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Zpacks™ Solplex Tent

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Solplex Tent - $549
This item has been replaced by the Plexamid Tent.


Weight: 14.5 ounces (411 grams)


The Solplex is sized for an average solo hiker. Larger hikers may prefer to spread out in the Plexamid or Duplex.


Instructions / Set up Video

Exterior Dimensions:

  • Peak Height: 48" (122 cm)
  • Rear Peak Height: 32" (81 cm)
  • Ridgeline Width: 37" (94 cm)
  • Width including vestibules: 61" (155 cm)
  • Front Vestibule space: 20.75" depth. (53 cm)
  • Length: 100" (254 cm)

Interior Dimensions:

  • Peak Height: 48" (122 cm)
  • Rear Peak Height: 32" (81 cm)
  • Floor Width: 30" (76 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!

Congrats to Heather 'Anish' Anderson on her 2015 Fastest Known Time record for an unsupported hike of the Appalachian Trail at 54 days, 7 hours, and 48 minutes. "Lots of people along the way heard me rave about my Solplex Tent that's for sure! :)" Read her Review -Anish
"I have used a Zpacks Solplex tent for two thru hikes. It is my favorite tent... ever!" Solplex Tent Review at Gnarly River.
"Slept out in silent and sturdy comfort despite freight-train sounding winds all night last night. Totally in love with this beautifully crafted and ultra useful piece of work. Thank you." -Mary S.
"My thanks for the great Solplex tent. It's had four nights use now and seems to be everything I expected: light, easy to set up, and looks like it will handle rain well, light snow as well." -David A.
"2 thumbs up on the Solplex, my new bug haven!!" -Jeffrey S.
"I finished the JMT about 2 weeks ago and at first I was really concerned about how it would hold up in bad weather. I am happy to announce that we were hailed on about 4 times and a ton of rain and wind and the tent did amazing. I had one night of not much sleep because of wind but that's to be expected. I wanted you to know how happy I was with it and loved how lightweight it was. My backpack was so light and it made the trip so much easier. thank you for making this tent happen for me in a pinch." -Joellen G.
"My friend and I went camping this past weekend. The temperature got down to -7C and both our tents performed flawlessly. We both made our lines longer than normal and fitted them with micro linelocs for more pitching options. I kept my Solplex totally open with the back to the breeze and looked at the stars all night! We are both very happy, the tents are winners! Attached are a couple of pics from the Greenstone Valley on a frosty morning." -Sally S.
"I just got back from my Katahdin / 100 Mile Wilderness trip and I am thrilled to report that all my Zpacks gear performed 110%! I was out for 11 days including a summit of Katahdin and I hiked all the way down to Monson - 114.9 miles.
 The Arc Blast pack was great - so light and strong! The Solplex tent kept my dry in a two hour pouring rain and wind storm and the rain gear performed really well. Loved the hat and gloves. Thanks again - I'm sure I'll be using Zpacks gear for years to come!" -Joe K.
"I have had my Solplex out for a few forays in the English Lake District; it certainly attracts comments. I quite like summit camping so it has had good exposure to wind and rain and has performed excellently; remained stable and kept me dry. The times I had a few issues were during warmish muggy nights where I did find condensation on the inside, but a wipe down with a cloth before I start moving around sorts it out. The weight saving is phenomenal and a three day pack now looks smaller then a lot of day packs." -Dave C.
"Thank you guys! Have always been impressed with your customer service and craftsmanship. Have spent about 40 nights in the Solplex since it arrived, and it has preformed flawlessly in everything from biblical hail to heavy wind and rain. Great shelter! Thanks again." -Brian F.
"I want to tell you that I fell head over heels in love with my Solplex tent. I thought I loved my earlier Hexamid Solo, but I always preferred to cowboy camp when I could. Once I got the knack of it I found setting up the Solplex easy and fun. I never wanted to camp outside because I loved the tent so much. I had plenty of room for my backpack and all my gear in the tent with me and that felt very cozy and secure. I did the Wonderland Trail around Mt Rainier and then hiked the PCT from Rainier to Timberline. I was in tent heaven." -River M.
"I got my order and love my new gear! Just returned from a two night San Rafael Swell backpack trip in <28F weather. The tent in particular is next level. I think I may have made some other customers for you already! Thanks and, again, great products!!!" -Glade S.
"I used the Solplex tent in monsoon rains and hail thru-hiking the JMT in 2014. I was warm and cozy while the hail came down so strong, it sounded like I was inside of a snare drum in a marching band. The bathtub floor was in over two inches of water after a particularly heavy downpour without a leak. My gear was dry and so was I. After the JMT, my tent, rain suit and I hiked the Wonderland trail too. I couldn't be more pleased with the performance and quality of the gear ordered from you. Thank you!" -Cindy L.
"I really love the Zpacks gear I bought last year. My Solplex Tent survived 50 mph windstorms, rain, and Alaskan levels of mosquitoes while keeping me warm and comfortable. -Iris H.
"I purchased the Solplex tent in 2014 and have been very happy with the performance to date. The bathtub floor did a great job keeping me dry during a huge thunder storm in the sierra's last year. I could actually see the water traveling under the floor while pitched on a granite shelf." -Roger G.
"I bought the Solplex last year and used it in the Wind River Range of Wyoming. It worked out very well with the exception of one VERY windy exposed site, which any tent short of a four pole 4 season would have struggled with. But to be clear I love my Solplex. Attaching a Picture of the Solplex high up in Indian Basin, Wind River Range, last September. You do good work!" -Steve C.
"Started the CDT! My Solplex held up great in a super windy storm we had a few nights ago, so sturdy for such a minimalist tent! Thank you." -Kate M.
"I loved my Solplex tent on the JMT this summer. Here are a couple of pics of the Solplex tent from my trip." -Daniel B.
"I'm going through my photos from my trip on the Great Divide Trail this summer and came across this one I thought you'd appreciate. It was quite a great shot of double rainbows over two Solplex tents!" -Wired  (

