Vango F10 Helium UL 2 Tent

3 Season / 2 Person / Mixed Inner / Height: 95cm, Length 210cm / Two Entrances
Weighs 1206g (excl pegs & bags)
Code: SS18761
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Force Ten's Helium 2 Person Tent is a two skin tent designed with maximised headroom, good internal storage and a reasonable porch area.  

Vango says:

The Helium 2'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 2 UL Tent offers comprehensive protection and solid durability at a pretty low weight given that its a two skin tent with its own poleset.

Force Ten's Helium tents are made from 15D fabric for the flysheet and 70D fabric for the floor. this knocks off a lot of weight from the previous year's design.

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 weight conscious backpackers.

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
  • Pre-angled poles - Achieve greater internal space than with a standard curve. Provides effective bracing against side winds
  • TBS® PRO - Internal Guying System using an ultra-lightweight dyneema cord
  • 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
  • Main and secondary door - Provides kit storage and easy entry from either side for protection from prevailing winds
  • Bathtub groundsheet - Completely waterproof, 10cm base on the inner tent with taped seams.
  • O-shaped inner doors - Easy to open with one hand
  • Part mesh inner door - Allows ventilation, whilst keeping bugs out
  • Flysheet door vent - Open from the top to ventilate porch
  • Flysheet vents with mesh - Increase ventilation and keep bugs out
  • Internal storage pockets - Provides convenient storage within the inner tent. Keep essentials close to hand
  • 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: 994g
  • Poles weigh: 212g
  • Total weight: 1206g (excludes pegs & bags)
  • Pegs x10 weigh: 96g
  • Pack size: 45 x 14.0cm
  • Pitching time: 7 minutes
  • Capacity: 2 Person Tent


  • 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 2 Vango F10 Helium UL 2 Tent reviews with an average rating of Very Good. Would you like to write a review?
Review Summary - 4 out of 5 based on 2 ratings.
September 18, 2019 | robert delaney
Brilliant low weight low price hiking tent

Not sure how you could compare this to a 3.1kg tent? Brought this for the milder weather for weight saving over my Hilleberg Soulo, nowhere near as robust but 1kg lighter and a 3rd of the price. Upgraded the lines with dyneema then used it a few times in pretty poor weather with no issues. Much better at dealing with condensation than my old Terra Nova Lazer Comp too. Cracking little tent IMHO (for me +dog, 2 people would be snug).

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August 17, 2019 | TAR
Mildly disappointed.

Came to this from the Vango Spectre 300. In comparison, this feels VERY small - 2 man is stretching it, frankly - and it feels fragile. I wouldn’t use this in really bad weather, so the ‘force 10’ in the name seems questionable, as though enduring high winds is what it was intended for, when very plainly it isn’t.
Lightweight summer camping for one, or two if they are a couple, but if I’d seen one of these in a showroom I’d not have bought one. Too much weight has been shed and I’d prefer to have a heavier, sturdier, slightly larger tent.
This surprises me, as we have owned 2 Spectres and have been really impressed with them.

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