Vango Icarus 500 Deluxe Family Tent Review

Welcome to my review of the new Vango Icarus 500 Deluxe.

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Vango Icarus Tent

Vango Icarus 500 Delux, is a 5 man tent which is very versatile.  As the tent is made by Vango many of you will already be aware of the quality that goes into their tents.

The tent comes with a large living area with 2 doors and 2 bedrooms that are made with lights out fabric, and also has a fully sewn-in groundsheet.  The living area is a good size to relax in on an evening with enough space for table and chairs or even an inflatable sofa if you prefer.

The bedroom divider, as with many tents can be removed to create one large room, great if it a couple using the tent and is exactly what we do if not being joined by family members. The tent also has an optional extra of a front extension that can add valuable space if using as a family.

The darkened bedroom fabric is a great addition to this tent.  If, like me, you struggle to sleep once the sun comes up or if trying to get an early night before the next day’s activities.  This fabric helps keep the light out for longer than the lighter fabric that was once used.

This tent has good ventilation around the tent, plenty of storage pockets, electric entry point with cable tidy clips.

This tent also has the Vango TBSII® tension band system that allows you to add more or some additional tension to the tent when the winds get up.  This helps reduce the risk of the fibreglass poles splitting or breaking under the pressure.

The Specs

The tent is made of a polyester 4000 HH flysheet. A breathable polyester for the inner bedroom that is a darkened fabric to help keep light out the bedroom area. The tent has a fully sewn-in groundsheet. All with taped seems.  All fabrics are also fire retardant.

StructureThe tent has 3 lightweight fibreglass poles. This tent also comes with the Vango tension band system on the inside of the tent to give more tension in windy weather.
Guy LinesThe tent comes with pre-attached guy lines which helps to steady the tent in bad weather conditions.
Cable Entry Yes, there is a cable entry point on this tent which is zipped.
WindowsThere are 5 very generous sized windows in the living area to allow plenty of light into the tent. 4 triangular windows to the front and one on the side. As it is a Vango tent it comes with Vango’s Diamond Clear windows All windows have privacy curtains so you can close them when needed and they can all be rolled back and toggled in place when not in use.
Doors2 large doors. 1 to the front of the tent and 1 to the side. The side door has a mesh panel that you can zip closed, leaving the door open but keeping the bugs out. Having 2 doors means the tent more versatile when it comes to the way you wish to layout your living area.
Ventilation Ventilation panels to the front and rear of the tent to help prevent the build-up of condensation.
Bedrooms 2 lights out bedroom pods that keep the rooms darker and somewhat cooler in summer and keep the light out to give a better nights sleep. Bedrooms are 3 + 2 but the divider can be removed to give 1 large room.
Living Area1 large living area that is light and airy with room to store your camping equipment or even a table and chairs set.  There is plenty of storage pockets in the living area to help store small items.
Optional ExtrasFor this tent, you can also purchase a made to size footprint and a carpet for some added comfort.  There is also a front extension available to give you even more living space if required or if away for longer periods of time. Please note these are optional extras and do not come with the tent.
Vango Icarus Dimensions

At A Glance

Person5 person
Hydrostatic Head4000mm
Standing RoomYes
Weight14.8 kg
Pitch Time15 mins
PriceFrom £279.99

*Please note that price was correct at time of publishing and will be updated on a regular basis.


As always Vango seems to have delivered with this 5 person tent.  Love the large windows as it makes the tent feel bright and airy.  The Tension bands also provide some added safety and rigidity in stronger winds so makes a good all year round tent.  Great for weekends and small families and the optional extension really makes this tent feel much larger and way more spacious.

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