Rating: 5 / 5
Last weekend I went on an 18 mile overnighter on the AT in southwestern Virginia. The elevation gain and loss was a little over 7000 feet. The daytime temperatures were roughly in the high 70s; and at night it got down just below 60.
I used four items from Mountain Laurel Designs. The Ark pack, the Soul side zip bivy, and the silnylon poncho, and the Spirit Quilt.
We had one squall of intense rain for about 10 minutes during which time I was using the poncho. Very easy to pull out of the back pouch of the pack and put on. It comes with a bungee cord which you can put around your waist to control flapping. The temperature at that point was in the low 70s and I did not heat up, however I was only wearing it for 10 minutes. But there is something about the breeze that can blow through a poncho which I find attractive.
It took about four minutes to set the poncho up using six carabiners to attach the lines. The pitch was quite taut. I did not have any rain or breeze that evening.
Using a poncho for both rain gear and a tarp is as they say "not for everyone." I think it's useful to give it a try on an overnighter with a decent weather forecast. For those who are looking for a poncho to use as a tarp, this one is well worth considering: easy to set up as a tarp and easy to use as a poncho.
6 biners 0.6 oz