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 setup that invariably leaves one or more sides exposed,
the Gatewood Cape is a shaped tarp and eliminates all exposed sides,
leaving you safe and secure.
Shaped tarps are significantly easier to pitch correctly. The center pole with 6
stakes anchors the shelter rock solid to the ground. The taut setup eliminates the
noise of sides flapping in the breeze common with poorly pitched tarps.
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
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.