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Vango Icarus 500 Tent

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Colour: Herbal
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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 5000 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
Flysheet Hydrostatic Head (mm): 5000
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® 5000HH polyester embossed
Inner fabric: Breathable polyester ‘lights out’
Groundsheet Fabric: Polyethylene 10,000HH

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  • 3 out of 5
Good size but weak poles, 06 April 2015
By Melectra (Manchester)
I loved this tent when we first bought it. Quite easy to put up by two people, lots of windows and zippers to open on warmer days. Also, the size and layout was perfect for me and my two teenaged sons. The colour is lovely and calming too. We had a great week camping in it however one of the poles split at some point which we noticed when taking it down. Additionally, there was a tiny but noticeable tear in one of the windows and the built in ground sheet was not very tough. GoOutDoors gave a full refund after inspection though thankfully. I would definitely buy another similar sized Vango, but not this model.

  • 5 out of 5
Vango icarus 500 tent, 05 April 2015
By cath (durham)
Got this tent last year. Used it once in beautiful weather and one in 70mph winds. All I can say is WHAT A BRILL TENT!! It withstood all the wind and rain mother nature threw at her.

  • 1 out of 5
Terrible durability, terrible customer service., 02 April 2015
By PinkNigel
As a very experienced camper, I bought an Icarus 500 on the strength of the Vango name. Over the last 2 years I have used it a total of 6 times, and on all but the first occasion have suffered at least one catastrophic pole failure - and this last occasion has also seen the guy lines rip off the tent and the outer tear for about 1.5 metres next to a door.
Not only do Vango not cover tents over 2 years old, but they consider pole breakage to be "normal wear and tear". Given the frequency with which I have had poles break I can only assume that this is because they know that their poles are not up to the job.

  • 4 out of 5
tent, 06 March 2015
By lemons (clydebank)
bought this tent last year, brill tent, we are using it this year, only thing is the green colour attracts flies, x

  • 5 out of 5
Fantastic Tent, 18 February 2015
By Shellebeez (Berkshire)
We love this tent, we've been on many, many week long family holidays. It has withstood storms, heavy winds and rain as well as the sweltering heat. We cannot fault this tent, we bought the canopy, footprint and carpet at the time of purchase and everything has withstood the test of time. We've have had this now for 5 years. One of the poles broke last year, but are very cheap to replace so no complaints there especially due to the high winds it withstood.

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