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Tent Reviews: Vango Icarus 500

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10.20 KG
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By: Karen5571  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 03/09/2010

We bought a Vango Icarus 500 from the internet, excellent value for money. We have camped twice in wind and rain, tent remained intact both time, no leaks at all, but we bought stronger tents pegs at a camp shop. We also bought a Vango carpet and sun canopy both additions to our tent, next summer we will purchase a tent extension for our tent.
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By: Jod20005  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 02/09/2010

We have used this tent and love(d) it to begin with. It is big enough, although only 2 of us use it. It is easy to put up/take down. We also have the canopy which is a massive bonus.

We haven't had any problems with this tent, until one day we went out for a walk, and on our return, discovered that one of the tension straps had broken, and was dangling down the middle of the tent at the front, when we sent it back to Vango they didn't give us a new one.Which you would expect after all it was faulty! we got a repair, but don't worry, we didn't have to pay for it!

While we were camping over the weekend, one of the tent poles shattered! so overall I am disappointed with this tent. You don't pay £150 for something (not including extras,carpet/canopy) for it to be constantly having faults.

I would look at buying the equivalent tent but by Outwell, a lot more sturdy. Although a little more expensive.

I suppose it is ok to pitch in your living room for the kids? where it isn't exposed to natural weather, after all we do live in England!
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By: Orinoco  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 31/08/2010

Have now used our Icarus 500 3 times and overall I am very pleased with it for the money it cost. No breakages, rips, broken toggles, elastics or zips.Still as new!

Space is fine for us (2 adults & 1 child), don't be under any illusion that this is a 5 person tent. At best it is a 4 person, but I reckon that would still be pretty cozy. As I said, for the 3 of us it is roomy and comfortable. We also bought the sun canopy which is a must for added living space and kitchen area during inclement (British) weather. The sun canopy also deals with the biggest problem with this tent as has been highlighted in I think, every other review, that of the insecure bottom flap of the main entrance. I haven't found the need to modify the entrance as yet (with 'velcro' as suggested by others) purely because the canopy keeps the rain away from the entrance, though it doesn't prevent it from noisily flapping around at night.

We have just returned from, 'That weekend on the East coast' (27-30/8/2010), almost 'Armageddon'. Saturday night wasn't too bad, damp and blustery. Sunday that all changed! Ahead of each shower (almost at 30 minute regular intervals) came extreme gusts of wind, 'Tent Flatteners'! The worst I have experienced in 6 years of camping under 'canvas'.

Both tent and canopy survived admirably, everything did it's job under severe, testing conditions. The guy points held as I witnessed my tent & canopy flattened constantly to within 3 feet of the ground. Those poles truly are flexible, thank goodness.

This tent stayed up when many others around us didn't!

Overall for the money I don't think you could or should expect any more. It's a great 3-4 night tent. I didn't buy mine for a Himalayan expedition, I'd expect to be paying at least £299.99 for that!

+ Relatively Compact when packed (& easily fits in the supplied bag/sack, unlike our Diablo 600 which is a struggle every time)

+ Relatively light weight.

+ Quick to pitch, no issues with poles, guys. (Straight forward 2 man, 15-20 minute job)

+ Plenty of little storage pockets.

- Not 5 person tent ( 4 at best, roomy & comfy for 3)

- Front main entrance needs re-designing to prevent water ingress and flapping (at night).

- Could do with a light hoop/hook in main living area.

Overall I am very pleased with this tent, great value for money. We bought the tent, canopy, carpet and footprint for £229.BARGAIN!
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By: MrnMrsd+2  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 28/08/2010

Very poor quality. Seam around bedroom frayed and split, and was starting to separate in other areas, It was so big a hole it was like a ventilation space! The canopy was so flimsy and badly designed that the slightest wind blew it left to right. To be honest the only good point really was the space when it was all pitched including the canopy. Suppose the saying you get what you pay for was true for us, although a little better was expected as Vango are usually decent.
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By: Campingfamily5  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 28/08/2010

Have just returned from our first outing in it.

Our purchase of Tent, canopy and carpet made a homely area for us. Unfortunately for us, the weather was not good. Winds, rain, thunder and lightening! tent and canopy survived them all. Would like to see a cover made for the end of the canopy, I would definitely buy one, I cheated an took one of my gazebo sides, and used storm pegs to hold it in position, this gave us a much larger area to use and kept the rain out totally. Did Perfect for our five day break away.
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By: Clareiam  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 27/08/2010

Bought this as a fairweather, weekend tent, and despite the following comments I would recommend it. However I wouldn't want it as a main tent. The quality is not as high as I'd expected from Vango; on our first trip two toggles came off, the guy ropes are a pain to tighten and I'm not convinced they'd stay tight in a storm, and overall the fabric and poles feel flimsy. Due to the length of the poles and the funny guy rope clips this isn't the quickest tent I've put up. Another quibble is that although the mesh side door is great, when it starts raining you have to go outside to do up the zip to make it rainproof.The front door does puddle badly when it's raining as per other comments.

