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gatewood cape set up
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Joe DeLoss
(GoingGrindel) - F

Locale: Sunny Central Ohio
gatewood cape set up on 03/18/2008 07:52:39 MDT Print View

My Gatewood Cape just got delivered yesterday and I'm eager to get it up and seal all the seams. More importantly though, I want to try it out.

While using the Cape, what's your total shelter set up or combo? Do you include a groundsheet, bivy, bug net, etc? My initial thought was to partner it with a GG polycro and no bivy, is that a recipe for disaster?

Timothy Roper
(lazybones) - F

Locale: Alabama
Gatewood Cape setup on 03/18/2008 10:00:09 MDT Print View

Congratulations. I love my Gatewood. It's my shoulder season shelter when it's it's not cold enough for my Kifaru Supertarp and not warm enough for my hammock.

I recently weathered a good storm in mine, and found no need for a bivy. Check out this article for good setup info. I like the higher pitch advocated by the author in almost all situations unless I know a storm is blowing in.

I've given up on a groundsheet with mine, instead using a very light, rather wide cc pad (similar to Gossamers Thin lite pad) under my Pacific Outdoors air mat.

As far as bugs go, I'm considering Ron's Serenity bug tent to go with it. On the other hand, down here when the bugs are bad it's usually time to hit the hammock anyway, so we'll see.

Hope this helps.

Jed Augustine
(jaugusti) - F

Locale: Appalachians/Rockies
Gatewood Cape as Primary Tarp? on 03/18/2008 11:07:34 MDT Print View

Hi y'all-

While we're on the subject of the gatewood...

Is there anyone who uses the Gatewood as their primary tarp? In the interest of gear closet simplicity and money savings, this seems an appealing option to me. I could take a rainjacket in more humid climates, and just the gatewood in dry. I would make it my shelter and raingear year round in all places, but being as my main sojourners are in the hot, muggy south, a non-breathable fabric just don't seem too pleasant, ya hear?

Bob Bankhead
(wandering_bob) - MLife

Locale: Oregon, USA
gatewood cape set up on 03/18/2008 11:42:49 MDT Print View

Yes, definitely look at adding the Six Moon Designs Serenity Net Tent to your Gatewood Cape.

7 oz for 15.5 square feet of floored space; packed size 3 x 6 inches


Edited by wandering_bob on 03/19/2008 13:14:06 MDT.

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
gatewood cape on 03/18/2008 16:22:55 MDT Print View

Just got my Serenity and it set up in my Gatewood Cape. Looks great and I took pics too. The Serenity offers full bug protection, a bathtub floor, and best of all some room to sit up. The Serenity also snaps into the snaps inside the Cape to raise the mesh some more. Ron drid a hell of a job on this. For 18 ounces you get full protection, a cape for

todd h
(funnymoney) - MLife

Locale: SE
Re: gatewood cape on 03/18/2008 16:39:23 MDT Print View


Based on your experience w/the Serenity, would it fit me??? I'm 6'1" w/ big feet, so w/ a quilt or bag will I brush the end? My Gatewood doesn't leave a lot of extra room as it is, but I REALLY like it.

Thanks, Todd

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
gatewood cape on 03/18/2008 18:07:42 MDT Print View

Todd, I am 6'1 too. The Serentity has just enough space to have a pad and bag in it. It is closer in set up to the front than the back of the Cape. The back could work as a small vesituble. It's a nice piece of gear and well worth the money! I will post pics soon

Bill B
(bill123) - MLife
Serenity & Wild Oasis on 03/18/2008 19:46:40 MDT Print View

Is the Serenity designed to work with the Wild Oasis? The website says that it works with the Gatewood Cape but does not mention the WO.

todd h
(funnymoney) - MLife

Locale: SE
Re: gatewood cape on 03/18/2008 19:58:54 MDT Print View

Thanks Ken! Can't wait to see your pics.

