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 3000 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.
- 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
- Handled carry bag
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|Flysheet Hydrostatic Head (mm):
|Groundsheet Hydrostatic Head (mm):
|Pack Size (cm):
||72 x 34 x 27
|Number of Poles:
||Protex® 3,000HH polyester embossed
||Breathable polyester ‘lights out’
Fair weather tent, 06 October 2013
By dave2005 (Bedford)
This is a great tent at a very good price.
I can pitch it in about 15mins on my own.
You get loads of room inside with good amount of ventilation. I love the big windows with roll back curtains and nice big doors. Waterproofing is good too with no leaks.
Having spent several weekends in mine, here are the issues i have found -
First the pegs will bend, so upgrade them.
Second if it rains and you open a door the water will run straight in.
Third and worst issue is stability. When the wind picks up this tent flaps around like a flag and get very noisy.
Icarus, 20 September 2013
By meyrick (dorset)
The Vango poles are awful. Thank heavens we took a spare pack to the Pyrenees, because they split, and the repaired ones split. Terrible. The tent is good. Have bought Outwell Durawrap poles to replace the Vangos. More expensive but they have the spiral wrap, so they won't split. You can get hte tent up without splitting the poles - you prebend the top big time before pulling it up - and or take duct tape! - but decent poles are safer !
Very Happy with this tent, 06 September 2013
By Amanda (Gloucester)
I used this tent for the first time in early May and have been camping in it six times this summer and haven't had any problems with it. I have the extension and footprint and carpet, and these really make a difference.
The extension is great for extra storage and cooking in. It also keeps the main tent front entrance dry as it is a pain when opening up and the wet drips in on the carpet.
The only niggle I have is lack of awning poles as I used a windbreak to keep them up last weekend. Which was the first time I used the awning and I am definitely going to get poles now as it was really handy for cooking under.
I agree with others 5 would be a push in here but 2-3 is fab and 4 at a push.
No problems with poles or groundsheet, very happy with it al.