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 it’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 ‘now 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.