Quechua Tent

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  1. Cam

    Cam Been here awhile

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  2. monkeyfez

    monkeyfez Enabler....

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    That strikes me as quite a negative for bike travel. It did look cool though for the Europeans. Not for sale in the states.
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  3. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    WOW :huh

    That looks kinda neat.

    I'd love to hear from someone with experience of using this in the 'real' world.
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  4. xdbx

    xdbx Motorcycle Connoisseur

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    My buddy has this tent, and actually tried using it on a few of our bike trips. it's a neat idea, and quite convenient for car camping, but riding his street ibke down the highway with a "turtle shell" on his back brought back memories of the teenage mutant ninja turtles. It turns into a backpack if you didn't know.

    It really does setup in <5 seconds, but it's so light we had to stake it down every time anyways. I believe the fly is permanently attached, so no sexy beach mesh tents.. and in the end, I prefer my big agnes.

    One last point to note is that he purchased it on a summer trip to Paris, so I'm really not sure how one would purchase the tent on US soil. I'll try to answer any questions for anyone interested. :deal
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  5. Budo675

    Budo675 Been here awhile

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    Seems like it would turn into a blanket in a heartbeat if winds are high... :lol3
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  6. tmotten

    tmotten Lefthand ride Dutchy

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    That's what I was thinking. Don't think the poles would do much so you rely on the wires for wind.
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  7. decodent

    decodent CyberGypsy

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    Looks like a hokey gimmick ... probably good enough for camping on the living room floor, though.
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  8. everywherevirtually

    everywherevirtually In Omnibus Caritas

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    These tents are not gimmicky. They are surprisingly good for the money. Now admittedly on this occasion I was using the car as we were taking stuff from the UK to Austria. I've previously had a North face VE25 tent which was bomb proof but took too long to put up in bad weather. The advantage of this tent is that you pull it out of the bag and throw it at the ground and it unravels. It is self supporting and with the guy lines has enough integrity to keep it from collapsing.

    Will it perform in a raging storm or heavy snow. Probably not. Is it good enough for summer trips? Sure. This particular model has "wings". There are draw cords inside that you can release and the wings spring open to reveal mesh windows that let the air through. This is especially useful in hot climates. I didn't buy this with the intention of using it much in the UK. My thinking was after stewing in the VE25 in France and Spain I figured a lighter, breezier summer tent would be better.

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    Do some crazies carry them on their bikes? Yep apparently so.

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    This was at the Horizons Unlimited event 2009 in Ripley, Derbyshire, UK.

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  9. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    Virtually every team at the Dakar rally use these tents. 30 sends to setup, 1 minute to pack. After 15 days of using one I am sold. They come in different sizes, I'm about to pull the trigger on one :thumb
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  10. Terence FFM

    Terence FFM prof. cat-herder

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    Which one you have your eye on Deadly? I still haven't found anything that checks the boxes better (roominess, packed size, weight, quality, cost) better than your first recommendation, the redverz.
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  11. gfloyd2002

    gfloyd2002 Title Free Since '12

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    Quechua was the main brand for sporting goods available when I lived in China. I bought an instant up tent, some clothing, a pair of boots and some misc. gear. It is the store brand for Decathalon sporting goods. French company, but the stuff is Chinese made, somewhat cheaply.

    Consider it like you would any store brand - probably not much better than other mass-manufactured in China mid range stuff. All of my stuff broken now from purchases made in 2009 and 2010. My tent's seams started coming apart fairly quickly and is relegated to living room duty with the kids (where it is great, btw. Instantly up, easy down, no worries about leaky seams under the roof or the kids wrecking traditional bungee poles.) Also seems (seams? :evil) like it would be a challenge for motorcycle use. Very lightweight and not super sturdy. Wouldn't trust it in a storm, which is, after all, when we need tents. The tent folds up into a giant disc that would be a potentially dangerous sail and wouldn't pack as conveniently as a traditional tent stuff sack.

    Highly recommended for the play room or some fair weather car camping. Not so much for the ADVRider.
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  12. davsato

    davsato Been here awhile

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    ive got one of the original "2second" quechuas, its a good enough tent but doesnt have much in the way of porch area if you need it. a tarp tied over it sorts that out. what i like about mine is that the inner is black, you wake up when you want, not with the dawn.
    it blows completely flat in a gale! but i think the newer models have better guys.
    i dont bother with it on the bike because of the packsize.
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  13. marc-s

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    why not mount them AWACS-style on top of the top case?

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    :rofl
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  14. Dan Alexander

    Dan Alexander Ride Far - Ride Fast

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    Let me know when you're ordering and we can split shipping.
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  15. HaChayalBoded

    HaChayalBoded Brooklyn Bored

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    Same concept, much much smaller pack size. 13" diameter and 2" thick, that'll fit in your top case and still leave room for your helmet.

    Catoma tent's. The model with the fly is the Twist. $222

    Or the IBNS (without fly) is just $95

    But it's a solo tent.

    If it's windy out you can also install the "backbone" to the tent for stability. Can be used sans fly for a mesh bug hut. Hell, it even has provisions to tie it to a cot.
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  16. CafeMaster

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    I am leaving for my 5000 miles European trip next month and I will be taking a Quechua tent with me. I have already done some testing with regards to loading this thing on the bike and I must say it did not cause me any trouble.
    First option was to put it flat on the pillion seat (the disc measures 73 cm in diameter) with additional bag placed on top but that option ruled out taking my top box which I am going to need on the trip.
    The other option ( the one I am eventually going for) is to attach the disc at an angle partially to the top box and partially to the Ortlieb waterproof holdall placed on the pillion seat. I have tested it attached to the bike that way at motorway speeds with very good results even in strong winds.
    I am using Rok Straps to attach the luggage and the tent and they are really brilliant for the job.
    My ride is a GSA with the full set of metal panniers.
    I am going to post a few pictures of the loaded bike just before I go and of course lots of pictures from where I will be coming through and camping.
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  17. WIBO

    WIBO Will it buff out?

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    I use these tents all the time albeit in a 4x4....the one man tents are small enough to fold into a smaller disc size....maybe take two...one for sleeping and one to keep kit dry. They're light and literally just pop out once thrown into the air. If you can pack them in-between other stuff to keep them from flapping about that'd be the way to go.

    Having said that I take my 3 man normal type tent usually as it packs smaller easier and takes only 5 or 6 minutes to erect....no big deal when on holiday...what's the rush?

    :D
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  18. Peirre O`Bollox

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  19. Merlin III

    Merlin III Mean SOB

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    Quechua tents: their one man tent folds down to 21.7 inches diameter. That size would be very easy to carry on my 1150GS flat on the pillion. They do have guy straps so I don't see much chance of it going down in a normal storm. If the storm is going to be any more severe than normal you will find me in a motel or storm shelter. :rofl In a severe storm I don't think any tent will fair well. The low cost of the tent makes me think it is cheaply made, but who knows.

    What I do know is that I tend to use the excuse not to camp, versus a motel, that I am too tired to set up a camp. This would eliminate that excuse. You can buy these on Ebay.

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