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Tent Showcase: Vango Icarus 600

Tent and Awning Showcase Index  >  Vango  >  Icarus 600 Reviews

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6  (more 6 berth tents)
15.60 KG
£220.00
2
Fully Sewn-in
Fly first
Average User Rating:
8.64/10 from 72 reviews

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72 Reviews of the Icarus 600        Showing 01 to 10          Page:   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8  
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By: Lianne1978  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating:   Date: 20/09/2017

We have an Icarus 600 which we have used for the past 3 years with our 2 children (now aged 3 and 7). It has been a fantastic family tent. Bags and bags of room for the 4 of us (we also use it with the front enclosed canopy on longer trips which is also excellent).

We have suffered some quite extreme weather in this tent (including a very unnerving wet and windy long weekend in Beddgelert, where several tents and awning were completely trashed by the weather) and it has never let us down. The zip on the inner fly screen door has broken slightly in that it won’t zip the last 10 inches or so (however I think this is a result of one of the children tripping up on it at some point). We have had no issues with poles or tears etc.

All in all I think this a great value for money piece of kit, my sister also has the same tent on our recommendation and lovers hers as much we do.
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By: Chrisheathcote  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 10/05/2016

We purchased this as our first tent 4 years ago from a Yeomans camping show and I have to say it has been excellent and we have enjoyed many holidays in it.

Although it is listed as a 6 man tent, the most we have had in is 4 which would probably be its maximum. It has kept out all rain, however it does suffer from heavy condensation build up overnight. It is relatively easy to pitch, although challenging for 1 person, I would probably try the Cross Camping method rather than the one on the Vango website. My only criticisms would be that the front would benefit from zipping all the way round as the wind tends to blow under the bottom. Care is also needed with the poles as they can split, (we have 5 that have split over the years (carbon fibre splinters are a nightmare to get out too).

During last years holiday on the Scottish coast we experience strong winds of 40mph+ gusting to 70mph and although it was rather noisy and I had to keep checking the guy ropes as soon of the pegs pulled out of the sandy ground. The tent remind upright and didn't blow in once (the TBS system seemed to work a treat). The following morning we found that some of the other campers had left with damaged tents.

Would I recommend Vango tents? Definitely (have just upgraded to the Rhapsody 800XL for this year).

Would I recommend this tent? Yes
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By: Maiya  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 17/06/2014

We love this tent, its a lot of space for a good price. Only problem we have had is on our 3rd outing with the tent it leaked badly in every area of the tent. Maybe it was because we had been having a lot of hot weather before heavy rains. We were lucky that this occurred on the morning we were coming home. As the tent is very large it was difficult to find anywhere to hang it up until it dried and could be waterproofed.
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By: Leizure  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating:   Date: 27/05/2014

I bought this tent on the internet from Blacks. An excellent price for the size of tent but the build quality isn't great.

Lots of threads coming away from the seams and the pole string has broken on two of the poles.

However, it didn't leak and it was easy to erect and take down.

For the price - I'm happy.
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By: Narm  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 21/04/2014

Well we own the Vango Icarus 600 ,we have had two weekends away up to yet and have had no probs so far. This year we have invested in the fully enclosed font canopy, yes it had to be in blue as we could not find a moss green one anywhere.

As stated in a previous comment about the front door on the main tent, it could do with a zip so you can fully close up to keep the chill out! There is lots of room inside but to sleep six would be very tight. As a family tent the 600 is ideal, easy to put up and will withstand most of the British weather.

So all in all we are very happy with our 600, more so now we managed to get a surf blue canopy, but who cares about the mismatch colour match. We don't lol
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By: CATHTIM  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 01/09/2013

This is a cracking tent for the money (we got ours for a song at a Cotswold Outdoor tent sale).

Tent is easy to erect and take down and is ideal for short breaks. We've just used ours for a week away with the kids and it was more than adequate. Ours stood up to a couple of wet, stormy nights without any problems.

