Decathlon recommendations

Discussion in 'Shopping' started by el manana, Mar 31, 2018.

  1. el manana

    el manana Thru Hiker

    My work place is now conveniently located 5 minutes from a Decathlon store.

    Can anyone provide recommendations on things they have bought which they rate as good or bad?

  2. paul

    paul Thru Hiker

    30 quid down jackets are really good. ive lived in mine most of the year. performs just as well as my rab microlite albeit a little heavier
  3. Jmws

    Jmws Ultralighter

    The good
    1. Silk mix liner gloves. Excellent performance and have been quite durable. Up to the standards of those from major brands. Really surprised me how good they were on the recent SW overnighter.
    2. Merino wool long sleeve base layers. I think I paid around £25-30 for each of mine and they are as good as those costing more.
    3. Quick drying microfibre towels from their swimming range. Just as good as those form MSR,etc, and a fraction of the cost. Easily cut to size and works a treat to wipe off condensation, etc.
    4. Kids synthetic 'microlight' style jackets. Both my kids have lived in theirs and I've been impressed how they have survived not to mention the warmth for weight they give. I need to give their adult range a go ... BUT...
    The bad
    1. Sizing. I appear to fit a range of their sizes from a medium through to an xxl!! Never find consistency in their sizing. Try before you buy is definitely the way to go with Decathlon.
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  4. Ally

    Ally Ultralighter

    Of the top of my head kit i have bought and very happy with.

    Not all ultra light but good value for money

    £1 fleece liner gloves
    Silk touch screen liner gloves
    Simond down mitts, not light but great value ( used on the summit of Elbrus )
    Sinond Grid fleece pullover
    Simond hybrid softshell / synthetic insulation jacket
    Ice axes
    £11 yellow tint goggles
    £15 cat 4 wrap around sunglasses
    Polar buff copy
    £7 fleece trousers
    Simond winter alpinism trousers ( only come in 33" leg though )
    Simond mountaineering £7 spent ever
    xwarm base layers ( ski department iirc )

    Ive had to size up on pretty much everything.

    Plus the one year no quibble return policy is ideal as an impulse buyer...
    Last edited: Mar 31, 2018
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  5. Diddi

    Diddi Thru Hiker

    Anything Decathlon... :)
    Served my son well.
    Last edited: Mar 31, 2018
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  6. Taz38

    Taz38 Thru Hiker

    My first soft shell trousers (forclaz...)
    Kids stuff
    Base layers

    Sizing is an issue, try before you buy.
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  7. Ian Barton

    Ian Barton Summit Camper

    Bought quite a lot of different stuff from them for both cycling and walking. I have been very happy with almost everything. The only negative was a couple of merino long sleeved tops I bought recently. These were a replacement for one I bought a couple of years ago. As far as I can tell, I bought the equivalent item in the same size (L). However, the length of both arms and torso are significantly shorter than on my original one. Being tall with long arms, this matters to me!

    I would definitely agree with trying on before you buy. I am tall and lanky, but most of their trousers I have tried on have been much too tight around the thighs. The average French person must have matchstick legs:)
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  8. Tartanferret

    Tartanferret Thru Hiker

    I can recommend scrutinising the parking rules if its policed by the same firm as the Branch in Sheffield.

    I can also recommend avoiding TV's "money saving expert" Martin Lewis' advice on how to avoid paying money for bogus parking tickets from scam firm Excell parking.

    Cheers for getting my debt passed to the Kray twins Martin! Top lad!

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  9. craige

    craige Thru Hiker

    Don't they have to be able to prove that they lost money from you being parked there to actually do anything about it?
  10. dovidola

    dovidola Thru Hiker

    A couple of down hoodies which have been good so far.
    Balaclava+Goggles which were good in the recent 'cold snap'.
    A couple of base layers I haven't used yet.
    Merino leggings for wearing as extra insulation under trousers, and/or in sleeping bag. On getting them home I discovered they lacked a frontal 'opening' (if you know what I mean). Couldn't believe I'd overlooked this when trying them on. Oh well...
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  11. Dave5791

    Dave5791 Trail Blazer

    Plus one for Paul's comment re the down and down/synth jackets - they offer excellent value for money imho.

