I own small and big tents, but nothing in between, so when I saw this comfy 3-man tent – the Quechua 2 SECONDS XL AIR III – I knew I had to try it. I was also intrigued by the pop-up design.
“The new 2 Seconds, just as quick to pitch, now has the Easy system to help you fold it down. More space for sleeping and a storage area for your belongings.”
The first time I pitched this tent, I was very impressed by the sleek design and how spacious it was. I expected it to be a lot smaller.
There is a lot of headroom inside the bedroom, which makes sitting up comfortable. There is also a generous front porch where you can store your backpack, food, and shoes. The door is very wide too.
The tent features side ‘windows’ to let in light and a bit of breeze for the hot summer days. I love these – they are great to feel like you’re outdoors, even inside your tent, and they are very practical to close up if it gets chilly. The bedroom’s rear flysheet can be raised from the inside by pulling on a cord to gain extra ventilation.
The XL Air III is super easy and quick to pitch. We got it up much quicker than any other tent its size. It kind of opens up on its own. Another advantage is that the poles are built in the tent, so all you need to do is unfold it and pitch the pegs. Et voilà.
We tested it in the sun and light rain, and it was perfectly comfortable to be in. We stayed very dry. I can’t comment on its performance in the wind, but I would avoid leaving it up in 40 miles per hour gusts and over.
Our first attempt at folding the tent back into its circle wasn’t great, but we soon learned how to do it smoothly. You just need a bit of practice. The effort in learning how to assemble it is worth the comfort you get when you pitch it. You can have a look at the videos on how to pitch it and unfold it here.
The Quechua 2 seconds XL Air III is a great medium size tent. It offers plenty of space to sleep and chills in, and it is easy and quick to pitch up. It is also cheap.
*I was sent a sample of the product for review. However, the opinions expressed are impartial, and I endorse the product because I believe it is good.