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Vango Icarus 500 Tent

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Retail Price £320.00Was £249.99

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A roomy and easy to pitch base for 5 campers or festival-goers.

 Our stock of the Icarus 500 is running low, and we won't be getting any more this year. Have you considered looking at a similar alternative tent, such as the Vango Omega 600XL, the Vango Drummond 500, or the Outwell Cape Coral S tents? Or just browse our Family Tent section to see if we have anything else that would suit your camping needs.

The Vango Icarus 500's combination of space, flexibility and simplicity keep it popular with anyone looking for a weekend tent for family camping or festival visits. Now with more sleeping space, larger windows and adjustable low level ventilation, the Icarus 500 keeps evolving and improving.

Pitching is a breeze - the Powerflex fibreglass poles slide through the heavy duty pole sleeves and are easily secured with a ring and pin system, allowing you to erect and collapse the tent 'as-one' and keep the inner tent dry. In windy conditions the Vango Tension Band System makes the Icarus more sturdy and stable against gusts or knocks.

The outer is waterproof Protex 5000 polyester with taped seams to prevent leaks, and the fully sewn-in groundsheet is a simple solution for keeping out draughts and creepy crawlies.

The enormous front porch is great for storing gear, furniture, bikes etc, and the new larger windows give great all-round visibility and let in lots of light.

The side mesh door on the Vango Icarus 500 allows for insect-free ventilation, and the parallel-zip front door can be extended out as a canopy using awning poles (not included).

Front and rear venting and a breathable inner keep you comfortable inside, and 'comfort colours' (darker over the bedroom) mean there's no rush to get out of the tent on those bright mornings.

It comes with an oversized handled carry-bag that makes packing away simple.

  • Easy pitch tunnel style, pre-attached guylines, sewn-in groundsheet
  • Fully wind & rain tested
  • Cable entry with cable tidies, hanging storage, reflective webbing, easy-find inner clips
  • Vango AirZone ventilation
  • 2 full mesh doors, detachable flexible inner divider, part mesh inner doors

NOTE: some of the printed insert cards that come with this tent have an error, incorrectly stating the flysheet HH rating as 4000. The correct rating is 5000.  


Berth: 5
Bedrooms: 2
Doors: 2
Height (cm): 195.00
Length (cm): 470.00
Width (cm): 315.00
Flysheet Hydrostatic Head (mm): 5000
Groundsheet Hydrostatic Head (mm): 10000
Weight (kg): 14.80
Pack Size (cm): 70 x 30 x 31
Pitching Order: Outer First
Pole Style: PowerFlex Fibreglass
Number of Poles: 3
Fire Retardant: Fire Retardant
Pitching Time: 12minutes
Flysheet Fabric: Protex® 5000HH polyester embossed
Inner fabric: Breathable polyester ‘lights out’
Groundsheet Fabric: Polyethylene 10,000HH

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  • 3 out of 5
Poor quality, 13 November 2015
By Aldo1877 (Scotland)
I have owned this tent for around 2 years and used it on 4 occasions. On the first outing on of the fibreglass poles split, they are really poor quality and expensive to replace. On the latest outing one of the seams leaked, this isn't a disaster as it just needs re-sealing. The biggest problem is with the quality of the zips. These frequently stick and will often catch the tent fabric and jam. We always try to avoid this, but when you want to go to the loo in the middle of the night and it's pouring down, you want to get the tent unzipped and zipped asap. Another issue is the front slope, it immediately will drain any rain\moisture on the front entrance straight into the tent. You have to give it a good shake before opening, you really need to use an awning with this tent.. The space in the tent is great, but these issues detract from it.

  • 5 out of 5
Vango Icarus, 01 September 2015
By TigerKuting (chesterfield derbyshire)
Norfolk Camping our first family camping
weather: high winds and rain 36 hour non stop
tent: remain in good condition/ still standing
pitching: first time me and my wife east to pitch
room: accommodating/roomy/spacious
next target: Awning

I will recommend this Tent

  • 5 out of 5
Fantastic, 04 August 2015
By Koolvamp (Colchester)
My partner and I love camping. We had a cheap tent to start with ,but was looking for a bigger tent mainly for the two of us, but big enough to have guests. This tent does just that. It is well made easy to put up and take down. Very spacious. Will be getting the awning for longer trips. I highly recommend this tent.

  • 5 out of 5
Vango Icarus 500, 30 July 2015
By Pitch (West Midlands)
Being a user of Vango tents for over 30 years I bought this in addition to a 2 man and 3+ man expedition tents I already have for the space and comfort. My partner and I used this tent over a long weekend with a mixture of weather from brilliant sunshine to heavy rain and high winds in Wales. No problems what so ever, stayed watertight and dry. With the vents open it stayed cool and condensation free. No problems erecting even in a strong wind, when done correctley with help, once the tension bands are in palce after being pegged and guyed out, it keeps it shape with no bowing. Very roomy and comfortable for 2 even with the dog. Would highly reccomend it as a good weekend rally or event tent, or just to get away from it all for the comfort and space, but then I am a bit of a Vango whore. Top tip invest in a selection of heavy duty and hard ground pegs in addition to the ones that come as standard, a mallet and peg puller also. Will be adding to this with the footprint and carpet for added comfort.

  • 1 out of 5
Vango Icarus tent, 28 July 2015
By Jenny (Kenilworth)
Do not buy this tent, on our third weekend of use the elastic in the tent poles had already perished. We have looked after this tent making sure it was always fully dried out. We were stuck in the middle of a field faced with having to fix the elastic in the tent poles. I called customer Services and they could not help as it was two months outside of the 12 month guarantee. Poor Customer Service. Consumers must be aware that this tent will only last two long weekends.

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