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Rating and Summary
The Quechua 2 Seconds Pop Up Tent is easily my most storm proof tent. It’s also very user-friendly, complete with a guided pack-up, so you won’t struggle with it. And on top of that, the materials used are pretty high quality.
But its biggest weakness is that ventilation is definitely limited on both hot and rainy days. Out of all my pop up tents, this regular Quechua 2 Seconds Pop Up Tent has the least ventilation. Would I still recommend it though? Well, read on to find out!
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Here’s what we’ll discuss here:
- In the Box
In the Box
I bought this Quechua tent from Decathlon, and got the tent inside the carry bag. Since I bought it directly from the store, there wasn’t any packaging, and it was just like this:
Inside the carry bag, apart from the tent, I also got 9 stakes and 7 guylines in these pockets here.
Here’s all the data (including my personal measurements) that I gathered on this Quechua 2 Seconds Pop Up Camping Tent (2-Person version):
- Peak height: 39 inches
- Lowest height: 30 inches
- Length: 82 inches
- Width: 52 inches
- Base Area: 29.6 square feet
- Floor material: Polyethylene
- Bathtub Flooring: Yes, 5 inches
- Tent body material: Polyester
- Rainfly material: Polyester
- Poles material: Fiberglass (Pre-attached)
- Mesh: Regular
- Packed size: 26 by 26 by 6 inches
- Weight: 5.4 pounds
- Number of guylines: 7
- Number of stakes: 9
- Number of doors: 1
- Number of vents: 1
- Number of pockets: 2
- Number of gear lofts: None
- Number of lantern loops: 1
- E-port: No
- Black-out: No
I also did some testing on my own, and came up with this data:
- Pop up timing (without staking): 0.5 minutes
- Set up timing (with staking): 2.5 minutes
- Take down timing (without staking): 2 minutes
- Take down timing (with staking): 2.5 minutes
- Number of single sleeping pads: 2
- Number of full-sized mattresses: 1 (sort of)
- Number of queen-sized mattresses: None
Testing and Performance
I put the Quechua 2 Seconds Pop Up Camping Tent through these tests:
- Ease of set up;
- Ease of pack up;
- Comfort and features;
- Rain test;
- Wind protection;
- Quality; and
Ease of Set Up
To set up this Quechua 2 Seconds Pop Up Tent, first take the tent out of the carry bag. There will be a yellow strap holding the tent together.
Gently slide the tent out from that yellow strap, and the tent will pop open to make a bigger circle.
Next, undo these red buckles, there are 2 of them:
Then, turn the tent 180 degrees, and also undo these yellow buckles. There are also 2 of them.
After, unfold the tent, and it’ll quite intuitively pop up by itself and give you this freestanding tent.
If you want to, you can stake down the tent body using 4 of these stake loops, 2 at the front and 2 at the back.
You can also guy it out using the 7 provided guylines. There are 3 guy-out points at the back of the tent, 1 for the vent and 2 for the tent itself.
There are another 4 guylines that you can attach at the front of the tent as well.
If you attached the guylines earlier, and remember that they do not come pre-attached, staking and guying out the tent should take only about 2 minutes.
If you want to, you can skip this, but I highly recommend at least staking down the tent body and also guying out this rear vent at the back of the tent.
Altogether, the entire process should take at most 2.5 minutes once you’re used to it (popping up + staking + guying).
Ease of Pack Up
To take down this Quechua 2 Seconds Tent, first remove all the stakes, then unzip both the green and white doors, and fold the fabric up for an easier pack up.
After that, go inside the tent, reach for this red buckle at the back of the tent, and pull it out.
Do not let go of it, and also keep an eye out for the other end of these red buckles here.
When you pick the Quechua tent up, it would automatically fold back into a big circle, like this:
Position both ends of the red buckles together, and fasten them. Then, flip the Quechua tent 180 degrees, and secure the 2 yellow buckles as well.
There will be a red strap near the yellow buckles, so grab it with one hand, and push the tent body down to the ground with your other hand.
It’ll form a figure 8 shape, which you need to fold in half to get it back into this smaller circle.
I usually hold the tent together using my legs, and place the yellow strap across the tent so it wouldn’t pop up anymore.
Finally, put the tent back into the carry bag, it should go back in no problem, and keep all the stakes up into the pocket inside the carry bag.
It takes just 30 seconds to remove all the stakes, and 2 minutes to fold and pack up the tent itself, so altogether about 2.5 minutes for the entire pack up. I usually leave the guylines attached, so if you want to remove them, it’ll take slightly longer.
