Going to a sporting event this weekend that looks like its calling for rain. The venue has a very strict bag policy...in fact, bags are prohibited unless you have childcare or medical needs. We have both but are only allowed one small 14x14x4 bag to carry a few small childcare and medical items and rain gear for the 5 of us. The wife and kids have decent compact ponchos but I'm a little bigger so that stuff is always too uncomfortable unless I buy a larger one...then that's about the cost of a cheaper poncho shelter on amazon... I'd love to own a MEST, but funds are tight so I can only spend 10 to 15 unless it's a great deal then I'll go 20...Anyone have any experience with any of them on amazon?