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Gatewood Cape

11 oz - 310 g Solo Tarp

Since its introduction in 2006, the Gatewood Cape has been carried over 100's of thousands of trail miles. It's been used to provide shelter from everything including high mountain snow-choked ridges to lush forest trails. It's the ONLY Tarp / Rain Gear that provides complete 360-degree protection.


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*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.

    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.


    • Micro Buckles connect the harness to cape for easy installation and removal.
    • Full 360-Degree protection when set up as a shelter or worn as rain gear.
    • Full Zippered Entrance makes entering and exiting the shelter a snap.
    • Adjustable Vestibule Height allows increased ventilation while maintaining adequate rain protection.
    • Side Snaps for shortening the long sides when worn as a cape.
    • Floating Canopy allows the canopy to be set to different heights depending upon conditions.
    • Integrated Map / Night Stash Pocket with zipper closure to keep stuff contained. Pocket also doubles as the stuff sack.
    • Center Pole Support significantly improves the ability of the shelter to handle wind and snow loads.
    • Ultralight Waterproof Canopy is made from high strength Silicone Nylon.
    • Extremely Easy Setup requires only six stakes.
  • Gatewood Cape & Serenity NetTent

    By: André Östergård
    Published: 6/22/15

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    Published: 7/9/15

    Gatewood Cape

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    Published: 7/9/15

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1Weight does not include stakes or pole. 2Stakes not included. 3Support poles sold separately.

Lost your set-up instructions? Additional instructions can be downloaded here.

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    Prague, Czech republic
    My favourite peace of gear

    This is my precious. Love how ultralight and versatile it is. Pretty well made, every time I was protected from the rain. I don't need anything else, just my super gatewood cape!


    I love it!!! Can’t wait to get the NetTent to go with it! I posted a video of my first time set up... https://youtu.be/-4W4jb5t-gg

    5 years and still loving it

    I have hiked hundreds of PCT miles and thru hiked the Tahoe Rim Trail with this wonderful, flexible and reliable tarp. I have the 12 oz version and use it every time I hike. I have used it for rain on hike and during thunderstorms. It has no t failed me in wind and rain. I bought the inner net, but found I liked to sleep under the stars in an ultralite bivy, so only bring my grandma gatewood. The best part is that I know it replaces my 360 degree tent, my rain jacket and my backpack cover with one simple item. Honestly, in over a hundred days of hiking, I have only needed it a few times, but it has worked every time. If you like sleeping out, but knowing if anything happens you are 1000% percent safe, go with this option. If it is really 40% less volume now, buy it and love it!

    Weston FL
    a great backup

    My primary shelter is a tarp and a bivy. But some times it's not enough shelter. Having the cape is a great backup.

    Northern CA
    Impressed with the Gatewood

    I have know about the Gatewood Cape for a while but was satisfied with my current shelter (still am). But in the northern CA fall climate we do not get much rain in the late summer. Occasional thunderstorms in the mountains but nothing like the "real rain" that other areas of the country get. So I wanted to have the option of combine shelter and rain gear in one package. I am quite impressed with the details of the Gatewood design and how well it is all made. A lot more design effort in a smaller package than most larger tents. To put it another way, a lot of labor in a small package. So now that I have the Gatewood I think the price is appropriate and a god value. I only had it out once so far but I encountered higher than expected wind on the ridge top where we camped. Lots of wind noise but stable and strong. Since if leaves me a little more exposed, I am going to make a simple splash bivy instead of my usual plastic groundcloth. If I am headed into heavy weather or thick mosquitos, I will take my regular tent, but this will be my choice when I want to go light and simple. I use the two extra side tie outs and carry two arrow shaft support poles (about 20") to stabilize those tie out lines and increase interior space. Carbon fiber arrows can be had at WalMart for about $3 ea so it will not break the bank to add this. Helped keep it from flapping in the wind too.