This ain't your dad's Poncho Tarp! Anyone stuck on a high ridge camped under a poncho/tarp in a major blow, knows the hours to daylight are going to be long hard ones. Face it, unless you're small enough to qualify for a job as one of Willy Wonka's Oompa Loompas, ponchos don't provide much protection. Sure, you can add a bivy to your pack, but that's more weight and another single use piece of gear to carry.
The Gatewood Cape's unique 360 Degree Protection provides full coverage either when worn as a cape or used as a shelter. Unlike ponchos, capes don't have long slits along the sides. While the poncho may allow for more ventilation, it does little to keep out wind blown rain. Dual zipper pulls on the front of the Gatewood Cape allow you to regulate ventilation while still providing full protection. Plus, the open skirted design allows fresh air to enter the bottom.
As a shelter, the Gatewood Cape provides significantly enhanced protection when compared to your typical poncho/tarp. Its design easily sheds rain or snow and wind simply flows around it. Any sudden change in wind direction in the middle of the night won't leave you scrambling to re-orient your shelter or force you deeper into your bivy. Unlike a tarp, the Gatewood Cape is a shaped tarp and eliminates all exposed sides, leaving you safe and secure.
With 35 square feet of coverage under the shelter's canopy, you've got plenty of room for you and your gear. Depending upon conditions, you can even adjust the vestibule to different heights to increase ventilation. A long zipper on the vestibule makes opening and closing the shelter a snap.
For the adventuresome day hiker, the Gatewood Cape makes the perfect addition to your 10 essentials survival kit. It packs down incredibly small and provides peace of mind knowing you've got excellent protection close at hand.
Tent, Stuff Sack, Guylines
10" X 8" X 1.5"
11 oz. - .3 k
Ultralight Backpacking, Emergency Bivouac
35 ft2 - 3.2 m2
|30D Silicon Nylon
I have had my Gatewood for a year now. Nothing beats the efficiency of combining my shelter and rain-gear. Two single use items mated together in perfect harmony. I use it three seasons, two to three weekends a month, (with a few longer trips thrown in as well) and have yet to notice any signs of wear. Couldn't be happier.
Just got the cape and set it up in the back yard. The instructins it came with weren't the best and I had a very difficult time trying to set it up. Finally I found a great set-up video on youtube and presto! This video also had great tips for when you're wearing it as a pancho. I don't recall the name of the video but I'm sure you can find it if you search for Gatewood Cape. rnThis is a great shelter. The only drawback (the only reason I didn't mark 5 stars) is that the seams aren't sealed. It's made for rain protection for goodness sakes!rnI would certainly recommend this to anyone in a super-light shelter/pancho.
I recently purchased this tent / tarp / poncho for a backpacking trip to Yosemite. This cape sets up very easily allowing me to rest in camp vs. get frustrated with the usual chore. I was once set up at 9600 ft with high winds and had no issues (set door to the lee side). When completely sealed in I did have some condensation, however the hood and door allow for plenty of usual venting. Tear down is cake at less than a minute. A quick shake out and stuff into it's own bag and I'm back on the trail. rnrnA bit pricey, but good gear usually is, and the weight can't be beat. The simplicity and color code makes set-up done in about 2 minutes. The storage pocket / stuff sack is great for tent storage of flashlight, glasses, etc.rnrnFor next summer I will likely get the netting that goes with this for bug free sleeping.rnrnWhenever you can multi-purpose lightweight gear it is a win win.
I purchased a Gatewood and can`t recommend it highly enough. My first camping trip with the Gatewood was on a weekend where the temps were in the mid thirty`s and a constant rain (light to heavy with little wind ) fell the entire time. When I set the Gatewood up , my first impression was Man this is going to be one wet weekend! Boy was I wrong! The Gatewood kept me and my Marmot Hydrogen (no bivy) dry both nights. There is a surprising amount of room under the Gatewood, and if you move with some care, you can avoid the light condensation that forms overnight on the Cape. The Gatewood is beautifully assembled and just a genius piece of gear. I like it much better than any tarp and highly recommend it. Great job Ron!""
The Gatewood Cape is the result of innovative design executed with superior attention to detail and workmanship. This is my central piece of 'go to' gear for all but the worst situations. I'll still be using a hammock in August, and when a January storm is forecast, I'll fall back to a bigger, heavier shelter and dedicated rain gear. But, for the other 80% of the time, the Gatewood will be what I carry.
The first time I donned the cape as a poncho and then set it up as a shelter, my thoughts were this guy thought this all the way through.
It pitches quickly and easily, and I got a tight pitch the first time. I'm 6'1 220 pounds, and I have no problem sleeping under it.I give it 5 stars.""