omega_man wrote:Saying "hater" is not an intelligent response to anything, FYI. Just because some of us don't like cloaks or think there are better alternative, does not constitute hate.
And, Scurvy proved one of my main detractors from the cloak concept. If was such a wonder do-all garment, then why was he wearing a poncho over it? Because it would have sucked if it was soaked. Sure, if it was a survival scenario and that was all he had, great. But, this illustrates a previous point I made--a silnylon tarp and poncho liner would have done the exact same thing while taking up less space (I know they are 2 items, but they still take up less space) and weighing less. Or, better yet, a packable rain jacket. The cloak is capable of doing many things, just one at time.
LOL, Haters is a fine way to describe people who post pictures of robes trying to make fun of cloaks FYI. I suggest you try reading a post to understand why it is posted. If you feel it was directed to you, then maybe you feel your a hater, but I did not say that. The comment was directed at those who had trouble differentiating between a robe and cloak as it clearly expressed.
As for Scurvy proving the detractors no I don't think so considering a wool cloak would still keep him warm. It was a matter of him deciding not to get it wet for his comfort.
As others have pointed out silnylon has trouble being near fire. So since that is a detractor then do you feel it should be discarded?
I think the point for you is not how functional a cloak is, you just have a personal issue with the look of them. From the start you have made fun of them as outdated fashion. Function is not your primary concern, for you it seems to be more worry about looking silly in it.
You complain me saying "haters" is not an intelligent response when you start out in this thread with this gem of straw man intelligence
omega_man wrote:Hasn't this "cloak" idea been brought up before? I can't think of a more ridiculous and out-dated concept. I think this is more if a projection of a fantasy of coming across some post-zpaw Harley-raiders and ,while seemingly inocculous, you swoosh your cloak to the side to reveal a fancy sword and akimbo desert eagles--whereupon, daftly dispatching said ne'er-do-wells. Seriously, a Marmot Precip jacket, fleece layer, and silnylon tarp are more packable, wearable, lighter, better, and less Harry Potterish. Add a decent purpose-built concealed carry rig, Ta-Da! Problem solved.
If the zpaw ends up being a permanent renaissance festival, I'm so getting bit.
Your main issue is the look of the cloak. So if someone doesn't mind the look what is the issue for you, why make it such a big deal? Your not wearing it, fine, but others seem to like the idea. Others have tired it and use it. I don't see why you keep trying to push others on silnylon tarps as the better alternative, since they have their own draw backs.