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Mitchell Ebbott
(mebbott) - F - M

Locale: SoCal
Re: Re: Red Ledge Backpacker Poncho at REI $17 on 02/22/2014 22:02:16 MST Print View

I picked mine up last night. Mine comes in at 12 oz. Seems sturdy, and I'd be fine using it with a bivy as my main shelter on a trip where I'm not expecting rain. There are still some in stock if you haven't grabbed one yet!

I do have a question: when I'm setting it up as a shelter, what do I do with the hood? Is there some accepted way to deal with this on poncho tarps?

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Re: Re: Red Ledge Backpacker Poncho at REI $17 on 02/23/2014 00:07:19 MST Print View

It should be fine as a head end shelter for a fully weatherproof bivy.

You can tie off the hood like the end of a bread sack or tether it out so it's not the low point. Some designers have tried flaps or made it right on the ridgeline seam with Velcro to close it off.

Adam Kramer
(rbeard) - F

Locale: ATL, Southern Appalachia
Red Ledge Poncho now $12 on 03/05/2014 12:46:25 MST Print View

with coupon SECRET25

Edited by rbeard on 03/05/2014 12:47:02 MST.

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Red Ledge Poncho now $12 on 03/05/2014 13:19:34 MST Print View

Adam, you're more trouble than a Sierra Trading Post email flyer :) I'm putting my hands over my ears and singing LALALALALALALALA!

John Jonas
(hjuan99) - MLife
buy on 03/05/2014 13:47:19 MST Print View

At $12 I definitely bought one.

D S
(smoke) - F
Coupon Code on 03/05/2014 14:19:39 MST Print View

I tried to buy something else and could not get the SECRET25 code to work. Is there some type of restriction on it?

John Jonas
(hjuan99) - MLife
tarp? on 03/13/2014 20:32:17 MDT Print View

Ok, maybe I am just missing something here. I picked it up at REI today and I'm not seeing how to convert this to "tarp mode". I thought it was going to be like the Golite poncho tarp. ->

Poncho Tarp

As you can see in that picture, there are multiple tieouts along the tarp, and at least some form of attachment system in the apex to the trekking pole.

With the red ledge.....there are 4 corner tieouts, and that's it. Not sure how you are supposed to "elevate it" or attach it to a trekking pole? There isn't a loop or hole, or ? along the middle sides.

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - F

Locale: west coast best coast
tieouts on 03/13/2014 20:37:40 MDT Print View

It's very easy to create your own tie-out on the spot. Find a small, smooth pebble and gather the tarp material around it. Tie rope around the base of where it's gathered and you have a sort of button that acts as a tie-out. I've made shelters out of plastic sheeting this way.

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: tarp? on 03/13/2014 21:51:19 MDT Print View

Ponchos are minimalist shelters at best and this one is a. little smaller than the GoLite. It would make a better than nothing at all emergency shelter, although if the weather was bad, I might prefer wearing it and sitting under a tree. If rigging as a shelter, I think a classic lean-to would be the way to go. It could be strung from trees or brush to use on a rest stop or as a cook shelter.

Other than the pebble trick, you can buy plastic clamp-on tie down gizmos made for storage tarps. The best way would be to stich in a few webbing loops.

Mitchell Ebbott
(mebbott) - F - M

Locale: SoCal
Re: tarp? on 03/13/2014 21:56:48 MDT Print View

I'm planning to just stitch in some nylon webbing loops along the side of mine. Should be easy enough.

John Jonas
(hjuan99) - MLife
tarp on 03/13/2014 22:01:27 MDT Print View

Ok, thanks for the suggestions. I'll try a classic lean to and I appreciate the button idea (though I could do the grommet or sew a tie out). I'll see how it goes tomorrow and whether its worth the trouble or not. I was hoping it was going to be more of a golite clone. The MLD poncho tarp looks super nice (and looks like a legitimate shelter but I'm not paying $170.

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: Re: tarp? on 03/13/2014 22:15:11 MDT Print View

"Ponchos are minimalist shelters at best and this one is a little smaller than the GoLite. It would make a better than nothing at all emergency shelter, although if the weather was bad, I might prefer wearing it and sitting under a tree."

7.6' X 4.3' is too small for a shelter. A standard sized poncho/tarp at 8' X 5' really needs a bivy.

For day hikes a rain jacket is a better idea and can be lighter. If you need it as a shelter (even an emergency shelter) it is too small. Might as well spend a little more money and get something that works. The GoLite works, and for the price is good for what it is.

Andrew Urlacher
(anarkhos) - M

Locale: Front Range CO
Wetting Out? on 03/23/2014 15:34:56 MDT Print View

Do these ponchos wet-out at all under heavy rain or is that not an issue since they are designed as "shelters" and not pretending to be made of "breathable" fabric?

My Marmot rain jacket I've had forever wets out after a bit and I'm looking to make the switch to a poncho that is truly waterproof (and lighter).

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Wetting Out? on 03/23/2014 18:02:43 MDT Print View

Not breathable. Wetting out kills breathability, but *shouldn't* cause leaks. The water will roll off this stuff

Mitchell Ebbott
(mebbott) - F - M

Locale: SoCal
In Use on 04/14/2014 11:42:56 MDT Print View

I took the poncho out on a trip recently and set it up. There was no rain in the forecast, so I ended up just sleeping out under the stars, but I think I would have been just fine in this set-up in a moderate rainstorm.

I sewed in some webbing in the middle of each long side in order to be able to set it up this way. This was with my home-made Silnylon and Tyvek bivy.

Poncho Tarp 1

Poncho Tarp 2

Poncho Tarp 3