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P ritch
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Locale: Seattle area
Sil_Poncho Beaks? on 08/31/2009 12:50:18 MDT Print View

So has anyone ever made beaks for their ID Sil-Poncho? Are the plastic grommets available so that they would snap right into the tarp body?

Is the OD green silnylon that ID uses available anywhere else?

Thanks

Kristofor Hallee
(hart_atk) - F

Locale: Canadian Rockies
sil on 09/06/2009 20:11:25 MDT Print View

JJ P- where are you located?

Troy Ammons
(tammons) - F
Beak on 09/07/2009 09:29:16 MDT Print View

Not for that one, but I added a 2'-6" flat beak to a campmor extended poncho to make more of a forester setup.

I just used grosgrain loops for the new tieouts.

P ritch
(Flix) - F

Locale: Seattle area
Re: sil on 09/07/2009 20:37:44 MDT Print View

I'm in the Seattle area.

P ritch
(Flix) - F

Locale: Seattle area
Re: Beak on 09/07/2009 20:38:58 MDT Print View

Troy, I'd love to see pics of your beaked poncho.

Troy Ammons
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Sil_Poncho Beaks on 09/07/2009 21:50:00 MDT Print View

I have not had a chance to set it up outdoors and take a pic.

Mine is a little more than just a beak. I added 3' to the length and also the flat beak. Its basically 5x12 with a 2'6" point in the middle/IE not permenantly sewn into a drop.

Here is a link to a sketchup of it.
In this form it has a lot of room. 5x11 would be good for most people. I am tall.

http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=23437&skip_to_post=192964#192964

As for adding one onto a 5x9 tarp/poncho if you could imagine this guys setup, then you have a 2'6" pointed beak following the line going out. I folded mine over and have multiple attachement points so I can vary the pitch of the beak.

With a factory tarp it would be somewhat tight, but light. With mine at 12' long I have loops on the back edge at about 15" in from the corners and fold under the flaps. I peg that then rotate the full front corners around to that width. That gives you about 8'6 long x 5' wide x 3'8" high. It could be pitched closer to the ground, with the beak almost touching the ground for more protection.

I also thought about just making a triangle piece to zip in on the open side of the factory tarp. I have not figuerd out how big it would have to be, but that way you could have a zippered entry at the corner.

If you are going to use a longer one, its probably easier to make one from scratch. 2nds sil is cheap and you could make it 5'-2" 5'-4" wide, full width. 4 yards would cost about $28, plus another 2 for the beak $14.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IaYJBG7Puk

Edited by tammons on 09/07/2009 21:52:52 MDT.