While I bought this item with the knowledge that it was coming from the UK, it shipped fairly quickly and probably took a week and a half to arrive. I purposely bought this item first for my hiking trip, knowing that it will take a little longer to arrive... but I did not know about how good the quality of it was. I really took a HUGE chance on this item (I even brought a huge contractor bag with, "just in case"). I'm happy to report that it did NOT let me down at ALL!!
I used it while hiking on the Appalachian Trail and though the rain came around the mountains and left about as quick as it came, it dumped quite a bit of rain on us in pretty short order. This poncho continued to keep me dry, storm after storm. I also liked that the top of the backpack cover has a zipper so you can pull the extra material into the inside of the poncho when you don't have your hiking pack on. And it was VERY easy (for me) to get it out and pull it over myself and my pack with my pack still on and without any assistance from my buddies.
The brim of the hood was a bit short, but it wasn't a huge deal because I wore a ball cap the entire time. I will say that the only downside to this item is that it had me sweating like a chain gang prisoner while I hiked with my heavy pack on. Breathability isn't that great, but there was a little draft coming from up under the bottom and a little from the sleeve openings and under my neck.
With that being said, I would still (and have already) suggest this item to other hikers. It's a little extra weight to throw in your pack or clip to the outside... but it's worth it when you and your pack stays dry the entire time!