In 2014, Vango invited seventeen DofE Leaders and volunteers to their Glasgow based showroom to give feedback on Vango products, including how to develop their trekking tent, rucksack, and sleeping bag collections. Those attending were from various locations across the west of Scotland. Vango wanted to hear about their experiences on DofE expeditions, get ideas on how to improve their products, and listen to positive – and negative – feedback.
In the sessions they discussed the demands that expedition tents go through and what could be done to prolong the life of a DofE tent. This also provided an opportunity for DofE Leaders to give feedback on all Vango DofE Recommended Kit directly to the product design team at Vango.
These sessions proved to be extremely worthwhile. Vango stated it was a really beneficial product review, for the comments given by the Leaders were all valid, balanced and substantiated from real life experiences.
The key issues and feedback raised by the DofE Leaders were:
Vango took the comments on board and the product design team set to work on how to find an effective solution to meet the issues raised.
In 2015, Vango invited the group back to show them the new Vango XD range. The XD range takes two of Vango’s most popular DofE recommended tents, and incorporates features that were a direct result from the Leader feedback sessions. Vango have created ideal tents for youth groups and users, such as the DofE, whose requirements demand increased durability. The Vango XD trekking tent range meet the demands for robustness and high levels of usage as they are constructed with extra durable materials and components that are more resistant to wear and tear.
These modifications have been incorporated into the two most popular Vango trekking tents to create the Halo XD and Tempest XD tents.
The Tempest XD takes the highly popular tunnel tent and modifies it with reinforced materials and components. Ideal for high volume usage, the XD model retains all the features from the original in one robust package. Available in 2-man and 3-man tent configurations.
The ever popular Halo has been developed into an extra durable spec. This 3-man semi geodesic tent is extremely simple and quick to pitch, courtesy of all poles being the same length, which is perfect for youth groups and long expeditions.
Vango estimate XD tents will last three times longer for 20% more cost.
Kathryn Watson, Assistant Marketing Manager for Vango, says “Working so closely with the DofE, it is essential our kit is perfect for expeditions. We were aware that the tents face tough demands from DofE groups, but wanted to know more. The feedback sessions gave the product design team a really valuable first hand opportunity to hear from the Leaders themselves, which enabled us to refine the product to the right level of detail required and produce an extra durable DofE recommended tent that’s outstanding value for money.”
To find out more about the Vango XD range and to purchase, visit the Vango XD range site.