The Gatewood Cape is the super ultralight backpacker’s dream – shave ounces by combining your rain gear and tarp into one.
The Gatewood Cape is the ONLY poncho-style Tarp to provide complete 360° protection. Since its introduction in 2006, it has been carried over hundreds of thousands of trail miles. It’s provided shelter in everything from high mountain snow-choked ridges to lush forest trails.
*To completely repel water, shelters need to have sealer applied to the seams before use.
*Shelters including a seam sealing service may not ship immediately.
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 windblown 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 sturdy pyramid 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 traditional tarp, the Gatewood Cape is shaped to eliminate 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.
For added bug protection, the Gatewood Cape mates with the Serenity NetTent. Together they keep both the rain and bugs at bay. Providing you with secure and comfortable space.
The Gatewood Cape Bundle is an ultralight, ultra-versatile shelter system that can be worn as a poncho while also capable of being set up as a tent, a tarp, or a net tent. Highly compressible when packed, the Gatewood Cape canopy expands to cover an area of 35 ft2. The Gatewood Cape Bundle includes both the Gatewood Cape and the Serenity NetTent.
"After spending several years coming up with the design. The Gatewood Cape became my primary shelter for years. My good friend Billy Goat has racked up over 10,000 miles with his Gatewood Cape and Serenity NetTent." - Ron
Ships With: Tarp, Stuff Sacks, Guy lines
Pack Size: 10" X 8 X 1.5"
Weight1: 11 oz - 310 g
Stakes: 6 (sold separately)
Colors: Gray, Forest Green
Frame: Single 49" or 45" Pole (sold separately)
Entry: Side Entry
Coverage: 35 ft2 - 3.2 m2
Canopy: 15D Silicone Coated Nylon - 1800mm Rating
Zipper: #3 YKK
Gatewood Cape & Serenity NetTentBy: André Östergård
Perfect Pitch: How to Pitch the Gatewood Cape PerfectlyBy: Gygago
Gatewood CapeBy: ChuAdventureOnline
1Weight does not include stakes or pole.
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In its first year, my Gatewood Cape explored California coast, Alaska tundra, Colorado shoulder season, and the Grand Canyon. I love it. It survived and thrived in a hail storm where my friends’ DCF tents got shredded, winds above Colorado treeline, and 48hr July snow storm in the Alaska tundra.
It is more finicky to set up and a touch smaller than the Solo Lunar but it’s also lighter, sheds water better and is more versatile to use with or without the serenity net.
I have yet to use it as a cape, but I’m sold on it being my go to shelter down to 20F and most weather conditions.
The Gatewood Cape has been my go-to shelter for more than 13 years and it has never once let me down or failed in any regard, across multiple continents during through-hiking, mountaineering, field work, travel, casual backpacking, cross-country and international hitchhiking, climbing trips, car camping, campouts, backwoods keggers, you name it. My guess is that this tent and I have had more than 300 nights together in total and it is still working very well, with the exception of a slight bit of fraying at the bottom of the zipper panel against the zipper, where all of the stress is when taughtly pitched.
The convenience of this piece of gear cannot be overstated. As a primary shelter and primary rain gear+pack fly, including dedicated carbon fiber pole, ground cloth, guylines and tent stakes, the whole thing comes in well under 3 pounds and consumes a total pack volume comparable to a large water bottle. This means that it comes with me pretty much everywhere, conveniently living in the outer avalanche shovel pouch on my old patrol pack.
Not to be understated, this badboy can be set up while you are still wearing it. That means that I don't even have to take my pack off during a storm to get it pitched. This particular maneuver takes some practice, but trust me, with the longevity of the tent in mind, you will have plenty of time to perfect this art. It also makes a great conversation piece, as everyone is curious and a little skeptical to start, followed by intrigued, followed by sold in pretty much every introduction that is made.
I've finally upgraded my setup, but I can promise you that this little guy will continue to accompany me on all of my ultralight missions, or anything wherein my discreet low-volume pack is the travel companion of choice. Thank you Six Moon Designs for developing such an ingenious piece of gear, it has truly enhanced my life for over a decade!
Used it once after seam sealing myself. Held up great as a poncho/pack cover and later rainfly under unexpected rainy conditions. Left it standing the next day while hiking (w/ Serenity net tent inserted and guy lines deployed) and came back to find it unphased by 20+mph winds (and even stronger gusts)! The transition from poncho to rainfly will leave you wet but that's something you should anticipate when purchasing and not a fault of the GWC. With the SNT, this is probably the best ounce-for-ounce single-trekking pole, double-wall shelter out there. About me: 5'10 and broad shouldered. Used with S2S Ether Light XT pad (4"), Nemo Fillo pillow, and EE 20 quilt. Highly recommend for anyone 5'10 and under.
Lightened my load by 7 oz!!!! And also is multifunction!!!!! Love it!! Simplicity of setting it up!
Purchase and delivery was stellar. The product is clever but not quite big enough for an every day shelter, as I was hoping. That silnylon reminded me why I told myself that I'd never use anything other than DCF for a shelter. I just couldn't make this pitch nice and provide a storm worthy structure. I'll keep it for emergencies though.