A roomy and easy to pitch base for 5 campers or festival-goers.
The Vango Icarus 500 Deluxe'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.
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
|Flysheet Hydrostatic Head (mm):
|Groundsheet Hydrostatic Head (mm):
|Pack Size (cm):
||70 x 30 x 31
|Number of Poles:
||Protex® 4000HH polyester embossed
||Breathable polyester ‘lights out’
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Great little buy, 13 April 2016
By Mort1977 (Kent)
We picked this up on an impulse buy a few years back after agreeing to go camping with friends. Straight out of the box it took a little longer top set up than the instructions suggested but we were very new to camping. Put it up in the back garden and gave it a once over to make sure everything was okay and was impressed with the ease of construction along with the quality.
Skip forward a few years and numerous camping trips (generally one or two a year) and this tent is still going strong. We have two kids and it is a tad on the small side if you have the kitchen inside but as we progressed and purchased more camping gear (its addictive....) we sorted things out. The tent itself is well constructed and has been through some windy and wet times. The only minus (and it doesn't detract from the overall rating because of how bad it was) came when I took the tent to Spa for the F1 - great weather until the last night and then we got everything thrown at us from storm winds to torrential rain. The roof leaked slightly (but not enough to go through the bedroom section) which I have now waterproofed.
Overall I was impressed with this tent but would strongly recommend this for a family of three or a couple if you haven't got anywhere else to stick the kitchen - it can get a tad crowded otherwise.
vango icarus 500 and porch, 04 April 2016
By old camper (swansea)
Great family tent bought 2014 used several times in all types weather. Bought porch last year excellent buy as tent huge.Poor summer last year but managed to cook and eat in tent 3 adults 2 small children and dog. Great fun would recommend.
Sturdy, roomy, fits a raised double campbed, 19 March 2016
By MK (Bishops Stortford)
Bought this tent in about April 2015 with the carpet, footprint, and awning.
Went on several long weekend trips in it, with and without the awning. Had rain, and hot sun, and windy weather.
With the optional awning it's pretty huge, double the living area. Had someone sleep in the living area and was perfectly comfortable, but I perhaps wouldn't want to sleep in the awning as there's a very slight gap between awning and tent at the sides. It never let a drop of rain in, because it overlaps by inches, but it might be slightly breezier in the awning on a windy night. Just guessing...
Even without the awning attached, there's loads of room. Easy to stand up and walk around in (I'm 5' 11"). Had a small table and a couple of chairs and large coolbox in the living area with plenty of extra space. Perfect for a few nights.
When using the awning I also brought a little dining table and four chairs and a cooking station with large gas canister, which all fitted in the awning with loads of room to maneuver round it all. Could easily do a week or two with kids if you've got the awning.
I leave out the curtain that separates the bedroom in two and put a raised double Kampa campbed in it, with a Vango double self-inflating mat and thick double sleeping bag. Like sleeping in an hotel. The black bedroom material certainly makes it less jarring in the morning when the sun comes up, but it's not like blackout material, it's still light in there, just not so dazzling and annoying. With the raised double bed in there you could even still fit another adult on a single mat on the floor of the bedroom. A small child no problem. Just make sure you shut the vents if anyone sleeps in the living room.
On my own I can put it up in about 20 minutes plus a bit of extra time to mess about with the carpet and guy ropes if you bother with those. If it wasn't windy I didn't bother with all but two of the guy ropes and it was still very sturdy. With two people maybe 15 minutes once you know how? Pretty easy. Put three poles into three colour coded sleeves, bend them into an arch, put the pins in, pull it all taught and peg it.
I'm sure some of these reviews on here about tent poles snapping etc are from people who don't know to loosen of all the straps and stuff before erecting the tent, or not checking what the other end of the pole is lodged against before they start bending it. And the one about snapped pole elastic? How does that ruin a camping trip? You can still slot that pole together and push it through the sleeve (don't pull it through, obviously), once the poles are in place the elastic doesn't do anything anyway. Anyway, nothing's broken on mine yet (touch wood), and I've put it up and down about 6 times and spent a total of about 18 nights in it. But I must agree that if you rush to close the side door, with one hand, you can get the flap trapped in the zip if your not careful. It's easy to release it but annoying if it's pouring with rain.
One suggested improvement is that the bathtub groundsheet should be heat-resistant so that I can drunkenly drop lit cigarettes on it without leaving a hole. On the plus side, the groundsheet is a very similar colour to silver duct tape, which is a pretty permanent and waterproof fix.
Great tent. Last May or June, just after I bought it, the bundle price went down even further by about £50, which was annoying. No guarantee it'll be the same this year though...
Go man go, and buy this Vango!, 12 March 2016
By Elaine (Leeds)
This is our third year camping with the Icarus 500, what a great tent, no issues whatsoever, so glad we purchased the awning too, although it's quite long with both!
Cannot recommend highly enough, trying Blackberry Wood campsite this summer, Sussex downs area, see how it gets on there....
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.
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