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Original Altus (not atmospheric) vs. Decathlon brand

2020 Camino Guides

peregrina2000

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Staff member
I have worn an old (2004, I believe) original altus poncho for years. I just tried it under the shower and it still seems waterproof. Some of the taping at the seams, though, is showing its age, and at a few pressure points (where shoulder joins arms, for instance), it looks like there is some separation of the taping. I’ve attached a picture. Altus is 14 oz.

A few years ago, I bought a red Quechua poncho in Decathlon, in the in-city Lisbon store. It was only 30 euros so I thought I’d give it a try. But I have never worn it, though maybe it’s time. It is 4 oz heavier than the Altus, which is not a trivial difference, but is probably due in large part to the zippers under the arms in the Decathlon poncho.

Has anyone used the Decathlon brand poncho?
The product information page is virtually unintelligible (To me anyway) because I can’t tell which parts refer to the specific product and which are more general.

I have had generally bad luck with the durability and general overall quality of things I have gotten in Decathlon, specifically of the Quechua brand. But I know others really like their products.

Anyway, @AJGuillaume’s recent posts on ponchos got me thinking that I should go to the back of my closet and dig this one up. I am assuming I should not bring the old Altus, but what I don’t know is whether people are generally happy with the Quechua one.
 

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Camino(s) past & future
Frances 13
Portuguese & Finisterre 16
Norte & Muxia 18
Olvidado&Salvador&Primitivo(20)
I too have an Altus that I bought in 2013 have used a lot and I'm not gentle with it. Looks new works perfect. I'm told by caring people that I look like Ugly Red Ridding Hood in it, it's perfect. I understand your hesitancy on Quechua products. I know some people like them but on my first Camino in 2013 I switched out my heavy boots for a pair of Quechua hiking shoes. About 250km later the entire toe pieces on both detached and the condition of the rest of the shoes had people thinking I must have walked some kind of epic long camino.
 
Camino(s) past & future
CF 2006,08,09,11,12(2),13(2),14,16(2),18(2) Aragones 11,12,VDLP 11,13,Lourdes 12,Malaga 16,Port 06
I have worn an old (2004, I believe) original altus poncho for years. I just tried it under the shower and it still seems waterproof. Some of the taping at the seams, though, is showing its age, and at a few pressure points (where shoulder joins arms, for instance), it looks like there is some separation of the taping. I’ve attached a picture. Altus is 14 oz.
I don't know anything about the new one but
I'd keep that old ALTUS until it fell off!
I just bought an older one, having given mine away, and am SOOOOO happy!
 

Kanga

Moderator
Staff member
Camino(s) past & future
Francés x 5, Le Puy x 2, Arles, Tours, Norte, Madrid, Via de la Plata, Portuguese, Primitivo
@laurie, I'm like @Anniesantiago - last year I went to the trouble of re-seaming my old Altus because I've heard the new ones are not as good.

But I am impressed by the look of this Decathlon model, and also the one Annie mentioned that someone in her group used. We need someone to do a real world comparison of all three.
 

Kiwi-family

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Past: (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018)-Frances, Baztan, San Salvador, Primitivo, Fisterra,VdlP, Madrid
If you're looking for signs in the universe...today is Valentine's Day and that Altus is red. Why would you abandon your old faithful for something newer and unproven? Stick with your first love;-) Show her some kind attention as @Kanga did and she (the Altus, not Kanga) may accompany you for many more miles yet.
 

koilife

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF w/ son #1 (2013); Logrono-Leon/Salvador/Primitivo w/ son #2 (2016); Portugues w/ son #3 (2020)
If you're looking for signs in the universe...today is Valentine's Day and that Altus is red.
Thank you, thank you, thank you. Because I'm so many hours behind you, you just gave me an early warning that I need to dash to the store to get a card and some roses . . . lest I not live to walk another camino! ;)

Though I imagine she won't thank me for giving her a red poncho. Bad husband. Very, very bad husband!
 

trecile

Camino Addict
Camino(s) past & future
Francés (2016 & 2017), Norte (2018), Francés-Salvador-Norte (2019), Portuguese (2019)
Thank you, thank you, thank you. Because I'm so many hours behind you, you just gave me an early warning that I need to dash to the store to get a card and some roses . . . lest I not live to walk another camino! ;)

Though I imagine she won't thank me for giving her a red poncho. Bad husband. Very, very bad husband!
I would be thrilled to receive a red poncho for Valentine's Day! Lasts longer than flowers or candy. 😊
 

NorthernLight

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy to Santiago via the Frances 2012-2013. EPW2015
Aragonese & Frances 2016
Burgos to Muxia 2017
A red poncho and a single red rose...

I bet there is a you tube video (or six) on how to re-seal the old poncho.
 
