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ZPacks™ Hexamid Solo-Plus Tent or Tarp


The Hexamid Solo-Plus is an in-between size tent that has the same size footprint as the Hexamid Twin, but it only requires one long trekking pole to set up. It is a good compromise for solo hikers requiring more space, or for those who sometimes camp with a partner.

It is made from the lightest materials available; .51 oz/sqyd cuben fiber, and optionally .7 oz/sqyd ultralight insect netting.

  • Sets up with just one trekking pole or walking stick adjusted to around 52 inches (132 cm), and a minimum of six stakes. Ten stakes are recommended on this tent for additional head room and wind resistance.

    A Tent pole is available if you don't use trekking poles.

  • Set up Instructions are available. Watch the Hexamid Solo-Plus Setup Video

  • Fixed length guy lines using no-stretch spectra cord make setup easy. No line adjusters or knot tying necessary.

  • Lots of space for one person plus gear, or space for a partner. The tent is long enough for most people to fully stretch out their arms and legs, and tall enough for two people to sit upright.

    A 6 foot tall person would have over 18.5" (47 cm) of height at the end of their head and feet (more factoring in the extra lift from the end guy lines).
  • Great ventilation, and a great view through the large screen entryway. 6" of screen around the perimeter allows air flow.
  • The screen entryway opens with a single rainbow shaped zipper at the top. A single zipper reduces the likelihood of zipper failure, and keeps zipper weight at a minimum.
  • Cuben Fiber is made from Spectra threads which do not stretch. The tent stays taut all night. Nylon materials by comparison can stretch and sag, especially if it gets wet.
  • All the seams are triple stitched and taped, and the tie outs are bonded. No seam sealing necessary!
  • This tent is unique in that it has a fully enclosed .7 oz/sqyd
    screen floor
    which keeps 100% of insects, spiders, ticks, etc out!

    You will need a separate ground sheet on the inside, on top of the screen, just like sleeping under a tarp. Keeping the groundsheet separate from the shelter offers the following advantages:
    1. Our separate Cuben Fiber Bathtub Ground Sheet works great, but alternatively you can use a Poncho, or inexpensive material like Tyvek for your groundsheet.
    2. On nice nights you can take out your separate ground sheet and sleep under the stars or on the ground under a shelter.
    3. If rain is blowing hard at one side of the shelter, you can fold up the edges of your ground sheet, or shift it away from any spray. Rain spray or condensation runs harmlessly out the screen floor.
    4. You can take out your ground sheet to dry everything out twice as fast.
    5. Normally the groundsheet stays clipped in place and packs up with the tent. You don't ever have to take it out except when you want to!
  • Each inside corner of the shelter has a loop and clip for attaching your groundsheet. The peak also has a loop on the inside for hanging a flashlight or stuff sack.
  • The expected life span of this shelter is at least one full 2500+ mile thru hike, or many years of casual use with some care. The shelter can also be easily repaired in the field since duct tape sticks well to the fabric.
  • All ZPacks gear has a one year warranty against defects in materials or workmanship. Returns or exchanges are welcome.
  • For more info check out the Tent FAQs.

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Hike Ultralight compares the Hexamid Solo-Plus and the Hexamid Twin
HikItLikeIt Reviews the Hexamid Solo-Plus
"I just returned from a thru-hike of the Colorado Trail and used my Solo Plus tent (with mesh floor and beak) every night. It performed beautifully in rain, hail, and nice weather, pus gave a nice visual connection with the outside during lightening storm shows. Thanks for designing and making a great shelter!" -John W.
"I used your Hexamid Solo-Plus tent on the JMT this year and last year. I have really been happy with it. We had some rain storms this year and it held up well. Thanks for making a great product!" -Jim C.
"The Solo-Plus tent I bought a couple of years ago is incredible.  I used it on an AT trip to Roan Mountain between Christmas and New Year's last year and it did GREAT!  One night an ice storm and another night about 6 inches of wet snow and the Solo-Plus weathered the storms without incident."
-Steve S.
I love this model... It performed very well on my CDT thru hike last summer (2013) so I am buying another one!  -John "Sycamore" H.
"Loved my Hexamid solo plus. I was surprised on how well it handled the wind, hail and rain. My hiking buddy's tent got wetted out in the rain and hail at Guitar lake but I stayed dry. -Eric K.
"This Photo was taken on the PCT earlier this year overlooking the Siberian Outpost and the Great Western Divide. Thanks for great gear and great service" -Sage, PCT '14
"The Hexamid Solo-Plus held up like a champ during a major storm. Here is a video I made from my Mt. Whitney trip with some cool Hexamid shots." -Chris S.

