how do you cope with the weight and 'stickiness' of the wool when it gets soaked (on top of the its normal weight)? that was one of the reasons I opted not to use a woolen cloak for my medieval camino. or you are referring to a shorter cape that just covers the head and shoulders? or just the shoulders?I'm one of those pesky "purists", so I use a traditional woollen pilgrim's cape with a broad-rimmed hat (cloth).
Trouser legs do, but often except in the seriously heaviest rains (think those serious Galician rainstorms if you've ever been under one), the back of my t-shirt and the seat of those trousers will stay dry.that's interesting. so the clothes underneath don't get soaked?
ayayay, that would be very unfortunate. it is not easy to get a quality wool for a reasonable price around here. perhaps I could persude my sis to come and get it, hmmm?...And chances are that it could become part of the huuuuge collection of "Lost&Found" of a Hospitale!
Agree it's just the preference of the writer. I'm walking the Pilgrims Way to Canterbury & then the full VF to Rome starting in March & I'll be using my usual poncho/umbrella combination. Their thoughts against the poncho could be due to windy conditions? Another little tip; I carry a transparent umbrella. Just brilliant..you can really bring it down low over your head (eg in wind or heavy rain) & still see where you're going! Also an umbrella does double duty of protecting you & the top of your pack. For me, an invaluable gear inclusion. Happy trails...to us all!This is from official VF website.
Is there any special reason they suggest umbrella than cape (poncho?)