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Photos of the original white Hexamid Solo Tent on the Continental Divide Trail in 2009:

Zpacks Hexamid Solo Tent


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

Hexamid Solo Tent - $399
(Removeable floor sold separately)

This item has been replaced by the Plexamid Tent. It has a more space, and a sewn in floor at the same weight.


The Hexamid Solo is a six sided pyramid style tent for an average size solo hiker. It has fully enclosed screen, a detachable bathtub floor or poncho for versatility (sold separately), and storm doors for 360 rain protection.



Tent Dimensions:

Floor Dimensions (Assuming a Solo Bathtub Floor is used):


Additional Material Choices:

A Solplex Tent in Green .74 oz:

.74 oz/sqyd Spruce Green Dyneema Composite Fabric

The default tent material is .51 oz/sqyd Dyneema Composite Fabric. This material has proven to be plenty strong enough to handle high winds, and your tent will normally not be subject to abrasion or punctures. If it does get damaged (for example by a falling branch or sparks), the material is very easy to patch in the field with our Repair Tape.

Some people prefer to upgrade to heavier .74 oz/sqyd DCF for added peace of mind. My own opinion is this material is not necessary, but it also does not hurt other than a small weight increase. It adds around 1.5 ounces (45 grams) to the weight. We have it in dark green as shown. It is a little bit less transparent than the thinner material.

The detachable bathtub floor is always made from black 1.0 oz/sqyd DCF which is thicker and stronger than the tarp material.
A Duplex Tent in Camo .67 oz:

View from Inside the tent:

.67 oz/sqyd Camo Dyneema Composite Fabric

This material is the same strength as .51 oz/sqyd except it has an additional layer with a camo pattern laminated in. It blends in to nature well. This material is darker and less transparent than the default, and offers a little more privacy.

DCF has a bit of a sheen to it when it is new, but it dulls down significantly with some use.

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

Back Story:

The Hexamid Solo was our very first tent. I initially designed it as a super minimalist shelter for use on my 2009 Continental Divide Trail thru-hike. The trip took 154 days traveling roughly 2,651 miles through the Rocky Mountains. Over the course of the trip the tent went through just about every type of weather, from gusting wind, to rain storms, snow storms, sub freezing temperatures, etc. I hiked the first half of the trip by myself, the second half with my wife Sheryl. We used the same solo tent for the whole trip since it was the only design we had at the time. The Hexamid Solo was comfortable for me at 5' 9" tall, but it was a real squeeze for the two of us. We used a wide sheet of Tyvek for our floor to max out the available space. The tent held up really well over our five month trip. We didn't get any punctures or tears, and didn't have to do any repairs.

If we were to do the CDT again as a couple we would probably opt for the Duplex tent. If I were to do it again alone I would either use the Hexamid Solo or an Altaplex. (Trip report / Gear list)

This tent has had several revisions since it was first released. We started taping the seams on all our shelters in 2012. We switched from a Beak to Storm doors in 2015.

Reviews and Customer Testimonials:

