Until you've walked a whole day in the rain and wind and arrive at the hostel with all your belongings soaked, you might not understand why we recommend this such unsightly piece of clothing to pilgrims.
There are no two ways about it: a good poncho is an investment that you really must make. Think of the poncho like a parachute. When you need to use it, it needs to be good quality and ready to use.
Your poncho can be put to several uses: it protects from the rain and acts as a thermal barrier, it can be an extra layer on top of your sleeping bag, or a flag in case of emergency ...
The video below explains the characteristics, advantages and disadvantages of the various types of poncho.
(Evangeline Duran Fuentes, Cry on Hallow's Eve)
" Nana always said the rain was Nature's way of adding sparkle to the outdoors. "