Zpacks™ Duplex Ultralight Two Person Tent
Duplex Tent - $599
Weight: 19.0 ounces (539 grams)
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The Duplex is the sweet spot when it comes to size, weight, and features. It has ample space for one person
plus gear to spread out, or it can fit a partner. It has two doors, so you get
ventilation, views, and vestibule space on both sides of the tent, plus you
don't have to climb over your partner to get out.
Sets up with two trekking poles adjusted to around 48" (122 cm).
Slightly taller or shorter fixed length poles will also work.
If you do not use trekking poles, we have
Straight Tent Poles
available, or you could consider our Freestanding
Duplex Flex Tent upgrade.
Eight stakes are required for this tent.
Any of the four storm doors can be opened or closed independently.
Leave all four open on nice nights for a breeze and great views.
Close the upwind doors to block cold wind, or close all four for
360° rain protection. The overlapping doors are closed with custom
made metal hooks, with a toggle at the center to keep them pinned.
The tarp overhangs the bathtub floor by 4-5 inches (12 cm). In
calm rain or under wet trees one or two doors can be left
open for air flow without water dripping on the floor space. In
almost all conditions at least one downwind door can be left open
Tip: For even better rain protection with a door open, use the
included elastic cords to pull the screen door back away from the rain
Rainbow zippers on both sides of the tent allow easy entry
regardless of which doors are closed, and they give you access to
every vestibule area.
This tent has a solid, sewn in 8 inch (20 cm) tall bathtub floor. The bathtub floor is a rectangle 45 inches wide by
7.5 feet long (114cm x 2.3m). Plenty of space for two average people to stretch out
plus space for gear at the ends of the floor.
If you are particularly tall, you might try
propping up the side guylines for even more headroom. Some couples prefer the
additional width in a Triplex
Mesh pockets are
conveniently located near each screen door so that they can be accessed from
inside or outside the tent. They are a good place to store your cell
phone, glasses, headlamp, the tent stuff sack, and spare seam tape (included). The
pockets are about 8" x 8" (20 cm x 20 cm).
A separate groundsheet is Not required for this shelter. The floor
material is reasonably durable, and all Dyneema Composite Fabric gear can be
easily patched in the field with
repair tape. If you
do prefer to use a groundsheet as a precaution,
Flat Groundsheets are available.
There is screen between the bathtub floor and the walls at the
ends of the tarp. An elastic cord keeps the bathtub elevated
ensuring the screen slopes downwards away from the bathtub. Any
condensation will run down the walls and out through the downward
sloping screen, rather than onto the floor.
All of our tents do pretty well in the wind. The material can handle
high wind loads. As long as your stakes stay in the ground (use rocks if
available) your tent will stay standing. DCF is not a particularly
noisy fabric, however almost any tent will make a little noise in the
wind. Ear plugs are not a bad idea for windy nights.
Instructions / Set up Video
- Peak Height: 48" (122 cm)
Width: 53" (135 cm)
- Width including vestibules: 86.5" (220 cm)
- Vestibule space: 20.75" depth on each side (53 cm)
- Length: 100" (254 cm)
- Peak Height: 48" (122 cm)
Width: 45" (114 cm)
Length: 7.5 feet (2.3 meters)
- Zipper entry height: 36" (91 cm)
- The tent weighs a total of 19.0 ounces (539 grams) including
guy lines, sewn in linelocs, taped seams, and a stuff sack. A
piece of repair tape is included with the tent.
- 8x Stakes are required but are not included. We have a variety of
Ultralight Stakes to choose from.
- Our tents are made from Dyneema Composite Fabric. DCF has several advantages over other materials:
- DCF has a very high strength to weight ratio. The
material can handle high wind force and does not tear easily.
- DCF is inherently waterproof. There is no DWR to worry about
- DCF is not coated with any chemicals. It is PFC free.
- DCF doesn't absorb any significant amount of water.
No extra water weight to pack up.
- DCF is made from Dyneema threads which do not
stretch. The tent stays taut all night. Nylon material by
comparison can stretch and sag, especially if it gets wet.
- The seams are stitched and then taped water tight. The tie
outs have bonded reinforcements for high strength. No seam sealing necessary!
- Tape sticks well to it. Any damage can easily be fixed in
the field with our
- DCF is semi-transparent. In bright sunlight you can see a
fuzzy silhouette of a person sitting inside the tent. You cannot see any
details and it has a suitable amount of privacy for changing clothes
etc. In lower light (such as in the evening or at night) you cannot see
through at all. We also have thicker, darker DCF material
available as an upgrade that you can choose.
