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Tent Reviews: Vango Icarus 500

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5  (more 5 berth tents)
10.20 KG
Fully Sewn-in
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8.4/10 from 243 reviews

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243 Reviews of the Icarus 500        Showing 161 to 170          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: Peter ks  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 16/08/2010

Great tent very roomy easy to erect in under 20 mins lots of storage pockets windows and vents. The only bad point is the flapping front door as many others have commented on. We use the tent most weekends in the summer and have found it to be very rugged .
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By: Lindyloo116  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 16/08/2010

I bought this tent from Outdoor Megastore online (brilliant free delivery and service) and with a friend put it up on our school field in 40 mins reading instructions as we went. My only previous experience of camping was 30 years ago with a heavy canvas ridge tent and heavy poles. By contrast when we put Icarus 500 up last weekend at Cropredy festival it took 22mins exactly. The steward in the field came over to congratulate us on having a great tent; quickly erected!

There's so much room inside and the fact that storage pockets and curtained bedroom areas are ready fixed made it a doddle and so user friendly.The weather was foul all weekend but the tent was fine. Great to stand up and walk from one end to the other without stooping. That was a key reason for choosing this tent over others. Room to have the kitchen storage unit, calor gas double burner table and set of 4 plastic drawers of food as well as 2 fold up chairs and food box etc. Plenty of room for double blow up airbed in either side of bedroom divide. Great for us 2, ok for 4 but 5? We did remark that you could easily sleep 2 more in the living area though if you kept bags in the car or our quick pitch Gelert.

I did buy the canopy but didn't use it this first outing. So easy to erect with just 3 hooped identical poles.Can't wait to go out again.
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By: Ritchie rich  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 16/08/2010

Poorest tent for manufacturing quality I have ever had the misfortune to own, scorch marks where heat as been by it in the factory dirty footmarks on the inner tent looks like seams were sewn by a 10 year old, frayed ends of fabric showing from behind the stitching. Took the tent back to the retailer and it was changed but the replacement was just as bad, only reason I'm giving it a 4 is because of its ease to erect and its mesh side door which would be handy with the wasps around.
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By: Ronin  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 16/08/2010

Can only really echo the other positive comments posted so far; easy to put up, good living space and overall the tent seems very well made. Found setting up even easier with the footprint groundsheet to help position the tent. Also have the fitted carpet and it really does make a difference, makes the tent very homely.

I do believe there are a couple of things that could be improved, namely, the lack of netting for the front door and that the front door still flaps a little when windy, which you really notice at night.

However, for the price, I think all things considered it's an awesome tent! I have no regrets purchasing this tent and would easily recommend to others.
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By: Cml201  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 15/08/2010

Just got home from a three night break with weather alternating from a thunder and lightening storm on night 1, horrendous winds on night 2 and blazing sunshine night 3, loving our British weather!

The tent was fantastic, took me 20 mins to put up on my own and about 10 to get down, was tough in the wind though to roll it up but managed :)

The bedrooms are warm and ideal for 3 with a walking space between the camp beds, 4 would be fine but I cant see 5 squeezing in.

The living area is very spacious and the pockets are great. As other people have said.Velcro, velcro, velcro, for the bottom of the doors and the side window. I used clothes pegs in the end for the window as the 2 velcro patches that are sewn on were not strong enough to stop the flapping and therefore allowed the rain to come through in force and puddle on the floor.

The water did pool between the footprint and the bottom of the tent, perhaps because of the extreme weather blowing up the skirt and I couldn't figure out how to remedy this, I did get a bit of a shock when I put the tent down to pack away and saw how much water was under there??! Perhaps it would have been better for them to manufacture the footprint in breathable material so the water would seep away?

Anyway, a great tent, single female (or male) friendly pitching and more than enough room inside to eat, cook, play games when our weather is watering the greenery.
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By: Victoria1  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 11/08/2010

I use a couple of king poles that I had from another tent to put the front door up as a porch. You don't need eyelets, just put the top of the pole through the pegging points which serve just as well. A couple of guy ropes is all you need to finish the ensemble off.

