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Tent Reviews: Vango Icarus 500

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5  (more 5 berth tents)
10.20 KG
Fully Sewn-in
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8.4/10 from 243 reviews

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243 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   24   25  
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By: Johnwillis  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 21/04/2009

I have just bought this tent for a week away, mainly as the previous tent we had was too big for our needs. I have used Vango before and love how simple the newer tents are to put up. I got the footprint with this tent too (custom groundsheet) and this makes pitching so easy.

Step 1: Lay out and peg groundsheet

Step 2: Feed poles from one side, clipping poles in on one side

Step 3: Peg in back of tent square with groundsheet

Step 4: Push poles and clip in other side, this will form the arc

Step 5: Pull the tent forward so it is taught and then peg in.


I have never been more impressed with a tent, the ground sheet is sown in, the compartments are already in. Basically all in one pitching!

Massive living area as shown in my photos, the sleeping compartment is capable of being split into 2 areas (hence the two doors) and there is ample room for 2 double air beds.

Throughout the tent I am able to stand up easily which is good I am 6'4' with a couple more inches available.

I am very happy with the tent and look forward to many many years of happy camping!
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By: NeilandEmma  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 03/05/2009

This is a great tent, it is just 2 of us and a dog. We used it for the 1st time this weekend and loved the space. It is so easy to put up. The bedroom has plenty of storage pockets and there is plenty of room for 2, we are both tall and we had loads of space. Highly recommend it and cant wait for our next camping trip
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By: Glitzy_tart  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 21/05/2009

We bought this tent as we wanted something smaller than our usual tent that would be quick and easy to pitch for short trips away. My husband and I also sometimes like to get away for a couple of days on our own and attempts to pitch our Outwell Hartford L solo have been challenging to say the least!

We have just returned from our maiden voyage with this tent and are so impressed. It really did only take about 10 mins to pitch. We have had all kinds of weather from very strong winds and rain to hot sunshine and the tent has stood up to all with flying colours.

As somebody who feel the heat terribly in tents (and has cut short camping trips because of this on several occasions!)I was particularly impressed with the ventilation in this model. There are two doors, one with no see um mesh and three additional large vents that can be opened and actually work! At night these can be closed and the tent is lovely and snug. Despite some very heavy downpours we had no leaks at all, even from the area at the front door where you cannot seal it as other reviewers have mentioned.

I can't imagine fitting five in this tent, but for a couple or perhaps four travelling very light, this is an ideal tent for short breaks.

Brilliant value for money and also a very pretty shade of blue, ten out of ten!
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By: Kirsty86  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 25/05/2009

We have just got back from our first trip in this tent and loved every minute of it. When we arrived at the campsite we got the tent out put the poles in pegged it out and it was up and took about 15 mins! Very quick to put up! The sleeping area is big and could easily fit 2 double airbeds inside. We used it for just the 2 of us and there was plenty of space. The living area was very large and spacious, plenty of room to fit a table and chairs. 2 doors help to keep the tent well ventilated during the day.

Overall a very good tent for a very good price. Looking forward to many years of camping in it.
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By: Joolzc  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 27/05/2009

I chose the Icarus after reading the reviews here. As a single mum I needed a tent large enough for the kids and dog, but small enough to be able to put up on my own. This is the first tent I have ever owned or put up and it was so easy and straight forward that I managed it in about 20 mins! It was just as easy to take down. The sleeping area was cosy with 3 people and a dog and the living area had plenty of room for all our gear, and table and chairs. Would definitely recommend this,in fact cannot rate this highly enough!
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By: Solar Cycles  Reason: I've used one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 30/05/2009

I've just come back from spending 2 wonderful days camping in this fantastic tent. Being first time campers we did struggle to pitch it, but thanks to a wonderful fellow camper, we soon had it up ( the tent that is ). Unfortunately we didn't get to test it's waterproofness, due to the glorious weather, but the wind did pick up during one evening, and the tent stood firmly. Loads of space inside for the strife, daughter, and me. Ok I don't have much to compare it to, but I was the envy of many a seasoned camper, who all commented on the size, space, and build quality of the Icarus. Buy one now while stocks last!
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By: LLCJ  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 01/06/2009

Again, a first time camper, and we spent a very long time both online and in the camping shop checking out tents, ease of use, size and usability. The Vango 500 icarus just seemed to be the obvious choice. Back from our first weekend away and I am 100% sure we made the right choice. We had a trial run in the field behind our house first (this is a big tent and the average size garden will not make this easy to trial), and it took us about 30 minutes. On our camping trip we probably cut this down to 20 mins. As there are only two of us we used one side of the bedroom areas as our cocoon (it was cold so we had blow up mattress, duvets, pillows and the dog in there) and the other side was for all our stuff, leaving the 'front room' free for good sized chairs, table and cooker (on stand). As the weather was so good, we did actually use outside a lot, but in the evening the temps went down rapidly and I was worried about keeping warm - but the double skin bedrooms are very cozy. Taking the tent down is fast work, and as long as you parcel the tent up correctly before trying to stuff it back into its bag, you should have no problems in putting it away. Absolutely 10 out of 10.
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By: Utinam  Reason: I've used one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 01/06/2009

Sorry for my English, translated with Google translator.

I bought this tent and tested this weekend.

Tent with the tunnel for two people is very easy and very beautiful.

Tested by a strong storm (rain and wind from hours 08 pm at 11 am)

And the tent has held very well.

I am very pleased with this tent and I am sorry that in Italy the mark
Vango is not known.
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By: Valerie Ellens  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 01/06/2009

My husband and I are first time campers and purchased this tent on the advice of a salesman in Yeomans. We went on our first camping trip on the spring bank holiday weekend and managed to erect it with no problem at all, even though it was raining. It is a lovely tent and because there is just the two of us we got our queen size Coleman air bed in easily also a cupboard in the living area and various other bits and pieces. The weather got a bit stormy on the Monday night but we stayed dry and comfortable and the tent remained stable, much to my relief. We are looking forward to spending our summer holiday in this lovely tent and would recommend it. PS Can't understand about the canopy problems as we got ours up no problem.
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By: Kathmandu  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 17/06/2009

Just back from a test run with our new Icarus 500. Very pleased indeed. We bought it for weekends away now that we are only two for most of the time. Generous size of the bedrooms and living area a big plus, especially height. Not too heavy when packed but it was a bit of squeeze getting it back in the bag. I don't know 3 other people I want to sleep with so cosily so the 'sleeps 5' will not be tested. Easy to set up and take down. Our best tent so far.
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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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