    I picked up the xlight down/synth jacket for fifteen notes and it hasn't let me down. Similarly with the all down jacket that normally retails for forty quid. I picked one up for eighteen pounds and whilst it's no Ghost Whisperer, at 280g 700cuin - it has lost one plume - it's not that far off. They do grid fleeces from time to time too which are excellent if slightly heavier than some name brands. Synthetic tees which I use for running as well as hiking, can usually had for between a fiver and seven an a half quid. A no brainer if you ask me.

    Go to the continent especially France (obviously) and Spain and you'll see Quechua everywhere in winter.

    As others have said though, sizing can be variable so try before you buy.
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  12. JimH

    JimH Ultralighter

    Something interesting I've not spotted in Decathlon for a while is 2mm dyneema in the kite section, the carbon tubing in that section always looks useful for myog too.
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  13. JKM

    JKM Thru Hiker

  14. Stuart

    Stuart Ultralighter

    As Dave says, Quechua stuff is very commonly used by "serious" hikers in Spain and France and I'd also had good experiences with the "ultralight" tents. The 4 person version is our base camp tent and is very roomy and strong for 3.

    As an aside, I have a friend whose father is Quechuan, from Peru. She recently told me how representatives of the community contacted Decathlon a few years ago to ask them not to use their name as a brand. They didn't get much of a response apparently. A quick look at Decathlon brands shows other examples: Kalenji running gear (Kalenjin are the Kenyan tribe who produce all the runners), Nabaiji swimming stuff (maybe derived from Bajai, the Indonesian "sea gypsies"?) etc.

    Thought I'd just add another ethical conundrum into the mix!
  15. Max

    Max Ultralighter

    Running shorts 4.99€
    Socks Forclaz 500 2 pairs 13€ quick drying and hardwearing
    Fleece light weight 3.99€
    Optonia meals 4.99€ taste great although I have an Unsophisticated pallete.
    Thermal running tights 12.99€
    Technico T-shirt 3.99€
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2018
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  16. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    Forclaz, 500 I think trousers. Very comfy.
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  17. HillBelly

    HillBelly Section Hiker

    I've been a brand monkey in the past, with plenty of Montane and Mountain Equipment stuff, but now I have also plenty of Decathlon stuff. I've generally bought online, and go one size up. I'm always impressed by the quality of the stuff I've ordered. I recall my Simond mountaineering trousers arriving and I was amazed by the quality and features for the money - they are now my staple winter pant, along with my Quechua Forclaz hooded soft-shell... another bargain. I've a fab thinner soft-shell, which I got for a tenner in their sale - ridiculous given how smart it is. Other additions are Simond long mountaineering socks, Quechua hiking socks. Both of which dry quickly over the bothy fire!. A collection of Quechua and Domyos t shirts, a synthetic padded jacket I got for £15 in the sale for pottering about in. Not to mention my 2 rucksacks!

    Their website and app have improved from the clunky earlier efforts, and the returns policy is excellent.

    Oh and a few shirts and jumper/fleeces to complete the collection - all at great prices (its always worth checking the website for sale bargains).

    I think Capn Paranoia of this parish is also a bit of a fan too.
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  18. FOX160

    FOX160 Thru Hiker

    I second what Paul says great jackets Mrs likes hers too, friends that don’t even hiking copied us.
    Decathlon are big in Spain
  19. Meadows

    Meadows Section Hiker

  20. Nevis

    Nevis Section Hiker

    What's the skinny on base layer sizes? Looking at some new merino for the winter, are the sizes just as off with those? I'm normally a medium in base layers so do I need a large?

  21. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    I can see why they do police it though. It would be a nightmare if Utd are playing at home and parking was a free for all, being so close to Bramall Lane.
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  22. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    I have some merino T shirts that I wear just about all the time. They are wearing very well with no bobbling after a year. Not as thick as a Smartwool one I have but often that is a good thing.
  23. Nevis

    Nevis Section Hiker

    How's the sizing?
  24. tom

    tom Thru Hiker

    Basic fleece gloves
    silk sleeping bag liner
    Cycling stuff
    Good quality climbing/ferrata gear (e.g. Edelrind) at good prices (for kids too)
  25. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    I think it varies so best go and try stuff on.

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