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Never put your plans at the risk of being ruined by bad weather. Whether you’re looking for an extra long model for hiking in the Pacific Northwest or a fast-drying option for those daily afternoon showers along the Atlantic coast, you’ll find a poncho that suits your needs.
Well-loved but still relatively inexpensive, Frogg Toggs make reliable rain gear for every season. Their Ultra-Lite poncho is a popular favorite for everyone from hikers looking to stay comfortable and dry on the trail to tourists waiting in line in Florida’s theme parks. One reviewer had this to say; “Used in Florida theme parks this past June. Rained some almost every day. This was an amazing product. Fit neatly in our backpack and coverage was great even for plus sized people. Favorite features were the easy snaps on the sides. Made it easy to take off and put on. Carry bag came in handy too. It was lightweight which helped when it was so hot outside.”
- Adjustable hood
- Snap-up side closures
Lightweight and breathable, this zip-up poncho is best for a quick jaunt through a surprise summer storm. Its’ compact enough to carry with you every day, so you’ll never again have to hesitate before wearing a light color shirt or blouse on a day with high rain chances. Made of 100% Polyester fabric, it will dry quickly and is light and loose enough to wear for a long walk, even on warm afternoons.
- Zip-Up design much faster than buttons
- Front pocket for keys, phone, etc
- Available in a range of colors
Ubiquitous at every theme park, an inexpensive set of disposable ponchos makes sense for one-time use. Whether you’re whale watching, touring waterfalls, or trying to avoid the splash zone at the local water park, you can save money by buying these small travel accessories on your own ahead of time, instead of giving in to themed gift-shop ponchos.
- Incredibly light
- Not reusable
Suitably long for wearing over bulky clothing or backpacks, this poncho is a good choice for anyone who has had trouble finding a comfortably long poncho for their height. Made of ripstop nylon with a PVC coating, it lacks some of the breathability of polyester ponchos, but with the benefit that you’ll keep dry longer.
- Great for hikers and campers
- Best for Big and Tall wearers
- Hem eyelets so you can hang it to dry, or use it as a sleeping bag cover
Durable and reversible with a waist-front pocket, this is the perfect poncho for wearing while running errands or walking the dog. It’s reversible and stylish, without the crinkly plastic feel of many ponchos. “It is light and easy to carry but provides substantial protection when you wear it,” a reviewer writes.
- Reversible; both sides waterproof
- Machine washable
- Folds down into its’ own pocket; no bag or case to keep up with
It’s really a misnomer to call this a “poncho” when it’s closer to a traveling emergency shelter. Perfect for watching outdoor sports in a snowstorm in the middle of winter, if you’re the sort of person that enjoys that. It’s a poncho but lined with heat reflective materials and polar fleece to maximize warmth, so you’ll not only stay dry from rain or snow but will stay warm and cozy in this wearable blanket
- An alternative to bringing padded seats to sporting events
- Easily match colors with your favorite team
- Wide range of sizes so you can get a perfect fit
You’ll be surprised how frequently you’ll use a poncho once you have a quality one. Any chore that requires two hands renders an umbrella useless, so even something as mundane as bringing in the groceries is an easier task when you’ve got a reliable poncho. They also offer a children’s model.
- 100% Polyurethane
- Drip dries quickly
- Snaps are easy to use and durable
Available in a range of sizes that fit children as small as 31″ and as tall as 63″ these peppy patterned ponchos are a great choice for keeping dry on the walk to school. Mollify picky children and preteens who refuse to wear those noxiously uncool see-through ponchos made of crinkly plastic. It packs up small and light into a carrying case, perfect for keeping in a locker or backpack.
- Fun designs
- Wide range of sizes
- XLG a good choice for adults under 5’3
Lightweight and comfortable, this poncho fits an extended range of sizes, up to 3XL, with room to layer clothing or wear a backpack comfortably underneath. It’s been designed with a reflective strip along the hemline to improve visibility in rain or low lighting, another plus for anyone commuting home after work or school in unpleasant weather. Pair this with additional reflective tape or a headlamp to further increase visibility at night.
- Soft and breathable
- Heat-sealed seams
- Kangaroo pocket
Full-length sleeves with elastic closures and zip-up pockets make this rain jacket a great choice if you know you’ll be facing an extended amount of time stuck in bad weather. This style may be the right choice if you’re more in need of mobility than coverage or are concerned about getting longer, loose-fitting rain gear caught in bike chains, on boat launches or trailer hitches, or in other working environments.
- Great for joggers
- Self-contained when folded; no storage bag
- Has pockets
There’s no need for sudden showers to ruin that carefully-planned family vacation. Whether you’re enjoying a weekend cruise or summer trip to the local theme park, having a comfortably sized poncho for each child keeps moods up and the fun rolling. Pick a different color for each child and you’ll always know whose is whose, which is convenient, because reviewers note they fit a wide range of ages. “We purchased three of these for kids 5, 7, 9 and it worked great for all three.”
- Lightweight; carry several in a backpack easily
- Full cut, with generous coverage
- Hood has snaps, instead of drawstrings
If you’ve ever had car or bike trouble in the rain, you know the value of having both hands free to deal with the problem. This poncho/rain jacket hybrid has a long back to offer more coverage than traditional rain jackets, along with the full-length sleeves that ponchos often lack.
- Tight elastic at the wrists
- Zippered and drawstring hood closure
- Layer comfortably over winter gear
“I have worn these through several storms and they have been great. No leaks and they don’t make me sweaty,” says one reviewer, with many more in agreement. For full body rain protection, a two-piece set sometimes makes more sense than a single piece poncho. Frogg Toggs has a loyal following among bicyclists and motorcyclists for many reasons, but their snug fit is certainly high on that list. A poncho’s billowing design may encourage air flow, but it also makes it easy to get caught on bicycle chains.