With this lightweight 3-seater tent model, Quechua offers an original and well-designed product on a segment that has yet to be exploited by manufacturers.
2.6 kg for two, three … four? Without being really lightweight, the Quechua Quickhiker Ultralight III offers a weight-to-space ratio that makes it extremely versatile. Very good design, with original features, it will bring great comfort for use with two and enough space to sleep three or four with two children. When used in pairs, the interior space allows it to be used as a base camp in wild bivouac, long-distance or camping.
|Technical sheet||Quechua Quikhiker UL3|
|Ground sheet||Polyethylene 120g / m²|
|Interior Canvas||Mesh polyester|
|Double roof||polyurethane coated polyester|
|hoops||Dac Featherlite NSL|
|Interior dimensions||215 x 180 cm|
|Maximum height||95 cm|
|Recommended retail price||199,99 €|
The notes of the draft
As is often the case at Quechua, the assembly of the tent is intuitive and fast (about 3 minutes solo). Strips between the points of attachment to the ground give the tension of the webs and indicate the footprint of the tent. The two hoops slide into a lining of the outer cloth, and are held in tension by a female plastic hinge. The inner canvas and the outer canvas can remain integral, and it is a great time saving for assembly/disassembly. However, it is difficult to stretch the tent perfectly because of its half cylinder shape. The sardines are made of aluminum with a V structure, the weight/strength ratio of which is very good.
The enormous strength of this tent is its large interior volume : luxurious for two, comfortable for three (140 cm wide at feet, 180 cm at the head). The weight/space ratio is therefore good, but the ceiling height is limited (95 cm) . The apse can also easily contain three large backpacks, there will still be plenty of room to get out or get in without having to push everything and even be able to make food. The icing on the cake is the possibility to completely wrap a part of the outer fabric to sleep the head in the stars and release a 180 ° view, while being protected by the mosquito net (but accepting well on the loss of impermeability that goes with it). This also allows an excellent aeration of the tent for drying. It also has a beautiful window on the opposite side, light source in the apse (it can be closed in case of rain). Only negative point: few storage pockets in the interior space . Some of them would need to be at the bottom of the tent when you are in “head-in-the-stars” mode.
Level resistance, it is correct but clearly not of the material of expedition: the resistance to the wind is average, the conservation of the heat also. The two openings of the double roof ensure a good ventilation, but the possibility of raising an entire wall allows an excellent ventilation when the conditions allow it. The possibility of separating the two fabrics allows them to be dried separately. However, the material used to make the outer fabric water-repellent seems to lengthen the drying time a little. The floor mat is correct but does not seem to be sturdy. It goes up a good fifteen centimeters above the ground and ensures a good sealing in case of heavy rain and splashes of water. Note that the tent exists in a version with floor covering for the apse.
Robustness level, the tent is more oriented weekend bivouac than polar expedition . That said the general design is good, and we had no breaks to deplore despite a good test . The system of guy wires is correct, but does not allow a perfect distribution of the tension on all the canvas. It is also difficult to stretch the angles at the apse if the ground is not horizontal. The canvas can sometimes float in windy conditions. Inside, the pockets were sewn at the main seams of the tent, which avoids shooting on the mosquito net.
The ratio weight/comfort of 2.6kg for 3 places is very interesting. The compactness of the tent in its compression bag is excellent (comparable to a two-seater); again the ratio is interesting. The bag can go in width in a bag of 50 l. Note that the 2-seater version weighs 1.96 kg, but the interior volume (the apse in particular) is incomparably smaller, and the possibility of winding the outer roof is lost.
Conclusion / Overall assessment
With the QuickHicker ultralight 3 seater, Quecha offers a comfortable hiking tent with a large interior volume and a “head in the stars” option for a very correct weight and volume. Very versatile, this tent will be perfect for small families (with one child or two small children …) but it is also a very good option for the adventurers in search of a spacious and portable tent, hikers not too looking on weight or campers. For a price of 200 €, the value for money is excellent.
We liked it less
|• The head-in-the-stars option
• Easy assembly
• Large interior volume
|• Room height a little too low
• Mean wind resistance
• Test conditions : ski touring in the Vanoise (2 nights at the Peak of the Old Woman and the Dome of Chasseforêt, high mountain terrain, altitude 2700 / 3600m, snow and wind at 50 km / h approximately, -15 / -10 ° C at night, 0-5 ° C during the day); bivouacs of medium altitude (Dent d’Oche, Moroccan Rif, mid-mountain terrain, spring and summer, dry weather, 10 ° C night, 15-25 ° C during the day.