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neuromancer - on 07 Nov 2012
I've seen some absolutely corking deals through decathlon, and everyone seems to swear by their stuff (or not, correct me if so)

Someone mentioned a pair of ludicrously good mountaineering trousers they sold for like 39.99, but I couldn't find them on their website.

Any luck?
Dan Lane - on 07 Nov 2012
In reply to neuromancer:

Yes, they exist, or at least they did this time last year when I got mine! They really are good!

However, I also can't find them on the website. Still probably worth going to have a look in store though! I also got a brilliant belay jacket type thing from there for a massive 30. best 30 I've ever spent i think!
cyberpunk - on 07 Nov 2012
L.A. on 07 Nov 2012
In reply to neuromancer: I think these may be the ones youre looking for


http://www.decathlon.co.uk/mountaineering-trousers-id_8010075.html

droites - on 07 Nov 2012
In reply to neuromancer: I got a pair of Simmond ones from decathlon for that price. The seemed a better pair than own brand.
Dan Lane - on 07 Nov 2012
In reply to L.A.:

Yep, it's those, mine are branded as quechua though...look identical mind!
L.A. on 07 Nov 2012
In reply to Dan Lane:Same pants just rebranded. Simond and Decathalon are part of the same group -Oxylane
Nath93 - on 07 Nov 2012
In reply to neuromancer: 3 season Quecha sleeping bag for 50 is a great buy. I've not been disappointed with it and had it for about a year now and used it down to -5 with no problems !
neuromancer - on 08 Nov 2012
In reply to L.A.:

Winner winner, I'd thought they'd stopped them.

Does anyone here have them and have a good idea what else would be required for a winter layering system? Gaiter and merino underwear? Softshell under?
Bellie - on 08 Nov 2012
In reply to neuromancer: I bought a pair earlier this year. Mine came Simond branded too. Really impressed with them. Definitely a winter trouser. The material is nice and thick, I shan't be wearing long johns underneath. No need for gaiters either with the built in snow gaiter. Grab a pair while you can.

Simon Wells - on 08 Nov 2012
In reply to neuromancer: I use the decathlon / symond for work and play. On their own this time of year in N Wales and Peak (s) and merino leggings in winter with waterproof trousers for poor weather. If very cold or slow moving students I'll wear powerstrech under them, but it has to be very cold or slow moving students (3 hours to Sneachda!!!)
Simon Wells - on 08 Nov 2012
In reply to Simon Wells: oo yer the built in gaiter does not 'breath' so can get sweaty. I tend keep them off and us a short gaiter to proctect from crampon & ski edges.
James Gilbert on 08 Nov 2012
In reply to droites:

(Nearly) everything Decathlon sells is own-brand kit. Quechua, Simond, Kalenji, etc etc is all Decathlon, they just give different brand names to different sports.

Oxylane is the name of the group that includes Decathlon.
neuromancer - on 08 Nov 2012
In reply to neuromancer:

What do people think about this? Looks interesting, a bit like a down marmot variant for 39.99

http://www.decathlon.co.uk/mideet-id_8160950.html#avantages
neuromancer - on 08 Nov 2012
In reply to neuromancer:

And on the topic, how are their mountaineering gloves? Shite or worth it?
jonnie3430 - on 08 Nov 2012
In reply to neuromancer:

Depends what you want. They have a lot of ski gloves and mitts that'd be fine for mountaineering. For a climbing glove you'll struggle to top the skytech one.

Does anyone know if the mountaineering trousers are still for the tall and thin? Or are there versions for the small and thin about?
jonnie3430 - on 08 Nov 2012
In reply to jonnie3430:

The decathlon website is rubbish too, don't expect to find the same stuff there as is in the shop.
James Gilbert on 08 Nov 2012
In reply to James Gilbert:

I forgot to mention, I have been happy with most of my Decathlon kit, mostly trousers, base layers, fleeces etc. However I've never had much luck with their socks which rarely last long.
Kelcat - on 08 Nov 2012
In reply to neuromancer: There are obviously some people on UKC that can get round Decathlons website a lot better than me!!! Have been looking for a pair of the mountaineering trousers for my wife, can someone put up a link, cheers.
Btw my mate bought the blokes version in Cham last summer & spent about six weeks doing everything in them. We had a rest day visit to the Simone factory at Les Houche & it all looked really nice kit & top blokes.
Bellie - on 08 Nov 2012
In reply to Kelcat: The only ones on the site are...

http://www.decathlon.co.uk/bionnassay-l-trousers-id_8227494.html

Although not in stock currently! The Bionassay name is being replaced with the Simond name.


