TENTS | Decathlon Quechua Arpenaz 4.1 Family 4 Man Tent Review

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What we tested

Decathlon Quechua Arpenaz 4.1 Family Tent £79.99
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Decathlon tent packed

Technical features

  • 4-man tent
  • 1 bedroom
  • 1 living area
  • Tested under shower at 200 mm water/hour (tropical rainstorm)
  • Lined flysheet above living area for ventilation
  • 9.8 KG
  • Colour coded poles
  • 190cm H x 260cm W x 455cm L

Pitching the tent


  • At a price of just £79.99 this is an excellent quality tent
  • Head height so you can stand up in it
  • Easy to pitch thanks to colour coded poles
  • 2 year guarantee
  • Heaps of additional product videos and reviews available on the Decathlon website
  • Plenty of lantern hanging hooks inside the tent, 3 in total
  • 4 sewn in storage pockets inside the bedroom
  • Large window so you can make the most of the view
  • Comes with a spare guy rope and spare pole
  • Packs down to a small size and is very light to carry

Decathlon Arpenaz family 4+1 tent review


  • I’m used to see a HH waterproof rating, so wasn’t too certain how well the stated 200mm shower test compared – however, I can confirm that the tent coped very well in a 48 hour torrential storm
  • The skirt at the bottom of the flysheet, running along the outside of the tent kept blowing up in the heavy wind. Combined with torrential rain for 48 hours, we did end up with a couple of puddles inside the living area, but nothing too drastic
  • The window cover consists of just two clips either side at the top, so when you open these to look outside, it doesn’t stow away anywhere, just hangs down at the side

Window in the tent

Quechua Arpenaz 4.1 Family 4 Man Tent

Window in the tent

Pitching the tent

On arrival at Shell Island we set about putting the Arpenaz 4.1 tent up. The weather was grim, gray sky, drizzle and high winds, but thankfully erecting the Arpenaz 4.1 tent was a breeze, and we really like the fact that there is a fabric pitching guide sewn into the bag, so it’s impossible to lose.

Outside of the tent

Decathlon Arpenaz family 4+1 tent review

With the two of us, it took about 15 minutes in total, including clipping in the inner tent, and the bucket style ground sheet for the outer living area.

Storage pockes

Internal storage pockets

Inside the tent

Internal toggle tie-backs on the bedroom door

Inside, the tent is spacious, and in our opinion, ideal for 2 adults or 2 adults and 1 child. In the living area we had two chairs, a camp table, and a small side table, plus shoes and both of our rucksacks, and there was plenty of room for it all.

Lantern hanging hooks

One of 3 lantern hanging hooks inside the tent

Inside the sleeping area however, if you are using nothing bigger than self inflating mats, you could fit 4 adults in side by side. We tried our double airbed inside, before determining that there was enough space to use our 2 double height twin size airbeds; significantly wider than the double airbed.

Sleeping compartment

Looking into the bedroom compartment of the tent

The verdict

We’d had our eye on this tent since last season, and were delighted to find that it actually exceeded our expectations.


We are strong believers in the fact that you don’t always have to pay a fortune to get a decent, functional tent, and the Decathlon Arpenaz 4.1 really does deliver. There are not many standing height tents on the market at this size, and certainly not at this price point.

Bucket goundsheet

Bucket style ground sheet in the living area

We tested the tent at a coastal campsite and spent 3 nights in it, and the weather was terrible throughout. Despite the torrential rain and strong winds, the tent stood up to the elements sufficiently, so we’d have no problem in recommending it.

Rain on flysheet

Rain beading on the flysheet

Side view of tentThe tent being buffeted by high winds at Shell Island July 2016

Thank you to Decathlon for supplying the featured product for us to review. We were not paid to write this review.









Shell Robshaw-Bryan
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