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How can I buy an Altus poncho/jacket in the US?

Kasee

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I'm hoping to walk the Frances again in April/May. This past Fall when I walked, my Patagonia Torrentshield wetted out miserably on the way down from Cruz de Ferro in sleet and heavy rain. I'd like to try the Altus that I saw numerous times, but I can't find a place in the US to buy one. I did search the forum, but most of the posts were really old and many of the links didn't work.

I remember seeing the Altus in SJPP at the store across from the Pilgrim's office (and laughed at how goofy it looked) but I don't want to wait until I arrive in France to buy one. Caminoteca doesn't allow me to add one to my shopping cart, so that doesn't seem to be an option and the store in SJPP doesn't ship that I can tell. I don't mind paying for shipping from Europe, if necessary.

Anyone know of a place that will ship to the US?
 
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I don't believe that there are any US suppliers of the Altus.
You can reserve one at the store in St Jean Pied de Port

Or you may be order from this shop that was mentioned in this post by @Tali
I just found this website that sells Altus ponchos (Atmospheric Raincoat) with delivery to the US (and other countries). They are discounted (i.e., $47 vs $66 for a blue one, $50 vs $66 for a yellow one - the red one is not discounted at $66). I bought 2 - shipping was about $22. They said they will be delivered within the week.
Deporvillage (https://www.deporvillage.net/altus-atmospheric-raincoat-red) - an "online sports store" registered in Barcelona. They deliver via DHL. Lots of other items are on their website, many are discounted.
You can also check ebay - they often come up there.
 
I don't believe that there are any US suppliers of the Altus.
You can reserve one at the store in St Jean Pied de Port

Or you may be order from this shop that was mentioned in this post by @Tali

You can also check ebay - they often come up there.
Thanks for the reply. Reserving it in SJPP will be my last resort. :) I'd rather have it ahead of time to assess the weight and organization of my pack.

The link to that shop shows that they are out of stock, but the eBay idea is great. I'll check there. Happy New Year!
 
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I know that the Altus has features that may suit you better than your current jacket but you have a good chance to treat your Torrentshield to shed water again. This video describes wetout and how to get rid of it.
Yup. I've done the technical wash/waterproof treatment thing for the jacket, but it seems to wear off pretty quickly. My Osprey pack got pretty wet even with the rain fly, so I think having everything covered is the way to go.
 
I'm hoping to walk the Frances again in April/May. This past Fall when I walked, my Patagonia Torrentshield wetted out miserably on the way down from Cruz de Ferro in sleet and heavy rain. I'd like to try the Altus that I saw numerous times, but I can't find a place in the US to buy one. I did search the forum, but most of the posts were really old and many of the links didn't work.

I remember seeing the Altus in SJPP at the store across from the Pilgrim's office (and laughed at how goofy it looked) but I don't want to wait until I arrive in France to buy one. Caminoteca doesn't allow me to add one to my shopping cart, so that doesn't seem to be an option and the store in SJPP doesn't ship that I can tell. I don't mind paying for shipping from Europe, if necessary.

Anyone know of a place that will ship to the US?
I ordered one from Amazon.es a few years ago. Amazon.fr also has them
 
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I'm hoping to walk the Frances again in April/May. This past Fall when I walked, my Patagonia Torrentshield wetted out miserably on the way down from Cruz de Ferro in sleet and heavy rain. I'd like to try the Altus that I saw numerous times, but I can't find a place in the US to buy one. I did search the forum, but most of the posts were really old and many of the links didn't work.

I remember seeing the Altus in SJPP at the store across from the Pilgrim's office (and laughed at how goofy it looked) but I don't want to wait until I arrive in France to buy one. Caminoteca doesn't allow me to add one to my shopping cart, so that doesn't seem to be an option and the store in SJPP doesn't ship that I can tell. I don't mind paying for shipping from Europe, if necessary.

Anyone know of a place that will ship to the US?
You can just wait and purchase in Pamplona or in SJPP. Caminoteca has a facebook page. You can contact them and ask them to hold an altus for you. I do it all the time for my walkers. You can also check the deportes store in Zubiri.
 
I'm hoping to walk the Frances again in April/May. This past Fall when I walked, my Patagonia Torrentshield wetted out miserably on the way down from Cruz de Ferro in sleet and heavy rain. I'd like to try the Altus that I saw numerous times, but I can't find a place in the US to buy one. I did search the forum, but most of the posts were really old and many of the links didn't work.