Extended Beak:
The extended beak rolls down to block rain spray, deflect wind, and provide some privacy. The beak has an elastic cord which clips to the tent's front guy line. To open the beak just un-clip it and roll it up. The beak adds about 1 foot of vestibule space for shoes, etc. The extended beak is now the default, but it can be left off to reduce weight and price.

When hiking solo the extended beak may not be necessary since you can usually slide your ground sheet towards the back of the tent to avoid any rain spray coming in the front. If you are sharing the tent with a second person or if you want to play it safe keep the beak.


  • Peak Height: 51 inches (130 cm)
  • Length: 9 feet (2.75 meters)
  • Width at center: 62 inches (158 cm)
  • Width at ends: 42 inches (107 cm)
  • Entryway Height: 29 inches (74 cm)


  • A Hexamid Solo-Plus Tarp including taped seams weighs 4.7 ounces (133 grams)
  • The Extended Beak adds 1.5 ounces (43 grams)
  • Bright yellow Z-Line spectra guy lines add .4 oz (11 grams)
  • A medium 6" x 12" stuff sack for the tent + separate groundsheet adds .3 ounces (8 grams)
  • Six elastic bands and clips are included to attach your groundsheet to the shelter, .5 ounces (14 grams)
  • Fully enclosed bug screen adds 5.8 ounces (164 grams)
  • A Solo-Plus Cuben Fiber Bathtub groundsheet adds 3.3 ounces (94 grams)
  • The Total Weight for the tent including all of the above is  16.5 ounces (468 grams)
  • 10 Stakes are not included. 10x Ultralight Titanium stakes, and a stake sack will add 2.0 ounces (57 grams), bringing the total packed weight to 18.5 ounces (525 grams).

    These weights are as accurate as possible. Compare carefully! Many other manufacturers leave out seam sealing, lines, stuff sack, stakes, ground sheet etc from their weights.
There may be a waiting list for this item, see the notice at the top of the page.

Note when choosing a groundsheet: Our Solo-Plus Cuben Fiber groundsheet has plenty of space for one person, but is too snug for two. Our Twin groundsheet fits this tent perfectly, has extra length, and also enough width to squeeze in a partner.
Hexamid Solo-Plus Tent w/ Screen, Extended Beak, and a Groundsheet (Package Save $25)
Groundsheet Size
Hexamid Solo-Plus Tent w/ Screen
(groundsheet sold separately)
Extended Beak
Hexamid Solo-Plus Tarp (no screen)
(groundsheet sold separately)
Extended Beak
The default tent material is .51 oz/sqyd Cuben Fiber. 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), the material is very easy to patch in the field with our Cuben Fiber Tape.

Some people prefer to upgrade to heavier .74 oz/sqyd material 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 $15 to the price, and around 1.5 ounces (45 grams) to the weight. We have it in Dark Green.

Make my shelter in Dark Green .74 oz/sqyd material - $15
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Who we are:
Joe Valesko founded ZPacks in 2005. He designed and tested all the gear, and has thru-hiked over 9,600 long distance miles including the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, Continental Divide Trail, Te Araroa Trail, and TGOC Scotland. Joe is available to answer any questions about gear recommendations, sizing, trail info, or anything requiring an experienced opinion.

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