One nice thing about DCF is you can also see the outlines of
trees and your surroundings for a more connected outdoor experience.
- This tent has fully enclosed .7 oz/sqyd (24 g/m˛) insect screen. The holes in this screen
are super tiny, even the smallest insects cannot get through. Our tent
screen is about 30% lighter than comparable Noseeum screen with no
noticeable decrease in durability.
- The bathtub floor is made from 1.0 oz/sqyd DCF. This material weight is more than twice as thick as the canopy
material and is more resistant to abrasion and punctures. As with all
DCF it is easy to patch with tape.
- Lineloc 3 adjusters are sewn to all tie outs. Bright yellow Dyneema
Z-Line cord is cut for you and included. The yellow lines are very easy
to see night or day, and Dyneema has very low stretch.
- The expected life span of this shelter is at least one
full 2500+ mile thru hike, or many years of casual use with some
- All Zpacks gear has a two year limited warranty against defects in
materials or workmanship. Please see our
return / warranty policy.
.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
A piece of matching repair tape is included with the tent.
Tear Strength: 14 lbs
Puncture Resistance: 1.8 lbs
The floor material on our tents is always thicker more puncture and abrasion resistant 1.0 oz/sqyd
DCF regardless of which canopy 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.
DCF 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
Tear Strength: 14 lbs
Puncture Resistance: 1.9 lbs
It adds 1.0 ounces (28 grams) to the weight of a Duplex tent.
.74 oz/sqyd Spruce Green Dyneema Composite Fabric
This material has a higher Dyneema thread count which gives it higher tear and
The standard material is already difficult to tear, so in our opinion this
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.
Tear Strength: 18 lbs
Puncture Resistance: 3.1 lbs
It adds 1.8 ounces (51 grams) to the weight of a Duplex tent.
Reviews and Customer Testimonials:
Please email us with feedback (good or bad) if you have any!
Dixie talks about her Duplex Tent after her 2017 PCT thru-hike in this
Duplex Tent Video
2017 Outdoor Gear Lab Editors Choice Award. Read the
Duplex Tent Review
Will Wood shares his final thoughts on his Duplex Tent after
sleeping in it nearly every night on a 7 month 2014 Appalachian
Trail thru-hike in this
Duplex Tent Review Video
shows his initial impressions before his hike and
covers some of the tent's features.
"When making a major purchase like this, remember to consider
the whole package....it's not just about the product you are
buying, but the company and people behind it. Zpacks scores on
Steve B. Reviews the Duplex Tent
"I can say without question that I have not once felt bummed I spent so much on a
shelter. This is the first time when I have absolutely
known it was totally worth it."
John Abela's Duplex Tent Review
"This tent is huge. With a long sleeping bag, I never touched
the ends of the tent or got the bag wet at all. At one point,
we (three 6ft tall guys) all sat in there together playing
cards and were comfortable. Setup took about two minutes each
BoredInTheSouth Reviews the Duplex Tent
"I can't comment yet on how the tent handles bad weather;
however, it certainly feels sturdy. The ergonomics of the tent
were pretty much perfect for us. My wife loved the tent and
loved getting her own view, which certainly helps me when
spending this amount of money! The four door system is very
flexible and is a great solution. We really, really like this
"Used the Duplex shelter in grand canyon last month, awesome
shelter. The Duplex is substantially lighter than what I had
before, but also with bug protection and a great groundsheet.
I'm really happy with room, at six feet with big feet and using Neoair, I usually rub
the foot of my bag on enclosed shelters, but not
an issue at all with the Duplex." -Jon F.
"Just got your tent today. In typical Outer Banks fashion it was
blowing 30 to 35 and raining, so I set it up just to check it
out in some weather. Man that tent is awesome! Plenty of room
and rock solid. I love the two doors and the vestibule space.
Blown away by the craftsmanship. I can't wait to take it out on
Thank you man" -Bob S.
"Love the tent and sleeping bag. Took them out on the AT this
weekend in Maryland. Wind was blowing 30mph Friday night which
made my first time setting up in the field a challenge. Not to
mention setting up on rock. It then rained to beat the band so
my Duplex got a very good first workout and did well. Thanks
again for the great products!" -Rich M.
"I wanted to let you know that the Duplex tent rocks and so far
I am very happy with my purchase. I got lucky, the first night
out it rained all night and the following day. It has just the
perfect amount of room for me and my dog with room for gear. I
didn't think the floor space would be much bigger than the
Twin, but boy does it feel bigger" -Josh P.
