Ernie, thanks for alerting me to that. I asked them to confirm I am getting the Sil-nylon and not the cheap nylon one. Maybe you can still get it at the other location for $39 + shipping.
EDIT: got an email; they do not have the poncho..
"..there was a mix up with the item description and we don't carry the ultra sil tarp poncho. You have not been charged for this order. Sorry for the mix up."
So I'll order it from the other place..
EDIT 2: No I wont! Checked again; the other site was wrong ALSO, showing the sil-nylon picture for the cheaper model.. lame..
I'm going with a $24 military sil-nylon poncho...
Franko, great idea; Im going to try that with my BlackDiamond HiLight; it's a great tent with a terrible OEM vestibule that must be staked out anyway; maybe this will be a better solution. Your tent/tarp combo looks great in that picture; color coordinated and everything! Do you use your hiking pole(s)?
Dale, I too have the AM Bivy bag, the 2 person model. It is good peace-of-mind to toss that in my pack, and I carry it on day hikes as my minimum sleep system. This 10 oz S2S tarp will become my minimum shelter system. Like you, even on day hikes I carry one of each essential item; in the event an injury has me waiting for help.
Honestly, I never thought I'd buy Sea 2 Summit again after testing their sil-nylon "dry" bags; the nylon leaks at a hydrostatic head of about 2"; but I figure a free-standing tarp or poncho will never see that level of water pressure.
(ps, for a truly water resistant stuffsack, I use the SealLine Storm Sacks)
The Backcountry.com description of this S2S poncho is really funny..
"Some days it’s so crappy outside your tent that you can’t make yourself climb outside and get started on the next ten miles of the Pacific Crest Trail. Lucky for you, Sea to Summit just started making this Siliconized Cordura Tarp-Poncho. The guyout lines slap against your shins will skipping down the trail and then get pounded into the ground when it’s time for sleep. You could conceivably hike the entire California coast without ever having to leave your tent. The hard part will be trying to convince someone to climb in there with you—maybe that friend who was the back half of your horse last Halloween wants to go for a hike."