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Message posted by russ123 on 17/6/2014 at 11:31am
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Hello I was thinking of buying a Vango isis v 600 , Would this be a good buy ? and does this model replace the Icarus model ?.
Also I am finding it hard to find a footprint for this tent . I have done a bit of research and the Vango Icarus 600 air is the same tent in size , Would this footprint work ?.
Be really grateful for any advice !!

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Message posted by Deli on 18/6/2014 at 12:59am
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I've bought the vango isis 600 3weeks ago and yes it's replaced the icarus for 2014. I have been a camper for years and have done my research on this tent I believe to be a good buy.i haven't tried it out yet but I'm hoping to soon and yes you can buy the footprint,carpet and canopy if you go on ebay and put in vango isis it will show your stores.i got my tent from Cotswold camping and summits online stock it too.hope this helps as soon as weather permits I shall post pic when I put it up to check its fine.

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Thank you for your reply . I made the decision earlier and went and bought one from Cotswold outdoors as there is 100 off the price at the moment and was worried stock might run out. Ive just looked on Ebay thanks and i will be buying the enclosed canopy too.
Im going to be using the tent this weekend hence the need for a footprint Cotswold outdoors are out of stock and the one off Ebay i doubt would reach me by Friday. There is a footprint at Go Outdoors for the Icarus 600 air and the tent measurments are identical but the Icarus hasnt got the vista front so not sure if this would work ?.

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I have this tent, and we got our footprint from Outdoor Megastore, in case that helps.

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Message posted by russ123 on 23/6/2014 at 7:26pm
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Ok thanks but not sure if we are keeping it . It was a nightmare to put up the poles was really tight to bend and was cracking like they was going to snap and it was difficult to put the tent pins in the poles. It says pitch up time is 12 minutes which i think is impossible. It took us nearly an hour !!.
Other thing i noticed it states in instructions that poles are colour coded ???. Which we couldnt see and also all the poles are the same length.

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Hmm.
I don't remember having any instructions, but all the poles are the same length, so it doesn't matter where they go, and mine aren't colour coded.

To JUST put the tent up takes us probably 20minutes. But that doesn't include the canopy and guys. To do that as well, probably an hour for two adults (with 2 peg assistants )

I agree with you about pins in poles, but I hate that part. It's just hard!

I have read a tip on here about putting the pin in with the last section of the pole 'broken' and then fixing the pole together. I haven't tried it yet though, so no idea if that's easier.

Also, we don't put ours up the way they do in the vango video. We do ours the 'cross camping' way. I'll see if I can find the video...

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Here, I think this is it.

It's not the Isis, but the method carries through.

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=rd52TAifAmM

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Message posted by russ123 on 23/6/2014 at 11:41pm
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Thanks for that so is the best way to peg out four corners and then start at
the front with the poles ?. We was really concerned and worried that they was going to snap !. Maybe it was because of it being new ???.
It was a great tent when it was up and we was going to buy the canopy too. The instructions are sewn inside the bag on a big label.

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Message posted by RachlN76 on 24/6/2014 at 1:34pm
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I'm definitely no expert!
But basically yes. We do the following:

Peg out footprint with flat yellow pegs (so they don't dig in when you walk or kneel on them). In doing this, you can work out the best place for the tent because you can move the footprint around really easily until you're happy.

Lay out tent on top.
Peg out four corners in roughly the right place.
Make sure doors are open, and vents (helps air flow and stops getting a vacuum when you eventually lift the tent).
Loosen all the tensioning straps on the ring and pin bits.

Slide poles though channels.

Pick a pole (we do the middle one first, not sure it matters).
Stand it up, put in pin at bottom. If it's windy, I'll peg this down, if not, I wait. At the initial standing it up part, I choose a small child, and get it to stand in the doorway, holding that open, again to help with airflow.

Do the same with the back pole, then the front one.

I agree that the pins are really tight, I do my side first, then hubby does his side while I try to push the channel towards him.

Maybe have another practice in a field or garden first.

We also really like the canopy, gives you loads of extra room for cooking etc.

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Thanks thats great advice theres a few things we didnt do there. We didnt loosen the straps on the pin and rings , If there is a buckle strap on them i can see that making a big difference when making the arch with the poles. Dont know how we missed that ? I did see sime buckle straps but didnt realise or see them on the pin and rings , Are they on all six pin and rings ? ( feel stupid now !) If this is the case , But we was tired and hungry after a 4 hour journey.

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From memory, the buckles are only one side - so three in total. But I could be wrong about that.

Personally, I think having the other buckles loosened helps as well, even though they're not on the pole bits. I think it just means that there's a bit more 'give' in the whole thing.

But I might just be imagining that!


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