Best Budget-Friendly QUECHUA QUICKHIKER ULTRALIGHT 2-PERSON TENT Detailed Review after 2 years test

Best Budget-Friendly QUECHUA QUICKHIKER ULTRALIGHT 2-PERSON TENT Detailed Review after 2 years test


Hi, guys! Today we are going to be doing another gear
review and this will be our one and only beloved tent Quechua QuickHiker Ultralight 2-person
tent. It has been with us from the very start. We have this tent for over two and a half
years now and during these years we spent probably 6 full months staying in it doing
lots of wild camping. So we’ve tested it quite a bit in a different
weather conditions and on a different terrain and developed different techniques with it
for the best use. So in this video we’ll talk about the general
specs of it, go though the installation process, comfort, durability, its benefits and drawbacks. So if you’ve been looking for an in depth
review of this tent with a real in the wild experience – here it is! First we are going to take a look at the general
specs of this tent like weight, size and materials it’s made of. This tent is quite light and compact for its
type. It weighs 1.95 kg or 2.2 ounces. Its folded dimensions are 40 cm or 15.7inches
long, 15 cm or 5.9 inches high and 15 cm or 5.9 inches wide. The bedroom length is 210 cm or 82.6 inches. Bedroom width is 130 cm or 51 inches at the
shoulders, 110 cm or 43.3 inches at the head and 80 cm or 31.4 inches at the feet. So it’s 60 cm or 23.6 inches per person. And finally bedroom height is 95 cm or 37.4
inches. This tent is mainly made of 40D polyester
for flysheet and 75D polyester for groundsheet. Now let’s find out what is in the kit with
the tent. There is a compression bag with compression
straps of 9,5 litres and a second simple bag is provided to store the tent. But we personally don’t use this one because
it is very hard to get into with the tent and requires extra time. We find that one compression bag is enough. Then there is a bag with 10 angled DAC lightweigth
pegs made of aluminium – quite light and resistant. And the central pole or hoop also made of
aluminium, on the website it is said that it’s resistant to breakage and frost. So now it’s time to pitch it up and see how
easy and quick it actually is. To be honest with you our first time pitching
this tent up was a complete fail and we spend probably a good 40 minutes trying to figure
that out. Maybe part of that was because this tent was
the first one we’ve ever owned and we didn’t know where to start. But be aware that at first it may take time
to get used to it for quicker setting. So first laying it down on the ground with
the head and leg part in place. And instead of installing the central pole
right away as we did before we use a different technique now installing the first 4 pegs
on the four sides of the tent to get it in place and only then install the central pole. We found that this way pitching up can be
done just by one person without any assistance holding the the central pole. Otherwise if you install the hoop first it
needs to be holded by another person in order for it not to fall. So it’s simply not time efficient. But sometimes it’s important when we need
to figure where the slope of the ground goes installing the pole first can help with that
for quicker readjustment and relocation of the tent. But if you’re sure about the slope first technique
works best. So when we have the first 4 pegs installed,
then it’s time for the central pole. It is important to watch which end of the
pole goes first, so the plastic end goes inside and the metal one stays out. Not sure why the manufactures made it like
that because it’s a little bit confusing at first. And also it’s important to get the plastic
end all the way till the end really tight in order for the metal end to get inside the
mount. Now it’s time to install the rest of the pegs
and how easy it will be depend a lot on the terrain: on the rocky and hard ground it takes
a lot more effort than with a soft forest ground for example. As you can see we use another peg to help
install it in place. We don’t use any other gear like hammer for
that. Just on the harder terrains we use rocks sometimes
to help. But these pegs are great for that because
they’re angled shape and very convenient to use, very rigid and easy to insert. They never broke at us. And now we don’t have the full kit of them
simply because we lost several of them in a rush. As you can see we pegged 8 of them leaving
the central pole on the sides unpegged. Because we found that it’s unnecessary in
a normal weather conditions with little wind it doesn’t make a difference but saves a bit
of time. But if it is windy it is a must to pitch all
the pegs to prevent the tent from moving a lot from side to side. Also it’s important to adjust the tension
appropriately on every peg then it will stay in place even in the strongest of winds. So right now it takes us around 5 minutes
as a max to pitch it up. As you can see we’ve gone quite far from the
time when we just started. Of course wrapping it up is a much quicker
process. We unpeg all the pegs first, putting them
in their bag, then remove the central pole which is quite quick. Folding the tent on itself, first wide wise
and then attaching the central pole rolling everything tight together. With another person it will be even quicker. The tent fits into compression bag quite easily
without any difficulties. The pegs fit nicely as well. Now let’s take a look at its appearance and
discuss all the features it has. It is a quite simple two person two wall tent. There is another Quickhiker tent in this series
for one person as well if you’re interested. It is a light grey colour and we personally
believe it to be one of the best colours especially for the stealth camping. It is so hard to see. Even during the day in the shadow it hides
quite well but in the dusk and at night it’s almost invisible. We ourselves knowing where it is sometimes
were losing it out of sight and several times even stepped on it without noticing. So without knowing the exact location of it
it is nearly impossible to spot. But let’s get back to the features of the
tent. It has 4 rigid poles attached to the tent
that increase the useful volume in the tent. Two ventilation openings at the front and
back to prevent the condensation. It has two doors on the both sides, but we
personally normally use only one. As you can see the zippers of the doors are
covered by the extra cloth to prevent the air passing through. When you open the door you roll the door back
and hook it with the two loop systems that are quite big and convenient. Then there is a 60 cm or 23.6 inches wide
porch or storage space for backpacks where would fit two 50L backpacks easily. It is quite spacious. On the inside entrance there is quite big
mosquito nets on each side that are quite tight we must say. And even when the front doors are open the
air doesn’t enter too much inside. Especially when it’s hot and sunny and you
want some fresh air they don’t provide it that well. Also these nets are nice to enjoy the view
