Poncho vs Rain coat

ohhiitznik

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Lets say you have a USGI poncho, that is 20 oz. And you have a Gortex Paclite raincoat that is 20 oz. Which one would you take and why? Think of utilitarian, fit, ability to shed water, etc.
 

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Great post I have been pondering the same question. I currently take a rain suit. The weight if I go lightweight and packable is 1 pound, if it's gonna rain hard core I will take a heavier rain gear setup it weighs 1.5 pounds. I've been looking at the z-pack poncho slash ground tarp its weight is only 5 ounces. Don't know if that's doable or not but interesting. There's a post on you tube on the z pack poncho and it looks like its pretty good.
 

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You should get that zpack rain skirt to go with your poncho hahah I think they call it a kilt

Im sticking with my raingear, I can hunt effectively in raingear if need be, not so much in a poncho
 

luke moffat

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I'd take a goretex pacltie rain coat like the GoLite one for thats 7 oz over either...
 

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Im sticking with my raingear, I can hunt effectively in raingear if need be, not so much in a poncho

X2 - rain gear allows you to move and function as normal. Being military I've learned to hate the poncho with a passion. That's why all SF teams run real rain gear now. Its more functional and that poncho is also way noisier because the extra fabrics flowing around.
 

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Yep real rain gear will always be better. If your pack is outside of it slip a rain cover on and you are good. The Poncho of course will cover the shoulder straps but if you are wearing rain gear you will not get wet with a pack on your back. If you drop the pack and move on you will still be dry. I do like using a poncho as a small bivy although if you do not have real good rain gear and want to save a few bucks. They worked for a reason when they made them. I was one of those that was issued one.Bob.
 

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X2 - rain gear allows you to move and function as normal. Being military I've learned to hate the poncho with a passion. That's why all SF teams run real rain gear now. Its more functional and that poncho is also way noisier because the extra fabrics flowing around.

Exactly. I hunt in the rain all the time.
 

Matt Cashell

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When comparing 20 ounces to 20 ounces, I will take the rain gear every time.

When it comes to the multi-function GoLite Ponchotarp, though, I like it for cases where I will only see a possiblity of an occasional shower, and i can use it for many more uses.
 
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