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Vango Icarus 500 Tent

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Retail Price £320.00

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

 Our stock of the Icarus 500 is running low, and we won't be getting any more this year. Have you considered looking at a similar alternative tent, such as the Vango Lauder 500, the Hi Gear Enigma 5, or the Outwell Cape Coral S tents? Or just browse our Family Tent section to see if we have anything else that would suit your camping needs.

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.

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

NOTE: some of the printed insert cards that come with this tent have an error, incorrectly stating the flysheet HH rating as 4000. The correct rating is 5000.  


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
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: 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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  • 1 out of 5
Vango Icarus tent, 28 July 2015
By Jenny (Kenilworth)
Do not buy this tent, on our third weekend of use the elastic in the tent poles had already perished. We have looked after this tent making sure it was always fully dried out. We were stuck in the middle of a field faced with having to fix the elastic in the tent poles. I called customer Services and they could not help as it was two months outside of the 12 month guarantee. Poor Customer Service. Consumers must be aware that this tent will only last two long weekends.

  • 5 out of 5
Vango Icarus 500, 27 July 2015
By happycampers (Edinburgh)
We bought this tent as an upgrade to our old 5 year old tent. This was far superior, far more living space. We are just back from an 11 day camping trip to Norfolk (where the tent stood up to 34.5 degree heat and a torrential thunderstorm with rain for 3 hours) bone dry not a drip inside. Moved on to Henley and a slope and the tents still stood up to rain through the night and still hot temperatures during the day. We had an inflatable sofa and chair and hi-gear 4 shelf cupboard in the living area and still space to move around and fit the camping chairs inside during the day when we went out. There was only the 2 of us and our 12 year old daughter, but still so much space. We would look to get a wardrobe for the bedroom for so many days in the future. We did invest in the footprint and the carpet... it was almost home from home. We did not have any gripes with this tent, just can't wait to use it again. Now looking to buy the awning for September and October Camping!! Would recommend this tent definately.

  • 5 out of 5
Vango Icarus 500, 25 July 2015
By Ladicaz (Glasgow)
we bought this tent at beginning of July, went to Machrihanish on 11th July it was torrential rain most of that day and night with high winds, but we were very snug and warm, .couldnt believe the room we actually had, a doddle to put up, our son was so impressed he is now going for one too.Would strongly recommend this tent.

  • 2 out of 5
Icarus500 - Fair Weather Tent, 18 July 2015
By GC (Edinburgh)
This is a roomy tent, and easy to put up. It would be ideal for family camping, if it could cope with even moderately strong winds. On our first outing, all 3 fibreglass poles broke, in conditions which I wouldn't consider extreme for camping. Vango charge nearly £18 a pole for replacements. Other parts, such as pegs are also on the flimsy side.

  • 5 out of 5
Excellent!!, 18 July 2015
By Charlotte (Stafford)
This tent is by far a superior! Me and my boyfriend took it on a camping trip to a car rally show from Wednesday to Monday. We had heavy rain and scorching sun, and the icarus withstood all the weather! No leaks and no broken poles in the wind, it got very warm in the sun but what tent doesn't? It fit all of our camping gear in such as our large cool box, a table two camping chairs and a kitchen unit. The bedroom was very spacious and just nice for the two of us. The overall experience was phenomenal and I would recommend this tent to everyone. Best used for max 3 people I would say as 5 people would definitely be a squeeze!

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