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Tent Reviews: Vango Icarus 500

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10.20 KG
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243 Reviews of the Icarus 500        Showing 71 to 80          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: Skiff66  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 12/04/2012

I brought this tent last weekend to go away over the Easter break, I purchased the footprint, carpet and the tent in the 15% off sale at Go Outdoor in Bristol. The tent is easy to erect and didn't take long to pitch with my son. The tent is spacious but probably wouldn't sleep more than 4 comfortably. The weather was not particularly good on the second day and we had severe rain and high winds. The tent stood up to them well and the combination of the tension straps and the guy lines workers well. I did however notice one of the poles had split down its length but did not snap. The tent is spacious, light and airy. The only problem I have with the tent is the way the front and side doors operate. Because they are on an angle when you open the door any rain water on the canopy drips straight into the tent there is also no way to seal the doors at their base so wind does blow in through the gap. I have decided to purchase the canopy extension which should help negate this problem (£121.00). Overall it's a good tent with some flaws easy to pitch and stands up to bad weather well. I'm not sure if the differences between the 2011 and 2012 models justify the price difference.
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By: ShedWoman  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 10/04/2012

This is the worst tent I have ever owned. I used it once in 2011 with it's own extension. It leaked in at least four places. The main door zipper broke the second time it was zipped up. We packed it up, took it home and dried it out ready to take it to be repaired or replaced. Wouldn't you know, once we got to the store, the zip worked perfectly well.

I was given a bottle of water-proofer and four small bottles of seam seal free of charge, so I gladly waited until Easter 2012 and took the tent out again.

The tent was only pitched for fifteen minutes before a bit of a wind whipped up and the whole thing collapsed. Seams ripped, poles broke and pushed their way out through the fabric, and of course, the faulty zip decided to appear right then.

Water practically POURED through where the extension touched the tent.

Eventually we abandoned the tent in favour of a static caravan, courtesy of the site owner. The kind farmer also scooped up what was basically a pile of (s)crap and took it to the tip for us.
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By: Bournster  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 02/04/2012

This tent was bought as a 'weekend' tent to compliment our bigger tent that we use for 7 days plus breaks, having used it twice now it has to be said that it is surprisingly easy to erect,take down and put back into bag, the bedrooms are said to fit 5 but I would not like to try this as we travel with just 3 and to sit in the living area at night is quite cramped with a small card table and 3 chairs, we also use 'camp beds' which fit in the bedrooms but 3 of them make it 'cosy' where 4 would cramp it! As for the strength of the tent it can not be faulted, on our last trip it blew a gale on the second night and the tent hardly moved so would recommend this tent but not for 5 people!
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By: R0450111  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 08/03/2012

Just bought an icarus after months spent reading up on tents. Needed a standing height tent with decent living space for camping with my mom who is a bit creaky! Arrived and we spent about 30 minutes pitching it, hardest bit was trying to squeeze the tent into the garden! Both me and my mom love this tent, we love the space and the light. Well worth the money and a super purchase!
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By: Daveroughley  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 07/02/2012

We bought this after reading reviews and the need to downsize from our colorado 800 dlx ( wich we still haven't used ). We decided to go for the older model for the simple reason that the reviews for the 2010 model are far better than the newer models.I agree that the pegs are total rubbish, I've seen thicker welding wire, but that didn't bother us as we have a plentiful supply. As we haven't actually camped in it yet I really cant comment to much. What I can say is that the quality is good. Its not really what I've come to expect from Vango but times change and it looks like everyone is looking to save money anyway they can.

Cant wait to try it out in the Highland spring.

