Whether you’re camping in the Grand Canyon or going on a weekend family hike, the ultralight Triplex 3 person tent won’t be the thing that slows you down.
With a designed inspired by ultralight backpacking and thru-hiking, the lightweight Triplex has a comfortable amount of space for three average-sized hikers or two larger adults with a dog or child.
Storm doors on both sides of the tent provide protection from inclement weather or great cross-ventilation and breathtaking views when left open.
Knowing the Triplex is lighter than most one person tents makes being your family pack mule much easier.
An optional flat groundsheet is available for added protection here.
- Sets up with two trekking poles adjusted to around 48" (122 cm). Slightly taller or shorter fixed length poles will also work.
Tent poles are also available if you don't use trekking poles.
- A minimum of eight stakes are required for this tent, but 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 overlapping doors are closed with custom made metal hooks, with a toggle at the center to keep them pinned.
- 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 for air.
Tip: For even better rain protection with a door open, use the included elastic cords to pull the screen door back away from the rain spray, as shown.
- 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. The bathtub floor is a rectangle 60 inches wide by 7.5 feet long (1.52 m x 2.3 m). 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 using Trekking Pole Cups for even more headroom.
- Mesh pockets are conveniently located near each screen door so that they can be accessed from inside or outside the tent. They are a good place to store your cell phone, glasses, headlamp, the tent stuff sack, and spare seam tape (included). The pockets are 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, Flat 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, which single wall shelters may experience, will run down the walls and out through the downward sloping screen, rather than onto the floor. Click here for tips to avoid condensation.
- 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. Dyneema® Composite Fabric is not particularly noisy, however almost any tent will make a little noise in the wind. Earplugs are not a bad idea for windy nights.
- All Zpacks gear has a two year limited warranty against defects in materials or workmanship. Please see our return / warranty policy.
- Made in the USA.
- Dyneema Composite Fabric is naturally waterproof and is not treated with any potentially harmful chemicals such as flame retardants or water repellents.
The Triplex weight (shown above) includes guy lines, sewn in linelocs, taped seams, and a stuff sack. A piece of repair tape is included with the tent. Multiple material choices are available and will affect the total weight.
8 to 12 Stakes are required but are not included. We have a variety of Ultralight Stakes to choose from.
Peak height: 48" (122 cm)
Ridgeline width: 68" (173 cm)
Width including vestibules: 101.5" (257 cm)
Vestibule space: 20.75" (53 cm) depth on each side
Length: 100" (254 cm)
Peak height: 48" (122 cm)
Floor width: 60" (153 cm)
Floor length: 7.5 feet (2.3 meters)
Zipper entry height: 36" (91 cm)
8" diameter by 13" tall (20.3 cm x 33 cm) / 650 cubic inches (10.7L)
- Our tents are made from Dyneema® Composite Fabric. Dyneema® Composite Fabric has several advantages over other materials:
High strength to weight ratio – the material can handle high wind force and does not tear easily.
Chemical free, PFC free
Waterproof – there is no DWR or coating to worry about wearing out. The material will not absorb significant water that will add water weight to your pack
Stretch-free – the tent will stay taut all night. Nylon material by comparison can stretch and sag, especially if it gets wet.
Taped seams – our seams are sewn for strength then taped water tight. The tie outs have bonded reinforcements for high strength. No seam sealing will be necessary!
Easily repairable – Any damage can easily be fixed in the field with our Dyneema® Composite Fabric Repair Tape.
- This tent is semi-transparent. In bright sunlight, a fuzzy silhouette of a person sitting inside the tent would be visible, but you cannot see any details. It has a suitable amount of privacy for changing clothes.
In lower light (such as in the evening or at night), you cannot see through at all. We also have thicker, darker material available as an upgrade that you can choose. Another nice thing about this material is that you can see the outlines of trees and your surroundings for a more immersed outdoor experience.
- This tent has fully enclosed .66 oz/sqyd (22.7 g/m²) insect screen. The holes in this screen are super tiny, so 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 Dyneema® Composite Fabric. This material weight is more than twice as thick as the canopy material and is more resistant to abrasion and punctures. It is also easy to patch with tape.
- Lineloc V adjusters are sewn to all tie outs. Bright yellow 2 mm 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 care.
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Guylines 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:
Peaks (2x) - Cut 102 inches (259 cm) and tie a stake loop at 40 inches (102 cm). The long end attaches to the tent and the short end attaches to the door hooks.
Side Walls (4x) - 54 inches (137 cm)
Corners, Bottom of Walls (4x) - 32 inches (81 cm).
