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Old 06-09-2009, 05:21 PM
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Poncho for Canoeing

Hi everyone. Im going to be in the canoe alot this summer with summer camp and was wondering if anyone has used a poncho, ie: integral designs sil poncho as there rain gear when the sky opens up. im curious to know if it would provide enough coverage when in the sitting or kneeling position so that you wouldnt need to wear rain pants. i think there are many pluses to using a poncho like the one mentioned because of its small package/lightweight, easily put on and taken off (no need to take your pfd off and on) as weather permits, and i think it would have good freedom of movement, and it would be airy enough on those hot humid days. if anyone has any experiences or thoughts i would love to hear them.

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Old 06-09-2009, 05:34 PM
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A poncho would be OK in warm weather, but you're going to get wet. Canoeing in cooler temps I wear regular rain gear.
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Old 06-09-2009, 07:19 PM
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My opinion. I like rain pants, not only for the rain protection, but for an extra pair of pants in case your primary or secondary get wet/lost/torn. I have used my rain pants in this application many times.
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Old 06-10-2009, 03:42 AM
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yes you guys are probably correct. Im just in the market for a new pair of rain pants and jacket and i was trying to be cheap with this idea :P

i would still like to hear others thoughts on this nonetheless
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Old 06-10-2009, 03:21 PM
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Canoeing Raingear

I have been to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area multiple, multiple times and from that I experience, I highly recommend a full rain suit over a poncho. With as much upper body movement that you do, the poncho would constantly be in the way. A somewhat tighter fit rain suit that yet has enough room to flex in would work the best. Frogg Togg's is a cheap option if you want to check them out...
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Old 06-10-2009, 04:05 PM
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I'll cast my vote for rain pants/jacket too. As previously mentioned, the increased upper body movement may not make the poncho the best choice.

Also, for cold/wet paddling conditions, I believe the rain pants will keep you warmer or more comfortable (considering a pontentially less-active lower body).

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Old 06-23-2009, 06:59 AM
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Safety

And what I would consider the biggest argument against a poncho/cape is the safety issues.
Most paddlers will agree that you should assume that you could end up in the drink.
I don't know if I'd want to be wearing a poncho/cape after a capsize.

Paddle clothing are designed to work better in boats.

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Old 06-23-2009, 03:21 PM
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And what I would consider the biggest argument against a poncho/cape is the safety issues.
Most paddlers will agree that you should assume that you could end up in the drink.
I don't know if I'd want to be wearing a poncho/cape after a capsize.

Paddle clothing are designed to work better in boats.


that is an excellent point about safety and something i def didnt think about. i did decide to go with a full on suit... the Mountain Hardwear Typhoon pants and jacket are on lay a way at my LO.
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If you have access to a pool, jump into the shallow end with the poncho on. The experience of trying to get out, will convince you not to use a poncho on the water.
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I have been to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area multiple, multiple times and from that I experience, I highly recommend a full rain suit over a poncho. With as much upper body movement that you do, the poncho would constantly be in the way. A somewhat tighter fit rain suit that yet has enough room to flex in would work the best. Frogg Togg's is a cheap option if you want to check them out...

x2. I canoe a lot in the muggy, humid southeast (i.e. Okefenokee Swamp, Everglades, Suwannee River, etc) and although a poncho might be cooler overall, rainpants that allow you to unzip the legs and armpit vents in the jacket are much better (dryer) for paddling.

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If you have access to a pool, jump into the shallow end with the poncho on. The experience of trying to get out, will convince you not to use a poncho on the water.

Another excellant point!

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