I’ve been looking at this tent for a while. I held off getting one because I was sceptical about the weight. I was also concerned that the fly would not reach to the ground, looking at the publicity photos. Terry of terrybnd fame, received one for testing recently and he confirmed that the weight was correct and that the flysheet was not raised. He also answered a few other questions I had.
I’ve never had a tunnel tent, although I like the design. Until now, they’ve all been a little bit heavy for backpacking. The Nitro Lite 200, seems to have cracked this barrier. I hunted around the internet and found an offer on Amazon of one for £348 with free postage from Springfield Camping compared with a list price of £430. I think you can guess what happened next. My finger slipped.
It arrived this morning. After unpacking, it was straight on to the scales: 1475g. Interestingly, the swing tag says 1550g. The weight breaks down as follows: tent 1151g, poles 226g, pegs 46g, bag 37g, repair kit 15g. As it’s raining today, I don’t think I’m going to get an opportunity to pitch it. Unpacking it, as far as I can see, the manufacturing quality is good (I’ll make a proper inspection when it’s pitched). As you can see from the picture, the fly material is semi translucent and thin, but feels fine. The inner is also gossamer but quite windproof.
The poles are well finished and seem quite sturdy. However, the pegs are quite flimsy. There are four “normal” sized ones (blue tops) and the rest are tooth pick pegs which will need to be replaced, which will probably add another 50-100g, depending on what I select. The repair kit contains swatches of material, plus an adhesive backed patch for the fly. The tent bag is a decent size and has printed instructions inside.
The seams on the fly are taped, so it should be properly water tight. The various fittings that I could see are light but not flimsy. The one thing that is crying out for a mod is the rear fly sheet vent. It has a wire hood but no means of sealing against the elements. In a strong wind, I can see rain being driven up the vent and through the mesh vent. It needs a removable piece of material to cover it, I think I’m going to email Vango for a swatch and make a cover with Velcro attachments.
Hopefully, tomorrow will see better weather and I’ll be able to pitch it in the garden. I see the Nitro as an interesting alternative to the Scarp and a better winter tent. The tunnel design should be better for snow shedding. It is also appreciably bigger inside, which should be an advantage in winter conditions.