Warning, Do Not Buy This Tent!
This is the first look at the Decathlon Forclaz QuickHiker II Fresh & Black tent and it has some MAJOR problems.
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Decathlon Forclaz QuickHiker Fresh & Black, Waterproof Backpacking Tent, 2 Person
Price : $150
Weight : 7lbs 7oz / 3.4kg
Fresh and Black :
Fresh & Black patented exterior fabric: 99% darkness even in broad daylight. Talking about this feature for a moment, it took me a while to figure out what this tent is called that as it isn’t clearly stated on the web site. There is one quick mention of it and that’s it. Decathlon may want to explain this a bit more since it is in the name of the product.
100% 75D Polyester cationic
100% Polyester cationic
7001 aluminum poles; Ø 8.5 mm.
Tent pegs/stakes: Length 6.7″; Anodized 7075 aluminum
Pack Size : 15.7″ * 7.5″ * 6.7″
Tent Measurements : (measure to confirm)
Total height of the tent: 46.1″. Dimensions of the bedroom: length 82.7″ * width 47.2″ * height 42.5″
3 Available Setups :
This tent offers 3 available setups with the primary being a fly first design. Meaning the body and the fly are connected so when you pitch the tent, the fly is on top and it protects the body from the elements. You can set this u[p in the rain.
Complete tent : Complete protection from weather and bugs
Flysheet only : shelter mode; protection from weather and rain but not bugs
Body Only : Dry climates – Bug protection only.
Weather Proofing :
This is an area that most tent manufacturers don’t discuss but Decathlon does.
This tent has been tested in the laboratory (tent mounted under 200 liters/sqm/hour for 4 hours, the equivalent of a tropical rain storm), as well as in field test missions.
Wind tunnel tested on a rotating platform where they can expose each side of the tent to the wind. To test its wind-resistance, the tent must be properly pitched, taut but not stretched, with all the guy ropes in position around the tent. It should remain habitable at wind speeds of 45 mph, measured near ground level.
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