Vango Icarus 500

Vango Icarus 500

The benchmark that all others try to emulate. The Icarus is an icon of weekend camping and remains one of our best selling tents. It sees an update in colour for 2014 as part of the Exclusive collection. The new herbal green exudes vibrancy and creates a fresh, cool feel. The tunnel shape and identical poles make the Icarus incredibly easy to pitch and Vango’s patented Tension Band System (TBS II®) can be used for increased stability in high winds. Important features include zipped privacy curtains for flexibility, cable entry point and a lantern loop to name but a few . Ideal for families or friends who desire a well engineered tent and want value for money.


  • Flysheet and inner pitch together making it simple and quick to pitch and pack
  • The Vango patented TBS ®II – Tension Band System ensures that your tent performs in adverse conditions, especially strong, changeable winds. In calm conditions the system can be disconnected if desired. When tensioned, the bands brace the pole and prevent sideways movement. The buckles should be adjusted so that slack is removed, but not over tensioned, as this may deform the poles.
  • The Protex 70 Denier polyester flysheet is a highly waterproof, durable and reliable fabric that will keep you dry and comfortable, and it’s exclusive to Vango
  • All flysheet and groundsheet seams are factory taped, giving a water tight seal
  • PE groundsheets are robust, hardwearing and waterproof to 10,000mm. Ideal fabric to stand up to the rigours of the most active of campers
  • Breathable polyester inner tent- the fabric allows condensation to pass through, ensuring a comfortable nights sleep
  • Lights Out Inner Tent – Darker fabric inner reduces the amount of early morning light
  • Lightweight and low bulk inner tent ground sheet which is perfect for sleeping and packing
  • The guy lines are attached to the tent at optimum positions for stability and tension. Handy guy line holders make for easy packing and re-pitching
  • Line Lok patented guyline runners lock securely, release simply and perform in all conditions
  • Conveniently positioned inner tent pockets store snacks, torches or electronics
  • Duraflex buckles and zip pullers which are renowned for strength, quality and reliability
  • Simple and quick to use Zip down curtains for varying levels of opening. Fit to the flysheet with no gaps and simply roll into a pocket. No more rolling your curtains up and down with this terrific feature
  • All Vango tents use fully fire retardant fabrics that meet the European EN5912 safety standard which will give you and your family peace of mind
  • Large Diamond Clear PVC windows for maximum light and great visibility
  • Reflective webbing picks up torchlight so the pegging points are easily visible in darkness
  • We weather test each of our tents to the European standard EN5912, in a certified wind and rain test centre. This is to ensure they will perform in the worst of weather
  • Vango AirZone- High and low level ventilation panels combine to create a comfortable flow of air through the tent
  • All entrances have a mesh door that allows ventilation on warm days and nights while keeping flying insects outside.
  • Door with eyelets allowing optional king poles to be used
  • Exclusive to Vango, the Pelmet provide additional storage space hides the inner tent attachment points and helps reduce drafts
  • Zipped entry point with Velcro tidies to run the cable to the lantern point and other electrical items
  • Inner divider increases the flexibility of the tent, giving you options for more sleeping or more living space
  • Lantern hanging point in the living area or inner tent
  • Oversized carry bag made from 15% more material giving 50% more volume to make pack away easier


nxfcBy: Reekozoid  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:Date: 22/03/2014

Have to give this tent top marks, however I can’t compare it against any others, but it’s good. Bought it for a family of 4, but after our first trip myself and my boy have carried on. It’s perfect for us, space is plenty. Had no issues with leaks, must admit though, have got a tear in the right hand bedroom door zip, which after reading other reviews seems to be an issue with this tent. Others than that, good tent, good space, doesn’t leak. Takes me and my 10 year old boy 15 minutes to put up.

By: Davismickey  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 01/02/2014

We bought this as our first tent and was really pleased with it overall. The side pockets are really usefull and also gives the tent a finished look as it covers the space between the bedroom inner tent and the exterier flysheet. The fly screens are a nice touch as on a sunny day the doors can be left open with no nasty bugs entering. The only down side is the front door lets the rain in when entering on a wet day.

The living area is big enough for 3 adults and all our stuff but not sure it would be suitable for 5 unless you had small children.

We bought the front canopy for a bit more space and as a covered cooking area but on it’s first outing a gust of wind came and ripped it off the main tent, so this has really put me off and would not recommend this as the weather was fine when it was erected.

Overall a super tent if you want a tent that is easy and quick to errect, spacious inside and small and light enough to fit in the smallest of cars.

By: Tonyp65  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 18/01/2014

Have now used over two years and found it ideal easy to put up and take down. Good for 2 of us and dog . No leaks only problem was a broken pole this year taped up and easily fixed when home .After reading other reviews am now looking for the canopy. The hanging pockets are useful and take a fair amount.

By: Cane Toad  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating:   Date: 08/09/2013

I purchased an Icarus 500 tent earlier this year as I wanted a tent that could comfortably accommodate me along with my two older children and which was quick and easy to put up. I was not disappointed! I also purchased the footprint to protect the groundsheet. A great feature of this tent is the sewn-in groundsheet, which means that the living area can be used as a sleeping area if you so wish and you are not going to be invaded by wildlife in the night – my son and daughter sleep in the partitioned sleeping area and I sleep in the living area, which means we all have a lot of space. The tent is light and airy, with large windows. The hanging storage area is really useful, too. There are two downsides that I must mention, though: because of the angle of the door, the rain comes in when it’s opened during wet weather. Also, the orange plastic clips that hold the sleeping area in place look as if they are not going to last long and I wonder if metal clips might have been better. The clips are easy to get on but not quite so easy to get off when the tent is taken down, and after just one use, even though we were very careful, the plastic on the ‘snap’ part of the clip has discoloured and looks as if it might snap after a few more pitchings. When you take the tent down you also have to lower the fabric around the large plastic window to remove the dead flies that have collected there. Overall, though, the tent’s advantages outweigh its disadvantages and I am really pleased with it.

By: Nab1981  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating:   Date: 01/09/2013

Bought my Icarus 500 June this year. I chose the Icarus after much research into easy to pitch tents, as I tend to go off camping on my own. So far I’ve used it twice, with a third long weekend on the cards. Pitching it solo is so easy, takes me on average 20 – 25 minutes (at a plodding speed, cause it’s been hot). It’s stood up to a very heavy downpour in August, only design fault I found was the side door, could do with a little overhang to protect the insides getting wet, but I’m aware of it know so will use the front door in bad weather. Mind you I have located a side canopy, made by Vango for another tent, this would solve the issue of water entry.

I am so pleased with the tent, that the front canopy is now on the cards, just hanging on a bit incase I can save some money and get it in the Sales. I would suggest getting the footprint, as this helps keep the tent clean and dry. That’s also next on my list.

I can honestly say, I’m loving camping (or should I say ‘glamping) again – Lovely size tent, easy to pitch. Can wait to go again.


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