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Snugpak Unisex Enhanced Patrol Poncho Waterproof Poncho £54.00
Snugpak Enhanced Patrol Poncho - Unisex's
When the unexpected downpour hits, the Enhanced Patrol Poncho fits comfortably over your head to provide 100% waterproof cover for you and your backpack. At less than 400g / 14oz in weight, it’s a must-have piece of kit for any adventurer.
With its generously cut smock design, it can even be used as an emergency bivvi/basha if you need to spend an unexpected night under the stars!
Packsize: 20cm x 10cm / 8" x 4" – You would be able to get it smaller using a compression sack (available separately)
Review: Good quality, lightweight, comfortable, and very waterproof. A fantastic item to wear in lieu of a waterproof jacket. It covers you and your rucksack, there's no need to remove the rucksack in order to get your coat and the bag cover on. This poncho has proper sleeves and thumb loops, makes it so much more wearable. The pocket is a fantastic idea, good for keeping your valuables dry and gives an easy access to them in the same time. Kept me and my gear dry through three days of almost constant rain. Great addition to my gear.
Paratex Dry is a 100% waterproof fabric (hydrophilic polyurethane coating) with a hydrostatic head in excess of 5000mm (items with a hydro static head in excess of 1500mm are generally considered waterproof). Closely constructed fabric with a ripstop construction. Teamed with a Hydrophillic Polyurathane (PU) which transfers water vapour chemically from the inside to the outside (due to the temperature differential between the inside of the product and out).
One size fits most
The waterproofing on the poncho is a PU coating so will not need any attention to keep it waterproof, but the outer surface is treated with DWR (durable water repellent) which causes the water to bead up and roll off.
Once deactivated, it can lead to the fabric wetting out and looking like it is failing but this is just cosmetic. The DWR can be reapplied, and we would suggest something like Nikwax Water Proofers. These products are supplied with full instructions and are usually washed in or sprayed on the item.
There is no hard and fast rule as to how often you would need to do this, just when you notice water stops beading up on the garment.
There are 6 reviews with an average rating of 4.66
Anonymous from IrelandOwner30 June 2011 19:29
This poncho is lightweight and packs well into an ammunition pouch. The poncho's design helps me keep a good pace in the hills. The Snug Pack poncho slips over the head and covers backpack, keeping one comportable and dry. The big advantage of the Snug Pack poncho and the reason I bought it is to keep one dry while getting into a Bivi Bag in rain. I have not tested this use in the rain, but from using it in other situations it should work perfectly. If you need a poncho, I would highly recommend this one. It is more expensive than most but well worth it.
john from United KingdomOwner21 February 2010 19:24
well i weighed my mountain hardwear jacket and pants 950grams in total but using the snugpak poncho i have saved myself 610grams thats a great saving. i will combine this with a buffalo special six shirt or montane extreme smock or a snugpak pile and pertex shirt so if i was hill walking i would just wear the pertex and pile shirt .As the argument with ponchos are they will blow you off the top of hill or peaks as they act like a sail but appart from that the weight saving of 610 grams is fantastic and if you are 1 man hiker with a 1 man tent so you cant cook near the tent you put this on or if you are on a camspite and you want to nip to the toilets these no messing around with velcro and prestuds just slide the poncho over your head if it is raining i think it is great very light in weight
Nick M from United KingdomOwner10 September 2011 17:43
I have owned this for about a year, takes up very little pack space and is nice and light. Normally wear this around the hills around Perthshire when out walking and performs well in light rain. Just returned from Dunkeld where it was p***ing down all morning, proper monsoon style Scottish rain, it leaked slightly through the seams and breathability was negligible. In short good for light rain, misty conditions but need something more heavy duty up here.
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