Best Poncho/Shelter Design
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Oct 30, 2007 at 1:45 pm #1225632Kyle PurcellMember
@dufus934Locale: 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.
KyleOct 30, 2007 at 2:59 pm #1407207Peter McDonoughSpectator
@crazypeteLocale: Above the Divided LineOct 30, 2007 at 3:00 pm #1407208Oct 30, 2007 at 4:36 pm #1407225P. P.Member
I have the GoLite poncho/tarp and really like it.Oct 30, 2007 at 4:56 pm #1407228Jaiden .Member
campmor has one too. look for the "extension" one. I have never seen one.Oct 30, 2007 at 4:58 pm #1407229Rick DreherBPL Member
@halfturboLocale: Northernish California
I have one; it's actually an Equinox.Oct 30, 2007 at 6:34 pm #1407236Thomas KnightonMember
@tomcat1066Locale: 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
TomOct 30, 2007 at 7:08 pm #1407243Gene KinneyMember
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.Oct 31, 2007 at 12:06 pm #1407331Ryan FaulknerBPL Member
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.Nov 7, 2007 at 9:44 am #1408174David WillsMember
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.Nov 7, 2007 at 9:55 am #1408177Steve .Member
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.Nov 8, 2007 at 2:27 pm #1408401Andrew :-)Member
@terraLocale: 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.Nov 8, 2007 at 3:28 pm #1408407Ron MoakMember
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.
RonNov 9, 2007 at 3:55 am #1408482Andrew :-)Member
@terraLocale: Sydney, Australia.
This is a great help – I looked in the wrong place.
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