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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 121 to 130          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: Slinkycat  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2007   Rating:   Date: 07/07/2011

We had a pale blue 2007 Icarus 500 and by far has been my favourite tent out of the 3 we have had. Only thinking about getting a new tent as ours has been discontinued and we cant get matching canopy/extension for it. This 5 berth is a good size for 3 people, has a good living space, pitches in about 20 mins, has always withstood horrendous rain and wind. Has a small opening for putting EHU in, also has ample storage pockets in between rooms and has ties for attaching a lantern. Windows are plentiful and the 2 doors give you a choice of entrance. I love this tent 10/10
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By: Ag23  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 28/06/2011

I found the Icarus 500 tent a fantastic tent overall,we purchased the enclosed canopy and carpet for ours and found the quality to be of a very high standard,We pitched from bag to fully up in about 40 min but hope to get quicker each time we put up.We tested the tent in every extreme of weather in the west of Ireland from sunshine to 40 mph winds and really heavy rainfall that lasted 12 hours, we did get some leaks but that was down to how we put up the tent and have learned from our mistakes,the tent survived the winds and poles flexed all over the place but never broke.

There is loads of room for all our stuff and as I am introducing my other half to camping we seem to have a lot of stuff, gone are the days of roughing it in the wild she now calls it glamping (glamorous camping) instead of camping.I can honestly say that the Icarus 500 tent suits all of our needs but would defo recommend that you purchase the canopy for the extra space and the carpet as it really is that little bit of luxury.We will be testing the Icarus again in France this summer for two weeks and I have high hopes about its performance,will upload some pics as soon as I work out how, happy glamping ! PS I only gave it 9 of of 10 as I have not learned to trust it fully yet but want to in time.
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By: Melly74  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 18/06/2011

We bought a Vango Icarus 500 tent and I can only say that it was well worth the money. We bought it last year and been camping 4 times so far. Its a very roomy tent with good height. We also bought the canopy for it so it makes the tent a lot bigger and if it rains we have a nice shelter. We have looked around recently at the new Vangos 2011 but I'm not keen on them
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By: Oneilk  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 11/06/2011

Bought this tent, fly sheet, carpet and canopy in 2010, used for the first time Easter 2011. Easy to put up taking about 30 mins. Good tent for two adults, not sure if it would sleep a family of five comfortably. Used second bedroom pod as storage area for clothes etc. Living area adequate, but once you bring in cooking equipment etc. For overnight storage can be a bit of a squeeze. Canopy ideal for cooking under and sitting in if nice night. Storage pockets in living area, but could do with somewhere to hang extra storage pockets from. Slight leak from one of the lower seams during a storm but nothing major. Third trip out we decided to purchase the enclosed canopy, only problem was not able to get Laurel/Meadow colour, last years colour, had to settle for Moss, does not look too bad against original tent, was definitely a good buy being able to zip it closed and leave cooking equipment, table/chairs, shoes etc. In, giving more space in living area of tent, nearly doubling size of tent. Good have done with fly screen over main door. Overall good value tent.
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By: Brooksuk  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 08/06/2011

We owned a 2009 Icarus 500 including the carpet and large sun canopy. Overall its a good tent for the price. Provides plenty of room for 2 or 3 people - it would be very tight if you actually tried to squeeze in the advertised 4 or 5 people!

Very easy to erect the tent itself although we found it a little tricky to add the canopy - never really worked out where the guy ropes are meant to hook over the front of the tent without squashing the tent down at the front.

Positives - good value for money, easy to pitch and good weekend tent.

Negatives - the poles are fairly weak. We had some reasonable winds on our first trip and the whole back of the tent was flexing downwards - not good! Also the overall quality of the tent is a little low (toggles coming off after 2 trips etc) - have now swapped it for an Outwell.
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By: Happycamperz201  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 07/06/2011

We bought the Icarus 500 Aug 2010, although we never got to use it until Oct 2010 we found the tent to be a great tent for a weekend break, we bought the tent with an open sun canopy, we considered the enclosed canopy but then opted to buy the Tigris 800 also. Its spacious for what we need it for and that would be 3 adults. Although my daughter is now 16yrs old she may not always opt to come away with us giving us more room. I used the tent this Easter and it accommodated 4 adults and a child with comfort. I pitched the tent myself with little help, and found it easy to erect. When hubby bought the tent he purchased rock pegs, a great investment also.

The sun canopy was a great addition as was the footprint groundsheet, we also bought the carpet and windbreak.A great advertisement for Vango. I will post some photos as soon as I figure out how to.
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By: Pink38  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 07/06/2011

Not really a 5 man tent but great for me and my partner. It was easy to put up, coped fine with very windy weather and no leaks when it rained. We bought the footprint too which was a great idea to keep the base of the tent dry and the carpet made it nice and cosy. Will get the tunnel next for extra room. Ours is green and looked lovely.
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By: D, S, A + E  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 07/06/2011

Bought as an additional tent as sometimes our 8 berth is just too big. Wanted a tent that was easy to pitch and would accommodate take 4 of us for a quick overnight/short camping trip. This one fits the bill.

We can pitch it in about 20 mins (2 people) and as we have the canopy can be all pitched and unpacked in under 45 mins (when the children help!)

The sleeping space would be a little cosy for 5 but 4 of us fit easily.

We bought the canopy as the living space is not large enough to house the cooker, chairs, table etc and we did not want to keep them in the car or outside.

Just been away again with this tent (5 nights) and although the first night was very windy it stood up well.

Recently bought the carpet for this tent as we had been using old blankets on the floor but thought we would treat ourselves to a little luxury!

Only slight downside is that the wind can blow through the front and side openings making it cooler than our other tent which can be completely sealed.

Certainly not a bad buy for the money and we would recommend it.
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By: Keeby  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 06/06/2011

We downsized our Vango Diablo 600 to the Icarus 500 (2010 model) in Laurel / Meadow and paid £135 for it. The first one we had delivered had a missing ring and pin on one side so it was impossible to secure the pole. It was returned to the supplier (Cotswold Outdoor) who promptly replaced it.

We had a 'practice' pitch in the garden to check everything was in order. The first time we pitched it in anger, it took us about 20 minutes without any problems at all.

There is more than enough space for the two of us, and I think we could manage when our teenage daughter is with us. I do not see it being anywhere near big enough for five people.

There is plenty of storage space with pockets on both sides of the bedroom area and pockets down the centre. There are also loops for lanterns in the living and bedroom areas.

We used the side door all the time mainly due to the direction of the wind. We had some wind and rain, but the Icarus withstood it without any dramas.

We have since purchased the additional canopy to give us a little more flexibility regarding which door we use and also a sheltered area to sit outside.

Overall, I'd say we are very pleased with our purchase and would recommend it to any prospective buyer.
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By: PaganMojo  Reason: I've used one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 03/06/2011

I borrowed this tent from a friend to see if it is possible to camp with my 3 dogs. This weekend has been very successful. The tent was easy to pitch. It took 2 of us about 25 mins, not bad as we've both not pitched a tent for quite a while! I would say it is only a 4 person tent as 5 adults would be cramped. The living space was ok but not big enough for my group (3 adults and 3 cavalier king Charles spaniels). It help up well in the wind. When opening the door in the rain it soaked the inside of the tent which was a bit of a pain. Overall a good tent but not suitable for my particular needs.
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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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