I know you don't like ponchos, but I used one for a month in the Belize jungle and think it did a darn good job: In the hot, humid conditions, it allowed air to circulate; I used it to cover my pack in the rain; it was easy to put on and covered both me and my daypack; I could use it as a tarp to sit on or as a lean-to. Given all these advantages, could you recommend something better than the standard military-issue poncho for my next jungle trip? Are there Gore-Tex ponchos available? Jay Manchester, New Jersey
Torrent Rain Poncho
I should think a Gore-Tex poncho would be something any amateur sewer worth their Singer could pull off. All you'd need is a big sheet of the stuff (in three-ply laminate form). This can be purchased as sheetgoods at Seattle Fabrics; you can order direct from them, or maybe they can point you in the direction of someone closer to home. In its simplest form, just cut a rectangle, sew the edges, then cut a head-hole in the middle (I'll assume you'll use a rain hat, too). Making one with a hood would be the next reasonable step. Now there's a project for you!