"I am back from my 6.5 day, 83 mile “Q” hike at the Torres del
Paine in Patagonia. 5 of us hiked in and the 1st day it rained
and blew like crazy. The other campers made interesting
comments about my space ship and how they would be amazed if it
stayed up. Well come the morning, after a very windy and rainy
night, all was good with the tent - no issues other than it was
noisy during the night. You had advised taking ear plugs which
was great. Other tents had issues during the night so had a lot
of visitors in the morning wanting to know more about the tent
- they could not believe the weight and roominess in side.
Awesome trip, bad ass hike and great equipment." -Tony L.
"The tent worked like a dream, even in high wind. Some
challenges in staking the tent in
(I used large
boulders ~15kg each and extra ties). The wind hitting the tent
moved some of these boulders but the tent was fine! Nights were
below freezing and quickly heated up when the sun came out.
With the tent being well ventilated, a good sleeping bag is
essential." -Peter J.
"I wanted you to know how happy we were with the
you made for us for our JMT hike. Setting up
camp and breaking down was SO easy with your tent! My wife and
I would have the Duplex set up in about three minutes and
would then sit and relax to enjoy the scenery. Getting ready to
break camp in the morning was just as easy. We were ALWAYS done
WAY before our friends." -Joe R.
"I believe the Duplex tent is the best all-purpose backpacking
tent in the world." -Max Neale, (formerly) Outdoor Gear
"I have just returned from the JMT using your Duplex tent,
sleeping bag, and accessories. We got rained on very hard, and
all the gear proved itself to be very reliable - so wanted to
say - Thanks!! It was a pleasure carrying the low weight and by
that enjoying the view :)" -Neer Z.
"My Duplex tent is my absolute favorite possession. So much
room for me and all my gear to stay dry and bug-free. Everyone
comments on how small and lightweight my pack is and how
spacious and nice my tent is." -Mark H.
"I had the
out on the JMT for 20 days, 10 of which I got
rained on. The Duplex worked out great, I wouldn’t of wanted
any other tent out there. Feel free to post." -Ken K.
"I absolutely love, love, love my new Duplex shelter as
a one person shelter. It stood up wonderfully in the all day
all night rain we had for 36 hours. It stood up in cloudbursts
with winds of probable 35 to 40 mph. It had enough space for me
to dress, relax, "camp out", and enjoy. I hadn't realized it
from your webpage info, but closing all four doors snugly
really enhanced the solidness and takes advantage of its basic
hexagon shape. Opening a door on each side, when the winds die
down, lets you stay weatherproof and still see around. I
couldn't be more pleased. I was torn about whether to order the
standard weight DCF material or the heavier versions. I
decided to follow your advice, and I'm completely glad I did.
The heavier material would have added cost and weight with no
benefit, as far as I am concerned." -Barry W.
"Here is my
on recent 12-day expedition to the Philmont Scout
Ranch. Very wet last 5 days but I stayed dry and definitely
mastered how to set it up in torrential rain. Your rain gear
and tent made the wet portions of the trips so much better to
deal with. Just love both pieces of gear!" -Rich M.
"I love my new Duplex tent. I've got 6 or 7 tents, and this is
far superior to any of them." -Hugh A.
"The Duplex saved us during 3 very stormy nights including one
with around 12 hours of continuous heavy rain. All the thru
hikers we spoke with the next morning had pretty wet sleeping
bags except for us! Nice design Joe." -David T.
"I just finished a JMT thru-hike with a 60L Arc Blast and a
Duplex tent, and they both worked fantastically. I had high
standards for the tent because of its high price, but I think
it's phenomenal. Its had no problem with overnight sustained
30mph wind or overnight thunderstorms, and the tent design does
a good job of preventing and managing condensation. Given its
weight, it's amazing how few sacrifices the tent makes. Really
great job, folks." -Austin L.
"I recently returned from completing the Wind River High route
in Wyoming and I took along the Duplex tent. What an amazing
tent! I was impressed with the quality and functionality of the
tent as well as how easy it was to setup and takedown. For its
size it is amazingly light and packs small. We had wind, rain,
hail and everything in between, it performed better than
expected in all conditions. I liked having two vestibules when
the weather was bad, or the ability to keep them open when the
weather was good. Thank you for the great gear!" -Brad S.
"I would like to thank you for the quality products you have
produced for me. I purchased one of your sleeping bags and then
a Duplex tent. I have used the bag and tent in the Sanoran
Desert and recently on a section hike of the PCT in the Eastern
Sierras. I always beat my hiking companion setting up my tent.
