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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
Just what we need, 27 July 2014
By Comfy Campers (York)
We have just bought an Icarus 500 after having a Coleman Mitchigan for the past 8 yrs. Decided after our last camping trip on the 8th july 2014 that we now needed a smaller tent seems that only 2 of us go now. Have put up the Icarus in the garden to see if it only takes the 12 mins it says it should take.It took us 20 mins and that included putting the bedroom area in. We have left the bedroom area in so 12 mins should be about right when we camp next in September. We are really pleased with it so far. No probs with the poles and good size living and sleeping areas. Nice to have built in pockets to keep tension straps etc in when not using them. So easy to put away. Overall really pleased with it and the price. Cant wait till September.

  • 3 out of 5
Good in dry weather, 26 July 2014
By Nicki (London)
Lovely looking tent. Great price at Go. Tent itself very good. Bedroom area excellent. Some condensation problems on none windy days. Sadly it was not waterproof when it rained overnight. The awning was particularly bad and didn't cope with winds. I waterproofed the tent and it was 100% on next trip. I agree that the main door should zip at the bottom as it noisily flaps in the wind and let's into much cold. Maybe Velcro dots will sort it. In the end as I bought it at a good price I'm happy with it. But there are some manufacturing issues that vango must sort.
With the poles and tension bands. Read the guidelines, and get the fabric equally on both sides before you put the second pin in. If it feels like there's too much strain, then stop and pull more of the tent sleeve towards that pole end.
Happy camping!

  • 5 out of 5
Fantastic Tent, 24 July 2014
By Graeme (Doncaster)
This was our first tent so we wanted a tent that was easy and quick to put up. Also, with the aim of longer camping holidays and having 2 dogs we wanted a larger tent that we could stand in.
This tent really does tick all the boxes. I have never put a tent up in my life and this only took 20-25mins (after an initial practice in garden). It was so simple and the instructions actually make sense.

I love how light this tent was with the different window sections and 2 door ways that you could have open. Great storage pockets too and plenty of room in the living space. The bedrooms were very nice with a blackout fabric to keep it nice and dark in the evenings.

We are so pleased we chose this tent and thoroughly enjoyed a first camping trip. I would recommend this tent to anyone.

  • 4 out of 5
Icarus500, 13 July 2014
By Happy campers (Aberdeenshire)
Bought our Icarus 500 about 4weeks ago checked everything was there in out garden just come back from ballater for 2 nights and very pleased with tent our last one was Bangor Tigra 400 was good but there's more space and windows and loved the fly screen on front door can't wait to go camping again

  • 3 out of 5
Had a few problems but customer service fantastic, 09 July 2014
By Claire (Poole)
We brought this tent last week to use camping at the weekend. We travelled over 2 hours away to the campsite we booked. When we go there we laid the tent out to put up and found there was no Poles in the tent bag and so had to sleep in our friends tent lounge area. I was of course not happy at all as it was very very tight for space with me, my partner 2 dogs and both my friends in a 3 man tent. As soon as we returned home we took the tent back to go outdoor and the manager was apologetic and replaced . We were never told to pitch the tent at home before leaving to make sure everything was there I just asumed it would be! I wrote to the customer complaints team as i wanted compensation for the inconvenience we had. I did read that the customer service was a nightmare, but i was very impressed. They listened to my case and offered me a small amount of compensation. We still have yet to pitch the tent and stay in it but will keep you posted.

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