The bush poncho?

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  1. NJStricker

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    So the other week I was watching Return of the Jedi with the boys. As we were watching the Ewok forest scenes, a couple things occurred to me. First, Princess Leia's belt reminded me of the bushcraft kit belts that have been the topic of a couple of threads on here recently. (OK, first thought was that Princess Leia is still dad-gum attactive, even in camo in the forest).

    Second (third?) thought was the camo poncho could be a neat, multi-purpose piece of bushcraft kit. Not as a rain poncho per se, those are already pretty much covered. But a light canvas short poncho, as worn here, could be a quick garment to throw on on a cool fall morning when you just need to take a little chill off. Would make a decent sit pad or kneel pad with a little work area. Spread flat on the ground for a small ground cloth. Or use it to bundle up gear to tie to an improvised Roycroft frame. And in an earthen tone, or even camo, the loose folds could make a great garment for hunting similar to a ghillie suit without snagging as much as you move through the woods.

    I might have to pick up some canvas drop cloth to try out the concept.

    Thoughts?

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    Cool - like an open arm anorak.
     
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    Pretty much. I'm thinking 4x6 or 4x7 should do it. A little longer in the back to accomodate sitting. A length of paracord sewn in back to tie around your waist, like the old GI ponchos. You could still wear a HPG kit bag and have access to it through the folds if using it for CCW.
     
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    deleted... subject is more about uninsulated canvas ponchos.
     
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    Something like this
     
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    Yep, and HPG has their Mountain Serape. The thing I have in mind would be just a simple canvas version. Maybe waxed. Maybe not. I might not even bother with a hood. Kind of a Mors Kochanski meets Clint Eastwood type poncho.

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    Pretty close. I haven't seen one of those East German cape/tarp garments since the late 90's.

    That flooding was the highest I've seen it in the 14 years I've lived here.
     
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    Sounds kinda useful. Reminds me of Rambo First Blood.
     
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    YES! I would probably want the neck hole a little larger, and hem the edges.

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    Get a German zeltbahn shelter half (Varusteleka is selling them in pairs for about $30). They can also be worn as ponchos, with or without hoods.
     
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    I have a russian plash palatka, which is a lot bigger, but then again it also is a wearable shelter and can be used as a fairly roomy tarp as well.
    I don't see why such a poncho would be an advantage over a lighter jacket. It is flappy, wind blows right into it and because of this you'll lose quite some warmth. Maybe as a windprotection for the torso?
     
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    She looked better in the gold slavegirl bikini.:32:
    Just sayin'.:rolleyes:
     
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    Most definitely! But that was desert wear. . .
     
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    I love that idea! I also happen to have a roll of woodland camouflage fabric itching to be used.
     
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    My Dad made a "hunting jacket" back in the early 70's from an old army pup tent. It was similar to Clints mexican serape seen above except it had ties on the sides and 2 big belt line to mid chest high open top pockets on the front and back. Kind of like the upland bird hunters vest of today.
    I remember those pockets would fill up with water in the rain and hold it like a canvas bucket. You'd get heavier and heavier as you walked till you had to stop and lean over to pour the water out. Great idea for fall and winter, hot as bejezzus in the summer though. :)
     
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    Interesting. I wouldn't wear this in summer though. For me this would be when temps are between 55 &70 here in the Midwest.
     
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    I've often wondered about making that star wars camo...maybe a technique similar or the same as tie dying? I'm guessing it would blend really well. Doesn't seem to have any hard edges in color and the natural shadows created by the creases would also help to break up a human outline as well as the over all shape. Add something for head and shoulders, face and hands and you'd be set right.
     
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    Yes, I like the camo idea as well. I still hunt with a crossbow for deer, so that's part of the interest. Tie dye would work. My guess is the Star Wars version was done with air brush.
     
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    A couple years ago I made a poncho, well, more a serape I guess, from camo burlap I picked up at Academy.

    Used it for still hunting and a little extra warmth. Worked well and was cheap, but I didn't bother with any hemming. Used the excess to cut in strips to camo the gun.
     
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    I actually built a ghillie poncho about 20 years ago, before you could buy the ready-made suits from Cabelas. It worked well, I had a doe walk right up to within 10 feet of me before the season started. I was on the ground sitting on a stump.
     
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    It was a rattlecan spraypaint job
     
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    That makes sense now it's mentioned. Does in fact, look like airbrush or spray can.... interesting idea... Been wondering about that a long time....looks useful...
     
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    It really does look like a good camo, though.
    I always wanted to try a tie- dyed camo.
     
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    You might get by with a Tentsmith's Watch Coat. Their site says they make a closed front style too, which might be poncho-esque.
    They are made from oil cloth, which should be lighter than a canvas material. Maybe more like a summer rain gear. The canvas sounds nice, too. Maybe more abrasive?
     
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    That looks like a cottage industry for someone. You may have a good market.
     
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    I’ve been wanting to make more of my own gear. Product testing first. But lots of good suggestions here for similar products.
     
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