Zpacks™ Triplex Tent
Also available as a tarp w/ no screen or floor
Shelters are made to order and are currently shipping in about one week
There may also be lightly used gear in our Bargain
Triplex Tent - $699
Triplex Tarp - (no screen or floor) - $430
The Triplex has a comfortable amount of space for three average sized hikers, or for two larger adults with a dog, child, or extra gear.
It has two doors, so you get ventilation, views, and vestibule space on both sides of the tent, plus you
don't have to climb over your partner to get out.
Sets up with two trekking poles adjusted to around 48" (122 cm).
Slightly taller or shorter fixed length poles will also work.
poles are also available if you don't use trekking poles.
A minimum of eight stakes are required for this tent, up to
twelve stakes can be used in windy conditions.
Any of the four storm doors can be opened or closed independently.
Leave all four open on nice nights for a breeze and great views.
Close the upwind doors to block cold wind, or close all four for
360° rain protection. The doors are closed with custom made metal
hooks. Door hooks can also be retrofitted on any
The tarp overhangs the bathtub floor by 4-5 inches (12 cm). In
calm rain or under wet trees one or two 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
Tip: For even better rain protection with a door open, use the
included clips to pull the screen door back away from the rain
Rainbow zippers on both sides of the tent allow easy entry
regardless of which doors are closed, and they give you access to
every vestibule area.
This tent has a solid, sewn in 8 inch (20 cm) tall bathtub floor
rather than a detachable groundsheet like our other tents. The
bathtub floor is a rectangle 60 inches wide by
7.5 feet long (152cm x 2.3m). It will fit three standard 20"
sleeping pads, or two wide pads with space to spare.
If you are particularly tall, you might try
propping up the side guylines for even more headroom.
The bathtub floor has a
at both ends for storing small items like your
flashlight, glasses, phone, etc. The pockets are about 8" x 8" (20
cm x 20 cm). Older tents can be retrofitted with stick-on
Mesh Tent Pockets.
A separate groundsheet is not required for this shelter. The floor
material is reasonably durable, and all Cuben Fiber gear can be
easily patched in the field with
repair tape. If you
do prefer to use a groundsheet as a precaution,
Flat Cuben Fiber
Groundsheets are available.
There is screen between the bathtub floor and the walls at the
ends of the tarp. An elastic cord keeps 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.
All of our tents do pretty well in the wind. The material can handle
high wind loads. As long as your stakes stay in the ground (use rocks if
available) your tent will stay standing. Cuben Fiber is not a particularly
noisy fabric, however almost any tent will make a little noise in the
wind. Ear plugs are not a bad idea for windy nights.
Instructions / Set up Video
- Peak Height: 48" (122 cm)
Width: 68" (173 cm)
- Width including vestibules: 101.5" (257 cm)
- Vestibule space: 20.75" depth on each side (53 cm)
- Length: 100" (254 cm)
- Peak Height: 48" (122 cm)
Width: 60" (153 cm)
Length: 7.5 feet (2.3 meters)
- Zipper entry height: 36" (91 cm)
- The Triplex Tarp with taped seams and sewn in linelocs weighs 11.1
ounces (315 grams)
- The included guy lines and clips weigh 1.3 ounces (37 grams)
- The sewn in Cuben Fiber bathtub floor and bug screen weigh
11.3 ounces (320 grams)
- The included 8" x 13" stuff sack adds .3 ounces (8 grams)
- The total weight for the tent is 24 ounces (680
- 10 to 12 Stakes are not included. We have a variety of
Ultralight Stakes to choose from.
These weights are as accurate as possible. Compare carefully! Many
other manufacturers leave out seam sealing, lines, linelocs, stuff sack,
stakes, etc from their weights.
- Our tents are made from Cuben Fiber material. Cuben Fiber has several advantages over other materials:
- Cuben Fiber has a very high strength to weight ratio. The
material can handle high wind force and does not tear easily.
- Cuben Fiber is inherently waterproof. No DWR or coatings to
- Cuben Fiber doesn't absorb any significant amount of water.
No extra water weight to pack up.
- Cuben Fiber 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
Cuben Fiber Repair Tape.
- Cuben Fiber 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 Cuben Fiber material
available as an upgrade that you can choose.
One nice thing about Cuben Fiber is you can also see the outlines of
trees and your surroundings for a more connected outdoor experience.
- This tent has fully enclosed .7 oz/sqyd (24 g/m˛) 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 Cuben
Fiber. This material weight is more than twice as thick as the canopy
material and is more resistant to abrasion and punctures. As with all
Cuben Fiber it is easy to patch with tape.
- Lineloc 3 adjusters are sewn to all tie outs. Bright yellow Dyneema
Z-Line cord is cut for you and included. 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 one year warranty against defects in
materials or workmanship. Returns or exchanges are welcome.
- For more info check out the Tent
The photos here show Duplex tents for color comparison.
.51 oz/sqyd Standard Cuben Fiber Fabric
The default material choice on this tent is .51 oz/sqyd Cuben Fiber. 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
Cuben Fiber 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 Cuben Fiber
regardless of which tarp material you pick.