I remember seeing the Altus in SJPP at the store across from the Pilgrim's office (and laughed at how goofy it looked) but I don't want to wait until I arrive in France to buy one. Caminoteca doesn't allow me to add one to my shopping cart, so that doesn't seem to be an option and the store in SJPP doesn't ship that I can tell. I don't mind paying for shipping from Europe, if necessary.

Anyone know of a place that will ship to the US?
You mentioned to another post wanting it in advance so you’ll know how it packs/weight, etc. I ordered mine from the store in SJPdP and had them hold it until I arrived. This poncho packs small and is very light weight. You should have no worries about packing if getting on arrival.
 
The one from Galicia (the round) and the one from Castilla & Leon. Individually numbered and made by the same people that make the ones you see on your walk.
I always try to shop locally ... support those who make the Camino possible.
 
Decathlon has a rain coat poncho exactly like the ALTUS. There is a store in the US you could order from
 
I'm hoping to walk the Frances again in April/May. This past Fall when I walked, my Patagonia Torrentshield wetted out miserably on the way down from Cruz de Ferro in sleet and heavy rain. I'd like to try the Altus that I saw numerous times, but I can't find a place in the US to buy one. I did search the forum, but most of the posts were really old and many of the links didn't work.

I remember seeing the Altus in SJPP at the store across from the Pilgrim's office (and laughed at how goofy it looked) but I don't want to wait until I arrive in France to buy one. Caminoteca doesn't allow me to add one to my shopping cart, so that doesn't seem to be an option and the store in SJPP doesn't ship that I can tell. I don't mind paying for shipping from Europe, if necessary.

Anyone know of a place that will ship to the US?
I bought a really nice poncho at REI very similar
 
Very light, comfortable and compressible poncho. Specially designed for protection against water for any activity.

Our Atmospheric H30 poncho offers lightness and waterproofness. Easily compressible and made with our Waterproof fabric, its heat-sealed interior seams guarantee its waterproofness. Includes carrying bag.

€60,-
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I have never seen the Altus poncho. What makes this brand better than anyother poncho? Just trying to understand. Thank you.
The Altus poncho is a bit like a long raincoat with hood that fits over your backpack. It has sleeves, so wind is less of an issue for blowing your poncho around and you stay dry inside. It snaps down the front, also a nice feature. You don't need to take your backpack off to put it on, and it keeps your pack and straps nice and dry. It's made of a sturdy material and therefore less likely to rip. Only downside (in my view) is that it's relatively heavy (because sturdy material), but worth it if you're dealing with serious rain.

My Altus weighs 326 grams/11.5 ounces (size small). I've tried other options, like lightweight rain jackets, but I end up coming back to the Altus as having the best combination of features for me. Just wish they could shave off a few ounces. :)
 
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I was lame and carried a lightweight travel umbrella (one week only but it rained hard every day). I don’t like the feel of the cold rain hitting me and nothing is truly waterproof with constant heavy rain. I used the umbrella a lot. Even when the winds threatened to invert it I held it like a shield.
 
I'm hoping to walk the Frances again in April/May. This past Fall when I walked, my Patagonia Torrentshield wetted out miserably on the way down from Cruz de Ferro in sleet and heavy rain. I'd like to try the Altus that I saw numerous times, but I can't find a place in the US to buy one. I did search the forum, but most of the posts were really old and many of the links didn't work.

I remember seeing the Altus in SJPP at the store across from the Pilgrim's office (and laughed at how goofy it looked) but I don't want to wait until I arrive in France to buy one. Caminoteca doesn't allow me to add one to my shopping cart, so that doesn't seem to be an option and the store in SJPP doesn't ship that I can tell. I don't mind paying for shipping from Europe, if necessary.

Anyone know of a place that will ship to the US?
We got ours from


In 2019. They shipped to our home in Tucson.
 
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Very similar, available in US

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I remember in 2018, when I first saw the Altus and thought it looked crazy. After a week of fighting with my poncho and wind jacket I wanted one of those Altus jackets so bad! But, they were sold out the rest of the trip until saw one in Sarria for double the price and it had finally quit raining 😉
 
In case you can't find one anywhere but the pilgrim's store in SJPP and you need to consider its weight and dimensions as you pack at home... StellarB, above, mentioned that his/her Altus is 326 grams (size not specified). For comparison, the L/XL (biggest you could ever get) is 435 grams in its stuff sack, making for a cylinder 10" long and 4" in diameter.
 
