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Tent Reviews: Vango Icarus 500

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10.20 KG
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243 Reviews of the Icarus 500        Showing 111 to 120          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: Angads  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 31/07/2011

I bought one of these after seeing it at a Yeomans store and really liked it.

Took it out for the first time and had absolutely torrential downpours and it leaked at the top seam above the door, however, since we have had it out and it hasnt leaked any more.

We love this tent, the size is perfect. It also got tested in awful winds on the east coast to which it stood up to very well.

Only one fault with it is when it is raining and you open one of the doors to go in and out there is nothing to stop the rain from going straight into the tent but not a huge problem.

All in all a fantastic tent for the price.
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By: Sheristona  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 30/07/2011

Used to have a Vango Diablo which was great but needed a new tent and after seeing our friend's older Icarus 500, we decided to buy the new version.

First time out with it was good and we were generally happy although it proved a little tricky to pitch it with no slight twist in the canopy. The weather on this trip was fantastic - no rain or wind.

However, the next trip was different. The weather was wet and windy and both the tent and canopy simply couldn't cope. Two of the tent poles splintered and snapped. Also, one of the clips that attaches to the pole came away from the tent through the stitching.

I took the tent back to the shop and eventually got an exchange for the same model.

However, on the next trip it was pretty wet but the tent boasts 3000 hh so thought it wouldn't be an issue. How wrong we were!

The tent leaked all along the stitching just above floor level and ran and left pools in the front corner of the tent.

Not only that but the flap on the ground level of the canopy simply ripped from it's stitching.

Have now had a full refund on the tent and it's back to the drawing board - as it should be for this tent!
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By: Potterman  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 24/07/2011

This was only our second tent and I was a bit worried about how easily it could be erected- We did a practice run in the garden and it went up easily in 30 minutes following the instructions as we were going. We have since used the tent four times and it is extremely easy to erect with only three identical poles- so no room for confusion- it now goes up in fifteen minutes and could be erected by one person if needs be.

The front living space is ample with good light through three windows and two access doors, both of which have internal separate mesh to keep insects out but allow fresh air in. The sleeping compartment is versatile allowing for either two separate sleeping compartments or one larger compartment if used by a couple.
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By: Jonjo12  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 24/07/2011

The Icarus 500 is our first tent. We are really pleased with it although wouldn't recommend trying to sleep 5 people. We use the tent for the two of us and have also purchased the canopy which makes for an even better tent. We have used it in continuous rain and it has withstood a far amount of wind too. It probably doesn't take us the 10-15 minutes it suggests it takes to put up although we can get the tent and canopy up in about half an hour. We would recommend this tent to anyone especially for people like us who were new to camping.
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By: Otwell  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 21/07/2011

Have just returned from a very wet and windy weekend in Angelsey and returned tent to Go Outdoors. It leaked, tapes inside were awkward and flapped about in the wind. Our friends had an Outwell - no leaks, no condensation, more light and clearly far higher quality. Have bought one for next trip in two weeks.

Only really room for 2/3 - my advice is spend a bit more and buy an Outwell Virginia 5.
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By: Studdleber  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 20/07/2011

We bought this tent last year and used it then for 4 nights. We have just completed a full week in the tent and it has been fantastic. There are 4 of us (2 adults and 4 year old twins)and we coped with the amount of space though as the kids get bigger it may be tight.

We used it with the matching canopy as kitchen / dining room, footprint and 4 pole windbreak. The tent stood up to howling wind and rain with no leaks! It's a cracking tent though 4 people is plenty. It is easy to put up it takes us about 20 min's with help from the little ones & 15 on our own.

We will be keeping this for short trips and if we can get out on our own but may get the bigger Maritsa 700 for a full weeks trip.
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By: Canvas Crew  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 18/07/2011

We are about to take our new Vango on its 2nd outing, went to Brean for its test run - very very windy and rained (a lot!) - and only the front seam on left & right did leak a little - nothing a bit of seam sealant won't fix I am sure. We upgraded to this size, even though there are only 2 of us (and our dog) - but the room is brilliant. Head room and space made a huge difference from our Coleman 300, may invest in the footprint - but havent done yet, and use picnic sheets for a 'carpet'. Impressed with our new tent so far - sunshine test please for the next outing!

Only downside, would say we will probably use the side door more than the front one - as when it rains the slope design of the door means that rain does get in.
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By: Matt+Hayley  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 17/07/2011

We find our tent to be good, its simple to put up and easy peasy to take down. Its lovely and spacious and doors situated well.

Only complaint is the amount of condensation it accumulates! It does seem to get quite damp!

Good all rounder tent. There are only 2 of us use it but I should imagine its good for a small family or for 4 people.
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By: Duckbayboulders  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 17/07/2011

Bought the Icarus 500 after looking at many tents. Wanted a roomy tent, even though there are only two of us using it, liked the height too, my husband can stand up in every part of it, unlike many tents that have got good height in main area but slope at the back. Plenty pocket space too.

Bought the carpet and footprint. Carpet lovely for a bit of luxury, footprint helps protect tent base and adds a bit of warmth also good because you can lay out footprint to see where you want to set up on pitch.

Good size living and bedroom area. Also bought porch poles to make good use of main door for canopy.

Just after pitching it poured down for the next hour plus a few showers the following day - didn't find any leaks!

A couple of small gripes, only one electric inlet to tent could do with two (one at each side) depending how near electric supply is in location to tent. Main door must be tight closed during rain, if not fully zipped will easily let rain in. Apart from that - great tent and easy to pitch. Fully recommend as a fab buy. Great for two - four people.
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By: Steam-follower  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 16/07/2011

When raining and using 'side doors' water drips into the tent soaking into the carpet like blotting paper could do with some sort of water deflector.

In any sort of breeze or light wind the large 'frontage' when zipped closed has a tendency to to be 'blown in' could do with additional support via guide wire / rope / string what ever you want to call it.


Bring back the old fashioned FRAME tents
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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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