Will, once again, another excellent review!
I do have a few questions hopefully you can comment:
1. Have you noticed any possibility of damage to the hood portion of the cape in shelter mode from the carbide tip of a trekking pole? The Europa and Lunar solo have an extra piece of webbing over the grommet hole that covers the tip of the pole. A new pole's carbide tip will stick out a bit from the hole and will be sharp, and with the hood, if not staked out, I was wondering if this could be a problem. This could be a non problem, but I was thinking of sewing something on my cape harness or even just using a bit of duct tape to cover the tip.
2. Your alternate pitching is interesting, I'll have to try it out. What purpose does the second trekking pole serve? Can you still use the alternate pitch just by extending the guyline?