Definitely not a six person tent though as we use camp beds and you'd struggle to get more than four in the sleeping pods. We bought an enclosed extension to add space to ours and it's now perfect for all our needs as we use it for cooking and as the sitting area. I highly recommend buying Vango steel poles for the front door so that you can turn into a canopy and let much needed air in on hot summer days.

Agree with the points on here comparing with Outwell products but for the price, we're more than happy with this tent.
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By: Cheeseoatcake  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 24/08/2013

Great tent with loads of space.

We have had several trips in the uk and 10 nights in France with no problems to speak of.

In it's 3rd year I've had to repair a couple of poles which wasn't a major problem.

It's never leaked in and has stood up to some quite windy weather.

My only gripe is the open sun canopy that came with this model. I understand that the newer models have an enclosed canopy which would be a big improvement.

Overall a great tent for the money.
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By: Greenp  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 23/08/2013

Family of five separated by thin sheet rather than separate compartments. When it rains, there is no way you can enter/ exit tent and keep inner dry due to poor design. Less than one month old and first bit of wind, tension strap has snapped despite boasting how hi-tech. Basically great tent for sunshine and no wind for 5-6 people who don't need any privacy
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By: Hibbitson  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 27/07/2013

Great tent! We are a family of five and fit in perfectly! We also have the sun canopy to give a little extra space. Very easy to put up and take down, even when you're the only adult! The bedroom should sleep six, although I think that would be pushing it! However plenty of room for five. We know several people who have this tent and all of us are happy with it
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By: Happyfive  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 27/07/2013

Bought this as out first family tent, having hired the 500 version first for a holiday. We are 2 adults and 3 young children and find that it is fine for a long weekend/short week of camping, having used it many times around the UK. But we have now upgraded to an Outwell Hartford XLP for week long camping trips which is much roomier. The Vango would sleep 4 people comfortably,5 is a squeeze, in the 2 bedrooms. We will keep this as a short break camping tent however. After 3 years we have got pitching down to about half and hour but it has taken at least an hour for the first few goes, it is tricky to actually bend the poles into position and get the tunnel structure right, even with two adults ( as a comparison we have just pitched our new Hartford tent which is supposedly much trickier to erect, in half an hour first time!). We have also had several shattered poles to mend and then replace over the years.

Not too impressed with the build quality, various snags which we have lived with but last trip we had howling gale over 2 days and 40 mph winds and we had several leaks through window and seams, as well as another shattered section of pole. Also lack of zip around the door (just a toggle at bottom of door to do it up) means that creatures, floods and wind can get in, so not very comfortable in stormy weather, but it did stay standing.

We also had the canopy with this, very useful to give sheltered cooking space but it needs a door to zip up. Without it it becomes a wind trap and our first night's camping in a storm resulted in a ripped canopy (which Vango refused to replace, luckily our friendly local camping shop replaced it for us).

In summary, good for short breaks, fair weather trips (Our Last camping trip was for 2 nights in glorious heat wave for which the Icarus was fine) but longer, rougher camping for 5 then get a bigger more robust tent.
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Manufacturer's Description

The Vango Icarus 600 is a new size being introduced into the highly popular range for the 2010 season. The Icarus range is likely to prove even more popular in 2010 due to the fantastically simple 'as-one' easy to pitch system and the simple 3-pole no hassle construction will make it the most ideal of weekend tents.

The tent frame is constructed using Powerflex fiberglass poles, a Protex 2000 Polyester flysheet (2000mm hydrostatic head protection) and as is the norm these days, the groundsheet is fully sewn-in to keep out unwanted pests and draughts.

The other key features of the tent include, as-one pitching, single 6-berth sleeping compartment (with roll back divider), TBS tension band system for extra strengthening in adverse weather, 10,000mm HH internal groundsheet, side 'J' door with mesh double door, heavy duty continuous poles sleeves, storm skirts, pelmet with storage pockets, cable entry point, front door mesh vent, reflective webbing, (helps aliens encounter you) 'Crystal Clear' windows (with internal covers), breathable fabric inner tent, parallel zipped front door can be used as a sun sun porch (porch poles not provided). Handled carry bag and repair kit included. Flame retardant throughout.

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