The canopy is a great space for eating in, and very effective in rainy weather. However, it's not recommended in windy weather, and wind and rain seem to go together - I ended up taking it down at 2 in the morning to stop it taking off, and it only went up again when the sun came out.

I would recommend this tent, but it's not as good as I expected and I'm glad to have a better one for long family holidays.
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By: MRSMELISSA  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 26/08/2010

Great tent for short trips. This is the third tent we have owned and the major advantages are the ease of putting it up (20 mins), the small packed size and the built in ground sheet. Would definitely recommend the extension which we bought this year for storage and sitting in, out of the wind. As previous comments have said, the lack of velcro at the bottom of the front door does lead to puddles on the inside during rainy weather (the porch helps to remedy this). Have considered buying some self adhesive velcro and fitting it myself for next year. Another niggle is the lack of a perspex window in the front door which means that during rainy days you can't look out unless the door is open. Overall though a vast improvement on our old canvas and dome tents.
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By: Jackiep12  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 25/08/2010

I have the Icarus 500, footprint and canopy and it's well worth the money in terms of quality and convenience. This isn't for 5 people, 4 is fine as others have said.

Owning the trusted Aztec Asilo which is a little on the larger side, we'd opted for the Icarus to cut down on tent space and weight and weren't disappointed. The mesh storage is great, size of living area plenty and two doors very practical especially if the bad weather changes direction.

One thing that would improve this tent is to have a 'fly' screen on the main door too. As we had the canopy this time around, we used this main door but with the midge had to really keep it zipped up more than we'd have liked. Great value for money!
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By: Chilledgibbo  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 25/08/2010

We bought this tent, with the footprint, canopy and carpet in the spring and first used it to camp in Scotland for 7 nights and we have since used it to camp for 11 nights in South Wales.

The best point is the space you get in a relatively compact tent which is easy to erect and take down. The canopy is a real bonus providing essentially that 'middle' space which is very handy for getting in and out of the tent in wet weather whilst letting no rain in through the door. I also found the canopy to be strong in fairly windy conditions.

I do have negative points however, and they revolve round the build quality. The inner tent lining is very thin: three inches have broken away from the stitching at the seams of one inner door, whilst there are other lengths that are threatening to break off and create new holes. This may well be due to some slight overtightening, but I would have thought that the possibility of this happening would be designed into the tent with some reinforcement.

The main door of the tent is fine when the canopy is up, but no doubt could be better sealed with extra velcro for when the canopy isn't there.

On the canopy itself, the anchor straps for the guy ropes at the front pole sleeve are located at the rear, instead of the front of the sleeve, so it effectively needs to wrap around the pole sleeve when being tensioned which feels completely wrong. This also twists the pole sleeve. I'm not sure whether this is a common design fault with the canopy or a one-off pint-fuelled Friday afternoon oversight in the factory.

The groundsheet footprint is useful, but why is it actually smaller than the groundsheet for the tent? This means that I've still managed to get the tent soiled with mud when putting it away. Unless the pegs are inserted well enough into the ground they could well pierce the groundsheet of the tent itself. The foot print also only has a lug for pegs at each corner, which is ok for flat pitching, but even on the slightest slope, evidence of the lugs straining the fabric of the tarpaulin have appeared and I expect soon that they could break soon if pitching on a sloping site is unavoidable.

Having a footprint which is the right size, with adequate peg lugs for reinforcement, lined up with the location for pegs to pitch the tent would at least give you a good idea that the tent has gone up straight and true and is tensioned right. At present, there doesn't seem to be much logic in its smaller size.

Overall the tent is hugely practical. Its just a shame that these issues have spoiled the experience. Otherwise I would have given the tent and accessories bundle a healthy 10.
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By: Helen04  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 23/08/2010

Easy to pitch in about 20 minutes. In fact my husband did this on his own on the first use as me and the kids went to queue for chips at the van! The bedrooms in reality will only sleep 4 if you use 2 double airbeds. There are a good amount of storage pockets inside. We like the option of having a side opening door as well as the front door. The side door is great in the mornings to aid airing and drying of condensation. We have also purchased the canopy for this tent to give us an area to sit out in even when it rains plus we use it for storage of the cooker and table. I like the ability to 'open' the window from inside as other tents we have this is done on the outside. Easy to take down and fits in the bag with room to spare for any ground sheet you wish to use. I didn't score it 10 due to the bedroom space and the fact that without canopy it would be a tight squeeze for 4 chairs a table and your belongings if you needed to sit inside on rainy days/nights
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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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