My first Camino I purchased the Ferrino in SJPdP. It is almost exactly like the Altus. I have since purchased the Altus but actually prefer a few small things about the Ferrino. I like the way the wrist can be tightened. I have worn it on many Camino's and have never been wet. I have ordered from this site and it is reliable and shipped quickly.
 
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In case you can't find one anywhere but the pilgrim's store in SJPP and you need to consider its weight and dimensions as you pack at home... StellarB, above, mentioned that his/her Altus is 326 grams (size not specified). For comparison, the L/XL (biggest you could ever get) is 435 grams in its stuff sack, making for a cylinder 10" long and 4" in diameter.
Ah, good point about size - my Altus is a small. I've added that info to my original post.
 
My first Camino I purchased the Ferrino in SJPdP. It is almost exactly like the Altus. I have since purchased the Altus but actually prefer a few small things about the Ferrino. I like the way the wrist can be tightened. I have worn it on many Camino's and have never been wet. I have ordered from this site and it is reliable and shipped quickly.
I bought a Ferrino Trekker from an online US website years ago. It is high quality and heavier than the Altus. I bought it before my Camino de Levante, in 2015 or 2016. I was puzzled that every time I put it on, I was sweating within minutes. And I am not someone who overheats quickly. Someone (I think it was @SYates) explained to me that the Trekker has a metallic lining whose purpose is to prevent hypothermia. I would never use it again in spring or summer. But it does a great job of heating you up within minutes!
 
I bought a Ferrino Trekker from an online US website years ago. It is high quality and heavier than the Altus. I bought it before my Camino de Levante, in 2015 or 2016. I was puzzled that every time I put it on, I was sweating within minutes. And I am not someone who overheats quickly. Someone (I think it was @SYates) explained to me that the Trekker has a metallic lining whose purpose is to prevent hypothermia. I would never use it again in spring or summer. But it does a great job of heating you up within minutes!
I use it in spring in early April when it is cold and I’ve had snow. It was great to have the warmth, but I agree I wouldn’t take it when it is warmer.
 
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I'm hoping to walk the Frances again in April/May. This past Fall when I walked, my Patagonia Torrentshield wetted out miserably on the way down from Cruz de Ferro in sleet and heavy rain. I'd like to try the Altus that I saw numerous times, but I can't find a place in the US to buy one. I did search the forum, but most of the posts were really old and many of the links didn't work.

I remember seeing the Altus in SJPP at the store across from the Pilgrim's office (and laughed at how goofy it looked) but I don't want to wait until I arrive in France to buy one. Caminoteca doesn't allow me to add one to my shopping cart, so that doesn't seem to be an option and the store in SJPP doesn't ship that I can tell. I don't mind paying for shipping from Europe, if necessary.

Anyone know of a place that will ship to the US?
I purchased one online from deportvillage and never received it
I'm hoping to walk the Frances again in April/May. This past Fall when I walked, my Patagonia Torrentshield wetted out miserably on the way down from Cruz de Ferro in sleet and heavy rain. I'd like to try the Altus that I saw numerous times, but I can't find a place in the US to buy one. I did search the forum, but most of the posts were really old and many of the links didn't work.

I remember seeing the Altus in SJPP at the store across from the Pilgrim's office (and laughed at how goofy it looked) but I don't want to wait until I arrive in France to buy one. Caminoteca doesn't allow me to add one to my shopping cart, so that doesn't seem to be an option and the store in SJPP doesn't ship that I can tell. I don't mind paying for shipping from Europe, if necessary.

Anyone know of a place that will ship to the US?
i purchased one online from deportvillage but never received it. I ended up buying on at the store near the pilgrim office in Saint Jean Pied de Port.
 
New Year’s Day is a good day to pull out the rain poncho collection. I’ve already commented on my Ferrino Trekker a couple of posts up. I think is the highest quality of the ones I’ve seen, but the metallic lining makes it a dealbreaker for me in spring/summer/fall.

I have two Altus ponchos (of the new atmospheric variety, lighter and cheaper than the original, which was IMHO much superior). I have Altus both in a Small and a Medium/Large.

They are both extremely loose fitting (purpose being to allow more air and less sweating, I imagine). I wonder if a comparison between the length and the shoulder width would help some decide which to get, because most people will fit (and have lots of room for their bodies and their packs) inside both the Small and Medium/Large.