I find the site clunky too. Although I have found Decathlon helpful when emailing about an item. Most stuff can be ordered from Surrey Quays. The ordering process is also a bit quirky, but it does work and stuff arrives!

Kelcat - on 08 Nov 2012
In reply to Bellie: thanks for that. I'd seen those but they're twice the price of the Simone branded ones, grrr. It's a shame about the site 'cos the gear & shops (in France at least) are really quite good.
neuromancer - on 08 Nov 2012
In reply to neuromancer:

What's the sizing like on the decathlon mountaineering trousers? I'm a 32 waist 32 leg.

Ava Adore - on 08 Nov 2012
In reply to neuromancer:

I rave about their running vests. Only cost about a fiver and they're in great colours, nice and soft and stretchy and long in the body too. Ace.
nniff - on 08 Nov 2012
In reply to neuromancer:

Simond is hardly a Decathlon 'own brand' in the sense in which it is usually applied. It's a very well-established French company now under different ownership. The reverse curve picks of modern axes all date from their Chacal/Barracuda axes of the early 80's.

Anyway, I picked up some lovely Simond gloves last week - softshell and lovely leather. Perfect for the OMM,with skinny inners on the bike and no doubt for wintery stuff in duie course. 14 a pair.

We have a small Decathlon rucsack (c. 30 lites) which is as tough as old boots. Their 14 winter weight runing tights (the ones without zips) are fabulous winter long johns or bike tights. Sort of like tougher, thineer powerstretch.

Their 11 running undies are brilliant too, as are their thermal tops.
Bellie - on 08 Nov 2012
In reply to neuromancer: I'm 32 - 32 too, and the EU:M fits great.
Jim Lancs - on 08 Nov 2012
In reply to neuromancer: Since 2008 Simond has had the same owner as Decathlon, which is the groups retail outlet. Each part of the group that provides clothing or equipment for the Decathlon shops (Tribord, b'twin, etc) is run separately and often with different premises in different parts of France.


Apparently Simond is being integrated with Bionnassay, and is due to become the lead brand for it's mountaineering equipment.
In reply to nniff:

> Simond is hardly a Decathlon 'own brand' in the sense in which it is usually applied. It's a very well-established French company now under different ownership. The reverse curve picks of modern axes all date from their Chacal/Barracuda axes of the early 80's.

Simond has that legacy, but from what I've seen now the label is just being applied to lots of Decathlon generic stuff that used to be Quechua. Probably nothing wrong with that at all, their helmets for example have always seemed excellent value, but looking at the Simond website their ice tools haven't been updated for nearly a decade for example. It'll be interesting to see if they keep making their own hardware, (presuming they still do at the moment and its not coming out of the big italian factories).

I had a chacal for a bit. I felt so cool with it despite it being that odd size that never matched the length of any other tools! :)
In reply to Jim Lancs:

> Apparently Simond is being integrated with Bionnassay, and is due to become the lead brand for it's mountaineering equipment.

Sorry, I meant Bionnassay, not Quechua which is the more general outdoorsy stuff I think.
neuromancer - on 08 Nov 2012
In reply to Bellie:

A1, grabbing a pair later.

We should start a budget winter gear thread. I found a great thread a while ago about using special winter work gloves for ice climbing and they were a fiver a pair, there has to be more out there.
Doug on 08 Nov 2012
In reply to TobyA: I recently bought a small rucksac from Decathlon, mostly for carting stuff to/from the office. Its labelled 'Simond', someone else in the office has a near identical sac bough several months ago - the only visible difference is that his has a Bionnasay label
nniff - on 08 Nov 2012
In reply to neuromancer:
> (In reply to Bellie)
>
> A1, grabbing a pair later.
>
> We should start a budget winter gear thread.

The winner has got to be their winter running tights: I have two pairs - one cut off just belwo the knee and about 8 years old and a newer pair (about 4 years old).

