How do i choose my tent? camping or trekking tent?

Numerous models of tent exist.
Here you will find all our advice to help you choose the most suitable tent for your camping, bivouac or trekking outings.


Choosing your camping tent can be quite complex. How do I know which camping tent to choose? It is important to take into account different criteria such as:

Type of use
The number of people
The type of tent structure
Its weight

Do you intend to walk with your tent?how do you choose a hiking tent?

If you plan to go hiking over several days and carry your tent in your backpack, the best choice will be a bivouac or trek tent. They are light and compact.
You can easily slip them into your backpack or hang them on the straps.
Ideal for several days bivouacking, practical to set up and take down, they generally weigh less than two kilos for a two-people tent.
Several models are available:light, ultra-light, for use in warm temperatures or stormy weather...
Depending on the number of trekkers, you can find models from one to four people.
These tents (usually) only offer sleeping space and a very small space to store belongings.

How to choose a tent - trekking tent

You do not intend walking with your tent: how do you choose a camping tent?

You don't have to carry your tent on your back and you are going to set up a "static" tent.Your best choice would be a camping tent.

Camping tents offer more space and comfort. They generally have a living space or a rest area. You can therefore cook there, eat there, take shelter in the event of rain and of course sleep there.
It's the optimum choice if you intend staying several days in the same place or if you don't have to walk very far with it.
Different models are available:your choice will then be made according to the number of people and the type of structure.

How many people can sleep in a camping or bivouac tent?

The size and weight of your tent affects the number of people it can accommodate.

From 1 to 8 people, everything is possible! This criteria is important as it allows you to choose your tent depending on the number of bedrooms available inside.

From 1 to 3 people: How do you choose your small tent?

1 to 3 people tents have one unique bedroom, and no living space.These are practical tents to create a small base camp that are easy to set up and take down.
These tents usually offer a small separate space, called an apse, which allows you to store your belongings and shelter them from dew or rain.

From 4 to 8 people: How do you choose your family tent?

Conversely, tents for four to eight people have  a living space and one or several separate bedrooms.
They offer more space and some allow you to stand up in them.
If you want to find comfort, almost like at home, this is the ideal choice.
Another criteria to take into account concerning the rooms, is their size: it is important to carefully assess the width available in the bedrooms compared to the mattresses that you have at your disposition.

This criteria is important because if you touch the walls of the tent when sleeping and they touch the flysheet, it will generate humidity inside your tent.

What type of camping or trekking tent structure do i choose?

There are three types of structure technology:

- The 2 Seconds structure
- The pole structure
- The inflatable structure

The 2seconds tent

You already know this one!The 2Seconds tent is pitched in an instant.Its folding system is also quick and saves you time when dismantling your camp.

Advantage:its self-standing structure allows you to pitch it very quickly.

Disadvantage:its lack of compactness due to its cylindrical shape.

Find our tips on how to pitch and fold down your 2seconds tent.

Quechua fresh and black 2Seconds easy camping tent

The pole tents

For camping enthusiasts, the pole structure is really part of the imagination around outings in the middle of nature!

The tent is set up thanks to inserting poles into the flysheet. Colour codes now facilitate this operation, so making mistakes is no longer possible.
This solution takes a little more time than an inflatable tent, but the assembly of the poles can be an opportunity to share a first friendly moment on your campsite. This type of tent is ideal for trekking.

Advantages: it presents a better compactness and lightness ratio. Its price is also more accessible.

Disadvantage : the pole tent may take longer to set up than an inflatable tent.

Forclaz 3 seasons self-standing trek tent

Inflatable tents

With inflatable beams instead of poles, a few pumps, and voila!The inflation and deflation of these tents is extremely fast.

Only a double-action hand pump can inflate these tents because an electric pump is too strong and risks damaging the beams
A little tip to help you with the name of the tents:  Arpenaz tents are pole tents while AirSeconds tents are inflatable tents.

Advantages: in addition to being easy to assemble, they offer larger living space.And their dismantling is almost instantaneous..

Disadvantage: they take up more space than other tent models.

Quechua air seconds fresh and black 4-people inflatable camping tent

The fresh & black technology for more comfort

Do you still hesitate? Here is a last helping hand to guide you in your choice!

If you are tired of waking up at dawn with sweltering heat as your tent is in full sun, we advise you to opt for the Fresh & Black technology.

This innovation, developed by the Quechua teams, guarantees you great nights in your tent! Fresh & Black technology consists of several fabrics, each with their own quality:
- the Fresh fabric reflects the sun's rays to maintain the correct temperature in your tent (-17 ° C felt compared to a conventional tent). This innovation is practical, especially in the middle of summer when tents can quickly become stoves.
- the Black fabric ensures greater darkness at all times of the day (99% darkness in the bedrooms).

Late mornings and afternoon naps are waiting for you!

Our commitments

The waterproofness of your tent as well as its resistance to the wind are essential for a great night's sleep!

At Quechua, all of our tents are designed to resist against bad weather conditions.

They undergo a battery of wind tunnel tests to be sure that they withstand winds ranging from 40 km / h to 90 km / h. They are also placed "under a shower" to ensure that no drop of water ends up in the tent after 3 hours spent under 200 litres of water / hour / m² in order to guarantee  exemplary waterproofness.

Please note: the primary source of humidity inside your tent is condensation. In order to avoid getting wet when you wake up, we recommend that you always choose a tent with a double flysheet and that you ventilate it well.


Find out more on the decathlon camp app!

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