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Tent Reviews: Vango Icarus 500

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Bedroom inners:
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5  (more 5 berth tents)
10.20 KG
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 181 to 190          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: PatTruMad  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 25/07/2010

I've had a number of trips in this tent which I bought specifically as a weekend tent which I'd be erecting on my own, I agree with most of the other positive comments but I've chosen to add my negatives as I feel it's important to strike the balance.

I find this tent difficult to erect alone and so need to highlight that some degree of strength is needed to anchor the poles into the pins and then physical height and strength is needed to stand the tent up.

This tent (in my experience) does not do well in gusts of strong wind, I've suffered many a broken/shattered pole which have almost ruined a number of my trips.

The main problem I find is that there are no central guy ropes on the front of back pole loop, therefore nothing to stop the tent folding right in on itself in high winds.

There really needs to be an internal fly screen on the main door.

I find that you can really only comfortably fit 3 people in the tent, anything more and it starts to get quite cramped
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By: Andyh55  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 22/07/2010

Our first outing with this tent was a windy and rainy weekend. We were very pleased with the performance. My wife and I (aged 54.) returned to camping after 20 years or so. We were impressed with space in this tent and had no probs pitching and taking it down. Stood up to the elements very well. Excellent!
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By: Colincky  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 20/07/2010

Just got mine yesterday and very impressed , put it up in garden today [AND got it cheaper than the stated £150] ours was £136 WITH delivery], very easy to put up /down. Seen one of these 3 weeks ago at Oban in Scotland the owners showed me inside and were also impressed with the vango icarus 500 ,very warm tent cant wait to properly test it next week.As this tent is much lighter than our older 4 man [the icarus is a 5 but we going to use it as a 4 or even 2 with plenty space] vango have produced another tent with a great price tag.
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By: Robray100  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 20/07/2010

Littiemiss I am sure you would easy fit you air beds in we have just used ours for the first time with 3 adults one very tall daughter and we had tons of room. This was my first time of use and would recommend it to anyone, although we did have some quite strong gusts of wind and the front pole did bend in a way, that was the only down side to the tent we love it. I would how ever never take there word for the sleeping room they say 5 I would say max 4, unless of course you can live out of the car you would be tight for storage.
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By: Cindy007  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 19/07/2010

A top quality family tent. We have purchased the canopy, and the carpet.

With the canopy it provides plenty of room for 2A+2C and 1 dog.

Used it over the weekend ans we had very heavy rain, the tent didnt leak, and didnt have a problem with the very windy conditions.

All in all an excellent tent.
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By: Wrights just  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 18/07/2010

Our very first tent, easy to put up, took 45 minutes to put up together! Very roomy inside for just the 2 of us, love the storage pockets in the sleeping area and the handy pockets in the living area. Would like to buy the canopy for even more room and maybe to carpet for a bit of luxury.

Tent stood up the wind very well, and found using the side door much better to use for speed, when it rained. Good air vent on side door too and good window for extra light. We are very happy with the tent and would recommend it to anyone.
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By: Puncturedairbed  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 14/07/2010

Bit of a squeeze for five people with all the kit but other than that a good sized and roomy tent. There is a criticism though in that the two times I have used it in the six weeks since purchase a section of the pole has shattered on each occasion needing repair, and this was during putting up the tent. While the repair is easy enough to do, after purchasing new pole sections, Vango should have given more thought to this problem, and as they and the retailer state that the poles are not covered by warranty, should at least supply one spare in the initial purchase. Another idea would be to have another entrance on the the other side. Do not be put off though a good tent, for the price, just be careful putting it up and look out for strong gusts of wind.
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By: Littiemiss  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 13/07/2010

Brought this tent last week from go out doors in the sale , we used it for the first time at the weekend. Really nice tent for the money. Easy to put up and take down , was even able to get it back in the bag. They say it sleeps 5 but thats no way , I had 3 single air beds in and I am not sure if there would be room for 4 single air beds. Does any one else have this problem only I am planing to take 2 adults and 2 children with me next time. Can you sleep four people in this tent and how .
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By: DantezChinzo  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 07/07/2010

I don't think I could give enough praise to this tent.

Its really easy to put up, We put it up within 20 mins with just the 2 of us the first time we used it. 2nd time we put it up took 10 max.

Inside room is fantastic, Sharing with 4 people may get a little cramped, but only because we are now use to the room available for the 2 of us.

Second time we used it was at the Download festival, not all ropes were put up (no space) but the tent held its shape perfectly for 5 days, and held very well against heavy rain on the 5th day.

Only reason the tent doesn't get a 10 out of 10 is the main front door, being kept in place by a toggle made the door flap a bit in wind, was easily solved by tucking the flap under the tent and some weight applied inside the tent.

The windows are a nice touch letting enough light in during the day, the pockets inside the sleeping pod are helpful but the pockets hanging down are fantastic.

Will be buying the canopy in a few days to really make the tent a luxury and may look into buying the carpet next year.

Doubt I would buy another tent for the next 5 years if this one holds up, and if anything did happen I would probably buy it again.
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By: Monkeynut1982  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 04/07/2010

This is the second tent I've owned, and I use for for both my wife and I, and for weekends away with the lads.

Very comfortable with 5 lads sharing, plenty of space in the living area for all the chairs and a table. Ideal for cards and beers when the weather turns.

Even more comfortable with just the wife and I. The bedroom has a removable partition which gives loads of space for 2 people and all the comforts of home. We do plan on using it as a family tent once the bump arrives, and has plenty of space for it.

I've just bought the canopy, which will make the already sizeable tent even more comfortable. I highly 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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