Vango: Brand Review

Innovative camping gear since 1966

Established in the West of Scotland in 1966, Vango has remained at the forefront of outdoor innovation. Inspired and encouraged by the Scottish Highlands, they’re constantly pushing boundaries when it comes to creating powerful, effective outdoor equipment. At World Backpacker, we’re big fans of Vango and we know that our customers love their range of camping equipment and accessories – but how much do you know about this famous brand?

We’re delving deep into the history of Vango, from the beginnings of their journey to what our customers have to say about their Vango experience and of course, the latest products that are flying off our shelves.

Whether you’re a seasoned adventurer, a festival goer or a fan of family camping trips – Vango products are designed for everyone. The name Vango is actually an anagram of Govan, the place where the original Vango factory is based – at the gateway to the Scottish Highlands. Along with winning countless awards for their camping products, Vango also kitted out Alan Hinkes, a British climber who was the first to reach the summit of all the world’s 8,000m mountains. The most famous Vango tent is the Force Ten, released in 1967 it quickly became known as one of the most durable tents on the market and easily identified by its signature orange colour. Following this, Vango became one of the official suppliers for The Duke of Edinburgh Award and the Scout Association.

In 2011, Vango pushed on with their innovative approach to creating tents – launching the Airbeam, a range of inflatable tents that allows rapid pitching without the use of poles. This led to the pioneering Vango Airaway, drive away awnings for use with motorhomes and campervans that utilises the power of the Airbeam technology.

Offering tents for ‘all kinds of camper’, Vango has made it easy for adventurers to select the right tent for their needs. From extreme mountain conditions to family-size shelters perfect for the British countryside, Vango is a name you can trust and at World Backpacker we offer a wide range of Vango tents, sleeping bags, cookware and camping accessories. Let’s have a look at some of our favourites!

Vango Blade 100 Tent


The Vango blade tent is one of the most popular 1-man tents available on the market, so much so that it’s recommended by the Scout Association due to the great space to weight ratio and value for money. This small tent packs a real punch with a wide range of features including internal pockets, a part mesh inner door and multiple reflective points. The fly sheet is made from Protex® 70D 5,000mm HH Polyester, a highly waterproof and durable fabric exclusive to Vango. If you’re heading out on a solo adventure, this is the tent you want to be pitching at the end of a long day!

Venom 300 Sleeping Bag

The Venom 300 sleeping bag is a lightweight 2-3 season down sleeping bag with a remarkably small pack size. Ideal for both wet and dry conditions this high-performance sleeping bag offers maximum warmth for year-round adventures. The outer shell fabric uses 30 denier mini-ripstop nylon which is lightweight, soft and breathable – plus the Omega shape is ergonomically shaped to fit around the head and shoulder for improved heat retention. Don’t just take our word for it! Trail magazine voted the Vango 300 the best value sleeping bag.

The bag is comfortable down to 0 deg C, which is ideal for summer in the UK, and it feels very cosy. The shoulder width is particularly nice and allows some space to move but importantly the zip, shoulder baffles and hood are also well-insulated. The down is the more water-resistant hydrophobic variety so this should maintain performance better than some bags if it gets damp from condensation”

Corvus Auto 100 Headlamp


The Corvus Auro 100 headlamp is a firm favourite with outdoor enthusiasts. Using an intelligent battery power indicator and an infrared sensor control it’s the ultimate hands-free torch. The Corvus Auto 100 produces up to 100 lumens of light plus, the dual switch separately controls it’s white and red LEDs with lighting that lasts for 7 hours on high mode and up to 50 hours on low mode. This is a truly advanced piece of camping technology and a great choice for those heading into the great outdoors.

Here’s what Adventure Travel has to say about the Vango Corvus Auto 100!

“ This is a nice simple head torch from Vango/ With a maximum output of 100 lumens it has three modes: bright white, not-so-bright white and red, all controlled by one switch. It’s fairly comfy and the headband is grippy”

With a wide range of camping equipment to choose from, it’s no surprise that Vango remains one of the most popular outdoor brands in the world. Let us know what your favourite piece of Vango kit is by getting in touch via Facebook or Instagram!

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