I was concerned about wind with your tarp/tent style but even
in very windy and rainy conditions, the tent kept me warm and
dry." -Jon H.
"I am very pleased with the Duplex tent. It is light, very easy
to put up, and very roomy. At 6’5” I do need space, and this
has lots of it. Loads of room for me and all of my kit, sitting
up or lying down. It is also a very clever design, and is well
made. The DCF material is a wonderful fabric. It seems robust,
stays taut, and the tent copes well with wind (not yet tested
in a full gale!). It’s fully waterproof. It does have a slight
condensation issue, but then, all tents seem to. The way
condensation runs down the inside and out through the mesh gap
provided for it is very clever, and it works. And if two or
more of the four doors are left open, condensation becomes
minimal. I think it just has to be accepted that if the
temperature inside any tent is noticeably higher than the
outside, there will probably be condensation. A star buy,
10/10" -Jerry W.
"This summer I had the honor of breaking in the Duplex
solo sleeping bag at Philmont scout ranch. My crew and I
covered 120 miles over the eleven days and your product made
this experience priceless. Thank you for making best
lightweight gear on the market." -Scott F.
"Your Duplex is the best backpacking tent that I have ever
owned in almost 50 years of backpacking!! I LOVE IT! It has
more space and is lighter than my previous “ultralight” tent -
and is much easier to set up. I felt secure (and luxurious!)
even (especially!) in heavy thunderstorms in Oregon and
Washington. The Duplex was just a delight." -Joe W.
"I have been so happy with my Zpacks equipment. Incredibly
light, durable for it's weight, and high performance in various
conditions. The Duplex tent has been amazing on all my
adventures from backpacking in the Rockies to pack rafting the
Rio Chama to ski mountaineering Mt Rainier. I always get lots
of questions and compliments about the Zpacks gear and always
recommend it. People are amazed that something so light can be
so functional." -Andy S.
"I absolutely LOVE the Duplex tent you made for me last year.
It’s a great product and has stood up nicely here in Virginia."
"Thank you so much for getting the Duplex tent to me within my
ideal time-frame. I am so pleased with its performance after a
three day trek In the Welsh mountains over Easter during which
it stood up to a night of gale force winds and rain with no
issues whatsoever. A great product." -Nigel P.
"By the way, last week I had to camp on a very exposed ridge in
the San Gabriels with very fierce winds. The Duplex tent held
up great despite - what seemed to me - taking a terrible
beating. No damage done to tent as far as I’ve been able to
tell. Fortunately I was able to find huge rocks for anchoring
the tent stakes." -Joe W.
"I really did my research before my thru-hike / bought and
returned many, many items just so that I could have ‘em in my
hands and look at the stitching and study the design, etc. On
the web, everyone claims to have a great product, but the
shopper can’t know the truth until they hold it in their hands.
I found Zpacks quality and design to be tops in the areas of
bags, packs AND tents, that’s an impossible trifecta! My
thru-hike confirmed it. Sorry, let me add Stuff sacks and
Customer Support to that list! Thanks." -Fred L.
"Thanks again for your recommendations about snow camping! My
pitch wasn't perfect but it survived all the crazy
wind and wasn't too cold at all! Glad I tried it out in the
snow!" -Karen W.
"I'm on the AT and I love my tent. I've slept in it every night
since I've gotten it and shown it off to a lot of people on
trail." -Kasey M.
"I purchased a Duplex in Nov 2013 shortly after they became
available, so I suspect I have one of the first run. Words
cannot describe how much I like this tent…it is orders of
magnitude more enjoyable than any other I have owned." -John H,
(Comment received May 2015)
"My ski partner and I were pretty thrilled with how the Duplex
performed in a range of winter conditions, and we were of
course glad to have less weight on our backs. I've attached a
couple shots of the Duplex tent from our trips.
" -Serge G.
"I bought a Duplex tent last year and its by far the best shelter I have used.
Been on a bunch of bike packing trips with it and have had nothing but great times ;-)" -Rick G.
"This letter is about my ranking the Zpacks Duplex as my
favorite tent of all outdoor shelters I’ve used since 1958. I
bought my Duplex from you a little over a year ago, and I’ve
used it about 30 nights since then in Wyoming’s Cloud Peak
Wilderness and in Montana’s Beartooths and Absarokas. I’ve used
it in every month of the year!!! I’ve used it mostly for one
person, but occasionally for two. I LOVE IT! I’ve never
experienced a blizzard in the Duplex, but I’ve experienced
hard, all day rain with wind gusts, lightening and all night
wind. I’m amazed at the wonderful protection. Thanks for a
wonderful invention." -Barry W.
