Here at Nature Travels we are quite often asked to test outdoor gear, so we were delighted to take a look at the People’s Poncho – especially since we’ve never reviewed a poncho before!
With the winter season just getting underway, it’s not the time of year to be testing a poncho on location in Sweden, Norway or Finland – though we’ll very likely be taking ours on a canoe tour when the spring returns!
But the windy, grey and drizzly English weather makes for very suitable testing conditions, so we’ve been putting our People’s Ponchos through their paces in the Dorset countryside instead!
- The ponchos come in a handy carry pouch, pack down small and are very light compared to a rain jacket.
- They seem sturdily built with good quality materials, and are certainly a significant step up from the kind of single-use plastic ponchos often seen at festivals or running events.
- There’s a handy zip pocket at the front as well as an adjustable hood with stiffened peak.
- The reflective strips on the back and front are a good safety feature.
- The addition of a waist strap is a simple but very effective way to make the poncho sit securely and reduce flapping in windy conditions, and there are also studs to further hold things in place below the arms.