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    Kyle Purcell
    Member

    @dufus934

    Locale: North Texas

    I have been looking for a poncho to either make or buy that gives plenty of coverage, is light, and I would also like for it to have room to double as a pack cover (triple as a pack cover if you count it being shelter also). All ideas will be helpful, and I look forward to hearing everyone's insights.

    Thanks all,
    Kyle

    #1407207
    Peter McDonough
    Spectator

    @crazypete

    Locale: Above the Divided Line

    http://www.sixmoonsdesigns.com sells the gatewood cape, which would be perfect for your needs.

    #1407208
    Paul Tree
    Member

    @paul_tree

    Locale: Wowwww
    #1407225
    P. P.
    Member

    @toesnorth

    Locale: PNW

    I have the GoLite poncho/tarp and really like it.

    #1407228
    Jaiden .
    Member

    @jaiden

    campmor has one too. look for the "extension" one. I have never seen one.

    #1407229
    Rick Dreher
    BPL Member

    @halfturbo

    Locale: Northernish California

    I have one; it's actually an Equinox.

    #1407236
    Thomas Knighton
    Member

    @tomcat1066

    Locale: Southwest GA

    I've got a Gatewood Cape, and they're awesome. All the advantages of a poncho/tarp, but with more overall protection (though less ventilation), all in an 11 ounce package. Got to love that :D

    Tom

    #1407243
    Gene Kinney
    Member

    @carl_kinney

    Locale: Southwest

    I have and like the Sea to Summit PonchoTarp. It weighs 11.5oz without the little stuff sack that comes with it.
    I actually stuff the thing in the hipbelt of my Mariposa Plus pack.
    It does great triple duty as an emergency shelter (A-frame), pack cover and rain poncho.
    I have yet to use as a primary shelter in a lean-to pitch but I will try it out next year in the summer.
    I always hated the clammy feeling of a rain jacket. And the ponchoTarp with its open sides with button snaps I don't get that feeling.
    Only downside is the weight of course. I would like to make my own someday with half the weight.

    #1407331
    Ryan Faulkner
    BPL Member

    @ryanf

    the Six moon designs gatewood cape looks like an excellent shelter, full coverage shelter and packcover/raingear, but I have not bought one, because I like having multiple pitching options.
    my recomendations would be either the Integral designs sil poncho, or the golite poncho tarp. both companies make excellent products. The golite is a little longer, and narrower.

    #1408174
    David Wills
    Member

    @willspower3

    most any poncho 8 ft or more will work for a shelter/pack cover. I made a copy of the MLD pro poncho, and it provides better pack coverage than regular ponchos because it is wider in the back. it also works better as a shelter than regular ponchos because it gives you more room at the head and tapers to the foot. I would highly recommend it as the best poncho.

    #1408177
    Steve .
    Member

    @pappekak

    Locale: Tralfamadore

    I am partial to the Six Moon Designs Gatewood Cape. The nice thing about the cape is there is no need for a bivy in inclement weather. Pitch all the way to the ground and you are set.

    GWRocky

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    Andrew :-)
    Member

    @terra

    Locale: Sydney, Australia.

    Has BPL ever done a group test of ponchotarps?
    You know, get a few people and do an overnighter in less than perfect weather using ponchotarp systems. I would be interested in a thorough back-to-back test of these products in real (wet windy bush) conditions.

    #1408407
    Ron Moak
    Member

    @rmoak

    Andrew,

    You can see a real world comparison on this website at The Poncho Tarp: Techniques and Gear Systems for Inclement Conditions .

    I think this one does require membership to read.

    Ron

    #1408482
    Andrew :-)
    Member

    @terra

    Locale: Sydney, Australia.

    This is a great help – I looked in the wrong place.

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