Vango Illusion TC 500XL AirBeam Tent 2018
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The epitome of luxury camping, the Illusion TC 800XL AirBeam® is design for families who go on longer summer breaks and are looking for a tent to enrich their camping experience. This 8-person tent is designed with a superior Polycotton flysheet (65% cotton / 35% polyester mix) which is extremely durable and will aid climate regulation within the tent, whilst providing protection from the elements. The tent’s structure uses Super AirBeams® which are 30% larger than Vango's standard beams, making the tent very robust. Designed with king-size bedrooms, a large living area and spacious pre-attached awning which can be used for additional living or storage space.
What we like about this tent: firstly, it's polycotton which is one of the best tent materials you can have because its strong, durable and breathable - good for controlling high temperatures in the day but keeping you warm at night. This tent is one of the range which has the Vango Super Beams, meaning that the AirBeams are better than those on other Vango tents. So, it may take a few more seconds to pump-up, but it's well worth it as they'll be more stable and give more support. Also, being a poly-cotton tent, it will be heavier than a normal tent, so the Super Beams will keep it sturdy and in shape.
The Vango Illusion TC 500XL AirBeam tent is ideal for family groups from 3-5 people or more if you wish, this tent has a really good living space, on the living area you have a side entrance which allows you to enter and exit the tent without using the big front door so you can feel really enclosed and cosy, it also has the canopy over the side door just to give extra protection over the door if it’s raining. The mesh screen on the side door allows for plenty of air flow in and out of the tent, without letting any bugs in.
The front porch is excellent for a food prep area and storage so keeping all your belongings dry, such as bikes, cooking facilities, bags and chairs, or ideal for keeping out of the sun for a few hours on some chairs around a table. The big main door on the porch can be zipped all the way to one side, so you can access the tent easily and allow plenty of air-flow or you can zip it half-way if you wish, then behind that door you have the big door into the living area of your tent which again can be opened right up to one side or half-way.
This tent sleeps 5 people, with 2 inner tents at the back sleeping 3 and 2. All inner tents can be removed - some people tend to remove the 2 berth inner for extra storage space or use the inner itself for out-of-sight storage. Also a nice little feature is the storage pockets on the back, just in front of the inner tents.
Curtains are easy to zip-up, so you can have them at whichever height you prefer, plus they go all the way over the sky-lights in the roof, if you wish, then you can just tuck the curtains into themselves at the bottom during the daytime which keeps the tent tidy.
Under each window there are ventilation pockets which are now 50% bigger to reduce condensation and allow more air-flow.
The new Vango SkyTrack system is also a feature in this tent. Based on each beam, this allows you to add various Vango accessories such as their new lighting systems and other accessories you have with you on holiday. Follow this link to the video of the SkyTrack System: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QeVtTAzebcU
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Framework: Inflatable AirBeam
Flysheet Material: TC lightweight Polycotton (200g per m2)
Pitching Time: 12 mins
Pack Size: L80.0 x H53.0 x W58.0cm
Larger diameter, inflatable 'SuperBeams' are used with certain shapes and fabrics, to further enhance the AirBeam experience.
Create more internal space than with standard curved beams and provides effective bracing against winds.
Gives a sheltered entrance to your tent, preventing rain from dripping into the living area.
Zipped Privacy Curtains
Zipped curtains to allow varying levels of opening. Fit to the flysheet with no gaps and simply roll down into a pocket when not in use. Simple and quick to use.
Secondary Mesh Doors
Zipped, secondary mesh doors inside all flysheet doors allow ventilation whilst keeping insects outside.
Low and High Ventilation
Low and high ventilation vents - now 50% larger in size - combine to create a comfortable flow of air through the tent and reduce condensation.
Adds to the comfort of your tent by providing a bug and draught-free environment. Attaches to the flysheet with an external storm skirt to provide all-round protection.
Oxford Ripstop Polyester Groundsheet
Maximises the strength and durability of your groundsheet.
Lightweight Polyester Bathtub Groundsheet
Provides a lighter inner base which packs smaller, yet keeps your bedroom dry and comfortable.
Polycotton Inner Tent
A high-quality fabric inner that provides a luxurious feel to tent.
Generous King-Sized Bedrooms
Bedrooms big enough to fit a double-sized airbed or double sleep-mat.
TBS®II Tension Band System
Ensures tent performs well in adverse conditions, especially in strong, changeable winds, by bracing the AirBeam at 3 points and preventing sideways movement.
Webbing Storm Straps
Provide secure guying at the front and rear of the tent.
Provides additional flexibility by allowing the top of the door to be opened slightly for increased ventilation.
Super-Zips on Flysheet Doors
NEW, stronger, smoother and more durable zips - ideal for the heavier-weight flysheet fabric.
NEW Skylight Windows
Windows which run along the roof line of the tent to increase the amount of light during the day and for star-gazing at night.
Diamond Clear Windows
Large Diamond Clear windows maximise light and visibility.
Zipped Inner Divider
Offers greater privacy between inner bedrooms. Can be rolled away when not required.
Conveniently positioned bedroom-inner pockets for storing your essentials.
Storage pockets are conveniently positioned for storing essentials.
A flexible hanging system which allows you to easily attach lighting, storage or Vango's new SkyLiners. The SkyTrack system truly allows you to design your tent to suit your needs.
Adaptable Door Step
Allows the door step to easily be dropped to ground level so you can effortlessly enter your tent without needing to step over the entrance.
A high cable-entry point on the internal wall allows increased flexibility when feeding power cables into the tent or awning.
Line-Lok Guyline Adjusters
Patented guyline runners that are lightweight, easy to use and will hold-firm in windy conditions.
Make them easier to see, and less likely to trip over, when walking around in low light conditions.
360º Night-Time Reflection Points
Multiple reflective points around the tent ensure that it's easy to spot in the dark.
A durable roller-bag to take the effort out of moving your tent.