DCF Poncho Tarp
This is a crazy light multipurpose piece of gear – a poncho for hiking in the rain and a shelter for the night. The light version weighs only 112 grams! This is possible with the 18g/m² DCF (CT1E.08 Dyneema Composite Fabric), which is inherently waterproof. We also make the poncho with 25g/m² Dyneema (CT2E.08 G5) – much more durable and still weights only 140 grams.
It has an adjustable hood and bungee cords around the waist to keep it in place in the wind. When used as a tarp, roll the hood and secure it with the water repellent zipper. It has 8 attachment points to make the most classical tarp setups with trekking poles. This is a minimalist option for both shelter and rain protection, designed for the advanced long distance hikers and fast hikers.
This poncho will not give much protection to your lower arms and hand – we have a solution for that with a custom product: rain sleeves.
Other dimensions or additional tie outs are possible, just contact us and we will give you price and delivery time. You can also check the “custom gear” section for examples or use “add tie outs and length” to directly order customization.
Go to “add tie outs and length” for customization.
Open the zipper and unroll the hood. Adjust the hood with the bungee cord as needed. You can use the adjuster as a button to connect the bungees under your chin. Use the waist cord adjusters to button the back parts at your front and the front parts just under your pack.
Roll the hood and secure it with the buttons. It is better to have the hood facing the sky. Choose the angle of the tarp so that the rain does not fill up the hood – easy if the zipper lies on the ridge line. Try to have the back of the hood uper than the front .We recommend to use trekking poles and the SwiftLocks line tensioners and carbon fiber or titanium pegs for the rigging. Guy lines, line locks and stakes are not included – you can check our options at the accessories section, but you can also use other gear or truckers’ hitch knots instead of line locks and save a few grams.