Cutting Guy Lines:
Guy lines are pre-cut and attached for you. Linelocs are sewn in place for
adjusting the lines. If you choose to switch out your lines for a different cord
these are the default lengths:
Front center - Cut 102 inches (259 cm) and tie a stake loop at 40 inches (102
cm). The stake goes in the pre-tied loop, and the attached hooks
clip back to one or both doors and adjust tight with a Lineloc.
Side Walls (cut 2x) - 54 inches (137 cm)
Corners, Back Center (bottom) (cut 5x) - 34 inches (86 cm).
Note that no line is used at the back peak, unless you do not have an adjustable pole.
Each of the zipper pull tabs should have a 7 inch (18 cm) pull cord attached.
- Adjust your front trekking pole to around 48 inches (122 cm), and the back trekking pole to around 32 inches (81 cm).
- Stake out one of the front corners.
- Unclip the doors from the front guy line or it will throw off your
measurement. Pull the opposite front corner guy line tight. Come back about 8
inches (20 cm) and stake. The distance you come back determines the peak
- Insert the front trekking pole outside the screen with the handle at the peak and the tip in the ground.
If you angle the pole slightly it will stay standing up easier.
- Stake out the front center guy line. The front corners of the tent should be about 6-8 inches (18cm) off the ground.
- Insert the 32 inch back trekking pole such that the handle is at the back peak between the tarp and the screen.
The tip will be on the ground.
- Stake out the back two corner guy lines, and the two wall guy lines.
If the walls of the tent are not smooth enough, try adjusting the position of the back trekking pole,
or adjust the corner guy lines.
If you have trouble getting a good pitch try playing around with the following:
- The distance apart of the two front corner stakes when you first lay out the tent.
- The length and angle of the trekking pole.
The storm doors can be clipped down to the front center guyline, or rolled up depending on the weather.
Leave at least one door open for air flow when possible unless the weather is very bad.
All Zpacks shelters have taped seams and bonded tie outs! No seam sealing necessary.
Setup instructions with optional Flex Poles:
If you have purchased the optional Flex tent pole kit you should have 4x 80"
(203 cm) tent poles, 4x metal rings, 2x toggles, and a tent pole sack.
- Untie each of the four corner stake loops, and re-tie the loops the same
way but with a ring attached.
- Loop each of the two toggles on to the two wall tie outs on the tent.
- Insert a tent pole
diagonally such that one end is through a metal ring at the peak, and the
other end is through the metal ring at the opposite corner guy line.
- Cinch the corner guy line to give the pole some flex and keep it snugly
in place. Note that the back corner guy lines will be shorter than the front
corner guy lines due to the difference in height between the front and back
- Insert the other three tent poles in the same fashion.
the toggle around the center of the X formed by the tent poles. The poles
should have a moderate amount of flex so that the wall is pulled outward.
- In calm weather no stakes are necessary. If you wish to use the vestibules
stake out the front door stake. In moderate weather stake the two
wall guy lines to keep the tent anchored. In extreme weather all eight stakes
can be used including the corners.
- In very windy conditions you can get a more solid pitch by using sticks or
trekking poles to brace the peaks of the tent.