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Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
I have read a few times on the forum about the Ikea ponchos and how great they are, so when I found a brand new one at my local resale shop I was pretty excited. The pattern was an attractive simple white/black, too, which I liked, and the seams inside all reinforced with a strip of glued plastic of sorts.
I wore it in the shower today and unfortunately it failed as I had some water droplets on my skin. I realize I was literally in a bathtub thunderstorm, but am afraid to bring it on the Norte this spring. If it did that in 5 minutes, what would it be like after 5 hours in a downpour. At only $2 it is not a loss and it should be fine on my local trail, but I will continue to use my trusty Frogg Togg rain jacket and pants. They have never let me down when I've needed them.
 
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henrythedog

Loved and fed by David
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2017, 2018, 2019, Ingles 2018, (Madrid 2019 partial - retired hurt!) (more planned)
I have read a few times on the forum about the Ikea ponchos and how great they are, so when I found a brand new one at my local resale shop I was pretty excited. The pattern was an attractive simple white/black, too, which I liked, and the seams inside all reinforced with a strip of glued plastic of sorts.
I wore it in the shower today and unfortunately it failed as I had some water droplets on my skin. I realize I was literally in a bathtub thunderstorm, but am afraid to bring it on the Norte this spring. If it did that in 5 minutes, what would it be like after 5 hours in a downpour. At only $2 it is not a loss and it should be fine on my local trail, but I will continue to use my trusty Frogg Togg rain jacket and pants. They have never let me down when I've needed them.
Books have been written and wars have been fought over similar differences of opinion, but I'm with you all the way.

A $2 waterproof is likely worth every cent you paid for it.
 

davebugg

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances (2017)
Camino Frances (2018)
Camino Ingles (2019)
I have read a few times on the forum about the Ikea ponchos and how great they are, so when I found a brand new one at my local resale shop I was pretty excited. The pattern was an attractive simple white/black, too, which I liked, and the seams inside all reinforced with a strip of glued plastic of sorts.
I wore it in the shower today and unfortunately it failed as I had some water droplets on my skin. I realize I was literally in a bathtub thunderstorm, but am afraid to bring it on the Norte this spring. If it did that in 5 minutes, what would it be like after 5 hours in a downpour. At only $2 it is not a loss and it should be fine on my local trail, but I will continue to use my trusty Frogg Togg rain jacket and pants. They have never let me down when I've needed them.
Try out the Frogg Toggs poncho. It is inexpensive but very functional and provides great protection. It is also made from breathable material, so that adds to the already terrific reduction to condensation.
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
Try out the Frogg Toggs poncho. It is inexpensive but very functional and provides great protection. It is also made from breathable material, so that adds to the already terrific reduction to condensation.
My son uses that poncho and has been very happy with it on 4 caminos. Not sure about myself as I like the rain jacket/pants combo. Usually I don't need the pants, but so lightweight I bring them anyway. Have used them in cold, pelting rain out of Castrojerez and was glad for the warmth.
 

FLEUR

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2012 - 2016
Voie de Paris / Tours Aulnay to Saintes 2017
Camino del Baztan 2018
A sturdy looking poncho is on sale this week in Lidl shops in U.K.
 

Via2010

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
06/07 & 12 Camino Francés, 08-10 Via de la Plata, 13/14 & 17 Camino Portugués, 18 Camino Primitivo
A sturdy looking poncho is on sale this week in Lidl shops in U.K.
Again, I would refrain from that. Similar items were offered by Lidl Germany in the past. The "fishermens"-poncho is really waterproof, but heavy (nearly 1 kg) and of dark green/black colour with poor visibility. The "cyclist"-poncho weighs about 400 gr. and is rather short, i. e. you need additional trousers in autumn/winter and it only offers protection for a limited period of time (max. 2 h). I have one and I used it this autumn on my camino from Cologne to Trier. I have a genuine trekking-poncho, too (Tatonka). It is slightly heavier (450 gr.) but protects you the whole day if necessary. It costs nearly 4x as much as the Lidl-Poncho (40 € vs. 10 €) but it is definitely worth the money.
 

Jay Es

Member
Camino(s) past & future
May 2017 the del Norte, home via the Portuguse to Vigo, Planning a Via de la Plata for October 2018.
IKEA isn't a big name in outdoor gear... It makes furniture... Poncho good for getting to the car from the door of the IKEA shop?
 

FLEUR

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2012 - 2016
Voie de Paris / Tours Aulnay to Saintes 2017
Camino del Baztan 2018
I mentioned the Lidl poncho only because I happened to see ponchos on sale when I was out shopping. It wasn't a recommendation for a MUST BUY.

I have a very good poncho which keeps me dry and does the job beautifully. I bought it at a brocante in France and I think it might be made by Decathlon.

