Zpacks™ Plexamid Tent
Plexamid Tent - $549
Weight: 14.8 ounces (420 grams)
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The Plexamid is a spacious tent for one person plus gear. A uniquely designed
peak gives this tent extra headroom while pitching with just a single 48" (122
cm) pole. It has enough floor space to fit your backpack and gear beside you, or
to squeeze in a small partner in a pinch.
An even lighter version of the Plexamid is available with smaller linelocs and
thinner cord. If you would like to help us evaluate it, check out the
Plexamid V Beta tent
Plexamid Overview video with Will Wood.
Sets up with a single trekking pole adjusted to around 48" (122
Tent Pole is
available if you don't carry a trekking pole.
This tent pitches with a minimum of 6 stakes, however up to 10 can
be used in windy conditions. Extra stakes also help pull the walls
out for more interior space.
The storm doors can be opened or closed independently.
Leave one or two doors open on nice nights for a breeze and great views. Close
the upwind door to block cold wind, or close both for 360° rain
protection. The overlapping doors are closed with custom made metal hooks,
with a toggle at the center to keep them pinned.
The canopy overhangs the bathtub floor and the screen doors by 4-5
inches (12 cm). In calm rain or under dripping trees the doors can be left
open for air flow without water dripping on the floor space. In
almost all conditions at least one downwind door can be left open
for air. For even better rain protection with a door open, use the
included elastic cords to pull the screen door back away from the rain
A single closed door creates enough vestibule space for storing
a wet backpack or muddy shoes, if you don't want to bring them into the
There is screen between the bathtub floor and the walls around the
perimeter. Elastic cord keep the bathtub elevated
ensuring the screen slopes downwards away from the bathtub. Any
condensation will run down the walls and out through the downward
sloping screen, rather than onto the floor.
A rainbow zipper gives you extra space to get in or out of the tent and gives you access to the vestibule area. The
doorway is tall for easy entry.
This tent has a solid, sewn in 8 inch (20 cm) tall bathtub floor.
The bathtub floor is 38 inches (97 cm) wide at the center and
tapers to 28" (71 cm) at the head and foot. The floor is 7.5 feet
(2.3 meters) long. There is plenty of space to stretch out,
with room for your gear beside you or at the ends of the floor.
Tall hikers can add even more head and foot room by
propping up the side guylines.
Mesh pocket is
conveniently located near the door so that it can be accessed from
inside or outside the tent. It is a good place to store your cell
phone, glasses, headlamp, the tent stuff sack, and spare seam tape (included). The
pocket is about 8" x 8" (20 cm x 20 cm).
A separate groundsheet is not required for this shelter. The floor
material is reasonably durable, and all Dyneema Composite Fabric gear can be
easily patched in the field with
repair tape. If you
do prefer to use a groundsheet as a precaution,
Groundsheets are available.
All of our tents do pretty well in the wind. 60 mph (100 km/h) gusts are
no problem. The material can handle
high wind loads and as long as your stakes stay in the ground (use rocks if
available) your tent will stay standing. Dyneema Composite Fabric is not particularly
noisy, however almost any tent will make a little noise in the
wind. Ear plugs are not a bad idea for windy nights.
This tent rolls up to about 6" x 12" (15 x 30 cm). It is a loose fit in
an included Medium-Plus size stuff sack which is 7" x 13" ( 18 x 33 cm).
The squared off peak is built in and rolls up with the tent (no
Set Up Instructions
- Peak height: 48" (122 cm)
- Center width including vestibule: 62" (157 cm)
- End width: 36" (91 cm)
- Front vestibule space: 18.5" depth. (47 cm)
- Length: 100" (254 cm)
- Peak height: 48" (122 cm)
- Center floor
width: 38" (97 cm)
- End floor width: 28" (71 cm)
length: 7.5 feet (2.3 meters)
- Zipper entry height: 36" (91 cm)
- The tent weighs a total of 14.8 ounces (420 grams) including
guy lines, sewn in linelocs, taped seams, and a stuff sack. A
piece of repair tape is included with the tent.
- 10x Stakes are required but are not included. We have a variety of
Ultralight Stakes to choose from.
- Our tents are made from Dyneema Composite Fabric. DCF has several advantages over other materials:
- DCF has a very high strength to weight ratio. The
material can handle high wind force and does not tear easily.
- DCF is inherently waterproof. There is no DWR to worry about
- DCF is not coated with any chemicals. It is PFC free.
- DCF doesn't absorb any significant amount of water.
No extra water weight to pack up.
- DCF 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.
- The seams are stitched and then taped water tight. The tie
outs have bonded reinforcements for high strength. No seam sealing necessary!
- Tape sticks well to it. Any damage can easily be fixed in
the field with our
DCF Repair Tape.
- DCF 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 DCF material
available as an upgrade that you can choose.
One nice thing about DCF is you can also see the outlines of
trees and your surroundings for a more connected outdoor experience.
