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Is there a poncho that converts to a 'real' shelter? I mean, one that has batwings and goes to the ground on the sides? I dig the poncho as an emergency shelter, but I'd like to find something that converts to a shelter against the wind, as well. I don't expect to not feel the wind, but to have protection against the lion's share.

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Maybe the SMD Gatewood Cape ?
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the cape looks like a tent that converts to a poncho.  It shows a person wearing it with a large pack, which it is sufficient to cover.  what if you don't have  a large pack?  is there a way to tie up the extra material.

And what do you wear if you have to go out in the rain to relieve yourself, given that you have now pitched your poncho
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the cape looks like a tent that converts to a poncho.  It shows a person wearing it with a large pack, which it is sufficient to cover.  what if you don't have  a large pack?  is there a way to tie up the extra material.

And what do you wear if you have to go out in the rain to relieve yourself, given that you have now pitched your poncho

I'm working on both of those issues. I think I have a design that will work. As for having to 'go,' that extra garbage bag will do. As for the 'extra' material, I am contemplating a poncho design where one side (head or foot) of the  batwings can be snapped back and out of the way. The other side could be snapped beneath your pack, providing even better protection should it be windy.

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I have a gatewood cape and a large poncho.  I prefer the poncho.  The gatewood in shelter mode, though a bit more stormworthy, for me is a bit cramped.  Poncho also offer greater set up flexibility.
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You might try Mountain Laurel Designs for a poncho/tarp, it might be too small for your needs however.MLD has quality second to none, and there stuff is made here in the States. Unfortunately their wait time is a bit long if you're in a hurry.
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I know someone who used to use a poncho and bivy (of the sleeping bag cover kind) as a primary shelter. I noticed that after one of our two night trips where it started raining at 2 pm while we were hiking, and stopped at 4 am, the poncho vanished, and on every subsequent trip he's had a tent.

I use ponchos for day hikes and haven't yet used one as an emergency shelter, but I like my tarps too much. More room. On really long all day outings, I usually throw in the tarp instead.


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You might try Mountain Laurel Designs for a poncho/tarp, it might be too small for your needs however.MLD has quality second to none, and there stuff is made here in the States. Unfortunately their wait time is a bit long if you're in a hurry.

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I use an MLD poncho tarp with an MLD superlight bivy.  If there is a good rain a you need to batten down it can get a bit claustrophobic, but out here in AZ and for summer hikes in the Sierra this is not much of a problem.
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he Campmor/Equinox poncho-tarps are fantastic, but order a "long", (58 x 104, 9.5 oz., $69.)

Erected in a half-pyramid, this has been my primary shelter for 4 yrs., (I have 8.5 lineal ft. along the back wall to sleep in,) and, because I camp mostly above treeline in CO, it has kept me dry through the most violent wind-driven rain-storms you could ever imagine.

(After one storm above Conundrum HS, the rushing water dug 8" deep gulleys under my Mylar groundsheet, but my gear and I remained dry.)

Later, while walking up to the Hot Springs, I noticed campers in expensive ultralite tents, who were outside their tents literally wringing out their sleeping bags...

Think of it...9.5 oz. for your shelter AND rain gear, (that totally covers your pack.)
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Any opinions on the hammock shelter. I tried it and it doesn't suit my back but it does travel lighter than typical gear.

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