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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 31 to 40          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: DaveP65  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 31/05/2014

Owned for a year but used first time last week. Easiest large tent that we have ever put up, my wife and I ten minutes. Rained very hard one night, not a drip. Agree with previous orange clip remark so left bedrooms clipped in when folding. Don't like the fact that the outer doors and mesh don't clip together (thus an 8), do like the tension banding system. Would only use for maximum of three people. Very easy to take down and goes back into the bag no bother. Bear in mind if taking small children that the closed zips are at the bottom of the doors so very reachable for would be escapees. Overall very good tent IMO.
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By: Reekozoid  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 22/03/2014

Have to give this tent top marks, however I can't compare it against any others, but it's good. Bought it for a family of 4, but after our first trip myself and my boy have carried on. It's perfect for us, space is plenty. Had no issues with leaks, must admit though, have got a tear in the right hand bedroom door zip, which after reading other reviews seems to be an issue with this tent. Others than that, good tent, good space, doesn't leak. Takes me and my 10 year old boy 15 minutes to put up.
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By: Davismickey  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 01/02/2014

We bought this as our first tent and was really pleased with it overall. The side pockets are really usefull and also gives the tent a finished look as it covers the space between the bedroom inner tent and the exterier flysheet. The fly screens are a nice touch as on a sunny day the doors can be left open with no nasty bugs entering. The only down side is the front door lets the rain in when entering on a wet day.

The living area is big enough for 3 adults and all our stuff but not sure it would be suitable for 5 unless you had small children.

We bought the front canopy for a bit more space and as a covered cooking area but on it's first outing a gust of wind came and ripped it off the main tent, so this has really put me off and would not recommend this as the weather was fine when it was erected.

Overall a super tent if you want a tent that is easy and quick to errect, spacious inside and small and light enough to fit in the smallest of cars.
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By: Tonyp65  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 18/01/2014

Have now used over two years and found it ideal easy to put up and take down. Good for 2 of us and dog . No leaks only problem was a broken pole this year taped up and easily fixed when home .After reading other reviews am now looking for the canopy. The hanging pockets are useful and take a fair amount.
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By: TheCC  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 06/10/2013

I own a surf blue Vango Icarus 500 with front canopy. I'm a single female who enjoys camping trips with my family who have caravans/motorhomes. I'm able to put the tent up on my own and I love the layout. I use the canopy as a kitchen/dining area so I can make the most of the living area in the main tent, which is carpeted. I've recently returned from a 2 week camping trip in France. During the trip there were 4 days of high wind and heavy rain but the Icarus remained sturdy and waterproof throughout. The only downside is the angled front door which means that, if the tent is wet, all the water runs in when it's unzipped.
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By: Maria Clifton  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 29/09/2013

Used twice now. Love it. Very easy to put up, although we seem to have managed to break one of the poles. The sewn in ground sheet is ideal, space enough for just 2 of us. We have the canopy but haven't used it yet. It has been out in mainly good weather, but has endured a real heavy downpour and strong winds, no leaks and still standing. The front door could be better - we've not decided how best to use the doors yet. The front one can drip rain in if you are going in or out during a shower, but hasn't been as massive problem. The bedroom is very spacey for the two of us without the dividing sheet. We think it is a sturdy, straightforward tent.
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By: Juandro  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 24/09/2013

Easy enough to put up and a decent quality build but.

There are only two of us and we prefer to use campbeds, the bedroom is not deep enough and we have to sleep across the bedroom with the divider rolled up. If I had realised this I most certainly would not have brought it. Condensation is also a problem.
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By: Cane Toad  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating:   Date: 08/09/2013

I purchased an Icarus 500 tent earlier this year as I wanted a tent that could comfortably accommodate me along with my two older children and which was quick and easy to put up. I was not disappointed! I also purchased the footprint to protect the groundsheet. A great feature of this tent is the sewn-in groundsheet, which means that the living area can be used as a sleeping area if you so wish and you are not going to be invaded by wildlife in the night - my son and daughter sleep in the partitioned sleeping area and I sleep in the living area, which means we all have a lot of space. The tent is light and airy, with large windows. The hanging storage area is really useful, too. There are two downsides that I must mention, though: because of the angle of the door, the rain comes in when it's opened during wet weather. Also, the orange plastic clips that hold the sleeping area in place look as if they are not going to last long and I wonder if metal clips might have been better. The clips are easy to get on but not quite so easy to get off when the tent is taken down, and after just one use, even though we were very careful, the plastic on the 'snap' part of the clip has discoloured and looks as if it might snap after a few more pitchings. When you take the tent down you also have to lower the fabric around the large plastic window to remove the dead flies that have collected there. Overall, though, the tent's advantages outweigh its disadvantages and I am really pleased with it.
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By: Jandan  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating:   Date: 06/09/2013

We bought this is a weekend tent for two of us. It is really easy to put up - 15 minutes. There is plenty of room in the bedroom (not using divider) for our six foot airbed with space on either side.

Roomy living area, fine for a table and two chairs with more space around.

As others have said the door design lets moisture drip in as it doesn't have a canopy.

We bought this after seeing it on display when the front canopy and side door were rolled up. We didn't realise that these didn't also have windows, so when shut inside during wet weather, it can feel quite claustrophobic and we would have preferred all round windows. We wouldn't have bought it had we realised this (I know, we should have checked)so although it will do for sunny weekends away when we can keep the doors rolled up, we're quite disappointed but it's an okay tent and doesn't leak.
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By: Nab1981  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating:   Date: 01/09/2013

Bought my Icarus 500 June this year. I chose the Icarus after much research into easy to pitch tents, as I tend to go off camping on my own. So far I've used it twice, with a third long weekend on the cards. Pitching it solo is so easy, takes me on average 20 - 25 minutes (at a plodding speed, cause it's been hot). It's stood up to a very heavy downpour in August, only design fault I found was the side door, could do with a little overhang to protect the insides getting wet, but I'm aware of it know so will use the front door in bad weather. Mind you I have located a side canopy, made by Vango for another tent, this would solve the issue of water entry.

I am so pleased with the tent, that the front canopy is now on the cards, just hanging on a bit incase I can save some money and get it in the Sales. I would suggest getting the footprint, as this helps keep the tent clean and dry. That's also next on my list.

I can honestly say, I'm loving camping (or should I say 'glamping) again - Lovely size tent, easy to pitch. Can wait to go again.
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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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