For hiking this spring and summer I want to outfit my family with lightweight raingear. I have two kids- 6 & * years old. We will be doing at least two weeklong trips in the Sierra.
After using a ULA rain skirt in a few brief showers last summer I'm sold on it for below-the-belt raingear. That leaves upper body and pack. I'm thinking that modified silnylon ponchos will do best there. SMD's Gatewood Cape is interesting but I don't need them to double as shelters. Also the kids will need much smaller versions.
The basic question is what shape should I start with, and what sort of cut? Flat could be rectangular like a plain poncho, diamond shaped with finger loops at the points, round? What about shaped- conic, etc.
Thanks in advance. My sewing machine is at the ready.