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I bought and tested both the Quechua 2 Seconds Fresh and Black Pop Up Camping Tent, as well as the Quechua 2 Seconds Regular Pop Up Tent, and in this post, I’ll be giving you all the important similarities and differences between these 2 tents.
Here’s a quick summary of what I’ll be going through:
- Set up;
- Pack up;
- Rain test;
- In the Box;
- Recommendation; and
- Bonus Read!
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The Fresh & Black 2 Seconds Tent takes 30 seconds more to set up than the Regular 2 Seconds Tent, because it comes with the 2 extra side vents (1 at each length) that you need to stake down and adjust.
Altogether, it takes me usually about 3 minutes to set up the Fresh & Black, and 2.5 minutes to set up the Regular 2 Seconds Tent.
Both tents come with 4 loops to stake down the tent body.
Both tents also come with 7 loops/guy-out points for 7 guylines, which do not come pre-attached. So, you do have to attach them yourself, and will take you a few extra minutes on your first set up.
The Fresh & Black 2 Seconds Tent also takes 30 seconds more to take down and pack up, because of the 2 extra vents.
Each vent comes with 2 s-hooks that you can attach to the fiberglass poles of the tent body, and this black latch that you can use to tie up the vent guylines.
The rest of the process is the same for both tents, from fastening all the red and yellow buckles and folding the tent up.
The Fresh & Black 2 Seconds Tent usually takes me 3 minutes to take down and pack up, while the Regular 2 Seconds Tent takes me about 2.5 minutes. I usually leave the guylines attached, so if you want to remove them, it’ll take slightly longer.
I found the Regular 2 Seconds Tent slightly more spacious, with 1 extra inch at the peak height at the front of the tent, 1 extra inch at the lowest height at the back of the tent, as well as 1 extra inch in length and width.
It’s not really a big difference to me though, and I think they’re both supposed to be the same.
Just bear in mind that Decathlon recommends using a sleeping pad with a maximum height of 2.4 inches for both tents.
Here’s what the Quechua 2 Seconds Tent looks like with my Klymit Double V with 2.5 inches of loft.
Anything higher would greatly reduce livable space inside the tent, and I felt quite squashed inside the tent with an 8-inch mattress.
Both the Regular 2 Seconds Tent and the Fresh & Black Tent have 2 pockets in each tent, but the Fresh & Black has pockets that are quite a bit bigger, and each pocket is actually split into 2 for more organization.
A significant difference between both Quechua Tents is that the Fresh & Black 2 Seconds Tent comes with this blackout fabric. It not only blocks out a significant amount of sunlight during the day, but it also comes with UV protection of SPF 50+.
Another significant difference between both Quechua 2 Seconds Tents is the amount of ventilation that you get in each tent.
Both tents have 1 small rear vent each, but the rear vent of the Regular 2 Seconds Tent has to be guyed out to stay open.
Both tents also have 2 small 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 outer door open, both tents have 1 mesh window.
But the window of the Fresh & Black 2 Seconds Tent is slightly larger for more ventilation.
Also, it comes with 2 of these large vents at the sides of the tent, 1 at each length. For maximum ventilation, you can leave the vents completely open.
Or, if it’s raining, you can open these vents partially, by hooking the 2 s-hooks of each vent to the 2 guylines here.
The portion of mesh on the other side of these vents, which is inside the tent, can also be opened and closed as well.
What’s even more amazing is that both vents can be opened and closed from the inside of the tent.
Another feature that the Fresh & Black 2 Seconds Tent has is that rainfly at the back can be lifted off the ground for some ventilation, by unbuckling a blue buckle inside this zip (see picture below) and then pulling on a blue string near the lantern loop, from the inside of the tent.
I don’t usually do this because I stake down the tent, but you can if you want to.
When I slept in both tents overnight on my own, I found it much less stuffy inside the Fresh & Black 2 Seconds Tent, while the Regular 2 Seconds Tent was a little stuffier.
This is because I left the 2 vents of the Fresh & Black Tent completely opened.
Also, for the Regular 2 Seconds Tent, I noticed a few drops of condensation on the roof of the tent the next morning, while the Fresh & Black had no condensation.
Both my Quechua 2 Seconds Tent performed great in my rain tests. Both have rainflies with full coverage, and no water would leak through the rainfly and into the tent.
Both 2 Seconds Tents have bathtub features extending up to 5 inches each, as well as the same seams in the flooring, which I found that a little bit of water leaked through.
The Fresh & Black 2 Seconds Tent had more leaking than the Regular Tent because it’s an older tent, and the seam tape had degraded more.
I also noticed that the Fresh & Black 2 Seconds Tent has this small extended eave at the front of the tent, on top of the door, while the Regular 2 Seconds Tent does not.
Both Quechua 2 Seconds Tents have about the same packed size, though I found the Fresh & Black 2 Seconds Tent to be slightly bigger.
The bigger difference is in weight, the Regular 2 Seconds Tent weighs about 5.4 pounds for just the tent and carry bag alone, without the stakes, while the Fresh & Black 2 Seconds Tent weighs 7.2 pounds for just the tent and carry bag alone, which is about 25% more.
I paid around 30% more for the Fresh & Black 2 Seconds Tent compared to the Regular 2 Seconds Tent, because of the additional blackout feature as well as the Fresh technology that comes with more vents and ventilation.
In the Box
Also, note that the Fresh & Black 2 Seconds Tent comes with only 5 guylines, while the Regular 2 Seconds Tent comes with 7 guylines, although both can take a maximum of 7 guylines.
So, the Fresh & Black 2 Seconds Tent is more expensive, heavier, and takes half a minute more to set up and take down. But this is because it comes with Decathlon’s Fresh & Black technology, blackout fabric, and 2 extra vents for more ventilation.
If you’re on more of a budget, go for the Regular 2 Seconds Tent. It works fantastic in the rain, wind and sets up real fast. But just bear in mind that ventilation can be limited if you have to close the door and window.
If you’ve got a little more to spare, the Fresh & Black 2 Seconds Tent will give you a lot more ventilation and comfort. After using the Regular Tent, I felt it significantly more comfortable inside the Fresh & Black 2 Seconds Tent.
But just bear in mind that if you live in a humid climate like I do, the blackout fabric will eventually degrade after a few years, and you’ve gotta change out the tent.
I would say that both tents are worth the price that they’re going for. I got plenty of use out of both tents over the few years that I’ve had them, and would recommend both.
To find out how these 2 Quechua 2 Seconds Tents compare against other pop-up tents in the market, check out this blog post right here, where I bought, tested, and compared 7 of the best pop-up tents.