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Tent Reviews: Vango Icarus 500

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5  (more 5 berth tents)
10.20 KG
Fully Sewn-in
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8.4/10 from 243 reviews

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243 Reviews of the Icarus 500        Showing 81 to 90          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: Dm999  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 31/10/2011



+ Easy to pitch (1 person can do it on their own if needed).

+ Ample room for the two of us.

+ Plenty of headroom.

+ Good layout, you can tie back the bedroom divider to have one large bedroom with space for clothes, bags etc.

+ Plenty of room for a small table and chairs in the front section plus room to cook if it's raining.



- Vango do not make it clear that the tent needs to be weathered before use; i.E. The tent needs to be erected and get thoroughly soaked by the rain (or a hose) and then allowed to dry completely so that the needle holes tighten around the stitching to stop any leaks on the seams. We our on our third Icarus 500 as the first 2 leaked and we were unaware of this procedure, the third tent had 2 very minor leaks but this has been resolved by us weathering it before use.

Minor quibbles


- The tent pegs are cheap wire and started to rust after one nights use.

- Although we didn't experience broken poles like some have, the poles are a bit creaky and sound like they might split easily if you weren't careful.



We really like this tent, the layout suits the two of us and aside from Vango not explaining the weathering we would have given it a 10/10.
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By: Laydee70  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 06/10/2011

I've used this twice now (in good weather),easy to erect even just on your own. Although packing really could do with 2 people if it's windy. Withstood hard wind but haven't had any heavy rain on it,just foggy rain and it didn't leak. I've managed to slightly rip the dividing sleeping part but that was my own fault as I had the poles too far apart and didn't realise so not much flex there. I also managed to snap part of a pole, there doesn't feel like there's much flexi in them but you need the sturdyness for bad weather. I've used it just me and my son and also 2 adults/2 kids. I think 5 people would be a squeeze though. All in all a good buy, I gave it 9 out of 10 as I haven't used it in really bad weather to test (hope I don't have to either!)
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By: Tessan  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 29/09/2011

A well made tent that is strong, durable and waterproof. It is easy to put up and take down if there are two of you.It is tall enough for adults to stand in. There are only 2 of us so plenty of room for sleeping and a large living area. On a negative note we had to have one of the pole sections replaced after 1 year. We are very pleased with it and would recommend the tent to others.
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By: Rarebear224  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 27/09/2011

Lovely practical tent, OK for a short stay for 2 adults and 2 children, no issues with leaks, have used on Brecon Beacons in not such great weather and was fine. Dark fabric over sleeping area a great idea with early rising children! Very easy to pitch, even for one person and easy to pack up again. Would recommend it.
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By: Rmorris  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 26/09/2011

Bought this last minute in a deal from Millets for about £120 and had one weekend in it. On the whole quite pleased. This will be used when the larger tent would be overkill for a few days.

Plus: Spacious, easy to pitch, full standing room. Nice storage holders.

Minus: Poor pegs which are easily bent, flimsy feeling poles (made a very unnerving cracking sound when bending into place).

I havent used it in either a storm or bad rain so I cant comment about it under these circumstances but for a low budget, practical tent, it seems an appropriate choice.
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By: Mark72  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 20/09/2011

We purchased an Icarus 500 tent and the awning so we could use it for weekends away tent as our other one is too big for just a 1 or 2 night stay away. After camping for 2 nights the tent leaked badly all the way down the left hand side, and it wasnt even bad weather so we took it back and exchanged it for another one. We went away again for 3 nights but had to leave after the 1st night as the tent leaked all around where the ground sheet is stitched to the tent, even worse than the 1st one.( See the picture ) We took the tent and awning back and got a full refund.

The tent is spot on size wise for a weekend but that is the only positive thing I could say about it. Until Vango sort this problem out I wouldnt recommend this tent. Since then we've gone and bought a Outwell Montana 6 and love it, we wish we'd done this in the 1st place. It costs a bit more than the Vango but it is well worth it.
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By: RobandClaire  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 19/09/2011

We have to admit to some luxury as there are only two of us but it's a cracking tent. It has never leaked (yes we have had some wet outings) and last outing was battered in high winds all night - the tensioning straps are a great help but I did add some storm guys. It flexed, flattened, shook but remained intact. It's easy to put up and take down for two people and easy to put in the bag. I wouldn't use it without the canopy, which is great. As with all modern tents, the pegs are rubbish - buy some better ones (hence 9/10). It is odd there is a lovely entrance hole for an electric cable *but only on one side* (a very minor quibble)
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By: Ginandtonic  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 17/09/2011

Just come back from a very wet and windy trip. Stood up to everything really well. No leaks at all. Two of us and dog and loads of room without extension canopy needed. It was so windy we didn't want to risk it! We sat with side door open but with screen closed when it wasn't raining and we were fine. Love this tent - and we've had a few. Easy to put up and take down and no probs getting into bag.
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By: JoJoDiddly  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 11/09/2011

Bought the tent for family camping trips (We've had 3 adults and 2 kids sleeping in the bedroom area) was a bit of a squeeze, but we usually use it for VERY spacious 2 adults and 2 dogs camping trips. We watched the pitching video on the Vango website before we went, but the canopy video is edited so you can't see half of the instructions and first time out we pitched it wrong! Second time out we tried a different method and ended up with a canopy that was about 2 foot longer than before! Once you get the knack it's easy for 2 people to pitch in about 15 mins (with canopy) and taking it down is just as easy. You get plenty of living space, especially with the (properly fitted) canopy and lots of options for which doors you want opening/keeping shut etc. We have managed to split 2 poles, but it has been easy to get replacements and the first one was done under warranty. The only issues we've had have been taking the canopy down in high winds (I nearly became air-born!) and trying to get the tent back in its bag, which is always a squeeze! Would definitely recommend the footprint (for protection)and the canopy for the masses of extra space it gives. We've had the canopy up in gale force winds in Dorset too and it stayed put with just a couple of pegs coming out. Great as a family tent, but not really for 5 people.
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By: Tyahappy  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 05/09/2011

I love this tent x I went on to buy the extension after having 3 days use in June 11 x amazing value and fantastic size, its me and my 3 children, and can I say we do not fill the tent x we had 8 days at Blue Dolphin with the extension and we were awed at the amount of space we had x I've downsized from a Pro Action 9 man tent and we had more family space with the Icarus. I downsized so myself and my 11 and 10 year old could put up the Tent! OMG We had it all up in 15 mins - granted we are experience campers but it was a joy and no shouting or bad feeling x x x

With the Extension there is plenty of space and the windows are very airy xx

In August my I took my mate and her son away for a few days and plenty of room x the 4 kids were in the 'bedroom' area, we had 2 single airbeds in the living area and we cooked, lived in the extension, Plenty of room!

Value and room for a great budget! would recommend to anyone x will upload photos as soon as x x
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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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