One last thing. If you want a canopy to match your tent then go for the latest model. Ours is laurel meadow and we cant find one anywhere.
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By: Maarkb  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 02/02/2012

On the throws of sizing down from a Raclet Acropolis Trailer tent this tent is ideal for the wife, myself and the dog we have used it in all weathers from blistering sun shine to force 6 gales and it stood its ground. Very easy to erect with good internal standing height. All in all a good all round tent ideal for the week end breaks or longer 10/10
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By: Canvas Crew  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 16/01/2012

Easy to put up, the 2 of us managed it in 20 minutes, lots of space for us - would not say its a 5man, the 2 of us and our dog love it. Did leak on the first camp - but reading other reviews, was not aware of the 'weathering' needed.

Plus: easy to erect, space & height, doesn't take up too much pitch space, and packs in the bag after! Lets the light in the living space, but darker for the bedroom area - great idea!

Negatives: flimsy pegs, front door - bad design, rain easily follows you in, we use the side door all the time now.

Overall: probably not as good quality as our old Coleman, but for the price is an excellent long weekend tent, may try it for a week out in 2012!
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By: Zanta  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 07/01/2012

Bought this as a weekend tent to supplement our Tigris 800 which we use for longer stays.


1) Easy to assemble, despite a gale and thankfully similar to our Tigris which takes 40 minutes on my own.

2) Space is good for the price and the prefixed inner is great. My family includes a massively over excited 3 year old!

3)Access in and out is good although as I will say later this has it's compromises.

4) Both this tent and our Tigris have taken an absolute pounding from gale force winds to torrential rain and coped with flooding. No water egress as indicated by other people although I could see where the issues might be.

5) Storage is good for the size, however, we do not travel light and it struggled. Solution, bought the extention and will try this during the year.


1) Tent pegs supplied are dreadful. I replaced them with more study pegs before I took it out, a good call as it turned out. The remaining supplied pegs I used all needed to be re-done during the night.

2) If you are forced to cook inside during inclement weather the designed capacity of five means it will get really personal and dangerous. Get the Extension to solve this.

3) The Front entrance is extremely vulnerable to flapping and creating a racket and ripples throughout the rest of the tent if the wind hits it front/side on. I solved this by putting an eyelet in the middle of it an pegging it there.

Overall, a couple taking this tent with a dog will have all the space they need. If you are a larger family unit get the extension! Further more if you really need space I would recommend the Tigris 800 we also have.
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By: Fairymill80  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 30/12/2011

As a single 31yr old female I went camping alone for an entire week in my wonderful tent & extension! I managed to put this entire thing up on my own, and have got say, I'm rather proud I managed it! Yes it was a little difficult doing it on my own, but it wasn't stressful (although having lovely weather did help alleviate this!).

Personally I'd say it's a comfortable tent for 2 adults, and no more. However, camping alone I took a camping wardrobe, gelert single folding camp bed, large table for stove etc, and a tall camping shelving unit for kitchen items. The set-up for me was perfect and 'home' still felt tidy and spacious. I also had the extension which was a nice add on for some privacy when sitting outside or bbq'ing. I think at night when you've zipped up the main tent door and are all sat inside playing a game of cards or whatever, this tent would actually be too small for anymore than 2 adults (if you had the same furniture as me). However, if camping without the furniture I had then I'd say enough room for 3 adults, or 2ad & child/pet.

The sewn in ground sheet I feel is a must and serves well, the doors have an extra piece at the end to tuck under the groundsheet which was a nice added extra. There are also a couple of secret small zipped areas to allow for electric hook-up (which I used).

I've used this tent 3 times so far (twice in 2009 with a partner, and once in 2010 on my own). I'd certainly buy a Vango again, and think paying extra for a good brand and sewn in ground sheet make a vast and worthwhile difference!
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By: Lilyladies  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 02/11/2011

We bought our Icarus 500 and took it away for the first time at the beginning of September 2011. We were amazed at how quickly we pitched the tent and how spacious it was. The 'bedroom' area was big enough for two double airbeds and a small camping cupboard.

The rain and wind howled on our first night and yet the tent remained rock steady!

Despite the rain and wind the rest of the week we were fantastically warm and snug in our Icarus. I would recommend this tent to anyone - for the price it is very reasonable and is very reliable.
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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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