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Tent Reviews: Vango Icarus 300

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3  (more 3 berth tents)
8.00 KG
Fully Sewn-in
In one
Average User Rating:
9/10 from 18 reviews

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18 Reviews of the Icarus 300         Showing 01 to 10          Page:   1   2  

By: Gillydbean  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating: 

Absolutely love this tent! I bought it when I was on my own and needed something easy for one person to put up but with a bit of space. This is definitely easy for one person to put up, only takes me about 20mins from start to finish. I tend to peg the four corners down first then thread the poles through and work from back to front fixing the poles, this helps the tent stand up as you go along, once that's done just do the pegging out and the guy ropes - job done! There is now two of that use the tent, so not as spacious, however we have just come back from France where we used it for the week with no problem at all. It's great as it is compact enough to pack in the car with all the other camping paraphanalia we take with us.
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By: Heidihi  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating: 

We have just spent a week in one of these in West Sussex and it did the job very well. The weather's been decent so we haven't fully put it to the test, but it did stand up to a few good spells of rain and wind. I slept in the 'inner sanctum' with our two boys and hubby and doggy chops 'guarded' us from the outer 'porch' quarters. He had his fishing bed in there, which is a good 6' long, so this compact little tent opens up to decent proportions.

There was a bit of a wet area after the rain, but that was due to little one pushing himself right up into the corner whilst sleeping, thereby making the two layers/skins touch each other.

I'm glad we got it cheap through Scouts as one of the many tents left behind at Glastonbury. This enables me to love it so much more than if I'd paid ~140 for it! :D (Which I wouldn't have done due to our rather meagre finances at present).

There are several (~14) useful little pockets inside the tent, which I found rather handy.

All-in-all a cracking little tent.


P.S: Year tent was made guessed (2nd hand)
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By: Eshardy  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating: 

I bought this tent because I wanted one I could stand up in, but wasn't too big as I use it only for myself. I am 5 foot 4 and can just stand up in it. I like the space in the sleeping area and the large space in the front of the tent. I have used it twice this year, both at scout camps and have been very comfortable
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By: Bodgit  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating: 

We go camping on our motorbike, so pack size/weight does restrict us. My wife wanted a tent she could stand up in, I wanted something that could be strapped on the bike, so after a lot of research we brought one of these as a compromise.

We've both been very pleased with the Icarus 300 and can't add too much to the previous reviews. It's very easy to put up & strike down, can develop quite a bit of condensation overnight (I think that has as much to do with British weather as the tent!) and if you have the room to pack it, I'm sure the front porch would be a wise purchase.

We have not had any leaks at all and it's weathered a storm that blew other tents over! We find it roomy enough for both of us and all our gear, including our double inflatable mattress!

We recently brought a Vango Beta 350 in the Millets sale, which is for our teenage children to use; this had been our second choice when we were choosing our own tent. Having experience of both of them, I would recommend the Icarus 300 over the Beta 350. The Icarus is easier to put up, has a bath tub ground sheet and front opening, all of which give it the edge.
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By: Simba  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating: 

I've just had a practice pitch with my new Icarus 300 and all went very well. I don't have a garden so I popped to the park next door so I haven't given it a full overnight try away from home and for this reason can't score it a full 10 yet but I'm sure I will once I've been away with it in a couple of weeks.

I'm used to other tents but as I'm new to this one I'd say a true time for the first pitch was about 25mins solo and about the same to pack away again. When I unpacked it I looked at how it had been folded but soon forgot so after 3 attempts to get the folds in the right place to roll to the width of the bag I was quite happy. Any recommendations would be appreciated please. I bought this tent as a solo camper and wanted enough room to feel comfortable when the weather's poor and I liked the extra height of the 2012 model so I think this is a great choice. I also wanted a tent with sewn in groundsheet to keep out the drafts and bugs. I purchased the footprint and king poles and I'm in 2 minds about the carpet yet. I'd like one but I can also see that there are picnic rugs that would do the job at a fraction of the cost or am I incorrect? Will they slip?

I'd also like to get a tarp to help keep the rain out when opening the front door. As far as I can see there isn't a dedicated one but I looked at the Vango Adventure tarp in Cotswold Outdoor and with the help of a friendly assistant we mated it up to an Icarus 500 so I'm thinking one of those will be ok with a longer pole.

