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Tent Reviews: Vango Icarus 500

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Pitching Style:
Discontinued
5  (more 5 berth tents)
10.20 KG
£150.00
1
Fully Sewn-in
In one
Average User Rating:
8.4/10 from 243 reviews

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243 Reviews of the Icarus 500        Showing 171 to 180          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: Sarahpowell  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 04/08/2010

I love this tent!

Managed to pitch, just me and my 12yr old, in about 30 mins 1st time.

Plenty of space for my double and 1 single airbed, with cocker spaniel between with all the bags.

Had high winds which did pull out the pegs from back of tent but only had the cheapies supplied. Replaced with plastic and no problems.

Will definitely be investing in an extension as soon as funds allow after having a nosey in one at Naburn Lock last week. There were actually 6 Icarus 500's on this site when we left. We can't all be wrong!
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By: Fiona28  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 04/08/2010

Bought this tent for weekends and short breaks where putting up the Montana was too much bother. Excellent, especially with sun canopy to extend living area. Plenty of sleeping room for 2 adults and a dog while grandson has his pop-up. Grandson and I can put up the tent without too much trouble. My only real complaint is the lack of somewhere to hang lights. Does anyone have a solution?
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By: Aim82  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 03/08/2010

Used for the first time this weekend.

Excellent size and easy to put up, great for 2 adults, baby in travel cot and dog in the porch overnight. Haven't purchased any extras yet, but will be looking out for the fitted carpet in the sales. Managed to get it all back in the supplied bag without too much hassle!

Minor gripes I had, one of the groundsheet pegging points (bedroom end) had not been finished correctly so requires re-stitching and a plastic d loop fitting. Dealer going to do free of charge, just in-convenient.

I couldn't seem to get the tension right across the front door, so a lot of strain put on the zip near the top - will keep an eye on this next time I put it up to try and prevent damage to the zip or stitching.

Overall good features, good size, slightly budget quality - but suits me for the money paid (£134.99).

As an aside we looked at this with the Gelert Atlantis 5 next to it and their is very little difference - if I had waited 2 weeks, B&Q were getting rid of stock and had the Atlantis 5 at £99.99 - great buy.
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By: Daffodil23  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 01/08/2010

We spent a long time researching a family tent that was easy to put up/take down being new to camping. The Icarus 500 was our choice. I am jealous however of the people who can erect it in 20 minutes on their own, we have yet to beat the 1/2 hour and that's with two of us! Bendy poles are fiddly and getting the poles into the pins does require some strength. We also have the footprint, carpet and sun canopy. The carpet makes the tent, the canopy however (and it does state in the instructions) is no good in any kind of wind. It was only moderately windy on our last trip but we returned to find our canopy about to take off. Several of the pegs (supplied) had been pulled out of the ground.

The tent itself however is warm, cosy and as far as we have found, sturdy in moderate wind. It did rain but no water got in. Definitely a 4 person tent not a five. We plan on visiting Cornwall, which is a notoriously windy county, but I am hesitant in using this tent there without good shelter from wind, and definitely will not use the canopy there. King poles for front door not supplied with tent. Inside pockets good idea for small item storage. We will definitely be swapping pegs though for stronger ones before next trip. A good short stay/weekend tent.
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By: Jacs9303  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 01/08/2010

This was our first tent and purchased for family weekends away. I have to say I am absolutely made up with it. We have found it to be very easy to erect, taking about 20 mins in total. I agree with other comments that it is really a four berth. When we have blown up four airbeds that is all you can fit in the bedroom. But that is fine for us as there are only four anyway. It has withstood high winds in Wales and lashing down rain in the Lake District, and come through both tests with flying colours. It is spacious enough inside for us, and there are loads of handy pockets to put things in.

We purchased the footprint ground sheet which is great for getting an idea of where you want to pitch the tent before you get it out the bag. The other addition I would recommend is the sun canopy. This has made a massive difference to us with living space, as we put up the cooker and just leave it there with the cool box and a small foldup picnic table. You can cook without bothering about wind or rain etc. It also allows you to leave wet boots and clothes outside the tent to dry out without having to take up room inside. The sun canopy also gets over the issues other's have highlighted regarding rain coming in through the front entrance when you unzip it.

I cannot speak more highly of this tent, and if you are looking for something relatively cheap to get into weekend camping, then you will not go wrong with this one.
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By: Shubs  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 31/07/2010

I bought The Icarus 500 for myself and two 12 year olds, as they wanted plenty of space to put their 'stuff' in ! I pitched within 20 mins ,3 poles all pegged out . Plenty of room Ii now have a tent I can stand up in !(I'm 6ft) Tent held up well in quite strong wind during the night,it also dried fairly quickly after the rain .No leaks from fabric or seams. We used the side entrance to give us more room in the living area.
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By: Kazcaw  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 30/07/2010

Just returned from 10 days in this tent. No major problems, but we did buy the extension so that made more living area. You would struggle with more than 3 people, we have an extra height double airbed, and that was a bit tight for the bedroom, luckily enough my son has his pup tent! On the whole a lovely tent.
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By: Shelleb07  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 29/07/2010

We've just come back from a week camping with this tent and we loved it. This is our first ever family tent and we were able to pitch it in 25 mins with no experience of these tents. I would definitely say that it is only a four man tent and not a five. We used one double and two single air beds that only just fitted although without the air beds it may fit more although would be a squeeze for 5. We also used the canopy which gave us lots more space for stove, table and camping chairs etc. Everything about this tent we loved except the fact the front door doesn't have any mesh which is the reason we gave it a 9 and not a 10. The pockets we found really useful. We also used the footprint and carpet.
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By: Claireclayton  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 27/07/2010

We have had a few tents over the last couple of years but this great little tent is probably our favourite; not too tricky to put up/down, even on my own. The living space area is lovely and large with a good sized window one side, but could do with another window in the side or front door. If bad weather forces you inside, it can feel a bit claustrophobic.

Two negatives that I can see with our model, the shape of the side door means that if it's raining and you undo the zip, you can get water dripping (and pouring!) onto the groundsheet. I've noticed that a few similar models from other companies now have a small porch to protect the side door which would be perfect for this tent.

The main downside is the size of the sleeping compartment - five adults would be a real push! We are two adults, one of whom is 6ft4 and has to sleep with his feet sticking out of the doorway - plus a small child so he has lots of room but, if you're using a double and a single airbed there's not much space for bags and when the labrador comes too, it's very cosy in there! We have considered changing to a 600 just to get more bedroom space. Also, as other reviewers have said, no mesh on the front door.

Having a sewn-in groundsheet is great and we have the footprint too which also helps to work out where it all goes for pegging out. Tempted to go for the carpet too but maybe that's a bit too decadent!

We have considered the sun canopy and/or extension but when we looked at attaching them, even the tent shop struggled to make either fit nicely without pulling down on the front poles.

This review sounds more negative than positive but I'm just trying to point out a few things that would make this tent better than it already is. We are extremely happy with it.
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By: Roy + Bev.  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 27/07/2010

This is our second tent and we love it. I agree with others that you could probably only fit 3 in comfortably and it does need extra guy ropes in the centre front and back to give it a little more steadiness in bad weather, but overall an excellent tent,easy for 2 to erect and in our experience totally weather proof.Would recommend to others.
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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.

Specification

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

Features

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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