Ah, the great outdoors: the singing wild birds, the flowing streams, and the scent of various flowers and trees. For those of us trapped in the concrete jungles of the city, even just two days camping out in the woods or in the nearby nature park is definitely going to be a refreshing experience.
However, as many experienced campers will tell you, what is supposed to be a relaxing break off the daily routine can become a gruelling experience if you have the right gear, which is why it is important you select good quality equipment. And two of the most important gear you need are the camping tent and the stove.
The Decathlon Quechua 2-Seconds Pop-up Easy to Set Up Tent
With all the factors above, let us now take a look at one of the most popular tent models currently out in the market. The Decathlon 2-Second Pop-up tent is from camping gear manufacturer Quechua and is part of their long list of tents designed for different campers.
- Size: 2.10 m(6’11”) long x 1.20(3’11”) m wide. Weight :3.1 kg (6.8 lbs).
- Capacity: 2 adults. Shoe storage space between the bedroom and flysheet.
- Easy access: Two-way zips on entrance and bedroom flaps.
- Double Skin
- Waterproofing: Lab-tested (FULL TENT under 200 litres/hour/m?!) and field test-approved.
Arguably the biggest selling point to the Decathlon is its 2-second setup feature (hence the name). According to the manufacturer, all you have to do is toss the tent up into the air. It then unfolds itself, landing right side up and ready to use. There are also additional pegs and guy lines included, which are for supporting the tent during harsh weather.
Fully set up, the tent measures 2.10 meters long by 1.20 meters wide and with a ceiling height of 80 centimeters. This means it has enough room for two people, plus some belongings. There is also even a small shoe space located near the flysheet.
For ventilation, you get two large lower flaps at the sides and one upper flap at the top. The Decathlon tent is also designed with a breathable polyester inner tent that affords better ventilation. The tent is made of UV-resistant fabric that is able to block out at least 80% of incoming UV light.
As for waterproofing, Quechua guarantees that no water can seep into the tent when closed. They demonstrated this by putting the entire tent under a shower that dispenses 200 liters of water an hour, simulating constant downpour.
What makes a good camping tent?
We start off with arguably the most important piece of gear: the camping tent. When choosing a tent, there are several considerations that you have to take into account when buying your tent.
How large your tent is going to be is the first factor to think about. How many people would be using the tent will decide how large it needs to be. Another thing to think about when choosing tent size is how much gear you will be putting inside. If you are the type who regularly camp alone, a one- or two-person tent would suffice. The one-person tent would suffice for those short camping trips. On the other hand, not only is a two person tent going to give you enough room for a companion, but it also has enough room for additional stuff.
Comfort is often closely related to size. The larger the tent, the more room you have to move around. A good, comfortable tent needs to have ample ceiling height so that you can move around without having to bow a lot. However, good ventilation is also vital, especially if you are out during the summer season. An ideal tent should have large opening flaps on the sides and the top to let more air in, but they should also be easily covered should the weather change.
3. Weather compatibility
Speaking of weather changes, this is also important if you regularly go on camping trips. Under this category, tents are divided into summer, or one-season, tents, two-three season tents, and expedition tents (those used for longer trips). When buying your tent, be sure you already have a clear idea of when your camping trips are most likely going to be and pick one that would most suit your schedule.
4. Water resistance
Even during sunny weather, water leaking into the tent can be annoying, especially if you are trying to doze off. In selecting tents, choose those which are guaranteed to be waterproof. Some manufacturers even give live demonstrations of the waterproofing, so better catch these to get a good idea. Another good indicator of a well-waterproofed tent is if it has taped seams, as these serve as additional means of sealing the tent.
5. Easy transportation and setup
In gauging how easy it would be to transport the tent, one should think about how they would travel to the site. If you are not driving to get there, then it would be best to opt for a smaller, lightweight tent to ease up on the weight you have to carry. As for setup, pitching the tent should not be too complicated and not take you more than 15 minutes to complete.
How it fared
The quick setup feature definitely worked like a charm, with the whole thing unfolding as intended and without any difficulty. Surprisingly, folding the tent for storage also turned out to be a breeze, with the task being completed in almost a minute. Once folded, the tent can be stored in a small, disk-shaped bag measuring just 55 centimeters. The whole package weighs in at just around 2.4 kilos, which makes it easy to carry.
Once set up, the tent performed admirably well. Inside, it was quite spacious and with a lot of elbow room for other gear. This one makes it not only as a two-person tent, but also a single-person one if you want to bring in plenty of items. The ventilation and waterproofing also did well in keeping the inside comfortable.