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w b
(Lumen) - F
Poncho/ Tarp on 03/06/2010 14:35:44 MST Print View

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 ?


Luke Schmidt
(Cameron) - MLife

Locale: The WOODS
Equinox on 03/06/2010 15:37:20 MST Print View

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.

Dean F.
(acrosome) - MLife

Locale: Back in the Front Range
Gatewood Cape on 03/06/2010 17:01:43 MST Print View

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.

SMD page:

BPL review:

BPL member reviews:

Do you know about the MLD Rain Chaps, instead of wearing full rain pants with a poncho? See:

Edited by acrosome on 03/06/2010 17:05:59 MST.

Frank Deland

Locale: On the AT in VA
Gatewood Cape on 03/06/2010 17:14:14 MST Print View

The Gatewood makes an excellent tent-like shelter, and has a full zipper front as a poncho.

Gary Boyd
(debiant) - F

Locale: Mid-west
Campmor... on 03/06/2010 17:59:53 MST Print View

has there's listed for 45... if you're on a budget. I think it only has tie downs on the corners though.

James Naphas
(naphas13) - MLife

Locale: SoCal
Re: Campmor... on 03/06/2010 18:28:06 MST Print View

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.

w b
(Lumen) - F
Golite, Frogtoggs ? on 03/07/2010 04:22:42 MST Print View

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 ?


Gary Boyd
(debiant) - F

Locale: Mid-west
It is... on 03/07/2010 06:57:59 MST Print View

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).

w b
(Lumen) - F
poncho/tarp on 03/07/2010 08:27:46 MST Print View

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.