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INITIAL REPORT - November 19, 2017


NAME: Kathleen Waters
EMAIL: kathy at backpackgeartest dot com
AGE: 66
LOCATION: Canon City, Colorado, USA
HEIGHT: 5' 4" (1.60 m)
WEIGHT: 125 lb (56.70 kg)

Living in Colorado and being self-employed, I have ample opportunities to backpack. There are over 700,000 acres/280,000 hectares of public land bordering my 71-acre/29-hectare "backyard" in addition to all the other gorgeous locations which abound in Colorado. Over the past 15 years, my husband John and I have also had the good fortune to hike/snowshoe glaciers, rain forests, mountains and deserts in exotic locations, including New Zealand, Iceland, Costa Rica, Slovenia and Death Valley. My hiking style is comfortable, aiming for lightweight. I use a tent (rainfly if needed). Current pack averages 25 lb (11 kg) excluding food and water.



Manufacturer: Therm-a-rest, division of Cascade Designs, Inc.
Year of Manufacture: 2017
Manufacturer's Website:
MSRP: US $129.95
Listed Weight: 28 oz (794 g)
Measured Weight: 26 oz (737 g)
Listed:Width: 58 in (147 cm)
Measured Width:
Listed Length: 79 in (200 cm)
Measured Length:
Listed and Packed dimension 16 in x 12 in (40 cm x 30 cm)

Sizes Available: One Size Fits All
Colors Available: Deep Purple, Lemon Curry, Poseidon
Color Tested: Poseidon
Made in China
Honcho Poncho
Picture copywrite Therm-a-rest


The Honcho Poncho arrived all tucked up into a front zippered storage pocket, looking quite like a neat comfy camp pillow. Once unzipped and spread out, the poncho morphs into a spacious outer garment.

It has a cinchable hood and a generously-sized kangaroo pocket for extra (hand) warmth.

The outer surface of the poncho is made of waterproof breathable 20D Polyester RipStop material with DWR protection. There is a soft brushed 50D Polyester Taffeta liner in the interior. Between the two layers is 9 oz (0.25 kg) fill weight of 37.5 tm insulation. The insulation is an active partical polyester which is supposed to help regulate body temperature.

Lastly, the poncho is advertised to be water-resistance.

A close inspection of the Honcho Poncho found no flaws, dropped stitches, snags or other imperfections. Very nice quality all around!


The care instructions for the poncho are simple: Wash in cold water with a gentle non-detergent soap in a large-capacity, front-loading washing machine on a gentle cycle with two rinses.

Turn "bag" - I'm assuming the same care tag is on Cascade Designs sleeping bags - inside out, close zipper and fasten snaps before drying in a large-capacity, front-loading dryer on low heat.

Or I could just hand wash and dry as well. No dry cleaning allowed!

The care instruction and materials tags are sewn into a side seam and very visible when wearing the poncho. I will be removing them once I've completed my final report.


Well, one of the good things about the Honcho Poncho being a "one size fits all" piece of clothing, is it SHOULD fit, right? I mean, while I'm usually leery about one-size clothing, this is a poncho, so really it doesn't conform to body size anyway.

Yeah, it fits me! I had no trouble pulling it over my head and using the barrel lock drawcords, I can cinch the hood closely to my head. Two sets of snaps on each side of the poncho body create armholes. I fumbled around with the snaps for a minute or two before I laid out the poncho on my bed to line up the snaps properly. Yeah, I'm "snap-challenged"!

The poncho is spacious and LONG. It's longer in the back than the front which will work well when I want to cover up a backpack.

The zipper, snaps and drawcords all perform smoothly and after a brief try-on, I'm ready to hit the trails!
Honcho Poncho at rest
Ready for Take Off!
I Can Fly!
I Can Fly!!!


I'm really excited about the Therm-a-rest Honcho Poncho! While it is unseasonably warm here in Canon City, Colorado right now, I know that won't last. And until it is consistently cold, being able to throw the Poncho over whatever top I have on, hopefully, will work well.

Once the chilly weather arrives in earnest, I plan on making the Poncho, my go-to top layer when I'm backpacking, hiking and snowshoeing. Bring on the snow!

Please check back in mid-January to see how the Honcho Poncho and I are enjoying winter!

Thank you to Therm-a-rest and for the opportunity to try out this fun product!

Kathleen (Kathy) Waters

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