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Silnylon Pro Poncho $165.00

Specifications



See MLD Homepage for order info and wait times.

10 oz

Silnylon

Exclusive Shaped Design: 9' long X 65� front X 53� rear




********Exclusive Poncho HoodSlit System (TM, Pat. Pend, Invented by MLD in 2001)*********
The hood is set into the ridgeline and seals shut quickly in tarp mode when the ridge line is under tension without the need to tie up and stake out the hood to prevent water pooling like common circle-in-the-middle hood style ponchos. The MLD SlitHood is also the strongest hood design possible. Our unique hood design requires over 60 manufacturing steps to produce.


Shape tapers front to rear for good coverage in tarp and poncho mode. Widest front width poncho tarp made for full coverage in tarp mode. Tapers to 56� in the rear. In poncho mode the wide end is in the rear to wrap around pack. In tarp mode the wide end is over the chest and head for more rain and wind protection.


The MLD Pro Poncho Tarp is by far the lightest Silnylon Poncho per sq/ft of coverage poncho tarp made. We use high grade ultralight synthetic snaps and hardware. Lots of features are packed in to the 10 oz.


Note: See the backpackinglight.com review of our older prototype 2004 Pro Poncho tarp at:
http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/mountain_laurel_designs_silnylon_pro_poncho_tarp_review.html
Our newest one is very close to the one reviewed. The current model offers many small improvements and hardware upgrades that drop the weight improve performance. In general, the review places the MLD Silnylon Pro Poncho at the top of pack.


CUSTOM OPTION: CALL FIRST: All CUBEN VERSION 5.75 oz $300.



Features



Features:


Exclusive: Hood features a stiffened brim and volume adjustment for a tight fit and drastically reduced mind numbing wind flap when worn vs. other poncho tarps. Hood is off set forward for full pack coverage and the wide end is in the rear for wrap around pack coverage in poncho mode.

Exclusive: Catenary cut (curved) ridgeline AND sides for a fast and tight set up in tarp mode. Note: The ridgeline curve is just enough for a nice A-frame pitch but not so much that other Lean-To type pitches can not be achieved- Works fine in the lean-to pitch. This design offers tight pitching with less fuss, better wind resistance, water shedding and far less possibility of stakes pulling out or insomnia inducing wind flap.

Exclusive: Two additional ridgeline tieouts positioned 20� from each end for various pitch options and to secure the waist bungee in poncho mode. Pictured is an A frame pitch with the rear pitched closed using the rear ridgelien tieout. A third ridgeline tieout at the center for use in lean-to mode. -Great protection without a closed in feeling.

The hood/ridgeline seam is internally taped and then sewn. Many users do not use any seam sealer. We recommend a very small amount (tube of SilNet suppplied) for long term seam stitching and water protection. Our seam requires up to 1oz less than other poncho tarps, saving even more weight by design.

Front and rear ridgeline tieouts includes a CF tarp pole tip grommet.

Front ridgeline tieout quick to identify: It has the MLD Logo label integrated as a tie out reinforcnemt. No more what ???? color is the front / rear tieout memory challenge!

Multiple hang loops on the inside ridgeline for bivy, watch, glasses and bug bivy hanging.

Pitching Instructions

Many pitching options are possible with this tarp. When the weather is bad, pitching the foot end closed offers a lot of protection.


How to Pitch the MLD Pro Poncho With the Rear Closed



Preparation:
1: Tie loops of guy line through the rear corner and rear edge ridge line tie outs to form three inch loops.
2: Cut two lengths of guy line 5� long for the front corners. Cut two lengths of guy line at 7� for the front and rear ridge lines. Tie a 2� loop at each end of these guy lines. They can now be be girth hitched to the tieouts when needed and removed when the poncho is worn. You can also use the MLD Superfly Biners for a faster transition. These lines can also be attached just before setting up the tarp while wearing the poncho for a faster pitch when it is raining.


Pitching:
1: Set one pole to about 32� tall( for the rear) and the other to about 42�. You may find you prefer slightly different lengths.
2: Stake the two rear corners with the rear edge tight and down to the ground.
3: Tie the rear guy line from the stake out loop located 20� from the rear edge on the rear ridge line, wrap or tie the line to the rear pole handle and then stake out the line. The rear pole�s pole point can be used through the 3� rear edge ridge line tie out loop on the ground too. Stake the guy line so that a rear triangle is formed and leans at about a 45 degree angle to the ground. If the angle is too much, the rear traingle and tarp will not pitch as tight. This rear triangle pitch option takes advantage of the stretch on the diagonal of Silnylon. See the last product picture to see what it looks like.
4: Set the front pole and tieout the front guy line.
5: Stake out the front corners and you are done. You may need to adjust the angles of the rear and/or front corners stake to get the tightest pitch tight. Practice makes perfect and after 5-10 tries you should be able to get a tight pitch in under two minutes.


