Vaude Campo 3P
- Affordable price
- Quick and intuitive setup
- Good ventilation
- Vestibule design allows easy entry/exit
- Little head room when lying down
- Does not pack down compactly
The Vaude Campo is a simple set up tent that lacks some of the features - like knees on poles - that create more livable space and cut weight. It’s not the lightest tent, but not too heavy to haul into the backcountry. With easy set up and descent livable space, a good choice for all around one tent quiver—and a very good value at this price.
Without "knees" on the two main poles to pull the tent out and create more elbowroom, there's not much clearance in the head and toe area—making the Campo feel more cramped than its 64-inch width would suggest. It’s not the roomiest tent, but it is fine for three people.
The 8.2-pound weight is double that of some other tents we tested, so it not the best for backpacking. Still, it’s less than three pounds per person. Not surprisingly the Campo doesn't pack super small either.
Setup of the Campo couldn't be simpler: two poles prop up the tent in an X and another pole on the outside pulls the vestibule over the door, providing a rain shadow for dry entries and exits. It’s a quick and intuitive setup.
Climbing out of a tent on a rainy morning usually includes the rude awakening of cold drips while lacing up. Not so with the Campo. The ridgeline pole pulls the vestibule well beyond the tent doors, creating a covered porch that keeps drips out of the tent and off our head while exiting the tent. A bathtub floor kept the water on the outside and a well-designed roof stayed puddle free even in heavy rain.
Two vents turned any kind of breeze into a condensation killing cross wind. There are also four stowage pockets (pretty standard), and the two vestibule doors pegged in the center and unzipped from either corner, opening almost completely. This made entry and exit easy and made it easy to refresh air inside.
No doubt, this is a very good deal at $250, so much so that we had a difficult choice determining which tent provided the best value—the Big Agnes Lone Spring and the Campo. From the weight perspective, the Big Agnes Lone Spring wins, but with two vestibules, two doors and more livable space, the Campo is a better value for those looking for comfort and versatility.
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