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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
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243 Reviews of the Icarus 500        Showing 41 to 50          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: Morris3  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 21/08/2013

First one we had leaked badly. On inspection the tapes inside were missing. We took it back to SK in Godstone and it was replaced. Put the second one up in the garden and hose tested it and it was fine. It does seem to be a bit hit and miss whether you get a good one. The current one is fine and so easy to put up that two of us can do it in about half an hour. We bought the front extension to use as a kind of kitchen area and I would recommend it as it adds so much space. I am 6 feet tall and can easily manoeuvre around inside. If you want a good tent for using for two or three nights I would go for it.
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By: Lassitude  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 19/08/2013

We've owned an Icarus 500 for a couple of years and used in on 3 occasions. It stood up well to rain but yoou have to make sure you close the flyscreen on the front door as well otherwise water can seep in where the groundsheet and tent door meet (The zips on the tent door are only vertical and don't seal off the bottom).

We also had a minor issue with a flare up on our gas cooker causing damage to the flyscreen on the side door so we are now very careful when we cook (I don't think this was a fault of the tent but the mesh in the flyscreen does not like flames!)

We have also suffered from a cracked pole. Being that the tent has only had a total of about 8 nights use this is a little disappointing.
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By: Tent-tastic  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 11/08/2013

Bought the Icarus 500 and recently added the canopy extension which we got in the January sales. Fab spacious tent, love being able to stand up inside and the corners allow you to tuck bits and bobs out of the way.

Really useful hanging pocket in the middle for torches etc and the living area is just that - you don't feel like you're stuck inside a tent as the windows make it feel nice and airy.

Did notice a tiny bit of water leakage in one corner but no big problem.
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By: Lizgooner  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 08/08/2013

Bought secondhand on ebay for £50 used twice in very heavy rain and hot sun! There was 7 of us the first time and 4 the second time and it it very spacious. Although a lot of condensation and does get very hot inside, The kids loved the separate pods and the extra pockets for shoes was good. Easy to put up in around 15 minutes with 3 of us and my son has mastered putting it away in about 10 minutes! next year I think we'll try to upgrade to a better quality one as ideally need more breathable material? But for a newbie can't grumble especially when I won it for the price I paid! Would recommend : )
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By: Lee67  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 26/07/2013

Bought as a weekend tent. Has been tested in some horrendous weather, as well as sun! Used for a family of 4.

Easy to put up, spacious, good sized sleeping and living area. Light, and airy with windows. Useful storage pockets. Slot for electric point, curtain to split sleeping area into 1 smaller and 1 larger area. Stood up to howling gales and torrential rain, with some minor issues(see below),

Downsides: poles are weak and we have split 2 on different occasions, small amount of water gets in at corner of side door, door opening lets water in on wet days, as there is no overhang to protect.

But would I buy another, yes! Just keep a stock of spare poles.
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By: Slocs36  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 08/07/2013

I upgraded to the Icarus 500 hoping it would be an easier option to put up and it certainly doesn't disappoint. I also have the footprint which is superb to help with placement.The canopy extends the living area and is great just for storage.The internal living area is spacious and has both a side door,window and plenty of little storage pockets as do the bedrooms. Would certainly recommend
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By: Bryanfan  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 03/07/2013

Bought so my husband could manage to put it up and down by himself as I am full time wheelchair user he manages just fine even gets it back into the bag had a couple of weekends away first time took three grandsons and daughter so we slept in the living area as we use air beds would have been a tight squeeze as it was we put two in each bedroom seemed to be just right, first weekend was near Whitby we had high winds torrential rain was worried we may have to abandon ship through night but everything was dry and secure we had purchased the enclosed canopy and it did rain in there we had a few puddles next morning but had moved any electric sockets into living area night before just in case found the canopy so useful for boys to remove muddy shoes and for my wheelchair going away this weekend without the boys so won't need the canopy as plenty of room for just two of us even with all the extras would really recommend the Icarus 500 for small family
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By: VJTIM  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating:   Date: 12/06/2013

This tent is brilliant, we brought it brand new in 2009 and have had many a happy holiday in it, we also have the canopy and that gives you plenty of shelter on windy days, and great for leaving the cooking equipment outside without fear of it getting soaking wet on rainy days. It is easy to put up and having the footprint underneath gives you that extra protection if the ground is damp, also having the intergrated ground sheet is perfect for stopping the drafts blowing through on the less than pleasant days our country seems to have. It has plenty of head room without having to bend. With having the side door as well as the front opening and the option of a clear panel it gives you plenty of light. There is a panel of storage pockets which we find very useful. The sleeping compartment has the option of having two sides open which is great if someone prefers sleeping with it open and another doesn't as we do. The flysheets are a very good idea as our previous tent a Coleman Saltlake didn't have one and it was a nightmare getting the little flys out prior to packing everything away. We recommended this tent to a friend and they too have no complaints about it. To me having this tent is CLAMPING NOT CAMPING. To anyone who is thinking about purchasing a Vango Icarus 500 my answer to them would be go and get one you will not regret it and it will be money well spent.
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By: Debbyc  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating:   Date: 03/06/2013

Only used this tent once in glorious sunshine. So easy to put up (in comparison to our Vango Diablo 600) and lots of space inside. We had 2 adults and a 2 small children sleeping on airbeds and still had room for teddies and books.

If it was raining I would want the front canopy as opening the doors allowed dew to fall into the tent in the morning. Only downside of a good basic tent!
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By: Pjaz  Reason: I've used one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 28/05/2013

Bought my Icarus 500 for £90 when the local Blacks closed down recently and it seems a good investment.

Only used it one night over the late May BH weekend but I was easy to put up for a first attempt, slept 4 (open plan style in the bedroom, probably won't repeat that - I had only bought it for 3) on camp beds, the living space was good and with plenty of light through the windows.

Pleased overall, we had previously owned a 5 man tent but didn't take to it so sold it - not going to happen with this.
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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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