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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 221 to 230          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: Ktee501  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 12/07/2009

We have just returned from a test weekend with this tent. In 48 hours we had all sorts of weather including a torrential downpour but we stayed dry throughout. The two bedroom comfortably slept 3 adults with airbeds and the living space was more than big enough - massive!.

We didn't have the canopy poles (teach me to read reviews first) so cannot comment on the difficulties but would say they are important as it would give some shelter from the elements. The gap at the bottom of the front door did let in a little rain when it was very heavy but that was solved by using the slab we stand the BBQ on. My only complaint is the need to buy the canopy poles separately and they are proving out of stock in many places (obviously I was not as well read as I should have been).

A real plus was the handy pockets inside - stopped the need to search for important medication when needed and kept everything off the floor where it might have got damp.

As said by others it is easy to pitch and easy to take down and my husband at 6'2 was easily accommodated.

Can't wait for our next trip as we had a great time in spite of the weather and were warm and dry.
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By: Lms0110  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 11/07/2009

Was going yo buy the 400 as it's meant for just me ,OH & dog but went for the 500 as slightly higher in headroom. Bedroom has removable divider that gave us 1 spacious area, could walk around bed etc & dog bed fitted at end . Living area was ample, we had camping kitchen, table & our 2 chairs with plenty of leg room. Had a bit of wind 1st night but we were delta pegged & rained the 2nd night & snug as a bug. Went up really quickly & decamped just as quick, have not had trouble fitting it back in bag - well recommended!
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By: Phil7968  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 04/07/2009

The best tent I have ever owned by a mile! Quick and easy to pitch, Stacks of space inside the living area and the bedroom, totally dry and cosy in heavy rain and high winds and the sewn in groundsheet is priceless. As long as this tent lasts we will not even consider buying anything else.
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By: Kathmandu  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 17/06/2009

Just back from a test run with our new Icarus 500. Very pleased indeed. We bought it for weekends away now that we are only two for most of the time. Generous size of the bedrooms and living area a big plus, especially height. Not too heavy when packed but it was a bit of squeeze getting it back in the bag. I don't know 3 other people I want to sleep with so cosily so the 'sleeps 5' will not be tested. Easy to set up and take down. Our best tent so far.
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By: Fernsider  Reason: I've used one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 12/06/2009

We have just returned from a weekend testing out this tent,boy did the rain come down. Overall a great tent,pitched in 20mins. Plenty of space for 4 and a dog, would be very cosy for 5. The bedroom area can be used as one large area or separated with a roll up divider 2 make 2 bedrooms,both fitting double airbeds. The living space is perfect for chairs cooker on stand and a small table. There are 2 entrances and one of the doors has a mesh doorway great ventilation to. The only small complaint would be the main front door doesn't seem to close up properly along the bottom,so when it did rain a small pool was created.I think you could put some velcro patches on the bottom of the door,to prevent this from happening. All in all a great tent for weekend or short stays. Am looking forward to our next trip in this tent
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By: MrAndMrsSmith  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 03/06/2009

We put the tent up for the first time and it was up and pegged out in just under 20 min. And everything else unpacked and setup within 45 min. A big improvement over the earlier tents we've owned.

Footprint groundsheet and carpet

We used the footprint groundsheet which was a perfect when packing away when the grass was still wet with dew.

The carpet made everything warm and cosy underfoot when you get in at night and kick off the shoes. The dog highly recommends it for sleeping on.


There is plenty of space for the two of us and the dog but once we put an extra two airbeds in the sleeping pod for the grand children it all became very cosy. You could get the 5 people in as the manufacturers say but only if they are in mummy bags and good friends.


We also bought the Vango extension. We tried to fit this around the side opening but couldn't get it to fit how we thought it should. It did fit perfectly onto the end of the tent and created a perfect covered play \ storage area. We'll have another play with it in a few weekends.
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By: Morph27  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 02/06/2009

We previously had the Idaho 400 and wanted something larger. We saw the Icarus and really liked. We used it for the first time last weekend and was very pleased. As there is only two of us we used one bedroom for ourselves and stored our gear in the other which worked well. There was plenty of room in the living area. We got it up in about 30mins but think this will improve as we try again. Came down very easily.
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By: Valerie Ellens  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 01/06/2009

My husband and I are first time campers and purchased this tent on the advice of a salesman in Yeomans. We went on our first camping trip on the spring bank holiday weekend and managed to erect it with no problem at all, even though it was raining. It is a lovely tent and because there is just the two of us we got our queen size Coleman air bed in easily also a cupboard in the living area and various other bits and pieces. The weather got a bit stormy on the Monday night but we stayed dry and comfortable and the tent remained stable, much to my relief. We are looking forward to spending our summer holiday in this lovely tent and would recommend it. PS Can't understand about the canopy problems as we got ours up no problem.
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By: Utinam  Reason: I've used one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 01/06/2009

Sorry for my English, translated with Google translator.

I bought this tent and tested this weekend.

Tent with the tunnel for two people is very easy and very beautiful.

Tested by a strong storm (rain and wind from hours 08 pm at 11 am)

And the tent has held very well.

I am very pleased with this tent and I am sorry that in Italy the mark
Vango is not known.
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By: LLCJ  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 01/06/2009

Again, a first time camper, and we spent a very long time both online and in the camping shop checking out tents, ease of use, size and usability. The Vango 500 icarus just seemed to be the obvious choice. Back from our first weekend away and I am 100% sure we made the right choice. We had a trial run in the field behind our house first (this is a big tent and the average size garden will not make this easy to trial), and it took us about 30 minutes. On our camping trip we probably cut this down to 20 mins. As there are only two of us we used one side of the bedroom areas as our cocoon (it was cold so we had blow up mattress, duvets, pillows and the dog in there) and the other side was for all our stuff, leaving the 'front room' free for good sized chairs, table and cooker (on stand). As the weather was so good, we did actually use outside a lot, but in the evening the temps went down rapidly and I was worried about keeping warm - but the double skin bedrooms are very cozy. Taking the tent down is fast work, and as long as you parcel the tent up correctly before trying to stuff it back into its bag, you should have no problems in putting it away. Absolutely 10 out of 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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