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Tent Reviews: Vango Icarus 500

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5  (more 5 berth tents)
10.20 KG
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8.4/10 from 243 reviews

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243 Reviews of the Icarus 500        Showing 201 to 210          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: Pricey4848  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 26/05/2010

Bought this for our 'weekend tent' for our family of 4 ( twins aged 6 ) and our small dog! Plenty of room even for small table and larder.Good lighting and built in groundsheet very welcome.We bought the carpet and footprint too and overall very pleased.Had our first trip with this tent in Anglesey over May Day weekend and although windy at night very sturdy.Recommended and we got it on a price match at Go Outdoors for £122
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By: Dave7896  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 24/05/2010

Excellent tent!

I wouldn't try to get 5 people in it though! The bedroom could comfortably accommodate 2 double air beds, and probably 5 camping mats, but if you had to spend any time in the living area, it would be cosy!

However.There's only me and my 6 yr old son using it, so there's bags of room. I'm 6'4', and can stand up straight (just) in the living area, and there's plenty of room for us both to sit inside on an evening. Although this is described as a weekend tent, I would happily take it away for much longer!

It's easy to put up (I can do it on my own in 15-20 minutes) and seems very sturdy thanks to the tension bands. I haven't used it in bad weather yet (this is the only reason I haven't given it 10/10), but having spent some horrendous nights in evil Lakeland weather in the past, I'm pretty confident this tent will stand up to it!

And to top it all, I only paid £112 in the Yeoman's sale last month :-)
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By: Loverofchaos  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 18/05/2010

We bought this tent with main criteria: can stand up in it, comfortable area to cook and sit in, quick and easy to erect, smaller than 8-man tent for single nights and weekends. It meets all these criteria and is super-waterproof into the bargain. Excellent value.

This tent is a good size for 2-4 people but I wouldn't recommend using it for 5 unless they are sardined in on roll-out mats. No way would you have room for 5 inflatable mattresses in the inner. To be honest two doubles would be very snug. We are a couple and put the airbed centrally, but our side aisles are not overly wide!

Ours is extremely waterproof. It has seen more than one rainstorm and there's not even a slight seepage anywhere. On the other hand the condensation tends to get trapped between the inner and outer and has trouble escaping naturally - either the inner needs to be put down to allow extra air circulation or a bit of sponge/kitchen towel is required before taking down.

The main problem with this tent is that the sleeves for the poles also have guy ropes attached through metal eyelets at each end of the sleeve and we find the poles frequently get caught in the eyelets. As a result this tent would be awkward to put up alone (we also have an 8-man tunnel tent which is, ironically, easier to put up, and can be done alone). Despite this we find it very comfortable and would buy one again. It is important to be able to stand full-height at 6ft2!

It might be nice to be able to open a door canopy. We only use the side door and even the front door cannot be opened up, but then again we only use this tent for short stays, so it's not a major issue for us. It's good to hear that the 2010 model may have incorporated a loop for a lamp as this is a definite drawback to ours.
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By: Craig b  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 17/05/2010

Well what can I say about this great tent that hasn't been said before:- very easy to pitch with only 3 poles to slide in and then lift its a doddle, bedrooms already inside which saves you another 10 mins and a sewn in groundsheet wow.

These tents have a new tension strap inside too which is supposed to help in strong winds. Nice clear windows and very good headroom in living area and bedrooms.

Just 2 minor faults I have found with this tent are bedroom is suppose to sleep 5 and probably would if you was just on roll out sleeping mats but we only just got our double airbed and 2 single airbeds in bedroom and thats with the bedroom divider taken down, and the other thing is no fly screen mesh on front door. But if you can live with that it's a smashing tent and I would recommend this for a family of 4 but not a family of 5.
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By: Daveyh  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 06/05/2010

My comments really follow what everyone else is saying.A great little tent that's easy to set up and take down. We haven't had any really bad weather yet so I can't comment on that but it stayed dry in what rain we have had. Yes, the bedrooms are bit 'cosy' but as we're only sleeping in them, they'll do. I'd recommend to anyone.
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By: Andrew2336  Reason: I've used one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 05/05/2010

Used our 2010 model for the first time this Bank Holiday Weekend.

