Rating: 5 / 5
This Golite gear is made of a rugged silnylon. It has snaps to help shorten its length when worn as a poncho. It is useful to run a guide line over the top of it between the supporting poles to help keep the hood up and closed tight when being used as a shelter. I have two knobs of tape around my hiking poles set at different heights, so if it is wet, windy weather, I can pitch the tarp lower to the ground at a preset condition. Remember this is a minimal shelter. Be used to tarp camping before you use this as your only shelter. Remember, too, if you have this as your only raingear, you have to remove it to set it up! I cheat and carry a lightweight rain jacket for the times you need to be out in the rain when your tarp is up. With a poncho your arms are exposed in the rain. I like the Sierra Designs Isotope (sp???) Rain Jacket that I read about at this website. When compared to the Gatewood cape from Six Moon Designs, I would say that the Golite is a more durable poncho because of the more rugged nylon, but not as good as a shelter, because the Cape sets up more like a tent with a zippered door. The zipper also gives you more venting options when worn as a poncho. Both fit nicely over the pack with the Golite being a tighter fit and maybe flaps a bit less in a wind (hard to judge that, however) As a tarp, I use the Golite set up with the ridgeline down the middle 90% of the times I have used it. There are other options as to its pitching set up. I beleive both these products are reviewed by BPL with photos. Check out the Reviews of Gear.