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Yes, you can use the ALTUS this way as well.I like the Sea to Summit tarp ponchos and have used them for years. Beside standard 'poncho' use, they also can be configured into a tent-like shelter by using your trekking poles (Yes, I know that's not a big feature on the Camino but I use my gear for many of uses too ). Once you learn 'the dance' required to easily put it on, it a great lightweight item that takes up very little room in your pack.
Good post. How old is your Altus? Mine has a YKK zip up the front+ velcro and velcro+elastic at the wrists but your seems to have snaps up the front?I can't give enough praise to the Altus Poncho.
The Altus Poncho is durable and long (I'm over 6 foot).
It snaps up the front, which allows for ventilation.
When walking, a big decision you must make is... when to put on your rain gear.
This requires that you stop, remove your Pack, put on the Coat/Jacket, and put the Pack back on.
This is OK for clearly defined storms. It is useless for off-and-on drizzle (in Spanish that is pronounced Galicia). Taking the Coat/Jacket off/on is time consuming.
Typical (American) Poncho
This is closed in the front. No ventilation. Great for standing in the Rain, not for walking.
It is a bit pricey. It is available in SJPdP, but should be preOrdered.
It has room for a full Pack and has three snaps to minimize it, when not required... like after arriving at an Albergue.
It has a row of snap in the front. Opening can help with ventilation.
It's big feature is.... You're walking in the off-n-on drizzle of Galicia. When the rain stops, you open it up, take out your arms, and let it hang from your Pack (Like the Hunchback of Notre Dame wearing a Superman cape). If it is windy, you tie the poncho-arms around your chest.
When the rain starts again... you slip in your arms and do up the snaps. Waterproof again. Quick, easy, no stopping.
So.... three choices
1 Fully closed
2 All open
3 Hang from Pack
A Very Popular misconception........ A Rain Coat Keep You Dry!
They do not!
Rain Coat's give you a choice....
1)Leave it OFF and get wet from Rain.
2)Put it ON and get wet from Sweating.
This is why ventilation is soooo important.
On the Camino, your walking up a hill, with a full Pack, in the rain. You will sweat.
I can remember, one Drizzly day, walking on the Camino like a Zombie... arm straight in front of me.
I was walking into the wind/rain and my Altus Poncho sleeves (unsnapped). They where catching the wind and cooling (drying?) my arms and torso.
(another time) I was walking across the Meseta, it was on and off rain and a 50 to 80 Kph wind. The Pilgrims with the simple Ponchos, with side snaps, looked like they were wearing a plastic flag that was tied to their necks. Their Ponchos had failed.
The Altus Poncho is also durable. A couple of times I went off trail to take a Picture. My Poncho got snagged. One time, it did tear (an inch long), considering the barb-wire and tug I felt... that wasn't bad.
If you check the picture of us (on the left of the page) we are in Galicia and wearing our Altus Ponchos.
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