Gatewood Cape (Closeout)

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An ultralight backpacker's dream combines rain gear and shelter into one small package

1 Person Tent | Best for:

  • Thru Hiking
  • Fastpacking
  • Appalachian Trail

Color: Gray
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Pickup available at 8250 Southwest Nimbus Avenue

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Gray Gatewood Cape Ultralight Tarp Shelter with doors closed

Gatewood Cape (Closeout)


8250 Southwest Nimbus Avenue

Pickup available, usually ready in 24 hours

8250 Southwest Nimbus Avenue
Beaverton OR 97008
United States

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Best tarp ever!!!

"Lightened my load by 7 oz!!!! And also is multifunction!!!!! Love it!! Simplicity of setting it up!" - Taylor


11 oz - 310 g Solo Backpacking Tarp

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.
*Stakes and Support Poles Sold Separately


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.

Gatewood Cape in the field


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.

Make it a Bundle

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.

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.







Ships With

Tent, Stuff Sacks, Guy Lines

Pack Size
  1. 10" x 8 x 1.5" | 25 cm x 20 cm x 4 cm

11 oz | 310 g (Does not include Stakes or pole)


6 (Sold Separately)


Green, Gray



15D Silicone Coated Nylon


#3 YKK

Hydrostatic Head

1800mm Rating





Single pole (sold separately)
49" | 124 cm
45" | 114 cm Pole


Side Entry


35 ft² | 3.2 m²

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

Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews
A. Stephens
Good as poncho, awesome as 1p tarp

Exceeded my expectations. I thought that I was going to get it for my get home bag to save weight and space and not use that much. But I’m finding that it is a great multipurpose piece of kit for going UL. My rain jacket alone was 13 oz not to mention the pants. This saves that weight plus is itself an ultra light tarp. I use a DCF zpacks tub ground sheet with attachment cords and it fits great. I’m 6’ 2” and the pull outs included are nice to give some more room. Again use the zpacks tracking pole cups, 4g, to give more space. Easy to set up snd love that it fits into its own stuff sac which becomes a pocket in tent mode. Even more multipurpose. A steal at twice the price.

tolman geffs
Fantastic, but make sure you practice

The cape is an ingenious design, and once you have it on correctly, it offers terrific protection from even heavy rain for you and your backpack. I just came off the Appalachian Trail, was caught in rain twice. First time I was able to get the Cape on while wearing my pack and over all of it And it worked really well. Second time, though the cape was already wet and I was unable to get it to fully cover everything in. back. Suspect there’s a deft way to do this, I’m goning to practice. I very highly recommend the cape, if it saves your pack from getting soaked in one downpour it just paid for itself .

Shane Danger
Best tent money can by if your ultralight on a budget. Not to mention the protection is inspiring

Best poncho tent I've ever used, and I've had a green one for 8 years now almost. Been using it in conjunction with my bivy and I'm snug as a bug. Has served me extremely well in thunderstorms and exposed places like the many peaks of New England! Had to get one for my brother while they were on sale! For reference with the photo I am 6'2 and 175

Ed Bee
Gatewood cape

Good deal on close out item, I already seam sealed and cured. Looking forward to a fun overnight and if it rained it would be a cool test

Perfect for my pack-running adventures.

Trail pack-running requires ultra-light weight gear. This dual-use poncho-tent is perfect, and the price is right compared to most ultra-light tents. (I use it with one of my trekking poles rather than carry an extra pole--dual use!) Don't forget to seal the seams before use.