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

Keith "Fozzie" Foskett shares his 2 years of experience in this 2014 Hexamid Solo Tent Review
Anish set a new PCT Speed Record in 2013 at 61 days and 17 hours using our Hexamid Solo tent! Her tent was her favorite piece of gear. Check out her review!
*Anish bought her tent at full price and was not sponsored or under any obligation to review it.
"My Zpacks Hexamid gave me a level of comfort and peace of mind which belied it's uber light weight. On the 2012 Tour Divide I could end the long days of riding guaranteed of a good nights sleep, whether in the snow and bear infested forests of Canada and Montana or the bug riddled desert of New Mexico. Without a doubt it played a big part in my recovery and helped me push to the win." -Ollie Whalley, 2012 Tour Divide Winner
"Joe, I just wanted to let you know that my Hexamid performed beyond my expectations.  Not once during my hike on the Appalachian Trail did I end up wet, nor did the tent sustain any sort of damage." -Nathan S.
"We are absolutely, 100% convinced we have the best 2-person tent on the trail, even if the Hexamid solo is designed for 1-person.  You should see the looks of disbelief when other hikers see that there are TWO of us in there on full-length Thermarests, with all our packs and gear in there. Their faces turn from disbelief to shock and jealousy when we tell them the weight!" -Boston and Cubby, PCT 2010
"I just wanted to drop you a quick note to let you know that I finished the PCT on September 10th 2010 and the Hexamid Solo Tent preformed extremely well in all elements.  I am extremely happy with the tent and thank you again for helping me out with my situation back in June." -Shane S.
"I just wanted to say that I LOVE this tent.  But after two thru-hikes and a few weekend hikes mine is starting to show some wear and tear which is expected.  So I am buying another one.  Doing the Hayduke trail and perhaps the Colorado trail this summer.  Thanks again for making awesome gear." -Luke W.
"I used my Hexamid for the first time last weekend, and it worked great through an October snow storm. Thanks for making such great gear. I am really excited to use my Hexamid for my AT thru-hike this spring!" -Caleb M.
"My Hexamid Solo is still in great shape after three thru-hikes, the Appalachian Trail, Te Araroa, and Continential Divide Trail! I'm still using it here on short hikes in Hawaii." -Dave "Freebird" Osborn
"I just got back from completing the John Muir Trail and I've gotta say, great work on the Hexamid.  It's just perfect ... in a lot of ways.  I got a lot of questions/people interested about it so you might see more orders coming your way." Photo from Guitar Lake -Matt B.
"My year-old Hexamid Solo has successfully thru-hiked the Florida Trail and the Continental Divide Trail this year with me. At least 100 individual nights were spent under the Dyneema Composite Fabric this past year, and it has held up magnificently throughout. I highly recommend Zpacks, not only for the excellent products, but also the excellent service if needed after the fact. After all, who better to help long-distance travelers than people who have been there?" -Rob F.
"Thanks again Joe and since I don't often get a chance to say it that often, the tent is wonderful. I hiked the CDT with it and also the AZT this year before I started the PCT. I've used it in all conditions and for the weight and size it holds up amazingly. Thanks for the work you guys do on these tents." -Alex C.
"I took my Hexamid Solo to Torres Del Paine and Los Glaciares National Park in Patagonia in March. The area is notorious for high winds. I didn't see any other lightweight tents. Everyone had 4 season, heavy duty tents. I had 3 very windy nights and the tent held up well. I am thinking about selling this one and buying one of your bigger models this summer. It rained a lot while I was there and I was constantly waking up to make sure all of my gear was within the bathtub floor. A little more room would have made it more comfortable in the rain. I do like the ventilation with the Hexamid. On a recent Florida Trail trip I had relatively high humidity with very little wind and had absolutely no condensation in my tent. I also had no condensation issues during my entire 4 weeks South America, while other hikers struggled with moisture inside their tents." -Doug K.
"I took the tent out night before last and spent the night in it. It ended up being a major thunderstorm with high winds that night and let me tell you, the tent did absolutely great! I need to play with pitching it a little, as I have only done it once now. I am extremely happy with all of your fine products and look forward to using them a lot. It was definately well worth the wait." -Robert C.
"I love your company and products. I thru hiked the AT in 2014 using your Hexamid Solo tent, and raved about it the entire trip! As an older hiker, (55), I especially appreciate the weight savings of your performance gear. I plan to complete the triple crown in the next few years, along with some other long hikes." -Thomas T.
"I completed my 2015 PCT thru-hike using your Hexamid Solo tent and your 20 degree down bag. They both worked great. I incuded a photo from Thousand Island Lake. Thanks Again!" -Cave-Dave
"Im used to mainstream feestanding tents and was new to Dyneema fabric and a frameless design. I found the Zpacks Hexamid Solo Tent with tub in my search for the lightest option available on the market. At around a pound it was the clear winner but I was skeptical about a single carbon pole holding this thing up and the exposure around the bottom. On a recent hike through the Haleakala Crater at 10,00 feet on Maui your little tent was put through the test of tests. Camping that night I experiences 50 mile an hour winds and sheet rain pounding the tent to the point that it was under fire like a parachute on D-day. The guy lines were on tight, stakes firmly planted, but I was expecting it to last a few minutes when the onslaught started. To my surprise the tent lasted 14 hour of this bombardment that night without a single tear, leak or collapse. even with the exposed area between the tent and the ground, no water entered from the horizontal 50 mile rain, and neither did the wind, as I made a meal on my stove without needing my wind shield. The following night was much of the same, but this time I knew I would be kept safe and dry. It survived handsomely. Im certain my MSR Hubba would have been torn to shreds enduring this treachery. You made a believer out of me. Forgive my skepticism and thanks for the great product, it is a great testament to the Dyneema fabric and your high quality manufacturing processes." -Luke K.