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Zpacks Plexamid Tent

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Plexamid Tent - $549


Weight: 14.8 ounces (420 grams)

Shelters are made to order and are currently shipping in about one week. There may also be lightly used gear in our Bargain Bin!


The Plexamid is a spacious tent for one person plus gear. A uniquely designed squared off 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.


Set Up Instructions

Exterior Dimensions:

  • 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)

Interior Dimensions:

  • Peak height: 48" (122 cm)
  • Center floor width: 38" (97 cm)
  • End floor width: 28" (71 cm)
  • Floor length: 7.5 feet (2.3 meters)
  • Zipper entry height: 36" (91 cm)



Material Choices:

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 Repair Tape. 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 DCF 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 fabric

This material is more expensive. It adds around .6 ounces (17 grams) to the weight.

.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 weight is 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 62. -Matt Favero (Zpacks employee)
"I think you and the team have a winning design, Im super impressed with the space inside. Ive 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 its 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.
"Im 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 Im sure it had a lot to do with the design of the Plexamid. I might have not done it perfectly but Im 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.
Steve Burgess at Willis Wall Media shares some first impressions and photos of his Plexamid tent prototype.
"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 gearall 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 62 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