Vango icarus 500 tent

Go Outdoors: £249.99 – Tent
£29.99 – Footprint
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The Vango Icarus 500 is a very spacious 5 berth tent which is perfect for families who need that little bit of extra space whilst camping. The tent has two separate bedroom areas and a generous living area. The Vango Icarus 500 is very easy to pitch and can be up within as little as 12 minutes. The tent is plenty big enough for 4 people and can accommodate 5 people if needed.

The tent has a specially designed darker fabric which is designed to keep all of the light out in the morning so you can have a lie in. The mesh doors to the two bedrooms keep those nasty insects out of the tent and provide good ventilation. The Vango Icarus 500 has additional ventilation at both ends of the tent which creates nice cooling flow of air throughout which helps keep the temperature more comfortable on those gorgeous summer days.

The family living area in the Vango Icarus 500 has large crystal clear windows which allows a good amount of sunlight in. If you require a little more privacy then the toggled window covers along with zipped privacy curtains come in useful.
To make things easy the Vango Icarus 500 also comes with a handy carrying bag. Overall the Vango Icarus 500 is a great value tent for a weekend away with your family.

Vango Icarus 500 Summary Specification

Below is a summary specification for the Vango Icarus 500 tent. If you would like more details then please see the detailed specification.

Berth 5 Man
Best for Families
Weight 14.55 kg
Bedrooms 2
Ground sheet Fully sewn in
Pitching style Flysheet first
Dimensions Length: 470 cm
Width: 315 cm
Height: 195 cm (Living area)
Packed Size 72 cm x 34 cm x 27 cm
Doors 2
Bedroom Dimensions 210 cm x 310 cm
Number of poles 3
Pitching time 12 minutes
Tent style Tunnel
Colour Moss

Vango Icarus 500 Detailed Specification

Pitching the Vango Icarus 500

The Vango Icarus 500 has been designed to be pitched extremely quickly with the fly sheet going up first which ensures the inside of the tent is kept dry if it happens to be raining. The fully enclosed ground sheet helps keep the inside of your tent clean and draught free. Once thePowerflex® fiberglass poles have been inserted you can simply pick the tent up and walk it into the position where you would like to pitch. With the orange coloured inner clips for the bedrooms this makes pitching the tent even faster.

The tent comes with pre-attached guy lines with guy holders for your convenience. With three poles to pitch using a ring and pin system the Vango Icarus 500 it is easy to pitch on your own and easy to get back into the bag when packing away again. Once packed away the tent doesn’t take up too much space in the back of your car, leaving room for all those other luxuries whilst camping.

Ring and Pin System

The Vango Icarus 500 has been designed to fix onto a standard size pitch whilst still giving you the space you need for your family whilst camping at the weekend.

How to pitch the Vango Icarus 500 / How to pack away the Vanco Icarus 500

All our tents come with a free pitching guide you can print off and take with to help you quickly and easily put up your new Vango Icarus 500. Download your pitching guide.

Weather conditions suitable for the Vango Icarus 500

The Vango Icarus 500 is built using the Vango TBS System to provide the tent with extreme stability in side winds along with the strong and flexible VangoPowerflex® fiberglass poles to keep the tent standing in all weather conditions. The Vango patented TBS 11 Tunnel Band System creates a triangular structure through the tunnel tent which provides unrivalled stability in strong winds and comes with a storm skirt system. The tent has been fully wind and rain tested to ensure you keep dry and warm whilst staying in your Vango Icarus 500. This makes the tent suitable for high winds and heavy rain.

Vango Icarus 500 Materials

The Vango Icarus 500 comes with easy to spot orange guy lines which should help avoid any trips during low lighting. The guy lines come with guy tidies which helps keep them nice and tidy when packing your tent away for your next camping trip.
The ground sheet is made from a robust, hard wearing and waterproof 10,000 Polyethylene material which can stand up to the active wear and tear from keen campers and comes with fire retardant assurance.

The Vango Icarus 500 is fire retardant with the inner tent fabric, fly sheet and ground sheet fully conforming to the EU Standard CPA1-84, which means that once the source of the heat is removed the tent will not continue burning. The outside PU coated materials are made from Polyester and come with taped seams.

Vango Icarus 500 Design

The family tent comes with a fully sewn in ground sheet to protect you from insects and cold winds along with a part inner mesh door which helps increase ventilation throughout. The Vango Icarus 500’s breathable inner tent / bedrooms are made from a breathable fabric which is designed to minimise condensation in the morning by allowing it to evaporate. There is also low level ventilation if required which ensures the air is never stuffy or stale.

The Vango Icarus 500 comes with speciality ‘lights out’ technology that limits the amount of light into the tent to avoid getting woken up early in the morning. Light is blocked out of the bedrooms by the darker fabric which they are made from.
The Vango Icarus 500 has been designed for practical use with a zipped cable entry point for your electric hook up cable if needed and step over doors to keep the dirt out. The tent has great storage options for small items including inner pockets and hanging storage which may seem like having tent tidies built in.

If you are quite tall then the Vango Icarus 500 is perfect for you as it can accommodate people who are 6ft tall without having to bend either in the main living area or the bedrooms.


A roll back inner divider allows you to separate the bedroom space into two bedrooms when required and can be neatly stored when wanting the full space all for yourself. The bedroom partition does have a few gaps around the edges. Inside the bedroom compartments there are lantern loops where you can hang your light at night. The bedrooms inside the Vango Icarus 500 can easily accommodate double airbeds within each of the bedrooms although you would struggle to fit five single airbeds in.

Living Area

The living area comes with large clear windows accompanied by internal covers if required along with side mesh doors to keep the insects out. The side doors to the tent are parallel zipped with double zip covers to allow ease of entry along with external zip pullers and reflective webbing.

There is plenty of space within the living area of the tent which can accommodate a table with four chairs, cool box, cooking stand and other kitchen equipment. The living area in the Vango Icarus 500 is a great place where the kids can play games on rainy days.

Icarus 500 Floorplan

Whilst there is no mesh door on the front door, there is one on the side door to keep those insects out. The zip on the front door is zipped down both sides with a toggle at the bottom to allow air to circulate better whilst still keeping the door tight and rain out.

From the Vango Weekend Collection, the Vango Icarus 500 is a great family tent with lots of space and conveniences. You can also purchase the additional Vango Icarus 500 Canopy which attaches to the front of your tent to provide additional space for cooking on rainy days. This product also allows you to keep the front door open when it is raining and is a great addition to your tent.

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