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First Experience with a Poncho

Old 11-12-14, 03:14 PM
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First Experience with a Poncho

I've just tried over a period of two days a cheap poncho during conditions of light rain and moderate winds. I'm quite pleased so far. It did slow me down slightly, but really it wasn't all that noticeable . It kept my upper torso quite dry, with little to no sweat build up. My legs of course were wet, but that was expected. In a side wind occasionally the upwind side would blow up and expose my waist to the elements. I felt like I presented a profile that was roughly a foot wider as the poncho flapped around my back. That was not a problem for me, but it could be as when I passed through a narrow passage I was concerned it would snag, but never did. I'll give it another try during our next rain.
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I'm also convinced the poncho is the way to go! I'm glad the OP is trying this time-tested idea! I commute in wet weather with a bike-specific poncho, and I think it's the best solution for me when it comes to breathability vs waterproofness. The only thing that separates a regular poncho from a bike poncho is that there is a waist belt to keep the back from flapping upwards, and hand "stirrups" to keep the front from flapping upward. Add fenders with low mud flaps, and occasionally gaiters, and I can ride in the rain while staying dry from both rain from above and sweat from within. I got my poncho from Center for Appropriate Transport Ultrex Rain Cape Center for Appropriate Transport
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im in Kansas so maybe my experience with ponchos is different. but about a week ago I wore one in some nasty wind/rain where the rain was going horizontal and I was regretting not having some goggles or something, but the poncho kept my torso relatively dry/warm but my arms were exposed and by the end of my 7 mile commute that had 50+ mph head winds my arms were cold. but on the non windy days in the rain the poncho has been good and if ya get flying at a good clip you might think your superman with the poncho flapping in the wind behind ya. but ive started lookin for a better rain jacket I still have the poncho for the emergency rain gear but id like something alittle better for future rides.
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