Vango 2018 F10 Helium UL 1 Tent

3 Season / 1 Person / Mixed Inner / Height: 95cm, Length 210cm / Single Entrance
Weighs 1066g (excl pegs & bags)
Code: SS18760
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Force Ten's Helium 1 Solo Tent is a two skin tent designed with maximised headroom, good internal storage and a reasonable porch area.

Vango says:

The Helium 1's hybrid tunnel design, ease of pitching and fully taped seams make this lightweight tent a welcome and reliable shelter. TBS® Pro and pre-bend poles offer exceptional stability, and vents allow for a through flow of air reducing any condensation build up. Extremely light weight and a compact pack size make the Helium ideal for short trips without compromising function or performance.

Vango's F10 Helium 1 UL Tent offers comprehensive protection and solid durability at a pretty low weight given that its a two skin tent with its own poleset.

This year Force Ten's Helium tents are made from 15D fabric for the flysheet and 70D fabric for the floor. This knocks off some of the weight from previous heavier designs.

This design of tent can seem cramped, but the design usually has a circular hoop; the Helium has a shaped hoop which maximises head height over the inner tent getting the best out of the hoop. The inner tent is not massively long at 210cm (6ft 10in), but there's additional storage space at the back of the inner tent.

The Helium is a good design in a lightweight package, with the internal storage area and reasonable porch size its a good tent for solo backpacking.

In this updated model more seam tape has been added to the design to increase the weather protection.

- Reviewed by Ultralight Outdoor Gear

Help and advice:
  • Hybrid tunnel tent - Maximising inner space to weight ratio
  • ProTex® 15D Siliconised & PU Coated Nylon Flysheet - 3000mm
  • Yunan SD70 Poles - High quality lightweight poles designed and made by Yunan in Korea
  • TBS® PRO - Internal Guying System using an ultra-lightweight dyneema cord
  • Pre-angled poles - Achieve greater internal space than with a standard curve. Provides effective bracing against side winds
  • Groundsheet - 70 denier nylon fabric is a great balance between low weight and high durability. Waterproof to 6,000mm
  • 15D 28gsm breathable nylon inner tent
  • Breathable ripstop inner fabric - Allows condensation to pass through, for a comfortable night's sleep. Ripstop weave for extended durability.
  • All flysheet and groundsheet seams are factory taped - Provides watertight seal
  • Bathtub groundsheet - Completely waterproof, 10cm base on the inner tent with taped seams.
  • Part mesh inner door - Allows ventilation, whilst keeping bugs out
  • Flysheet vents with mesh - Increase ventilation and keep bugs out
  • Flysheet door vent - Open from the top to ventilate porch
  • Internal storage pockets - Provides convenient storage within the inner tent. Keep essentials close to hand
  • Optional footprint (sold separately) - Protects inner tent from rough ground, and completes the Vari-Pitch options
  • Fast pack tent bag - Oversized opening for easy packing and compression straps to control pack size
  • Dyneema core guylines - Excellent strength to weight ratio
  • Mini Line-Lok guyline runners - Lock securely, simple to release and high performance in all conditions
  • Dyneema pegging points - Can be modified for use with skis or snow anchors
  • Multiple reflective points - On pegging points for visibility in low light
  • Flysheet & inner weighs: 874g
  • Poles weigh: 192g
  • Total weight: 1066g (excludes pegs & bags)
  • Pegs x10 weigh: 96g
  • Pack size: 40 x 13cm
  • Pitching time: 7 minutes
  • Capacity: 1 Person Tent

Materials

  • ProTex® 15D Siliconised & PU Coated Nylon Flysheet - 3000mm
  • Yunan SD70 Poles - High quality lightweight poles designed and made by Yunan in Korea
  • Groundsheet - 70 denier nylon fabric is a great balance between low weight and high durability. Waterproof to 6,000mm
Showing our 1 review for Vango 2018 F10 Helium UL 1 Tent. Write a review ›
Review Summary - 5 out of 5 based on 1 rating.
November 2, 2018 | Richard Briant
Near Perfect One Person Tent

Having recently returned from first outing with the Vango Helium UL, I will offer my thoughts on it's performance. It allows easy pitching, as the inner is clipped in to fly. The single hoop pole uses a continuous channel which is okay to fit, but isn't so easy to remove, as pulling separates pole sections. All the fly guys/peg loops are adjustable, which was useful for maintaining the gap between inner and fly. The tent had to withstand several days of strong gusty wet weather, but kept me dry, apart from some condensation around head area. One wet day generated a random occasional drip, from top of hoop ridge, but the inner tent repulsed the water! Inside provided plenty of space for me (5' 8") plus all my gear (removed from bicycle) and the porch provided usable storage. The side (L/H) door access is adequate, but here I will raise my main criticism, which concerns fly entry hitch. Only one toggle/loop, allows lower part to hang down and drip water into inner. The neutral grey colour of inner combines well with green fly, to provide a relaxing interior. The Helium UL is certainly lightweight, but is robust and proved a reliable shelter. I am well pleased with it.

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