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Great poncho, ruined by a design flaw.
on May 6, 2016
Bought this poncho for a trip to Florida. I'm fairly big (6'4", 285 pounds) and I've got a long torso, so finding a poncho that fits is difficult. Most of the "one size fits all" ponchos seem to think the entire population is 5'6" tall and weighs 100 pounds. As things turned out, it didn't rain enough in Florida to need it, but I used it last week in New Orleans.
Width is good. I have a big head, and I can put the poncho on without taking my glasses off. Length is what I expected. It keeps me dry down to about mid-thigh. It would be nice if it had some extra length in the back to accommodate a backpack, but it's still OK.
I haven't been in a situation where I needed to whip up a lean-to, but with the ties and eyelets, it would probably do the job.
It packs easily into the enclosed bag & doesn't take up much room when packed.
Based on everything I've described so far, this would be a 4-star review. However,...
The nylon leaks at the stitches. This is to be expected: if you pierce something that is waterproof, it will no longer be waterproof. I did not experience any leaking at the hood as other reviewers mentioned. However, the poncho has two short webbed straps sown to the inside of the poncho where your chest would be. The webbed straps provide attachment points for a drawstring (see photo). I'm not sure what the purpose of this was, but they didn't seal the spot where this was sewn on. When you're in heavy rain, the threads piercing the poncho act like wicks drawing the water in. On my first use, the straps became water-logged and started dripping inside the poncho. So, your back and sides are dry, your rear is dry, and your upper thighs are dry, but your chest will be soaked.
My last poncho (which didn't fit as well) was sealed at all the seams, and it definitely kept me dry. I think the "waterproof" in the description is referring to the material it is made out of, not the poncho itself.
So, I'm going to have to waterproof a "Waterproof" poncho, which is disappointing.