In looking for an inexpensive alternative
to the ALTUS poncho,
I found this Bluefield Poncho online
and ordered it from Amazon.com.
The poncho came in a cute little bag,
much like the ALTUS.
I noticed the weight was much lighter
than the ALTUS.
It was difficult getting the poncho out of the bag,
and I thought to myself,
"I'll never be able to repack this!"
Once I got it out,
the first thing I noticed was
that it did not zip all the way
down the front,
like the ALTUS.
At first, I was happy,
but then I put on the poncho,
and immediately I realized several things:
First, I love the ALTUS
because I do not have to
constantly take it off and put it on while walking.
If it stops raining,
I can simply
take my arms out and let it hang off the pack
and in all these years,
it's never blown off.
Then when it rains again,
I just slip in my arms and voila!
That would be impossible with this poncho.
The length was good.
The arms were a bit long for me.
But it would cover my body and keep me dry.
Or rather, I THOUGHT it would keep me dry.
But then . . .
after about 3 minutes . . .
I began to sweat.
And I realized
this poncho would NEVER work for me!!!
I was burning up,
and there was no way to vent the damned thing!
Getting out of it was not easy,
especially when I was so hot.
I wanted out.. .NOW!
I finally escaped.
I tossed the whole package on my dresser.
Tomorrow I'll pack it back
into its cute little sack (if I can),
and send it back to Amazon.
So far, the ALTUS has this thing beat in my book.
Even for the great price of $16.98,
it would be a waste,
because I would never wear it.
'It's the difference between buying a car
with 4 wheels,
And I agree.
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