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
The Gatewood Cape is my preferred shelter AND raingear AND packcover all in one. I have used the cape on thru-hikes of the PCT, AT, and CDT and consider it my go-to shelter for 3 season camping. With practice, it can be set up in less than 1 minute. As a shelter, it has plenty of room for one plus room for gear in the entry area. When set up as a shelter, I particularly like the ventilation provided by leaving the hood as open as the weather allows. It has withstood intense storms as a shelter, including high winds, heavy rains, and snow. As raingear, I have come to prefer a poncho over a rain jacket after using the Gatewood Cape. My only complaint: when used as a poncho, the loops and snaps that hold the extra material on the sides up can be difficult to handle with very cold and non-dexterous fingers. If the loops were a little bigger, it might be easier to manage with cold hands. Very good product that preforms 3 essential uses very well: shelter, raingear, and packcover.
I purchased the Gatewood and nest for a friend who decided it wasnt for hom so it became mine. The cape was seam sealed before dispatch.rnrnCustomer service: ExemplaryrnQuality of workmanship: Superb stitching, best seam seal I've ever seen, quality materials used. Exemplary.rnEase of pitching: 1 minute for the cape, another minute to attach the Serenity.rnrnPerformance: rnMy first chance to use it was the last weekend in July 2013 in the Dark Peaks in the UK. The first day was hot (30C/86F) and humid (98%). I spent a very comfortable night with the cape elevated to 46 ins to maximise airflow. In the morning there was a slight condensation which vanished almost as soon as I opened the door fully.rnrnThe second day was similar until about 9pm when the heavens opened. Temperature dropped to 15C/59F and the wind got up to about 25 mph with +35mph gusts. The rain was torrential -you couldn't see drops but almost long cylinders of rain. These conditions lasted for around 12 hours. I had put the Cape in storm mode i.e. pitched to the floor. After 12 hrs of some of the worse rain I've ever seen the inside of the cape was bone dry. The fabric didn't flap in the gusts either.rnrnI now have complete confidence in the Gatewood and Serenity for three season use. Add in the low weight and the ability to use it as a waterproof and its an unbeatable combination.rnrnI can't praise it enough. Perfection.rnrnJon Ivins United Kingdom
Perfect minimalist shelter for ultralight trips in fair weather for me and the dog. Further, great for the dog on lightweight trips: poncho for me and a tent for the dog.
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.