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HomeHomeDiscussionsDiscussionsGeneralGeneralLooking for a quality GI style poncho Looking for a quality GI style poncho
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10/7/2020 4:01 PM

I'm trying to find a quality GI style poncho. There are a lot of cheap knock offs out there, and the genuine military issue ponchos are near impossible to find. I thought some of you guys might be able to recommend a particular brand or manufacturer. 

It doesn't have to be authentic military issue, but I would like to have the same fit and functionality. 

Maybe HPG needs to make one ;)


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10/7/2020 4:04 PM
I'm curious. Why?
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10/7/2020 4:18 PM
The MEST ponchos from Bushcraft Outfitters get good reviews. I’m tempted to get one in multicam
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10/7/2020 6:42 PM
El Mac wrote:
I'm curious. Why?


The GI poncho is a very versatile piece of gear. Besides being used as rain gear, it can be used as a tarp, as a bivy sack, as an improvised litter, as a water collection device, etc. It's almost as versatile as 550 cord... almost.

As a piece of rain gear, there are some conditions where ponchos are favorable to jackets and pants IMHO:

1. Hot forest environments. Jackets and pants get really hot when it's 80+ and humid. A poncho, on the other hand, can be left open on the sides to allow for ventalation.

2. When you're wearing a lot of kit and/or dealing with intermittant rain. Ponchos can be thrown on quickly over the other gear you may be wearing, such as a chest rig and/or backpack. This is particular advantageous for intermitent rains that come on quicly and then disappear just as fast. It also means that your other kit stays protected from the elements by the poncho.

Where a poncho falls short is in cold windy environments, and when you're doing something that involves more body movement like climbing. If you're venturing into alpine country, you may want to leave the poncho at home and carry a modern shell jacket and pants.


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10/9/2020 10:47 AM
It looks like the current issue US Army ponchos are made exclusively by Orc Industries. A person can buy ponchos directly from Orc Industries. They also become periodically available on eBay, including official US Army issue ponchos in ACU and woodland camo.
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1/19/2021 3:27 PM
I've been looking at the one a German company (BE-X) makes, purportedly the same material that Jergen bags use, complete with aluminized coting on the inside.

It seems a bit smaller (220cm x 145cm) compared to my old USGI poncho, which is 66x80. It also doesn't seem to be available stateside without overseas shipping and VAT, which is a strike against it. Another strike is that it seems to be made by an airsoft company, and doesn't have man (any?) reviews.

Between the smaller size and dubious quality, I'm kind of disappointed. A USGI-compatible poncho with some of the qualities of a jerven bag (but lighter, without all of the zippers) could be really handy.
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2/13/2021 6:01 AM
I've never used a GI poncho, so I can't say it's a direct replacement, but I do have a Wilderness Innovation poncho that seems like it offers the same and more functions than a GI.
They are available in a ton of color choices and a few different sizes.
Might be worth a look to see if it fits your needs.
No where near the price of a surplus poncho though, but it's really a whole different class of gear than surplus, and it's made in the USA.

I'm just a baby member here, so I still haven't figured out how or if I can post photos.
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