I find that it’s easier to watch the set up and take down rather than to read instructions, so I uploaded this video to my YouTube channel, that you can also watch right here:
The peak height of the Quechua 2 Seconds Pop Up Tent is at the front of the tent, and the lowest height is at the back of the tent.
The peak height at the front of the Quechua tent is about 39 inches. Without a mattress inside the tent, I can sit up straight without my head touching the top of the tent.
The lowest height at the back of the Quechua tent is about 30 inches. Even without a mattress, I cannot sit up straight, and my head touches the top of the Quechua tent.
The length of this Quechua tent measures about 82 inches, while the width measures about 52 inches. The width of the Quechua tent is too small even for a Full-sized mattress.
When I inflated an almost Full-sized Coleman Mattress (73 x 53 inches) inside this Quechua tent, it couldn’t really fit well.
This end of the Coleman Mattress is actually bulging out the side of the tent. So, having a Queen inside this tent is definitely out of the question.
This Coleman Mattress is about 8 inches thick, and it honestly felt pretty claustrophobic inside the tent with such a thick mattress.
While I could sit up straight at the center of the tent, my head still touches the top. And at the back of the tent with the lowest height, I couldn’t even sit down properly.
That’s why Decathlon actually recommends a maximum thickness of 2.4 inches.
Here’s what the Quechua Tent looks like with a Klymit Double V pad with 2.5 inches of loft. It’s definitely a lot roomier, and at least I could sit up everywhere inside the tent.
Also, while the Coleman Mattress I used earlier was almost a Full-size, this Klymit Double V (74 x 47 inches) is just slightly bigger than 2 regular pads put together, so it fit perfectly.
Here’s 2 more things to take note of. First, the fabric of the main tent body droops downwards quite a bit, with minimal contact with the rainfly.
This reduces the likelihood of condensation forming on the tent body, but it also makes the tent feel a little more claustrophobic than it actually is.
Also, there’s no vestibule, so if you leave your shoes out, it will get wet if it rains.
Comfort & Features
This Quechua 2 Seconds Tent has a single door at the front of the tent, measuring about 41 inches in width, and about 36 inches in length.
You can zip up this green door entirely without having to zip up the inner white fabric.
If you find it a bit stuffy, and you don’t want to use the door, you can just zip up the white inner fabric instead, and this will give you a small window for more ventilation.
This window measures about 31 inches in length and about 8 inches in width.
If you want to zip the door up though, you first have to unzip the window. Both the outer green door and the inner white window have 2 zips each, and both can be zipped open and closed from both the inside and the outside.
There are 2 pockets in the entire tent, both near the front of the tent, one on each side of the tent. Each pocket measures about 7 by 6 inches.
There’s also 1 lantern loop at the back of the tent, where you can hang a small lantern, like a Black Diamond Moji.
Once, when I went camping, I forgot to take the lantern down, and it just rolled out nicely while I was packing this tent up.
For ventilation, there’s only 1 vent in this Quechua tent, which is a rear vent.
It’s pretty small though, and it’s gotta be guyed out if you want it to be open. Here’s what the vent looks like from the inside.
There are also 2 spaces in the rainfly here, 1 on each length of the tent, which open up to the main body of the tent.
Also, if you leave the green door open, you’ll get some ventilation through the mesh of the window.
However, on a rainy day, you do have to close the outer green door entirely, or water will get into your tent for sure. You can leave the rear vent open though, and no water will get in. Also, no water will get into your tent through the 2 spaces in the rainfly.
To test for condensation, I slept in this Quechua tent on my own overnight, and closed both the window and door.
The airflow inside the tent is definitely limited, and it was a bit warmer and stuffier inside the tent than it was outside. But not unbearable.
When I woke up the next morning, the walls of the Quechua tent were completely dry, but I did notice a few drops of condensation on the roof of the tent.
It would probably be worse with 2 people inside the tent though.
The polyester rainfly has 2,000 millimeters of water resistance, and provides full coverage protection from the rain. I checked the rainfly seams, and they all seem to be taped.
The Quechua 2 Seconds Tent has a curved roof, so water doesn’t collect at the top and instead drips down.
The Quechua 2 Seconds Tent has flooring made of polyethylene, with 5,000 millimeters of water resistance. It has a bathtub feature that extends up to about 5 inches high. I found this especially useful in case there’s minor flooding.
But here’s the problem.
