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Tent Reviews: Quechua Base Seconds 4.2

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85 Reviews of the Base Seconds 4.2         Showing 01 to 10          Page:   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  

By: Kara88  Reason: I've used one  Made in: 2009   Rating: 

My sister owns this tent and we've taken it on numerous weekend camping trips and music festivals in the years that she's had it. It's been horribly abused, in being packed up soaking wet and not getting an immediate airing, but we've just been to the Green Man festival this year and the tent yet again stood up to torrential rain without leaking anywhere, top sheet and ground sheet stood up to a pelting brilliantly. We haven't had any problems with the bathtub groundsheet not being rigid enough. It's also survived 50mph winds on the Isle of Wight (it tries to go flat to the ground and pops back up again, an 'experience' if you're inside it at the time, but I did manage to sleep).

Putting the tent up is so simple, you can't help but feel smug every time. And packing down is fine and normally quick too, though high winds make it much trickier. It's also grown increasingly oblong-shaped once packed down over the years and the bag is starting to show strain at the stitching. The rucksack carry bag is a good idea but actually really painful to carry after a while - better padding to the shoulders or a waist strap also would have been good. (1 point lost for bag.)

Rooms are a great size for one person, might be a bit cosy for two as someone would be under the slant. We've both found the bedrooms much roomier since switching to self-inflating mats, which I so recommend for being warmer, more comfy, space-saving, lighter, an all-round vast improvement on airbeds. The bedrooms do have dark netting, which I like: they are bedrooms, for sleeping in. I love the vis-a-vis layout for the privacy, but one draw back of all these types of tents is the lack of covered outdoor space (even a porch door) to give some protection from drizzle/sun. Also, on this model in particular, bigger meshed areas and/or clear windows would have been nice to get more light and air in. (1 point lost as window/door design could have been a bit better.)

I know they don't sell this exact model any more, but if anyone is contemplating getting a Quechua tent, I'd just say our experience of this one, in terms of quality, comfort and reliability, at a really great price, has been so positive. Not a single rip/tear/leak, cracked pole, broken zip or anything bad, despite years of rather slapdash use and maintenance. I am very fond of it.
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By: Ladypiccolino  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2012   Rating: 

I received this as gift, which was lovely, and the kind people who gave it to me thought it would be easier to put up than my Outwell Minnesota, it was also a 'trendy' tent and they know I love camping.


Mega quick to go up, fantastic in fact!

Easy to take down ( once practised)

Love the unusual shape.

Gets a lot of interest!

Slept in gale force 10 ( true!) and tent stayed up! It did keep turning inside out on us ( whist we were in it) and we thought it would break but just kept popping back up into place again.

You can carry it on your back if you need to walk to site area ( such as festivals).


Small dark bedrooms we often end up sleeping in the living room area as if we share a bedroom one of us has our face against a dark brown sloping side.

Bedrooms are not standing height especially once airbed in there.

It feels dark in living room unless front door is left open.

There is no back door - this would make it so much better.

Ventilation panels in front door and back wall only come down half way, so air movement is limited.

The Velcro for bathtub living area groundsheet is not strong enough and does not hold up, this means in rain if we are the slightest slope we did have puddles of rain and in one instance ( the force 10 gale described above) a river like movement of water just gushed through.

I've camped in this tent a great deal, I like it but do not love it. I haven't decided if to keep it, as not sure if I will use it again. This year I dug out my old Outwell Minnesota and realised that it is just so much superior in so many ways. And it only takes 10 mins to erect.
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By: Felicia87  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2013   Rating: 

I love it. Easy to put up and down. Two people is better than one though. Love the bathtub groundsheet stopping the water getting in. Good space in the middle to eat or play cards.

Bed room space is good and spacious.

Love the green colour making it blend in in the environment and also stands out as unusual shape.

The only reason I put 9/10 is it is heavy to carry and a window flap would be useful in the bed area.
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By: MSK448  Reason: I own(ed) one  Made in: 2011   Rating: 

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: 

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: 

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: 

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: 

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: 

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: 

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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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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