Outdoor Products Packframe Poncho

Priced: $35.00 Rated:   - 3 stars out of 5 by 9 reviews.
Outdoor Products Packframe Poncho
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The great backpacker's standby, this Outdoor Products Packframe poncho is easy to pull out of your pack and throw on for quick weather protection for you and your backpack.



  • Nylon web-tie cords at corners for use as a fly
  • Constructed with durable, water-resistant, urethane-coated nylon taffeta and rustproof snaps; watertight bound seam construction
  • Includes ripstop polyester zip carrying case


  • Full-cut integral hood adjusts with drawcord
  • Poncho measures 54 in. wide x 47 in. long (not including hood) when it is being worn


  • Back panel snaps up out of the way for comfort when you're not wearing a backpack
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Back length:Thigh-length
Fabric:Nylon / nylon blend
Shell fabric:Nylon taffeta
Weight:13 ounces
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Outdoor Products Packframe Poncho Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

My Preferred Raingear

One of the most versatile and useful things in my backpack. It's so compact when folded (6"x 6" square) that I have it handy more often than my Gore-tex parka, raincoat, umbrella or any other raingear. It comes with a nice carry pouch which fits into a cargo pocket or can be adapted to attach to my belt (feels like a pad at the small of my back). It has nice side snaps to close it off, and grommets to use as tie off points. All the seams are taped and sealed.

As raingear it is excellent. It pretty much covers me, all of my equipment and pack effectively, with extra material on the back for more coverage. The "sleeves", I think, are supposed to be short for freedom of movement. I think full-length sleeves would be cumbersome and impractical. As for the hood, I admit I don't often use it. I use the poncho in conjunction with a hat, which keeps the rain off my face better. However, in a real strong downpour with wind, I put up the hood and seal it off with the drawcord. It seems to work adequately with a slight loss of peripheral vision (because the hood does not turn much with your head).

Besides raingear though, your imagination is the only limit to the multitude of uses of this poncho. It can be a tarp, groundcloth, even a rudimentary blanket. It can be made into a shelter (lean-to, awning. or traditional pup tent), as well as just a windblock/sunblock/modesty screen. It can be belted at the waist to make a "tunic". It can be folded and snapped into a tube to make a sleeping bag. It can serve as a drag stretcher/carry litter for an injured person... or.. a body bag.

I have several of these Outdoor Products ponchos because they are so well made and useful. I have one for general everyday use. I have one with my travel stuff. I have one for camping/hiking. And I have one in my emergency "go" bag (for disaster preparedness).
Ice Bear at REI on 10/10/2007

My first choice for rain protection

This poncho is great to quickly put on when the rain comes. You don't have to take your pack off and it keeps the backpack straps and waistbelt dry so they don't soak up a bunch of rain when exposed while using just a pack cover. Being 5 ft. 4 in. tall it fit me good considering one size fits all. I whish it had longer sleeves but when I was hiking during a downpour and using treking poles this caused my arms to be bent in such a way that the short sleeve stopped at about mid forearm. It wasn't too bad since I was wearing a short sleeved shirt and the rain wasn't cold. Also it was long enough to keep my pants mostly dry without flapping all about like a big sack. The hood could use a prehiperal vision adjustment though. I think you could use it to create a quick shelter or shade tarp if necessary.
Marlo G. at REI on 08/08/2007

Packframe Poncho Does The Job

I've used a packframe poncho for over 40 years and I would not be without one. It rains here - a lot. I have yet to find a rain suit (jacket and pants) that allows me to hike in the rain (and in particular with a heavy pack) without getting so sweaty inside it that I'm just as wet as I would have been with nothing. No, Goretex doesn't fix the problem. A packframe poncho goes over the top of everything - like a walking tent - and allows lots of air circulation, while keeping the rain off. They are simple, old-school products where the design perfectly meets the requirements. The added bonus is that in a pinch, you can make an emergency shelter out of one.
WRP at REI on 10/10/2013

Great rain gear for any occasion

Fits over my Fully Loaded Kelty Trekker with room to spare, I'm 5' 11" 230 lbs so thats sayin something. Snaps open into a tarp/shelter/wind block/rain block/blanket etc. Folds down to about the size of a paperback book. Not perfect, but for [$] you won't find better or more comfortable for mild to moderate wind and any kind of rain.
McJoeDonald at REI on 06/06/2008

High-quality poncho

This poncho was everything I had hoped for and more. It fit very comfortably, and I actually got to use it the day I bought it. It covered me and my camera backpack with extra material to spare! Thanks to the Outdoor Products Packframe Poncho, I was able to boogie all night in the rain at my concert!!
4evergr8ful at REI on 05/05/2013

Negative Reviews:

Not waterproof enough

I often backpack and hike in wet weather. This poncho worked fine many times with intermittent or light rain. I even used it as a tarp shelter twice in dry weather. However, in storm conditions after four hours of heavy rain the water seeped through thoroughly. I am glad I never tried using it as a tarp shelter in a hard rain. The packaging does say water resistant not waterproof. On the plus side, it will keep the wind off you and keep you noticeably warmer in driving sleet/hail/snow conditions. It is conveniently packaged. The square design, snaps, and hood are well-done with good materials. Weight is closer to a full pound, not the 7 oz in the spec. Bottom-line, good value for short day-hikes, but it is not up to the extremes of what is needed for overnight backpacking. I am looking for a replacement. Meanwhile, I am wearing a "waterproof" jacket under the poncho.
Patrick JK at REI on 12/12/2008

Doesn't match the specs / claims

This poncho seems a bit over-hyped. The specs say "waterproof", yet the label that comes with it only says "water-resistant". That label says "watertight bound seem construction", yet if you look at the seams, there is a single line of stitching, no seam tape, and you can see light through the needle holes. No way that could be water-tight! Even the weight is wrong: the spec says 9 oz. Actually it is 12 3/4 oz (11 1/2 without storage case).
M Q at REI on 10/10/2010

Not waterproof

I used this when I did the Inca Trail in Peru. While the fit is fine, it's not waterproof and I felt pretty damp underneath after trekking for a few hours in the rain. Don't buy this if you are a serious backpacker who expects to get caught in a downpour - you will regret it!
slv at REI on 07/07/2008