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The 2 Seconds tent has revolutionised an entire market and even invented its own category as a desirable and unique tent.
Using technology that didn’t even exist yet now seems obvious, the 2 Seconds tent makes adventure accessible, both financially and practically: anyone can travel with it and pitch it with unprecedented ease and speed.
17 years on, an entire generation has grown up with the 2 Seconds tent and its various models.
This product receives particular attention for its innovation and shines in our camping eco-system and beyond.
The idea of an “automatic” tent that you “throw in the air and it pitches on its own” emerged at the beginning of this century. As is often the case at Quechua, it's by getting to know users on the ground, by listening to them talk about their perfect material and their dreams that things click into place. The pioneers of this project who met that day included Jean-François, product manager (whose role was to develop the “product brief”, to write something that didn't exist), and “Abi”, the designer (whose role was to design the product). Abi remembers that it was the act of throwing a tent that drew the attention of Jean-François.
Next to lighter tents (trekking section, can be carried on the back for long hikes) or bigger tents (family size, inflatable, etc.), the Quechua 2 Seconds is available in its dedicated tent section to “ make adventure accessible”. Above all, it’s a tent that's extremely easy to pitch and dismantle that can fit in the boot of a small car and is ready to use at any time.
In the 10 years that followed its impressive popular success, the Quechua 2 Seconds tent became a series. We worked on technologies for the components and materials as the 2 Seconds is a complete dome-shaped tent with a polyester flysheet with taped seams, a real two person tent to pitch anywhere. We added coloured models, committed designs, and even personalised models with the “my 2 Seconds” project launched in 2014.
Our teams worked on developing an entire range by incorporating customer feedback in a process of continuous improvement. By bringing new technologies to a design that works, we developed models for one, two, three people, as well as an extended range with optional extras (the Illumin and its integrated LEDs in 2010), ventilation (firstly with Fresh in 2012 then the patented Fresh&Black technology in 2016).
As usual at Quechua, we benefited greatly from all the 2seconds innovations to enrich the entire range. A good example of this is the Fresh&Black technology which is now available on over 20 Quechua product references. This patented technology solves one of the biggest problems with summer camping, with a series of layers in different materials for the flysheet, the light never gets in the tent and the temperature is regulated with adequate ventilation. The availability of this technology on all tents shows the best way to capitalise on innovation and apply it to all our products.
It’s also an example of development through teamwork. In January, the project group went on a field trip to South Africa to validate the darkness and ventilation of Fresh&Black. The prototypists and their sewing machine could therefore change details directly in use before final validation in June ahead of production the following year.