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    Need some help deciding on a poncho.

    Title says it all, looking for suggestions. I was really looking at a Swiss poncho (http://www.amazon.com/BudK-Swiss-Cam...eywords=poncho)

    Cheap and seems to be very durable. Only downfall is 2lbs of weight..
    Thanks for any suggestions!

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    I've got a GoLite poncho tarp. 7oz. I like it.
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    Its a little pricey, and a bit heavier (14.8 oz), but I've been carrying an Exped Bivy Poncho UL for a while.

    http://www.moontrail.com/exped-bivy-poncho-ul.php

    I've been meaning to see if I can use the snaps to rig it as a UQ protector. Guess i should get on that.

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    I made a lightweight poncho to replace a heavy military poncho. Here's a link:

    http://www.whiteblaze.net/forum/show...ncho&highlight=

    Much easier than you might think. Prior to making one, I had my eye on a golite model.

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    Haven't made the purchase just yet but strongly considering this Cuben fiber poncho from zpacks: http://www.zpacks.com/accessories/gr...t_poncho.shtml

    Just got back from a trip to the Grand Tetons and constantly changing in and out of my rain suit was a major pain. It rained on us every day off and on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sbeauchamp View Post
    Just got back from a trip to the Grand Tetons and constantly changing in and out of my rain suit was a major pain. It rained on us every day off and on.
    Wasn't that rain in the Tetons accompanied by wind?
    I tried a poncho years ago (one trip) and the *&^% thing spent its time blowing around.
    From then on it was a pack cover and rain gear for me. Unless it was a real deluge I found I could skip the rain pants on/off; but that was usually wearing wool pants or similar. (showin' my age....)

    If I'd had the Exped poncho, I probably would be a poncho convert to this day. It's a well thought out piece of gear , from the video:
    Exped poncho video on YouTube

    I do like Exped gear!
    Last edited by VictoriaGuy; 09-27-2013 at 23:10.

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    I have a Swiss Poncho, it is huge, I could set up house keeping in it. Decidedly over kill, it is heavy, sweaty, very ample, tough as all get out.

    I used mine twice, it was just too much. I have a Hennessy, a WWII army poncho, also one from GoLite. They are all different, serve different purposes. The Swiss Poncho is by far the largest and the heaviest. I think it would be great for BigFoot or someone over 6 ft 4 ins. Great for sitting around, maybe while hunting, add a little heat a chair and some lunch, a hunter would have it made. LOL

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    I have the same question. I finally tore my beloved and abused US army poncho. I am looking for its replacement.

    I really want the same thing but, less weight would be nice. I use the snaps, and strings and all of the grommets. I also want one the same dimensions to fit with my poncho liners. It is a really versatile piece of gear and has proven indispensable over many adventures (if I could put in a sappy love story video here I would). It has been probably the most used and abused piece of gear I have next to my hat.

    Does such a thing exist? If there is a way to improve on it I am interested.
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    Re: Need some help deciding on a poncho.

    Quote Originally Posted by Caveman View Post
    I've got a GoLite poncho tarp. 7oz. I like it.
    +1 for the Golite. It's awesome, light, and doubles as a tarp for nighttime

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