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Decathlon is now in the US...Find of the day!

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#1
Here is a very nifty shoulder bag for Camino use. I have one, love it and just discovered it is available from Decathlon in the US.

It is NOT as lightweight or as tiny when packed as the Sea to Summit Shoulder bag or day pack, but it is VERY well designed, and about 1/4 the price. When not on Camino, the two, side outer stretch pockets are idea for sunglasses, a water bottle, or a cell phone.

I have one, and swear by it. I purchased multiples when I was last at Santiago in August and gave them away to friends. In Europe the price is € 7.99.

https://www.decathlon.com/products/hiking-ultra-compact-satchel?adept_source=search-results#

The US price is $ 8.99. That is about right given the prevailing conversion rate. NOTE: it is available in three colors. My personal preference is the grey.

If in Spain, here is the link to the Spanish site:

https://www.decathlon.es/morral-ultra-compacto-gris--id_8356618.html

If you search any other European Decathlon website using the UPC code "8356618" you should find the bag. That is how I found it on the US site.

On Camino, this can be worn in the front, cross-shoulder to distribute weight better, and presents a very good way to keep 2 x .5 liter water bottles immediately at hand. It also gives you plenty of space for your poncho, guidebook, sunblock, snacks, etc., without having to remove your rucksack everytime you want something.

When you come into a town, it works well as a 'possibles' bag for shopping, touring, etc. It also holds enough to be useful as an enroute, carry-on bag in lieu of something else. I think the advertised capacity is 15 liters...

Hope this helps.
 

Iriebabel

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? route TBD for April (2019)
#2
Here is a very nifty shoulder bag for Camino use. I have one, love it and just discovered it is available from Decathlon in the US.

It is NOT as lightweight or as tiny when packed as the Sea to Summit Shoulder bag or day pack, but it is VERY well designed, and about 1/4 the price. When not on Camino, the two, side outer stretch pockets are idea for sunglasses, a water bottle, or a cell phone.

I have one, and swear by it. I purchased multiples when I was last at Santiago in August and gave them away to friends. In Europe the price is € 7.99.

https://www.decathlon.com/products/hiking-ultra-compact-satchel?adept_source=search-results#

The US price is $ 8.99. That is about right given the prevailing conversion rate. NOTE: it is available in three colors. My personal preference is the grey.

If in Spain, here is the link to the Spanish site:

https://www.decathlon.es/morral-ultra-compacto-gris--id_8356618.html

If you search any other European Decathlon website using the UPC code "8356618" you should find the bag. That is how I found it on the US site.

On Camino, this can be worn in the front, cross-shoulder to distribute weight better, and presents a very good way to keep 2 x .5 liter water bottles immediately at hand. It also gives you plenty of space for your poncho, guidebook, sunblock, snacks, etc., without having to remove your rucksack everytime you want something.

When you come into a town, it works well as a 'possibles' bag for shopping, touring, etc. It also holds enough to be useful as an enroute, carry-on bag in lieu of something else. I think the advertised capacity is 15 liters...

Hope this helps.
Thanks. I was considering the sea to summit but this looks like a great option not only as a daybag but especially as a airline carry on
 
Camino(s) past & future
The Camino Frances 2005
The Portugese Camino 2014
The Camino Ingles Easter 2015
The Camino Ingles April 2016
The Camino del Norte/The Primitivo 2016
#3
You lucky US-guys! Now, why can't Decathlon be on the Danish market? I can't even buy on their website, they don't mail to Denmark! What have we done in Denmark since Decathlon won't sell their stuff to us?
 
Camino(s) past & future
2015, St. Jean Pied de Port to Burgos
2016, Burgos to Ponferrada
2017, Ponferrada to Atlantic Ocean
#5
Decathlon shutdown all of its US stores in 2006 which were all located in New England area. This year, they are starting a second attempt at US market.

-Paul
 
Camino(s) past & future
SJPDP-Finisterre X 2, El Norte incompleto
#7
Here is a very nifty shoulder bag for Camino use. I have one, love it and just discovered it is available from Decathlon in the US.

It is NOT as lightweight or as tiny when packed as the Sea to Summit Shoulder bag or day pack, but it is VERY well designed, and about 1/4 the price. When not on Camino, the two, side outer stretch pockets are idea for sunglasses, a water bottle, or a cell phone.

