Decathlon, the Company
The Quechua MH100 2-person waterproof camping tent is the least expensive tent offered by the sporting goods giant Decathlon. Decathlon is the largest sporting goods store in the world today. A French company, created by nine former decathletes, who have been delivering superior quality, high-value products to the marketplace for over forty years.
Quechua 2-person Tent Specifications
Dimensions: 51.2" x 90.6" interior. Space for 2 -25.6" sleeping bags. Headroom: 41.3". Tent with carrying case: 21.3" x 6.3" x 6.3". Overall weight: 5.3 lbs. Waterproof materials tested: Water column (Schmerber): Flysheet > 2000 mm. Groundsheet > 5000 mm. Cost: $39.99.
Field Test Conditions
I couldn't have asked for better conditions to field test the Quechua MH100 2-person tent. The field test took place in mid-April 2022. The testing location was the New Jersey pine barrens. The temperature range was 68°F during the day to 52°F overnight. The winds averaged 11-14MPH for the 24-hour testing period. The tent was pitched in a sparsely wooded area with sandy soil littered with oak leaves and pine needles as the base. The tent was pitched on a tarpaulin-style ground cover.
Disclaimer: (I am not affiliated nor sponsored by Decathlon.) Immediately out of the box, I could tell that this was a decent tent for the money. The carrying case was straightforward and simply designed to store and carry the Quechua MH100 tent and its components. Included in the box were; the main tent body, rainfly, 6 tent pegs, and 4 guy lines.
The materials used in the construction of this tent seemed to be of good quality and I didn't notice any rips, tears, or loose stitching upon my initial inspection. The zippers generally operated smoothly. Venting was adequate with a mesh window in the front door and a larger mesh window at the rear. The provided guy lines and tent stakes were made of cheap materials and likely to survive for a couple of seasons at best. The fiberglass tent poles were of good construction and seemed fine albeit heavy for backpacking and hiking.
Weighing in at 5.3 pounds, this tent is certainly not considered lightweight. Some suggestions for weight savings are to ditch the carrying case and replace the heavy fiberglass poles to save about a pound. With the tent and poles removed from the storage bag, I was able to put the tent into a compression sack and fit it into my backpack with the poles strapped to the outside.
According to Decathlon, this tent is designed to sleep two people, they would have to be small people. I am 5' 8" and there was just enough space for me alone with my gear. Two people with their gear would have a hard time sleeping in this 2-person tent. Suffice it to say, if you are taller than 5'-8", you may want to look for something a little longer.
It was pretty windy during testing and the Quechua tent managed just fine. Barely a flutter as occasionally large gusts of wind buffeted the tent from all sides. It didn't rain during this trip and I wasn't able to test its waterproof ability. Once I do, I will update this review with the results. While we are on the subject of moisture, tents are notorious for collecting condensation overnight. Whether it was due to the windy conditions or the actual design of the tent, I didn't experience any condensation. The inside of the tent stayed comfortable and dry overnight even as the temperature outside dropped by 25°F.
Opinion and Rating
Although the Quechua MH100 2-person tent is waterproof, well constructed, and inexpensive. I found that this tent was too heavy for backpacking or hiking and better suited for car camping or drive-up camping. The fact that it did so well at holding in the heat overnight leads me to believe that this tent would handle lower temperatures than 50°F. The size of the tent is also a factor for me, I would have liked the Quechua to have been at least 3" longer and maybe a tad taller and wider. The front door was awkward getting in and out of with me hitting my head on the top of the jamb every other time. The rain fly zipper was hard to reach and operate due to the position of the vestibule. Decathlon states that this tent has a vestibule, it was very small with barely enough room for a pair of hiking boots.
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