"Last weekend we completed a presidential traverse; 3 out of 4
of us had your backpacks and tents. I slept in the tent above
tree-line in a wet swampy spot in 35 to 40 mph winds and no
problems. Lots of people commented on our packs and few knew of
them but had never seen one. Very impressed with the packs and
the tent. Very lightweight as advertised and seem quite
rugged." -Curtis B.
"We have just completed our 515 mile hike across Washington on
the PCT. Having now put our new Duplex tent and my Arc Blast
pack through their paces, I wanted to send you some product
feedback. First the Duplex tent--in a word, terrific! It was
perfect for us and held up beautifully. It seemed so ephemeral
when we first received it that it was hard to imagine it
surviving the rigors of the trip, but we needn't have worried.
With care and a post trip washing, it still looks new after
more than 30 nights" -Heidi P.
"I just finished my PCT section hike (Campo --> Cascade Locks) using a
Zpacks sleeping bag and Zpacks Duplex tent.
Both were awesome and served me well on my hike. The Duplex was my favorite piece of gear!" -Jake P.
"I wanted to extend to you a huge thanks for your wonderful customer service and your amazing Duplex Tent!
It held up for me in snow, rain, and wind, and was my sanctuary in mosquito country.
Attached is a shot of it at my favorite campsite.
I have recommended the tent to many people, and will continue to do so." -Julia H.
"My Duplex was pelted with golf ball sized hale with only a minor hole being punched into one of the corners.
I was easily able to repair it in the morning with that DCF repair tape (LOVE IT!!).
I'll admit I originally thought it was because of the fragility of ultralight products until I took a walk around the lake I was camped at.
I found a nylon tent with several unrepairable tears in the rainfly. I think my tent did amazingly well considering the conditions!
I now have no such doubts on the durability of these products." -Tyler R.
"My wife and I have just returned from a backpacking trip in King's Canyon.
We slept in the Zpacks Duplex tent every day and enjoyed our experience with it in every possible way!
The tent takes minutes to pitch perfectly, has enough room for two people to sit up and also store small items in and around the mesh pockets.
The bathtub floor indeed appears to be plenty strong for normal use with a little care taken when selecting the camp site to avoid very sharp
stones and twigs. The mesh, while looking very fine and offering beautiful views of the surroundings, turned out to be very robust and will
likely endure many years of normal use. We found the workmanship and the material quality unsurpassed and are looking forward to replacing
many of our other backpacking items by those offered by Zpacks in the future." -Aliaksei C.
"My Zpacks Duplex tent was such a great purchase! I've camped in the worst thunderstorms imaginable with very high winds and rain and the tent kept me snug as a bug in a rug. The open/shut sides are a great feature because it gives cross ventilation when open and seals out extremely bad weather when closed ... plus gives additional protected out-of-tent space. And it takes about two minutes to put up. The tent is very well made, extremely lightweight and takes up very little space in my pack. It is something I will keep and use the rest of my life! Awesome purchase!" - Linda Bliss
"I took my Duplex tent
to enjoy the last weekend of summer at Emerald Lake in the Cloud Peak Wilderness.
I knew I'd be getting into some snow, since in rained in Sheridan Thursday afternoon.
As always, the Duplex was great. I use it when I go solo, and I use my Triplex when I go with someone else." -Barry W.
"If you and your staff only knew how many times I sang your praises on the CDT this year, both to others and silently to myself.
Such as when:
--Just barely off the summit of Mt. Taylor, hail slammed the tent like machine-gun fire with two solid inches still left on the ground the next morning, and the thermometer inside the tent read 19 degrees.
--My last night, ten miles north of Cubres Pass, at 12,300 feet on the exposed summit of Flat Mountain we had hours of sustained 30-, 40- and more mile-an-hour gusts. "Please hold, please hold," was my mantra.
I was speaking to the seams, the fabric, the stakes and the carbon fiber tent pole (the second pole was my hiking pole)." -Barney 'Scout' M.
"Here is a Photo
from Troop 858 on the Big Piney trail in MO. Duplex tent and 30 degree bag in left.
Solplex tent, 40 degree bag and Arc Blast pack on the right. My Pack was down to about 26 lbs with food/fuel/water.
MUCH lighter than on previous trips!! My knees are thanking me today. :) Gear worked great.
Thanks for putting out great lightweight products that work as advertised." -Jamie B.
"I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your support while I was on the trail and for your Duplex tent. I completed my AT thru-hike on September 18th,
2015 and used your tent almost every night, except for a few town days. The Duplex performed as advertised; no water inside the tent and no condensation." -Robert H.
