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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
Fab tent!, 24 December 2014
By Stella (Huddersfield)
We have had this tent for a number of years and I can't fault it. The only issue we've ever had is tent poles snapping but they are easy (and cheap) enough to replace.

Last year we ended up in "biblical" weather, where it rained constantly for hours. We were ankle deep in water. The tent held up (albeit very muddy). After a clean, the tent is as good as new.

If you want a decent sized tent, for a decent price then you need to buy this tent!

  • 5 out of 5
Vango Icarus 500, 17 October 2014
By first time campers (Kingswinford)
Absolutely brilliant we are two over 50's who have never camped before at all. went away for 2 weekends had no problem with the tent at all, easy to pitch after the first weekend got the hang of it, loads of space, we are looking to either get canopy or awning for it next year and look forward to many happy weekends away.

  • 5 out of 5
icarus 500, 03 October 2014
By happy camper (Bristol)
Great tent have used for long weekend. Just the right size for two adults & 2 children, we have 2014 model with lots more handie extras then the 2013 model (which we returned as had a rip when brought) This tent is very similar to outwell nevada M. Fab all round tent!

  • 4 out of 5
Vango Icarus 500 Tent, 02 October 2014
By Gaynor (Bournemouth)
Great tent, easy to put up and take down. Can't comment on how waterproof it is as we didn't have any rain. but it we managed to put it up in gusty wind

  • 1 out of 5
Underperformed, 30 September 2014
By Nick (Cutthorpe Derbyshire)
We purchased from Go Outdoors Sheffield. Sales staff were knowledgeable, enthusiastic and helpful.

Initially, this tent was fabulous.

Great price, wonderful light and space. Lots of little lovely extras like more windows than you need, hanging pockets, darkened sleeping spaces, two tension bands to improve stability in windy weather, sewn in groundsheets, thoughtful and flexible layout (can easily accommodate five sleeping), great size live space up front. Easy to pitch (once you get the knack!) and all-in-all a brand with a good, solid, dependable reputation....

...then we took it to Anglesey...

This is a beautiful fair-weather tent. Take your family away on holiday during a calm and dry spell and you will have a fab time. Unfortunately we encountered high winds and a downpour. The tent could not stand it. It buckled and swayed before eventually coming free from it's (heavy duty) pegs and ripping in two places. We now have a tent with two holes in the canvas. We had to put some tape over the holes to keep dry.

Secondly, the tension bands (which we had been warned not to over-tighten, so we did not) ripped off and were less than useless.

Additionally, upon unwrapping the inner we discovered a hole in the ceiling.

Not a positive experience, especially with two young children. The tent was unstable, waving noisily about all night in the wind, the poles were bending so much that furniture in the tent was moved about...

It was our first trip out with our newly purchased tent. It is not fit for purpose. If you are beguiled by it's good looks and price then only take it out in fair weather.

To sum up: Great design. Poor performance.

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