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Forclaz Trek 500 Waterproof Backpacking Tent 3 Person

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A simple and practical, lightweight and compact tent that offers good habitability for 3 people. 2 doors. 2 porches (storage areas).Camp comfortably in 3 seasons mode.

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  • Weight: 7.8 lbs (3.5 kg)
  • 24” Wide Per Person I Bedroom Height 46.9” I 2 x Doors 2 x Porches 3 x Internal Pockets
  • Size: L 86.6” x W 70.9” x H 46.9” I Packed Dimensions 15.4” x 7.1” x 7.1” I Packed Volume: 12.5 L
  • Resistant Up To: 45 mph (Force 8) Winds
Model: 8581571

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Forclaz Trek 500 Waterproof Backpacking Tent 3 Person | Our team of backpacking enthusiasts imagined this pre-assembled tent for 3 people seeking low weight and habitability (2 side porches)

A simple and practical, lightweight and compact tent that offers good habitability for 3 people. 2 doors. 2 porches (storage areas).Camp comfortably in 3 seasons mode.

A photo of the Forclaz Trek 500 Waterproof Backpacking Tent 3 Person in use
A photo of the Forclaz Trek 500 Waterproof Backpacking Tent 3 Person in use

Wind resistance

Resists 45 mph (Force 8) winds: validated in wind tunnels on rotating plate.

Easy to transport

Total weight 8.1 lbsCompression bag: 12.5 LDimensions 15.4” x 7.1” x 7.1”


24” wide per person.Bedroom height 46.9”. 2 doors, 2 porches, 3 pockets.

Easy assembly/dismantling

Self-standing dome Quick: pre-assembled bedroom and flysheet. Standard poles


Water column (Schmerber): Flysheet > 2000 mm.Groundsheet > 5000 mm.


Fabric that lets daylight through.

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What fabric is the tent made from


The main fabric is made of 80.0% Polyester and 20.0% Thermoplastic Polyurethane.

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Excellent 3 person backpacking tent

Excellent backpacking tent for three people, but only used as a couple! Sufficient interior space and space for a backpack at both entrances to the tent. Lightweight and easy to assemble. Interesting details, inside there is a cord on which you can hang a t-shirt for example. Very, satisfied, I recommend!

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Good quality For Mountaineering

I fully recommend this tent for a high altitude expedition i used this in Yunam peak, Friendship peak, UT Kangri, Mentok Kangri, Mount Thugchy, and Kangyatse 2.

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He has been using it with his motorbike for 3 years. Great product for travel. Comfortable and robust. I often caught storms and never a drop of water inside. Perfect zips, maybe a little damp but why do you have to open the windows. It is not afraid of rain and wind. It weighs little and fits inside a motorcycle tank bag. In 6 minutes you can assemble it, disassemble and fold it just as quickly. What can I say if it isn't fantastic

Good, worth it

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ideal campsite

very good for camping with my son and my dog. 😜

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A little heavy for hiking

Easy to use, minimal comfort but good for 2, the protected space for shoes is a plus. Consider an additional insulating film underneath


I used the tent with my family during a holiday trip. Advantages: low weight and small volume of the cover, well-thought-out method of unfolding, two entrances providing good ventilation, double zipper at the entrances, pockets inside the flysheet. Disadvantage: during light rainfall at night, the tent floor got wet in the morning. I propose to the manufacturer to improve the quality of the floor material.

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good quality and warm

We camped at 10-15 C in two different places at the end of September and at the beginning of October. It is very convenient and warm, the 180*220 interior space fit 2 adults and 2 children comfortably, there is even room for our bags, I requested for the ground mat of the tent, I hope they will bring it.

Arcs not durable (cracks then breaks)

