Extreme Weather Test – Snugpak Enhanced Patrol Poncho
Snugpak claim that the Enhanced Patrol Poncho is one of the most effective waterproof ponchos on the market. A bold claim indeed.
If only there was some way to test this……..
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Let’s get right into it shall we?
This right here is the Enhanced Patrol Poncho from Snugpak. As you can see, it comes in this compression sack which is vented at the bottom. Compressed, it measures in at approximately 23cm x 11cm and weighs a mere 400g so it’s lightweight and super compact. Ideal for hiking.
Cost wise the Enhanced Patrol Poncho is great value for money. Brand new these can be picked up for anywhere between £30 and £50. I’ve included a link below to where you can buy it…bit don’t go clicking it just yet….you’ve got the rest of the review to watch first.
Let’s look at the poncho itself.
The Enhanced Patrol Poncho is designed for quickness and ease. If you’re out hiking and the rain starts to fall you simply grab this, throw it over your head, pull your arms through and zip it up. There is absolutely no need to take your pack off like you would have to do with a rain-jacket. Infact, as the poncho is designed to cover and protect your pack too then – in theory – it should also remove the need to carry a separate pack raincover.
The hood is fully adjustable with pull toggles on either side and a hook and loop system at the back.
One of the features that attracted me to this poncho is that it has full sleeves unlike most other ponchos. The sleeves feature generously sized thumbholes which aid the fit and these thumbholes are large enough to fit gloves underneath.
The chest has a large front pouch which is ideal for keeping a map and compass. This pouch is fastened shut using a very strong but basic hook and loop system which is a shame as I personally feel it would have benefitted from a zip fastener instead. Behind the front pouch you will also find a spacious through pocket.
It is available in two colours – Olive and Black. This poncho is the olive one obviously.
Size wise, Snugpak claim it’s one size fits all. Now I’m 5’9 and even at my modest height I can feel some tension in the sleeves when I have my thumbs through the thumbholes, particularly if I’m wearing a large pack underneath. I’m not sure how ‘one size fits all’ it would be for people who are 6’ plus.
The Enhanced Patrol Poncho is made from Paratex Dry material and is fully seamed. The waterproofing on the poncho is a PU coating and it’s outer surface is treated with durable water repellent which is intended to cause any water to bead up and roll off.
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