I'm a new member here. Hello!
So, I've been backpacking for a while and actually thought I used to carry lightweight gear until I found this site and realized that I carry kinda heavy gear compared to you gear junkies! Most of my stuff is at least 3 years old and all bought on REI, so, it is in no way light compared to most of your setups. So call me a ultralight novice!
So, I'm looking into a poncho/tarp. I read the review here for the GoLite poncho tarp, but it is for the old model. On GoLite's website now, their poncho tarp is listed at 7oz and is made of a new material compared to the review. I was wondering if anyone here has used the new version of it and what they think about it. It has come down to the GoLite or the MSD Pro. I know people love the MSD, but is it really worth double the price? $80 vs. $155 (and the MSD is 3oz heavier).
My setup consists of a heavy 2lb Outdoor Research bivy. I know it's wayyyy heavy compared to what most people here use, though I use it without any tarp at all. It's 100% waterproof, and with the netting, it's bug proof, too. I've slept in it in the open in a nightlong downpour and stayed 100% dry, many times. So, while I don't really need a tarp, I hate leaving my pack exposed next to my bivy, (currently with a Sea-to-Summit pack cover). I also hike with my dog. He actually usually crawls into my bivy with me, but I'm tired of getting my sleeping bag all dirty from him.
So, instead of bringing the raingear, the pack cover, and getting my bag/bivy dirty from my dog, I figure adding a nice poncho/tarp is the way to go. I figure my pup will be comfortable sleeping outside of my bivy, but secured under the tarp.
So the big question is: has anyone used the 'new' GoLite poncho, and how does it compare to the MSD? Also, I really like the pyramid setup as shown on the GoLite website, but I figure that's a non-issue since the MSD can be configured that way, too.
As a side note, I was thinking of just getting a tarp, and was leaning towards the Granite Gear White Lightnin 8X10 tarp, but I feel that the poncho/tarp is much more versatile and I'd be able to carry one less thing.
Thanks! I'm excited to be a part of the BPL community. I've learned a lot just in the last few days reading the site.
This is my pup.