Arpenaz Family 4.2 XL tent review from Decathlon

Everyone probably knows that we love rest with tents. And because so you can save welland because there are more impressions - we are city dwellers, therefore it is just necessary to be in nature.

Unfortunately, now quite rarely get out inthis format, but always keep in mind this option. So, if earlier we used a small camping tent (its weight is important when you carry it on yourself), recently I decided to buy a healthy QUECHUA Arpenaz Family 4.2 XL camping tent. The comfort in it is incomparably greater, especially in rainy weather, and when moving by car, plus or minus 5 kg do not play a role. Now the incentive to get out more!

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What to choose, hiking or camping tent?

It seems like everything is clear, but I still write,what are the main advantages. Naturally, we are talking only about autotravels, campgrounds, and recreation centers. In campaigns, weight is critical, and you are not standing in one place, so there are no options, only light hiking tents. Although our marching too heavy because of the vestibule, without which you can safely do. Okay, turn to the point.

  • Height. Our camp tent Normal Troubadour 2 plus is about 105 cm tall. Accordingly, it is uncomfortable to sit in it, the head rests against the ceiling. If this is a hike and a “overnight” format, then it will do. But if you stand a week in one place, you will spend all the time on the street, once again you don’t climb into the tent, it’s too crowded there. In cars, by the way, the same situation, minivans for long journeys have a higher ceiling, so psychologically more comfortable.
  • Sizes. If it suddenly rains, and you can see for yourself what summer is now, then you will have to sit in a tent all day. In a small tent you will not even have to sit, but lie down. Therefore, the presence of a large vestibule greatly improves the situation, especially if you can stand in the vestibule. You can get together with the whole company and sit talking, play, well, for example, I could work if the Internet is available.
  • Camping accessories. To be honest, I used to look with skepticism at those who carry with them plates, tables, chairs and other paraphernalia. Now I think about it myself :) It’s one thing to be a savage alone when you don’t need anything, another thing with a family. Sometimes I want comfort. Although, for someone, any tent will be anti-comfort, by definition, only a hotel.
  • With children easier. Item repeats the previous ones, but I will mention separately. If you have a restless child, he will go mad in any tent. However, in the camping there will be a small handicap. In addition, usually in the vestibule at the camping tents have their own floor, where you can lay a blanket, creating a space for games.

Comparison of tents Family 4.2 and Family 4.2 XL

Life hacking - when ordering online on the website of Decathlon,but through the Letyshop cashback service, there will be a 2.5-5% return for all goods, and tents as well. If you do not know, they have a delivery, so you can order everything home. By the way, there is more than just decathlon, you can return a lot of options, look through the catalog.

Initially, I drove for Arpenaz Family 4.2, it is less and cost only 7,000 rubles. However, it was the end of the summer and they were no longer available. I had to take the same, but with the prefix XL for 10,000 rubles (at a discount), it is larger, heavier, and there are nice chips that are not in the younger brother:

  • two transparent windows for light
  • a large mesh window on the wall of the vestibule and the same window in the entrance door to the vestibule (there is at least some ventilation)
  • two storage rooms with storage floor

In the usual Family 4.2 there is only one window in the vestibule and it is made of oilcloth, that is, there is no airing at all, which is not good at all. On the one hand, I didn’t really want to increase the size of the installed tent, but on the other hand, plus or minus half a meter in length and width for camping is nonsense, and mosquito nets are needed. Here is another comparison.

Arpenaz Family 4.2: vestibule 3.9 m? (max. height 195 cm), 2 rooms 140 x 210 cm, dimensions 230 cm x 460 cm, weight 11 kg. Water resistance 2000 mm awning, 5000 mm floor.

Arpenaz Family 4.2 XL: vestibule 5.88 m? (height 214 cm), 2 large rooms 140 x 210 cm, 2 mini vestibules, dimensions 280 cm x 510 cm, weight 15.3 kg. Water resistance 2000 mm awning, 5000 mm floor.