Update 2016- "My Solplex has held up great since 2014! I want you to know that I took it on 6 trails, 4,300mi, and slept in it 200 nights so far. I thought you'd appreciate the stats. The trails I took it on were the AT, Long Trail, Great Divide Trail, Tahoe Rim Trail, Hayduke, and the Lost Coast Trail." -Erin "Wired" S.
Jeremiah compares the Solplex, the Altaplex, and the Duplex side by side in this Zpacks Tent Comparison Video.
"I can't say enough how pleased I am with my Camo Solplex Tent. I purchased it back in March 2016, and after a year of use, I know it's "the one". I have not tried nor seen any other tents that compare to its weight, ease of use, and livability. Many seem to agree with this since I was surrounded by Zpacks tents numerous times on the Colorado Trail. Another thing I like about my particular tent is the camo color. I could spot the silver and blue tents a mile away but mine blended in so well, sometimes I had a hard time relocating it. I like this "stealthiness" for many reasons. Addionally, I like how connected I feel to my surroundings in my tent. I love that I can roll the flaps up and stare out at the stars all night. I will definitely bring the tent on my next thru-hike of the Te Araroa this fall. It will be perfect for the rainy conditions there. It's such a relief to know I have a shelter that I can depend on." -Leah 'Twig' H.
"I just returned from 7 days on the Rae Lakes loop. I went through 3 nights of thunderstorms. The worst night was at Rae Lakes. Probably rained 1.5 inches in 30 minutes as an intense storm rolled through with pea sized hail. Not having been in a DCF material tent before with hail, I had some fear it might break but it was fine. Some poor fellow had to get up in the middle of the storm because he did not realize he was in a small depression. There was still 6 inches of water in the morning. Other people on a slight slope with just a tarp and ground cloth got wet because it was like a river flowing down the slopes. This was a situation where a bathtub floor was a must. So glad I had a bathtub. Thanks for the great tent." -John D.
"I just spent a week at BSA's world's largest high adventure base at Philmont in New Mexico. We spent 4 days backpacking as we applied Leave No Trace principles. It was cold & rained literally 90% of our trek. Not only did our driver compliment me on my ultralight setup (saying it was the lightest pack he'd ever lifted) but I was also the ONLY one in the group that was able to keep my sleeping gear dry thanks to my Solplex tent. Condensation was an issue of course because of the constant rain but was quickly resolved with a small shammy towel. Thank you for an amazing product!" -Karen Y.
"Here are a few choice shot's of my trusty camo Solplex and Arc Blast whilst walking a rather wet and boggy Glyndŵr's Way (Mid Wales, UK). All I can say is that what an amazing tent to keep me so snug, warm and above all, dry, in such wet conditions day after day. " -Andrew C.
"In August 2017 I decided to celebrate my retirement by completing a thru-hike of the John Muir Trail, traveling from Horseshoe Meadows to Yosemite. I took along my Zpacks Solplex tent. The tent performed flawlessly and I'm extremely happy with it. Thank you." -Rod B.
"I have had the Solplex for about 3 1/2 years now and have been able to take it out on several trips. Just wanted to let you know that I am highly satisfied with the performance of such a lightweight product. Just this past week I rode out a night of heavy rain and thunderstorms, with nothing more than some very minor condensation. Myself and my gear were warm and dry. It’s a good feeling to have a reliable shelter when you know the weather is moving in. Thanks, and looking forward to more miles on the trail." -Christopher C.
"The Solplex is such a simple design, but at the same time, ingenious. It just works…a concept that is more of a feeling or a knowing, after having such an intimate relationship with the tent over the years. I have played with a lot of other innovative designs in shelters, none of which made such an impression on me. The combination of the materials, dimensions, and open front with dual storm flaps come together in perfect harmony." Read Twig's full Solplex Review. -Twig