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Featuring an inflatable beam rather than a conventional pole, a total weight of just 600g and a pack size no larger than a 1 litre water bottle, the Hydrogen Air is an innovative tent focused on those who pack light and travel fast. 
Featuring an inflatable beam rather than a conventional pole, a total weight of just 600g and a pack size no larger than a 1 litre water bottle, the Hydrogen Air is an innovative tent focused on those who pack light and travel fast. 

Vango F10 Hydrogen Air 1 Tent

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Vango F10 Hydrogen Air 1 Tent Information

Season : 2021S C

Brand : Vango

Code : TEQF10HYDA10Z05

What is the F10 Hydrogen Air?

After years of research and development, Vango have encorporated their AirBeam technology into their new Project Hydrogen series of tents. An inflatable beam rather than a conventional pole, a weight of just 600g and a pack size no larger than a 1 litre water bottle all add up to provide one of the best tents for those who need to pack light and travel fast. 

What is it made from?

Vango use one of their lightest, most packable constructions throughout the Hydrogen Air. The fabric used is a 7D nylon with a double layer of silcone for maximum weather resistance without the weight penalty associated with inferior fabrics. A specific type of cotton is used to connect the fabrics which swells when it gets wet, blocking the holes and therefore eliminating the need for seam taping. This fabric is also fire retardant and uses a dye which retains its colour in extended UV exposure. 

The groundsheet is made from a tougher 10D ripstop nylon with a PU backer, providing the perfect balance of weight, weather resistance and overall strength.

The singular pole which sits at the foot-end of the tent is made from carbon fibre, reducing the weight over aluminium or stainless steel. 

How is it constructed?

Unlike any other lightweight tent on the market, the Hydrogen Air's main pole isn't a pole at all, it's a tube which you inflate with either a CO2 cartridge or a standard pump (schrader valve); Vango call this AirBeam. The beam creates a stable structure which is more resistant to deformation than a conventional pole whilst also reducing the overall weight. The inner can be left attached to the outer and pitched as one, reducing the pitching time to around 5 minutes. 

What are the features?

The Hydrogen features Vango's TBS (tension band system) which increases the tent's performance in windy conditions, while a permanent flysheet vent reduces condensation in warmer climates. An impressively sized porch stores a rucksack and your muddy boots.

  • Inflatable main beam
  • Lightweight nylon flysheet
  • Tough nylon groundsheet
  • Impressively sized porch
  • Permanent vent
  • Vango TBS system
  • Small carbon upright pole

How to Care for Your Tent

We know that purchasing a tent is a big investment, that’s why we have such a wide range of options to suit different activities, weather conditions and people, allowing you to choose the perfect one for you. Taking care of your brand new tent can be the difference between heading out for an adventure in the mountains, or having to fork out for a hefty repair bill, or even worse, another replacement tent. Below are our best tips to care for your tent.


Before even leaving the shop (or online basket) with your tent, consider a footprint. A footprint is a large water-resistant piece of material which sits underneath your tent to protect it from sharp rocks and wet ground; if this footprint gets damaged, it’s easy to replace and doesn’t cost a fortune; if your tent groundsheet gets damaged, you’ll have to spend at least twice the amount for a repair or replacement.

Don’t Abuse the Poles

The chances are your poles are made from individual aluminium sections connected by elastic; when you come to remove the poles from the tent, don’t pull them out. The best way to remove poles from their sleeve is to place the pole end against your hip and pull the fabric towards you. If you simply attempt to pull the pole out, they’ll disconnect inside, the elastic will stretch and then spring back, potentially trapping the fabric of your tent between the pole sections.

You might also be tempted to flick the poles out so that the elastic snaps them into place in a quickfire fashion. However, this is far from ideal, as if the poles don’t align when they meet, you can easily damage or weaken the end of the pole, leading to future failure which is usually on the wettest and windiest nights!

Collapse Poles From the Centre

When your poles are safely removed from the sleeve, collapse them from the centre to avoid stretching the elastic.

Stuff, Don’t Fold

You were probably told when you were in the Scouts or doing the Duke of Edinburgh Award that the best way to pack your tent away is to neatly fold it into a rectangle, the width of your storage bag, roll it around the poles and pegs and then put it all in the stuffsack. However, whilst very neat and tidy, this method of packing can create permanent creases in the fabric, weaken the waterproofing and eventually split the fabric of your tent. The best solution is to simply stuff the tent fabric into the storage bag, just like you would a sleeping bag, and pack the poles separately. Make sure to leave and end or corner at the top, so that you can easily peg it out if your next campsite is windy. The poles normally have their own stuffsack so they can be packed separately, strapped to the outside of your pack or stored inside, allowing the tent fabric to be compressed for efficient packing.

Store it Dry

Let’s assume you’ve been out with your tent and the weather has been a little on the damp side. You’ve packed your tent away when wet and now you’re back home in the warm and dry with a nice of cup of tea reflecting on your latest adventure. But what about your poor soggy tent? The worst thing you can do is to leave it packed away wet, mildew will grow and eventually rot the tent, rendering it useless. As soon as you’ve finished that cup of tea, wipe off any excess dirt and moisture with a towel, then hang the tent somewhere where it can fully air out; a nice warm spare room or a garage is perfect. Alternatively, when it stops raining, pitch the tent outside in the sunshine to dry off. Let it air for at least 24 hours and once you are sure that it is bone dry it can be packed away for storage. Note - don’t tumble dry or hang the tent over a radiator or other direct heat source.

Don’t Store in the Stuffsack

Like your sleeping bag, it’s best not to store your sleeping bag in its stuffsack unless it has to be compressed for an activity. Leave it in a large duffel bag or supermarket ‘bag for life’ in a cool, well ventilated area so it can breathe.

Avoid Tree Sap

If you’ve ever had sap on your hands, you’ll know how horrible and sticky the stuff is; it’s even harder to remove from your tent flysheet. Pitch away from trees if possible.

Don’t Leave in the Sun

The majority of tents we stock are made from nylon. Nylon is incredibly tough, lightweight and easy to care for, however it will naturally degrade if left out in harsh sunlight for extended periods of time. Try to pitch your tent in the shade or strike the tent (pack it away) during the day. Polyester tents don’t suffer from this quite as badly, but it’s still a good habit to get into.

Leave Sharp Objects Outside

Boots, cooking equipment and other sharp/abrasive objects can all be stored in the vestibule, where there is less chance of it ripping a hole in your fly or groundsheet. You may not want to pop your pet in there, but at least carry a small blanket to avoid their claws damaging your groundsheet.

Technical Information

Trail weight: 580g

Total weight: 600g

Pitching time: 5 minutes

Flysheet: 7D nylon with double silicone (2000mm HH)

Groundsheet: 10D ripstop nylon PU

Poles: Yunan Carbon Fibre

Sizing Information

Packed size: 20 x 10cm

Total length: 240cm

Sleeping area length: 220cm

Total Height: 100cm

Sleeping area height: 90cm

Total width: 145cm

Sleeping area width: 90cm

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