I’ve been using the Ameristep 3D Leafy
Camo Poncho a lot this year, and it’s
become one of my favorite tools for any
type of stealth hunting in brush. It breaks up
the pattern against many backgrounds, it
breaks up the hunters form better than
anything short of a full ghillie suit, and itâ
€™s easy on and easy off. In many
respects the poncho is more like a wearable
blind than an article of camo clothing.
The poncho is essentially a 56" x 94"
(approimate) rectangle of mesh, covered
with a multi textured leafy pattern. There is a
hole in the center with a hood that has a
strap that can be used to position the hood
over the wearers head, and a draw sting
that can cinch the face opening around the
wearers face. There are reinforced earholes
on either side, so that your ability to hear is
not impeded. There are five button snaps
that allow to poncho to be opened when not
on a set, that allows you to cool down when
walking. There is also a bungee along the
crease which falls over the arms, to attach
the poncho to the arms to maintain
coverage. The poncho is very light weighing
in at about 1.5 lb, and can be rolled up and
slipped into your pack when not in use.
The patterns I’ve found the poncho in
are the standard RealTree APHD, which is
a fall/winter pattern, though I have seen a
white patter called “snow tangle� that
looks interesting, though I haven’t tried
it yet. I’d really like to see this in a
grassland or high desert pattern at some
point, though I’ve use the leafy poncho
in arid conditions in South Texas while
hunting bobcats.
What I really like about this product is how
easy it is to take on and off, the coverage is
outstanding, especially with the ability to
break up the human form, and it is really
light weight. I also like that I can wear my
normal clothing, some jeans and a workshirt
onsite, pull this over with a face mask and
some gloves for hunting, and pull it off and
stash it in my pack for the hike out.
The Ameristep 3D Camo Poncho
A different approach to camo!
Jim Chapman
Indiana Fall Coyote Hunt
Texas Spring time
Bobcat Hunt