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10.20 KG
Fully Sewn-in
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8.36/10 from 219 reviews

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219 Reviews of the Icarus 500        Showing 01 to 10          Page:   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   10   11   12   13   14   15   16   17   18   19   20   21   22  
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By: Numarauno  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating:   Date: 29/07/2014

I've recently bought this tent as had to purchase a larger tent due to my daughter getting older.My requirements were a tent of decent size,a decent hh and easy to to put up and take down.In the Icarus 500 I've found a cracker which meets all my requirements and I'm very happy with it. I read loads of reviews before buying it and agree it does have its faults but for the price you have to expect it to have some.I also bought the footprint,carpet and awning.The awning takes away the problem of water getting in the front door when opening and closing it when it's raining.I recently used the tent down near Alton towers and it stood up to the wind and rain no problems.
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By: JasonAndclare  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating:   Date: 22/07/2014

We are a family of 3 and this tent fits us well. There is enough room in the sleeping area for a double air bed on one side and a small readybed on the other. If / when we expand the family we will be looking for a new tent though. A double air bed, readybed and travel cot would be a bit of a squash.

The tent is easy to put up (loosely peg out corners, insert poles, peg out everything else) and can be done solo in (probably, never timed it) 15-20 mins. The fiberglass poles look and feel like they could snap at any minute but haven't so far, so I guess they are tougher than they look. It is even easier to take down solo.

There are issues with the design, but they are the same issues most tunnel tents suffer from. The doors are both on an inward slope so will drip water in if used in the rain. Mesh covers on both doors are useful and allow us to leave the front door open with the mesh closed when the canopy is added, to keep out insects.

We have the footprint and carpet. The footprint really makes a difference when it comes to packing up - the tent groundsheet has always been almost bone dry, allowing me to quickly fold and roll it up. I have never had problems getting it back into the bag either, so the bag size is generous enough.

One thing we have found is this tent quickly heats up when the sun gets on it. I guess this is a combination of the dark colour (we have a dark green one) and the polyester material.
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By: Jfcamping  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 21/07/2014

I have a Icarus 500 with canopy and have to admit it's one of the best tents I believe you can purchase to get into camping.

3,000hh but new versions now 4,000hh easy to put up and take down and pack away. Has held up to strong winds and rain and never been worried using it.

It's more of a comfortable 2 person or 2+2 small kids than a 5 berth tent.

Adding a carpet does help to have the cosy feel but if you after a good quality, easy to put up with enough space get this tent.
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By: Novicemummy  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 11/06/2014

We've used the Icarus 500 for 3 long weekend type trips now and I like it a lot considering how cheap it was (bought in a sale at the end of summer 2010 but a new addition to the family delayed camping until early summer 2013!).

We are a family of 2 adults and 2 under 5's and for us this is just the right size, at the time I found it tricky to find a budget tent with a side by side bedroom arrangement rather than vis-a-vis which we need with children being the age they are. We can comfortably fit a double and 2 child length single sims in the bedroom areas with space for clothes holdalls as well.

On our last trip we rigged a tarp for a covered dining area which was a definite plus, I can see how people recommend an extension for longer trips. In wet weather however, we can fit our fold up table and stools in the living area and still move around. We don't camp with a lot of stuff (going by some of the pics here!) and find there is enough room for the things we need and this leaves a play space for the children in the living area too when the table is outside. The floor to ceiling pockets between the bedrooms are good as the top pockets are out of reach from little fingers, the side pockets in the bedrooms are great for their stuff. The top part of the bedroom doors can be unzipped to leave mesh on these is great for checking on the kids when they are sleeping as well as for ventilation.

My only gripe would be the need for a rain porch of some sort on really wet days as the slope means the inside of the tent does get wet when you go in and out the tent but a bit of common sense can minimalise this.

We've never had a problem putting it up - it's pretty idiot proof - but always forget the correct folds to get it back in the bag, must right a note on the bag (in 6th's length ways!).
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By: Ffday8213  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 08/06/2014

Have owned a Vango Icarus 500 for around 2 years. So far its been a great tent to us, although I think its too small for a 5 berth. There is 2 of us plus the dog and thats great, I reckon would comfortably a child as well but not 5 berth. Pitches really easily, no problems at all but keep the inner compartment permanently fixed in place - orange clip. Side door is best if its raining and to help minimise heat lose. Main/front door not great if its raining, lets water in. We have camped several times up on a headland in north devon where theres a constant wind blowing, once inside you don't feel a thing, found it to be very robust. There are additional awnings to purchase, however I believe the large open fronted one can weigh down on the tunnel affect of the main tent, thus allowing water to pool on the roof. Overall, gets a 9 from us as it meets all our needs, but doesn't reach 10 as I believe it to be too small for a 5 berth. Would recommend.
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By: Bish5  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating:   Date: 08/06/2014

We bought our Icarus last year and have used it a few times now, we love it we are a family of four plus dog, and there it plenty of room for us All and our gear.

The tent is easy to pitch only taking ten minutes or so between my wife and I.

It has held its own in severe heavy rain and stayed stable and dry,

We love all the features and use them all the hanging pockets are a good feature.

We are thinking of getting the extension, but we pitch an adventure tarp over the front door which protects it from the weather when going in and out in the rain.

Overall we love this tent and cannot wait to use ot again.
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By: DaveP65  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 31/05/2014

Owned for a year but used first time last week. Easiest large tent that we have ever put up, my wife and I ten minutes. Rained very hard one night, not a drip. Agree with previous orange clip remark so left bedrooms clipped in when folding. Don't like the fact that the outer doors and mesh don't clip together (thus an 8), do like the tension banding system. Would only use for maximum of three people. Very easy to take down and goes back into the bag no bother. Bear in mind if taking small children that the closed zips are at the bottom of the doors so very reachable for would be escapees. Overall very good tent IMO.
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By: Reekozoid  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 22/03/2014

Have to give this tent top marks, however I can't compare it against any others, but it's good. Bought it for a family of 4, but after our first trip myself and my boy have carried on. It's perfect for us, space is plenty. Had no issues with leaks, must admit though, have got a tear in the right hand bedroom door zip, which after reading other reviews seems to be an issue with this tent. Others than that, good tent, good space, doesn't leak. Takes me and my 10 year old boy 15 minutes to put up.
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By: Davismickey  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 01/02/2014

We bought this as our first tent and was really pleased with it overall. The side pockets are really usefull and also gives the tent a finished look as it covers the space between the bedroom inner tent and the exterier flysheet. The fly screens are a nice touch as on a sunny day the doors can be left open with no nasty bugs entering. The only down side is the front door lets the rain in when entering on a wet day.

The living area is big enough for 3 adults and all our stuff but not sure it would be suitable for 5 unless you had small children.

We bought the front canopy for a bit more space and as a covered cooking area but on it's first outing a gust of wind came and ripped it off the main tent, so this has really put me off and would not recommend this as the weather was fine when it was erected.

Overall a super tent if you want a tent that is easy and quick to errect, spacious inside and small and light enough to fit in the smallest of cars.
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By: Tonyp65  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 18/01/2014

Have now used over two years and found it ideal easy to put up and take down. Good for 2 of us and dog . No leaks only problem was a broken pole this year taped up and easily fixed when home .After reading other reviews am now looking for the canopy. The hanging pockets are useful and take a fair amount.
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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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