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Vango Icarus Air 800 Inflatable Family Tent

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WhatKatyDidToday Sun 10-Aug-14 18:52:53

Hi, do any of you have this tent? (Or the Icarus 600) is it really worth all the money? We camp every year and currently have a 6 man tent and we take a Vango gazebo for all our cooking stuff . Our children are 2, 5 and 7. The fact that the tent inflates really appeals to me as I hate putting our tent up, I'm just wondering whether it really is as quick as it looks on YouTube!? Any help/advice gratefully received! smile

defineme Sun 10-Aug-14 18:59:30

Marking place as I have looked at this tent many times online and love the thought of being set up in 10 minutes!

Crazeeladee Sun 10-Aug-14 19:04:30

Friends of ours have got it, It only really saves you about 5 minutes, as all the pegging down etc still has to be done. Same with taking it down, it doesn't save that much time once you've taken all the ropes down and folded it up to be worth all the extra money.

YoungJoseph Sun 10-Aug-14 19:08:54

I have an inflatable, a Vango Inspire and yes it does go up as quickly as on YouTube. We've been really pleased with ours BUT we are comparing it to a frame tent that was heavy and difficult to get up.
There's still the pegging out to do and the car emptying etc etc , so still quite a while until you're fully set up.
Ours is big and heavy when down, that might be a consideration depending on your car I suppose. As there are no poles you can't split the tent into separate packs; a bit in the roofbox, a bit in the boots and so on.
It coped with the rain and wind as well as any other tent.
We love ours BUT I can see that they seem very pricey compared to other tents.

WhatKatyDidToday Sun 10-Aug-14 19:35:26

Space isn't an issue as I drive a mumbus (oh the shame!) pegging it doesn't bother me so much, it's the putting all the poles together etc that takes an age. Did you buy the footprint and carpet etc and would you recommend it ?

riskit4abiskit Sun 10-Aug-14 19:37:09

They seem so expensive to me! And I am wary of them in the wind

didldidi Sun 10-Aug-14 19:37:51

We have a kinetic 600 and it is really a lot quicker than poles. Really like it and the case on wheels in v handy as it is quite heavy and sometimes it will only be me and the kids.

didldidi Sun 10-Aug-14 19:39:00

Mind you I only paid 349 pounds for an ex-display model with carpet at the end of last season!

WhatKatyDidToday Sun 10-Aug-14 19:49:40

THANKYOU for all the replies, I think I'm sold on the icarus, just one final question which I can't work out from various websites... does it have to be 4 separate bedrooms, or can you remove the divide between 2 of them eg, could I put all 3 children in one room ?

YoungJoseph Sun 10-Aug-14 20:08:52

I should add that the bedrooms are already attached to the outer tent and they stay that way. This means there's no reaching up / standing on a stool business to put in the bedrooms. Particularly useful if you are a short arse like me. Again saves time.
Not sure about the Icarus but we can zip down one 'wall' to make two bedrooms.

YoungJoseph Sun 10-Aug-14 20:10:48

Yes we bought the footprint and carpet...probably wouldn't have bought the carpet as it's too big to put in the machine. Footprint is great though.

WhatKatyDidToday Sun 10-Aug-14 20:45:56

Thanks- now I just need to win the lottery to buy it! grin

ViviPru Sun 10-Aug-14 21:15:53

We have an Outwell Harrier L and agree with what YoungJoseph says about inflatables being quick to go up but still time consuming to peg, but compared to a pole tent of the same size it's very quick.

We just camped through this weekend's hurricane Bertha with ours and it was solid as a rock. It's bloody brilliant. Inflatables are genius.

ViviPru Sun 10-Aug-14 21:16:57

Also, we'll need to repitch in the garden this week to fully dry it out, the prospect of doing that with an inflatable is far less irksome than were it a pole.

WhatKatyDidToday Sun 10-Aug-14 23:16:02

Don't suppose you can recommend a good retailer that I can buy it from! Cheapest I can find is Go Outdoors- are there any online that are cheaper?

ViviPru Sun 10-Aug-14 23:33:33

FWIW the only places I find that ever have better prices than GoOutdoors are outdoormegastore.co.uk and inflatabletentsonline.co.uk but neither stock the Icarus, so Go Outdoors is possibly your best bet.

Have you considered the Evoque? When we were looking at inflatables before I took leave of my senses and spanked a fair portion of my offsprings' inheritance on canvas Outwell madness we considered the Icarus but decided against them as I'm not keen on the sloping front door design. I much preferred the flat front and canopy of the Evoque. We figured the extra hundred or so quid was worth it for a much easier UK (potential rain) camping experience....

WhatKatyDidToday Mon 11-Aug-14 12:46:52

I'll have a look now - who knew buying a tent could take so much time and money

Nobloomingideapgornot Mon 11-Aug-14 14:39:36

Camping world have the outwell ones, we have just had to return our Kampa Filey 6 air because of quality issues but they are easy to put up! We have now chosen the traditional steel pole vermont XLP instead.

WhatKatyDidToday Mon 11-Aug-14 18:26:22

SOS knowledgeable campers! Had anyone got shy experience of the higear inflatable one? It goes up even quicker than the vango and is a better quality outer. I sent my other half to go outdoors to by the vango and now I'm even more confused!

ViviPru Mon 11-Aug-14 18:37:42

People are sniffy about Hi-Gear but our old bogstandard one was actually really good and gave us 4 years of camping in some rough conditions before starting to get a bit tired.

Is it the Nimbus 8? It gets good reviews, would that configuration work for you? with the bedrooms either end? I'm not sure how I'd feel about the living area, I really like a living space at the front of a tent that really opens out but if that's not an issue then it seems a good bet for the price...

I wasn't that impressed at the quality of the Icarus 500 when we saw it in store, it didn't seem much better than our old hi-gear. The seams were scrappy and the finish was a bit average...

WhatKatyDidToday Mon 11-Aug-14 18:56:13

The configuration for both the 800 and the higear nimbus are the same - happy with that. The bag for the nimbus is just so much bigger and heavier !

Piffpaffpoff Wed 03-Sep-14 17:39:43

Reading all this with interest as the Icarus 800 is now on a deal at Go Outdoors -£799 for the tent, footprint and carpet and I could get it down to £760 via Quidco. I have an old Icarus 600 and I've had real problems with the poles - either they are crap or I'm really hashy with them, but they keep breaking so a pole free option is really attractive to me.

But it's still quite expensive....I think I will be dithering about this for ages!!

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