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, …

Hyperlite Mountain Gear Stuff Sack Pillow

Ultralight backpacking has its foundations starting with gear that has two uses. Multiple use items contribute to reducing your total pack weight. For example my trekking poles are also my tent poles. Another example is my Hyperlite Mountain Gear stuff sack for my puffy jacket which doubles as a pillow. I purchased my HMG stuff …

As Tucas Foratata Down Quilt first impressions

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 Arctic Sweden. Earlier this year I sold most of my sleeping bags and a …

A big thumbs up to Cumulus – manufacturer of down sleeping bags and outdoor accessories

Fantastic customer service & great warranty program! Back in June this year I published an article on my ultra lightweight sleeping system. I wrote "I have noticed that when I pack my gear in the mornings that there are some small amounts of goose down from the quilt in my shelter. I’ve only noticed this after …

Ultra lightweight sleeping system test

Last weekend I used a: Cumulus Quilt 250 with a control weight of 484g Therm-A-Rest Neoair XLite Small sleeping pad including standard storage bag with a control weight of 211g VAUDE Evazote sleeping mat 8mm with a control weight of 110g. It also doubles as a seat pad. (see photo below) Total control weight = 805g The Cumulus …

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