Written on: 04/09/2012
Having camped in Ireland over a very rainy summer on 4 occassions with my son I have to take my hat off to Vango. The Icarus is a great tent and looks good. You wont break any poles if you put your tent up properly and are not heavy handed with it. If you really have to bend the poles too much and are breaking poles, the poles are not positioned correctly when you push then through the tent material that holds them. They sometimes snag on the material which means the poles will have to be... (read more)
Written on: 02/09/2012 by 955i (2 reviews written)
I bought my 2011 tent in 2012 and made a good saving. However, no saving was worth a tent that is about as waterproof as the proverbial sieve. The tent leaks in a number of places and it appears that a number of the seams are to blame. I initially bought the tent due to the previous Vango good reputation but it appears that they are living of past glories. Vango really need to get their quality control sorted as the internet is awash with people complaining of leaking tents. Remember,... (read more)
Written on: 22/06/2011 by gilesstow (1 review written)
"These tents are designed for use in late spring to early autumn in what is widely regarded as fair weather seasons" "we consider poles to be the consumable part of the tent" These are both direct quotes from my e-mail correspondence with Vango after two (out of 3) poles split lengthwise during the last weekend of MAY. My tent was 10 months old at the time and had been used for around 10 nights. I suspect the issue is wind rather than time of year, but I have used revious tents in much... (read more)
Written on: 09/04/2011
This is almost a great tent but it's just not quite up to the job. I've had a number of poll breaks and although lashing a walking pole to the broken section and there after carrying spars has got us though Vango really should upgrade the poll system to something a bit tougher.
For the price I can't complain and this tent did successfully introduce my reluctant girlfriend to try camping. However for the 2011 session she wants to buy a more expensive model with alloy polls. Just goes to... (read more)
Written on: 04/04/2011
bought this tent thinking it would be the buy of the century , however first outing , pole snapped putting it up and pole snapped taking it down!!! contacted vango no response not even to acknowledge the e-mail, got the poles replaced , next trip out omg the wind flattened it and gues what pole snapped, bought replacement pole, third trip out and in perfect weather pole snapped putting it up , by this time i knew better and had folowed and downloaded ever snippet on this tent , still no... (read more)
Written on: 28/02/2011
We bought this tent last year and have thoughly enjoyed using it.
It is easy to pitch, spacious and you can extras such as the footprint, carpets and canopy.
One pitch system means that it errecting in bad weather you can be in a dry within 10-15 mins.
Canopy is excellent for extra seating space and cooking in our great British weather. However is named a sun canopy and i wouldnt recommend it in very high winds or in an exposed location ( make sure its facing away from the wind!
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Written on: 30/10/2010
We loved using our new tent this summer, but on the second trip one of the sections of poles split. The company have refused to replace them. I will shell out for a new set from their spare parts website, but have doubts about how durable the tent itself is if the poles can split on a second use. It seems to be a problem other people have suffered from (judging by reviews I saw as I searched for a spare parts stockist) so I have not recommended the tent to friends. (read more)
Written on: 23/10/2010
I love my tent!!!!!! this poor tent has been through so much with us and only had for 2 years, it has been through gale force winds, torrential rain, hale stones, snow!!!! and we have not had 1 leak or break or tear it has been amazing!!! one weekend my mum and dad were away in a caravan and the weather was so bad they were worrying about hale coming through the roof but yet we had no problems in the tent. The one bad point would be the flap under the front door, somethimes it can get a... (read more)
Written on: 16/09/2010
Our Icarus 500 we thought was great to start with, but on our last outing all 3 poles snapped when we were trying to errect it. I had to tape them up with Insulation tape which works quite well on a tempory basis. I am just wondering is it me, or is this happening to others, with the same tent? (read more)
Written on: 15/06/2010 by luckyal (1 review written)
thought this was going to be the perfect tent for my outings with the kids but had two tent poles break in two outings , never again !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (read more)
Written on: 14/06/2010
An excellant tent for the small family...we were 2 adults and one child of 4yrs
I pitched the tent on my own for the first time with relative ease.
Once up it`s very roomy with loads of storage pockets, is bright and airy with bags of room.
I would recomend buying the matching sun canopy at the same time and you`ve got a very large tent for under £200.
I`d rate this tent very highly and we will easily be able to spend a week away with it. (read more)
Written on: 23/05/2010
Although we have a large tent for longer camping holidays, we wanted something that was light and easy to put up for shorter stays.
The Vango Icarus 500 fits the bill perfectly. It is a tunnel tent with only three poles, has a sewn in groundsheet and bedrooms already fitted so you really can pitch the lot in one. Its really easy and with a little practice ( and not too strong winds) it can be pitched in about ten mins.
Inside, the living space is a reasonable size and feels light and airy.... (read more)
Written on: 05/10/2009
We have found the Icarus 500 very easy to put up - two of us manage it in about 10-15 minutes. It has also stood up to some fairly testing weather condition - 24 hours of constant gales and an all night rain storm - with no damage whatsoever. There are a couple of things which could be better designed - it would be good to have a front window and some means of securing the bottom edge of the front flap to the ground or groundsheet to prevent drafts blowing in but overall the design is... (read more)
Written on: 02/09/2009
The Vango Icarus 500 tent is an easy to erect, spacious tent, with great adaptable living space. Unfortunately, when we used it in moderately high winds, the whole back end kept collapsing inwards resulting in a pole breaking! There is no central guy rope at the top of the pole arch to prevent this from happening, and there was nothing we could do except pack up. We were very disappointed that a company with Vango's experiance would produce a tent with this fault. We have complained to... (read more)
Written on: 10/08/2009
We brought this Vango Icarus 500 Tent tent specifically for weekends as we have a larger tent for long stays. Quite easy to erect though needed a couple of friends whilst trying to erect it in quite high winds. As this is a tunnel tent there is plenty of room including head height in bedrooms though it says it is 5 birth it is very comfortable as a four man. Good access with front and side door. It provides good sitting space in the living area and is light and airy. It stood up well to... (read more)
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