Purchased in February in advance of summer camping trips. Kids wanted to try it out straight away so we did. Fast forward a few hours and we are pitching a large tent we have never seen before in almost total darkness in the pouring Scottish rain! Even in those conditions 1 adult and 2 young children (8&10) were able to erect the tent, with all the internal sleeping areas etc in around 40 minutes and get inside. Colour coded poles helped a lot in this along with the instructions (handily printed on waterproof fabric on the inside of the carry bag). Plenty of room to fit 1 adult and 2 children in one part of the sleeping pod. We could easily have fitted 4 in there and the same in the other. They are very spacious. Middle of the night the temp dropped to -2 degrees Celsius and with all the rain on the ground and soaking the tent earlier it froze and wrapped the tent like an igloo. Then a little later the snow came along with the heavy wind. I was worrying that the tent would collapse under the weight of the snow with myself and the kids inside but needn't have worried. I tapped the "roof" a few times to dislodge the ice and the snow fell away with it. The tarp which fixes into the living area managed to stop most of the wind coming in at the bottom of the tent and with the new sleeping bags we had also purchased from Decathlon (only rated to +10 degrees) we survived the night.
A few days later back at home I brought the tent out to dry and this time in daylight and knowing how it all goes together had it erected in less than 15 minutes (after watching the video here I wish I had watched before the camping trip!). Main thing is to make sure the guy ropes are tight, at 45 degrees and firmly footed in the ground. Very robust against the wind (and snow) when you do this.
Really like this tent and I think it is very good value for the price considering the spacious sleeping pods and the fact that it did not leak even after being soaked for hours then frozen and then thawed out again. Again, as long as you keep the guy ropes tight which keep the surface of the material taught then it will resit wind and rain no problem.
The only reason I did not rate it 5 stars is for the lack of a fully integrated groundsheet - I just can't imagine any situation when you wouldn't need one and I really think it should be included. Pitching a tent on a wet surface when you have no other option (which is 60-70% of the time in Britain) would make this essential to my mind. Even if one the right size and shape was made as an accessory it would be something at least. Too many tents at the same price and cheaper have this so I was very disappointed this one did not -
especially when only discovering this in the pitch black in the middle of a downpour. I think Decathlon should consider the local markets they are selling in when stocking these products and use some common sense as to what products are more likely to be used within the same country.
Great tent for family but the doors can be very tight to close and zip breaks unless closed v carefully.
Hello Alex, Thank you for your review of the Arpenaz 5.2 Family camping tent. We are pleased to hear that you have found this a "Great" tent for the family, sorry to hear about the problems with the zips. When the tent is next up, I would recommend trying to loosen the flysheet slightly. This should help with the problems with the zip and not interfere with the tents ability to keep it's structure. Please bear in mind that you have a two year warranty on all Quechua products should the problem persist.
Quechua UK Product Expert
Got this to start camping and introduce our boys ( 12 & 10 ) to camping. A lot of tent for the price, easy to set up and very spacious. Sturdy, draft free and Dry. Recommend the YouTube video to show how to easily set up.
I read the reviews about this tent and was almost detered by some of the comments, but I really like the design of the wide, side opening door and the roof ventilation.
The second time I put it up alone and though I am a light weight older woman, it is possible if you do it the way the video shows.
I am happy with the tent. The zips are not a problem at all. The fabric of the inside roof netting has damage holes in 4 places, looks like it was damaged on the roll before manufacturer, it is of no consequence to the use of the tent, but it is letting the company down that their quality control is weak.
I am looking forward to taking the tent on our trips this month and would recommend the product for the price.
We purchased this tent second hand and our first weekend of camping it rained... What can I say we were kept bone dry... We love this tent it's well made and easy to put up. 5 star rating
Got this tent last year and loved it! It rained a fair bit over the five days, but there were no leaks at all. I had plenty of room for everything (it's always nice being able to stand up inside). It definitely takes two people to put up- I dread to think how difficult it would have been on my own, and getting it straight was a bit fiddly. Overall though I'd say this is a really good tent! I'm looking forward to using it again this coming summer.
Perfect campsite tent. Oodles of room inside and since both bedroom pods are separate it is quite versatile. Withstood gale force winds and rain in the highlands on more than one occasion without any leaks or concerns.
Size, ease of set up
I wouldn't advise anybody to purchase this tent . It lasted one night and then the tent poles snapped and the tent collapsed on top of us !
It does not cope with wind at all !
Looks nice once erected
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Joe Broadhead | UK Product Expert
Used this tent for a weekend away in the Lake District - lovely tent, great design, it did not take long to put up or take down. One night it was windy and poured down all night and in the morning not a single drop of rain was to be found in the tent, also because of the colour of the tent it looked very cosy in the morning with the sun shining on it. we got loads of complements saying how great the tent looked and wishing they had one. Would highly recommend - Go and buy one now!
Good size family tent. Comfortable seating area which could hold a table, three chairs and kitchen equipment. Spacious two section sleeping area, Very easy to put up took about 10-15minutes.
Packs up quite small