At the 2 corners at the back of the tent, there are these seams. They have been factory taped, as you can see here, but because this is a very old tent of mine, and I never re-sealed these seams on my own, a little bit of water started leaking into the tent at around 30 minutes in.
It’s just a small trickle of water though, nothing too serious.
There are also seams at the front of the tent, but these weren’t as worn out and didn’t let water in.
This 2 Seconds Tent has 1 rear vent, and 2 gaps in the rainfly, 1 on each length of the tent, for more ventilation. During the rain test, no water leaked into the tent through the rear vent and the 2 gaps in the rainfly.
I even left the rear vent open once like this, and surprisingly, no water got into the inner tent body.
I checked all the seams on the main tent body and found that none of them were taped, because they’re all fully protected by the rainfly anyway.
Only the seams on the bathtub flooring were taped.
Throughout all of my rain tests, from the 1-hour light rain test to the 3-day heavy rain test, I never once found the tent body to be wet. All the walls and the roof stayed completely dry because the protection from the rainfly is just that good.
I put this Quechua 2 Seconds Tent through a whopping 3 days of heavy afternoon thunderstorms, where it was raining for about 3 hours a day, and it held up surprisingly well.
Apart from a little bit of leaking from the back corner seam because of the light flooding, the rest of the tent body was remarkably dry. The rainfly protected the entire tent really well and I didn’t notice any seeping of water through the rainfly, at all. I was actually really surprised at how well it held up to rain.
For wind protection, this Quechua tent has 7 guylines, 1 for the rear vent and 6 for tent body support. When I guyed out the entire tent, it was super stable even when I tried to shake it quite vigorously.
I didn’t actually test for wind protection, but I’m pretty sure this tent can take quite a beating.
For quality, I found the Quechua tent to be pretty high quality.
Flooring and Rainfly
The polyethylene bathtub flooring feels quite thick and rugged, and so does the rainfly, which is made of polyester.
All the seams on the rainfly have been taped, and so have the seams on the bathtub flooring. But this is an old tent though so I should have re-sealed the seams.
The inner tent body is also made of polyester, but is quite a bit thinner, as you can see here, but I had no issues with it.
The stitching all throughout the tent is double stitched and consistent. I didn’t notice any loose threads at all in the tent.
The zippers don’t feel super smooth, but they are quite catch-free, so unzipping the outer green door and inner window was pretty much a breeze.
The poles are made of fiberglass, and over the past few years of light usage, they’re still going strong. None of the poles have broken on me so far.
The carry bag is made of polyester and comes with pockets for your stakes and guylines. It’s the perfect size for the packed up Quechua tent, and I never had any issues trying to fit the tent back in.
This Quechua 2 Seconds Tent has a packed size of 26 by 26 by 6 inches. For a size comparison, here’s what it looks like beside a Coleman 2-Person Sundome Tent, as well as a 32-ounce Nalgene bottle.
It weighs about 5.4 pounds for just the tent and carry bag alone, without the stakes.
Ease of Carry
The carry bag comes with both a handle at the top, as well as a shoulder strap for easy carry.
Pros and Cons
For pros, I think the biggest one is that it’s super storm proof. I put this Quechua 2-Seconds Tent through 3 days of heavy afternoon thunderstorms, and no more than a few drops of water leaked into the tent.
It’s also super, super sturdy when fully guyed out.
It’s also very user-friendly, it pops open in 30 seconds, and if you wanna stake and guy it out, the full set up takes only 2.5 minutes. The pack up is guided, so you won’t struggle with it, and takes just 2.5 minutes as well.
I also found the materials high quality, and it’s pretty inexpensive for a good quality 2-person pop-up tent.
As for cons, I think the biggest one is that ventilation is limited on both hot and rainy days. The green rainfly is not removable, it’s full coverage, there are very few vents, and very little mesh on the inner tent body.
Also, the base area isn’t very big. A full-sized mattress bulges out the back of the tent, and you can fit only 2 pads with a little leftover space. To be able to fit a full or queen mattress, you have to get the 3-person version instead.
Overall, I really like this tent despite the limited ventilation. I’ve had this pop-up tent for many years now, I really do think that Decathlon makes great products, and there is no other pop-up tent in the market that can beat the rain and wind protection of this tent.
Bonus: Must Read!
How does this Quechua 2-Seconds Pop Up Tent compare to other pop-up tents though? Well, I’ve already done the comparison for you, in this blog post right here, where I bought, tested, and compared 7 of the best pop-up tents in the market.
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