"We walked part of the Great South West Walk, in southwestern Victoria, Australia. The area is windy,
and the coastal cliffs and sea are spectacular. The final night we had a 35 knot (40mph) prevailing ESE wind,
but our campsite was in a rotor zone, where the wind rolls up and over the cliff,
and slams down and around from a westerly direction. It was as if a giant hand was trying to swat the tent off
the surface of the earth. In 45 years of camping, only once have I experienced winds approaching that level,
but this time they were massive sudden gusts of 45kts+, not steady wind, so it was by far the worst wind any of
our tents over the decades have withstood. Fortunately, we had packed (and used) sand pegs -
groundhogs would not have held in the loose sandy loam.
In the morning, there was a pretty decent layer of fine grit spread over our quilt, but the tent was as tight as a drum.
It hadn't even hinted at failing, tearing or loosening. I suspect that not just the strength, but the sudden and downwards
nature of the gusts would have broken many tents, even domes. You should be VERY proud of your product!
It inspires such confidence, knowing the tent will handle such extreme gusts." -Helen M.
"I did the JMT with your gear last summer. The Duplex tent performed very well.
It was easy to set up by a single person, even in howling winds with only rocks for anchors.
I left one door open on each side regardless of the weather and stayed dry in conditions where there was rain or showers on 10 of the 19 nights.
I had condensation only one night and it was due to poor site selection on my part, too close to a meadow.
This is the best tent I have ever owned, it is a great value at the price." -Uldis V.
"I just got back from a 4 day backpacking trip on the Appalachian Trail in Connecticut.
I stayed in your Duplex Tent with your groundsheet. I absolutely loved it and it will my tent of choice moving forward.
It is lightweight, durable and really easy to set up.
It was the first time I used trekking poles in setting up a tent and I was initially concerned about the stability but after
setting it up I can see how it will stand up to windy and harsh conditions.
THANK YOU for your commitment in making the best lightweight gear in the market." -Joe R.
"I have taken the Duplex on a three-day solo hike of the Devil’s Path in the Catskills and the light weight was much
appreciated with all the elevation gain and loss. The tent performed beautifully and I couldn’t be happier with it!
There was zero condensation even on the nights when all the doors were closed up tight.
My wife and I can’t wait to take it on the JMT in August! Thank you for making such light-weight and high performing gear!" -Gabriel L.
"I've had my camo Duplex tent now since October 2015 and I've used it around 30 nights so far (15 of which were in the winter).
It even survived blizzard like conditions in the Smokies. It's by far the best tent I've ever owned.
When I'm out on the trail people are always asking to take a closer look at it.
I'm 5'9" and I have plenty of room to move around and to store my gear. I have even stayed in it with my 15 year old son and our packs before.
I've had zero issues and I'm very happy with it. I like that it's lightweight and durable.
But most of all I like that it's made right here in the USA with American made materials. Plus the people at
Zpacks know what they are doing. They take a lot of pride in their gear and stand behind the workmanship of every piece of the gear they make. That is why I buy from
Here is a photo of my camo Duplex tent
at Cheoah Bald on the Appalachian Trail." -Benny B.
"I am very much enjoying my camo Duplex Tent
and would like to share some pictures from my PCT hike, taken at lake Evolution.
Cheers" -Tim V.
"Last summer in Tasmania, my fellow walker and I did the South Coast Track. The walk is a beautiful and moderately challenging traverse around the southern coastline of Tasmania.
We had 6 days and nights of rain and minimal to zero condensation in the tents and watertight packs! – Great designing!" -Stuart D.
"Please correct me if I’m wrong, but there’s not a single photo of a Duplex tarp on the web, to my knowledge."
Until now! Check out James Q.'s Duplex Tarp reveiw
"I recently posted my review of the
. I really like the shelter, so it was easy to write a positive review. Thanks so much for letting me
review it!" -Will Reitveld, Ultralight Insights
"I just did a five day hike in the Andes that I bought the Duplex and the Arc Blast for.
Oh boy am I ever happy!
I love my Duplex tent. The first night out we had high winds and rain for about ten hours.
The tent did well as did the tent stakes.
The transparency of the fabric allowed me to watch a full moon move across the sky while laying on my back and from within the tent.
You have no idea how much I enjoyed hiking light. My total pack was right at 20 pounds and this will soon come down too!" -Walt W.
"Last year I got your Duplex tent and I am very happy with it.
I took it with me on several trips in the Swiss Alps and was never disappointed.
This September I hiked the Skye Trail in Scotland.