I have one, and swear by it. I purchased multiples when I was last at Santiago in August and gave them away to friends. In Europe the price is € 7.99.

https://www.decathlon.com/products/hiking-ultra-compact-satchel?adept_source=search-results#

The US price is $ 8.99. That is about right given the prevailing conversion rate. NOTE: it is available in three colors. My personal preference is the grey.

If in Spain, here is the link to the Spanish site:

https://www.decathlon.es/morral-ultra-compacto-gris--id_8356618.html

If you search any other European Decathlon website using the UPC code "8356618" you should find the bag. That is how I found it on the US site.

On Camino, this can be worn in the front, cross-shoulder to distribute weight better, and presents a very good way to keep 2 x .5 liter water bottles immediately at hand. It also gives you plenty of space for your poncho, guidebook, sunblock, snacks, etc., without having to remove your rucksack everytime you want something.

When you come into a town, it works well as a 'possibles' bag for shopping, touring, etc. It also holds enough to be useful as an enroute, carry-on bag in lieu of something else. I think the advertised capacity is 15 liters...

Hope this helps.
I have two of those bags - the pink one and the gray one. It's great for when I go on long walks around town, and for when I'm a tourist. I also have the 1.99 euro/$2.49 small Decathlon backpack, and have bought them for friends and family. And, I picked up the waterproof 20 liter backpack on my last Decathlon visit, which would be great for taking belongings into the shower area in albergues.
 
Camino(s) past & future
C/F: 2013, 2014
C/M: 2016
C/P: 2015, 2017
C/I: 2018
Voluntario: 2014 to 2018
#8
The search function on the US site does not work well with text words. I suspect it was adopted from the original French database.

So, I recommend using the European Decathlon websites (e.g. decathlon.de, decathlon.fr, decathlon.nl, or decathlon.es) to locate your desired item and to obtain the UPC number. The UPC number is a 8-digit number, usually above the text description of the item.

Use the UPC code to search the US site. That WILL work.

Numbers are objective. Key words are subjective and may vary in translation.

Hope this helps,
 
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Travel318
#10
Thank you for posting this info. Just created an account. On another note, I noticed Camino t-shirts are on sale on this website today!!!
 
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Future (2019) Portuguese.
#11
Oh my, almost every single choice I made on US site is sold out. My guess is they have yet to import it here to begin with? Looks like great stuff at great prices though and I have some time before I leave so I will check back.

OK, does anyone know of a backdoor or other portal for the US site where 85% of the items are NOT sold out?
 
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Camino(s) past & future
SJPDP-Finisterre X 2, El Norte incompleto
#12
Oh my, almost every single choice I made on US site is sold out. My guess is they have yet to import it here to begin with? Looks like great stuff at great prices though and I have some time before I leave so I will check back.

OK, does anyone know of a backdoor or other portal for the US site where 85% of the items are NOT sold out?
I have found some Decathlon items on Amazon, but the prices are generally higher. If you have time in Spain before starting the Camino you can pick up the items that you want then.
 
Camino(s) past & future
C/F: 2013, 2014
C/M: 2016
C/P: 2015, 2017
C/I: 2018
Voluntario: 2014 to 2018
#13
Decathlon IS a very popular brand across Europe. My guess is that their supply chain has teething problems. You are likely one container ship arrival at the Port of Oakland, CA, away from satisfaction.

I recommend asking them to tell you by e-mail when they have stock again.

I recommend AGAINST trying to order any Decathlon items from Europe and having delivered to North America. The shipping & postage would likely cost more than the item.

Patience is a virtue. Be virtuous... ;) This will all work out...
 
Camino(s) past & future
SJPDP-Finisterre X 2, El Norte incompleto
#14
Camino(s) past & future
April (2016)
Portugese (2018)
#15
Here is a very nifty shoulder bag for Camino use. I have one, love it and just discovered it is available from Decathlon in the US.

It is NOT as lightweight or as tiny when packed as the Sea to Summit Shoulder bag or day pack, but it is VERY well designed, and about 1/4 the price. When not on Camino, the two, side outer stretch pockets are idea for sunglasses, a water bottle, or a cell phone.

