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Lightweight Costco Down Quilts on Sale

2020 Camino Guides

davebugg

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For those with access to a Costco online, the lightweight sleeping quilts - which are mentioned on this Forum from time to time - are on sale: a package of two, for $40.00 USD.

These are usually mentioned whenever someone asks for suggestions about very lightweight and warm sleeping options.


For those who want cooking options on Camino and are not really concerned about weight or space, Costco has you covered as well :)
 

trecile

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Thanks Dave. The packable blankets that Costco has in sore this year are down alternative, and weigh a few ounces more, but would be a good choice for anyone allergic to down.
 

frank rawley

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I bought the down quilts last year and added more down that I bought online. I am using them for a Jan /Feb Camino this year. I also added snaps around the perimeter to hold them together as they are very slippery.
 
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I bought two of these quilts last year and found out the hard way that they were too short. I am 5'10" and I had a choice on a cold night, feet or shoulders. The snaps are a great idea and we are all weight conscious. I hope they work for you. Happy New Year.
 

frank rawley

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I "test drove" them in my backyard on a 30 degree night and found them to work quite well. I am 6 foot and use them diagonally.
 

drvnsmiln

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Thank you for the “heads up”! I’ve been wanting a lighter quilt for my kit.
 

ctay122

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2020 Camino Frances
I bought the down quilts last year and added more down that I bought online. I am using them for a Jan /Feb Camino this year. I also added snaps around the perimeter to hold them together as they are very slippery.
Someone on one of my Camino Facebook pages says that she puts the blanket inside her liner, that way it doesn't slide off which I thought was a clever idea. I need to but those plastic snaps also to make mine into a bag.
 

Lizhk

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I take a silk/cotton liner and the down throw. I sewed ties (snaps make more sense) onto both to keep the throw on the liner. I usually only tie one side so I can throw the throw off if it gets too hot. I have used it in May and October and it works great. I call it my sleep 'system'. I can use either one or both together, or between the two.
My sister bought the polyester one which weighs more and takes up more space. I suspect it might be warmer.
 

Kiwi-family

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MikeyC

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Dave, do you have any recommendations for rice cookers? I'm sure there is somebody who is interested in this. :)
As an alternative to the traditional rice cooker we find that our Zojirushi food flasks work just fine to cook rice. Preheat with hot water then add rice and boiling water. Screw tight and the rice is cooked in a few hours. We have 0.55litre flasks as per photo. Haven't used them on the Camino yet but have whilst on touring holidays and camping.IMG_0307.JPG
 

SusanH

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I love these ones from Costco!! But, they are so darn slippery!!! Would you mind posting a pic of the ties that you sewed on? If anyone has added snaps, I would love to see what you did! Thanks
 

trecile

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I love these ones from Costco!! But, they are so darn slippery!!! Would you mind posting a pic of the ties that you sewed on? If anyone has added snaps, I would love to see what you did! Thanks
I make silk sleep sacks that have loops inside, and I attach ties to the Costco down blankets, which I cut in half. When it's inside the sleep sack you only need enough to cover your body.
 

Jarrad

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CF (2014)
Portuguese (2020~!)
Got my Costco quilts last night. Great bargain and at 17 ounces each, mighty light. I'm 6 feet tall and the quilt seems to be plenty long, but I too like my feet covered and so I'm looking forward testing it out soon.

For those who need a quilt with a footbox but do not sew, Big Agnes has a couple of options in the $150 to 250 (US) range. I'm curious to know if anyone has experience with any of their ultralight quilts or similar products from other vendors. https://www.bigagnes.com/Gear/Sleeping-Bags/Travel-Bags-Liners-and-Blankets
 

davebugg

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Got my Costco quilts last night. Great bargain and at 17 ounces each, mighty light. I'm 6 feet tall and the quilt seems to be plenty long, but I too like my feet covered and so I'm looking forward testing it out soon.

For those who need a quilt with a footbox but do not sew, Big Agnes has a couple of options in the $150 to 250 (US) range. I'm curious to know if anyone has experience with any of their ultralight quilts or similar products from other vendors. https://www.bigagnes.com/Gear/Sleeping-Bags/Travel-Bags-Liners-and-Blankets
I have have done gear testing for Big Agnes. What is it that I might be able to answer or help with? I do not consider their equipment to be in the ultralight category, except for a few of their tent models, but are mainly lightweight.

If you are considering ultralight backpacking gear cottage manufacturers, I would consider Enlightened Equipment, Katabatic, and Mountain Laurel Designs to have purpose built backpacking quilts that are lighter, state their warmth ratings more 'precisely' (honestly), are better built and more durable, and may or may not cost more money.

There are other manufacturers that one can consider as well, some I've experience with, others that I don't but appear to produce quality stuff.

The primary issue is one of cost. For someone like myself, who backpacks extensively, I do not look at the total price of a piece of gear. . .I look at the approximate 'per mile cost' of that gear. Three thousand miles of backpacking, with a backpacking quilt from Enlightened Equipment, which weighs 12 ounces for a 30 F warmth rating, will cost average about 10 cents per mile. I will only need to purchase one quilt and not have to keep replacing it.

If I am only using that same quilt for 500 miles of Camino walking, it now costs me 61 cents per mile. Now do the math for someone who is only walking from Sarria to SdC.

For those who are planning on doing thousands of walking miles on Camino, or who will also do backpacking, spending the money for quality gear that is the lightest possible kit makes a lot of sense. . it will be cheaper in the long run and easier to carry.

