As Tucas Foratata Down Quilt Review

In April 2018 I ordered my handmade custom Foratata down quilt from As Tucas who are a small cottage company based in the Spanish Pyrenees. As Tucas was founded by Marco Sánchez in 2013. They make gear and apparel that they have tested in the Spanish Pyrenees. Their brand name means The summits in the Aragonese language, where they were born.

With a lead time of 2 months I received my quilt in June 2018 and since then it has been used and tested up above the Arctic Circle in August 2018, the 2018 autumn season, the 2018/2019 winter season, the 2019 spring season, up above the Arctic Circle in September 2019, the 2019 autumn season and December 2019. The primarily usage has been in Scandinavia, specifically in Denmark, southern Sweden and the far north of Sweden above the Arctic Circle. It would therefore be safe to say that I have put this quilt to the test and that a review is now due.

When I received my quilt back in June 2018 I posted a report here: “As Tucas Foratata Down Quilt first impressions“.

specifications of my quilt

  • Model Quilt (other options were blanket and poncho models)
  • Shell colour Scarlet red (schoeller®-ftc fabric with ecorepel® finish)
  • Liner colour Jet black (schoeller®-ftc fabric with ecorepel® finish)
  • Filling 450 g (900 cuin pure white goose down)
  • Size L: user height 176 – 190 cm / quilt length 210 cm
  • Width Regular: Shoulder girth 130 cm / Footbox girth 100 cm
  • Customization: Insulated collar including cord (added aprox. extra 20 g)
  • Weight 690 g
  • delivered with a storage bag
the quilt is delivered with a storage bag

models, filling weights and pricing

When released the quilts will be available in 3 base filling weights and 3 different models. I don’t know when the quilts will be released. Marco has advertised on his webshop “Available pretty soon” but this has been ongoing since 2018. If you really want one then I suggest that you reach out to him and he will only be too happy to make you one. After a couple of emails backwards and forwards the process is a simple one. Just make sure that you get a firm lead time from him.

These quilts are handmade in the EU after order. They are not cheap and mass produced factory produced items. The pricing reflects this fact. The advertised price when I ordered on the trek-lite forum was 550 € for a 450 g model. Prices advertised on the trek-lite site were (shipping costs to Europe included):

  • Quilt model: 460 € (250 g), 500 € (350 g), and 550 € (450 g)
  • Blanket model: 490 € (250 g), 530 € (350 g), and 580 € (450 g)
  • Poncho model: 530 € (250 g), 570 € (350 g), and 620 € (450 g)

I paid back in April 2018 including the customised collar and shipping 535 € . I received a 10% discount as a “pre-release” deal. I’m not sure what the pricing is now or how much they will sell for when finally released.

the design

It has the same shape as the Sestrals Quilt: rounded hood, longer and wider than American quilts and a closed footbox. The designer was inspired by the blankets used by shepherds and his design philosophy prioritizes performance and comfort over weight. Thus, the Foratata down quilt is not the lightest available, but As Tucas claims that it is the most comfortable and best performer in the ultra light class. I am so happy that I took Marco’s advice and ordered the large size. The quilts which are made wider than most other ones available on the market, have a standard regular size with a shoulder girth of 130 cm. The large size has a length of 210 cm; I’m 175 cm and it feels just right for me. I have enough room to store some electronics, water filter and some clothes in the footbox and still have ample room to pull the quilt up over my neck and head when the temperature drops.

The quilt features trapezoidal baffles, which are apparently more thermal efficient than the traditional square ones.

the rounded hood

The rounded hood design is typical for all of As Tucas quilts whether they are produced using synthetic or down fill. I have to say that I’m still trying to get used to this design. I like it but I don’t 😕. When side sleeping this is a great feature being able to pull the quilt up high and snuggle in. However, when I’m laying on my back with all the popper studs (snaps) fastened and the insulated collar has been tightened, I have to tuck the excess of the rounded hood inside and lay it on my chest. This offers some excellent insulation for my upper body but the design without the collar did not intend the quilt to be used in such a way. I mean it works for me but it goes against the design. I think that after using this bit of kit for 1½ years I would probably still prefer a quilt without the rounded hood design; but maybe that is because I prefer to use adjustable collars. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a nice design feature and it is growing on me. I believe that I feel this way because I sleep mainly on my back. I have a bad back so when it aches I turn around to my side and sleep for a while. Then the quilt feels great! Marco did say that neck closures make a quilt less comfortable. Used with a rounded hood design I would have to agree.

