|ZPacks™ Hexamid Twin Tent
The Hexamid Twin is a six sided pyramid style tent for two hikers.
It is made from the lightest materials available; .51 oz/sqyd cuben
fiber, and optionally .7 oz/sqyd ultralight insect netting.
This tent is very similar to the solo version except that it
requires two trekking poles instead of one.
Set up requires two adjustable trekking poles and a minimum of
six stakes. Eight stakes are recommended. The main trekking pole should be set to around 48 inches (122 cm), the back pole to about 32 inches (81 cm).
Either pole can fluctuate a couple inches.
Tent poles are
available if you don't use trekking poles.
Setup instructions are available for the
Fixed length guy lines using no-stretch spectra cord make setup easy. No line adjusters or knot tying
necessary. There are six main guy lines at the corners, plus two
additional guy lines at the sides for more wind resistance. The
side guy lines can also be propped up with a second set of
trekking poles (if you are hiking with a partner) for extra head
room, though it is not necessary.
- Ample space for two people plus gear, or a palace for one. The tent is long enough
for most people to fully stretch out their arms and legs, and tall enough
for two people to sit
- Great ventilation, and a great view through the large screen entryway.
6" (15cm) of screen around the perimeter allows air flow.
- The screen entryway opens with a single rainbow shaped zipper. A
single zipper reduces the likelihood of zipper failure, and keeps
zipper weight at a minimum. (The pictures need to be updated to
the new rainbow zipper).
- Cuben Fiber is made from Dyneema threads which do not stretch.
The tent stays taught 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
This tent is unique in that it has a fully
enclosed .7 oz/sqyd
screen floor which keeps 100% of insects, spiders, ticks, etc
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
- Our separate Cuben Fiber
Bathtub Ground Sheet works great, but alternatively you can
use a Poncho,
or inexpensive material like
Tyvek for your groundsheet.
- On nice nights you can take out your separate ground sheet
and sleep under the stars or on the ground under a shelter.
- 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
- You can take out your ground sheet to dry everything out
twice as fast.
- Each inside corner of the shelter has a loop and clip for
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 or Cuben 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
Optional Extended Beak:
demand an extended beak is now available. The extended beak rolls down
to block rain spray, deflect wind, and provide some privacy. The beak
has elastic 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.
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. If you are sharing the tent with a second person or if
you want to play it safe add the beak.
- Peak Height: 47 inches (119 cm)
- Rear Height: 30 inches (76 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)
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Photos of the Optional Extended Beak in Olive Drab and
"I have been on 2 backpacking trips to CA’s Sierra Nevada range
and got a chance to use my new tent during both outings. My Hexamid Twin has more than exceeded my high expectations! Thanks
to your Company for the quality workmanship and attention to
the tent! Had a great week with it under some very strong winds.
No problem. I had a good view of some of my cohorts tents
cart wheeling by." - Alex V.
"Hey Joe, I've
been meaning to write and say thanks. My wife and I thoroughly
enjoyed using the Hexamid Twin on our 2010 sobo thru hike. We
couldn't have been happier and the tent is still in great
condition. It was perfect for bug season in Maine and worked
really well for stealth camping when we needed to- you can set it
up almost anywhere and it's light as hell."
"Our Hexamid Twin held up for the entire PCT and I plan
on using it next year on the CDT to complete the Triple Crown.
Simply can't beat it! Bug protection and rain protection for 12
oz is just amazing.
---Swiss Cheese and Bone Lady
"I used the Twin with beak and Cuben groundsheet this summer on
my CDT hike and loved it. It stood up to some 60 to 80 mile per
hour storms and for 4.5 months of hiking, never broke, tore or
was blown down. I never even had a stake pop out, but of course,
weighted them with rocks when a storm was approaching, or tied to
trees when I could. I never got wet in there. Just at dusk we
pitched on the shores of a small reservoir in the Great Divide
Basin just in time for a complete 180 degree wind shift and a
terrific thunder storm. By pulling up the inside bathtub
groundcloth into the door, which was now straight into ferocious
wind and driving rain with not a bit of shelter from trees or
brush, I stayed completely dry. One great tent. Joe's got a
winner here. -Shroomer
are using the Hexamid Twin out here on the AT and continue to be
amazed. I could not imagine a better tent. It has held up in
snow, rain and wind with no problems." -James R.
- A Hexamid Twin Tarp including taped seams weighs 5.3 ounces
- Optional fully enclosed bug screen adds 5.8 ounces (164 grams),
which makes 11.1 ounces (315 grams) total for the tent.
- 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)
- An Optional Extended Beak adds 1.5 ounces (43 grams)
- The Total weight for a Hexamid Twin Tent w/ Extended
Beak, including seam tape, guy-lines, elastic lines to attach your
groundsheet, and a stuff sack is 13.8 ounces (391 grams).
- A ground sheet and 8 stakes are
sold separately, and are not included in the
price or weight. If you choose to use a Twin size Cuben Fiber
Groundsheet (4.3 ounces), eight 6" titanium stakes (1.6 ounces) and a cuben
fiber stake sack (.1 ounces) then your Grand Total for the
complete shelter would be 19.8 ounces (561 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.
Joe and Sheryl's Hexamid Twin Review (2013)|
In 2012-2013 my wife Sheryl and I thru-hiked the entire Te Araroa trail. The
trip took 120 days traveling roughly 1,900 miles (3,054K) the length of New
Zealand. We used the Hexamid Twin tent in rain and wind, and generally put
it through its paces. (Gear list)
We used a Twin size Cuben Fiber Groundsheet, and also had the beak option.
Won't I get wet if rain is blowing towards the screen door?
Ideally the tent should be pitched with the back or sides into the wind. We
had the Extended Beak option on our tent, and we did use it a few times when
the rain was blowing at the front. If I were solo I could have shifted my
gear towards the back of the tent to avoid the spray, but with two people
the beak is necessary sometimes.
How durable is the material?
This was our second thru-hike with a Hexamid, and once again the material
held up great. We never needed to do any repairs, but if something had
happened to the tent we would have been able to patch it really easily with
some Cuben Fiber Tape. That is one
great advantage of Cuben Fiber, you don't have to worry too much since tape
sticks to it well (unlike other fabrics).
Won't the screen floor wear out quickly?
Surprisingly no! We were careful about picking up sticks and rocks and never
got any punctures in the floor. Sharp things like needles and thorns that
can normally cause holes go right through the screen without doing any
damage. We did have a possum chew a hole in our screen, but it was very easy
to patch with Cuben Fiber Tape on
both sides of the hole.
How does the tent do in strong wind?
Reasonably well, about the same as a typical tarp. Whenever possible choose
a sheltered location such as under tree cover. If forced to camp in the open
position the back or side into the wind and make sure it is staked out well.
The Cuben material is designed for making sails and can handle the stress of
Overall the tent did great on our thru-hike. The taped seams held strong and
we stayed dry. We liked having the twin size Cuben Fiber Groundsheet to
protect our gear from rain spray and ground water. We felt like we had
adequate space to sit up, move around, and keep our gear away from the
walls. On windy nights our trekking poles stayed standing and the tent did
fine. We had a little bit of condensation when camped in low-lying areas by
water, but most nights the inside of the tent stayed nice and dry due to the
Not convinced? Here is a very informative outside review of a Hexamid
4.5 out of 5 - Highly Recommended -
Here is a review of the Hexamid Solo-Plus by HikeItLikeIt.com:
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has thru-hiked over 9,400 miles including the Appalachian Trail, Pacific
Crest Trail, Continental Divide Trail, and Te Araroa Trail.
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