As I approach the 4lb pack weight barrier for Summer and light shoulder season, I'm thinking about my shelter and a modded MLD Poncho/Tarp specifically w/ a beak. I live in the NE and have been through some nasty rain storms, and don't want to get caught out:
For the record I'm 5-9 and 195 lbs, athletic build.
I currently own a .51CF Bear Paw Wilderness Cub Den 1.5:
It gives great coverage and comes in around 10.26oz w/ bug netting, and no guy lines.
Positives about this setup:
- Great rain coverage
- Bug netting is for entire living space, not just my head, or my body, or apart of bivy.
- Separate rain coverage for hiking vs. in camp (DriDucks jacket)
- Separate jacket allows me full rain coverage for JRB quilt while being warn as insulating layer in camp.
- Any splash that might come into the shelter, I can protect foot end of quilt by wear trash compactor bag
Anyway, I originally considered an MLD Cuben Fiber Poncho/Tarp:
It would be a multi-use gear item, acting as shelter and rain jacket.
I had a few problems with this shelter:
- Would it provide enough coverage? My GoLite poncho/tarp is bigger than the MLD offering, and I felt pretty vulnerable during bad rain storms in A-frame configuration.
- With the smaller MLD Poncho/Tarp, I'd most likely have to carry a bivy, this would negate weight savings in the overall equation vs. the Bear Paw Cub Den 1.5 and dedicated Driducks jacket.
- When wearing the JRB quilt as an insulating layer plus the poncho, the down could get wet via the sides of the poncho (I considered a custon cuben Epiphany quilt w/ slit for my head, to ditch the bivy, but didn't want the clamminess).
Well....after thinking some more about getting down to 4lb base weight (for the heck of it), I wanted to revisit the MLD Poncho Tarp. I'd have to deal with a head net for bug shelter, but other than that I think I can shed some decent weight by using the Poncho/Tarp as multi-use item and getting rid of the dedicated Bear Paw Cub Den 1.5 shelter and DriDucks rain jacket.
So here's the idea.... I think the Poncho/Tarp in half-pyramid mode would give great coverage on three sides, but leaves the last side wide open:
If you don't guess where the rain is going to come from, you're screwed, especially without a bivy. I'm glad to see the user in the thread above is 6-3 so I know I'd physically fit, but it's all about the exposed side. So.... I'd like to buy an MLD Poncho tarp (or have another manufacturer willing to do custom work do the same) and have them add a beak to the Poncho that would be rolled up when wearing the item in poncho mode. Kinda like the beak on current Hexamid shelters:
This would afford me a few things:
- Beak is less weight than a bivy, while potentially giving me the better rain protection I want.
- CF beaks are so light, I prob wouldn't notice much lopsidedness while wearing it in poncho mode
- I no long need to carry dedicated shelter and dedicated rain jacket.
- Of course, would this be enough coverage?
- I think the bigger the beak, the better, but making sure it wasn't too big (weight) or too small (not enough coverage and would prevent pitching in A-frame) would need some additional though and prototyping.
- Still have the issue of getting the JRB down quilt wet through the sides of the poncho, but then again, I can't recall the last time I actually hiked while wearing down.
- Might I get cold in the rain, the closer to the shoulder seasons I get with wet arms while wearing the poncho? Then I'd prob have to add a wind shirt a give back more if the initial weight savings.
Thanks for brainstorming with me! Super psyched we have a sub forum! :)