Shoulder seam to shoulder seam across the back:
Small - 18 1/2”
M/L - 20 1/2”

Length of poncho in front, from top of velcro closure to bottom:
Small - 41”
M/L - 42 1/2”

I also have the Decathlon Altus-knockoff in a S/M
Seam shoulder to shoulder across the back — 28 1/2“ (the shoulder seam goes down past my biceps).
Length in front - 43”

I used the Decathlon only once, years ago, but truth be told I can’t remember why I gave up on it. It may be because of the huge size, but when I compare the material that the two brands are made of, the inside of the Decathlon poncho feels a little rubbery. I bought it once when I was in a Decathlon in Lisbon and saw it there for 30€. That’s about half the Altus price, I think. It is definitely made of a different material than the Altus.

I got one of my Altus ponchos online from this website, https://www.deporvillage.net/
The sale price made up for the shipping price to the US. But I don’t see it on their website now, maybe the sale was a closeout.

I’ve spent a lot of time obsessing about ponchos and now I am pretty chill about it. My main goal is to keep my pack dry and to keep the rain from running down the straps of my pack and soaking me, as a pack cover does.

For those who are still looking for the perfect poncho, I know at least one high end outdoor store, Barrabés, stopped carrying the Altus when they went to the atmospheric model. https://www.barrabes.com/barcelona

Similarly, an outdoor store in Santiago (in the old town, I think maybe this one, http://www.piteira.es/) told me the same thing. Unfortunately, these places don’t seem to have a good replacement.
 
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Another option is the Packa - expensive but really a great looking product.

I was lame and carried a lightweight travel umbrella
Nothing lame about carrying an umbrella! I bring a handsfree umbrella on my Caminos - not only does it keep water off my face, it's great for sun protection.
 
Another option is the Packa - expensive but really a great looking product.

Have you looked at the packa? Made in the US?
Look at www.thepacka.com

On my first camino, I walked with a woman who had ordered a Packa. At the time, it was made in someone’s garage by hand, and she told me it had arrived absolutely reeking of cigarette smoke. Since then it has obviously ratcheted up its production line, maybe sold out, I don’t know. But it is surely no longer handmade by someone smoking in his garage.

Not sure if the design and materials have changed over the years, but it was no better than any of the other brands discussed on this thread. It is not breathable (which is true of all of them) and in fact my friend once took it off to find that a cup or two of water had collected in the bottom of the “pack bubble,” which is (or was) a LOT more form fitting than the altus, Ferrino, or Decathlon models. I think you will always get some condensation inside your pack from sweating, but this was really extreme.

As I said, though, my info is VERY old, from 2000 to be exact.
 
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In 2016 I walked with a couple that had Packas. I thought that it was very cool how it started out as a pack cover, but they could quickly pull out the arms and fully put it on.

LOT more form fitting than the altus
Yes, I noticed that. I would size up to get more air flow. It does have large pit zips though.
 
I'm hoping to walk the Frances again in April/May. This past Fall when I walked, my Patagonia Torrentshield wetted out miserably on the way down from Cruz de Ferro in sleet and heavy rain. I'd like to try the Altus that I saw numerous times, but I can't find a place in the US to buy one. I did search the forum, but most of the posts were really old and many of the links didn't work.

I remember seeing the Altus in SJPP at the store across from the Pilgrim's office (and laughed at how goofy it looked) but I don't want to wait until I arrive in France to buy one. Caminoteca doesn't allow me to add one to my shopping cart, so that doesn't seem to be an option and the store in SJPP doesn't ship that I can tell. I don't mind paying for shipping from Europe, if necessary.

Anyone know of a place that will ship to the US?
I have a Camo colored one that I could send you. It's heavier than I think I need. Where do you live?
 
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I was lame and carried a lightweight travel umbrella (one week only but it rained hard every day). I don’t like the feel of the cold rain hitting me and nothing is truly waterproof with constant heavy rain. I used the umbrella a lot. Even when the winds threatened to invert it I held it like a shield.

Not lame! I loved my umbrella for intermittent rain days. Just had it tucked down the front of my waist strap and pulled out when needed. Saw a number of people with umbrellas.
This year I purchased a poncho from Decathlon (no zip front but with sleeves) which got wet on the inside on a really heavy rain day. I saw someone with an Altus and they said they had a similar problem. So I am wondering at the definition of waterproof. I notice that there seems to be a standard - Waterproof to …..
My impression now is if it rains heavily all day you will get wet.
 
Using my Altus day in and day out on the C. Portugues last fall, I found that it got wet on the inside, too, but I was never sure whether it was leaking from the outside or whether it was self-inflicted condensation from inside. I suspect the latter, because my pack was always dry whereas my sleeves were a little dampish (not wet). I appreciated the design of the Altus -- like a raincoat -- so that during the breaks in the rain I could cool off by taking my arms out of the sleeves and wrapping them around my waist while still keeping the back of the poncho over my backpack.
 