I have one, and swear by it. I purchased multiples when I was last at Santiago in August and gave them away to friends. In Europe the price is € 7.99.

https://www.decathlon.com/products/hiking-ultra-compact-satchel?adept_source=search-results#

The US price is $ 8.99. That is about right given the prevailing conversion rate. NOTE: it is available in three colors. My personal preference is the grey.

If in Spain, here is the link to the Spanish site:

https://www.decathlon.es/morral-ultra-compacto-gris--id_8356618.html

If you search any other European Decathlon website using the UPC code "8356618" you should find the bag. That is how I found it on the US site.

On Camino, this can be worn in the front, cross-shoulder to distribute weight better, and presents a very good way to keep 2 x .5 liter water bottles immediately at hand. It also gives you plenty of space for your poncho, guidebook, sunblock, snacks, etc., without having to remove your rucksack everytime you want something.

When you come into a town, it works well as a 'possibles' bag for shopping, touring, etc. It also holds enough to be useful as an enroute, carry-on bag in lieu of something else. I think the advertised capacity is 15 liters...

Hope this helps.
Decathlon do not ship to Australia but they are now here. You can buy online from here!
 

owms2323

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Camino de Frances (2014) Camino Frances (2016) Camino Finisterre/Muxia (2017)
#17
Decathlon shutdown all of its US stores in 2006 which were all located in New England area. This year, they are starting a second attempt at US market.

-Paul
Maybe they should try the West coast
 
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#20
The first, and currently only, US store is at 735 Market Street in San Francisco. They are starting from the West Coast due to supply chain issues. It makes sense.
 

owms2323

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Camino de Frances (2014) Camino Frances (2016) Camino Finisterre/Muxia (2017)
#21
The first, and currently only, US store is at 735 Market Street in San Francisco. They are starting from the West Coast due to supply chain issues. It makes sense.
Thanks
 

Bradypus

Antediluvian
Camino(s) past & future
Too many and too often!
#22
For many years I clung to a couple of deeply held prejudices. (1) Decathlon products are c**p. And (2) using twin trekking poles is an unnecessary waste of time and effort. Having been crippled part-way through a walk on the Via de la Plata and subsequently being diagnosed with arthritis in one knee (with the other one pretty dodgy too) I have very reluctantly become a convert to twin poles. I hate the noise of bare metal tips on hard surfaces but the rubber covers seem to last no time at all. Before starting again on my interrupted VdlP walk I called in at a Madrid branch of Decathlon and found a pair of plastic pole tips labelled for "Nordic" poles. Chunky black mushrooms. I have been mightily impressed with them. After covering about 300km using these tips on the VdlP with little noticeable wear I took one pole with me to Japan where I used it to walk 1200km of the Shikoku and Kumano Kodo routes - the second pole being a traditional Japanese wooden staff. With close on 1500km of use - probably three-quarters on asphalt - this plastic tip is still not worn through :) I am not often inclined to recommend particular shops or products but this has to be an exception!

nordic-tips.jpg
 
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#23
Decathlon used to be a bit rubbish but it's so much better now. The trekking poles are fantastic for the price. Also good water bladders, and I bought some trail runners there the other day. However I do think the fit of the women's clothing leaves a lot to be desired. It's not flattering at all, a bit like M&S!
 
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#25
Spanish pilgrims wear Decathlon stuff head to toe, backpacks, poles, shoes everything. Just saying.
 

long trails

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Frances June 2016
Portugues April 2017
#27
Spanish pilgrims wear Decathlon stuff head to toe, backpacks, poles, shoes everything. Just saying.
But many pilgrims are not serious hikers. They probably do just one or two caminos in their lives and are not found on forums like these. Many of course only do the last 100km.

Either way, you get what you pay for and good quality that lasts comes at a price.

It is ridiculous how cheap some of the goods are in their stores. I shudder to think how much the workers in their Indonesian or Cambodian sweat-shops are making.

I'd even go as far to say buying cheap crap like this is unethical.
 

SabineP

Camino is about empathy. Not about entitlement.
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some and then more. see my signature.
#28
But many pilgrims are not serious hikers. They probably do just one or two caminos in their lives and are not found on forums like these. Many of course only do the last 100km.

