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Utility Tent / Tarp Reviews: Quechua Base Seconds

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23 Reviews of the Base Seconds         Showing 11 to 20          Page:   1   2   3  

By: Victoria1  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

I bought the base seconds in green as a flexible tent of many uses and have so far used it as a utility/kitchen tent, a beach shelter, a garden gazebo and as a tent for overnight stays using the inner which can be bought separately.

I found the quality of this item superb, the fabric is very strong as are the flexible poles. I found it bucked and bent inwards in the wind but I don't think it will ever break. It does need good pegs to anchor it down in the wind, and although the wire pegs provided are more heavy duty than the pegs you get with most tents I still use rock pegs and am considering getting delta pegs for it.
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By: SpampMan  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

Bought this as a kitchen / utility tent. I was hooked by the Quechua video on the Decathlon website. It is versatile but maybe not quite as much as the Quechua promotion makes out. Having said that, it is sturdy and very easy to put and put away.

I don't like that one face does not have an eyebrow and the bug mesh is on the outside of the weather flap. This is going to be a damp trap. Other than that it is fine and a bargain during the decathlon sell off at 50. I wonder what the new one will be like.
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By: Cas54  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

We brought the Base two door when they first came out, to use as a shed come kitchen etc. Since we have used an awning bedroom inside it (fit is not a perfect fit, but gives a good double skin for sleeping in) there is still room to stand upright for dressing and room for clothes & a loo

See the photo's . They were taken on very high ground in exceptionally high winds / gales - tent was exposed as well . So don't let it put you off - but be aware in will collapse inwards (and knock items over) - as said these were extreme conditions (torrential rain and 70 mph gales all weekend)

For this trip we used it as a kitchen and slept in the 3 Seconds pop up - butted them together and used a tarp over the join because of the bad weather

Have just brought a second one - so have kitchen and separate bedroom

Absolutely love these tents - just waiting for the Base Seconds 4.2 to be on offer
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By: Willow_catkin  Reason: I've used one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

I bought 2 of these with the groundsheet and bedroom inner to attach to a base seconds XL to form a 'pod' effect. I went to Decathlon so had a good chance to see how they went up and down and the staff could not have been more helpful.

We pitched in minutes, and the bedroom inners were easy to attach. The website says it will sleep 4, which it will with smallish inflatable mats, with our double airbed there was only room for a single and small space left over. The full height is in the centre, with the sides sloping, although plenty of head height across at least 50%. Helpful pockets and hooks, plus mossie net in the door to keep out bugs for my daughter who hates them!

Overall an excellent purchase at only 95 per bedroom (base, groundsheet plus bedroom). Am tempted to buy another for when friends come camping with us.

My son says he loves it as he feels like he is travelling through space overnight :)

Taking down and folding was easy - no twisting like my Vango dart - I managed it (a 5ft 2' female) with only the help of my 7 year old to sit on the tent whilst I made the final fold!
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By: Oohmyback  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

Bought this for simple one night stays, have to say worth every penny, its a great all-rounder.

No real gripes, easy to put up, and after a few practices ok to put away.

I downloaded the video to help me fold it down and it did help as it is as Quechua say a knack, but did it in about 5 mins 1st time, even fitted back into the bag 1st time.

If it had a sig it would be 10 out of 10
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By: AndyRomain  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

I bought one of these recently to use as an extension for my Base Second 4.2, and WOW! This transforms an already superb tent into something else! It adds a large space ideal for extra playroom for the kids, somewhere to keep the kids bikes / cooking equipment / dirty clothing etc. It's simple to erect, and easy to join onto the main tent. It's well thought out, and couldn't be quicker to put up.

It's also great as a stand alone tent for beach / garden / day trip use, and along with the optional groundsheet (generously sized) really does show excellent design and manufacture.

Can't recommend it enough!
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By: Khwood  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

We bought this to use with our camper van for overnight stops instead of using the awning.

The tent had a thorough test during two weeks of awful weather in the Scottish Highlands but didn't let us down. While the wind squashed it (especially some extreme gusts) it popped straight back up again every time whilst many tents were being flattened all around us.

It also stood up well to some torrential rain with no leaks at all.

It was big enough to get a kitchen unit with cooker as well as a table and chairs and loads of other stuff.