For whatever is worth, I wore a poncho I bought from the $ store and it lasted the CF last March/April. It kept me dry the whole time. I had a rain/wind jacket underneath and it did the job. I brought 2 in case one got ripped, but it lasted the whole trip. It weighs next to nothing. Wear a pair of pants that are able to repel water. I will approach the same when I do the Camino El Norte this March/April.
 
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For whatever is worth, I wore a poncho I bought from the $ store and it lasted the CF last March/April. It kept me dry the whole time. I had a rain/wind jacket underneath and it did the job. I brought 2 in case one got ripped, but it lasted the whole trip. It weighs next to nothing. Wear a pair of pants that are able to repel water. I will approach the same when I do the Camino El Norte this March/April.

I agree the rain/wind jacket under the poncho seems to do the trick.
 
It may be useful to check levels of waterproofing.
The Altus is rated at 2000mm. Decathlon has different models under their various brands and these range from 2000 to 5000. I have the latter, Quechua branded, and it's served me well for 5 years. Not light though.
 
I know, you said this:
I don't want to wait until I arrive in France to buy one
I'd rather have it ahead of time to assess the weight and organization of my pack.
But maybe reconsider. I bought mine there and was really happy I did.

Others have quoted the weight and dimensions, and it fits pretty easily under my pack lid In a pinch you don'tneed to pack it, but can put it over your pack and tie the arms around your waist - this is what I do when it's not raining yet but looks like it will.
 
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On my first camino, I walked with a woman who had ordered a Packa. At the time, it was made in someone’s garage by hand, and she told me it had arrived absolutely reeking of cigarette smoke. Since then it has obviously ratcheted up its production line, maybe sold out, I don’t know. But it is surely no longer handmade by someone smoking in his garage.

Not sure if the design and materials have changed over the years, but it was no better than any of the other brands discussed on this thread. It is not breathable (which is true of all of them) and in fact my friend once took it off to find that a cup or two of water had collected in the bottom of the “pack bubble,” which is (or was) a LOT more form fitting than the altus, Ferrino, or Decathlon models. I think you will always get some condensation inside your pack from sweating, but this was really extreme.

As I said, though, my info is VERY old, from 2000 to be exact.
Yes! It was about 2000 when I first saw the packa. I was at an event and the person that designed them was making them on his sewing machine(probably in his garage). I bought mine about 10 years ago and it was mass produced with taped seams. I liked it, but I found it difficult to get into the pack without me and my pack getting drenched in the rain. Looking forward to trying it on the Camino. I think it will be better suited for this trek. Starting mid September 2023!
 
Thanks for the reply. Reserving it in SJPP will be my last resort. :) I'd rather have it ahead of time to assess the weight and organization of my pack.

The link to that shop shows that they are out of stock, but the eBay idea is great. I'll check there. Happy New Year!
I'd love to gift you mine if you're interested. Jan
 
Yes! It was about 2000 when I first saw the packa. I was at an event and the person that designed them was making them on his sewing machine(probably in his garage). I bought mine about 10 years ago and it was mass produced with taped seams. I liked it, but I found it difficult to get into the pack without me and my pack getting drenched in the rain. Looking forward to trying it on the Camino. I think it will be better suited for this trek. Starting mid September 2023!

I bought a packa a few years ago, but have never used it. The concept looked great online, but I found it difficult to maneuver and the sizing/design for the hood was way off. Even though I have a small head, the packa hood opening was so small that the bottom part of the opening went up to my nose, covering my mouth. I contacted the owner/designer about this issue, and he said it was normal for the packa hood to fit like that, which is to say, in my view, not fit properly at all. That purchase was an expensive mistake on my part.

As for its production location, the packa was designed in the US and maybe originally was made here, but mine was marked as made in Vietnam.
 
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I'm hoping to walk the Frances again in April/May. This past Fall when I walked, my Patagonia Torrentshield wetted out miserably on the way down from Cruz de Ferro in sleet and heavy rain. I'd like to try the Altus that I saw numerous times, but I can't find a place in the US to buy one. I did search the forum, but most of the posts were really old and many of the links didn't work.

I remember seeing the Altus in SJPP at the store across from the Pilgrim's office (and laughed at how goofy it looked) but I don't want to wait until I arrive in France to buy one. Caminoteca doesn't allow me to add one to my shopping cart, so that doesn't seem to be an option and the store in SJPP doesn't ship that I can tell. I don't mind paying for shipping from Europe, if necessary.

