I was saving this story for another post but here goes.
The Gatewood Cape and ZPack saved me from what would have been a very wet, cold, miserable night at Mt Whitney. My hiking companions (Tony and Cameron) and I set up early about the time a storm began to descend upon us. The storm lasted 12 hours or so and in the middle of the night I awoke to the awareness that I was surrounded/lying in a pool of water. My NeoAir pad was high enough to keep me (for the moment) out of the water. I called out to Tony and Cameron to apprise them of the developing situation then shimmied out of my mummy bag, stuffing it and the rest of my gear into the ZPack, and prepared to move my Cape shelter to higher ground. I noticed at the time that while the pack bottom had been submersed in the water it was dry inside. Even more surprising to me, the optional silnylon pockets on the outside of the pack kept my camera completely dry.
I took my trekking pole out of the Cape hood and pulled up stakes. Meanwhile Tony found me another site while I threw my sleep pad and pack into Cameron's tent. Once relocated to the new site I put my pole back into the hood and Tony and Cameron quickly staked the sides of the Cape out. I retreived my gear from Cameron's tent and was shortly back inside my mummy. It took very little time to complete this move and I was amazed at how easy it all was. Thanks to Tony and Cameron for their help in quickly setting up again.
The storm seemed to gather strength as the night wore on. Continuous high winds punctuated by strong gusts pounded the shelter. I just knew the Cape would be damaged or worse ripped from it's stakes to be blown down the mountain.
But, none of that happened......in the morning I assessed for damages....I found none! The Cape withstood the storm and more. I stayed dry, my gear in my pack stayed dry. Best two pieces of gear I own!
Tony and Cameron were not immune to the effects of that night's force but I leave it for them to tell their tale.
I highly recommend the Gatewood Cape. Light weight, waterproof, easy to set up (after the learning curve). It is far stronger than I originally thought it would be. I'm 5'6" and it is a great size as a one person shelter for me. As rain gear it falls to just below my knees when the sides are gathered and secured with the inside snaps.
The ZPack more than performed for me on that trip. Light weight, strong, waterproof, perfect. It shed the rain and mud, looking clean the next day. It required only a damp cloth to dust it off after trips.
Sorry for the long wind-I've been dying to sermonize their virtues since returning. Finally had the excuse and time to do so.