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Modernized version of the classic military poncho
100% waterproof fully-taped seams throughout
Can be stuffed into its own front pocket for storage
Size: One size fits most
Main Material: Water-resistant breathable softshell
Our thoroughly modernized version of the classic military poncho has more in common with technical sport jackets than the old vinyl camping stand-by that usually comes to mind. An industry first, it should reintroduce a generation to the functional benefits that having no sleeves affords. The poncho can be stuffed into its own front pocket for storage. It even has a vent for drying!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I admit I'm a sucker for quality and this is a great item. I just love the features from the pleasing tan color to the velcro to the material. But because it takes up so much space it has become an item that lives in my truck where it can be easily accessed and worn for the unexpected rain shower or even used as a cover or ground cloth or pitched as a tarp off the tailgate when I am using my camping setup which is how I have the truck bed with cap outfitted.
Now I am also a lifelong backpacker and that's where the need for assessment comes in. For most backpackers, a poncho needs to be as lightweight, fully waterproof (not just water resistant - coated nylon works best), packable and versatile as possible. It doesn't necessarily need to be breathable as the open configuration prevents the dreaded condensation that would happen in a closed non-breathable jacket. In my long experience this has proved true. It DOES need to be large enough to cover most of the wearer plus pack...
I was very skeptical about buying a poncho for just over $100 dollars. This product is not just your Dads old musty war poncho from Vietnam... It is more like a poncho on steroids ! The quality is by far better then anything I have looked at in stores. all the seams are heat sealed with a clear tape to prevent leaks and you don't get the body heat from wearing it for long periods like traditional ponchos. The material it is made from breathes very nice and although it looks heavy it surprisingly is not. The pouch in the front comes in very handy for storage 14"Wx10"H not to mention that when done the poncho folds up into itself approximately 12"Lx10"Wx3"H. It has Velcro on the front pouch 3"x15" and on the back 3"x12" to attach any sayings you wish. It also has 4"x5" Velcro on each shoulder for attaching moral patches or other things you wish and 3"x3" Velcro on the back of the head. Another thing I was concerned about...
I'm an "amateur" storm spotter in the Southern United States and in the hot and humid springs/summers in the South I can't wear a rain jacket because my arms and back get so sweaty that my shirt is literally soaked with sweat. So I decided on a poncho because of it's openness at the bottom to promote air flow and allow greater arm movement.
I didn't want one of those cheap $4 disposable ponchos you can get at Wal Mart. So after a few sleepless nights of shopping around online I found that the Hazard 4 Poncho Villa was about the only one that looked like it was good to go for the long haul. It's also very tactical-like with the Velcro panels on the back, chest, shoulders and head. I plan to put some reflective strips on the chest and back panels to stay visible in the dark and rain.
It's very nicely designed and well made. Tough enough that you can take it hiking and not have to worry about tree limbs or rocks tearing holes in it.
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