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Tent Showcase: Quechua Base Seconds 4.2

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82 Reviews of the Base Seconds 4.2        Showing 01 to 10          Page:   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  
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By: MSK448  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 13/10/2014

My very first tent and what a good choice it was. Easy to put up and down. Survived 3 seasons of European camping including torrential rain in Jungfrau, Switzerland this July.

It has performed in all weathers really, strong winds, driving rain and never any problem.

Only minor complaint would be the high lip on entry and exit. Thinking of getting the extension (base second)
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By: Gemdrew  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating:   Date: 12/01/2014

I'd like to begin with.I love this tent! Its the first tent that myself and my hubby purchased and its fantastic.

It's the easiest tent in the world to put up and with a bit of practice its easy to take down again as well. Which is great for us as I always seem to end up pitching the tent alone, while my husband chats to by-standers about how easy our tent is to put up!

Its not the most spacious tent in the world, but we've been comfortable in it with our son and the dog for a weekend. There is space in the bedroom area for a double airbed, but thats about all! And there is space in the living area for a table and chairs. What more could you need!

We've used the Quechua in a range of horrendous weather conditions and it's stood up really well. No water coming in anywhere which surprised me as it doesn't have a sew in ground sheet.

I thought it may be draughty without a SIG, but it really isn't. The bathtub style velcros in and stays put, and keeps the wind and rain out. Not having a SIG is a huge advantage when taking the tent down as you do need to lay it on the ground to fold it back up, so the ground sheet prevents you from getting mud up the sides of the tent.

In fair weather (when the groundsheet isn't flapping about whist you try to peg it down) the tent can be pitched in about 15 mins, including all guy ropes, this is me single handed, it may be less if I had some help!

We also have the Quechua Base Full, which I see from the pics above, so do a lot of others. This is a great addition for extra living space, and they fit together so easily it really takes the hassle out of camping.

I've scored this tent a 9 out of 10 for one reason, as there aren't really any faults. But stepping over the quite high lip at the bottom of the door is very challenging for my son who very often ends up flat on his face! This is made worse when the utility (base full) is attached, as the same step is also present right in the middle of the tent.

All in all we love this tent, I just wish that they made a much bigger one as we now have more children and more dogs to fit in.
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By: Amyfewtrell  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 14/09/2013

Have bought a 4.2 base plus a base shelter second hand off ebay. Paid 250 for both.

After getting fed up with putting up a large Coleman tent in the wind last month and it taking too long for a one or two night stay, we decided to get a new tent.

Looked at reviews for Quechua tents and was amazed by how easy they were to put up. I thought at the time we had paid over the odds for this tent as they are not much more new! But after seeing that they are out of stock everywhere and how much they go for second hand I think we have got ourselves a good deal.

I would recommend this tent to anyone.

Very good quality.

No tension on zips.

Extendable with base pods

After two runs we can put up both and take down in 20mins

I was concerned about bugs but can't see how they would get in even though the groundsheet isn't fully fitted

If you are looking at buying one don't hesitate any longer. Well worth the money
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By: Angiecraig  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating:   Date: 29/08/2013

I own many tents,but this is my favourite.As a single mum it has always been a chore to load /putup/takedown the average tent. Then I bought this,my intention was a weekend tent that I could stand up in, but I took this for my fortnight holiday.Instead of spending a lengthy time putting up a tent this was up in 10 minutes(i had people come to watch and have a look inside -Quecha has at least one more customer coming !).

Plenty of room for a table and chairs,the bedrooms take a double airbed, might seem a bit cramped because of the sloping sides over the bedrooms, but didnt bother us.

Taking down was easy, practice a few times before you go.Folds into a disc which unlike other tents actually fits into its cover with no problems.

