OUR VERDICT With comfortable bedrooms, plenty of communal space and panoramic skylights and large side windows, this is a pleasantly bright and airy tent for older families.
There comes a time in every family’s camping life when things have to change. The very thought of sleeping in close proximity to your teenage children can be enough to bring you out in hives. And I am assured that the feeling is very much mutual. So, if you want to keep on camping with your older kids, the solution is to ditch the tunnel tent and replace it with a vis-à-vis.
With bedrooms at both ends of a central living area, vis-à-vis tents are ideal for families with teenagers – the grown-ups can sleep at one end and the young adults at the other. And never the twain – or the smelly feet – shall meet.
The main downside of this style of tent is that the living space is often small and dark. But the ‘courtyard’ design of the Vesta Air addresses this problem head-on. The central room is actually wider than the darkened, king-size bedrooms, so there’s lots of communal space for furniture and storage without reducing the size of the sleeping section. And, with large side windows and panoramic skylights, it’s a surprisingly bright and airy area to relax in.
Pitching is just as easy as with a tunnel tent, with the Vesta featuring Vango’s new AirBeam S.I Pro technology. It lets you inflate your tent from a single point, which works especially well with an electric pump, but each beam also has its own deflation valve so you can pack up quickly.
Packed size 75 x 42 x 55cm
Waterproof 4,000mm hydrostatic head
Pitching time 15 mins
Size 740 x 440cm
Materials Outer Polyester Poles Air