I just spent the last 4 nights underneath a 5x8.5 poncho tarp. it rained last night, snowed lightly night before, and was dry the first two nights. I really like this poncho thing, but i just cant get around the bug issue. i'm pretty chill when it comes to insects but arachnids wig me out, and god forbid i camp in skeetsville should i end up in the enchantment lskes this summer.
i like the zpacks hexamid solo, the netting design is sweet, but my poncho is multi-purpose and almost 2oz lighter. i cant sacrifice a multi-use shelter.
So i ask for input and thoughts on this idea, which i'm almost certain i'll carry out; whit if a poncho had the mesh of a hexamid? it could velcro or pin up to the shoulder ridge of the poncho underside when worn, and it could have a 18-24" velcro opening where the wearer puts their head through the hood. it woud be big enough to pitch the tarp as high as the hex, and would have to accomodate pyramid, a-frame, diamond and half-pyramid pitches. i'll begin next week, i think this can be done and be functional.