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Vango Icarus 500 Tent

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

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 4000 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:  14.8kg   
  • Packed size: 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® 4000HH polyester embossed
Inner fabric: Breathable polyester ‘lights out’
Groundsheet Fabric: Polyethylene 10,000HH

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  • 5 out of 5
ICARUS 500, 11 September 2014
By phil (Lincoln)
Been out twice in this tent. Nice and roomy. on both occasions heavy rain. very waterproof no leaks. Second time gale force winds. Tent stood up well to these . very good tent but I will be investing in some better pegs

  • 4 out of 5
Nice tent, 06 September 2014
By Milly4 (Tring)
Nice tent! It's a great size and loved being able to stand up and walk around. Majority of time I had good weather with the exception of a bit of rain - I stayed dry!

Great size, only me and dog but plenty of room
Able to put up on my own (though think it may be a challenge if windy!!!)

Caught the zip doing up side door a few times
You can't tie up in the internal fly sheets if have outside doors done up but can't be bothered to close the fly
You don't get the poles to create a canopy on the main door
Poles don't feel the sturdiest when bending to erect

  • 5 out of 5
Great Tent, 30 August 2014
By Gregory44 (Dorset)
Brought this tent in Poole. Got home no poles or Pegs and a hole in groundsheet. Phoned store and they put another one by for us, which was lucky as they has sold out when we went back to collect even the display one had been sold.. Manager said that due to reviews people have been taking poles out of out of tent bags and putting them in theirs to give them an extra set. but she told us if we put it up slowly and the way she told us we would have no problems and she was correct. It took us 12 Mins to get up. We had very heavy rain and very strong winds and we had no problems, the tension straps helped the tent even more in the winds. We had to cook in tent due to bad weather and with all the air vents fully open we had only a little problem with condensation. We think we will get the canopy for next year. But great tent for our girls first camping trip.

  • 4 out of 5
Almost there, 30 August 2014
By pauldt (Worcester Park)
This is a cracking tent for a weekend away/festival - it's easy to erect/pack away and well made. For 4 of us there was plenty of room. My only gripe is that it's almost impossible to open either door when it's raining/has rained without water coming into the tent. I know that the addition of a canopy would solve this - but reviews of that product seem to suggest that it's hopeless in bad weather! That said, I would recommend it - especially at the sale price.

  • 5 out of 5
sleeps more, 27 August 2014
By blades (wolverhampton)
we got five children between 2 and 11.
they slept in the inclosed bit while we slept in the other part and still had room for a table and two chairs.
this tent in sealed area can hold two double air beds and one single airbed and i was amazed how big it was.
and the front we slept in plenty of windows that all seal up and when it rained kept us all dried well worth the money.

Bad points.
setting up first other wise you setting three parts and it easy folds down into one big peace the bag zip broke and the clips that hold the bag broke as well. other wise its a dam good tent

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