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Tent Reviews: Vango Icarus 500

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10.20 KG
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8.4/10 from 243 reviews

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243 Reviews of the Icarus 500        Showing 91 to 100          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: ShedWoman  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 05/09/2011

I bought this tent despite the poorer reviews that I'd read. I liked the style, the size, and I also like the massive increase in size that I got from the enclosed canopy. Following advice I had read in some reviews, I also bought a tube of seam sealant. That little tub turned out to be of little use.

The Icarus 500 is probably the least usable ten I have ever owned. I've been camping in tents that I paid £35 for and had drier nights. The water gets in everywhere; through the seams, through the vents and through the skin of the tent itself.

We had pitched on a slight incline, which meant that no matter how we shifted the pegs and guys, we could not get the top taught and smooth. As a result of this, as soon as the rain started, the water pooled in the top of the tent and dripped down into the sleeping area.

The main problem is where the canopy goes over the top of the tent. Water comes in just at that point as if you are stood under a shower!

If I could get it back into the bag it came in I'd return it, but it just wont go.

My advice is, if you do your camping abroad, in the drier regions of Europe, and the pitches are as flat as a Dutch mountain, go for it. If, however you are camping in the UK, go for an Outwell. You may pay more but it's worth it to lay in your sleeping bag with a smug grin on your face knowing that you will not wake up in a small boating lake.

End of rant. .....Wanders off to purchase industrial drum of waterproofer.......
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By: Jinxy999  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 31/08/2011

I bought this based on reviews as a good family tent. The tent was great for two adults and two children (2+5yrs) but I would not call it a 5 man.

On the first trip one of the poles snapped (probably my own fault. To keen to get it tight!) It was however easily fixed and I now take spare poles.

On our most recent trip we were gifted with a great British summer. Heavy rain all weekend, I was worried how the tent would cope but no leaks. Only problem was when entering and leaving as this let in some water. Canopy required I think!

All said have had great trips in this tent and would recommend to anyone wanting a new tent.(Buy the canopy)
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By: Nath + Manda  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 29/08/2011

This is the 1st large tent we have owned we found it easy to put up the poles can be a little bit fiddly.Plenty of room inside with lots of storage pockets which we found very handy. The only negative comment I could make is the velcro bits on the entrance doors to cover the zips get in the way when trying in also it could do with a zip for the elec hook up on both sides of the ten but thats it over all a very good tent happy with it. Also have the sun canopy but have not had the chance to use it yet
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By: Davey01  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 26/08/2011

New 2011 model so better waterproofing. We did a test run in the garden (as you should) and it took 30 mins. As we left the bedroom bits in place it took us 15 mins on site. Estimate 10mins next time we use it. Before reading the bad bits I must say the tent, overall, is great! The best we've had! Tried a smaller tent and a much bigger tent. This size is perfect for 2 adults and 2 children. The living bit is big enough to sit out the rainy days. Bad bits - If it rains, water will get in when you enter/leave the tent so may invest in the porch. The poles do not go in and out of their sleeves as easy as you'd like as they keep coming apart but maybe that's our technique that needs refining. Zips on the doors catch but I find that with my Vango sleeping bag so maybe it's a company 'feature' (cough, cheap zips, ahem!).

Overall would recommend this tent.
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By: Charlie_a  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 24/08/2011

Great first time tent. Easy up and down. Plenty of room. Add a canopy like we did and it's even better. But. The first one had some dodgy stitching around a door zip and the second had a small tear in the roof on it's first removal from the bag. We repaired it and have been in it for 4 days with no real problems and are taking it back to exchange for a third one tomorrow. Fingers crossed there's nothing wrong with the next one. There are some excellent deals on this tent so shop around on the net.
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By: Tent two  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 22/08/2011

We bought this tent after reading the reviews on here and we were not disappointed. We bought it from world of tents for £129.99.

The tent withstood rain and wind without any damage or leaks.

Some people have said the finishing was not very good but ours was excellent, the fact that the instructions are sewn into the bag are even better! Some people had said that the doors needed velcro on the bottoms but ours had so it must have been improved.

