Ok, so it’s the Vango Banshee Pro 200 that is featured in our photo, but this by no means suggests we think this is the better tent. It was simply a case of us liking that photo of the Banshee more than we liked any photos we found of the Phoxx!
Note – this isn’t really a review as such – this is more a spec comparison, so you can see the key differences between the two tents.
On to the specs:
Vango Banshee Pro 200
265L x 175W x 100H (vary wildly, depending on the version of the tent)
220L x 115W x 90H (vary wildly, depending on the version of the tent)
Yunan Eco Alloy Poles
Flysheet: Protex® 68D Ripstop polyester
Groundsheet: 70 denier lightweight polyester
70 denier, 6000mm lightweight polyester
Flysheet 5000mm HH and Groundsheet 6000mm HH
Approx price: £90
One downsides we found with this tent is that it isn’t long enough for someone over 6′. Your toes will be pressed against the end of the tent. It says it is 220cm long inside, but when you factor in the steeply sloping end of the tent plus then you add your sleeping mat on top, there is a lot less than 220cm to play with. The Phoxx seems to have a bit more internal length and just about suffices for someone over 6′.
OEX Phoxx 2
255L x 230W x 95H
240L x 130W x 90H
Material not stated
Flysheet: 68D 185T PU EMBOSSED
Groundsheet: 120g/m² PE
Unclear. Some say Flysheet 4000mm HH and Groundsheet 2000mm HH
Approx price: £90
The OEX Phoxx 2 is slightly longer inside than the Banshee 200, so if you are taller this is probably the better of the two. The problem we had when we researched this tent was getting accurate information on the hydrostatic head of the fabrics and the material the poles are made of. This seems to be an OEX ‘thing’ though. We recently purchased an OEX Rakoon 2.1 and had a nightmare trying to find out whether the poles were aluminium or fibreglass. The same company owns Go Outdoors, Blacks and Millets and they all seemed to have conflicting information (they may have sorted it out now, but there are still some links to innaccurate pages floating around). Even we contacted the support staff didn’t give correct information.
Anyway, for the price these two tents are fabulous. Have a rummage around online and you might just pick up a bargain. If buying used, we’d recommend you ask the seller to send you a photo of the label/packaging so you can check the specs are right for you – as mentioned earlier, the specs do vary depending on the version/year of the tent.
There are a number of similar shaped tents on the market now and we may just do a comparison of these at some point.
General disclaimer: This article has been compiled on a best effort basis from research on the manufacturer’s own website. We do not guarantee the information/data we have given is correct and cannot be held responsible for incorrect information. Always do your own spec checks before making a purchase.