Field Review: Russian Rain Cape "Plash Palatka" Poncho/Tarp

Jayclimber

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Josh

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I’m glad you reviewed this, Amazon has been recommending it too me for a while now and I’ve been on the fence now I’ll have to get one, and I won’t be surprised if a Veshmeshok ends up in the cart along the way...
 

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Something else with this is you can tie a woobie (poncho liner) into it and have a makeshift sleeping bag with waterproof cover for a quick RON!

That’s actually exactly where I was headed with it, I have an HPG Mountain Serape that I love but get worried about banging it up when worn and an actual USGI poncho is not really designed ruggedly enough for use as a garment either.
 

Jayclimber

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That’s actually exactly where I was headed with it, I have an HPG Mountain Serape that I love but get worried about banging it up when worn and an actual USGI poncho is not really designed ruggedly enough for use as a garment either.
That's kinda my thoughts too... The latest and greatest, lightest, and most compact isnt always the best when it comes to long term, down and dirty use. I really think this fills a lot of uses in an MM kit.
 

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been using a aussie outfitter for 2 years now. heavy rain tight. good hood overhang. waterproof as a frogs butt. rolls up and stores in its own chest pocket. Oilskin. that you can retreat. Its not one of those ponchos that the wind blows up or skin tight against you. big enough to cover you and a fully loaded alice pack, and also big enough to make a shelter. 2 down sides.
#1. if your weight conscious on your gear, its heavy. its made from 12oz cotton oilskin. 3lbs in the pocket.
#2 . in a hot climate, you will get toasty. but it keeps you toasty in a cold climate as well, so thats more of a trade off.

plus's , 1. already well grommet'ed , for makeing a shelter
2.stores in its own chest pocket, has 2 d-rings to attach to pack or saddle
3. snaps down the sides
4. cuts the wind and rain.
5.cut roomy, enough to cover a rider, saddle, and top of horse.

outback trading pack-able poncho. www.outbacktrading.com $139.00
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when i was researching a poncho, a few years back, I got down to 2 each that i was considering. I was after something that would last more than 1 or 2 seasons. it was between the outback trading and the Hazard 4 Poncho villa. material was what pushed me to the outback. Briers and tangled undergrowth would shred the hazard 4.
 

Josh

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I can confirm the Plash Palatka works perfectly with the HPG Mountain Serape.

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So far I’m quite impressed with the Plash Palatka, the one I got seems unused and it in really great shape I can already see tons of uses for it. One thing I did do was replace the hood draw string with 550 cord instead of the jute or whatever came with it, it makes the whole thing easier to tighten up and as a bonus I don’t have to worry about any itchy string getting caught down a collar. Other than that the whole setup is great as is now I just need to throughly abuse it.

Here are two videos I found explaining how to wear it and and how to carry it that I thought were cool.



Big thanks to Jay for convincing me to get one. I actually wouldn’t be surprised if a few more ended up at the house in the upcoming months.
 
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Josh

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Been messing around with it some more, turns out I can flip it around an easily use it for my devil handed ways, I did flip the tail toggle around to the other side so it would all work right for me inside out.

As I said before the HPG Mountain Serape works great in conjunction with the Plash Palatka, size wise it’s not a perfect match with the Plash Palatka being a square and the Mountain Serape being more of a rectangle. But folding the Mountain Serape in half it fits into the Plash Palatka perfectly and the whole arrangement can be easily carried over the shoulder Russian style.

What’s cool about this is that you’ve more or less got a temperate sleep system for that you can throw over your shoulder in one single package that’s good and rugged. I could see something like this being perfect for stationary jobs like pulling guard, hunting, or waiting in the elements for something else where you still need to have both hands but want to be warm at the same time.

Here are some photos showing the Mountain Serape getting rolled up in the Plash Palatka and getting secured with some 550 cord into a loop:

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The possibilities for this thing are quite endless, for the price I’m going to pick up a few more.
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