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Zpacks™ Altaplex Tent

Also available as a tarp w/ no screen or floor

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Shelters are made to order and are currently shipping in about three weeks. There may also be lightly used gear in our Bargain Bin!

Altaplex Tent - $585
Altaplex Tarp - (no screen or floor) - $385


The Altaplex has enough space for a taller, larger solo hiker, or is spacious for an average sized person plus gear.


Instructions / Set up Video

Exterior Dimensions:

  • Peak Height: 58" (147 cm)
  • Width at center: 48" (122 cm)
  • Width including vestibule: 69" (175 cm)
  • Width at ends: 44" (112 cm)
  • Vestibule depth: 21" (53 cm)
  • Length: 100" (254 cm)

Interior Dimensions:

  • Peak Height: 58" (147 cm)
  • Floor Width: 36" (91 cm)
  • Floor Length: 7.5 feet (2.3 meters)
  • Zipper entry height: 36" (91 cm)



Material Choices:

The photos here show Duplex tents for color comparison.

.51 oz/sqyd Standard Dyneema Composite Fabric

The default material choice on this tent is .51 oz/sqyd DCF. It has high tensile strength and can handle strong winds, storms, and all the typical conditions a tent will be in. This is the weight I used on all my long distance hikes, and I've never had a problem with it becoming damaged. If it ever were to get punctured or torn, I know that I can fix it easily in the field with Repair Tape. A piece of matching repair tape is included with the tent.

The floor material on our tents is always thicker more puncture and abrasion resistant 1.0 oz/sqyd DCF regardless of which tarp material you pick.

.67 oz/sqyd Camo Dyneema Composite Fabric

This material has the same Dyneema thread count as standard .51 oz/sqyd, but with a slightly thicker laminate with a Camo pattern on it. The Camo print brings the fabric weight to .67 oz/sqyd.

It blends in to nature well. It is darker, less transparent and offers more privacy. This material has a bit of a sheen to it when it is new, but it dulls down significantly with some use.

This video by John Abela shows the Opacity and Color of Camo fabric.

This material is more expensive. It adds around 1 ounce (28 grams) to the weight.

.74 oz/sqyd Spruce Green Dyneema Composite Fabric

This material has a higher Dyneema thread count which gives it a higher tear strength. The standard material is already difficult to tear, so in our opinion this weight is unnecessary. Some people like it for added peace of mind.

It is also a bit thicker and darker than the standard weight. It is less transparent and offers more privacy, but it is not as dark as camo.

It adds around 2 ounces (56 grams) to the weight.

Reviews and Customer Testimonials:

Please email us with feedback (good or bad) if you have any!

"I’ve used the Altaplex in some pretty disgusting weather, recently on the Cape Wrath Trail, and West Highland Way. A total of 31 days of which I was rained on for 28, much of it overnight. I never had any rain ingress with the doors shut, stayed completely dry and on several occasions, when I thought it would be dry overnight (yeah, right) and didn’t even bother securing the doors but left the front open, I still remained dry."
 Keith "Fozzie" Foskett shares his extensive experience in his
 Zpacks Altaplex Tent Review
"I love my new Altaplex and the switch from trekking poles to hiking staff is a huge improvement for me. I am so glad I made that switch and I’m also really glad I now have the perfect tent for me! Here is a picture of my Camo Altaplex just off the Tonto trail in the Grand Canyon." -Sharon J.
"Thanks again for a great service. Here is a picture of the Altaplex in the Scottish hills. This is on Middle Rig near Culter Fell in Southern Scotland. Really pleased with the tent and the Arc Blast backpack. Awesome pack, it just feels part of you when hiking." -Robert B.
"I wanted to share a picture of my Altaplex Tent from my recent through hike of the JMT. It was taken at 2:00 AM with Mt. Whitney in the background." -Andrew D.
"I walked the Anglesey Coastal path in Wales in the height of summer, so naturally the weather was appalling. It rained every day and most nights, with occasional high winds. I kept the Altaplex storm doors open when I could and closed them when I needed to. I was warm and dry every night, with only a small amount of condensation on just one night. This is a marvelous tent! It’s roomy and light, and it can handle the weather. A very clever design. Ideal for the bigger camper, or anyone who wants room to cook, wash, change clothes, etc. The Altaplex Tent was the star of my trip." -John D.
"I'm rapt with your stuff - great, well designed gear & I can't believe how light it is! I had the Altaplex tent up in really strong winds - no issues. I guess when you think about it, the standard tent used in Antarctica (the windiest place on earth) for more than 100 years is the same pyramid shape." -Peter D.
"I’ve hiked about 1/3 of the CDT so far this year. Your Altaplex tent has been working like a champ. It took a little while to figure out how to pitch it effectively but in the last six weeks it has weathered high wind (30+ MPH), heavy rain, hail, and snow." -Steve J.
Jeremiah compares the Solplex, the Altaplex, and the Duplex side by side in this Zpacks Tent Comparison Video.
"My Altaplex tent is still in great shape and performing wonderfully after thru-hiking the CDT, the PCT and 400 Hayduke miles! Thanks for sending the free replacement zipper sliders, after popping those on the zipper is working perfectly again." -Jeff D.
"Since this Spring my Altaplex Tent has covered the distance of the Hayduke Trail, Wind River High Route, Teton Crest Trail, Beartooth Traverse, and many weekend missions in the Rockies. I've had a couple tears in the Dyneema (small punctures in the roof and a tear or two in the floor fixed with Tenacious Tape), but am enormously pleased with how it has performed. It has done great in the wind and rain." -Ben "Cheetah" D
"The Zpacks Altaplex finished in the top spot in this test set, thanks to its chart-topping performance in nearly every category. The most important feature of the solo backpacking tent—its weight—is this tent’s best characteristic. The chief limitation is the high price tag." Read the full GearInstitute Altaplex Review