For those who are just walking a Camino one or two times, then the value of durable and ultralightweight gear, especially if on a strict budget, may be too high a cost.

There is little doubt that my Enlightened Equipment or Katabatic quilts are better quality and will last longer than a Costco down quilt/blanket. For most folks, the durability of their gear only needs to last as long as their Camino lasts.
 

Island

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Thanks Dave. The packable blankets that Costco has in sore this year are down alternative, and weigh a few ounces more, but would be a good choice for anyone allergic to down.
Just checked to be sure but the linked down blankets posted above are shown as:
  • Fill: Duck down 7 oz. cluster 80%, down fiber 20%
  • 700 Fill Power
 

NorthernLight

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The last time my local Costco had these throws/quilts, they were primaloft. I was disappointed as I already had a down one and wanted a second. Perhaps the next batch here will be down again.

My down throw has been through 1500 km of camino and shows no real signs of wear yet.
 

davebugg

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The last time my local Costco had these throws/quilts, they were primaloft. I was disappointed as I already had a down one and wanted a second. Perhaps the next batch here will be down again.

My down throw has been through 1500 km of camino and shows no real signs of wear yet.
I saw that, too. :(

The Costco down quilts used to be made by "Double Black Diamond". . . likely a brand from an Asian manufacturer. Costco did certify that the down and feathers were Ethically Harvested, which is common now with most manufacturers.

Interestingly, Amazon still has the "Double Black Diamond" product. It looks to be about double the cost of what Costco charged for the 2-pack.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Us:Camino Frances, 2015 Me:Catalan/Aragonese, 2019
Interestingly, Amazon still has the "Double Black Diamond" product. It looks to be about double the cost of what Costco charged for the 2-pack
Another great item for caminos that you can get for cheap at Costco is a 3 pack of ExOfficio Give-N-Go boxer briefs. I picked up a 3 pack for less than what a single pair costs at REI. They might have been on sale though.

I realize that Bugg brand commandos are way cheaper but when I ask clerks if they carry them they just give me strange looks.
 

davebugg

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I realize that Bugg brand commandos are way cheaper but when I ask clerks if they carry them they just give me strange looks.
LOL!!!!

BTW. . . they are sooper-dooper extreme-ultralightweight, unbelievably easy to pack and carry, simple to wash, and are very quick drying.
 

DeansFamily

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Coming from regional NSW we had never experienced Costco. We are currently in Quebec, enjoying Christmas/New Years with Camino buddies from our Frances walk. One of the highlight expeditions was to Costco...... WOW!! I can see how you all get excited over it. Only problem is keeping the other 2 away from all the sample food stations at the end of each isle! I’d buy some gear but we are still travelling Camino style with carry on luggage only and we’d have to pay extra on our Delta flights to LAX.:(👎
 

NorthernLight

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Coming from regional NSW we had never experienced Costco. We are currently in Quebec, enjoying Christmas/New Years with Camino buddies from our Frances walk. One of the highlight expeditions was to Costco...... WOW!! I can see how you all get excited over it. Only problem is keeping the other 2 away from all the sample food stations at the end of each isle! I’d buy some gear but we are still travelling Camino style with carry on luggage only and we’d have to pay extra on our Delta flights to LAX.:(👎
Did you see the Cloudveil merino long sleeved tops?
 

DeansFamily

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Frances 18/916/10/17 Muxia/Finisterre 18/10-22/10/17 Norte 21/4-29/5/18 Primitive 20/9-5/10/18 VdlP
Nooooo..... I’ll have to wear it all on the plane back to Oz. If you hear about someone expiring of heat exhaustion walking out of Sydney Airport it will only be me. 🤪
 

NorthernLight

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Once the plane is in the air, take it off! 😇
 
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(May 2015)
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(May 2016)
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I make silk sleep sacks that have loops inside, and I attach ties to the Costco down blankets, which I cut in half. When it's inside the sleep sack you only need enough to cover your body.
Interesting. Could you share a pic?
 
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CF SJPdP to SdC
(May 2015)
CF Sarria to SdC
(May 2016)
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(Apr/May 2018)
VdlP (2022)
Anyone in Australia (Sydney) know if our Costco stores have these quilts?
Don't really want to pay a $60 membership fee only to find they aren't stocked :(
and as a non member you can't search the site....
 
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CF SJPdP to SdC
(May 2015)
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(May 2016)
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(Apr/May 2018)
VdlP (2022)
As an alternative to the traditional rice cooker we find that our Zojirushi food flasks work just fine to cook rice. Preheat with hot water then add rice and boiling water. Screw tight and the rice is cooked in a few hours. We have 0.55litre flasks as per photo. Haven't used them on the Camino yet but have whilst on touring holidays and camping.View attachment 68165
What's the secret?
I tried this and ended up with half cooked Rice....
 

MikeyC

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What's the secret?
I tried this and ended up with half cooked Rice....

Youtube and Google translate will give the instructions in English.
Basically add boiling water to rice.
Stir and drain water. This is just to pre-warm.
Next add boiling water with water and rice at 1.5:1 proportion. Close, shake and allow to rest for 7 minutes.
Open and drain. Now add boiling water to just cover rice. Rest for 25 minutes and then invert the container for another 25 minutes.

Like any recipe I'd try different timings to get the best result.

The instructions are from Zojirushi Hong Kong's Facebook.
 

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