I just received my new As Tucas Foratata down quilt today. Here’s my first impressions and a little supporting information.
In a couple of months I will be hiking the Kungsleden Trail (The King’s Trail) from Abisko to Nikkaluokta up in northern artic Sweden. Earlier this year I sold most of my sleeping bags and a down quilt because I wanted to try new gear and new brands. This meant that I needed something to sleep in for my planned Kungsleden trip.
Two months ago today I ordered a custom made down quilt from Marco at As Tucas in the Pyrenees. I’ve purchased other gear from Marco in the past: down balaclava, merino shirt, wind pants, beanie, down socks and now a down quilt. So I know the quality and craftsmanship of Marco’s handiwork.
Here is what it says on As Tucas website:
The most comfortable down quilt.
Beyond its specifications.
Our proven quilt design, an amazingly soft to the skin fabric and the luxury of 900 cuin pure white goose down under control in trapezoidal chambers.
Quilt, blanket and poncho
Available in three styles to meet every user preferences.
Available early 2018
If you’d like to be notified when the Foratata Quilt is available to order, just enter your email address in the box below.”
I contacted Marco and asked if he could manufacture one for me even though they are not available yet. To this day they have still not been launched and are delayed. Marco wants them to be perfect before they are released. When I ordered I also wanted a custom adjustable neck closure (collar and cord) added. We agreed on the size, colours, amount of down and a price.
Here are the specifications:
- Model Quilt
- Shell color Scarlet red
- Liner color Jet black
- Filling 450 g (900 cuin pure white goose down)
- Size L
- Width Regular
- Customization Insulated collar
When I removed the quilt from the box it just popped out at me like a jack in a box. It more or less sprang to life. It quickly lofted to a beautiful piece of work and soon resembled a quilt.
Upon inspection it seemed to be exactly what I ordered and then I noticed that the craftsmanship was the same fine standard that I expected to see from Marco’s shop.
I also like the way that he has “hidden” the collar (see below) and that the long top section can still come up over my head and look like a standard version of his quilt.
I also did a control weight on it and it weighs in at 690 g, which I was very happy with. The quilt is also delivered with a storage bag.
When the temperatures are low enough I will use my As Tucas Foratata Balaclava with the quilt.
But be warned, when you order gear from Marco you have to be patient. If he gives you a lead-time then double it and maybe some more. BUT, it is worth the wait. I know that Marco re-did some of the work on this quilt several times because he wanted it just right, no, perfect. And I believe that he has created just that.
I like the design of the quilt and my custom collar. I also like the weight of the quilt. I’m really looking forward to testing it out on my upcoming Kungsleden trip and later in the year once the temperatures start to plummet.