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Vango Icarus 500 Deluxe Tent

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Retail Price £340.00

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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


Berth: 5
Bedrooms: 2
Doors: 2
Height (cm): 195.00
Length (cm): 470.00
Width (cm): 315.00
Flysheet Hydrostatic Head (mm): 4000
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: Yes
Pitching Time: 12
Flysheet Fabric: Protex® 4000HH polyester embossed
Inner fabric: Breathable polyester ‘lights out’
Groundsheet Fabric: Polyethylene 10000HH
Pole Composition: Fibreglass
Recommended Use: Weekend
Tent Features: Fire Retardent

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  • 5 out of 5
Excellent Icarus, 27 February 2017
By Ian (Newcastle Under Lyme)
We bought the tent in March of 2016 and so far have only used it once in the August of that year on a trip to the Lakes. The weather was less than pleasant on our last night, it rained from 9pm until 8pm the following day yet we were dry throughout. I have seen a few reviews on here complaining about poor stitching and waterproofing, maybe their tents were made at 4pm on a friday, ours was great.
Plenty of room for 3 people, I would have no more than 4 in it. We had a long 4 day weekend and found the living space to be great although we may invest in the awning for our trip this year so we can take the bikes. Easy to put up and take down, the extra groundsheet was a good purchase.

  • 5 out of 5
Great tent - no arguments!, 13 September 2016
By Amanda&Chris (Leicestershire)
Bought this tent initially to go to a weekend festival but with many more trips in mind. It's really spacious (but packs up well) with lots of thoughtful and useful extras like lots of pockets to put odds and bobs in. Went up quickly (although it might have been the expert putter upper!) and dismantled easily too. No arguments - either with the tent, the service or between those staying in it!

  • 1 out of 5
Vango got it wrong this time!, 09 September 2016
By Vango Lover
Oh dear. 1st weekend weather was OK, tent was fine. 2nd weekend, when we put it up a pole split 1/3 of the way down its length. Then, good old fashioned Scottish rain from the west. We had large puddles of water on the inner tent and all down the western side. I was dripped on in the porch area. The hoops are all the same height which means there is no proper run-off so water puddles on the roof. poorly designed Vango, Very disappointed. See newer version the Iris. hoops different sizes. Vango recognised the problem!

  • 4 out of 5
Vango Icarus 500 deluxe, 04 September 2016
By John (Welling)
Mixed feelings on this one.
Bought the tent a week before the price dropped 50 quid..Grrrr. Also found a small rip in the fly sheet, when checking it over a couple of weeks after purchase..Perhaps, I should be less honest but felt it too late to return and swap for replacement, at the cheaper price, given I had it a couple of weeks by now. Hmm. Other minor gripes, the carpet supplied was for 500 standard version, which is slightly smaller than living space for the deluxe version but this does fit the bed room nicely, so decided to keep this too.
Anyway, fixed the rip problem and now tried it out. Generally, this is a nice tent, easy to pitch, even in windy conditions it was not too hard. The bed space is roomy, with good storage space (There was just two of us and kit) and it has comfortable living area. The windows give good light to the living space, making for a relaxing space to read, or to watch the rain and other campers running about to get out of it (the rain). The tent works well in good weather, and to be fair, stood up to wind and rain over the weekend, not leaks, although it did flex a bit when the wind pushed through. The tent dried quickly, when the weather improved.
The road test flagged up a few flaws, many mentioned in other reviews - If it is raining, you have to be quick with the doors, as the tent design/doors slope backwards (should have spotted this myself) so the rain comes in to the living space, meaning a mop up operation is required. (Suggestion to Vango, perhaps design a canopy attachment, at least for the front door, as the awning extension will have the same problem to the front). Zips can get caught up and the internal fly screen is a bit of a pain, as it needs to be closed separately from the main door. Some condensation in living space on first night, seem to be solved by opening the vents in bedroom to increase air flow..see how it goes?
In conclusion, a comfortable summer and weekend tent. Will see how it fairs over the Autumn. Certainly more comfortable than our smaller 350 unit, which has its own shortfalls, and lighter/easier than our larger ten, that takes ages to set up.
Hope this review will help others make the right choice for their needs

  • 2 out of 5
Vango 500 deluxe poor quality zips, 28 August 2016
By John (Bradford)
Bought the tent on the 20th of august and went to filey the following weekendal to try it out before we take the grandchildren away so we were both really looking forward to our trip only to
Be let down .the tent was extremely easy to put up but when trying to shut the front door one of the zips was jamd so we had to leave the door shut plus the over door zips look to be of same poor quality

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