- Adjust your two trekking poles to around 48 inches (122 cm). If you expect your pole tips to sink into the ground, add a couple inches to compensate.
- Give your corner guylines some slack. Stake out all four corner guylines at a 45 degree angle, roughly straight off the corner points.
- Insert the front trekking pole outside the screen with the handle at the peak and the tip in the ground. Stake the front line.
- If the peak is too high, tighten the front corner lines. If it is too low, loosen them.
- The corners of the tent should be about 6-8 inches (18cm) off the ground.
- Insert the back trekking pole the same way and stake it out.
- If the walls of the tent aren't smooth you may need to reposition the corner stakes or adjust the lines tighter.
- Stake out the two wall tie outs. You can stake the three wall tie outs on each wall independently, or run all three to a single stake.
Any of the four doors can be clipped down, or rolled up independently. The storm doors can be clipped down to the front center guylines, or rolled up depending on the weather. Leave at least one down-wind door open for air flow unless the weather is very bad.
All Zpacks shelters have taped seams and bonded tie outs! No seam sealing necessary.
Click here for full instructions on how to wash our Dyneema® Composite Fabric tents and tarps.
Click here for instructions on how to properly clean and care for your zipper.
I spent three nights in the East side of Algonquin Park for my first experience with this tent. So where do I begin… SETUP: This tent is probably one of the fastest to setup that I’ve encountered. Peg the four corners, slide in the trekking poles and peg the rest of the lines. That’s all. I increased the trekking pole height so I could jam the point into the ground for more stability. FYI the anchor looking hook on the line for the trekking pole is to hook the two rings on the vestibule doors. FEATURES: Aside from some tiny side pockets and two large half moon shaped doors there really isn’t much to talk about. WEATHERPROOF TEST: We had hurricane Larry pass by not too long ago. We caught the far end of it so there wasn’t much besides some high winds and rain for a short period of time. That being said, the tent interior as well as everything and everyone inside stayed dry. PERFORMANCE: The Triplex has great airflow. I wouldn’t expect to see any condensation build up ever. However, that much airflow comes at the cost of heat retention. I would make sure your sleep system and cold weather clothes are well suited for the season you plan to use this in. This tent is super light weight. The weight savings has been replaced with better food on my treks. That alone is my favorite thing. I bought the Tyvek ground sheet to keep things clean and protect the base. We found out that we could move the tent easily by pulling the pegs, pulling the trekking poles and using the Tyvek to hammock the tent over to a new location with relative ease. VALUE: Ok so this thing is expensive. My last tent was the MEC Tarn3 and it lasted me 15 years. I figured I could justify spending this much on a tent since I love the back country. I’m hoping for the price I will get another 15 years from it. WOULD I RECOMMEND?: Well I guess that depends on who I’m talking to. If you are serious about your gear I think this is a winner. This is the only 3 person tent I could find at such a low weight. If you are just a casual once a year type camper then this is hard to justify for the price. Personally, I’m happy with my purchase. I just hope it’s durable enough to last as long as my last tent.
Finally got to use our new triplex which we bought for the JMT this year. Spent one night at Mt. St. Helens. We already had the duplex which I use as a solo shelter but my wife and I can use together, but is cozy with two. We wanted more space for the longer JMT hike where we might need to spend more time in tent riding our storms. Able to just toss in gear and jump in behind. I love everything about the triplex. Super spacious for two. Brilliant design. When packed up its not much bigger then the duplex. We have strung a length of dyneema string inside at the peak. Many folks may not know there are tiny loops just inside at the peak ends near the pole cups for attaching a hang cord. As an aside, I couldn’t believe how tightly it was rolled when it arrived. I almost didn’t want to unroll oily, knowing it would never be quite that smell again. Love zpacks customer service. Been super helpful.
Used the tent on May 1st and 2nd on the AT in North Carolina. It is everything I have come to expect from Zpacks. Outstanding quality!
Purchased for the JMT. Took a little bit to find the sweet spot for the tension between the poles and guylines upon first setting it up, but once we got it the tent felt very secure even in the wind. This tent really does fit 3 people. Yes, it is tight but you're not on top of each other and with the tent properly tensioned it moves the fabric away from your head and feet to create more headspace. You don't have to sleep with the tent in you face! Sturdy and thoughtful features!
I am very satisfied with the service of the Zpacks company - website, communication, delivery of the tent, ..... The tent corresponds exactly to the advertised one - material, quality of workmanship, weight and we are very much looking forward to trying it out.