Arpenaz Family 4.2 XL tent review

The price at the time of this writing is 10,000 rubles (via Letyshop 2.5-5% cheaper).

In general, I liked the tent well. But how much time is enough for it, only time will tell and real camping for at least a week. The official website reviews are mostly good. We spent the night in it one night, putting a day in the country, we specifically went to test. Withstood 5 hours of tropical rain. The first installation took about 50 minutes, but we set it in the dark and did not read the instructions. I folded it alone for 20 minutes.

Tent Family 4.2 XL on the other hand

Tent Family 4.2 XL - my review

If you do not pull too hard, there will be wide gaps

If you do not pull too hard, there will be wide gaps

Above the entrance there is a visor, but the door itself does not become a visor, as in other tents

Above the entrance there is a visor, but the door itself does not become a visor, as in other tents

One of the compartments, the inner tent

One of the compartments, the inner tent

We got a 150 cm mattress in a bed and we slept there three of us with a child

We got a 150 cm mattress in a bed and we slept there three of us with a child

Each tent has 4 pockets outside and 2 inside

Each tent has 4 pockets outside and 2 inside

Mesh window in the vestibule closes

Mesh window in the vestibule closes

Mesh window is in the door, we get through ventilation

Mesh window is in the door, we get through ventilation

As you have probably noticed,there were no sexes in the vestibule. We did not immediately set up a second inner tent, to which this same floor was sewn. Below will go a photo where everything is already installed.

The platform is a great place to work in the summer, would be the Internet and electricity

The platform is a great place to work in the summer, would be the Internet and electricity

Sleeping bed 140 cm by 210 cm.

Sleeper (140cm x 210cm) in the second tent.

Floor in the vestibule with sides on all sides

Floor in the vestibule with sides on all sides

Front side can be lowered

Front side can be lowered

On the side of each inner tent is a mini-vestibule.

On the side of each inner tent is a mini-vestibule.

Oilcloth window in the mini vestibule, closes

Oilcloth window in the mini vestibule, closes

The nuances that are remembered:

  • The tent needs to be stretched strongly, otherwise wide gaps between the tent and the ground are formed, because an ideally level platform is not realistic to find. Unusually. But it is understandable, it is big, you need to pull harder.
  • It seemed to me that the main weight is arcs andpegs. If you replace the arc with aluminum, then a couple of kilograms can be removed for sure, but this is more a question for the manufacturer. Alternatively, you can not take with you one of the inner tents for the sake of weight and volume. But again, motorists do not need it.
  • Surprisingly, for some reason, the pegs are stupid. Was it difficult to sharpen them? They will easily enter loose soil, and if the soil is more serious, it will be more difficult.
  • At first the awning is established, and then already insidetwo tents are suspended, one is ordinary, the second one comes with a sewn floor for a tambour. I like this design with two things. The first - it is convenient to put in the rain, do not soak the insides. The second is that you can put up two internal tents, you can have one, but you can not set up at all and use only an awning. With one tent inside the vestibule is just huge!
  • Family 4.2 XL four-seater, two people in each compartment. However, it can easily accommodate two families with two small children, that is, we have a capacity of 6 people. Also, if desired, another 3-4 adults are free to lie down in the vestibule. All things from the vestibule can be folded into two mini vestibules, or as I called them, niche storerooms, thereby freeing up space on the floor.
  • The picture on the site is a scheme of the tent. The size of a berth may be somewhat misleading, it is 140 cm, not from 150 cm! Although our mattress is 150 cm in a sleeping place, it is true, with pressure. Ideally, it is better to use mattresses exactly 140 cm. The three of us with the child were cramped, but we will not have even 200 cm, Egor loves to sleep with a star :) It is good that there is another branch, where another 140 cm.

P.S. What is your experience, go to the campsite, do you use camping tents?

P.P.S. Separately, we had a post about camping gear, but it should be edited in the course.

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