Go Back   Horizons Unlimited - The HUBB > Equipment, Travel > Camping Equipment and all Clothing

Camping Equipment and all Clothing Tents, sleeping bags, stoves etc. Riding clothing, boots, helmets, what to wear when not riding, etc.
Contact Overland Solutions for all your custom modifications and setup for overland travel.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 2 Aug 2009
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Nottingham
Posts: 4
Decathlon Quencha Tarp

I read on here ages ago that Decathlon used to do a bargain, yet acceptabley good tarp, but consequently read that they stopped selling them.........

.......well, they're selling them again now and I've just bought one. 3m x 3m in size and olive green in colour. I've just tried it in the garden and it is huge when made into a tent like config. Downside is that it could do with a tie down point half way along 2 of the sides, but otherwise, it's great. Poles are heavy steel items so have been immediately junked.

Not bad for £20. It doesn't look particularly ripstop, but it will do for my application I think.

Decathlon - hiking tents QUECHUA - TARP, khaki QUECHUA - hikers looking for a shelter or wanting to extend a tent.

B
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 2 Aug 2009
Alexlebrit's Avatar
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: West London
Posts: 922
I've got one of these and would hugely recommend it, great to slot in somewhere in your kit, even if only for emergencies.

I tend to use mine on the diagonal, don't know why, just something I've found seems to protect better from the Breton wind and rain.
__________________
Happiness has 125 cc
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 2 Aug 2009
Contributing Vendor
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Tallinn, Estonia
Posts: 973
Quote:
Originally Posted by Beerburp View Post
Downside is that it could do with a tie down point half way along 2 of the sides,

Good to read its serviceable as I'm hoping to get one.

As for this downside, you can buy brass peg rivets from some outdoor stores. I have used them in the past to make a footprint.
__________________
Adventure: it's an experience, not a style!
(so ride what you like, but ride it somewhere new!)
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 2 Aug 2009
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: NFA
Posts: 225
I've got one too - excellent bit of kit esp when it's pissing down and you're in the middle of nowhere with no shelter. I kept one of the poles, bungee one end of the tarp to the bike (either end of the bike - bars and carrier) and use the pole for a bit of height. Suppose it would work for shade too but as it only ever tips it down when I'm in that situation, I wouldn't know!

Regards

Belle
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 3 Aug 2009
Alexlebrit's Avatar
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: West London
Posts: 922
You can always look out for a cheap telescopic walking pole to use with these too, I tend to do that for lightweight touring, and they have a thousand other uses too.

Last night I thought I'd try setting up my tarp using some of the many old collapsable aluminium tent poles I've got. I made up a hoop long enough to go across the diagonal and then just poked into the ground at each end.

With a bit of experimenting with pegs, string etc I ended up with quite a decent low shelter certainly big enough for a couple to sit under and cook/eat/repair tyres/read/etc. and it seems to be reasonably stable, it's certainly still up this morning.
__________________
Happiness has 125 cc
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 3 Aug 2009
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Salisbury UK
Posts: 248
Used to have one and loved it, but my daughters' family like camping a lot with their kids, so it's now theirs.

I replaced it with a DD tarp - tad more expensive but lots of tie-outs including some along the 'roof' - and it's lighter.
__________________
I've a feeling I'm not in Kansas anymore.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 4 Aug 2009
Alexlebrit's Avatar
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: West London
Posts: 922
While we're on Decathlon products and a bit related, I guess. I'd also recommend their cheapest poncho, which packs down into its own tiny stuffsack. As emergency protection when it suddenly comes on to rain it's far easier than a waterproof jacket and far smaller to carry. And it gets used as a groundsheet, bike cover, and even a toilet tent (don't ask).

Well worth the investment I reckon, just don't try riding with one.
__________________
Happiness has 125 cc
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 7 Sep 2009
Wile E Coyote's Avatar
HUBB Advertiser
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Norwich England
Posts: 34
Tie down point..

Quick way to acheive the tie down point anywhere on the tarp is to place a smooth 'marble' sized pebble or similar on the inside, then tie a guy round it on the outside. Won't rip the fabric either...
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 15 Oct 2009
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Wales
Posts: 46
My Decathlon tarp has seven guying points, four at the corners, two halfway along opposing sides and one from the centre, the first couple of times I experimented with it the thing blew down (mind you the wind was blowing tents down at the time) I have now resorted to some serious awning pegs and the thing will stay up, my most successful configuration so far has been to set up the tarp ridge tent fashion and then to set up my Blacks octane tunnel tent as far underneath as possible, with the tarp covering the doorway at least, this allows entry and egress from the tent without rain getting in and provides a reasonably sheltered area for cooking,getting into bike gear, my next modification will be to replace the corner guys with shockcord to hopefully make the thing easier to erect.

Stewart
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 7 Jun 2010
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: madam Trixey`s house of ill-repute
Posts: 20
Bump....

