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Tent Reviews: Vango Icarus 500

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5  (more 5 berth tents)
10.20 KG
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8.4/10 from 243 reviews

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243 Reviews of the Icarus 500        Showing 101 to 110          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: Weezie90  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 15/08/2011

This is a fantastic tent. Me and my partner had decided to go camping after not going for a few years with our parents as children. My mum had not long brought this tent and told us how easy it was to put up, so we brought one. Three poles and the tent is up. The built in groundsheet is great for keeping water out. We have also purchased the canopy, which is brilliant (no need for windbreaks). For saying this is ment to be a 5 birth tent, I do think 5 people would be cramped in this tent and you would have to sleep without airbeds as 2 doubles fills the bedrooms up. But as only 2 of us used this tent there is plenty of room inside for a cooker on a stand, full size table, cool box, and chairs. I would recommend this tent.
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By: Emelem1  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 14/08/2011

I bought this based on the good reviews in the past but the reviews seem to have gone downhill so maybe they have changed the quality of the tent. It is a good size for a weekend tent but quality does not seem great and the inner door has torn around the zip join. Not impressed as we have looked after this tent! I am not sure how to repair it as there is no excess material to do it, the inner is actually sewn into the back of the tent so I cannot remove it to replace it. Any ideas anyone???
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By: Sarahtobin  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 13/08/2011

Used for a week in N Wales. Took the brunt of the rain initially but then started leaking along the middle seam, dripping into bedroom compartments. We could just about cope with that but in the wind it gave up the ghost.

In gusty conditions the whole front of the tent (facing wind) was flapping down, eventually hitting my husband on the head as he sat in his chair!

We came back after a rainy day out to find a flat tent with a pond in it, both sides of front pole had snapped, middle pole bent.

Took back to Millets and got a full refund. V disappointed, shall not buy a Vango of this style again, very poor quality. Had a tent from Lidls for 5 years before this and no probs with that, makes you think!

Given 2 stars for ease to pitch and fairly compact size when packed.
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By: SuziQ69  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 11/08/2011

We upgraded to this tent as we wanted one with enough room for a 2 week holiday where my 6' 2' husband could stand comfortably in. It was a great size for the 2 of us and easy to put up - once we'd practiced in the back garden we had no need to look at the instructions again! During our fortnight away we experienced very strong winds and torrential rain and only had a small amount of leakage which actually stopped when we moved - possibly we hadn't got the tension right the previous time? Will probably add some seam sealant to be on the safe side for the next time. We liked the layout and the option to use the side door during bad weather. Bought the king pins for the front door and liked having this option to open up the lounge area a bit more. Glad we invested in the ground sheet which meant we could pitch it more accurately and protected the tent itself.
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By: Memz  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 10/08/2011


Easy to put up.

Both doors have fly nets.

Good head room - husband is 6'3' and can stand in it. Lots of room in the living area.

Excellent value for money.

The Vango Yukon 800 carpet fits perfectly!


Front door could do with poles as it comes with pole eyelets. Side door could do with a small in-built canopy as both doors aren't great in the rain.

Overall, would definitely recommend to a friend and am considering buying the canopy, largely due to the English weather.
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By: Dilbert1968  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 09/08/2011

I've now used my Surf Blue 2011 Icarus 500 on 3 occasions (not counting the test pitch in the garden) and it has experienced wind, rain and (shock) sunshine in the Lake District. I have to say, I am very impressed. The height is such that I don't have to stoop (I'm 6ft) and it's up in under 30 mins. Folding away, especially if wet, is a bit of an ordeal but you eventually get the hang of it. I also purchased the carpet and footprint both of which I think are overpriced but essential. On the last trip a pole splintered in some quite heavy wind but I didn't realise this until I was taking it down which shows the design is good (i.E. The tent didn't fall down when the pole broke!) and as a replacement kit is only £6 it isn't the end of the world. I would agree with earlier reviews about the problem with water coming in if you open the door when it's raining but a quick tap of the tent roof before unzipping seems to avoid any major ingress. One other minor irritant is the sleeping compartment sags quite badly at the back (especially if it's not pitched on perfectly flat ground) so the taller among you may find your head/feet touching the inner during the night. All told, I'm very pleased with it although I'm not as happy with the manufacturing quality of our (third) enclosed canopy - but that's another story!
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By: HappyCampers49  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 07/08/2011

Have used this ample sized tent on numerous weekends away, several week aways and an 11 day break. For 2 people its a great size. It has stood up to gales and heavy showers remarkably well, with leakage only where the canopy rests on the roof.

Bought the canopy, footprint and carpet last year and will replace with the latest model when this one is worn out, possibly next year.

The canopy is a great asset and extends the tent brilliantly.

It is extremely easy to erect and collapse and I would highly recommend it to anyone. Great value tent for the price.
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By: Ploddy  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 06/08/2011

Used once in North Devon, easy to erect - no problem; heavy rain - no problem; strong winds - PROBLEM. One section of pole split in two, causing front of tent to collapse and so we returned a day early. Vango weren't interested in any complaint or design suggestions! Yeomans Outdoors who we bought it from online initially weren't keen to accept that it wasn't our fault. But in the end we did a deal and went for the Calisto 500. Better luck next time for us - fingers crossed!
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By: We_like_geocaching  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 04/08/2011

I bought this as an easy tent to put up and use for just 1 adult and 2 children for short periods (our main family tent is a Breckeridge 6 berth which is too large and heavy for 1 adult to try to erect) and to also fit easily into a small car.

It was a lovely tent to use for the 2 occasions e used it for. The first was a trial in our garden for 2 nights which was great as the weather was very favourable! It was easy and quick to put up and take down - no hassle.

The second occasion was ideal for a short get away - that is until it rained! Typically the rain came when I wanted to take it down! But at least that gave me an opportunity to have a good look at it structurally and found that the middle seam directly above where the bedroom hangs leaked (where the middle pole runs above- if we'd been there for longer that would have made our bedding wet). The seam looked poorly sewn - the same was at one spot around the side door too - disappointing really as I had been quite pleased with it upto that point! Also the front door being propped up wasn't the best compared to the height of the inside of the tent as it seemed short despite me being a mere 5 foot 3 inches. I will be returning it to discuss replacement etc - a pity as it was a great way to get quickly away with the kids for a few nights in a small car and the associated paraphernalia!
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By: Scott1001  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 03/08/2011

On the first outing 2 poles snapped. Tent was put up correctly as I have owned Vango tents for years. The poles look very brittle?

On a positive note, good size tent and was dry inside after a heavy shower.

Pitching took about 25mins by myself, probably 10 mins with a helper.

Also own the additional canopy, this is a must buy. Gives so much more room.
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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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