In a few of the survival books I've found 101 uses for military ponchos. I'm trying to find one or something with the same or better quality.
I will second that. You can also search the internet, there are hundreds of Military Surplus stores online that sell them. I have owned one for years and love it, I need to get another liner now.Any army navy store will have them. Well worth the $$. While you are at it, go ahead and pony up for the poncho liner as well.
Is this a conversion kit or can you buy one already setup?Consider getting the Ranger Rick style liner. Zippable head slot so you can wear the poncho with the liner in and perimeter zipper to make a sleeping bag. Makes the GI poncho even more versital
Sorry, Kev, but I always clear my footprint for rocks and sticks. But, I've still got my old rubber GI poncho too, much thicker than nylon. A little police work will let you sleep longer than waking up laying on pointed rock in middle of night.When I use my US poncho as a ground cloth, it gets holes poked in it by sticks and other stuff. The German poncho did not have any problems.
I just picked up a German army poncho myself. Fantastic value. Rugged as heck and very functional. Can't wait to try it out as a shelter.The German ponchos are heavier duty then the US ponchos. At least the one I had was. I would use the German poncho as a ground cloth, and the US poncho has a shelter over my hammock or one man tent.
When I use my US poncho as a ground cloth, it gets holes poked in it by sticks and other stuff. The German poncho did not have any problems.
I recommend getting one of each - a heavy duty German Poncho (I think it was east german) and a standard US military poncho.
I must agree with KevinR...picked up my poncho at the Cheaperthandirt brick and mortar store in Fort Worth...if anyone is in that area I HIGHLY RECOMMEND stopping by just to look around. I went there for a poncho ($19) and was there for over an hour.
I wish I knew. I've tried to find information on the weight online, but can't find it anywhere. It's heavier than a regular plastic/nylon poncho, but that's the price you pay for having an extremely rugged (rubber-coated) piece of gear. That being said, it's not overly heavy.how much does the german weigh? i'm looking for one for my BOB so it needs to be fairly light.