Very impressive - airy, spacious, well ventilated. Used with footprint groundsheet (Recommended if ground damp), carpet, matching wind break (4 pole) and canopy king poles (tall).

King poles are a bit of a pain as there is no obvious hook up point for top of pole with edge of canopy. Tied a rubber band around top of pole to stop canopy tie and cord slipping down pole which seemed to work. Be careful in stronger winds though as it flaps around a bit.

Overall excellent tent, ok for 2 - 4 persons. 5 would be very cosy in the bedrooms. Only 2 of us so ideal!
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By: Saftlad  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 30/04/2010

Tried our new Icarus 500 last weekend, for a family of 4 and really can't fault it all.

Swallowed us all up with comfort and room to spare, though trying to fit 5 in would be a bit of a squeeze and you'd have to know each other well :)

Add in a carpet and it's fantastic.

Wife now thinks we've wasted a lot of money buying a large tent for the 7+ day holidays in the summer, given the amount of room we had in this with a canopy.

Tension system works well, and can be unclipped if not needed. All tucks away discretely.

Definitely recommend this tent on so many levels. Practical as a weekend tent (if a little bit bulky in the car) that can accommodate a whole family with ease.

Easy to pitch and de-camp, with just three poles. I suspect even my 10-yo could do it himself.
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By: Tentguy  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 25/04/2010

This tent is great!

We bought it to replace our Argos/Pro-action 6 Berth/2 Room tent. The Icarus 500 is so much better in my opinion.

This is a light and airy tent that has great head room and storage, as has been said in other reviews.

We have just come back from two nights in Longnor in this tent and found it to be perfect for a weekend away, and we are looking forward to going away again, soon.

The only issue we had with it was the size of the bedroom. We have two ex-army surplus camp beds and it was a struggle to fit them in as well as our dog's camp bed. We're going to buy a double height air bed to replace them so that should sort that out.

I've given this tent an 8 out of 10, would have been higher if it had a bigger bedroom, but other than that, a brilliant tent :-)
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By: ElizaD  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 11/04/2010

Just come back from 1 night away (10th April 10)so that we could try out our 2010 version. Like the previous poster, we bought the Icarus 500 to replace our Vango Venture 500. So.Did it live up to the hype?? Yes.And some.

Easy to put up, easy to take down, even got it back in the bag 1st time!

Loads of room for the 2 of us, my only (very slight) criticism is that the bedroom doors should open towards the middle, not the sides as they are in the wrong place when you are using it as one large room with a double airbed in the middle.

The differences (that I could tell) from the 2009 model are that there is a hanging point for a light in the living area now, the flapping door problem has been addressed by a toggle at the bottom of both doors and the huge mesh vent in the bedroom has now been replace by a much more discreet one at ceiling height.

All in all a lovely little tent, especially with the added luxuries of footprint, carpet and extension.

Pleased, you bet I am!
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By: Prof9  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 08/04/2010

We bought this tent to replace our ageing Vango Venture 500 which has served as our weekend tent for 7 years and we needed a tent with more space and a sig. The Icarus stood up to the high winds and hail stones with no problems, it is light and airy and apart from the flapping front and side door which we cured by using stick on velcro which worked very well there was no water getting in on the carpet.

Would also have been better if there was a fly screen on the front door the same as on the side door which I hear has now been added on the 2010 version, the new specific sun canopy is a great addition for cooking out of the rain, though not recommended in high winds, this is a well designed tent and only a few niggles apart from those mentioned above, no where to hang light in living area or bedroom.

This tent is quick and easy to pitch and take down and ideal for weekend use making this tent excellent value for money.
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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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