Hazard 4 Just Upgraded its Tactical Poncho — Poncho Villa Mk. 2

We just got word that Hazard 4 has updated its tactical poncho with a 2020 version. They call it the Poncho Villa MK2 and it has updated construction features and more color options. Our readers may remember Mike Durand’s earlier article about the many benefits that the Hazard 4 Poncho Villa affords. As he so eloquently put it:

Consider the poncho. Quite possibly one of the world’s oldest articles of clothing, and why not? It’s a simple garment to make. Find some material , preferably waterproof, or at least resistant, generally rectangular in shape, make a cut in the middle, poke your head though, and you now have something that’ll keep you dry-ish and warm-ish, prevent the sun from turning your skin into beef jerky, and can be used as blanket, groundsheet, or shelter. The poncho (any poncho, mind you, not just the Hazard 4 Ponch) really is a wonderful piece of equipment when you think about it.

And it’s enduring. Over the centuries it’s remained basically the same. Sure, things have been added here and there: a hood, drawstrings, snaps, and grommets. It’s no longer made of hide or homespun cloth, but for all intents and purposes, the poncho is an evolutionary dead end.

Or it was. Hazard 4, out of Long Beach, California, has made the next great leap forward in poncho technology. They manufacture what I think may very well be the greatest poncho in the world.

Advantages of Tactical Poncho vs. Jacket

  • Fully covers the torso and most of legs.
  • Fully covers packs, bags, and equipment.
  • Allows rain-free access to pockets/bags.
  • Dry equipment or weapon manipulation.
  • Can become a small make-shift tent.
  • Two ponchos combine for a larger tent.
  • Can be used as a seating/work surface.
  • Quick on and off over layered clothing.

How is the Poncho Villa MK2 (2020) Different than the Original?

Tactical poncho by Hazard 4. 2020 Version of the Poncho Villa.

The 2020 version of Hazard 4’s tactical poncho has many of the same features as the original, with the following upgrades in construction and color options.

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  • Attachment loops and snaps added to allow for coupling of Fleece Poncho Liner.
  • Laser-cut MOLLE added on the loop fastener on the pocket flap.
  • Improved seam welding and seal for better waterproofing.
  • Same-color seam tape on the inside.
  • More color options.
Tactical Poncho - Poncho Villa Mk. 2 - Attachment loops and snaps added to allow for coupling of Fleece Poncho Liner (so they don't separate in windy conditions.)
Attachment loops and snaps added to allow for coupling of Fleece Poncho Liner (so they don’t separate in windy conditions.)
tactical poncho - The MK. 2 has lasercut MOLLE added on the loop fastener on the pocket flap.
The MK. 2 has laser-cut MOLLE added on the loop fastener on the pocket flap.
Poncho Villa Mk. 2 - The upgraded tactical poncho has same-color seam tape on the inside (already implemented on some of the later batches of the original design.)
Same-color seam tape on the inside (already implemented on some of the later batches of the original design.)

Hazard 4's latest tactical poncho version is available in several colors.

Poncho Villa Mk. 2 Features

  • Water-resistant/breathable soft-shell fabric (86% polyester, 14% spandex; liner is 100% polyester)
  • 100% waterproof fully-taped seams throughout
    • This makes it rainproof and waterproof under light pressure
  •  Perfect for light rain/average snow, and light pressure type of conditions
  • Generous size to fit over packs/bags/chest-packs
  • Large front & back velcro panels for agency i.d.
  • Velcro panels on the shoulders & head-back
  • Ample hood with brim section fits over head-wear
  • Hood-cinchers for front and back-of-head adjust
  • Zipper front to chin for full rain-coverage of throat
  • Large perimeter grommets for hanging as tent/tarp
  • Side snaps for closing edges in severe weather
tactical poncho - Hobbs & Shaw - Fast and Furious features Poncho Villa soft shells on Idris Elba’s mercenaries.
Hobbs & Shaw – Fast and Furious features Poncho Villa soft shells on Idris Elba’s mercenaries.

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Stephanie Kimmell is the firstborn daughter of Missouri's Pecan King, worthy scion of a Vietnam veteran sailor turned mad engineer-orchardist-inventor-genius. With a BA in technical writing, she freelances as a writer and editor. A Zymurgist greatly interested in the decoction of fermented barley and hops, she is in many ways a modern amalgam of Esther Hobart Morris, Rebecca Boone, and Nellie Bly. She hunts, fishes, butchers, and cooks most anything. When not editing or writing, she makes soaps and salves, spins wool, and occasionally makes cheese from cows she milked herself. Kimmell is a driven epistemophilic who loves live music and all sorts of beer. It will be interesting indeed to see what she writes in the coming days.


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One thought on “Hazard 4 Just Upgraded its Tactical Poncho — Poncho Villa Mk. 2

  • April 26, 2020 at 8:10 am
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    Underrated piece of kit. Living in the PNW I am frequently in a semi state of hypothermia. Out in the field keeps you and your gear dry and takes the edge off wind, rain, snow, etc . I am a believer and already own two Hazard 4 ponchos. Looking forward to checking out the new poncho.

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