After a few pitches, you may be able to shorten the front corner and ridge line tie outs to fine tune your system. Note the heights of your trek poles for future reference. Fixed length pole users can wrap tape on the shafts at the proper height to create a stop for the line to wrap above and sit on top of. You may also want to carry two additional guy lines for for the center side tie outs. Some folks like to use rubber bands to fold up the guy lines and then secure guy line in a neat fashion either on or off the tarp.

The number one issue a new tarp user have is not not practicing enough before an outing or not staking the lines tight enough to get a super tight pitch. A good tarp can take a of of tension, so pitch it TIGHT.


Included



• Stuff Sack, same fabric as tarp, .3oz

• 40' 200lb/ 2mm XtraLowStretch Guyline .4oz



• 1.5oz Tube McNett Silnet seam sealer NOTE: We use a true flat felled French (rolled) ridgeline seam that requires only 25% as much sealer as a weaker folded and felled seams more commonly used. This tarp should only requie .2 - .3oz of sealer. You are only sealing the thread and not the seam edges. Many users do not seal the ridgeline it at all.


Options



Solo Stake Package

• $25 (if purchased with tarp)

• Eight 6.5� , .28oz each (8gm) Ti Stakes


Carbon Fiber Straight Poles
Super Stiff Premium Carbon Fiber Poles
• 28" Rear .9oz
• 42" Front 1.65oz
• .355 outside diameter Multi-Ply Multi Direction carbon fiber construction- not just a simple pultruded or wrapped tube in one direction like cheaper CF poles
• Grommet locking tips
• Product Tag at Front Tieout for fast wide front end identification
• 15.5" long folded lengths for compactness
• Long aluminum internal ferrules with fast connect rounded end guides and tube spacer bumpers to prevent CF to CF abrasion
• The very best CF tarp pole avialable!


Mini Biner Kit
Eight 3gm mini wiregate carabiners. Breaking strength approx 175bs. Speeds the switch from poncho to tarp mode and back. Pre-Tie guylines to the biners and then clip'em on quickly to the tieouts at tarp time. Only avialable if purchased at the time of the Poncho. $20. Also make a great Hiker/Climber Goth Body Piercing.


Seam Sealing Instructions



How to a Seam Seal an MLD Pro Silnylon Shelter

(Cuben Fiber Shelters do not need seam sealing.)

1: Pitch and inspect your shelter for any issues. Once it is seam sealed it is non returnable except for significant defects.

2: Use the supplied SilNet and only the SilNet. (If you want to dilute it or use some other silicone sealant it should work OK and is common (research this yourself online) but your are on your own- results may vary and are not covered by warranty - if you go this route it is assumed you know 100% what you are doing and have done it before!!!)

3: Pitch the shelter tightly. Temps should be above 60 F and humidity below 80%. You may do this indoors. You may also do one seam at a time indoors if the seem is stretched slightly. Pinning one seam from each end on the floor between two heavy objects works OK.

4: We use the SilNet straight from the tube. Do not make a big hole in the sealer tube - start small so you can control flow. Multiple small application is a lot better than one big smear.

5: Main Seams: Place a small bead on the seam along the stitching. Work on a 3’- 4’ section at a time. Use a finger to press the sealer into the stitching and the small valley at the edge of the seam where it is rolled under.

ALLOW AT LEAST 24HRS TO FULLY DRY.

NOTE: You only need to seal the OUTSIDE of the shelter ONLY. You do not need to seal the bottom perimeter roller edge stitching. It is OK to add a small bead on the leading edge of the triangle tieouts reinforcement stitching, but it is not required.

SPECIAL AREAS: Add a little sealer to any tieout stitching on the middle of a panel (Mids, Cricket and SuperTarps). Seal the zipper storm flap stitching and tieouts on the Mids. Seal the stitching and apex tieouts areas on the Mids, Crickets and TrailStars.

IMPORTANT: Do no go back and forth over the wet seam too much - after a minute or three it will get gummy and look bad. Better to wait 8 hrs and then OK to add some over any area you missed.


Available Options:
Fabric Type:
minibiners:
Solo Stake Package:
Straight Carbon Fibre Poles:
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