When designing tents,
Quechua always bears in mind their primary function:
providing shelter from the wind, the sun
and the rain We find labs where we can simulate this
reality. During the rain test,
first we put sensors in sensitive places, like zips
or the ties between the inner chamber and the outer roof.
Then we put absorbent pads inside the tent to absorb every last drop of water.
Now we’re ready to test using the rain simulator
with a range of 120 to 450 litres an hour per sq.m,
equivalent to tropical rain. We check the tent won’t collapse under
the weight of the water and that no moisture can seep inside
to make sure the user will stay dry. The most important test during product
design, is our wind tunnel test.
We use climatic wind tunnels designed for automotive testing.
We place the tent in various angles inside the tunnel
and we vary the speed from 50 or 70 kph to determine the tent’s maximum limits.
We’re talking about speed over ground, that’s quite some storm.
We have really high requirement levels for our products.
All our tents are tested, so we can guarantee resistance to wind and
rain across the entire range.