outside. This inside door opens with two zippers and
the door is only hooked at one point which is not that great. On the inside there is one side pocket to
store some little things in. And there should be two hooks on both sides,
but we took one away because our hair was constantly hooked on it. And we just left one for the headlight. We found it is not too practical for us and
we would prefer to have one in the middle instead. So that is all about the tent appearance. And for us one of the only disadvantages with
this tent is that it’s not a self-standing one. And thus it takes a bit longer ot set up,
impossible to relocate it quickly because of the peg system but also it can be quite
challenging to set up on specific terrains like sand for example. So now we are in the search for a good quality
budget friendly self-standing tent. And if you know one we would be grateful for
you to leave all the suggestions below. Next up is the Comfort of this tent and our
personal favourite features of it. When you’re laying inside the tent in terms
of width and length we feel like it’s more than enough space for two people. We like that it has quite a lot of space above
the head and under the feet to put some extra clothes, and stuff like our cameras power
bank etc. It doesn’t feel too small neither narrow or
short. In terms of height it is not that good and
we definetely would add some extra cm above our heads. Because it’s simply not convenient to sit
up and eat for example. You have to constantly curve your back. This is one of the only things we don’t like
about it. The absolute best feature it has is its big
storage department where we not only store our backpacks and shoes but also cook all
the time. It provides a great protection from wind or
bad weather when we cook and it is quite spacious and fit everything we need. So we definetely can’t live without this department
and in the future tents will look exclusively for the ones that have it. Now let’s talk about Ventilation and CONDENSATION
of this tent. As you’ve already seen the air circulates
through 2 main vents at the front and at the feet of the tent. And also mosquito net sections serve as additional
ventilation. In order for it to work correctly the tent
should be nicely set up quite tight with the help of the tension on the pegs. This will provide the good air circulation
and limit the humidity inside. We personally haven’t experience any major
problems with ventilation and excessive humidity using the tent. In the moderate to chilly weather it works
fine. The inside room of the tent can even heat
up by your breathe and also when you’re cooking smth. But in the hot weather it was quite bad. Very stuffy air inside and impossible to breathe. So in the direct sunlight it performs quite
badly. But even in the shadow or at night it was
still stuffy and preventing air movement. So it performs the best when there is a little
bit of fresh wind. Condensation when it appears is mostly kept
on the second wall of the tent so it’s not entering the inside of tent. But if it’s really humid outside it can be
there too. And anyway the wet tent in the early mornings
especially in the forests and in humid areas is no surprise. Great that it dries up quickly. When there’s wind you can definitely feel
that by some air movement but nothing too much. To prevent cold air passing from underneath
the tent we sometimes layered up some hay or any fir tree branches when it was available
and it helped to some extent to keep it better insulated. But using the good pads and mats is the most
important of course. At this point we’d like to mention the durability
and waterproofness of this tent. This tent is definitely suitable for wet and
windy conditions. It holds a lot of precipitation and even in
bad heavy rains for long hours it was fine and no single drop entered the inside of the
tent. The underneath part of the tent can get a
bit wet or humid after more than 24 hours of rain and wet conditions but even when there
was an actual puddle underneath the tent the floor was just wet. So it’s holding the water pretty good. Due to the water column test in the laboratory
the flysheet holds 4000 mm of rain and the room groundsheet 5000 mm. Also it is stated that it resists up to 70
km/h (Force 8) winds. And we believe that is true, we had some real
strong winds in the mountains in the open space and had no problem with it whatsoever. Nothing broke at us and it holded just fine. As we already said for the good wind resistance
it’s important for the tent to be well mounted. We probably spent 6 full months in this tent
and it got quite a bit of a test. Now we can say for sure that it has great
quality rigid materials that can hold the most powerful winds and the strongest of rains. It didn’t tear apart in any place and the
zippers didn’t fail. Although it is better to open and close them
slowly to prevent it from freezing and stopping. Also we’d like to mention that the materials
are easy to clean – you just wipe it off with some cloth and it’s good to go. But because it has the closed kind of bedroom
space sometimes it is hard to shake out the dust or dirt and you need to sweep it off. But it can be done holding it upside down
by two people. When the tent is wet it dries up very quickly
– just put it on the direct sunlight and in a few minutes it will be all dry. So talking about price-quality ratio this is quite a budget friendly tent compared to
its competitors. We think it is a great value for the money
taking into account the quality of materials, it’s spaciousness and quite a light weight. It costs 110 pounds or 150 euros on the official
Decathlon website. Also decathlon gives the guarantee of 2 years
for any spare parts or materials of the tent. You can purchase the tent on official Decathlon
website in your country for example Decathlon.uk Decathlon Spain Or Decathlon France And this tent comes in light grey colour only. And that is all we wanted to share with your
regarding this Quechua QuickHiker Ultralight 2 person tent. Now it’s up to you to decide whether it is
suitable for you or not and how you like it. In our case this tent serves just fine not
being too heavy and taking too much space in the backpack, having a nice colour and
giving us enough space to store our things and inside of the tent. In the future we would love to try out some
new tents prefferably self-standing ones with more height in the upper part. But for the rest we are pretty happy with
this tent after two years of use it didn’t fail and we are sure that it is able to survive
many more adventures in the future. So let us know in the comments below what
do you think of this tent and what kind of tent you are using now and how you like it. As we said we would love to explore the different
gear and maybe find other tent suitable for us. As always don’t forget to subscribe and hit
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8 Comments on "Best Budget-Friendly QUECHUA QUICKHIKER ULTRALIGHT 2-PERSON TENT Detailed Review after 2 years test"


