ZPacksô Hexamid Solo-Plus Tent
Also available as a tarp w/ no screen or floor
The Hexamid Solo-Plus is a palace for one average sized hiker plus gear, or a
good fit for an above average height person. It is large enough to occasionally
squeeze in a partner. It has fully enclosed screen, a detachable bathtub floor for
versatility, and storm doors for 360į rain protection.
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.
Tent pole is
available if you don't use trekking poles.
Set up Instructions
Watch the Hexamid Solo-Plus Setup Video
- Lots of space for one person plus gear, or space to squeeze in a partner
on occasion. The tent is long enough
for most people to fully stretch out their arms and legs, and tall enough
for two average height people to sit
A 6 foot tall person would have over 18.5" (47 cm) of
vertical height at
the end of their head and feet (more factoring in the extra lift
from the end guy lines).
A pair of storm doors protect the front of the tent from rain spray.
The doors overlap in front, you never have to worry about a broken
zipper. They clip down to the front center guy line, or roll up out of the way.
Leave one or both doors open for air flow when the weather allows it.
You can also use the doors for vestibule space.
Great ventilation, and a great view through the large screen entryway.
6" (15 cm) of screen around the perimeter allows air flow. The
bathtub floor is set back from the screen walls. You can leave both
storm doors open in the rain for air flow, unless spray is blowing
directly at the front of the tent.
Our Hexamid tents are unique in that they have a fully enclosed screen floor
which keeps 100% of insects, spiders, ticks, etc out!
You will need a separate waterproof bathtub floor on the inside, on top
of the screen, just like sleeping under a tarp.
Keeping it separate from the tent offers the following advantages:
- Our Cuben Fiber
Bathtub Floor works great, but alternatively you can
use a Poncho
to double as rain gear, a Bivy,
or inexpensive material like
Tyvek to save on cost.
- On nice nights you can take your separate floor out and sleep under the stars or on the ground under a shelter.
- If rain is blowing hard at one side of the tent, you can
fold or shift your floor away from
any spray. Rain spray or condensation runs harmlessly out the
- You can set your wet shoes, wet pack, and clothes on the
screen, while keeping your bathtub floor dry.
- You can take out your bathtub floor to dry the tent off
faster. If the tent is wet you can pack your dry floor separate.
- Normally the floor 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 tent has a loop and clip for attaching your
bathtub floor. The peak also has a loop on the inside for hanging a flashlight or stuff sack.
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. Cuben Fiber 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.
Cuben Fiber 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 material available as an
One nice thing about Cuben Fiber is you can also see the outlines of
trees and your surroundings for a more connected outdoor experience.
- 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 one year warranty against defects in
materials or workmanship. Returns or exchanges are welcome.
- For more info check out the Tent
- Our tents are made from .51 oz/sqyd (17.4 g/m≤) Cuben Fiber material.
Cuben Fiber has several advantages over other materials:
- Cuben Fiber has a very high strength to weight ratio. The
material can handle high wind force and does not tear easily.
- Cuben Fiber is waterproof.
- Cuben Fiber 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.
- Tape sticks well to it. Any damage can easily be fixed in
the field with our
Cuben Fiber Repair Tape.
- The seams are stitched and then taped taped water tight. The tie
outs have bonded reinforcements for high strength. No seam sealing necessary!
- 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 screen floor holds up
surprisingly well. As long as you are a little careful to move pointy
things from your tent site you are unlikely to get any damage. If it did
get a puncture it would be under your solid bathtub floor where it
wouldn't affect the performance of the tent.
- The separate (optional) bathtub floor is made from 1.0 oz/sqyd Cuben
Fiber. This material weight is more than twice as thick as the canopy
material and is more resistant to abrasion and punctures. As with all
Cuben Fiber it is easy to patch with tape.
- Bright Yellow 1.25 mm Spectra Z-Line cord is included for guy lines
(uncut). This cord is very strong, tangle resistant, and doesn't stretch
so it gives you a tight pitch. Yellow is easy to see day or night. We
recommend fixed length guy lines for the easiest set up with no knots or
adjustment necessary. Some customers choose to add
Linelocs or different
- 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)
- Vestibule Depth: About 12 inches (30 cm)
Floor Dimensions (Assuming a Solo-Plus Cuben Fiber Bathtub Floor is used):
- Width at center: 42 inches (107 cm)
- Width at ends: 28 inches (71 cm)
- Length: 7 feet (2.13 m)
- Bathtub wall height: 5-6 inches (15 cm)
- Note that you also have additional space around the perimeter of the
bathtub floor for gear.
Note that a Twin Floor also fits well in this tent
for more space, and would be
necessary to fit in a second person.
- A Hexamid Solo-Plus Tarp including taped seams and Storm Doors weighs
7.0 ounces (198 grams)
- Bright yellow
Z-Line spectra guy
lines add .6 oz (17 grams)
- A medium 6" x 12" stuff sack adds .3 ounces (8 grams)
- Six elastic bands and clips to attach your bathtub floor to the
shelter are included. .5 ounces (14 grams)
- Fully enclosed bug screen adds 5.8 ounces (164 grams)
- A detachable Solo-Plus Cuben Fiber Bathtub Floor adds 3.5 ounces
- The Total Weight for the tent including all of the
above is 17.7 ounces (502 grams)
- 10x Stakes are required but are not included. We have a variety of
Ultralight Stakes to choose from.
- 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.
Shelters are made to order and are currently shipping in about 5 weeks
. If you have a hard due
date in that vicinity make sure to let us know after you order so that we can
Note when choosing a bathtub floor
Our Solo-Plus Cuben Fiber bathtub floor has plenty of space for one
person, but is too snug for two. Our Twin bathtub floor fits this tent
perfectly, has extra length, and also enough width to squeeze in a
Additional Material Choices:
A Solplex Tent in Green .74 oz:
.74 oz/sqyd Spruce Green Material
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 or sparks), the material is very easy to
patch in the field with our Cuben Fiber Repair Tape.
Some people prefer to upgrade to heavier .74 oz/sqyd Cuben Fiber 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 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 Cuben Fiber which is
thicker and stronger than the tarp material.
Reviews and Customer Testimonials:
Please email us with feedback (good or bad) if you have any!
"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."
"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
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."
"I love this model... It performed very well on my CDT thru hike
last summer (2013) so I am buying another one!" -John
"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.
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
"Three years in, Iím still learning things about setting up this tent.
Iíve only just found out that lowering my pole a bit gives me a more taut pitch for the front/beak.
If Iíll be encountering tent platforms on a trip, I carry a tiny baggy of cup hooks with me so I can set up ďfreestandingĒ.
The tent goes up and comes down faster than the other brand tents of those around me for some reason,
and I donít think Iím a particularly fast tent erector.
I love the blue color but dislike that Iím visible through it, so if I buy another in the future Iíll probably get a less
attractive but more private color option. I *absolutely* love how weatherproof this tent has been for me.
It has been unfazed by wind and rain.
Iíve barely even had condensation except for a couple of nights when clouds have rolled in and saturated everything
- and itís far easier to dry off the Cuben fiber material than it is to dry off the silnylon of other tarp tents.
I did one duct tape patch three years ago (a branch fell on it the very first time I used it and punctured it)
and is still sticking and showing no signs of coming loose." -Amy F.
"I returned from the John Muir Trail about three weeks ago. Your Hexamid Solo Plus tarp performed like a champ in a 24-hour deluge
(really, a pacific storm that blew in) where many of my fellow hikers got wet.
I think I got a whole 6 drops of water blowing in under the tarp and zero condensation." -John M.