Vango Milano 3 tent review

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Introduction
Choosing what tent to buy is a key decision. You might want to check out our tent buying article to give you some pointers on that to look out for when tent buying.

Vango is one of the best-known tent manufacturers out there. While they are properly known for the success of tents like the Vango 200, Vango 300 and Vango 600, their range is actually huge and includes a tent for all eventualities.

The Vango Milano 3
The Milano 3 is a 3-pole tunnel tent designed to give maximum living space for its footprint. It consists of a sleeping room with an extended porch (with floor) so that you can live ‘inside’ should the weather turn nasty.

Vango Milano 3

Vango Milano 3


Key selling points of this tent include:
fire retardant tent material
very roomy 3 person sleeping area
enough living space in the porch to sit out the weather

We thought this made it ideal for longer trips where we would appreciate the shelter afforded by the porch. The headroom in the living space meant we can always cook under cover if necessary (albeit very carefully).

What we found

Vango Milano 3

Vango Milano 3


The Milano 3 comes in a tidy drawstring bag with clear, sewn in instructions (so you can’t lose them). It comes complete with everything you need (pegs, guylines, repair kit) – just add a mallet to put the pegs in!

For a first attempt we decided to ignore Vango’s recommendation and erect the tent on his own. The good news is that this was entirely possible, although on a windy day you would need to take care to avoid it blowing away. The 3 good quality poles are inserted first and then the tent outer is pegged from one end to the other. Vango advises a little care here. Do not just grab the far side of the tent and heave it up, work your way along from end to end. Once the pre-attached guylines are set then the tent inner is simply attached to a series of toggles on the inside.

First-time pitching (from the sealed packet) took 40 minutes for one person. However once familiar with the tent we got this down to 10 minutes (helped because the inner can be left attached).

Once the tent is up we found the sleeping area to be big for a 3 person tent. This is one tent where the ‘buy one size bigger’ rule does not apply! The porch area has reasonable height, meaning that you could even sit comfortably in a camping chair and watch the world go by (author is 5’11″).

One nice touch is that the porch has doors on both sides. Terrific if the wind changes direction and you want to exit on the other side.

Quality looks pretty good. In a recent review of the Gelert Fossa tent we criticised the tent poles and we are glad to report no such problems here. Poles were of a decent thickness joined with tough looking shockcord.

We did not get a chance to test for any extreme weather, but would be confident this tent was up to the job. Certainly when fully pegged out the tent looks to be stable and resistant to distortion.

What about taking it down?
The end of a trip is always the acid test. We are glad to report that the Vango Milano can be stored with the inner still attached to slash the pitching time. Most importantly of all, it even fits in the bag again without a degree in origami!. (We think this feature is often ignored in tents).

Conclusion
We like Vango tents as we think they represent a good balance of budget and quality. The Milano 3 is a great design for an extended trip where living space is a priority.
**** UPDATE – THE MILANO 3 SEEMS TO BE OUT OF STOCK EVERYWHERE – HOWEVER THE VANGO BETA OFFERS THE SAME LAYOUT WITH THE ADDITIONAL BENEFIT OF A PVC WINDOW FOR EXTRA LIGHT IN THE LIVING SPACE. WE THINK THE VANGO BETA MIGHT BE A REPLACEMENT.
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