| Topic: Icarus 500 deluxe in hot weather
Message posted by HighSlayer on 03/10/2017 at 8:21pm
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If you've had a good look inside both and feel they are big enough then it is down to personal preference, though the Outwell looks to be better made. Neither would be on my short list due to the amount of space wasted by the sloping front. I'm doubtful because you said you want something with extra space yet have chosen out of 2 really cramped tents.
My sister in law has an Icarus and I was amazed at how cramped it was for her and her 2 children - they spent most of the week we were away in my tent lol. There is just over 1.3m of usable living space before the sharp slope of the front means you can't stand up or use that space apart from ground level storage. Also means if it's been wet you get soaked (as does the inside of your tent) when you open the door. The Outwell does at least have a small canopy over the side door which may help on wet exit/entrance. It also has a fold flat front entry which I really like, and better quality poles. The Outwell also has a very slightly larger bedroom and the bedroom Inner is a better quality one than the Icarus Deluxe (though I believe the older Icarus/Iris may have had a better quality one)
There are porches available for both tents which add loads of space -the Icarus porch is huge. I see Go Outdoors have currently discontinued the porch. By the way, earlier in the year the Icarus was £199 at GO. The Nevada Porch is great in that it also changes the front of the tent to a flat front, though it is an open porch with no door available. Still, great for all your cooking gear
You could also look at the Kampa Brean 4 or 5 Endurance Tent, the Outwell Blakeley/Birdland, Kampa Hayling 4 or any number of other tents at the same kind of price which are more spacious than the two you mentioned.
You havent said how long your camps would be - longer camps usually require more space.
My choice in that price range (well very slightly higher but taking into account all you have said) would be something along the lines of the Outwell Silverhill 500. Very spacious bedrooms, steel poles, small canopy, reasonable living space, good fabric, thermal coating on the bedroom inners and - a personal 'must have' of mine, mesh on all the doors.
On the downside it is also a Go Outdoors exclusive - it looks to be based on the Flagstaff 5
I can't stress enough how important it is to have a look and try of tents before buying them, but I appreciate for you that could be really difficult
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