Looking for tarp/poncho recommendations

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  1. Ken Fisher

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    I’ve slowly been working my way through the 5 C’s, putting together my kit. Most had been pretty obvious and relatively easy. Now I’ve come to cover. There are a lot of tarps and ponchos out there and I could use some guidance.

    I’ll be sticking to day trips for the rest of this year and I’m leaning towards a poncho. Out of necessity I need to look for inexpensive options, but would like to get the best quality I can.

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks
    Ken
     
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    Gatewood Cape. Aside from shelter and rain poncho functionality, I regularly use mine for winter day trip lunch/tea breaks as a bothy bag (full and 3/4), and luxury heat (solar or Palmer Furnace). Also has some unexpectedly nice bug repellent properties in summer.
     
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    Looks amazing, but also out of my price range right now.
     
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    No idea how I missed that, that’s what I had in mind.
     
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    USGI poncho. Many sources around but for brand-new-right-from-the-source:

    https://www.orcind.com/product/wet-weather-poncho-universal-camo/

    You'll see two options (I have both):

    the ACU pattern; like the historical ponchos; warning print on the outside, coating on the outside, waist drawcord. the description says chemically sealed neck

    the solid green; no warning print, coating on the INside, no waist drawcord. the description says tape sealed neck

    Otherwise they both have the same dimensions, same grommets, same reinforcements.
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    The German zelt Bahn! There was a post in the last few days about a surplus one. $30 both a tent and poncho. Or the polish lavvu
     
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    The German shelter halves are awesome, but would be awfully heavy for hiking more than a short distance. Those poor bastards in the Bundeswehr....

    I keep the USGI poncho in my pack.
     
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    Yea they did good at making heavy gear...
     
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    I use a Silnylon poncho by MyTrail previously GoLite it looks like that's not going to be an option once again.

    Equinox sells a similar one

    As does Sea to Summit

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    But likely the best poncho tarp ever made outside of the Gatewood is the MLD Pro Poncho Tarp. Well out of my price range unfortunately.
     
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    I've got a Gatewood Cape, a USGI poncho (2 actually), and a BCUSA poncho. For a budget option, I'd go with an older USGI woodland poncho, though they are getting harder to find in good condition. The newer ACU one is lighter and I've heard that it's slightly smaller (but don't know). Still, a good piece of gear (just not an ACU fan myself). The Swiss Alpenflage poncho is heavier but cheap (or used to be... haven't looked in awhile.) You might also look into NATO surplus as well.
     
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    I use a 20$ “Arcturus” ripstop nylon poncho from amazon as it gets used for a ground sheet, insulated seat, Fanny pack and all sorts of abusive roles. If I was looking to use one exclusively for shade, shelter and as a poncho the gatewood cape looks fantastic. If your willing to do a little sewing then cheap works well.
     
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    Have a DD Hammock light weight poncho, which doubles as a tarp. Recommended.
     
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    So far I've only used those plastic poly tarps at my camp.But other than that my 10 x 10 W-Up Bird is my favorite.Got it off Amazon.
    • Made of 210T Dacron,the tent tarp offers long-lasting wear with excellent water-shedding capabilities.
    • 8 Nylon Ropes with adjusters,8 Aluminum Stakes and a dark green carrying bag.
    • Size: 10 x 10 Feet,The fly tarp weights 1.86lbs. Making it convenient to take on trips or store when not in use.
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    • Shelter I built using a poly tarp.
     
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    https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1918701663?pid=520580

    Sorry for the delay in adding words to the posted link. A family "urgent-but-not-vital" matter took precedence.

    I'm still fiddling with these, but so far they're quite adaptable. They're double-layered and therefore almost as heavy as two ponchos, but for use as an individual shelter the greater width (6' 4" as opposed to 4' 8") is better. As always, YMMV
     
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    I just bought one of these. I was hoping it would be a heavier material. It will work, but no better than a $20 one off Amazon. It was part of a bigger order but I would feel ripped off by the time you figure postage if purchased alone.
     
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    PS: I got two "Grade 2" tarps and, not only were they $10 cheaper, they're both in excellent condition.
     
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    Darn, that's pretty disappointing.
     
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    Unless I've missed something, BCO sells great tarps at affordable prices, I have the BCO OD tarp/poncho, BCO 5'x7' MEST, and their 10'x10' tarp in Coyote color all are from three to five years old, all have been excellent.
    I believe they are made in America from American made materials, it's always good to support our own, and better still when its such high quality at bargain prices. :42:
     
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