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At Quechua, we believe that what brings us together when hiking or camping is our pursuit for freedom.
To be free to enjoy the landscape or to climb to the summits at full speed.
Free to go solo, with friends or family.
Free to make your own choices. Or not to choose at all!
Free to pitch your tent at 2000 metres, at a festival, on the roof of your car or in your garden.
Our mission is to ensure that all hiking and camping enthusiasts can live in harmony with nature...
Whether you hike for fun or to challenge yourself. Whether you camp to disconnect from everyday life next to a lake, or to connect with nature up in altitude, or with your feet in the snow. And as we all know, the more time spent in nature, the more we want to protect it to make sure we can continue to enjoy it.
Pitching your tent.
Or putting it on the roof of your van.
Shortening your pants.
To finish your hike wearing shorts.
Setting up your cookset.
For meals-guitar under the stars.
Things go very quickly because over the 20 years that we have existed,
we have simplified everything.
Each object has been thought over.
All the equipment too.
Every camp and hike action.
To serve you the nature on a platter.
And rely on new-tech materials to constantly innovate.
We're not promising you the moon, but instead freedom and fulfillment at all altitudes.
Complicated to keep it simple?
Yes, especially when you want everything to be safe, strong, light and durable and all at the same time!
An example:to design the 2-second tent, it took our teams 18,730 hours of work.
And for every product, it's the same thing. The same quest for ingenuity. The same requirements.
And the same idea in mind: to make hiking and camping easier and more spontaneous.
Since the launch of our 2-second tent in 2005, our designers have been constantly inventing and reinventing for you and with you through co-creation.
For lovers of road trips, we have created the Van500 rooftop tent.
And we didn't stop there! We even reinvented the folding system of our first 2 Seconds tent in 2020
New technologies for all your hiking and camping essentials.
For example, the Fresh & Black system naturally regulates the temperature of the tent inside and plunges you into a darkness that allows you to have a sleep-in.
At Quechua, we are changing the ways we design and produce, so that we reduce our impact a little more every day, while supporting actions and associations in the field. Eco-design to reduce our impact at the source, and this for more than 10 years.
Like our recycled polyester fleeces, made from plastic bottles. Or even our textiles dyed using the dope-dyed process, which uses less water than conventional dyeing processes, and eliminates the risk of dye emission in the water. Solidarity actions to help preserve the trails.
We are committed to local and international associations who work for the protection and knowledge of our environment. And we do this through our scheme called “The Mountain Call”.
Hiking, camping… and leaving the places we visit as beautiful as we found them. We actively defend 'leave no trace', but also the national eco-hike day, collecting litter once a year, or all year round via the WORLD CLEAN UP DAY movement and our hashtag #hikeuppickup.
Our design centre, the Mountain Store, is located at the foot of the Mont-Blanc. 20 kilometres from Chamonix.
Practical for innovating!
As soon as we (eco) design a product, our team of product designers can test it in the field.
The Quechua people are an inspiration to us for their values and way of life in the mountains.
They cherish nature and protect it.
They care for their mountains and benefit responsibly from them.
The Quechua people founded on community and sharing have inspired our teams and that’s how our brand was born, from these shared values and this same passion for the mountains
We've done miles together, we've been putting everyone out there for 25 years to help you discover nature and make you want to take care of it, and we're not going to stop there!
A dozen employees from the Decathlon group leave the headquarters in Lille to set up office in the Alps, as close as possible to mountain sports enthusiasts.
The adventure starts at the foot of Mont-Blanc, in a 55 m² flat, converted into an office.
The brand, destined to become legendary in the world of outdoor sports, is born: Quechua.
Less than a year later, in spring 1998, the group's mountain brand offers its products in all Decathlon stores.
Designed and tested with and for sports-persons,, Quechua products, right from the start, display bold terrain experience.
Two years after its creation, the Quechua team set themselves up in a 1000 sqm store, based close to Chamonix (France).
Within these premises 15 employees designed mountain hiking, climbing, mountaineering, ski and snowboard products
To design even more innovative products, the brand calls upon the expertise of recognized athletes such as Dawa Sherpa: our most iconic ambassador in terms of his background and values.
A Nepalese ultra-trailer and skier, native to the Everest Valley, and a sportsman and humanist above all! He won the 2003 UTMB® and also took part in the 2006, 2010 and 2014 Olympic Games.
"I dream about a tent that you can just throw in the air and it pitches itself:" words uttered by one of our testers in 2003.
Inspired by this insight, Quechua's teams accept the challenge. 2 years later, and after nearly 18,730 hours of research and development, they succeed!
Protecting and reducing the environmental impact while guaranteeing technical products is the challenge of the Forclaz 50 fleece!
In 2010, the Forclaz 50 fleece becomes the brand's first eco-friendly fleece, made from recycled polyester created from plastic bottles.
In 2014, our teams invest in new headquarters: The Mountain Store.
Designed with respect for the environment, this temple of mountain sports, still based at the foot of Mont Blanc, is dedicated to design. it focuses on design, has all the infrastructures to enable our passionate teams to design better products every day: prototyping workshop, innovation laboratory, customer listening area...
Quechua takes the decision to focus exclusively on hiking and camping.
The brand sets up Kalenji, in 2015, and then Forclaz which create trail-running and trekking products respectively.
Prompted by customers' lack of storage space, infrequent excursions or desire for greater sustainability, Forclaz and Quechua offer a rental service in France, offering trekking and camping equipment for hire.
The new 2 Seconds EASY tent sees the light of day:: more compact, easier to pitch and fold-up, it promises great camping memories for many years to come
In addition to offering you technical products, the design teams are committed to ensuring that by 2026, 100% of our products will be designed using a more environmentally friendly approach.