A small and affordable coffee-style table with surprisingly solid legs.
Easy to store
Too small for more than a few people to share
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Vango Granite Table: first impressions
Don’t dismiss the Vango Granite Table until you’ve tried it. A camping coffee table is a piece of outdoors kit you may no think you need – until you get hold of one and realize quite how useful they can be.
A smaller side table comes in handy for holding drinks when you’re sitting by the fire, for playing cards around, for setting your camping breakfast out on and even for using as a bedside table in larger family tents.
But how did it fare under test conditions for our best camping tables buying guide? Read on…
• RRP: $28 (US) / £23 (UK)
• Weight: 1.2kg / 2.6lb
• Height: 24cm / 9in
• Length & width: 56cm x 34cm / 22in x 13in
• Pack size: 56cm x 3cm x 34cm / 22in x 1in x 13in
• Main materials: Aluminum
• Seating capacity: N/A
• Carry bag: No
• Compatibility: Great for smaller tents or for stashing in a camper van
Vango Granite Table: on the trails
Our pick of the best mini-tables for camping is Vango’s solid little Granite table. It’s not really granite, of course – that’d be a tad heavy for camping requirements. The name refers to the granite-effect covering on the top of the table, which is easy to wipe clean and dries quickly.
Squat little aluminum legs unfold and lock in position creating a very solid surface that’s surprisingly hard to tip over, making this a good choice for uneven ground, or for kids to play games on.
When not in use, the legs fold in neatly, making this table small enough to fit in smaller cars, to store in a shed or even to pop in a camper van cupboard. This design does only hold 30kg though, so don’t overload it (or be tempted to sit on it!).
A taller, folding version is also available. It’s a pity there’s no storage bag for this table, but on test it’s proved waterproof so far, so can be stored without a cover outdoors.
An award-winning travel and outdoors journalist, presenter and blogger, Sian regularly writes for The Independent, Evening Standard, BBC Countryfile, Coast, Outdoor Enthusiast and Sunday Times Travel. Life as a hiking, camping, wild-swimming adventure-writer has taken her around the world, exploring Bolivian jungles, kayaking in Greenland, diving with turtles in Australia, climbing mountains in Africa and, in Thailand, learning the hard way that peeing on a jellyfish sting doesn’t help. Her blog, thegirloutdoors.co.uk, champions accessible adventures.