VERDICT The Skye 500 is a good-quality tent with plenty of features and tackles waste by reusing surplus fabric from the manufacture of other tents
One of the favourite sayings of every grandmother is surely “waste not, want not”. And, for their latest tent collection, we reckon Vango’s product designers have been taking advice from their own Scottish grannies.
The new Skye 500 is part of the Glasgow-based company’s CLR tent range, which tackles waste by reusing surplus fabric from the manufacture of other tents instead of throwing the offcuts in the bin.
It’s an ingenious approach and, coupled with the use of 70D polyester made from single-use plastic, it makes the CLR one of the most sustainable tent ranges on the market from any brand.
Of course, cynics will dismiss initiatives like this as a marketing ploy, but Vango deserves credit for raising the issue and attempting to do something about it.
The Skye 500 itself is not short of quality features. A five-man tunnel tent, with three colour-coded fibreglass poles, it’s really easy to pitch and a manageable size for transporting. The large front porch is great for storing kit and provides some living space. It also boasts a linked-in, waterproof groundsheet, which can be rolled away under the bedroom if you prefer to use the space as a wet area. The groundsheet can be removed to clean if needed.
The Nightfall bedrooms are darkened to reduce early morning light and there are lantern hanging points in the living room and bedroom, storage pockets and PVC windows. The carry bag is designed to be a bit larger than usual to make packing away easier.
It also features Vango’s TBS II Tension Band System to give extra stability in strong windy conditions.
Packed size 70 x 25cm
Waterproof 3,000mm hydrostatic head
Pitching time 15 mins
Size 440 x 315cm
Materials Outer Polyester Poles Fibreglass