Either way, you get what you pay for and good quality that lasts comes at a price.

It is ridiculous how cheap some of the goods are in their stores. I shudder to think how much the workers in their Indonesian or Cambodian sweat-shops are making.

I'd even go as far to say buying cheap crap like this is unethical.

I follow you but do know that the so called more expensive brands do sometimes even worse on the ethical scale.

This website is a good tool to make a decision where to buy what in terms of decent payment for the workers, ecofriendliness etc....

Just an example regarding the fleecejackets.
https://www.ethicalconsumer.org/fashion-clothing/shopping-guide/fleece-jackets

Waterproof jackets...
https://www.ethicalconsumer.org/fashion-clothing/shopping-guide/waterproof-insulated-jackets
 
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Samos-Santiago (May 2016
Porto-Santiago (May 2017)
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#29
decathlon is a very very very dangerous shop if you are a woman ;) equally as dangerous as IKEA ... I'll just buy a t-shirt ... final price $499 ... o_Oo_Oo_Oo_O
So true! I just left Decathlon in Granada with the cross body bag AND a new pair of shoes. Could have gone nuts but space prevented it! Had trekking poles as low as €4,99 a pair (I believe), merino leggings, hats, ponchos, and so much more at good prices.

Thanks again for the reco on the bag!
 

KinkyOne

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I'am not perfect, but I'm always myself!!!
#31
I follow you but do know that the so called more expensive brands do sometimes even worse on the ethical scale.
...
Exactly what I though when reading @long trails posts and you even provide some evidence.

But many pilgrims are not serious hikers. They probably do just one or two caminos in their lives and are not found on forums like these. Many of course only do the last 100km.
...
I'm not just the last 100km hiker as you can see from my signature and I found Decathlon equipment of fairly good quality and longevity for the price I paid.

But I did hear that Quechua boots/shoes and backpacks aren't really good although I didn't try them. My experience is about clothes.
 

sunshines

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#32
Exactly what I though when reading @long trails posts and you even provide some evidence.


I'm not just the last 100km hiker as you can see from my signature and I found Decathlon equipment of fairly good quality and longevity for the price I paid.

But I did hear that Quechua boots/shoes and backpacks aren't really good although I didn't try them. My experience is about clothes.
No Quecha walking boots not for long stay I have to replace mine every 18 months here in Tenerife the soles wear down very quickly.
 

long trails

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Portugues April 2017
#33
I had to buy a backpack once and it lasted about two weeks of trail. It was a seriously bad product.

If you are in the slightest bit ethical about where you shop then you'd avoid Decathlon.

Evidence is for everyone to see. Go into one of their stores and see how cheap their gear is. How can they possibly profit from a $3 t-shirt without employing manufacturers who don't pay their staff fairly?
 
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SJPDP-Finisterre X 2, El Norte incompleto
#34
I had to buy a backpack once and it lasted about two weeks of trail. It was a seriously bad product.

If you are in the slightest bit ethical about where you shop then you'd avoid Decathlon.
I saw tons of pilgrims with Quechua backpacks and other gear from Decathlon that was not falling apart. I had to buy a new towel after leaving mine at an albergue, and the quality of the one that I bought at Decathlon was just good as the much more expensive towel that I bought at REI.
 

sunshines

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camino de portuguese (2018)
camino Frances (portion) (2019)
camino primitivo/Frances (2019)
#35
I had to buy a backpack once and it lasted about two weeks of trail. It was a seriously bad product.

If you are in the slightest bit ethical about where you shop then you'd avoid Decathlon.

Evidence is for everyone to see. Go into one of their stores and see how cheap their gear is. How can they possibly profit from a $3 t-shirt without employing manufacturers who don't pay their staff fairly?
actually mass production is a lot cheaper than limited production for example most prison food its budgetted at around 3 gbp per prisoner (in the UK) I dont really see how someone could live on a three meals a day at that price or for a family - but I do see your point, find me ANY company these days that dont rely on cheap "slave labour" no company I know pays a basic salary that says a person is valuable " hey mister I value your life only being worth $10 an hour " its all extortion as far as I am concerned but hey what can we do? everyone knows that 4% of the world's population has 96% of the wealth..... and they are the ones who own all the companies......
 

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