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    Quote Originally Posted by cmoulder View Post
    Totally agree — directly proportional to pack size and how much stuff is on the outside.

    I have a Zpacks poncho and keep the left side zipped and stow the poncho itself in the left side pocket. It can be deployed within seconds without removing the pack, and then removed and stowed again very quickly. Nice when there are on and off showers all day long.[/COLOR]

    Would love to get one , but I choke on the $175. Price tag

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    Poncho here, too. A couple of times while hiking through a multi-day rain (my user name is earned the hard way!), I wished for a pack cover so I could get some water, where the only places to set my pack down was in a puddle. Heck, the whole place was one big puddle!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ethesis View Post
    this is like the question of which shoes.

    It really differs person to person.

    Ive tried a few ponchos. I really wanted to like them.

    Ive used some bad rain jackets.

    Currently a rain jacket and kilt/skirt.

    You need to find what works for you. \


    Yeah, it's really personal and ideally you'd try them both. I tried a poncho several times and just couldn't get it to work for me. I like a good rain shell, a homemade rain kilt, rain mitts for cooler weather, and my Tilley hat. I also use a rain cover for my pack, as well as a cuben pack liner (belt and suspenders for me!)
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    I haven't found pack covers to be good at much but catching the wind or the occasional branch. And when it's windy, a poncho is just going to make you cold. So I go for a cheap Frogg Toggs rain suit so I don't get cold and wet. The pack has no outside protection, but everything inside is in dry bags which are in turn inside a 3 mil contractor-grade trash bag. If the pack gets soaked, it gets emptied and placed upside-down in my tent vestibule overnight to have a chance to dry out. At least there won't be any standing water in there to start the day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigcranky View Post
    Yeah, it's really personal and ideally you'd try them both. I tried a poncho several times and just couldn't get it to work for me. I like a good rain shell, a homemade rain kilt, rain mitts for cooler weather, and my Tilley hat. I also use a rain cover for my pack, as well as a cuben pack liner (belt and suspenders for me!)
    I love my Tilley hat as well.

    I tried two different ponchos and am on my third rain jacket.

    But, I think I've found what works for me.

    I think that experimenting and testing to see what fits you really helps.

    That said, almost anything can let you survive. I could survive in any of what I used. I'm just happier with what I have now.

    I also use a pack cover and some dry sacks and they've worked well.

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