The speed at which it goes up and down is great as we had to do it in the rain several times and managed to do it without getting soaked.

All in all a brilliant design, I am considering buying another and connecting them to double the space.
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By: Tilly123  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2008   Rating: 

We are now the proud owners of 2 bright green Seconds Base standard tents and they are brilliant.

Used with groundsheets (which have been cleverly designed and have velco corners) For the tent we use as a bedroom, we attach a groundsheet first and then attach the inner. This helps to keep the tent really well insulated from the cold ground.

A previous review rightly refers to lack of proper instructions for twinning 2 tents. Although we had put them together, they weren't exactly 'twinned' during our camping trip. While we were in Decathlon last weekend weekend, I asked one of the staff who very quickly showed me how to do it. Where the hoods fold back for storage you simply join one tent to the other using the fastening which holds the hoods in place. Hope this makes sense. It works really well.

These tents are amazingly fast to put up, speed of getting them down most definitely improves with practice (thank heavens for the video footage on the website and there is some good stuff on youtube too)!

Friends of ours spend hours wrestling with their Outwell Montana 6 and although it would probably survive a hurricane, if there was a hurricane, you'd probably decide not to bother camping anyway!

We've just bought a tarp from Decathlon that will fit over one of the door entrances (again using the un-unsed hood fastening - as demonstrated by the really helpful lady in store last Saturday) which will give us more options and the ability to cook and sit under cover yet outside.

I've changed some of the guy lines using fluorescent ones from Camcleats (just so we don't trip over them!) and a good tip is to ensure the guy ropes are in a straight line from where they are fixed to the tent and to not make them too tight. If the door zips are sticking a bit, look at your guy ropes and adjust as necessary.

Grubby marks can be removed with any good tent cleaner but it's important to remember to allow to dry thoroughly and then reproof and dry thoroughly again before putting away.

These tents are 79 each and even with the groundsheets (9.99 each), inner (29.99?) and tarp (19.99 I think), the degree of flexibility and ease of use makes these real winners at a great price.

Let's not forget the fabulous colour and shape of these beauties. They look marvellous and offer supreme comfort as well as fiendishly clever design and excellent spec.

What more can I say? If your wondering whether to take the plunge, just buy one or two or even three. You won't regret it - and if you do, Decathlon's no quibble guarantee means you won't be out of pocket.

Should point out I have no connection with Decathlon. I'm just a really satisfied customer and wish I had shares in the Company!
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By: Ivanidea  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

I bought a couple of bases and a bedroom inner to replace a Khyam L, since I needed something lighter and even quicker to put up (limited space in the Jeep).

I required the luxury of being able to stand up as well as being able to cook undercover (it always rains in Wales when I camp).

There are no instructions on how to twin the tents, so I might not have done it correctly, but any dampness inside was confined to the walls between the 2 tents, and not inside the living compartments. The droplets did not reach the doors, so there was no need to close the internal doors (other than the bedroom inner to keep the flies out).

The tents stood up well in the heavy rain, and the ventilation ensured the inside of the tent remained dry.

The instructions do not tell you how to fold the tent away, fortuantly I had a practice at home, where I could look at the video on the internet, although unlike on the video, I have to fold it on the floor.

On paper, the bedroom is large enough (2.1m) to take a camp bed (1.9m), but bear in mind it is a conical shape, so due to the height of the bed, it just touches the walls. But there is still plenty of clearance between the inner and outer.

The tents certainly meet my expectations, and I look forward to many years of use out of them.
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By: Tophatter  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

We bought the Quechua Seconds Base as an awning for our small camper, it's absolutely superb. It's very easy to put up and with a small amount of practice easy to fold away(we studied the video on the Quechua website for the folding down technique). It's big enough for our folding table/chairs, kitchen and other bits and bobs, plenty of room for the two of us. It's also easy to put up in the garden when you get home if it's got wet. Highly recommended.
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Manufacturer's Description

Designed for 4 backpacking hikers who need a quick set-up living area offering shelter from the weather.

Don't confuse with the Seconds Base Full, which can have '2 Seconds' tents attached to it

This is just a living area.

A bedroom is sold separately to fix inside the Seconds Base, converting it to a 2 to 4-man tent for sleeping.

... there may be more info on their website

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