I bought this tent 3 years ago using it every summer. But this summer, the hoops broke one after the other. First there was a break that I was able to repair with the repair kit (ferrule) then 3 days later, 2 other hoop breaks! Broken in the middle of a windless day, tent still up and still. After a lot of patience while trying to limit tears in the canvas with the sharp ends of the broken poles, the result of the detailed observation is the following: 3 completely broken poles and 8 cracked poles (from the very small crack to the crack clean that just needs to be broken). While roaming, I was lucky enough to be able to go to a decathlon where the department manager was able to find me single rods on sale + after-sales service rods to recreate a hoop of the right length (the hoop kit not being in stock). 2 weeks later, the old recomposed hoop with uncracked rods broke in the same way! In the middle of a windless day with the tent stationary... So I bought the pole kit for €25 to have a second "new" pole. (Besides, the length is not the right one for the tent, I had to remove the ends provided and make a knot + piece of plastic to block the elastic). 3 weeks later, the "first" new hoop (rings alone + after-sales service rod) broke in one place. I was able to repair it temporarily with the ferrule I had kept + tape to prevent it from slipping. And last week the small transverse arch broke in turn. I am very disappointed with these experiences. I would like to think that my hoops had a defect, but the problem repeated itself on new hoops after a few weeks of use. So, unfortunately, I come to the conclusion that the hoops are not durable. A big user of Decathlon Forclaz products, I remain convinced by the quality and durability of many products, but not the poles of these tents.

The size and design I was looking for

I've used several tents, but I liked the size and durability. I wanted to see the model in person and purchase it. There was a 2-seater model on display at Hanam Starfield, so I consulted with them about the size being a little smaller. I don't know their name, but I would like to praise the foreign employee for responding kindly even though he was busy. I like the tent.

Perfect for camping

This tent is one of the easiest to mount and dismount, well designed but a bit heavy for backpacking. I used it for almost 2 years and I like it very much. It takes just a few minutes to set up, and even under heavy rain, thanks to the pre-attached inner tent.

I just passed…

I just spent a night waiting, unfortunately wherever there was stuff on the floor there was a lot of humidity which had penetrated the floor mat. In addition, it didn't rain at all, just the evening dew before setting up the tent. I would like to return it to the store to get another one that is more resistant to humidity.

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Was a nice tent, unfortunately only the tent pole was broken

Easy tent to set up and take down on your own. Big enough for 2 people, tight for 3 people. Unfortunately, the sticks are not as sturdy as I thought. After using it 3 times, a tent pole broke and went through the tent. So both the tent and the poles can no longer be used.

Terkking dome tent

Nice tent but on the second assembly a pole broke!!!! I'm going to contact the service....

Trek tent MT 500

I was forced to quickly buy a new one after my tent was destroyed. The decision fell on this tent. I found the advantage mainly in the combination of tropical and bedroom. I note that I am writing the review after 4 days of use in mid-September (day temperature 22 C/night 12 C). Morning fogs + dew in the place of residence (foothills), absolute regularity. I'm a biker and I lived in a tent by myself and my gear. The size of the packed tent is satisfactory and so is the weight. The first pitch of the (dry) tent is really very fast and the size and height of the bedroom + both vestibules are perfect. Overall, I am very satisfied with the stand, the duralumin bars fit together perfectly and the position is really nothing complicated or demanding. I just recommend not using unnecessary brute force during assembly, but rather common sense. Cons : 1) The top spreader bar is a bit dangerous for facial injuries. Especially when entering the tent in reduced visibility. 2) Could be one extra locking pin (in case of loss/damage). 3) Drainage channels at the opening of the atria. If you intend to leave the tent in very wet conditions (dew, rain), you need to take into account that some water will end up in your bedroom as well. 4) The floor in the tent is really disastrous. Whatever was on the floor was wet in the morning in the area of contact with the floor!!!! Both the mat, clothes, power banks, it was enough to put your hand on the floor for a little while and it was wet in about 2 minutes!!!! It was enough to dry everything properly during the day, but contact with larger surfaces had to be interrupted. 5) Packing a tent in high humidity is not as simple as in the video. The problem is mainly with the removal of duralumin rods. I attribute the problem to increased friction between the fabric and the rods. 6) After packing the wet tent and unfolding it again - the tent is very heavy to lift and without the help of a second person there is a risk of deformation of the duralumin rods. In the event that the tent is erected, you will find that the bedroom is completely wet. In addition, the weight of a tent packed in this way increases significantly. 7) There is only one storage pocket in the bedroom, and it is quite unhappily made. Almost nothing fits there, it is only on one side of the bedroom and things are not placed in the compartment from the top, but from the side. I hereby appeal to the manufacturer!!!! 1) Fix the floor problem. That's where I see the biggest problem!!! Preferably by choosing a different material!!! 2) Mark the ends of the attachment of the upper duralumin bar with very, very reflective paint!!! 3) Supply at least one spare pin in the shopping set. 4) Create more efficient storage pockets. Do I recommend this product? Yes - if you spend more than two days in one place. For max. 2 people with equipment. For 3 people without equipment. No - in case you will be moving to a different place every day and there is a risk of high humidity. Price/performance ratio - 7 points (max 10 points)
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Additional Product Information


