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Tent Reviews: Vango Icarus 500

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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 211 to 220          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: Anthonyg4866  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 30/08/2009

We have used this tent in wind and rain and it has become a perfect base for us. We saw other reviews where people had problems with leaking so have sewn a loop onto the front flap which is secured with a tent peg. The water runs off it, though a full zip would have solved this problem. The tent is easy to pitch (15 mins) and easy to take down. It is airy, light and the front awning allows us to make the most of the location/sunshine/outdoor cooking etc. Its described as a 5 man tent it is fine for 2 but wouldn't like to use it with 5 people in, to be honest. All in all a superb weekend tent especially for me as I am over 6 feet tall and I can actually stand up in it!
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By: HappyNottmCamp  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 14/08/2009

We brought this tent as although we have a Vango Aspen we wanted something more suitable for weekend trips. The Icarus is more than suitable for a couple of nights away. It is quick to pitch, has plenty of living space and the bedrooms are ideal for a family of four. We use ours with a sun canopy and therefore do not issues with the door that others seems to have. Although I agree that it would be great if there was mesh on the front door as well as the side.

I think you would be hard pushed to find a better weekend tent for this price any where.
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By: Lukepricey  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 14/08/2009

Me and my girlfriend bought this tent after reading lots of positive reviews. We lived in this tent for 6 nights and thankfully found it great overall!

We had 5 days of great weather and one day and night of rain and gales so I would like to think the tent had been well tested! I will give some good points and then some slight niggles;

> I put the tent up in my garden when we first bought it, I would recommend doing this as it gives you time to get to grips with putting it up properly. (it took me 25 minutes to put up in the garden, 10 minutes on the campsite!).

> The tent has great height, I comfortably stood up throughout the whole tent without problems (i'm 5'10')

> The groundsheet is totally sewn in and the bedroom inner sheet is sewn up to a groundsheet which is great and gives the tent a cosier feel in wet and windy weather.

> The tent has good ventilation overall

> The living area is very spacious with no closed off space, it also boasts lots of windows for a light and airy feel.

> I liked the adjustable tensioners inside the tent, it just made things look more sturdy - you could really see them working in the windy weather.

> Lots of storage pockets.

Now down to some slight snags.

> During the night of gales and rain the tent held very well but the front door blew like crazy in the wind at the bottom letting some water spray in. I have fixed this with sticky back velcro.

> I wish the front door would have had a separate mesh door like the side door has

> we purchased the extra 1.8m poles to hold up the front door as a porch at £17. This didn't seem value for money and should have been included in the tent package.

> there were no places to hang a light.

Overall, lots of these snags were sorted by some alterations I made. This tent is great.
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By: Lisa99  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 09/08/2009

Easy to erect and love the sewn in ground sheet, the only issue after a very windy couple of nights is the door flap, but will get some velcro pads for next time. Lots of little pockets are great for storing keys and other essentials, but could do with somewhere to hang a light. We stayed in it for 8 nights and started to get a bit cramped so kept our clothes in the car. We have got a canopy as we like the door covered especially if it rains, this gave us the room to keep the stove and table outside and somewhere to sit outside when it's raining. We fit a family of four in the sleeping area on camp beds and blow up beds, there's no way you'd fit another bed in there to make it five berth.
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By: Pager33  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 03/08/2009

Have just returned from a wet and windy weekend in Cornwall and overall am very pleased with the tent. Did have two small leaks where the flysheet meets the SIG but after torrential rain for 12hrs I wasn't surprised. These were easily sorted with a sheet of kitchen roll.Its so easy to pitch and the head height throughout is excellent. I use the tent with the large extension so the lack of eyelets to canopy the front door doesn't worry me. This tent would be perfect if it had a window/mesh option in the front door and had a hanging point for a light/lantern. I have only given the tent 7 out of 10 for the following reasons.

1. Front door would be so much better if zipped at the bottom, when its windy the door flaps and can be draughty.

2. One of the large front door toggles came off in my hand, tent only been used 4 times, this isn't good enough imo.

3. Lack of hanging point for a light.

4. Poor stitching on the bedroom inners, both inners have small splits adjacent to the zips on the bedroom doors. Have sorted this with superglue but shouldn't have split in the 1st place.

The ventilation is excellent and this is the first polyester tent I've owned where condensation isn't a problem at all.

Overall for the price this is an excellent weekend tent.
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By: Jakeyt  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 02/08/2009

Just used our new Icarus 500 tent, it is ace easy to put up very roomy living space, not sure if you would fit 5 in the bedrooms but excellent for us 3.I really like the way you put it up with the bedrooms already in makes things a lot easier.
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By: Tour de Wales  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 30/07/2009

Nice family tent cheap, I can stand up in living area and bedroom, easy to put up, take down, have not had the flapping door problem yet, put the tent up in rain and dry inside to get dry. Tested the tent in 40mph winds near Fishguard to find the back was bowing in the wind. The wind was hitting from directly behind and the back pole was flexing at least 3 ft not so good but still was dry inside couple drips condensation to be expected in the driving rain. Must remember to pitch the tent with more shelter in future and I think it will be ok. This is a week end tent after all so I think it might need a extra guide rope at the back. Otherwise great tent
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By: Welshie26  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 27/07/2009

I bought this tent in March after upgrading from a Campus Santiago as my partner and myself wanted a bigger living area. We have used it several times this summer and I am very very pleased with it. I bought the footprint which is ideal as the bottom of the tent stays dry and I have just purchased the Sun Canopy for the front door for our forthcoming 2 week trip and with the British weather not being the best thought this would be a great added extra living area. This tent is so easy to put up, with the bedrooms already fitted in, it normally takes up 10-15 mins which is great when you see others struggling for hours! We use the divide in the bedroom and have one side for all our junk!

With regards to the front door, I cross over the elastic peg hooks from the door across the peg hooks at the side of the door and it keeps it down and doesn't flap around! Will try and upload some pictures with regards to the front door. I would recommend this tent to anyone but think sleeping 5 mite just be too too cosy!
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By: Campinggizmo  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 19/07/2009

This was the first time we had been away with this tent, and the weather was truly awful. I'm pleased to confirm that the tent remained dry throughout the constant torrential downpours and flash floods, remaining steadfast during the gales! (not an over exaggeration!).

It was really easy to put up, and being a typical bloke, without reading the instructions first! It took my girlfriend and I about 10 minutes to fully erect. Having the bedrooms sown into the groundsheet helped greatly, considering we were putting the tent up in the rain!

On the second day / night, we encountered humid conditions, but thanks to the accurately placed (and numerous) vents, the tent remained cool without condensation.

In essence, we really put the tent through its paces, and can report that it's;

Fantastically designed

Excellent price

Easily our best tent yet!

I cannot recommend this tent enough.

I know some people have commented about the main door letting in water, I can only go by my own experience, but as long as you make sure the bottom flap is outside and is zipped right down to the bottom, this seems to keep the rain out. (I did like the suggestion of the Velcro pads, I may add these to be on the safe side!)
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By: Fernsider  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 15/07/2009

I have already reviewed this tent,but want to confirm something. Have just returned from yet another great weekend in this tent. Some reviews have commented on the front door of the tent letting in water or gapping at the the bottom. We bought some very strong sticky velcro pads,stuck 3 along the bottom of the door. Perfect solution,no more rain puddles or gapping.
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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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