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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 131 to 140          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: HermioneBay  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 03/06/2011

We bought this tent with a footprint and carpet in 2009 and then promptly bought a campervan, so it became a bit redundant. Nevertheless, we used it several times before selling it on and found it to be excellent.

It was quite easy to erect even for beginners in the camping life, seemed to hold together quite solidly and unlike some units, struck a good balance between being rigid and flexible.

The bedroom areas comfortable slept two adults and three small children, so would only really sleep four medium sized adults.

The living space was reasonable and we were comfortably able to stay inside the unit whilst it rained, with enough room to spread out a bit.

We sold ours to move on to an awning, but two years later, I still have better memories of this than I do the awnings, with them, it's the problems that spring to mind, whereas with the Icarus, we didn't really have any so I only have good thoughts. Perhaps that says as much about the unit than any other details - lack of problems is something you can't really advertise, but in my experience, it's a massive plus!
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By: Dhammerton  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 31/05/2011

Great tent, loads of room but more of a 3 man tent for comfortable camping than a 5 man. It has simple all in one pitch style with a good quality all in one ground sheet, nicely separated between the living and sleeping area.

Ours has withstood some typical spring weather and not let us down yet, we have recently added the carpet making the front a lot more comfy and have also purchased the canopy for the front to expand it even further.

Only downside I can think of is that the poles could do with being stronger to give the tent some more overall stability.
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By: P-T Family  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 24/05/2011

Our friends bought one of these and we were so impressed we bought one as a weekend tent. The first one we bought we had to take back as the quality wasn't too good but the replacement was fine - think we just got a dodgy one! The tent is really quick and easy to put up, although 10 minutes is a lie! The only negatives I can say about it are all very minor gripes - the dividing curtain is a bit see through, the front door would benefit from a window/fly screen and my other half found the tension bands annoying (I didn't as I'm too short) but they only need using when its windy. We sold our Icarus this year to get a bigger tent to accommodate our growing boys and are already missing the ease of putting it up!
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By: Luciferpig  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 22/05/2011

Vango has a good pedigree and we took our 500 away to windy Weymouth for 4 days. Took all the conditions that was thrown at it but the only issue was that the front external zip broke, lucky for us we had purchased the 500 awning (which is a must) so the conditions didn't bother us. A good tent but not for 5 persons, 3 definitely and 4 if you had the awning. Definitely value for money
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By: Trenchfoot2010  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 27/04/2011

Just used our Icarus 500 (2011 model)over the Easter weekend. Thunderstorm on Friday night tested it well. No leaks, but some rain did blow in under the front door. I'm not sure if it's down to how we put it up or because of the sloping front you get on a tunnel.

Plenty of sleeping room for 4 single airbeds, no chance for 5. We even fitted the dogs cage in the living area.

All in all a good weekend tent, but seriously consider the canopy. If you have a wet break you will struggle for room. Other people on the site with us had an Icarus 600 with canopy - looked good with the kitchen under the canopy.

It only took two adults 25 minutes to get it up and get inside. Never put a tent up so quickly!
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By: Sooz83  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 25/04/2011

Brought the tent a few weeks ago and have used it already and am very pleased with it, very spacious. Although its a 5 berth, I would say its more comfortable for 4 people, however there is only two of us using t but it will do us for the next ten years and even with a young family. We are soon going to be purchasing the sun canopy and windbreakers to maximise the use. I would definitely recommend it to others.
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By: Looby13  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 19/04/2011

Bought our Vango Icarus 500 as an easy to erect weekend tent. Purchased it as a package along with the footprint, carpet and sun canopy. Have to say was really disappointed, got 3 faulty tents before we gave up and sold the whole package for an Outwell. The main problem was that they leaked, all of the tents we returned had dodgy seals at the foot of the side door (don't know if this is a common fault) which resulted in a sodden carpet if it rained. Couldn't say what the last tent was like as we sold it without actually pitching it. Also had to return the carpet twice, one had a large rip and the second was completely unfinished on one of the edges. Really liked the size of the tent, ease of pitch and the features but unfortunately don't think I would purchase a Vango again due to quality issues.
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By: Wendyd1970  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 15/04/2011

Bought this in January 2011 following the recommendations of some friends. Just back from our first trip out with it.

We found it easy to put up, two novices and managed to do it first time with the instructions sewn into the tent bag. We also bought the canopy and would recommend to anyone who is thinking of buying this tent or has one and is not sure, go ahead and buy it, amazing what difference size wise it makes. We had plenty of room with only two of us but if four or five and no canopy then it would definitely be a tight squeeze.

I agree with some previous posters about getting the tensions right, we did pretty well on the tent but think we could have done better on the canopy, too much canopy over tent, not sure what we did wrong but as we were away only two nights we left it and we'll work it out better next time!

Also agree that having a fold down front to the canopy would be a good idea and maybe a netting cover over the front door of the tent as did the side door. Also agree that the divider between the two bedrooms could be a bit more sturdy but that's only nitpicking.

Overall I loved this tent and am glad we picked it.
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By: CampVan+Tam  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 10/04/2011

Used my new Vango Icarus 500 this weekend 9/4/11. This was an upgrade from my usual dome tent that is used after walking/climbing to something to suit taking daughter/friends away.

- Had watched the video for putting up tent despite this it took 40 mins - but I know where I would improve!

- Once you have fed through the tunnel poles, peg in the back part of groundsheet before setting up each part of the canopy remembering to really pull it forward or you end up with insufficient tension on tent. We didn't do this and had to go back and redo!

- Once tent up there was some odd tension problems on some of the zips - but need to see if this was a set up issue when I next use it.

- The all in one tent is great as once all pegged in you ready to get going!

- Great doors and windows to give light, views and various access points

- Only one ribbon attaching the bedroom to the outdoor had already broke before being set up

- I thought the tent had a hook for a lantern - but none!

- Great pockets

- Great space for two and could probably accommodate 4 as long as weather lovely.

-Wish I had bought the footprint as the bottom of groundsheet was quite muddy (even though weather lovely)

- I didn't buy the carpet but used a collection of waterproof backed picnic blankets and a rush mat for boots at door into the living space which were functional and could be shaken clean.

- The canopy will be next investment for cooking

- Overall the Vango Icarus 500 is a great tent. Easy to set up for weekends and big and functional enough for weeks away.

- think the bedroom separator sheet could be improved to ensure privacy whilst allowing the flexibility to open up the two bedrooms

- I paid £120 for this online and very happy with this price.
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By: Bbhexagon  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 16/03/2011

So easy to pitch , pensioners can do it . Loads of room although there are only two of us using it , it could easily sleep a family of 4 comfortably. We have a table and 2 chairs, two large kitchen camping units and a table top freezer and large cool box in the living quarters and theres still room for loads of bags and clothes . However somwehere to hang your clothes up would be great and the ceiling light hook would be better being more central, we used this to hang a long plastic shoe storer which was great for keeping to hand the torches and tiolet roll etc .

We also have the Icarus canopy which is great and lets us cook our breakfast outdoors in the morning even on rainy days . And keeps the muddy boots from being brought into the tent. The canopy is a fantastic addition but could be greatly improved by giving it the option to be totally closed in at the front when the weather is bad with a extra wide zip / roll up front door .

We have camped in some quite severe wind and rain last year and the tent stayed put even when on top of a exposed hill, although one tent pole did snap but we exchanged it for one from canopy till we got it fixed . All things considered I love this tent and love the fact that its simple strong and its spacious but doesn't take up two pitches .
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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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