Loved every moment of camping this year, down to this tent !.
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By: Sunnycharlie  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 18/08/2013

I have just used my Quechua for the first time after buying it in February. I have the 4.2 teamed with the base seconds full. I have to say that it is a fantastic tent. The speed it goes up has to be seen to be believed! There aren't even too many guy ropes. The groundsheet sensibly shares pegs with the tent and this makes everything quicker. Groundsheet down, pop up tent, peg out guys. Folding up is pretty straightforward too but do have a few trial runs before you go and watch the video. All thoroughly watertight too.

My only criticisms would be ,

1) the tent tends to trap water under the top cover and takes a while to dry completely after being wet. It's all outside but takes longer than the average tent to dry before packing away.

2) packing it away when it is soaking is very difficult. Firstly, the Velcro tabs didn't hold with the extra weight. Secondly, wrestling a wet pop up into submission is a struggle. The extra weight of the water and the fact you have to kneel on it to fold it make for an interesting time.

Those two little niggles aside, I love my new tent! It also got lots of admiring glances and I had to do a guided tour.
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By: Dunk100  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating:   Date: 12/08/2013

Never camped in my life before last week, (51yrs) got one of these tents as I didnt want to spend hours putting poles together etc. Was doubtful whether it would work but to my suprise its bloody brilliant!

First night I was still awake at 03:45 worrying if it would blow away or rain would get in, next night slept like a log with ear plugs as I knew it was safe ; )

I had one bedroom my son 13 had the other

Went again last few days and again had great few days, this tent is quite deceiving as its so much bigger inside than it look from the outside
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By: JenGrocott  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating:   Date: 28/07/2013

We've had this tent for three years now and I love it. It can easily be put up by one person in less than five minutes. There are two good sized bedrooms and a living space which is easily tall enough for me and my husband to stand up in (he's 6 feet tall). It is easy to put down once you have the nack.

I keep looking at other tents but can't find anything I would replace this with.

Decathlon used to do an awning for it and I wish I had bought it as a little extra living space would be helpful but that's only a minor niggle.
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By: Welshie1  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating:   Date: 23/07/2013

We bought this tent to take on weekend breaks.

We used it for the first time this summer, and were so impressed at the ease and speed of putting up and taking down, that we have decided to take it to France with us for 2 weeks rather than our large Outwell tent.

It has ample sleeping space and a decent size middle pod which is tall enough for my hubby who is 6 foot to stand up in.

Love it
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By: Storm chaser  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating:   Date: 02/07/2013

Tried out our new quechua base seconds 4.2 tent for the first time last weekend. Put it up no problems 8 minutes done and taking it down also went to plan. We found plenty of room for 2 adults and 2 children. Bought it for weekends as our Vango diablo 600 although brilliant is too much work for 1-2 nights. Would totally recommend this tent
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By: BuddingTraveller83  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating:   Date: 21/03/2013

We bought this tent and the base full day tent for 120.00 each at the start of March 2013. Absolute bargain.

We set it up in the garden and timed it. I watched YouTube quite a few times and decided to just go on that. Ground sheet, tent, day tent and all guys were complete in 16 minutes with two of us. Wow!

Taking down was really easy. Again I watched YouTube. I certainly did not find it hard first time round.


*Fold Bedrooms back up and secure on blue velcro.

*Grab one corner of the main section with left hand at the top and grab the same corner lower down with the right hand.

* Push right hand in towards the opposite corner. Once pushed in the two remaining sides come together like closing a book.

*Lie flat. At the top end, push in sides and fold over on itself creating a pretzel shape. Fold each outer circle in towards the top middle one, right then left. Done!

Packing away was 13 minutes for all! great kit and very spacious!
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Manufacturer's Description

Designed for camping for 4 hikers wanting an easy set-up family tent.

Good-size living area (5m/ 185cm high) and 2 standard bedrooms, 140x210cm.

2 minute set up. Folds down in less than 5 minutes if you have the knack.

Laboratory (shower test: 200 l/hr/m!) and field tested
Size and weight

Spacious 5 m living area, with a max height of 1.85m. 14kg.

Bedroom space

2 x 2-person bedrooms. Comfortable-sized at 2.1m x 1.4m.

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