Improved Military Poncho Gen 2- MILSPEC Version- Made in USA!
Update #3 7 July 2016- due to many requests we have had we now are offering a stuff sack option- Made in the USA from the same material as your poncho witha drawstring top to give you a way to carry or store your poncho and keep it safe.
Update #2- 1 July 2016- we now are having these made from a MILSPEC woodland camo fabric with the tan reverse "blackout" finish, making the poncho reversible while also making the fabric even more durable.
Update # 1 March 1 2016- We now have long length ponchos available in woodland, they are the same as the regular but 12" longer for taller people. Snaps are spaced the same as the regular size with one more set per side so they can be snapped to a regular size one as well.
We set out to build the worlds best poncho- and we did. Nobody else sells this, it is our exclusive item. You will not find a better constructed, better designed or more rugged poncho anywhere in the world- period.
We had been selling a really nice poncho from an American maker, and when they quit we decided that it was time to take matters into our own hands make the best poncho ever.
So, we did. This poncho is made to the size specs of the US type II poncho at 60"x82" from a rugged 70 denier ripstop nylon with a waterproof coating. The material is MILSPEC material that meets all specs including for night visions/IR visibility.
We used brass spur grommets instead of the weaker washer grommets found on a MILSPEC unit. They grip harder and are less likely to ever come loose.
We used the heavy duty high-impact plastic snaps that are the same as the snaps on the USMC field tarp and the latest generation MILSPEC poncho. They are stronger than the brass snaps while being lighter.
We use a 500 pound test webbing to reinforce the hems- way stronger than any other poncho made. That means almost 25 feet of 500 pound test webbing all the way around the poncho. This way you will never have to worry about your poncho ripping or the hardware pulling out when you rig it as a shelter or use it in severe conditions. The specs for a MILSPEC poncho call for the edges where the snaps and grommets go to be reinforced by a wimpy 75 pound test cotton canvas material- it can be cut material and not webbing. Cheaper ponchos use no reinforcement at all in many cases or just an extra layer of the poncho material.
We redesigned the hood to be made from one piece of material instead of two, going from a pull seam to a partial seam eliminating the seam from the top of the head.
We redesigned all the seams in a way that seals without requiring the extra layers of material and that do not require thick layers of seam sealer. You can still put your own seam sealer on the seams if you desire, but we have found that it isn't needed for almost all users. This has two advantages- it means after a few years you won't have a mess where the seam dealer starts peeling off and it also allows the poncho to fold up smaller because the hood and area around it has less bulky, more flexible seams.
We eliminated the drawstring inside. The drawstring is found on the MILSPEC ones but everybody we know always rips the thing out as soon as they get the poncho becuse it hangs on your clothing and gear. Sewing in the attachments for the drawstring weakens the material and puts a possible failure point in the poncho, so we decided it was stupid to weaken the poncho body for soenthibg everybody gets rid of right away.
There are a bunch of other small changes too, all for the better. This is not the cheapest poncho you will buy, but it will be the best one you ever buy and we have no doubt you will be 100% satisfied or we will refund your money.
Since people who actually use their gear can damage even the best stuff, and we know avoid nets happen, we are also including a free section of our adhesive parachute repair material with every one so that if you do damage it you can patch it quickly and drive on with your mission.