Handling vs Manhandling:

Quechua T3 plus had no holding strap, so in some way or another, “holding the tent” turned out to be “manhandling the tent”.

A situational analysis:
Imagine a situation when you are hiking up the hill over the gradient of 15-20 degree slope. You are sweating. You plan to take a break. When you stop, you just want to get rid of the tent.

What people do then?
They just dump the tent over the ground like there is no tomorrow.
Cracks in the poles and thus the longevity of the rods decreases.

A simple add on to the Arpenaz 3 XL: a strap holder + (a pinch of carefulness)
and now the manhandling part is bygone. It becomes careful handling. Instead of dumping like a garbage (You must be little tired), you can carefully place the tent; a simple yet handy innovation.

A little larger bedroom at the cost of 100 grams:
From 210cmx200cm (Quechua T3 Plus), they have moved on to 215x 210 cm. Now, here comes the catchy part.

Arpenaz Tent

Arpenaz XL

If you used T3 Plus as 210×200 cm (Length x breadth) wise then you are not going to get a lot of space more than 5 cms. But if you used as 200x210cm then, you might make 15cm of solid space. (Well, most of the people do not care when they try to fit in themselves inside the tent. We just believe in fitting into it). So the person in the corner might find little more room to log around.

Although both the tents claim to have the same GSM for the ground sheet but I still find the Quechua T3 Plus tent ground sheet little stockier than the Arpenaz 3 XL. Even a little difference makes a lot of impact in sealing the cold from the ground.

Arpenaz 3 XL has surely got better pegs. They are more angular, heavier and thicker. Better angulations provide better grip to the rope. It also makes it easier to pull the pegs off the ground. You can literally gauge inside your index finger to pull off the pegs.

Double ventilation:
Besides, having the same central vent as the Quechua T3 Plus, Arpenaz also has got two extra vents at the fronts which are good for proper ventilation when packed.

Quechua T3 Plus Tent

Quechua T3 Plus

Different pitching style:
In my view, it was easier to figure out the pitching style in T3 Plus. Since two poles ran over the tent and one was mainly for the purpose of front door opening. So, figuring out the poles was easier. Sometimes, if I had felt lazy, I won’t even consider putting on the front door pole or would remove the flyer on peaceful full moon night. The poles would run in parallel with the tent. However, If I try same with Arpenaz, I might not like the overall configuration. Moreover, since the third pole which is used for the flyer is in conjugation with the tent and other two poles, a person who has not pitched before might find it difficult to figure out.

I think Arpenaz 2 has got the same tent pitching style as Quechua T3 Plus.

(Amar Shekhar is cofounder of HardyHawks adventures, http://hardyhawks.com. To know more about his trekking experiences, visit http://trekkerpedia.com).