I attached you a photo of the most magnificent camp spot
I have experienced on this trip. It's located at the most northerly tip of the Isle of Skye." -Daniel B.
"Hey Zpacks team! I bought one of your Duplex tents for the Te Araroa and it's been great!
Lightweight and very durable for thru hiking. It has far exceeded my expectations.
The Duplex is great to put all my gear inside and get spread out on rainy nights.
It's also big enough for me to do stretching protected from swams of sandflies. Lifesaver!" -John B.
"I've used my Duplex the past 2 weekend's, section hiking the Arizona Trail.
Most recently, the Mormon Lake passage. It worked great even in gusts up to 50 mph.
The wind was crazy - Love that tent!" -Bruce D.
"Thank you for making such great products. My wife and I bought a Duplex tent 2 years ago and have enjoyed every night in it.
Our Duplex has been on many trips here in the Pacific Northwest, including the Wonderland Trail last year.
It has kept us dry and happy through cold rain, howling wind, and even safe from nosy mountain goats." -Henry O.
"I LOVE MY TENT! So does everyone else! Here is my
Camo Duplex Tent
at Big Pete Meadow on the JMT/PCT." -Sarah B.
"I just finished my first trip with the Duplex tent. It withstood wind, rain, and two hailstorms at 10,500 feet in the Colorado mountains.
After 40 years of camping and backpacking, I've finally found my perfect tent. Ultralight, comfortably sleeps two, enough headroom to sit up, great ventilation, and the clever bathtub floor design kept me dry despite windy conditions and some groundwater.
Simple to pitch and repack. The pitch/pack video was very helpful, and explained all the tent's features.
Great job on design and manufacturing. Fit and finish were perfect. I can't wait to take it out again." -Mark D.
"My daughter and I section hiked the PCT in Northern Cascades with our new
blue Duplex tent
Perfect tent for us. Comfortable and spacious. Pitched and packed very easily.
It was a great addition to our light base weights. Highly recommended." -Mike W.
"Just got back from some trekking in the north of Sweden (sarek) And I must say that the
performed really well in this exposed wilderness, as did the rain kilt and fleece gloves which dry super fast!!" -Frej S.
We'd like to extend a HUGE thank you for supporting us along our traverse of New Zealand.
It was an amazing experience, and we couldn't have done it without your help!
Our Zpacks Duplex tent
was perfect for our journey, and we won't be going on another trip without our trusty tent :)" -Elena B.
"The Zpacks Duplex is a masterpiece of design and ingenuity.
An ultralight backpacker simply will not find a tent that is lighter, roomier, more durable, or more packable."
Backpackers.com awards a "Premium Pick" in their
Duplex Tent Review.
"Just a quick thanks - the tent got here in time for my 2 weeks in the Tasmanian wilderness. Here is a great shot of my
pitched on the coast.
We had some pretty full on conditions but it held up well.
One small hole in the top and fly screen but that is due to my cock up not anything on your end.
I saw a few other trekkers out there and all were envious of the design and weight." -Thomas G.
"I've used my Spruce Duplex Tent
in many situations, (at high elevation, low elevation, rocky soil, kind soil, high winds, rain, extreme heat, extreme cold)
and it has never failed me. It has become my absolute "go-to" shelter." -Steve F.
"Just a quick email to send you a picture of the Duplex Tent
in action in Tierra del Fuego (Argentina).
We just completed the Sierra Valdivieso circuit: 4 days lost in the nature with no marked trails (only navigation with maps and GPS).
We experienced a quick snow storm and the tent holds well (pitching with rocks). Thanks a lot!" -Ben B.
"Howdy, just a line to tell you how great my Duplex tent performed in Patagonia.
In 50 mph gust it made noise but never was in any danger of failure, it was as solid as a rock.
It also rained very hard with high steady wind and nothing inside the tent got wet. Awesome product!" -Warren W.
"I am the very happy owner of a Duplex tent and one of your sleeping bags -- dozens of nights in both and I have never regretted my purchases!
Thanks for making such awesome products. The Duplex design really can't be beat.
Here is a photo of my Duplex Tent
pitched in the snow above the clouds on Mount Hood on New Year's Eve. :)" -Stacia T.
Here is a photo of my Duplex Tent
on the Ausangate trek in Peru at an altitude of 14k feet. We did a a summit one day through a 16k pass.
Snow one night on our multi day trek didn't even challenge the tent! It's a great tent and I would buy it again!" -Travis T.
"We received a Duplex tent from you guys in New Zealand. It was the best possible tent we could have chosen!
