Mar 6, 2010 at 1:35 pm #1256151
im looking for a replacement for my US Army poncho to use as raingear and as a tarp. but much lighter of course. should not be too pricey too. pricerange like the golite poncho/tarp or less would be fine. what about the DRI DUCKS poncho ?
regards,L.Mar 6, 2010 at 2:37 pm #1582884
Luke SchmidtBPL Member
@cameronLocale: Idaho Falls
I like my Equinox poncho/tarp so far its the only one I've used. If I recall it cost about $40. It weights about 10 oz.Mar 6, 2010 at 4:01 pm #1582917
Dean F.BPL Member
@acrosomeLocale: Back in the Front Range
I rarely use it anymore, but I do like the SMD Gatewood Cape. I think it makes a much better shelter than a regular poncho does. Almost 12 oz, though.
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Do you know about the MLD Rain Chaps, instead of wearing full rain pants with a poncho? See:Mar 6, 2010 at 4:14 pm #1582926
@ramblerLocale: On the AT in VA
The Gatewood makes an excellent tent-like shelter, and has a full zipper front as a poncho.Mar 6, 2010 at 4:59 pm #1582943
has there's listed for 45… if you're on a budget. I think it only has tie downs on the corners though.Mar 6, 2010 at 5:28 pm #1582952
James NaphasBPL Member
It has grommets, but no provision for a mid-span attachment point on the short axis, which makes it problematic to set up in A-frame configuration. Works OK as a monk tarp. Get the long/backpacker's version if you do go this direction; the extra 1 oz or so is worth having the extra foot in length.Mar 7, 2010 at 3:22 am #1583102
we are using the poncho as a tarp for two persons. so while the campmor has a good shape for one person i think anotherone wont fit in. i was just thinking, if i should buy a good dedicated lightweight poncho/tarp, or go the supercheap route with dry ducks ?
my dealer here in europe has the golite poncho/tarp. is it worth the money ? i just read it is waterproof to 1200mm only. thats not too much right ?
L.Mar 7, 2010 at 5:57 am #1583113
Silnylon has been used on lots of shelters with much success. You may experience some misting in a hard rain, but most tarp users also use a UL water resistant bivy to combat this. I have a golite poncho tarp and like it allright. I do not like the fact, however, that once your shelter is up you have no rain gear (garbage bag).Mar 7, 2010 at 7:27 am #1583135
very true, but i expect no rain on my trips with this gear. we also only set the tarp up if it rains.
me and my girlfriend share most of the equipment. i have a poncho tarp, shes got raingear. so if one needs to leave the tarp he can use the rainsuit. we also use one sleeping bag only (just like a two person quilt) and so on.
from the images it looks like the golite has attachment points in the center, the equinox hasnt.
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