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  • Back panel snaps up out of the way for comfort when you're not wearing a backpack
  • Full-cut integral hood adjusts with drawcord
  • 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
  • Poncho measures 54 in. wide x 47 in. long (not including hood) when it is being worn

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Specs

Best Use Backpacking
Fabric Nylon taffeta
Windproof Yes
Hood Yes
Back Length Thigh-length
Gender Unisex
Weight 13 ounces
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2013-10-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from 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).
Date published: 2010-10-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2008-12-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It did what it was suppose to do... The absolutely best solution for hiking in the rain, is find shelter and wait it out... But that is often not a practical solution. Rain-suit or poncho, that is the question. After spending two hours on the trail to Mt. Whitney in the pouring rain, I will go with the poncho. And this poncho specifically. Is this the best poncho option? That I don't know but it is the best in REI's inventory. Granted by the time we reached Trail Camp the top of my boots and the bottom of my pants were wet but I had on good boots and water repelling pants. Our tent and sleeping bags were completely dry. There are options to keeping your pack contents dry but that adds weight, when a single item will suffice for both. There is the argument that a suit will double as a wind layer, true, and a suit looks a lot "cooler" than a poncho. My friend and I both kept our ponchos on after the rain died down and the wind picked, they worked great in keeping us warm. I don't think there is truly an ideal solution but I was certainly happy with this poncho. Of your experience my differ.
Date published: 2014-08-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from 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!
Date published: 2008-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice poncho I just bought two of these. Took one out in a rainstorm with a mid size pack. I think it did good. Steady rain and light wind, It kept my my uppers and pack completely dry. I think the light wind and the fact I had a pack on help keep down the sweaty factor. About 45 degrees and light capilene I was snug as a bug. Legs another story... The materialhad great water beading. I did notice a tiny hole right at corner of stitching on hood. The sides have just one snap on each side. I can't help to wonder if a lower set might be useful. I might add one myself. In reality it's only about one ounce heavier than my old pack cover which I won't use if I have this
Date published: 2017-04-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good for medium-heavy rain with little to no wind I bought this poncho for an 11-day backpacking trip at Philmont Boy Scout camp where rain is usually expected. I found this poncho easy to put on without the need to take off my pack but needed some help making sure the rear portion of the poncho was covering my pack. Despite the medium to heavy rain I stayed quite dry. Occasionally some water would seep in from the side or through the hood opening but I had expected that given the large opening. Using the hood though felt a bit tight and I opted to just go hoodless with just a hat as my rain protection. I only docked off one star because of the large side openings. I felt another button or two would go a long way to ensuring any wind or movement wouldn't cause the poncho to flap around. There are some loops on the bottom corners that coulda been used to tie down the bottom but I couldn't find a quick and easy way to secure them each time. Overall I found this poncho to be quite adequate for dealing with medium to heavy rain and little to no wind without me paying a high price.
Date published: 2014-08-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Pass on this Poncho I foolishly bought this poncho since it looked like rain during our upcoming Colorado mountain backpack. I thought it would be better than a plastic poncho. It's not. It's heavier. It leaks like crazy after about 20 minutes in the rain.
Date published: 2015-02-18
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it would be nice to know the actual dimensions in the spec

Asked by: shawnpfarmer
The poncho measures 54 inches wide x 47 inches long (not including hood) when it is being worn.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-12-05

What is the packed size of this item?

Asked by: Bike Moar
In its case, the Packframe Poncho will measure 4 x 4 x 2.5 inches.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2015-09-20

What is the actual weight of the poncho? It says weight 13... is that in ounces?

Asked by: hchodge
​This poncho weighs 13 ounces.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-27

why was such an awesome product discontinued? is rei offering another packframe poncho soon?

Asked by: Chuck Whaley Jr
As of July 2016, REI has not discontinued the Packframe Poncho.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-07-26

The specs say Waterproof: No.  Really?

