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You know I have been giving some thought to cutting back kit and saving weight and going back to a poncho for rain gear and a shelter was a thought - but I can't get past just how miserable a poncho is in wet weather compared to rain gear.
Shane good point ash good point as well . Ash your kid done a brilliant job for himself there, you taught him well .
it all comes back to what others have said, peoples equipment are a personal choice to meet their needs or wants.
No-one is right or wrong.
I always like reading what people do themselves actual hands on things even if would not do myself or use that equipment myself. I like to see how others rate use this equipment and if at all curious i will try myself with open mind.
I think this is the reason i don't pay alot of attention to reviews or make many of my own. what one says is the best it may be the worst in another persons view.
trial and error can be expensive but at least you are happy from your findings and not dissappointed by others reviews.
Shane I really think it depends on the poncho. my Swiss poncho is probably the very best garment have ever worn for those really miserable wet and soggy days you get up at the snow-line; even in a wind it is OK
While my Dutch poncho just lets the wind in and feels clammy.
The Swiss one is a dedicated rain garment tho and is totally single use while the Dutch unit can be used as a shelter; it is designed a half of a 2-man shelter like the Australian hootchie.
I just purchased a second Dutch poncho, I am going to cut a few feet off it and stitch the extra length to the other; to make a better one man shelter that can also provide rain shelter in an emergency, should only take a few minutes with the machine and some sealant