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Belgian Shelter Half, Green, Surplus. Poles and guylines sold separately.
Belgian Shelter Half, Green, Surplus.
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Belgian Shelter Half, Green, Surplus

Price 36.99 USD excluding VAT

A rectangular shelter half / rain poncho of very peculiar design. Works anywhere you need a large, waterproof piece of canvas: on a camping trip, at festivals, or at war.

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Belgian Shelter Half, Green, Surplus.
Belgian Shelter Half, Green, Surplus.
Belgian Shelter Half, Green, Surplus. You will need two halves to pitch a proper tent. Poles, stakes, and guylines are sold separately.
Belgian Shelter Half, Green, Surplus. Shelter halves are sold either with buttons or snap fasteners.
Belgian Shelter Half, Green, Surplus. Shelter halves are sold either with buttons or snap fasteners.
Belgian Shelter Half, Green, Surplus.
Belgian Shelter Half, Green, Surplus. Shelter halves are sold either with buttons or snap fasteners.
Belgian Shelter Half, Green, Surplus. Shelter halves are sold either with buttons or snap fasteners.
Belgian Shelter Half, Green, Surplus. Poles and guylines sold separately.
Belgian Shelter Half, Green, Surplus.
Belgian Shelter Half, Green, Surplus.
Belgian Shelter Half, Green, Surplus.
Belgian Shelter Half, Green, Surplus.

A rectangular shelter half / rain poncho of very peculiar design. Works anywhere you need a large, waterproof piece of canvas: on a camping trip, at festivals, or at war.

In ye olden days, soldiers were often issued with half a tent each and when the time came, they would pair up to assemble their tent and crawl into it to escape the hard world.

The set would normally comprise of the shelter half, carrying bag that doubles as a hood, a multi-piece pole, and some pegs and guylines. Available now are only the shelter fabrics themselves, in two slightly different designs.

One model has buttons and the other has snap fasteners. The latter is slightly lighter and has more sail grommets. The different models are not compatible with each other! By attaching several sheets together, you can build anything from a 2-man tent up to an airplane hangar.

Belgian outlandish thinking strikes again

To flip off other NATO countries, probably, the Belgians made their shelter half rectangular as most Eastern Bloc countries did during the Cold War. Then, they discarded the idea of having drawstrings to wear the sheet as a rain poncho and made an opening roughly in the center for the head. Not straight as on the US rain poncho, though, but diagonal. Further, to confuse everyone, they made the hood a separate item that doubles as a carrying pouch for the sheet and also has a feature called "being able to disappear".

Each side of the sheet has buttons or snap fasteners and the corners have sail grommets for tent poles and attachment.

Despite its unique design, the Belgian shelter half is entirely serviceable both as a lavvu fabric and rain cape.

Technical specifications

ItemMetricImperial
Length174 cm68.5"
Width159 cm62.6"
Weight (w. Snap fasteners)1.2 kg2.6 lbs.
Weight (w. Buttons)1.3 kg2.9 lbs.

Belgian Surplus

These have not been used and buttonholes are tight as virgins. Due to army-style storage, however, the fabrics smell pretty bad and metal pieces may have oxidation and patina on them.

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07.11.2020 (Edited 07.11.2020)
Good quality heavy fabric with a potent surplus smell and some bonus mysterious red stains on one.

I bought 2x of the popper version.

As a poncho it sits very nicely and is a good size. With the addition of a custom hood this should be very functional.Nevertheless I'm a bit disappointed with the design when put together as a shelter. The Ridgeline has a total of 6 large grommets along it that line up and is only 173cm long. So unless you cover these you'll be guaranteed to get wet as it can rain straight through. I had assumed the double poppers would fold over each other and both be engaged to make a stronger and tighter seal but in fact only one row of poppers is used.

The description wasn't lying, this is a funky design! In heindsight perhaps the buttoned version is a better choice for use as a shelter. Either will do well as a poncho
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