This tent is generously sized for two or three people. I like that there is the same amount of head height in the sleeping pod as in the main tent. I also like the pelmet that covers the hanging straps, and that the bed pod is integrated and doesn't need to be fitted separately to the tent.

I use this tent in conjunction with the Vango Premium Extension. This makes the tent in my view, in changeable UK conditions where you can never trust the weather report.
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By: Tulip98  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 08/08/2010

Had my first long camping trip in this a few weeks ago, it was fantastic. We had some awful weather with torrential rain and the tent coped wonderfully, with no leaks at all. The tension band system made a difference when the wind got up.

I also had the canopy with it which was brilliant for storage and also when the weather wasn't great, it gave us somewhere else to sit. The only thing I did notice withthe canopy was water collected under it and on top of the tent, but didn't cause us any problems.

I would say it would be a squeeze for five, but I have never had a tent which actually slept as many as it claimed it would,

The living area was brilliant and the storage pockets were really really useful.

I don;t know how it would hold up in really strong winds, as it doesn't have a rope from the middle of the front poles, but this would be easily rectified.

To sum up I loved this tent and would recommend it to anyone thinking of getting a a reasonable sized tent. It is easy to put up, easy to take down and provides a cosy camping experience. Fabulous!
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By: Mrs chip  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 07/08/2010

We are new to camping and had no problem putting tent up. 20 mins. Also got canopy (another 20 mins) which gave us loads more space and was good to sit in and watch the rain! Really pleased with our purchase which easily took 1 double and 1 single airbed in bedroom (would take another with a bit of a squeeze)and plenty of room in living area for all the toys and bags. Would def recommend this tent. Can't wait to go off in it again.
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By: Jo and kids  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 06/08/2010

I got this tent last year when my husband finally decided he hated camping and I needed a tent that I could put up quickly with just me and the 3 kids. I bought it online and it cost about £100. We've used it several times and I love it. It's not too big when it's all packed up but once its up it gives us enough living space to have a camp kitchen and a table and chairs if the weather is bad. It's really straight forward and quick to pitch and I've lent it out to several families who are just wanting to go away for a couple of nights to 'experiment' with camping. None of them have had any troubling pitching it.

I wanted a tent where I could see all the children if I woke in the middle of the night, but we have also found the optional divider in the sleeping compartment really useful. Although it says it sleeps 5, the only way we've ever done that is by having one person sleeping in the living space - the sleeping compartments comfortably take 2 double air beds and we like our little bit of luxury!

We've used this tent in all weather conditions without any problems. However I have to confess that for trips which are more than a few days, when there is a strong likelihood of rain I would still take our bigger tent. It may take about 4 times as long to put up but size is everything in the rain!
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By: Anlorel  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 05/08/2010

Having downsized from a people carrier with 4 children to a couple we needed to replace our 25 year old Raclet frame tent with a smaller one. We eventually narrowed our search down to the Vango Tigris and the Icarus finally settling on the Icarus as we felt the less pointed slope made the inside more spacious. We have used it for 2 weeks in the South of France and are very pleased with our choice.

Its very easy to erect and take down. It took a few attempts to get the tent small enough to fit back in the bag but we we even managed it on one occasion whilst the tent was soaking wet. We have the footprint which is useful in deciding where you are going to pitch. We did not always use the guy ropes as some always seemed to be in the way leading to a few trip ups. However if you don't put the guys on the tent fabric is not under tension so if you get rain it pools on the roof. An easily rectified 'problem'.

We did have some torrential rain and we kept nice and dry. The interior is very roomy.We slept 3 adults in the sleeping compartment which was roomy- any more would have been a bit of a squash when you consider you probably have a couple of clothes bags with you too. Head height is excellent and the living area is very spacious. We liked the insect netting cover over the doors and the way the tent and groundsheet are as one -no drafts easy to put up. The only mystery we had was dampness under our self inflating airbeds which seemed to be a bit more then condensation. When we took the tent down there were a few puddles of water in between the footprint and the tent so we are not sure if this leaked in through the groundsheet. Obviously the water had leaked in over the top of the footprint and could then not soak away through it. Overall we are really pleased with this tent and would recommend it.
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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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