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Tent Showcase: Vango Icarus 500

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10.20 KG
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8.37/10 from 226 reviews

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226 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   23  
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By: Archemedes  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating:   Date: 04/09/2014

We recently managed to store our caravan permanently in the Isle of Wight where we often visit, so as we live in the North of England we really didn't know what to do about our short weekends away as 275 mile journeys were definitely out.

Despite the fact that I am 70 years of age my wife suggested that we should consider tenting for short breaks, so off we went to our local Go Outdoors store to see what they had in. We immediately saw and took an interest in the Vango Icarus 500 which was on a very special offer. The offer included the dedicated footprint, awning and tent carpet.

My last experience of tenting was about 20 years ago when we owned a Cabanon canvas frame tent, so what I knew about the modern nylon ones could be written on the back of a postage stamp, however as we generally liked the layout of the Icarus we decided to take the plunge and buy it.

Having now used this tent in some fairly foul weather I have to say that it is very water and wind tight. I also like the adequate amount of room that it provides for my wife and I and our two young grandchildren. The other thing that appeals to me is the fact that it is not strictly necessary to use the large awning, as the tent itself is very roomy.

As for erecting the tent, well it is a synch as the main tent only uses three strong flexible poles to create the tunnel.

This tent has many good features like the entry recess for a mains cable and the many pockets for odds and sods. So in short yes I would recommend this tent to anyone needing a medium size, well-made tent. Our friends seem to be of the same opinion as they too have purchased one, and like us believe it to an excellent product.

And that information comes from a dedicated caravan enthusiast of many years standing.
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By: Newportjones  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 30/08/2014

Great tent, easy to put up / take down. No problems in wind or rain. Living area just about big enough for table & chairs when the weather is bad. Great value for money.

Plenty of space in sleeping area for family of 4 plus bags. Lots of handy storage pockets.

Packs up fairly small & easy to lift.
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By: Lizgwynn  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating:   Date: 17/08/2014

The Vango icarus 500 five berth -is a great tent especially for short breaks. Easy to erect and take down as long as 2 available. Used over weekend and was fully waterproof and withstood very high winds. The living area also roomy and large enough for 3 adults and 2 children even fitted in a travel cot. The tent dries quickly after having rain. Considering buying the Vango canopy for next camping trip. We also bought a groundsheet to fit tent and this is an excellent marker when positioning tent on site. The carpet also helps to make the tent cosy.
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By: Stevenchris  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 14/08/2014

Not sure when the tent was made, I bought it at carboot for £40 and have used it once with just my wife and I. With just two there is plenty of room and it would be suitable for four. It was easy to erect although I over tightened one of the groundsheet straps and caused a small tear in the side wall of the groundsheet.A small repaired will make as good as new. It stood up well to three nights of storms, the end of hurricane Bertha, and we were still dry and cosy. I don't have the canopy for the front which in my opinion is definitely a must have before the next trip. Overall a great tent
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By: Andy the baker  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 13/08/2014

Owned several tents and this is the best Vango is a great make and have now purchased the porch to match which is great for setting up your cooking and dining equipment and leaving your tent space free as living accommodation we don't take the kids anymore but space is plenty but would not fancy five adults in the space available, we now use the second bedroom as a walk in wardrobe!
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By: Cooldudetiger  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating:   Date: 09/08/2014

This is the best tent I have owned for the money. I am extremely impressed by it. It was new this year and we went away in July and it was tested by a massive storm and downpour, and it didn't leak a bit or strain in the winds. We felt snug and warm and safe. The sleeping compartment is darkened which helps for a good night's sleep and the mesh inner doors make it possible to keep the main doors open in the hot weather but without the insects! The only down side is the sloping doors mean that rain gets in if the outer door is opened. It could do with a small porch. Also, the tent heats up very quickly in the sun, great for cold weather, but at times it was really hot. Over all though, I highly recommend this tent.
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By: Clareym  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 09/08/2014

Love this tent! Just enough space for 2 adults, 2 kids and 2 dogs. Back to nature and family time. Only down side, is cannot locate an awning anywhere! Tent withstood torrential downpours and winds. Only downside is bedrooms are made of rather delicate material and under pressure tend to rip easily.
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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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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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