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Vango Icarus 500 Tent

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  • 4 out of 5
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A roomy and easy to pitch base for 5 campers or festival-goers.

There are 2 versions of this tent available, the 2013 version in Moss Green and the 2014 version in 'Herbal' Green. The 2014 version is a slight re-design, with altered dimensions and a higher HH rating.

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 3000 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.

The whole Vango Icarus 500 packs easily into a handled carry-bag for simple transportation, and takes up minimal space when not in use.

  • Weight: 14.55kg (2013 version), 14.8kg (2014 version)
  • Flysheet HH: 3000 (2013), 4000 (2014)
  • Packed size: 72cm x 34cm x 27cm (2013), 70cm x 30cm x 31cm (2014)
  • Easy pitch tunnel style, pre-attached guylines
  • Sewn-in groundsheet
  • Fully wind & rain tested
  • Cable entry with cable tidies
  • Pelmet
  • Hanging storage
  • Reflective webbing, easy-find inner clips
  • Vango AirZone ventilation
  • 2 full mesh doors, detachable flexible inner divider, part mesh inner doors
  • Handled carry bag


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


  • 5 out of 5
Excellent for two people, 08 April 2014
By Girlygills (Leeds)
This has been a brilliant tent for week long stays last summer, although not sure I'd fancy more than a weekend in it if it was more than the two of us.

Not had any issue with the poles as of yet and it survived a week of gale force winds (there was a met office amber warning out for the area - so proper gales!) and horizontal rain in late September in a remote and exposed spot in Scotland. Does leak in the most extreme rain but only where the windows join and some of the roof joins, didn't once get into the sleeping pod though! Also had a minor rip next to zip in sleeping compartment but probably our own fault tbh.

Overall would have another, footprint is well worth getting and the extension poles for the front door. Oh and yes the front door does soak you when you go through in the rain/first thing dew.

Would buy again!
  • 5 out of 5
Great tent, 04 March 2014
By Caitsmum04 (BEdfordshire)
I have the 2010 version of the Icarus...not sure I like the extra windows in the new one! It's a fabulous tent, spacious for 4, adequate for 5 on a short trip. We camp over 30 nights a year from March to October and other than a damp doorway (after the children left it partly open in a thunderstorm!) we've had no problems. It pitches in under 20 minutes on even the roughest pitches, although in windy conditions having a few adults about to help makes life easier! we also leave the inner tent in and pitch as one after the first pitch of the year.
Love the tent (although we're on the 2nd set of poles!) - the front extension makes it massive and is great as a "kitchen" in wet weather!
Will be getting a new one IF ours ever wears out!
  • 4 out of 5
Good tent, 26 January 2014
By Aldo (Paisley)
I bought this 2 years ago, but due to the poor summer that year didn't get a chance to use it. Finally got away for the first time last year and found the tent perfect for what we needed.

We have an Outwell Idaho, which is too big to get a serviced pitch on a lot of sites and too big for just my wife and I, so we bought this. It has loads of space for 2, great views through the windows and is easy to pitch and strike on your own.

As others have said, if it rains, then water will come in when you open the door, unless you give it a good shake first. Did have one pole which showed signs of splitting right from the off, even before pitching, but just re-inforced it with a bit of tape.

Not had any issues with the tension bands, but maybe people are over tightening them and hence they get the problem, it's also wise to loosen them off a bit in strong winds. I did have a problem with the tension on the door causing difficulty in closing it, this would seem to be due to poor manufacture. Contrary to normal practice, I had to peg out the front with the door closed to ensure free operation of the zip.

Other than some issue with manufacturing quality which Vango need to sort out, it is a well designed tent. looking forward to some good spring weather to get away for a couple of days with it.
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