pack size of 73 x 34 x 34cm, weight of 15.3Kg (lighter weight then the other two designs) and an enviable pitch time of 12 minutes.
Vango’s high quality materials and craftmanship, not only gives campers peace of mind but complete comfort, whether you prefer spontaneous weekend trips with friends or longer summer holidays adventures with family. Both Vango AirBeam tents and their poled versions are guaranteed to give owner satisfaction, so the choice is really up to the camper. The AirBeam versions are definitely quicker to pitch and you need less campers for the erection process, but poled tents are generally a lot more budget friendly and you can usually pick up bigger poled tents for less. Also, pole tents are commonly much easier to transport and carry as it is possible to separate the poles from the tent to distribute the weight. The weight of the airbeams are heavier; the weight cannot be split up for carrying and if anything goes wrong with a beam, it can be costly to replace, whereas standard poles are readily available. Having said this, Vango have made it as easy as possible to repair or replace airbeams, with their fantastic aftercare service and the AirBeam tents usually have a much sleeker look, making them more popular with the next generation of campers off on their adventures.
So, let’s have a look at a few poled Vango tents in their innovative Earth Collection. They too are made from the Sentinel Eco fabric, giving durability and quality (waterproof with 3000MM HH, easy to clean, fully factory taped seams, 70D polyester, fire retardant, UPF 30+, durable and ColorLok), but also peace of mind you are helping to protect our great outdoor environment. These poled Earth tents give a strong, light and reliable structure due to the Vango PowerFlex Fiberglass poles, which are also pre-angled to achieve greater internal space than would be achieved with standard curved poles. These pre-angled poles give very effective bracing against side winds. The poled Earth tents also boast many of the key features the Air Earth tents do, like the fully sewn-in groundsheet, Nightfall Bedrooms, TBS II (Tension Band System), Diamond Clear windows, Mesh living room doors, flexible door step and clear access bedrooms, that you can read about in the section above.
The Vango Joro poled tent comes in two sizes to meet the requirements of small and large families. It has an integrated front awning and large front door which can be king poled open giving a great undercover outdoor space. It also has a large dining room and social area, with it’s extensive living room……..it really provides a great family space. The Vango Joro poled 450 tent is ideal for the smaller family and offers two king-sized bedrooms, giving each camper a very comfortable, luxurious 70cm of sleeping space. Along with the thick weaved Nightfall bedrooms, you are ensured a comfy nights sleep so you are ready for the next days antics and fun! It is produced from recycled material equivalent to 180 plastic bottles and has a pitch time of around 20 minutes and a lighter weight of 17Kg. The Vango Joro poled 600XL tent, does not have quite as bigger bedrooms, giving 60cm of sleeping width per camper, but it has three bedrooms and can comfortably fit up to six happy campers. If you decide this is the tent for you and your loved ones, you can boast to all how environmentally concerned you are and that your tent is made from recycled material, equivalent of 225 plastic bottles!
The Vango Aether poled tent also comes in two sizes to accommodate camping groups of varying sizes. The Aerther benefits from key features, including pre-angled poles for greater head height to maximise internal space and with a ore-attached extension offering fab extra living space, as well as a double living area and a large front door. Again, the Vango poled Aether 450XL provides two king-sized bedrooms each with a generous 140 cm sleeping width (70cm per camper). It has a very manageable weight (which can be split if necessary) of 22Kg and a quick pitch time of 15 minutes. To make this enviable poled tent, the equivalent of 144 plastic bottles of recyclable material has been used. The Aether 600XL has three bedrooms, each comfortably sleeping two campers. It has a separatable weight of 26Kg and a slightly longer pitch time of 20 minutes. If this is your chosen tent, you will be pleased to find an impressive recycled material amount equivalent to 203 plastic bottles has been used. Very impressive!
Vango’s collection of Earth tents really are something to boast about and their range has never been so comfortable with innovative technology and features that can only add to your holiday experience and fun adventures. Whether you are looking for the perfect tent for a quick weekend trip or one for longer summer exploits, the Vango Earth range will suit you and your loved ones down to the ground.