.67 oz/sqyd Camo Cuben Fiber 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.
Cuben Fiber 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 Camo
This material is more expensive. It adds around 2.0 ounces (56 grams) to the
weight of a Triplex.
.74 oz/sqyd Spruce Green Cuben Fiber Material
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 2.5 ounces (71 grams) to the weight to the weight of a Triplex.
Reviews and Customer Testimonials:
Please email us with feedback (good or bad) if you have any!
"Thank you for the Triplex tent — it’s great. It has allowed me
to keep the base weight of my pack to about 9 lbs. It’s the
perfect size for my friend and I. We’re both big through the
shoulders and so your wide 30F sleeping bags and 60 in
wide floor are just what the doctor ordered. Again, thank you
very much for the great gear." -Doug S.
"The Triplex tent
was fantastic against the rain on my JMT hike. It was the most
monsoonal JMT I've ever done, it rained nearly every other day
for 3 weeks and some days up to 12 hours straight. I kept
so dry. One morning I woke up surrounded by about 2" of
water around the tent but it did not penetrate the high bathtub tent floor.
The Triplex is a great tent for two friends because your
backpacks and gear can be the center island of the tent. It
was so comfortable for two people. So many hikers stopped by and adored the tent!"
"The Triplex has arrived and I've used it twice and there are
only two words to describe it....BLOODY AWESOME!!!!
I've owned a couple of your competitor's tents and I put my hand on
my heart and say with honesty neither were in the same universe
let alone ball park.
The craftsmanship is second to none, and it is the first Cuben
Fiber stitching and tape work
I felt confident in the integrity before even using it. The
second night I used it I made a point of staying next to a lake
on a night when heavy dew was expected.
I woke about 4am and to my (very impressed) surprise, the
entire inside was bone dry! Thank you for a thoroughly
enjoyable and positive customer experience and a top tier
fantastic product." -Dean C. (UK)
"My son and I were on the AT practicing for Philmont with
another troop and we let the boys choose the sites. My son and
I got stuck with an awful site but since we were not expecting
much rain I did not worry too much about it. Well it became an
ass kicking down pour for about two hours. When the wind
started to blow I closed up the open door on each side of our
tent. The tent was sitting in INCHES of standing water. No
joke. I got in to check the gear and it was like a water bed.
The floor moved and made waves. The most outstanding part is
that the only water inside the tent was what I brought with me
on my rain coat! Later the rain subsided and the tent spot
drained fairly quickly. It stayed completely dry. I was blown
away. Thank you so much for all of the great innovative gear."
"In the morning everything was pretty much dry, including my
rain jacket and bibs ... I later found out that the rain gauge
at the nearest reporting station showed an accumulation of
close to 10 inches during that storm."
Triplex Tent Review
by Will S.
"We finally got our new
out for a summer trip in Denali State
Park. Thought you might enjoy this photo with the central
Alaska Range in the background. It's the best tent we've ever
used." -Bryan F.
"I'm thrilled with our new Triplex - we got hailed on in the
Sierras last weekend, and 4 of us comfortably hid inside! Very,
very nice build quality also!" -Tammy C.
"We recently completed our 2015 AT Thru-Hike.
We love our Triplex tent. This is the way to go for two hikers.
We comfortably fit both of us and all our gear into the tent.
When we had to sleep in shelters (really bad weather, or the Smokies), we missed being in our Triplex!
The bathtub floor is excellent. It keeps the water out! During a thunderstorm, water was running down a slope under the tent.
You could feel the water flowing under the tent, and we stayed completely dry on the inside. Very impressive!" -Pace & Mac
"This year my family and I hiked the Appalachian Trail.
Although other families have done it in the past, we were the
only family in 2015 to complete the entire thing with all
members. We loved the Triplex tent. Midway through the hike,
four of my kids swapped out their hammock systems for ground
sleeping. We were easily able to get all four of the younger
ones in one Triplex tent. So their sleep system weight for 4
hikers was less than 6 oz. per person. You just can’t get more
ultralight than that!" -Brent H.
"I need to thank you again for getting my Arc-Zip backpack and
Triplex tent. They both did a great job on my 17day, 270mile
Pennine Way walk in England. The possum gloves and socks were
also awesome. I have also been using the tent and pack for
trekking in SE Asia. As you may be aware, southern Vietnam is
in the tropics, where the mean temperature at this time of year
is around 32deg C and up to 98% humidity, with rain down pours
that can fill a pale in seconds. No condensation, plenty of
ventilation, no bugs, snakes or rain inside either :) "-Andrew
We did 100km of coastal Naikoon wilderness, Haida Gwaii, BC, 6 nights, 0 humans.
Thank you for making sure we had one for our trip! -Rod B.
"Here is a photo of our
Camo Triplex tent
at Shi Shi Beach in WA. There was very HEAVY fog and it is actually a color pic so that tells you what kind of moisture content was in the air. Got down in the forties. We got some moderate condensation inside but stayed bone dry. No-see-um vents on the side slope for run-off worked nicely. Superb tent. Cant say enough good things about it." -Brett & Steph