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    Be pretty easy to add a couple peices of paracord, then "roll" the hood down and tie it at the ridgeline. That would seal pretty good, I think.
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    re hippofeet

    Just talked to Brandon at War Bonnet, I'm getting some scraps for a fee to make the hood. I figure it will be done in a month or two.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gqgeek81 View Post
    Not a bad idea..

    For a larger tarp you could probably move the hood to one end and have either some tie ups or velcro added so you can reef the excess. ....
    The Six Moon Designs Gatewood Cape poncho shelter uses toggles and loops to tuck the extra fabric up underneath on the sides. It doesn't look stylish, but it works great.

    My poncho is about 45" from the rear of the head hole to the hem in front. That brings it just below my knees. The back is long so it covers my pack and tucks under. You don't want it too long front or back or you can catch your boot on it and trip-- think stepping up on a steep section of trail. Just below your knee makes a great mate with tall gaiters and you can just about toss your rain pants. Or make some chaps while you have the sewing machine out. I secure the poncho with a cord for a belt, using a loop on one side and mitten hook and a toggle to adjust it. The belt really helps with wind and brush.

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    i would like one too.. but only in cuben

    looks like i need to save up and get a roll of cuben LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by krshome View Post
    New easer better design longer in the rear to cover pack.
    I bet you could put mating Velcro tabs about halfway on the diagonals and end up with nearly true sleeves, and it that doesn't work, you can proceed with tucking them under Perhaps a small loop to add to the apex ends to go around your hands? Add a cord for a waist belt and you'll have a very weatherly poncho and tarp. It will work for ground pitching too.

    If the neck opening is a slit, it will tend to close by itself under tension. If the collar on the hood is tall enough, just drawing the hood drawstring tight will seal it good 'nuff. You can play with putting a loop on the top of the hood and tying it down the side of the tarp too. Some designs pull the hood out with a line to a branch, etc.

    Here's what a slit opening looks like hanging loose:


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    Cape!

    Here is another idea if you use a rain hat how about a cape.
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    Quote Originally Posted by krshome View Post
    Here is another idea if you use a rain hat how about a cape.
    With that arrangement, I would add a flap with Velcro to cover the head slit in tarp mode, hooks on the flap and loops on the chin side. You could tuck the flap in behind your neck while hiking and that would cover the hook side. You could even have a little strip of loop on the inside to hold the flap in place when tucked in.

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    Here's some pictures of the MLD poncho, that uses a slit design.
    http://www.mountainlaureldesigns.com...products_id=53

    I've never tried it, but I would shy away from making it so the head slit goes from side to side. I doubt it'd be very comfortable or fit very well.

    May have to make one just for kicks and grins.

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    On a logistics side, would this mean that if it is raining when you get to your campsite, you have to choose between having a poncho or setting up? If it starts raining after setting up, you have no raingear? I think I would want to take both.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alamosa View Post
    On a logistics side, would this mean that if it is raining when you get to your campsite, you have to choose between having a poncho or setting up? If it starts raining after setting up, you have no raingear? I think I would want to take both.
    You are correct Alamosa.
    There is a gray area. The poncho tarp has its multi-purpose, lightweight benefits, and its shortcomings. Just like any piece of gear, hyoh.
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