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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 191 to 200          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: Hazeybabes  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 01/07/2010

First time camping,first tent,lots of space and very airy canopy good in the sunshine and wind and lots of storage.

Carpet gave a bit of luxury side door with mesh good for ventilation, very easy to pitch only 25 mins for our first time.

Not used it in the rain yet but confident it wont leak it is well made great weekend tent.
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By: Mumidebba  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 23/06/2010

This was a great tent which was put up the first time in less than 1 hour. We also used the footprint for added safety. There is a lot of room in the living area - we will be buying the canopy to give extra space for our next trip. Only downside is the shape of the front of the tent and the way the door opens (no protection in rain) although the canopy will solve this.

In addition, the front door is only held down by a small toggle , which means it can flap about a bit in the rain/wind.

However, the space in the tent more than makes up from this - would recommend to anyone.
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By: Robotninja  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 21/06/2010

I can only really echo what the other reviewers have already mentioned. We used our Icarus for the first time this weekend, and it was a pleasure to camp in.

For a tent of its size, it's really easy to put up - in a test-run before our trip I managed to get the thing standing on my own in about 20 minutes, and we were impressed with how easy it was to fold back into its bag. The sewn-in groundsheet and pre-attached inner tent were also a godsend - once it was up we could get into the shade.

My only complaint, as others have said, was the size. You'd have to be very 'friendly' to squeeze five into the sleeping compartment, it's a much more realistic four-berth in my view. Still, very luxurious for just the two of us!
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By: Markar41  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 20/06/2010

This is a great tent, tall enough to stand up in and really spacious. We use the bedroom area as 1 pod with an airbed and all of kit thrown in and it is still possible to walk around the airbed to get dressed etc.

The living area is great, big enough for a large table and 4 chairs without feeling cramped or when the weather is not so good it is big enough to cook inside and sit and play games etc. Overall I am really happy with this tent and my brother was so impressed with it that he has bought one too !
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By: StanDavies  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 20/06/2010

As we had decided to go away for a week camping we needed to upgrade our existing Vango Colorado Tent. We plumped for the Icarus 500 and were not disappointed.

The tent is very well made and has plenty of room for two adults - probably more but we like to have space! There are plenty of storage pockets for bits and bobs, both in the sleeping compartments and in the main living area.

Although it did not rain much during our week, the tent stayed dry - definitely worth having the additional canopy though as this really does extend the living space and give somewhere to shelter from the rain (and midges!)

We are already planning our next week away in this fantastic tent.
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By: Aruaux  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 14/06/2010

Having looked at several tents I decided on the Vango Icarus 500.And I was very pleased with my choice.

I managed to pitch this tent on my own reasonably easily (although an extra pair of hands would help).

It`s got loads of room and was ideal for 2 adults and a child. I`d recommend getting the Sun canopy at the same time for the extra room that provides.

There are loads of built in storage pockets, with one that runs from the top of between the doors of the sleeping bays to the floor.Very useful! There are several points to hang lights and it`s very bright and airy with the windows open.

The cross bracing straps make it very firm and secure.

All in all and excellent family 'weekend' tent. We will happily use it for a week!

As I say a good choice and ideal for the small family camper. We were 2 adults and one child.
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By: Narraback  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 13/06/2010

A top quality, quick to erect family tent.

I really cannot find fault with this product. Very quick to erect. The SIG + built in bedrooms are perfect when you have a family waiting for the tent to be put up.

Stayed water-tight throughout a very heavy storm.

I can't see us buying anything else.

9 out of 10.
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By: Dianewiltshire  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 12/06/2010

A really good tent! Easy to pitch - first time took 15-20 minutes. Easy to pack away in bag. Ability to stand up in living area a bonus. Fine for sleeping with 2 adults & 2 kids (7 & 13 years) but probably tight for space with 5 people in the bedroom area. Good ventilation & light with windows in living area being fairly large.
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By: Mysticalchild  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 06/06/2010

Just bought this tent from Go Outdoors for £111 (with special one day discount). Having had a small 2 man tent where you could not stand up, this tent is like luxury. Used for the first time and it is easy to put up and take down. It has great space in living area and sleeping area for two people. The many sown in pockets are useful for storing bits and bobs and it makes it easy to access them. The two doors are great, you can have the side one open and still have some privacy. Rained heavily overnight and did not leak at all. The inside is sown in and is excellent, no more damp shoes or slugs, however if the door zipped at the bottom it would be slightly better draft wise, this though is a minor detail and would recommend this tent.
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By: Fall Guy  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 05/06/2010

We bought this tent to use as our weekend/short stay tent. I also own a Kampa Studland 8 which is the daddy of tents, but is rather large for a weekend. Searched around to find a good sized weekend tent as I am 6ft 2 and struggled to fit into half of them. The 2010 model has had some useful additions and the new style guide ropes are ace. We bought a package with footprint, carpet and canopy and I must say if you buy any of the extras buy the canopy! It is brill it snug fits all round the tent and clips to the pole, and you can still use the side door, we had our kitchen and fridge under the canopy which freed up loads of space in the tent to live in.

Used it over the bank holiday and was brill, as typical England we had rain - no leaks, sunshine - flyscreen on door let air through and kept tent cool and finally really strong wind - canopy took the brunt but held up fine and the tent did not move when the tensioning straps were clicked together. Would recommend this tent to any one, it goes up in 20 mins including foot print and we got it down in 10!
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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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