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Vango Icarus 500

(Sleeping Capacity 5 persons)


Vamgo Icarus 500 Review

Vango Icarus Front Side Window Vango Icarus Good Size Bedrooms Vango Icarus Traditional Tunnel Tent Styling

The Tent
The Vango Icarus range is a new tent range in their Weekend collection for the 2009 season and is a 5 berth tent based on the classic Tunnel style. Using Vango’s proven Protex polyster flysheet the tent has a HH rating of 2000mm which should be ample for this weekend tent, coupled with fiberglass poles ensures a very quick and easy to pitch tent. The tent has ample space for a weekend tent with a two bedroom pod layout which has been nicely thought out, plenty of storage pockets, both the bedroom doors fold back into a side pockets stopping them getting dirty as well as a privacy divider that can be removed if only a single pod is required. The tent also features Vango’s Tension Band System (TBS), if the wind picks up and the tent starts to flex in the wind by connecting the TBS bands inside the tent, this reduces this flex by connecting the sides to the top of the tent by the bands where the poles are located and indeed does vastly reduce flex. The tent has the benefit of two large windows either side at the front to ensure the tent is nice and light, two doors also ensure good access and the front door doubles up as a canopy with the supplied porch poles. The tent would be ideal for a couple or a family with smaller children and is made to a very high specification (see below) and is designed to ensure comfort and durability and in our opinion is a very impressive weekend tent.


Flysheet: Protex Polyester

Powerflex Fibreglass poles

Sewn in Groundsheet

Tension Band System (TBS)


Good Ventilation

Packs into a single carry bag

Repair kit

Colour: Blue Or Sage

Pitch Footprint, Size And Weight
Width: 315 cm, Length: 465 cm, Height: 200 cm
Packed Size : Tent 76 cm x 26 cm x 26 cm
Weight : Tent 13.2 kg

Erection / Pitching
One of the key advantages of this tent is that it is pitched all in one, ensuring that the inner tent will stay nice and dry if pitching in wet weather conditions. All the tent poles are identical which makes the pitching very easy. Once the tent is out of the bag we found it easier to loosely peg the four corners out first. Once this is done, snap the poles together and insert into the pole sleeves, locate one side of the pole on the ring and pin system then bend the pole into shape and locate the other side. Repeat this with the other two poles, although this is entirely possible with a single person we pitched with two people and this would reduce the total pitching time. Once all the poles are in shape we started pegging the guy ropes out and securing the remainder of the tent pegging points. 

Pros and Cons




  • All in one pitching

  • Easy to erect

  • Spacious

  • Well ventilated

  • Well priced


The Cost
Expect to pay around £130 for this new 500 model, there is also a footprint, carpet, extension and canopy available for the 500 model as reviewed here, these are not available for the 400 model at the time of the review..

The Verdict
We found the tent would be as suggested a very good all round weekend tent, being a three pole tunnel tent and without any practice the tent was up and pitched in under 20 minutes, with practice this could easily be reduced to just other 10 minutes. The tent is lovely and airy and affords plenty of space to retreat to if the weather takes a turn for the worse. What more can be said this tent has been well thought out made to a very good quality and features, would in our opinion make this a tent of choice to fulfill the role of a weekend tent.

Information and Links
For further information on Vango Tents check out our
Vango Pages
Or visit Vango at their website

Reviewed by Rickit (03/2009)
Note We recommend with all tents that you see them fully erected and satisfy yourself that the product is right for you prior to making a purchase.





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