Brand: Decathlon and Quechua
Type: Arpenaz Family 4.1 tent
THIS family tent sums up what Decathlon and Quechua are all about – functional, simple gear that does the job. There may be no frills, such as dividers for the sleeping area, and it only fits a family of four at a squeeze but the Decathlon Quechua Arpenaz Family 4.1 Tent can stand up to strong winds on the coast of Mull, deluges in the Cairngorms and even the tornado which is an eight-year-old boy on a camping trip.
The ground sheet in the front area is tough and there is enough room inside to enjoy a family game of cards perched on stools, as was necessary after braving the elements on a dreich day near Loch Morlich. And the poles are also hard-wearing, meaning it is more than a fair weather shelter and could stand up to a stiff sea wind next to an idyllic bay near Fionnphort on Mull, where only a little extra tightening of the guy ropes was needed.
“It can stand up to strong winds on the coast of Mull, deluges in the Cairngorms and even the tornado which is an eight-year-old boy on a camping trip!“
But when the temperature does rise and the sun makes an appearance the front opens right out, allowing shade with in a well ventilated space. The aforementioned eight-year-old, however, preferred to lie down outside and have a bucket of water poured over him.
You will need extra shelter, or good weather, if you are planning to cook as there is no awning but the good value of this tent makes that more than acceptable. And I have noticed many use a tarpaulin erected over the front to set up a stove, or to shed wet outer clothes before going inside. Again, the eight-year-old seems to prefer the “water everywhere” approach.
It’s also easy to put up and take down but, as with all tents bigger than two-man size, it never seems possible to fit it back into its bag!
Its compact size means it is easy to put up by one person, avoiding the “grrrs” and “arrghs” often heard on a campsite.
Least Favourite Feature
When bought, the tent fits in its bag. After a camping trip it is impossible to put back in, making it take up more room in the car.