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Tent Showcase: Vango Icarus 500

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10.20 KG
Fully Sewn-in
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8.39/10 from 230 reviews

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230 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: Ctharding  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2014   Rating:   Date: 19/06/2015

Having been looking for a slightly smaller tent than the Vango Verona 6xl which we have used for the past few years, we chose the Icarus 500 and tried it out on a recent short break.

The bedroom area is spacious inside, we fit a double airbed, a dog bed and a suitcase with plenty of room to spare. I imagine that this would also make an ideal family tent - although the bedroom does not have the option to split in to two sections, there are zip doors on the left and right, so that you would do not need to clamber over sleeping children etc to get to the other side.

There was plenty of space for a table and chairs in the main area. The tent was warm and windproof, providing a welcome shelter during the chillier evenings.

Overall,this is a great tent that packs down in to a reasonable small bag. The one downside that I have found, is the ground sheet which is not sewn in, therefore I did have to rescue two slugs who had made their way inside.
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By: Twizz  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 14/06/2015

This is the 4th year we have been using our Icarus 500 tent. We've not had any problems considering the reasonable price of the tent. We've camped through very wet and windy nights and it has withstood all the elements (so far!) In the bedroom we have a double air bed and a camping bed with space in between for a small table. The front of the tent is spacious and has plenty of storage pockets. Side windows which you can cover and the side door has a netting door to allows ventilation without bugs getting in. Overall a good tent at a reasonable price. Takes two of us approx 30 minutes to put up. We are thinking of upgrading to an Icarus 500 Airbeam tent for easier erecting just because we are getting older! :-)
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By: Maarkb  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating:   Date: 15/04/2015

After my Daughter stopped camping with us we decided to down size from the trailer tent which took most of the first day to set up to a smaller tent with space for two and the family dog. We saw this tent and have never looked back its a Fantastic tent easy to put up. Stands up to the bad weather. Plenty of space indoors for when the weather is bad all in all a great tent.
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By: Nialan  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating:   Date: 01/02/2015

Bought two of these, one new, one second hand but used only twice. My daughter and her husband camp regularly so gave one to her with footprint and carpet. They are hardened campers with a ten yr old Vango three berth 4ft high tent with barely enough room for them and packs.

Her husband initially felt the Icarus would be too big, bulky, take too long to put up and too glamcamp for him. My daughter wanted the space!. They used it in Devon during a mixed week and rang us to rave about it. Spacious, 10mins to unpack and erect, warm, wind and rain proof, well vented for hot days and cold nights. Used it twice since and still raving. Only downside is door flaps angle let water accumulate and you get wet when you open them, a small shield would correct this. We used ours only for a weekend with two small kids, only me to erect, dead easy! Only hastle was getting floor to stay down in one corner as I couldn,t get the tension right. Same trouble with door flaps. But very cosy with carpets throughout and footprint under (essential).Good storage, good bathtub groundsheet built in, spacious lounge area, bedrooms usual 3+2 snug, ideal size for kids but v snug for adults.

Overall, a great design, well made, credit to the designer and the company
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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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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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