Main fabric: 80.0% Polyester, 20.0% Thermoplastic Polyurethane ; Pole: 100.0% Aluminium


Total weight 8.1 lbsFlysheet alone 2.9 lbsBedroom only 2.4 lbsTent pole kit 1.8 lbsTent pegs (12 items) 11.6 ozBags 3.2 oz + 0.7 ozGuy lines (4 pieces) 1.4 ozRepair (ferrule, patch): 0.8 ozTo preserve your product and improve ground and weather protection, you can add a survival blanket type groundsheet to your Trek 500 3P tent.Weights, volumes, and dimensions may vary slightly due to production tolerances.

Dimensions and habitability

Length of the room 86.6”Width 70.9”Inside height 46.9” (at the highest point)Total height of the tent 50.4”Two 24” deep side porches (storage space between the bedroom and the flysheet) that can accommodate the backpacks (from 50 to 70 L) of three occupants, mountain equipment, and hiking boots.3 pockets in bedroom. 1 inner hook at the top for hanging a lamp and an adjustable horizontal clothesline.

Architecture, tent poles, and tent pegs

7001 aluminum poles. Ø 8.5 mm dome; top tent pole Ø 9.5 mm.Durable lightweight aluminum.Tent pegs/stakes:Length 6.7”, Ø 6.1 mm.Non-anodized 7075 aluminum for maximum strength and lightness while lowering the environmental impact.Traditional dome shape that makes the structure free-standing and gives it good durability. Top pole provides volume and therefore capacity.


Extremely quick pitching/striking. The flysheet and bedroom are pre-assembled. You then need to insert the tent pole in the sleeves of the flysheet (color code). It is also quick to strike.To store the tent in its bag, just fold up the tent until it is as wide as the bag, fold up the tent poles into a bundle, and place them on the bedroom or the flysheet, and roll everything up into a small bundle to fit it all in the bag.


Forclaz tents are laboratory-tested: pitched tent, 200 liters/m²/hour (4 hours, equivalent to a tropical storm). They are also tested in the field by a sample user group.75 denier polyester flysheet, polyurethane-coated (interior) water-repellent treatment (exterior), P75D groundsheet in the bedroom.Seams taped with heat-sealed strips.Multicomponent bedroom (P66D) that is breathable, provides protection from the wind, and reduces condensation.


We test all our tents in a wind tunnel on a turntable where we can expose each side of the tent to the wind.To test its wind-resistance, the tent must be properly pitched, taut but not stretched, with all the guy ropes in position around the tent. It should remain habitable at wind speeds of 45 mph, measured near ground level.Our tents are certified by the CSTB independent laboratory in Nantes.

Ventilation and condensation prevention

Bedroom with mosquito net sections for ventilation and water-repellent fabric sections to protect from condensation and drafts. Large vent at front of tent and additional vent at feet end.To reduce condensation inside your tent, it must be properly pitched, with the fabric kept taut without being overstretched. Vents and good air flow will help reduce humidity inside your tent.


3-season tent: Your tent will protect you from the harsh weather conditions you can encounter in the spring, summer, or autumn. It will withstand light snowfall but is not designed to withstand heavy loads that would weigh on the structure.In case of snow, remember to shake your tent regularly in order to bring down any snow that has accumulated to avoid putting too much weight on the structure of your tent.

Product testing

The waterproof rating of the Forclaz tents is validated by placing a pitched tent under 200 L/m²/h shower of water (tropical rain) for 4 hours, and checking that no water passes through the seams, flaps, openings, zippers, etc. The water column test (= mm Schmerber) measures the waterproof rating of the fabric.We test all our tents in a wind tunnel, on a rotating table to check all 4 sides.We also perform tests on the components (abrasion, tearing, perforation, etc.)

Storage instructions

After using or cleaning the tent, dry it thoroughly before storing to avoid bad odors and mold.


5 years. All our tents are repairable. Parts and information in store or on our website



Ca warning

California Prop65 WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including Antimony Trioxide, which is known by the State of California to cause cancer. For more information, go to

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