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★☆☆☆☆

“Poor quality”

Written on: 03/07/2017 by Jiminotent (1 review written)

Used this tent about 10 times and it has been erected for about 10 weeks. The one pole has snapped. The biggest issue was that tent canvas tears. It is so thin . Very disappointed and I will never buy another one again. I found it waterproof and sizeable but the tears were so great that I had to use gaffer tape… Read Full Review

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Kestrel1947's Response to Jiminotent's Review

Written on: 11/08/2017

I fully understand the issues you mention. We have 2 of the Icarus tents in our scout group and they have been used for 9 days. The canvas near the inner zip has split in the same place on both tents, and as they are out of warranty we cannot do anything. Unless you want to pay for the repair service!
Not a happy scout group

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“Don't buy this tent”

Written on: 25/06/2017 by Felix107 (1 review written)

I have been camping regularly with many different tents for about 25 years. This is the worst quality tent I've ever had. I have only used if 3 times and already 2 poles have snapped and a zip has broken. I spoke to someone else with the same tent on the campsite... guess what -- their pole had snapped and a zip was broken! I won't buy vango again… Read Full Review

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★★☆☆☆

“Icarus5oo . poor zips”

Written on: 11/09/2014 by Oldshep06 (1 review written)

A good winter tent, poor vents, get a bit of sunshine and your cooking.The zips are poor,1 zip for the whole door is not enough, as for the fly sheet zip its a pain. always catching on the main door.if you open the main door during rain the floor gets wet because of the shear angle of the door. i found on a morning i was having to give the tent a shake(to get the damp drops inside and out) to fall. Beware of the middle pole its weak.the whole tent gets a 4 out of 10 from me… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“Icarus 500 - Great Tent”

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 Full Review

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Ri28's Comment

Written on: 05/08/2014

I will get this tent. I have looked at it for a while now and it seems to be great for the price. I agree about the water coming in when um
Nzipping the door as I had the smaller vango tent and the same happened. Otherwise it was good in rain and sun and easy to deal with. Thanks for your honest review as it has helped me decide.

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Underthestars1's Comment

Written on: 06/08/2014

Forgot about that review.... I'm still camping away with that tent and its still going strong and looks still very good. Have had no breakeages or any problems with it. I returned from a recent weekend camp and hung it out to dry when I got home as it was raining when packing it up and noticed the flooring around the door way was showing a tiny bit of ware which is to be expected so have started to throw a bit of camping carpet i have around that area inside when setting up to protect it but its still waterproof and should get another 2 years out of her easy. Thats four years of camping by about 5 trips a year so you cant go wrong there. As my son is getting bigger (teenager) I hope he still comes along as I think i am the bigger kid when it comes to camping trips.. anyway good luck with your purchase...

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★★☆☆☆

“Terrible”

Written on: 02/09/2012 by 955i (3 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, these… Read Full Review

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★★★★☆

“vango 500 icarus the ultimate review”

Written on: 07/08/2011

the tent is ok,its not a world changer but its a cheap-ish tent and have lived out of it for a week a couple of times and its still good to go.thats it nothing more to add!… Read Full Review

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★★☆☆☆

“Buy With Caution: Late Spring to Early Autumn Tent Only”

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 Full Review

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★★★☆☆

“This is almost a great tent but it's just not quite up...”

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 Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“bought this tent thinking it would be the buy of the...”

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 Full Review

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★★★★★

“We bought this tent last year and have thoughly...”

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!

Correct… Read Full Review

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★★★☆☆

“We loved using our new tent this summer, but on the...”

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 Full Review

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★★★★★

“I love my tent!!!!!! this poor tent has been through...”

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 little… Read Full Review

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★★☆☆☆

“Our Icarus 500 we thought was great to start with, but...”

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 Full Review

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★☆☆☆☆

“thought this was going to be the perfect tent for my...”

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 Full Review

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★★★★☆

“An excellant tent for the small family...we were 2...”

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 Full Review

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★★★★★

“Although we have a large tent for longer camping...”

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 Full Review

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★★★★☆

“We have found the Icarus 500 very easy to put up - two...”

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 Full Review

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★★☆☆☆

“The Vango Icarus 500 tent is an easy to erect,...”

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 Vango… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“We brought this Vango Icarus 500 Tent tent...”

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 Full Review

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