Camino(s) past & future
Portugués Porto'17,Lisbon'18
Inglés A Coruña y Ferrol '18
Invierno'19
Hi,
I just bought this decathlon poncho for my upcoming one week walk in march from Irun to Bilbao. I haven't been able to try it, still waiting for rain at a time I can walk here in Coruña , which usually is every day......I chose it after reading a lot of posts here on the board. It seems to have the things people found important, front zip-up, velcro wrist closures, under arm zips....plus I live near a decathlon so I could try it on, one thing I didn't notice from reading about the poncho but like is the visor type hood, no need for a cap like I do on my ‘normal’ poncho. I have been using a normal decathlon poncho on all my caminos so far and it has been fine. Since I usually walk in summer wet arms haven't bothered me on the very few rain days summer time brings, my one all-day rain day on the invierno last April I was uncomfortable since I use poles. My week next month on the norte is squeezed in after concerts we are playing in Bilbao, not necessarily the time I would choose but a chance to scratch that Camino Itch......is not to be avoided so I upgraded my poncho since rain is very likely along the coast, I will report back once I get a chance to use it in the wild.
Buen camino,
MaryEllen
 

hielienie

Member
Camino(s) past & future
April 2020: Del Norte: Irun -> Santiago
April 2017: SJPDP -> Santiago -> Muxia -> Finisterre
I'm starting Del Norte from Irun on April 12th. South Africa doesn't have much in the way of quality ponchos so I was hoping to buy one in Spain. Are there any stores in Irun similar to the one in SJPdP where I would be able to find a good quality poncho?
 

André Walker

Never loosing my way: always standing on it
Camino(s) past & future
Holland-St.Jean, Frances, Del Norte, VdlP.
Are there any stores in Irun similar to the one in SJPdP where I would be able to find a good quality poncho?
I don’t visit them often (mostly buy my stuff at ‘real’ outdoor shops, but at least there’s a Decathlon in both Irun and San Sebastian.

Or try Izadi Kirolak or Deportes Ada. Both in San Sebastian.
 

davebugg

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances(2017)
Frances(2018)
Ingles(2019)
Aragones(2020)
Portuguese(2020)
A red poncho and a single red rose...

I bet there is a you tube video (or six) on how to re-seal the old poncho.
Anyone wanting to know how to make and use seam sealers can send me a PM, and I'll be happy to share the recipe :)
 

lt56ny

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF2012,Le Puy/CF 2015 Portugues 2017 Norte 2018, CF 2019
I have worn an old (2004, I believe) original altus poncho for years. I just tried it under the shower and it still seems waterproof. Some of the taping at the seams, though, is showing its age, and at a few pressure points (where shoulder joins arms, for instance), it looks like there is some separation of the taping. I’ve attached a picture. Altus is 14 oz.

A few years ago, I bought a red Quechua poncho in Decathlon, in the in-city Lisbon store. It was only 30 euros so I thought I’d give it a try. But I have never worn it, though maybe it’s time. It is 4 oz heavier than the Altus, which is not a trivial difference, but is probably due in large part to the zippers under the arms in the Decathlon poncho.

Has anyone used the Decathlon brand poncho?
The product information page is virtually unintelligible (To me anyway) because I can’t tell which parts refer to the specific product and which are more general.

I have had generally bad luck with the durability and general overall quality of things I have gotten in Decathlon, specifically of the Quechua brand. But I know others really like their products.

Anyway, @AJGuillaume’s recent posts on ponchos got me thinking that I should go to the back of my closet and dig this one up. I am assuming I should not bring the old Altus, but what I don’t know is whether people are generally happy with the Quechua one.
I went to Decathlon in Pamplona to buy a sleeping bag last year. I was pretty disappointed with their selection. I walked around the store for quite a long time just to check it out. Overall I was a little disappointed with what I found there. I live in Mexico now and if I had a chance to go back to the States I would have gone to an REI. I always was impressed with the wide selection of their offerings. They are not cheap but I have bought many things there and I still use them. I have used my REI backpack for 5 caminos and although it is scratched and faded it is still in great shape after about 7 months of walking with it. The employees are friendly and nice. I was in the REI in Austin a year before and they had a much larger choice of bags at a variety of prices. I do believe their staff directs you to the item to buy based on your needs and not on the price. I hope I am not making to much of a generalization based on one store and one visit. But a store the size of Decathalon and their reputation I was expecting more.
 

JusWalkin

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Francés - Sept 2015
Francés - Sept 2016
VDLP - April 2019
I have worn an old (2004, I believe) original altus poncho for years. I just tried it under the shower and it still seems waterproof. Some of the taping at the seams, though, is showing its age, and at a few pressure points (where shoulder joins arms, for instance), it looks like there is some separation of the taping. I’ve attached a picture. Altus is 14 oz.

A few years ago, I bought a red Quechua poncho in Decathlon, in the in-city Lisbon store. It was only 30 euros so I thought I’d give it a try. But I have never worn it, though maybe it’s time. It is 4 oz heavier than the Altus, which is not a trivial difference, but is probably due in large part to the zippers under the arms in the Decathlon poncho.

Has anyone used the Decathlon brand poncho?
The product information page is virtually unintelligible (To me anyway) because I can’t tell which parts refer to the specific product and which are more general.

I have had generally bad luck with the durability and general overall quality of things I have gotten in Decathlon, specifically of the Quechua brand. But I know others really like their products.

Anyway, @AJGuillaume’s recent posts on ponchos got me thinking that I should go to the back of my closet and dig this one up. I am assuming I should not bring the old Altus, but what I don’t know is whether people are generally happy with the Quechua one.
I bought and used the decathlon poncho last year on the VDLP.
I really liked it and will be using it again this year - it was easy to don and remove, and I especially liked the zippers under the arms. It is on the heavy side at 508g
 

AJGuillaume

Pélerin du monde
Camino(s) past & future
Via Gebennensis (2018)
Via Podiensis (2018)
Voie Nive Bidassoa (2018)
Camino Del Norte (2018)
What attracts me with the Quechua poncho, is the under arms zips for ventilation, which the Altus does not seem to have.
The issue for me is that I can't buy an 'old' Altus...
 

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