- This tent has fully enclosed .67 oz/sqyd (22.7 g/m²) 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 bathtub floor is made from 1.0 oz/sqyd DCF. This material weight is more than twice as thick as the canopy
material and is more resistant to abrasion and punctures. As with all
DCF it is easy to patch with tape.
- Lineloc 3 adjusters are sewn to all tie outs. Bright yellow Dyneema
Z-Line cord is cut and attached for you. The yellow lines are very easy
to see night or day, and Dyneema has very low stretch.
- 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 two year limited warranty against defects in
materials or workmanship. Please see our
return / warranty policy.
The photos here show Duplex tents for color comparison.
.51 oz/sqyd Standard Dyneema Composite Fabric
The default material choice on this tent is .51 oz/sqyd Dyneema Composite Fabric. It has high tensile strength and
can handle strong winds, storms, and all the typical conditions a tent will be in.
This is the weight I used on all my long distance hikes, and I've never had a problem with it becoming damaged.
If it ever were to get punctured or torn, I know that I can fix it easily in the field with
A piece of matching repair tape is included with the tent.
The floor material on our tents is always thicker more puncture and abrasion resistant 1.0 oz/sqyd
regardless of which tarp material you pick.
.67 oz/sqyd Camo Dyneema Composite Fabric
This material has the same Dyneema thread count as standard .51 oz/sqyd, but
with a slightly thicker laminate with a Camo pattern on it. The Camo print
brings the fabric weight to .67 oz/sqyd.
It blends in to nature well. It is darker, less transparent and offers more privacy.
DCF has a bit of a sheen to it when it is new, but it dulls down
significantly with some use.
This video by John Abela shows the
Opacity and Color of the Camo
This material is more expensive. It adds around .6 ounces (17 grams) to the
.74 oz/sqyd Spruce Green Dyneema Composite Fabric
This material has a higher Dyneema thread count which gives it a higher tear strength.
The standard material is already difficult to tear, so in our opinion this
unnecessary. Some people like it for added peace of mind.
It is also a bit thicker and darker than the standard weight. It is less transparent and
offers more privacy, but it is not as dark as camo.
It adds around 1.2 ounces (34 grams) to the weight.
Reviews and Customer Testimonials:
Please email us with feedback (good or bad) if you have any!
"I helped test the Plexamid tent
on the 273 mile 'Long Trail' in Vermont
in June 2018. It really helped keep my base weight as light as possible.
I like that it packs down small, has a small footprint to fit into tight
campsites, and it has plenty of room for me at 6’2”. -Matt Favero (Zpacks
"I think you and the team have a winning design, I’m super impressed with the space inside.
I’ve now put 5 nights into the tent, best ever, and I owned the original Hexanet, a Duplex and an Altaplex!" -Spencer "Hammer" L.
"Holy cow this tent is Sweet! I have so much more room than my Solplex and it’s actually easier to get a good pitch as well.
I have about 10 nights in it so far and am looking forward to using it on my next trip." -Steve C.
"I’m new to backpacking so pitching a tent using a trekking pole is very new to me.
Pitching a tent is new to me period. I was surprised by my ability to pitch it with much ease,
but I’m sure it had a lot to do with the design of the Plexamid.
I might have not done it perfectly but I’m happy with my first time!
The weight is unbelievable!! I was a bit concerned about it being transparent but I actually enjoyed seeing the
trees from inside the tent." -Cecil C.
"My new Plexamid arrived early so I was able to get it out on the PCT for a couple weeks doing a section hike of Oregon and I love it.
Easy to set up, stands up well to very strong winds (40mph one night) and condensation was minimal.
All my friends with double wall tents had lots of condensation on their rain fly every night.
I had only one night with minimal condensation that wiped off easily with a Lightload Towel.
The tent has tons of room inside for me, my Arc Haul and all my gear…all for 14.8 oz. – Wow!
One word of advise, I keep a Velcro strap on my trekking pole handle and the mesh used on the Plexamid adheres to Velcro and snags,
so watch out for that." -Brian H.
"Aloha. I now have over 600 miles on this tent and I'm writing to tell you that I absolutely love it.
The design on this thing is just about perfect. I have NO complaints. Thanks so much for this unbelievable work of art. :)" -Adam "Griz" R.
"I received my Plexamid tent much earlier than expected so a test trip into the Tennessee AT mountains was in order!
The hike up to Overmountain Shelter was beautiful with that light tent riding well inside the pack.
Setup was quick and all stakes were used. The rain and 40mph gusts started that night and continued for the next 24 hrs.
In spite of being on the crest of the valley where the storm was coming from, the tent held beautifully!
At one point in the night, and all the next day, we were in a blowing, wet, fog bank/cloud.
Naturally there was condensation. I am 6’2” and sleep on a 2.5 inch pad with an older Zpacks 20 deg quilt,
so my head and footbox were occasionally against the roof with the strong winds pushing in.
I remedied that once back home by using a home made tent pole to pull the head section up and out
(similar to Zpacks