Very happy with this tent so far. Just need to get some better pegs. Looking for a good solo campers group to join too.
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By: Pamzee  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating: 

Got this tent for sole use. Very easy to put up and comfy to live in. Very stable in winds and keeps the wind and the worst downpour out. Mine only has the small window and the lack of a porch means feeling shut in in bad weather, and getting in and out fast to keep the inside dry. This is its only downside. Vango, how about producing a canopy for it?
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By: Rejajane  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating: 

I love my Icarus 300. It is new and we have been on one camping trip so far for 3 nights. 2 of which were in the torrential rain. The tent stood up to the challenge and we remained completely dry except for a bit of condensation. I am a single mum with one child and I chose this tent as I decided it was perfect for us and what we needed. I was right. I can carry it for a good distance and pitch it myself. My six year old daughter is able to help me pitch it. There is plenty room for sleeping and a bit of living space when the weather is bad and for me for when the little one has gone to bed. For this tent you really need to use a gazebo/car for storage of other bits and wet stuff as there is limited space for storing food, cookers, clothes etc. I would recommend to everyone! Sturdy, practical and a great weekend getaway tent!
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By: Happy-snapper  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating: 

The only reason I gave it a 9 was due to a manufacturing fault on the inner tent but I am being sent a new inner tent but something failed on quality control that day!

I took it camping for the first time. I was the only person in it and was able to pitch it no problem. So very roomy with enough space in the porch for my bike. Enough room in porch are for 2 adults on chairs. Sewn in groundsheet to stop all the bugs getting in. Door/window has mesh so this is great and also the bedroom area has this too.

All in all a great tent and I got it at good price too and has enough room to comfortably sleep 2 adults.
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By: Mum of 2  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating: 

New to camping and camp by public transport so needed a tent to suit this and fit myself and my 3 year old daughter, wanted one we could sit in for those typical rainy days and this seems to be perfect. As its just the 2 of us I also needed one that was easy to pitch and pack up on my own so this tent ticked all boxes.

Just had our first weekend away in the tent and it done us very well tho as someone else has mentioned a tarp for those rainy days will help keep the inside of the tent dry when your going in and out. Plenty of room in the living area for all our bits an pieces an to sit if need be, bedroom pod easily fitted the 2 sims and also our bags of clothes without having to squash things in.

We had rain on the last night and the tent was still nice and dry in the morning and easy enough for me to pack up on my own even in the wind and rain.

My only wish is that I had purchased the 2012 edition of the tent as it has a little more headroom though this is not a great issue just in hindsight it would have been nice to stand upright.

A good tent which I hope to have for a few years
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By: Dinkydeb  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating: 

Just bought this at Bestbuys, Wellingborough in their sale, 99.99. I love this little tent! I pitched it in the garden so I could have a good look at it and I think it will be perfect for me. It has many nice touches, e.G. Cable entry point, good windows, step over doors with mesh screens, fully sewn in groundsheet. I camp with an escape artist of a Jack Russell so the security of the step over zipped doors is essential. It has the thick polyethylene groundsheet which I love, not all tents have it and in my experience they can get very wet underfoot in stormy conditions. I also wanted a tent that was light with a small pack down size to fit in my Ford Ka boot.

I pitched it in gusty conditions and I have to say it was so easy for me on my own (5'3') it was almost boring! I've given it 10 stars based upon its quality, features and suitability for me and my camping.

I'm looking forward to hopefully many happy years with this replacement for my great Campus Borneo 4 (sadly put away slightly damp at end of season 2010, and full of mildew spring 2011 - killed by my negligence!, RIP old friend, I was gutted!)
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Manufacturer's Description

The Vango Icarus 300 is a new size being introduced into the highly popular range for the 2010 season. The Icarus range is likely to prove even more popular in 2010 due to the fantastically simple 'as-one' easy to pitch system and the simple 3-pole no hassle construction will make it the most ideal of weekend tents.

The tent frame is constructed using Powerflex fiberglass poles, a Protex 2000 Polyester flysheet (2000mm hydrostatic head protection) and as is the norm these days, the groundsheet is fully sewn-in to keep out unwanted pests and draughts. The other key features of the tent include, as-one pitching, single 3-berth sleeping compartment (with no divider), TBS tension band system for extra strengthening in adverse weather (just like all the banks), 10,000mm HH internal groundsheet, side 'J' door with mesh double door, heavy duty continuous poles sleeves, storm skirts, pelmet with storage pockets, cable entry point, front door mesh vent, reflective webbing, 'Crystal Clear' windows (with internal covers), breathable fabric inner tent, parallel zipped front door can be used as a sun porch (porch poles not provided). Handled carry bag and repair kit included. Flame retardant throughout.

Dimensions: (Internal) 165+210 x 205cm
Height: (living area) 150cm
Weight: 8.0kg
Pack Size: 62x25x22cm
Colour: Ensign Blue/Bluebell

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