customized insulated collar

Marco was not keen on adding the collar for me. He said that he didn’t like neck closures because they make a quilt less comfortable and intuitive to use. My argument was that if I’m spending this much money on this quilt then it would be a shame for me to be disappointed because of a draft issue at low temperatures. My thinking was that it is there if I need it, otherwise I can use the quilt as he had intended it to be used without a collar. The collar and cord added minimum weight of roughly 20 grams. I have certainly used the collar every time the temps are low and I’m happy that I pushed to have this customising done. I have several quilts and they all have collars with some sort of cord but this is the only quilt with a rounded hood design. I have tried to use it without deploying the collar but I’m a cold sleeper and the collar really helps to retain my body heat. In mild temperatures I do not use the collar and the quilt works like a dream.

side sleeping

If I don’t use the collar then rolling around in the quilt without creating drafts is a reality. The quilt is plenty wide enough to accommodate this procedure. Even with the collar in use I can roll around without cold spots; there is ample room, but I need to check after sometimes. I have 3 other quilts that create drafts when turning around simply because they are not wide enough. The length of this quilt including the rounded hood also offers extra room and aides in the turning process if the collar is not in use. This is a side sleepers dream quilt if ordered in the correct size.

the fabric

The shell and liner uses a schoeller®-ftc fabric with a ecorepel® finish. This fabric has a really nice touch to the skin. I was familiar with the material already as I also own a As Tucas Foratata balaclava that is made with the same material.

As Tucas Foratata down balaclava

My quilt has certainly held up to the beating that it has received from my use on trail; the fabric still feels nice to the skin and there are no visible signs of wear and tear. I’ve also never had any down stick out through the fabric even after repeated compression and unpacking again. This does happen with some of my other down quilts and my down jackets. My quilt is still completely in tact. There are no gaping seams and no holes where down can escape. All the snaps on the back are also in good working order.

moisture control

As Tucas claim that the ecorepel® technology provides a very high level of water and dirt repellence, without reducing fabric breathability. This is what they say:

  • Water and mud repellent.
  • Ecological: biodegradable and free from fluorocarbons (PFC).
  • Wash permanent and abrasion resistant: finish last more than 30 washing cycles at 40°C.

I don’t know about the mud but I would have to say that I agree with the claim of water repellency. When using my quilt in moist environments the surface of the quilt near my mouth can become “wet” when I wake up in the mornings. This is a completely normal process that moisture vapour from expelled breath condenses on the shell material. I just wipe it down with my camp towel and most of the moisture just wipes off. Then I pack the quilt down and when I get to camp later in the day I air the quilt out for a while. Then it is good to go again. You’ll see me doing this in a lot of my photos and videos on YouTube. I can’t tell you anything about the “30 washing cycles” claim; I haven’t washed my quilt yet 🤣.

Airing my quilt out in Söderåsen National Park, Sweden November 2019

the insulation

This is what As Tucas says:

  • Pure white goose down.
  • 900 cuin (European standard, IDFB).
  • Sourced in Poland with respect to animal welfare.
  • Washed to meet the Japanese cleaning standard (3x than the European standard).
  • Without harmful substances: certified as a OEKO-TEX® Class I product, suitable for babies and small children.

When I pack my quilt out and after I fluff it up, I then move most of the insulation to the top or front by holding the back section where the popper studs are and just shake it a few times. I don’t need any insulation on my back. This is what my sleeping pad is for. Then I have a quilt with nearly 450 grams of 900 cuin down on top of me. You can really push this quilt in low temperatures and if it gets cold then you can supplement it with some clothing pushing it even further.

temperature ratings

Regarding temperature ratings, Marco suggests that about -8℃ would be the comfort temperature for 450 grams of 900 cuin down. If you’re not a cold sleeper, he suggests lowering that value. As a reference, Marco regularly sleeps comfortably down to -4/-5℃ with a Foratata Quilt with 340 g of insulation wearing only a base layer and a wind shirt. I’m a cold sleeper and I would rate my quilt with a comfort rating of -5℃ but no lower; like I say I’m a cold sleeper. When I read on forums what other people mean a comfort rating is for the same piece of kit that I have then I believe that temperature ratings are very individual. It all comes down to if you sleep cold or hot. I think that you should just look at how much down there is and the down fill power rating and make your own judgement. I know from other quilts and sleeping bags that I own roughly how much down fill I need to keep me warm at a certain temperature.

conclusion

One has to expect that good quality handmade gear will be expensive. I’d rather support a small cottage company in the EU than a mass producing foreign factory any day so I have no issue in paying for quality. My only complaint was the lengthy lead time but hey good things take time; It was defiantly worth the wait. When you order gear from As Tucas you are dealing with real people who respond quick to questions and requests. I’ve purchased other gear from Marco: down balaclava, merino shirt, wind pants, beanie and down socks. So I know the quality and craftsmanship of Marco’s handiwork. My quilt is no exception. This is a fine piece of gear! You can really tell it has been made with love.


As Tucas Foratata Quilt
All my photos on Flickr above ::: use the LEFT & RIGHT arrow keys to view

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