It has now withstood the winds of an inland cyclone in an unsheltered meadow; 60mm of rain in 24 hours without a drop inside;
and a well-choreographed bombing run from a quarter of Keas. Thank you for this tent!!!!" -Molly & Tim
"I recently did the Overland Track in Tasmania. The conditions were as bad as they could have gotten -
a month of rain in less than 2 days, high winds and gusts, hail, sleet and a flooded track.
I was one of the few people to camp every night (I wasn't worried about the tent's structural stability)
and the only such camper to stay completely dry every night." -Bernard L.
"I'll bet I spent months sitting in front of my computer drooling over the Duplex in camo,
comparing it to many other options and analyzing it right down to the cellular level.
I finally pulled the trigger. Wow. This thing is so well made.
The stitching, fit and finish, materials, design, zippers, reinforcement areas and included lines were just impeccable.
It seemed like you made it extra good just for me.
I described it to my trail friends as, "The dreamiest tent I ever owned."
Thank you so much for having such high standards. It means a lot in this era of mediocrity." -Chris A.
"Earlier this his year I upgraded my Hexamid Solo-Plus and vintage Zpacks backpack to a Duplex and an Arc Blast backpack.
At the end of April I did a 120 mile, eleven day hike on the AT in southern VA.
The pack and tent performed beautifully. I started out with 32 pounds, and it was very comfortable.
The Duplex felt like a palace. I am 6ft 2in and sleep on an air mattress.
Neither my head nor my feet touched the tent walls.
I found myself choosing to tent rather than using the shelter. Kudos. Good job" -Mitch 'Fenix' S.
"Just got back from a month in the Brooks Range (Gates of the Arctic NP climbing in the Arrigetch) and Denali and ADORE this tent.
Here is a great shot of the
Duplex tent in the Brooks Range
We encountered everything from snow to driving rain to blue bird days and the tent performed better than I even had hoped" -Peter S.
"I always have a hard time finding info on dog compatibility with various gear.
I wanted to let you know that I had no problem fitting myself and my two Rhodesian Ridgebacks (70 and 80 pounds) in my Duplex.
My girl sleeps on the bottom half of my pad and my boy sleeps on a pad next to us--though there would be room for both of them on the other pad if my girl wasn't such a snuggle bug.
I previously used a tent with a tapered design and was worried that I was losing a few square feet as it's always been a tight fit for the 3 of us.
The symmetrical design of the Duplex worked much better for us and even felt much larger despite being a few square feet smaller.
The height is perfect and allowed them to stand-up fully.
I was even able to easily pitch on a tent platform for my first set-up.
I look forward to many more nights on the trail with my pups! Here are some photos of my
Camo Duplex tent w/ my dog
from our site on the Long Trail in Vermont." -Bonnie J.
"I have been buying and using your products since 2014.
My biggest purchase was the Duplex tent which I bought to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail in 2015.
Wow, did this tent perform beyond expectations.
I used the tent almost every night on the AT and again in 2017 when I thru-hiked the John Muir Trail.
This year, I used the tent to hike the La Cloche Silhouette Trail in Ontario, Canada.
The tent performed beautifully and kept me and my gear dry and contained.
We are now planning to hike the West Coast Trail on Vancouver Island in Canada next year and the very same tent
will be our shelter on that adventure. I love my tent." -Arlene G.
"I just had a chance to do a first pitch with my new Duplex last weekend. I just wanted to say...out of many,
many years of pitching tents...(I started with a green canvas pup-tent”) this is the fastest pitching of a tent ever!
And the fastest packing of a tent ever. I am so excited to try it on the trail for the first time this upcoming weekend!
I have the poles for free-standing but doubt I will use them for solo hiking with my pup; no need for just us,
but a great option when my husband is along.
I am amazed at the quality, the room, the design...I could go on but you get the picture.
I own 3 of the most popular tent brand on the AT, and they are great products...but...this is an exceptional product!" -Donna B.
"If weight is one of your biggest concerns, this is by far the best option I tested.
I loved how easy the tent went up. It was very simple and setting it up solo
wasn’t a problem. The full size zippers also give you easy access to the entire
vestibule. I loved this feature!" -Read the full
Duplex Tent Review
at Backwoods Pursuit!
"We've just put in an order for more of your gear based on the experience of using the Duplex tent.
We've now had the opportunity to take this out in desert,
coastal and alpine environments with overnight temperatures ranging from below zero to mid 20C under clear skies,
storms and winds of around 90 km/h. In all situations the tent has performed so well -
definitely one of the best pieces of equipment I've ever had. Kind regards." -David M.