Anyone know of a place that will ship to the US?
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I'm hoping to walk the Frances again in April/May. This past Fall when I walked, my Patagonia Torrentshield wetted out miserably on the way down from Cruz de Ferro in sleet and heavy rain. I'd like to try the Altus that I saw numerous times, but I can't find a place in the US to buy one. I did search the forum, but most of the posts were really old and many of the links didn't work.

I remember seeing the Altus in SJPP at the store across from the Pilgrim's office (and laughed at how goofy it looked) but I don't want to wait until I arrive in France to buy one. Caminoteca doesn't allow me to add one to my shopping cart, so that doesn't seem to be an option and the store in SJPP doesn't ship that I can tell. I don't mind paying for shipping from Europe, if necessary.

Anyone know of a place that will ship to the US?
Hi Kasee! I bought my Altus poncho on-line from a store in Spain! They shipped it to me here in California! The store is: Caminoteca webshop & Store.
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I'm hoping to walk the Frances again in April/May. This past Fall when I walked, my Patagonia Torrentshield wetted out miserably on the way down from Cruz de Ferro in sleet and heavy rain. I'd like to try the Altus that I saw numerous times, but I can't find a place in the US to buy one. I did search the forum, but most of the posts were really old and many of the links didn't work.

I remember seeing the Altus in SJPP at the store across from the Pilgrim's office (and laughed at how goofy it looked) but I don't want to wait until I arrive in France to buy one. Caminoteca doesn't allow me to add one to my shopping cart, so that doesn't seem to be an option and the store in SJPP doesn't ship that I can tell. I don't mind paying for shipping from Europe, if necessary.

Anyone know of a place that will ship to the US?
Good idea to buy in advance and more importantly to try it out. Personally I don’t like the Altus. I’m small (5.2”) and was drowning (haha) inside that poncho. In windy conditions it flapped around my legs in a way that was annoying and cumbersome when stepping over rocks or fallen branches, etc. It’s not breathable so was uncomfortably hot. And as others mentioned. It’s heavy. I couldn’t wait to get rid of it…it went into it a church box for clothes donation. I bought a cheap lightweight version for 10euros in Ponferrada that worked like a charm. My current rain gear is lightweight rain pants from Arc’teryx and a rain jacket that doubles as a jacket for cooler mornings or evenings. Buen Camino
 
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Good idea to buy in advance and more importantly to try it out. Personally I don’t like the Altus. I’m small (5.2”) and was drowning (haha) inside that poncho. In windy conditions it flapped around my legs in a way that was annoying and cumbersome when stepping over rocks or fallen branches, etc. It’s not breathable so was uncomfortably hot. And as others mentioned. It’s heavy. I couldn’t wait to get rid of it…it went into it a church box for clothes donation. I bought a cheap lightweight version for 10euros in Ponferrada that worked like a charm. My current rain gear is lightweight rain pants from Arc’teryx and a rain jacket that doubles as a jacket for cooler mornings or evenings. Buen Camino
buy at.
 
I'm hoping to walk the Frances again in April/May. This past Fall when I walked, my Patagonia Torrentshield wetted out miserably on the way down from Cruz de Ferro in sleet and heavy rain. I'd like to try the Altus that I saw numerous times, but I can't find a place in the US to buy one. I did search the forum, but most of the posts were really old and many of the links didn't work.

I remember seeing the Altus in SJPP at the store across from the Pilgrim's office (and laughed at how goofy it looked) but I don't want to wait until I arrive in France to buy one. Caminoteca doesn't allow me to add one to my shopping cart, so that doesn't seem to be an option and the store in SJPP doesn't ship that I can tell. I don't mind paying for shipping from Europe, if necessary.

Anyone know of a place that will ship to the US?
Can you share a link?
Thanks!
 
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Good idea to buy in advance and more importantly to try it out. Personally I don’t like the Altus. I’m small (5.2”) and was drowning (haha) inside that poncho. In windy conditions it flapped around my legs in a way that was annoying and cumbersome when stepping over rocks or fallen branches, etc. It’s not breathable so was uncomfortably hot. And as others mentioned. It’s heavy. I couldn’t wait to get rid of it…it went into it a church box for clothes donation. I bought a cheap lightweight version for 10euros in Ponferrada that worked like a charm. My current rain gear is lightweight rain pants from Arc’teryx and a rain jacket that doubles as a jacket for cooler mornings or evenings. Buen Camino
Thank you!
 

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