The best investment in camping gear...
So a few years ago I began my 4wd adventures, it started down in the Avon Wilderness and I had bought a massive 8 person done tent on special from Anaconda. It took an hour to set up, and gave tonnes of room. But it bucketed down, and leaked like a sieve and then took forever to pack up! As it was a moving camp ever day I dreaded the setup. Missed heaps of campfire banter and almost killed someone.
So I began my research in to quick tents, the usual and highly recomended oz tents showed up, but I had friends with them and found them impractical. Reasons - they are long and quite heavy, and they take longer to dry in the mornings. As I wanted standing room initially it was really difficult. So I reassessed my needs and said I want a canopy area for shoes so they don't come in the tent, and I want it to be quick, and room for bags.
I came across an amazing range of 2second tents, and the brand Quechua. I was sold! I couldn't believe that a rent goes up so quick an down so quick too. It's light, compact, and has the required canopy. There is a lot of imitation/rip offs of theirs but they hold the patents so I invested a little more to get it, and I have to say it is the best money I have ever spent!
Rain hail or shine its simple and easy set up means I am enjoying the camp quicker, it's a one person setup, and if I do pack it up wet it takes two seconds to set up on the deck at home to dry. To sweep out grass and dirt I pick it up and tip it, and it is the warmest tent I have ever slept in! In dry nights I leave the exterior door open but when cold I still hardly use my sleeping bag. It is completely amazing. Being from Europe I can see why it is so good. I am about to buy a newer version as mine has been used almost every second weekend (set up and packed up) and I accidentally dragged it on concrete with my tool kit in it to stop it from blowing away, and put a few small holes in the bottom. It's going to remain my spare.