This is my third poncho by the way.
First was 2nd hand , plastic and a piece actually ripped off when I was walking over the Pyrenees in atrocious wind and rain.
My second poncho was a flimsy nylon affair (2nd hand) and wasn't very effective in heavy rain on the walk to Finistere.
My 3rd poncho (2nd hand Decathlon) as I mentioned above, works well even if it's a little heavy.
Edit: It's roomy, has sleeves and room for the rucksack hump.

I think it's a case of what works for one, doesn't necessarily work for everyone. You pay your money and you make your choice.
 
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t2andreo

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
C/F: 2013, 2014
C/M: 2016
C/P: 2015, 2017
C/I: 2018
Voluntario: 2014 - 2019
I love my über lightweight, Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil lightweight poncho with the extra hump for a rucksack. The SOLE problem was side snaps that did not hold in Galician winds.

Easily remedied with a small tube of Super Glue and some wooden clothespins. Apply the glue, snap closed, affix pins, let cure overnight. No more unsnapped seams... This would only be an issue if I ever needed to use the pincho as a tarp... not gonna happen...;)

This discussion reminds me of the old Italian adage my nona taught me decades ago... “...buy cheap...pay twice...”

At age 96, and illiterate in any language, she was a very wise peasant lady from the rural center part of Sicily... This advice has always served me well.

Hope this helps...
 
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Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
I'll take a look at the Sea to Summit poncho. I've seen it mentioned on the forum before. I will say I do love my Frogg Toggs and am ready to replace it with the same, but who knows.
Whenever I buy something truly cheap I say I'm buying it on the installment plan.😅
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2015)
Le Puy (2016)
Vézelay (2019)
Norte (2019)
I went from Vézelay to SDC (via Norte and Primitivo) with a lightweight (disposable) cheap poncho from Kathmandhu. Price was $NZ10. Very light, very packable. It’s weakness was the way it was punctured by brambles and blackberry. I patched these rips and little holes with bits of duct tape which I carry, wrapped around my hiking poles.
I was very happy with it.
It had to be treated with care and the drawstring around the neck was fiddly in a wind. But no domes or Velcro and a good fit over a 32L pack. I didn’t sweat in it but the weather was cool and I don’t get physically stressed.
If it was bucketing down I wore my rain-jacket underneath with the armpit zips undone. I was always dry underneath.
John
 

emmanuel

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2011)
Norte (2014)
Norte (2016)
Salvador (2017)
Frances (2018)
Madrid-Salvador-Primitivo 19
I thought most pilgrims liked and recommended the Altus poncho, made in Spain. I have used one of those for 6 caminos now, but it was on loan and now I have to buy my own. I think it is great, no need for me to experiment with a different one.
 

Albertagirl

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2015); Ch. d'Arles: Oloron Ste Marie to Aragones; Frances (2016); V.d.l.P.; Sanabres (2017)
I had an Ikea poncho on my recent walk on the Invierno. In spite of my paying to get the seams property sealed before I left home, it leaked persistently in the relentless rain and I finally threw it out and bought a Regatta rain jacket in Monteforte de Lemos. It was better, but didn't keep me totally dry above the waist, as my North Face rain pants did for below the waist. I no longer have faith in any raingear to keep me dry in a persistent deluge. Good luck.
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
Speaking of IKEA... I am currently doing the Invierno. Bubble wrapped my poles, then put them inside an IKEA blue bag, taped it all up and sent it as luggage. Worked like a charm. Dogs not included.
I keep hearing great things about the IKEA blue bags...I think it's time I consider ordering one!
 

DeansFamily

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 18/916/10/17 Muxia/Finisterre 18/10-22/10/17 Norte 21/4-29/5/18 Primitive 20/9-5/10/18 VdlP
My daughter wears a red and white one that I strengthened the waterproofing along the seams. It stays dry and doesn’t blow about in the wind and is very light to pack. But the best thing is constantly reminding her she looks like a tablecloth, kitchen curtains, a Arabic headdress,,,,,,,,, worth it for the payouts 😄😝
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
I had an Ikea poncho on my recent walk on the Invierno. In spite of my paying to get the seams property sealed before I left home, it leaked persistently in the relentless rain and I finally threw it out and bought a Regatta rain jacket in Monteforte de Lemos. It was better, but didn't keep me totally dry above the waist, as my North Face rain pants did for below the waist. I no longer have faith in any raingear to keep me dry in a persistent deluge. Good luck.
I personally swear by Frogg Toggs ultra light rain suits and ponchos. In torrential downpours they do not leak, weigh very little and keep sweat from forming. They are amazing, imo. The only downfall is they are not very attractive and the material is slightly fragile. I replace mine every 3rd camino "just because".
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
My daughter wears a red and white one that I strengthened the waterproofing along the seams. It stays dry and doesn’t blow about in the wind and is very light to pack. But the best thing is constantly reminding her she looks like a tablecloth, kitchen curtains, a Arabic headdress,,,,,,,,, worth it for the payouts 😄😝
The seams on mine appear to be very well glued. In the shower the beads of water on my skin were on my back and arms...not from areas where the seams are located.
 

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