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Tent Showcase: Vango Icarus 500

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5  (more 5 berth tents)
10.20 KG
Fully Sewn-in
In one
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8.38/10 from 239 reviews

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239 Reviews of the Icarus 500        Showing 231 to 239          Page:   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12   13   14   15   16   17   18   19   20   21   22   23   24  
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By: Emb34  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 25/05/2009

As 1st time campers we bought this tent because of all the reviews we’d read about how easy it was to put up, and it was. Having two small children we needed a tent that, in the whole could be put up by one person, and relatively quickly. The 1st time, my husband pitched it in about 30 minutes, but only because he kept checking he’d done it right! Again the same faults everyone else mentioned, about the canopy, and making sure you are careful when securing the doors. We had a heavy downpour the morning we took the tent down, but thankfully no leaks or puddles. We only want to go away for weekends, and there is ample space for my husband, our two small children and myself. We used the sleeping area as one, and got a travel cot and two blow up double mattresses in-which although was a tight squeeze it served our purpose well. For 1st time tent users I would definitely recommend this tent, it fulfilled all our needs.
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By: Kirsty86  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 25/05/2009

We have just got back from our first trip in this tent and loved every minute of it. When we arrived at the campsite we got the tent out put the poles in pegged it out and it was up and took about 15 mins! Very quick to put up! The sleeping area is big and could easily fit 2 double airbeds inside. We used it for just the 2 of us and there was plenty of space. The living area was very large and spacious, plenty of room to fit a table and chairs. 2 doors help to keep the tent well ventilated during the day.

Overall a very good tent for a very good price. Looking forward to many years of camping in it.
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By: Glitzy_tart  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 21/05/2009

We bought this tent as we wanted something smaller than our usual tent that would be quick and easy to pitch for short trips away. My husband and I also sometimes like to get away for a couple of days on our own and attempts to pitch our Outwell Hartford L solo have been challenging to say the least!

We have just returned from our maiden voyage with this tent and are so impressed. It really did only take about 10 mins to pitch. We have had all kinds of weather from very strong winds and rain to hot sunshine and the tent has stood up to all with flying colours.

As somebody who feel the heat terribly in tents (and has cut short camping trips because of this on several occasions!)I was particularly impressed with the ventilation in this model. There are two doors, one with no see um mesh and three additional large vents that can be opened and actually work! At night these can be closed and the tent is lovely and snug. Despite some very heavy downpours we had no leaks at all, even from the area at the front door where you cannot seal it as other reviewers have mentioned.

I can't imagine fitting five in this tent, but for a couple or perhaps four travelling very light, this is an ideal tent for short breaks.

Brilliant value for money and also a very pretty shade of blue, ten out of ten!
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By: Jonem1  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 18/05/2009

We have just had our first weekend away in this tent, we bought it because we wanted something a bit smaller than our last tent but had similar height.

It is as easy to put up as other reviews have said.

Very spacious for the 2 of us. We kept the partition in the rear pod up, slept in one side and kept the gear in the other.

We had friends with us in a smaller tent so our living area became the main congregation area for all. It fitted four of us (along with table and chairs) very easily. We were hit by heavy rain and strong winds, it stood up very well and barely moved. If you are careful and put the tent up correctly no water will get in although it cant be helped when the doors are rolled back up after a shower.

We are very impressed with this tent and after 3 attemts to find the right one think we have found it.

Our friends were so pleased with it that they too have been and bought one.
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By: Citizen1  Reason: I've used one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 08/05/2009

We have just got back from a weekend away in this tent so easy to put up takes about 20 mins. Got to agree with the the faults in other reviews - front door has no pole fixings so cannot be used as canopy. But I must say once you put the tent up it stays up. The weather threw everything at it one night, stayed bone dry and never even moved. It took 3 attempts to find the right tent for us, but I can honestly say we have found it in this tent
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By: NeilandEmma  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 03/05/2009