They get used for: running, cycling (with shorts over or under), mountain marathons, as long johns under schoeller softshells, as long johns under cotton cragging trousers. They appear to be indestructible. 14 a pair last time I looked.
Kevin Rutherford - on 08 Nov 2012
In reply to neuromancer:The altimeter watches are worth a look, 29.99, just as good or better as a 120 Suunto
http://www.decathlon.co.uk/F-308115-watches/K-788-price~from-20-to-30
Bimble on 08 Nov 2012
In reply to neuromancer:

I've got a pair of their stretchy mountaineering trousers, and for 40, they are bang on. Wear them for climbing & hill walking days, and they do the job fine. Their dehydrated food is good for the money too, and tasty.
I did, however, make the mistake of buying my first pair of climbing shoes from there a while ago ( http://www.decathlon.co.uk/vuarde-vulca-id_8055141.html ), and a greased dog turd would have more chance of sticking to the rock than they do. Thankfully they've now been relegated to the 'spares box'
captain paranoia - on 08 Nov 2012
In reply to neuromancer:

> Someone mentioned a pair of ludicrously good mountaineering trousers they sold for like 39.99, but I couldn't find them on their website.

Someone? Possibly the most recommended winter soft shell trousers... ;-)

http://www.ukclimbing.com/forums/t.php?t=430229&v=1#x6094410
http://www.ukclimbing.com/forums/t.php?t=435527
http://www.ukclimbing.com/forums/t.php?t=504358#x6861695
http://www.ukclimbing.com/forums/t.php?t=525641#x7076796

It's a shame Decathlon's hopeless website makes them so hard to find, and the brand name change from Bionnassay to Simond didn't help...

http://www.decathlon.co.uk/mountaineering-trousers-id_8010075.html
Taurig - on 08 Nov 2012
> (In reply to neuromancer)
> I did, however, make the mistake of buying my first pair of climbing shoes from there a while ago ( http://www.decathlon.co.uk/vuarde-vulca-id_8055141.html ), and a greased dog turd would have more chance of sticking to the rock than they do. Thankfully they've now been relegated to the 'spares box'

I've not used the ones you mention, but I had a look at them in the shop and the rubber did look rubbish. However, I bought a pair of the orange 35 ones further up the range and they are absolutely fine. Quite a soft sole but plenty of grip, I'd imagine you'd only start to have issues if you were climbing some pretty hard stuff.

I started a topic on these a while back and had no bites, so has anyone used the waterproof equivalent of the ubiquitous Bionnassays that sell for about 100? They look good but I'm not sure how waterproof they are (HH of 5000mm).

http://www.decathlon.co.uk/bionnassay-700-overtrousers-id_8112597.html
Gordon Stainforth - on 08 Nov 2012
In reply to neuromancer:

Well, the Quechua tent Freda and I got from them is fantastic value, and the best designed tent I've ever had. My brother was so impressed that he immediately bought one.
nikkormat on 08 Nov 2012
In reply to neuromancer:

I work for Decathlon, so have a bit of experience of their products.

As others have said, the 39.99 mountaineering trousers are really good for the price. I had a pair a few years ago and slimmed out of them, but I'll replace them this year with the same. As far as clothing goes, the Simond name is being applied to climbing/mountaineering stuff that used to be branded Quechua/Bionnassay. You'll see otherwise identical items with the two brand names on; my Simond Alpinism 32 rucksack has Quechua tabs on the zips. I don't know for sure, but I think Simond are still producing the hardware themselves.

I've found the Simond climbing jeans good. They have a nice cut, are easy to move in and are made from stretch fabric: http://www.decathlon.co.uk/jean-man-trousers-id_8175777.html I don't think any UK store keeps stock of them, but they can be ordered if you ask.

I'm not so keen on the Mideet midlayer posted by Neuromancer. It might be perfectly good, but the colours are usually vile and it feels a bit cheap (but then, I suppose it is!). Decathlon use duck down; cheaper jackets use 50/50 down and feather, better (Bionnassay) ones use 90/10.

I've spoken to a few guides who swear by the yellow leather Alpine gloves (again available to order). I have a pair, and I'd say they are well made and fairly warm, but I don't have enough experience to say how good they are. I've also got a pair of the Bionnassay 700 gloves which I really like, though again I don't have enough experience of other brands to really compare.

The crap Vuarde Vulca shoes mentioned by TryfAndy have been replaced by the Simond Rock, which looks miles better: http://www.decathlon.co.uk/rock-id_8230651.html A few mates climb in Vuard Techs and find them good; I will be buying a pair for indoor soon: http://www.decathlon.co.uk/vuarde-tech-id_8091313.html

If you see something on the website and can't find it in the store, ask and it might be possible to order it in, though there are sometimes infuriatingly long delays if the warehouses are also out of stock.

I hope that's of help to people.

Matt

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