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Backpacker Magazine – January 2011

Gear Review: GoLite Poncho Tarp

An ultralight poncho/tent with durable 15-denier, siliconized fabric

by: Phil Henderson

GoLite Poncho Tarp (Courtesy Photo)
GoLite Poncho Tarp (Courtesy Photo)

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Golden rule of UL hiking: Find multiple uses for everything. This two-fer does just that. As a poncho, it protected me and my pack in deluges, and as a shelter it kept me dry on a rainy bivy near Little Giant Pass in the Cascades.

There’s ample space for one person (plus gear) to sit up and cook near the center pole. And despite the wispy weight, it’s durable: The 15-denier, siliconized fabric didn’t tear even when I wore it while bushwhacking through thick underbrush. $80; 7.7 oz.; 1 size; golite.com.


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Jason
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Hexamid is $200 and Poncho/Tarp is less than $50 right now. Apples to oranges...

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Mar 26, 2012

steve, this isn't a place for comments about ZPack's gear...I wonder where you work...

John
Jan 27, 2011

Jack of all trades, master of none.

DougR
Jan 27, 2011

About to try my golite poncho tarp this weekend, hope everything goes well. Lows should be around 40 and very light chance of rain.

Steve
Jan 19, 2011

For better coverage than a poncho tarp, check out ZPack's Hexamid tent. 2 people, bug screen, with door or beak for windy conditions. Expensive but all for 13 oz.!!

Steve
Jan 19, 2011

For better coverage than a poncho tarp, check out ZPack's Hexamid tent. 2 people, bug screen, with door or beak for windy conditions. Expensive but all for 13 oz.!!

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