This is a great tent, it is just 2 of us and a dog. We used it for the 1st time this weekend and loved the space. It is so easy to put up. The bedroom has plenty of storage pockets and there is plenty of room for 2, we are both tall and we had loads of space. Highly recommend it and cant wait for our next camping trip
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By: Petegt4  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 28/04/2009

We recently purchased this tent to use for short weekend breaks for the two of us,the main reasons being ease of pitching compared to our Darwin 5,large living and sleeping area,the latter being a darker colour for those unbearably bright summer mornings and light weight compared to the Darwin. After our first trip away last weekend,we found that the good points were all of the above. The bad points were as follows

* The main front door zips run parallel down each side and then just lay over the 'bathtub' edge of the groundsheet-this allows any slight breeze to lift the bottom of the door with obvious dire results if it's raining!

*Main front door again. The Vango website says that the door can be used as a sun canopy using king poles(not supplied)but neither our tent or any that we've seen on display has the brass eyelets at the bottom of the door needed to fit the poles. We emailed Vango about this and were told in no uncertain terms that the poles simply fit through these non existent eyelets (not very impressive product knowledge)

Both these problems can be easily fixed-brass eyelet kit and self adhesive strips,but should this really be necessary on a brand new 2009 tent?

To sum up,we really love the tent but it's let down by some silly basic faults

Looking forward to many more trips this year,hopefully in the dry
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By: Johnwillis  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 21/04/2009

I have just bought this tent for a week away, mainly as the previous tent we had was too big for our needs. I have used Vango before and love how simple the newer tents are to put up. I got the footprint with this tent too (custom groundsheet) and this makes pitching so easy.

Step 1: Lay out and peg groundsheet

Step 2: Feed poles from one side, clipping poles in on one side

Step 3: Peg in back of tent square with groundsheet

Step 4: Push poles and clip in other side, this will form the arc

Step 5: Pull the tent forward so it is taught and then peg in.


I have never been more impressed with a tent, the ground sheet is sown in, the compartments are already in. Basically all in one pitching!

Massive living area as shown in my photos, the sleeping compartment is capable of being split into 2 areas (hence the two doors) and there is ample room for 2 double air beds.

Throughout the tent I am able to stand up easily which is good I am 6'4' with a couple more inches available.

I am very happy with the tent and look forward to many many years of happy camping!
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By: Val-09  Reason: I've used one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 17/04/2009

Very good tent good living area and the sleeping accommodation is very spacious. The sewn in groundsheet is very good although the door can allow water to come in, if you are not very careful. Overall a very well designed tent and very comfortable. There is only the two of us and it provides us with ample space. I do think though that it may be slightly crowded with the maximum capacity of five.
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Manufacturer's Description

Icarus flew towards the sun and this tent is also aiming high. Easy to pitch, ‘as one’ structure with generous living area, this tent will create an ideal base for your weekend adventures. The Icarus provides a place to hide when the weather is poor or a haven to return to after a long day in the sun.


Flysheet: Protex® 2000 polyester, hydrostatic head 2000mm, tape sealed seams, Fire retardant
Inner: Breathable polyester with central divider curtain
Groundsheet: PE, hydrostatic head 10,000mm, Sewn-in
Poles: Poweflex fibreglass poles
Weight: 10.2kg
Pack Size: 72 x 26 x 26cm
Colour: Ensign/Bluebell


As one pitching simple and quick to pitch
Crystal clear windows allows maximum light into living room
Pre-attached guylines with guy tidies improves pitching and re-pitching speed
Reinforcement points extra strength on tension areas of the flysheet
Reflective webbing find your tent at night or in adverse conditions
Parallel zip door create a canopy for sheltered entry or shaded seating
Front over door mesh vents allow continual airflow to enhance comfort
Polyethylene 10,000HH groundsheet strong, sturdy, waterproof protection, Sewn-in
Comfort Colours darker over the bedroom for a restful nights sleep
Side Mesh Door allows door to be left open for insect-free ventilation
Heavy duty pole sleeves ensures even distribution of tension
Inner Pockets keeps those essentials close at hand
Handled carry bag for easy pack-and-go
Repair Kit for that unforseen tent emergency

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