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Changing to a Poncho Tarp
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Joe Geib
(joegeib) - F

Locale: Delaware & Lehigh Valleys
Changing to a Poncho Tarp on 11/21/2007 11:23:03 MST Print View

I'm thinking about trading in my 2person canternary tarp for a poncho tarp. It'll save weight and space. I'm currently thinking about the MLD Sil Pro Poncho, Integral Designs, or GoLite.

Has anyone had great experience with the MLD one to warrant me spending the extra cash on it?

David T
(DaveT) - F
. on 11/21/2007 13:00:19 MST Print View


Edited by DaveT on 11/19/2014 21:25:07 MST.

Jason Smith
(JasonS) - MLife

Locale: Northeast
MLD Poncho on 11/21/2007 14:54:15 MST Print View

I have an MLD Silnylon Poncho and think it was defiantly worth the extra cost. It combined with an MLD soul bivy are my primary shelter when backpacking solo. I have the older 9ft 6in model and feel the extra 6 inches is not necessary. I also own a ID poncho, and to be honest never had much problems using it in the past as well, as most of my backpacking is below tree line in the north east.

John Mowery
(Mow) - F

Locale: Minnesota, USA
Changing to a Poncho Tarp on 11/21/2007 16:19:33 MST Print View

MLD makes amazing stuff. You won't be sorry you spent the extra money for several reasons:
1. The hood is very well designed, much better than its competors. It rolls away tightly when set up as a tarp. When used as a poncho it protects very well.
2. The catenary cut. It pitches tighter - and therefore is more quiet in wind - than it's competors.

I sat under the tarp last summer during a two hour long thunderstorm and was surprised at it's ability to stay taught and quiet in some pretty strong wind.

I also own the SMD Gatewood cape. It's also a great piece of gear, but I find that I like to bring the MLD pochotarp and a bivy more often. I like the way the MLD fits as a poncho better. But the SMD offers more storm protection. I still can't decide which I like better!

michael trafton

Locale: South East
Changing to a pncho tarp on 11/21/2007 17:07:24 MST Print View

My wife made a poncho using Sil-Nylon, 13 oz with tie downs. Its large enough to cover my pack, so I do not carry a pack cover. I also cut the rain fly and vestable of my tent, so the the tarp doubles as rain fly, and vesable for my tent. I have seen that som just use the tarp. How dificulte is it to stay dry during heavy rain with out using a tent also. I'm not sure if its worth getting wet to save 2 Lb. 13 oz.

George Matthews
(gmatthews) - MLife
Re: Changing to a Poncho Tarp on 11/21/2007 18:05:04 MST Print View

I've made the transition to a poncho tarp. Used GoLite for a couple of months while waiting for my MLD. I used a BMW Vapr bivy with the Golite and was delighted with the results.

My MLD sil pro arrived last week. I played with it in the backyard. Easy to set up. The way the hood rolls up and is secured is great. It is made really well. Definitely a great value. Worth the wait too.

I think the Golite is good, too. However, if you have the extra bucks then go for the MLD. I'm glad it is now my new home away from home.

I'm going to try it in the wild as soon as I can. Did I mention that I like the MLD : ) OK, maybe I get a bit excited about high quality craftsmanship at a fair price.

David Wills
(willspower3) - F
Re: Changing to a Poncho Tarp on 11/21/2007 19:33:48 MST Print View

I like my homemade spinoff of the MLD pro poncho. Its not cat cut, is made from $1/ yd silnylon, and lacks some features of the MLD- hang loops, reinforcements, etc. The shape of the poncho is wonderful though. It covers the pack way better than regular ponchos, and it is the perfect 1 person sized tarp. I don't use a bivy and don't feel like I will need to with this. I'd recommend spending the extra money if you can.

Drew Davis
(drewnc2005) - F

Locale: Hillsborough, NC
Re: Changing to a Poncho Tarp on 11/21/2007 21:26:31 MST Print View

John, George, or anyone else that owns the MLD -

Could you guys post some pictures of the hood? I'm particularly curious about BOTH (right and left) sides of the seams where it is sewn onto the "tarp." A picture from the underside of this seam is also something I'd be interested to see. A measurement of the length of the seam where the hood and tarp meet would also be nice.

I'm just a little skeptical of this slit-style and would like to see it first. The picture Ron has on his sight is only of one side. I'd kinda like to see it from the other side and from underneath.

I appreciate it and thanks in advance if anyone could do that...

Edited by drewnc2005 on 11/22/2007 05:43:51 MST.

Dylan Taylor
(nevadas) - F

Locale: California Coast
SMD Gatewood Cape on 11/21/2007 23:44:23 MST Print View

i am enjoying this poncho/tarp quite a bit. it is my first though. i posted a review with some pics if youre interested.

todd h
(funnymoney) - MLife

Locale: SE
Re: SMD Gatewood Cape on 11/22/2007 05:22:32 MST Print View


Nice review, and great pics! Living in Florida I don't get views like that anymore....

I, too, have the Cape and am trying to adapt it for buggy Florida.


George Matthews
(gmatthews) - MLife
Re: Re: Changing to a Poncho Tarp on 11/22/2007 06:51:47 MST Print View

>>> underside of this seam

mld 2

Edited by gmatthews on 11/22/2007 06:52:34 MST.