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Old 07-11-2013, 17:52
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Default british army pattern 58 poncho

any one have one of these i bought one last week to use as my wet weather gear as my old coat is knackered only to discover that its not in the slightest bit waterproof :-)

I read that they were really good so i don't know if i have just been unlucky as it is used surplus army stuff or if this is normal.
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Old 07-11-2013, 18:00
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I've slept under a few that were perfectly waterproof.
However, they are a long, long way from a modern breathable fabric. Are you certain that what you got was water getting through rather than horrendous condensation?
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Old 07-11-2013, 18:09
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its like bivvy material and i'm sure if taught and you didnt touch the sides would keep the rain off as a shelter but if you touched the sides they would be wet.

Im pretty sure it was water i wasnt walking sat still for half hour in a heavy downpour.

tried running some water on it under the tap and it comes through in seconds
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its like bivvy material and i'm sure if taught and you didnt touch the sides would keep the rain off as a shelter but if you touched the sides they would be wet.

Im pretty sure it was water i wasnt walking sat still for half hour in a heavy downpour.

tried running some water on it under the tap and it comes through in seconds
The ponchos I was issued over the years were PVC backed. There was absolutely no danger of any water coming through the material.
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Old 07-11-2013, 18:46
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it looks like the backing is still there but must be worn out or been washed or something i have complained and asked for a refund probably loose the postage i paid and may have to pay postage again to return it

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did think about buying some fabsil or thompson waterseal read they both good for bivvies but worried im just wasting more money the taped seams also coming away around the neck and in hood
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Old 07-11-2013, 19:00
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Default Re: british army pattern 58 poncho

I must admit to owning an ex-Italian, one forward, seventeen reverse, Army Poncho (occasionally in the company of barbel and more often in that of hot women in wet weather), but am always inclined to think that Frank Zappa made the definite statement about them....

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A mate of mine works at FishTec/Airflow and he was very impressed with the one his company sells and it was under a tenner!
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Class love frank zappa grew up listening to sheik yer bouti still one of my favourite albums ever!

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Have to send me a link jeff mainly want it for fishing especially night fishing when i want to keep dry untill bed time

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Default Re: british army pattern 58 poncho

We never, ever used them as a waterproof coat and were taught from basic training to use them as a cover to sleep under using luggage bungees to keep them tight. They were 100% waterproof.

I have a feeling it is as Sam said, the horrendous condensation caused by the vapour from your body as even sleeping under them would cause the inside to rapidly become wet, you would be far better off with some Goretex surplus gear; the Army has recently changed their camouflage gear over from DPM so there should be a glut of surplus coming on the market.
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Old 07-11-2013, 20:14
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I dont think so as i wasnt in it long i was dry then it rained and i was wet

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