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Tent Reviews: Quechua 2 Seconds IIII

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10 Reviews of the 2 Seconds IIII

By: Mattyboy1  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating: 

As a tall guy (6 ft 8) I wanted a tent that was easy to put up yet was plenty big enough for me. This tent fulfills both criteria. It literally only takes 2 seconds to pop open and be ready to use. Even with a couple of mins needed just to tie the guy ropes it still is super quick to set up. Putting away is simple and quick too if you know how. Check youtube videos for the method but once you have the knack it takes less than a minute to put it all away. In terms of size its very spacious. I would say its no more than a 3 man tent as you want to leave room for your gear. Plenty of room for 2 adults and very spacious for 1 like i'm using it. Overall a great tent and certainly worth the money.


Just returned from a short camping trip in St Ives over the bank holiday weekend and the tent after finally testing it has proved a very good buy. Had very strong winds and rain one night and the tent was solid and didn't leak a drop. Was very warm and snug despite it being very cold outside. A great buy.
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By: PhilboRobo  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 


We own two of them now as well as the Base Seconds Full Living Area which we can slide our smaller tents into to connect them all.

It takes 5 mins per tent from bag to all pegged out with the living area taking 10 mins tops.

It allows me to camp for short periods of time either with help from the missus or just me and the kids!

The materials hold well against rain, but I have not tried it in high winds. As they say - it's all in the pegs one uses!
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By: Lyen12  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating: 

I bought this new from eBay for 66.95 for our 3 nights camping trip at Red Shoot camping park. Really pleased with the convenience of this pop-up tent. It fits into the back of our VW Golf with still enough space for a lot more stuffs. It opens up in 2 seconds :) and we spent less than 5 minutes putting the lines and pegs in. No problem with condensation. It was cold at night 6degC, but we somehow managed with one double sleeping bag for all 3 of us (2 adults and a 1yo). We put a king size airbed as sleeping surface. There is still enough space for 2 XL backpacks. My hubby slept in a single mummy sleeping bag inside the double sleeping bag, baby slept in his winter jacket and 2 layers of trousers without additional cover, and I slept in the double sleeping bag with my winter jacket on. No problem with strong wind and rain. In between the outer door and inner door, there is enough space for shoes. It is very easy to dismantle and fold up as well. We watched the video on how to keep the tent on YouTube for more than 10 times just to memorise the steps to fold it back so that it can fit perfectly into the bag. All in all, we are satisfied with our purchase and will recommend this to campers who do not need extra porch space. The tent will nicely accommodate 2 adults or 1 adult and 1 child. It is quite cramped having 2 adults and a child inside this tent, so we now plan to sell this one and upgrade to a Quechua 4.2 base, which is a lot larger.
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By: Bowiefan  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

Used one of these on a roughing it trip to the Outer Hebrides last year and in spite of the heavy rain and howling winds it stayed dry and upright.

As a four man tent it was nice and roomy for two adults, personally I would think it a bit too small for 4.

Very easy to put up but I never really mastered the art of putting it down without turning the air blue !

I would suggest you put a peg in to hold the front of the tent down as I tended to trip on the way in as it didn't sit completely flat on the ground in the middle.

Never had any problems with condensation but I think that was more to do with the bracing winds at night.

All in all, purchased for a one off holiday I couldn't fault it.
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By: Tkt Queen  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

We acquired this tent at Glastonbury and now use it as our regular tent. We tend to camp as a group and we are always the first set up and the first to have packed down, our camping trips tend to be weekenders and with our other tent it felt like we spent most of the weekend setting up and taking down. Some of our friends have also been out and bought these after seeing ours up and have been surprised at the space.
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By: Riddlers duffy  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

I bought this as I do a lot of camping in the fells where it is very windy and ease and speed of pitch was a major factor. The tent has been in virtual tornado like winds and stood up to them without any problem and also seems to be watertight (touch wood).

Once you have 'the knack' they are simple to pack away too, making early morning less stressful. The tent has ample room , perhaps my one regret is buying one without a living area built on but that is something you can easily get around.

Ideal for 2 and even a couple of kids.
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By: Karenturner  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2010   Rating: 

AS I am camping alone and found the 25+ year old tent rather challenging to pitch and strike alone I fancied something eay to deal with. This is certainly easy to pitch and I'm sure I'll master the packing up again. OK 4 man tent for one person is a bit excessive but I just love the space. It rained quite heavily and the rain just bounced off the tent in the morning. I'm looking forward to many more trips in this. The only problem is fitting it in the car but I suppose I can't have everything
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By: Constantagirl  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

We took this tent to Japan as we wanted a light weight tent which wouldn't take up too much of our luggage allowance for some car camping for 2 adults and 2 young children. The tent worked well for us. It was very easy to put up, and easyish to put down (after practice in the uk). It kept us dry in a few heavy rainstorms. It was quite snug for the four of us. I wouldn't have wanted 4 adults in there.

The condensation was ok. My only wish was for more ventilation, as it was really hot at night, and there is only a small mesh area at the top of the inner door. I would have preferred a fully mesh inner door. As it was, I decided to have the inner door open all night, in spite of possible mosquito bites, to get ventilation. I'm sure it would be better in uk weather conditions! The only other worry is that they seem to have stopped doing the base which you can attach as living space, which is annoying, as I was intending to buy that this year so I can take the kids camping on my own (can't put up my Outwell Minnesota singlehanded).
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By: Liverbird08  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

Large round pack size so may not fit flat in small cars. Bought this from Decathlon in Surrey Quays last year, but only used it last night in the garden for the first time.

I put the huge inflatable queen size mattress in it, and it had to go sidways. I slept in there with my 11 year old daughter. We had plenty of bedding but not much room for anything else.

It absolutely bucketed down, no really, totally rained throughout the night but this morning we were warm and totally dry, very little condensation.

Impressed by how easy it is to put away and to peg down, and now I have mastered the 'knack' of putting it away, it is a cracker. I put the guy ropes on as quite windy and the tent didn't budge (used Delta pegs for the four guy ropes and ordinary pegs for the tent itself.)

Not big enough for a family, suspect three people max on mats only. Tall people like myself would be better sleeping lengthways.

If you are going camping solo, or just two adults and one teeny kid, then this is the perfect one/two nighter. For one person, it is absolutely fantastic!
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By: Hacienda71  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

Great weekend tent light and quick to put up and take down. Fine for two adults and two little ones. But wouldn't want to share it with three other big adults. I used it in Edale in the autumn arrived with my kids 5 minutes before my brother, tent pitched and pegged down before he arrived. A little more condensation than I amused to in my Coleman Darwin 5 but that is a much bigger heavier tent. Would definitely recommend as a tent for a quick break.
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Manufacturer's Description

Designed for backpacking camping for 4 hikers looking for an instant pitch tent.
Instant pitching. Free-standing tent (place it wherever you like, and if there is no wind, there is no need for pegs = ready to use!). 11 pegs and 4 guy ropes included in case you need them. Can be folded in 15 seconds (once you have the "knack" as shown in the instructions and on www.quechua.com)
Ventilation 1 upper ventilation flap at the back, 2 low side flaps, breathable bedroom fabric. You can leave the bedroom door half-open at the top thanks to the 2-way zip. Everything is designed to allow air to circulate between the bedroom and flysheet, for more breathability and to limit natural condensation.

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