Are the poles on these tarps tall enough at 1.8m?
Or would you recomend taller ones ........... lets say 2.1m?
__________________
I accept no responsibility for swearing, drinking, motorcycle riding or your pregnant teenage daughter.
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 8 Jun 2010
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: sunny England
Posts: 789
i would sew several webbing loops along each edge for versatility, and sewn on webbing doesnt pull at the fabric like eyelets do
__________________
dave
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 9 Jun 2010
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: madam Trixey`s house of ill-repute
Posts: 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by DAVSATO View Post
i would sew several webbing loops along each edge for versatility, and sewn on webbing doesnt pull at the fabric like eyelets do
Luckily I have a 50m roll of 20mm black webbing
So now I have 5 anchor points along each side (inc the orignal eyelets) to stake it down. Also I`ve made up some additional sling straps should I ever need to wrap around a tree
__________________
I accept no responsibility for swearing, drinking, motorcycle riding or your pregnant teenage daughter.
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 9 Jun 2010
Super Moderator
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: bellingham, WA, USA
Posts: 1,990
Quote:
Originally Posted by Wile E Coyote View Post
Quick way to acheive the tie down point anywhere on the tarp is to place a smooth 'marble' sized pebble or similar on the inside, then tie a guy round it on the outside. Won't rip the fabric either...
That's what I do. There used to be a product called "Visclamps" (I think), which provided rubber balls to substitute for pebbles, plus metal rings to slide over the fabric bunched around the rubber balls. You then tied rope off to the metal rings; cheap, flexible and effective. The instructions described their use as "similar to the way garters hold up stocking tops," which always puzzled me because I came of age during the time of panty hose!

In any case, pebbles and rope does less damage and is stronger than inserting grommets, which will tend to rip, shred, tear and pull out under stress. And you can use it on any sort of fabric structure, for any reason, anywhere. Worth remembering.

Mark
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 11 Jun 2010
Registered Users
HUBB regular
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: New York
Posts: 41
Here's a modern version of the old Visclamps: Grip Clips Tarp and Fabric Fasteners Product List & Ordering One of the beauties of this type of system is that when (not if) one of your grommets rips out it is easy to create a new attachment. You can basically put on an attachment point anywhere you need one, which helps when pitching. For years I camped with nothing but a clear poly tarp and some visclamps or other attachment devices. Now I prefer better bug protection.
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 11 Jun 2010
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Staffordshire. uk
Posts: 776
You need some Klingons!

Clingons - Large, Sleeping Out
Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 Registered Users and/or Members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Sun Shelter Tarp in ALDI stuxtttr Camping Equipment and all Clothing 8 21 Sep 2009 11:54
Tarp made of Tarp.... Warthog Camping Equipment and all Clothing 18 31 May 2009 07:45
Can anyone recommend a good tarp? Baron Bolton Camping Equipment and all Clothing 10 5 Apr 2009 04:27
tarp BORN2BMILD Camping Equipment and all Clothing 2 24 May 2008 23:21
Bozeman Stealth Tarp on ebay, UK Nick H TRAVEL Equipment for Sale / Wanted 0 2 Nov 2005 16:18

 
 
 

NEW! HU 2015 Motorcycle Adventure Travel Calendar is now available! Get your copy now for some terrific travel inspiration!

HUGE, 11.5 x 16.5 inches, beautifully printed in Germany on top quality stock! Photos are the winning images from over 600 entries in the 9th Annual HU Photo Contest!

Horizons Unlimited 2015 Motorcycle Adventure Travel Calendar.

"The calendar is magnificent!"

"I just wanted to say how much I'm loving the new, larger calendar!"

We share the profit with the winning photographers. YOU could be in the HU Calendar too - enter here!


HU DVD Autumn Special!

Take 40% off Road Heroes Part 1 until October 31 only!

Road Heroes features tales of adventure, joy and sheer terror by veteran travellers Peter and Kay Forwood (193 countries two-up on a Harley); Dr. Greg Frazier (5 times RTW); Tiffany Coates (RTW solo female); and Rene Cormier (University of Gravel Roads).

The first in an exciting new series, Road Heroes features tales of adventure, joy and sheer terror by veteran travellers."Inspiring and hilarious!"

"I loved watching this DVD!"

"Lots of amazing stories and even more amazing photographs, it's great fun and very inspirational."

"Wonderful entertainment!"

Check it out at the HU Store! Remember to use Coupon Code 'HEROES' on your order when you checkout.



Scottoiler automatic chain oilers. The most important accessory for your next motorcycle adventure!


Renedian Adventures


Renedian Adventures

What others say about HU...

"I just wanted to say thanks for doing this and sharing so much with the rest of us." Dave, USA

"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the DVD series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring! The new look of the website is very impressive, updated and catchy. Thank you so very much!" Jennifer, Canada

"...Great site. Keep up the good work." Murray and Carmen, Australia

"We just finished a 7 month 22,000+ mile scouting trip from Alaska to the bottom of Chile and I can't tell you how many times we referred to your site for help. From how to adjust your valves, to where to stay in the back country of Peru. Horizons Unlimited was a key player in our success. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world are in debt to your services." Alaska Riders

contest pic

10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!

NEW! HU 2014 Adventure Travel T-shirts! are now available in several colors! Be the first kid on your block to have them! New lower prices on synths!

HU 2014 T-shirts now in!

Check out the new Gildan Performance cotton-feel t-shirt - 100% poly, feels like soft cotton!


What turns you on to motorcycle travel?


Global Rescue, WORLDwide evacuation services for EVERYONE

Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!


New to Horizons Unlimited?

New to motorcycle travelling? New to the HU site? Confused? Too many options? It's really very simple - just 4 easy steps!

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle.

Susan and Grant Johnson Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - help keep us going!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events (22 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.


Books & DVDs

amazon

All the best travel books and videos listed and often reviewed on HU's famous Books page. Check it out and get great travel books from all over the world.


Motorcycle Express for shipping and insurance!

Motorcycle Express

MC Air Shipping, (uncrated) USA / Canada / Europe and other areas. Be sure to say "Horizons Unlimited" to get your $25 discount on Shipping!
Insurance - see: For foreigners traveling in US and Canada and for Americans and Canadians traveling in other countries, then mail it to MC Express and get your HU $15 discount!




All times are GMT +1. The time now is 19:41.