The ever-popular Vango Icarus 500 Tent has been replaced in 2014 by the all-new Vango Isis 500. The popularity of the Vango Icarus 500 was built on the back of its fantastically simple 'as-one' easy to pitch design with a simple 3-pole 'no hassle' construction making it an ideal weekend or short break tent. Well, the Isis 500 continues very much in that tradition.
The Vango Isis V 500 features a large 5-berth breathable inner tent with removable divider enabling the user to create a 3+2-berth sleeping arrangement. Each side of the inner tent has its own entrance door enhancing the feeling of your 'own space'. The inner also features the latest 'Lights Out' fabric which filters out early morning sunshine for a more restful early morning sleep.
Beyond the bedroom area is a generous 330 x 245cm living area with a fully sewn-in polyethylene groundsheet to keep out moisture and draughts. This size of living space will provide ample room to create a dining area and erect a couple of storage units.
The 'V' in the title of this tent refers to the Vista front that the Isis 500 enjoys. A Vista front is a hex-shaped front with multiple windows - great for letting more light in and also for outstanding views out. Each of these windows features an internal privacy cover so you can regulate the amount of daylight/privacy you require.
The Vango Isis V 500 has two entrance doors - a side 'C' door that you roll back to secure and also a large front panel door that you can either roll-up or prop open to form a sun canopy (canopy poles not included). Both of the doors also feature a mesh door option which means you can keep the tent ventilated on hot days while keeping the bugs at bay.
The technical features of the Vango Isis V 500 Tent include a Protex 4000 70D polyester flysheet with 4000mm hydrostatic head waterproof protection. The frame is made with Powerflex fibreglass poles and the sewn-in groundsheet is a 10,000mm HH durable polyethylene.
The venting is enhanced by Vango's AirZone system - a series of high and low vents for excellent air circulation and there's also Vango's TBS tension band system - a series of internal webbing straps that you can deploy to strengthen the tunnel structure in the event of adverse weather conditions.
The full features of the Vango Isis V 500 Tent include:
- 'As one' easy pitching
- Identical pole lengths minimising confusion
- Step-in door sills
- 'V' shaped Vista front for enhanced views/daylight
- Two entrance doors both with mesh double door
- Inner tent storage pockets
- Zipped cable entry point plus cable retainers
- AirZone venting
- Reflective webbing
- Lantern hanging point
- Rain gutters on zips
- Line Lok runners on vivid orange guy lines
- Diamond Clear PVC windows (with internal covers)
- Handled carry bag
- Repair kit
- Protex 4000 Flysheet (4000mm HH)
- Polyethylene sewn-in groundsheet (10,000mm HH)
- TBS Tension Bans System
- Flame retardant throughout
- Wind and rain tested