The only bad things I can think of are that the roll up hooks on the door at the font are a bit high for some people to use the zip catches on the material around the edge sometimes, the insect net and main door cannot be zipped into each other so it takes lots of unzipping to get in. But these are the tiniest of complaints.

The tent is amazing. It was perfect for the two of us for a long weekend (would also be foe a week) It was lovely and warm but has vents that you could open or close on the windows. There are lots of window bits that could be opened. The insect nets were fantastic as if you use it on the front door you can have lovely views out and its quite fine so keeps out lots of bugs.

The partition in the bedroom comes down so you can have it as one large room or two little ones and they seemed nice and dark.

There are lots of pockets too.

It took us 20mins to put the whole thing up.
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By: Elbop  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 22/08/2011

I purchased this tent this summer (2011) for the average £150.00. I've used it twice and both times it has performed really well (in sun, wind and rain). I went for this model particularly as my husband is not a camper, so I go on my own with my 2 children (8 and 9). The three of us can put the tent up, and take it down on our own, as it's so simple.

I like the integrated ground sheet as it just keeps out the bugs and the damp. The living area is a good size. The bedrooms do stay darker than tents I've had before, so you're not awake at 4am with the sun rise.

I would say this is definitely not a 5 man tent. One adult and two children was comfortable, I think we could squeeze in one more, but it would be a squeeze. For any length of stay I would say it's a three man tent.

All in all, I'm really pleased with it, and would recommend it to others.
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By: Jenniferjanenewman  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 19/08/2011

Very disappointed with the Vango Icarus 500.

We had heavy rain on the second day of our maiden camping trip with it and water leaked into the tent from above the bedroom compartment(after reviewing this website we have discovered that we are not the only ones to have had this problem with the Icarus) and the seams down the sides of the front of the tent also leaked badly. We recorded it and showed the shop manager when we returned the tent for a refund. While he was sorting the paperwork I noticed that behind the counter was 4 other Icarus 500's which had been returned with various problems!

Apart from the leaks there were other annoying design problems, the fibreglass poles are not easy to feed through or take out of their apertures, they tend to get stuck very easily because the orange guys ropes are threaded through an eyelet which crosses the inside of the aperture that the poles are pushed through. The poles get obstructed by the guy rope. The doors take an annoying amount of zipping/unzipping to get in an out due to the flyscreen being separate from the outer door. There also seemed to be a lot of condensation in the tent, almost as if the new material on the 2011 model (little triangle patterns on it) was not very breathable.
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By: Zyggi10  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 18/08/2011

My first trip with this tent went well. It was fairly easy to put up, and had enough space for my partner and I to be comfortable, given our advanced years. On our second trip a pole snapped when we were putting it up. We are both very experienced campers and knew not to use excessive force, but the pole snapped anyway.It then started to rain. We were in the Lake District, after all! Though not heavy, it was constant all through the night and into the morning. At around noon I felt a drop of water slide down my neck. At first I thought it was condensation, even though the door was wide open. However as time progressed I realized that in fact most of the living area roof was simply leaking, and the problem grew worse with each passing minute. All this in only 2 trips. There won't be a third, and I will never buy a Vango ever again, despite having done so in the past. The quality is simply no longer there, if this experience is anything to go by.
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By: Life o tree  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 16/08/2011

I bought this tent in July for use in August 2011. It is a great tent to pitch and the interior redesign is great.

Unfortunately when we pitched it in Somerset in windy and rainy conditions the tent leaked. It accumulated pools of water in the front corners by the door and around the bedroom area.

I took it back to Cotswold Outdoors who refunded the cost. I had bought it for £139.00 which was well below the RRP price and the standard retail price of £170.

I emailed Vango and told them I had to send the tent back. I got a response which said that they were sorry to hear that about the tent. They stated that they may have been something wrong with the material or the waterproofing of the material.

I hope that they will deal with the issue and that more people report this if they experience the same problem.
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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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