Asked by: rxb
Nylon is not considered waterproof. However, this product has great reviews and should work well for you.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-25

Is it silnylon? 

Asked by: WrktoPlayUS
No, it is made from nylon taffeta.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2015-09-20
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2013-10-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from 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).
Date published: 2010-10-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2008-12-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It did what it was suppose to do... The absolutely best solution for hiking in the rain, is find shelter and wait it out... But that is often not a practical solution. Rain-suit or poncho, that is the question. After spending two hours on the trail to Mt. Whitney in the pouring rain, I will go with the poncho. And this poncho specifically. Is this the best poncho option? That I don't know but it is the best in REI's inventory. Granted by the time we reached Trail Camp the top of my boots and the bottom of my pants were wet but I had on good boots and water repelling pants. Our tent and sleeping bags were completely dry. There are options to keeping your pack contents dry but that adds weight, when a single item will suffice for both. There is the argument that a suit will double as a wind layer, true, and a suit looks a lot "cooler" than a poncho. My friend and I both kept our ponchos on after the rain died down and the wind picked, they worked great in keeping us warm. I don't think there is truly an ideal solution but I was certainly happy with this poncho. Of your experience my differ.
Date published: 2014-08-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from 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!
Date published: 2008-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice poncho I just bought two of these. Took one out in a rainstorm with a mid size pack. I think it did good. Steady rain and light wind, It kept my my uppers and pack completely dry. I think the light wind and the fact I had a pack on help keep down the sweaty factor. About 45 degrees and light capilene I was snug as a bug. Legs another story... The materialhad great water beading. I did notice a tiny hole right at corner of stitching on hood. The sides have just one snap on each side. I can't help to wonder if a lower set might be useful. I might add one myself. In reality it's only about one ounce heavier than my old pack cover which I won't use if I have this
Date published: 2017-04-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good for medium-heavy rain with little to no wind I bought this poncho for an 11-day backpacking trip at Philmont Boy Scout camp where rain is usually expected. I found this poncho easy to put on without the need to take off my pack but needed some help making sure the rear portion of the poncho was covering my pack. Despite the medium to heavy rain I stayed quite dry. Occasionally some water would seep in from the side or through the hood opening but I had expected that given the large opening. Using the hood though felt a bit tight and I opted to just go hoodless with just a hat as my rain protection. I only docked off one star because of the large side openings. I felt another button or two would go a long way to ensuring any wind or movement wouldn't cause the poncho to flap around. There are some loops on the bottom corners that coulda been used to tie down the bottom but I couldn't find a quick and easy way to secure them each time. Overall I found this poncho to be quite adequate for dealing with medium to heavy rain and little to no wind without me paying a high price.
Date published: 2014-08-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Pass on this Poncho I foolishly bought this poncho since it looked like rain during our upcoming Colorado mountain backpack. I thought it would be better than a plastic poncho. It's not. It's heavier. It leaks like crazy after about 20 minutes in the rain.
Date published: 2015-02-18
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Questions & Answers

it would be nice to know the actual dimensions in the spec

Asked by: shawnpfarmer
The poncho measures 54 inches wide x 47 inches long (not including hood) when it is being worn.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-12-05

What is the packed size of this item?

Asked by: Bike Moar
In its case, the Packframe Poncho will measure 4 x 4 x 2.5 inches.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2015-09-20

What is the actual weight of the poncho? It says weight 13... is that in ounces?

Asked by: hchodge
​This poncho weighs 13 ounces.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-27

why was such an awesome product discontinued? is rei offering another packframe poncho soon?

Asked by: Chuck Whaley Jr
As of July 2016, REI has not discontinued the Packframe Poncho.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-07-26

The specs say Waterproof: No.  Really?

Asked by: rxb
Nylon is not considered waterproof. However, this product has great reviews and should work well for you.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-25

Is it silnylon? 

Asked by: WrktoPlayUS
No, it is made from nylon taffeta.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2015-09-20
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