  1. Let us know in the comments below what do you think of this tent and what kind of tent you are using now and how you like it. As we said we would love to explore the different gear and maybe find other tent suitable for us. Now we are in the search for a good quality budget friendly self-standing tent. And if you know one we would be grateful for you to leave all the suggestions below.

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  2. Nice review, thank you.

    Perhaps have a look at the Naturehike Star River 2. Just over 2.1kgs. Or the Naturehike Mongar 2 (if you can still find it) Off Aliexpress.
    Here is a review: https://thriftyhiker.com/naturehike-star-river-2/
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWMD66KHc6Y

    For a much bigger investment check out the Tarptent Double Rainbow. 1.3kgs. Can be made freestanding with optional poles.

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  3. Hey, I just found your channel and think this video is great. Very informative and a must-see for everyone that considers buying this tent. I have this tent at home and only used it for 2 days so far. Everything seems fine.

    One thing: The red strings for the ventilation also have the black tightening mechanism. But for me that does not work? Or does it work differently? Anyway I just use muscle force to tension it and it has been super good so far.

    Greetings from Germany,

    Mike

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  4. Hey, for your needs I would recommend the following tent in the links at the end of the comment.
    it is around the same pricepoint as the one in the video.

    (1 link is for the 2 person tent and the other is for a 3 person tent) -> I would also recommend that you always subtract one person when choosing a tent, so that you can fit gear and be more comfortable, so in this case I recommend the 3 person tent if it is for 2 people)

    https://www.decathlon.pt/tenda-trek-500-fb-2p-cin-lar-id_8556629.html
    https://www.decathlon.pt/tenda-trek-500-fb-2p-trekking-id_8556123.html

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