Johan Alvehus
(Alven) - F
Re: Serenity & Wild Oasis on 03/19/2008 01:15:55 MDT Print View

As I've understood from R Moak, using the Serenity with the Wild Oasis may require a few tweaks.

Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
WELL... on 03/19/2008 11:58:51 MDT Print View

If you're adding a Six Moons Serenity Shelter bug net/ground cloth to a Gatewood Cape why not just use a TarpTent Contrail & a GTX PacLite rain suit? That way you can leave yer shelter W/O getting soaked and the weight is similar to carrying chaps and a rain jacket, as mentioned above.

That's the setup I use.


Edited by Danepacker on 03/20/2008 20:30:23 MDT.

Ernie Elkins

Locale: North Carolina
Re: WELL... (Gatewood vs. Contrail) on 03/19/2008 12:48:20 MDT Print View

The Contrail is a great shelter and has its strengths, but the Gatewood Cape plus Serenity bug tent (18 oz) is still lighter and more versatile than the Contrail (24 oz). You could add the same rainsuit to your pack and still be carrying less.

Jeff Cadorin
(JeffCadorin) - F

Locale: paper beats rock
Re: Re: WELL... (Gatewood vs. Contrail) on 03/19/2008 13:35:56 MDT Print View

not to mention the versatility gained by a cape/bug tent vs. any tent type option.

Brian James
(bjamesd) - F

Locale: South Coast of BC
Re: Re: WELL... (Gatewood vs. Contrail) on 03/19/2008 13:55:58 MDT Print View

I believe that the Gatewood can be pitched tight with the ground on almost all sides -- another difference when comparing to the Contrail.

There was another thread talking about having to carry a bivy for using the contrail out in the open in blowing rain due to its' openness.

I don't know why Tarptents don't have a few extra inches of fabric to allow them to be "storm-pitched" -- but then again I don't own either a Gatewood or a TT so I could be making this all up.

John Haley
(Quoddy) - F

Locale: New York/Vermont Border
Re: Re: Re: WELL... (Gatewood vs. Contrail) on 03/19/2008 14:44:54 MDT Print View

I've had the Contrail "nailed" to the ground with the only opening being a small one below the then extended front beak. Never had a problem with blowing rain. Anything less than very strong rain-driven winds and I'll leave all the ventilation possible. I often use a bivy with my small tarp, but would never even consider it with the Contrail.

John Kays
(johnk) - M

Locale: SoCal
User Friendly on 03/20/2008 11:07:15 MDT Print View

The Contrail goes up in a flash. However I have had to add a layer of insulated clothing to stay warm whereas it was unneeded in a conventional tent. Recently discovered that wearing my rain suit over light merino wool works well for extra warmth in my Contrail.

Edited by johnk on 11/19/2009 22:27:49 MST.

Tim Marshall
(MarshLaw303) - MLife

Locale: Minnesota
Gatewood Dimensions? on 03/25/2008 08:54:47 MDT Print View

What are the dimensions of the Gatewood cape? not the covered area, but the actual seam dimensions of the tarp. I am considering making something very similar and would like to know its exact dimensions along every edge.

Thank you

Mark Andersen
(MarkA) - F
Re: Gatewood Dimensions? on 11/19/2009 20:51:08 MST Print View

Tim -- Did you ever find seam dimensions for the Gatewood Cape? I would like to make something similar...

Tim Marshall
(MarshLaw303) - MLife

Locale: Minnesota
Re: Re: Gatewood Dimensions? on 11/19/2009 22:35:04 MST Print View



Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: @Tarptent
gatewood cape set up on 11/20/2009 00:34:52 MST Print View

"not to mention the versatility gained by a cape/bug tent vs. any tent type option.'
as usual that has to do with perception , preferences and location. For example I prefer to have rain clothing separate from my shelter, not only because I don't get wet setting it up but because a cape or poncho is rather useless for some of the walks I do .