Hexamid Pocket Tarp
The Hexamid Pocket is our lightest tarp ever!
This ultralight tarp can be tucked away in a pocket for emergencies, or it could be your primary shelter on a minimalist adventure. It is useful for sitting out rain on day hikes. Keep it in your day pack just in case.
There is also a version of this tarp available with Storm Doors for additional weather protection.
Sets up with just one trekking pole or walking stick adjusted to around 48 inches (122 cm), and a minimum of six stakes. Eight stakes are recommended. A Tent pole is available here if you don't use trekking poles.
Packs up tiny. The tarp is a loose fit in an included 2.5" x 4" x 5.5" tall (6.5 cm x 10 cm x 14 cm) mini stuff sack.
Ultralight Lineloc V adjusters are sewn to all the tie outs. 1.2 mm bright yellow Z-line cord is cut and attached for you. Linelocs, cord, and the stuff sack are included in the weight.
Ample space for one person plus gear. The tarp is long enough for most people to fully stretch out their arms and legs, and tall enough to sit upright. You may need to shift your position to avoid rain spray depending on the wind direction.
The inside of each corner has a loop for clipping on your groundsheet. The peak also has a loop on the inside for hanging a flashlight or stuff sack.
A Bathtub Ground Sheet is sold separately. Alternatively you can use a Poncho, or inexpensive material like Tyvek or Polycryo for your groundsheet.
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.
The Hexamid Pocket Tarp weighs a total of 4 ounces (113 grams) including guy lines, sewn in linelocs, taped seams, and a stuff sack. A piece of repair tape is included with the tent.
*8x Stakes are required but are not included. We have a variety of Ultralight Stakes to choose from.
Peak height: 47" (119 cm)
Length: 107" (271.75 cm)
Width at center: 54 inches (137 cm)
Width at ends: 30 inches (76 cm)
Entryway Height: 29 inches (74 cm)
- Lineloc V 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.
- Our tarps are made from Dyneema Composite Fabric. DCF 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 tarp will stay taut all night. Nylon material by comparison can stretch and sag, especially if it gets wet.
Taped seams – our seams are sewn, 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.
Hexamid Pocket Tarp Instructions
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All Hexamid Pocket Tarps come with the guy lines are cut and attached for you.
Front Center (1x) - 54” (137 cm)
*Note that if your pocket tarp is the version with doors, the front center line is 75" (190 cm) with a stake loop tied at 30" (76 cm). The short end of the cord is attached to door hooks.
Front and Back Corners (4x) - 34” (86 cm)
Back Center (1x) - 34" (137 cm)
Back Walls (2x) - 54" (137 cm)
- Adjust your trekking pole to around 48 inches (122 cm). If you expect your pole tips to sink into the ground, add a couple inches to compensate.
- Stake out one of the front corners. There is a label on one front corner to make it easy to find.
- Pull the other front corner guy line tight, then give it about 14 inches (36 cm) or so of slack and stake it out. The distance that you come back with the stake determines the peak height of the shelter.
- Insert your trekking pole with the handle at the peak of the tarp. If you angle the pole just a little bit it will stay standing up easier during setup.
- Stake out the front main guy line. The front corners of the tarp should be about 6-8 inches (15+ cm) or so off the ground.
- Stake out the back center guy line.
- Stake out the back corners, and back wall guy lines. The tarp should be about 6-8 inches (15+ cm) off the ground all the way around.
If you have trouble getting a good pitch try playing around with the following:
- The distance apart of the two front corner stakes when you first lay out the tarp.
- The length and angle of the trekking pole.
All Zpacks shelters have taped seams and bonded tie outs! No seam sealing necessary.
- sleeping bag
I’ve owned several versions of this tarp since about 2012, with and without the vestibule. Current version is only sold without the vestibule. My main shelter still is this tarp, the older version with vestibule and a bathtub floor. Over the years, I’ve probably slept over 90 days in one or another version of the tarp in all sorts of ground and weather conditions. Here are my suggestions: 1) Location is critical, like with any tarp, but especially this one. In addition to the usual issues of facing the rear wall toward prevailing wind, protection from wind, good drainage, etc., you will ideally want to have ample space. 2) Pitching. I modify Joe’s instructions. First, I use a much longer than recommended main front guy line, about 3 feet longer, buy you should experiment for yourself as the design of the tarp, depending on the year, may have different angles. I just don’t know. Second, I use a longer than recommended trekking pole, about 1-2 inches longer for about 49-50 inches in height. This allows more height space for your feet and head for sleeping so you are not touching the walls and allows your bathtub floor to better maintain the “bathtub” walls vertical. After staking the left and right front guy lines per instructions, I don’t insert the pole nor stake the front center main guy line. I first pull the back center guy line and stake it forming a triangle. This step helps me get a much quicker and tighter pitch. Then I insert the pole, almost vertical, probably at an 80 degree angle, and stake the front center guy line and the rear left and right corner guy lines. I do not use the back wall guy lines. I find that if used, especially if they are tight, they losen up the bottom back wall pitch, which is a problem in rainy and windy conditions. I have tried used the pole cups to increase head space but I find that these worsen the bottom back wall pitch. I particularly pay close of attention to securing the main front and rear guy line stakes since they take much of the brunt of the load and generally use V stakes for these two and the rest usually shepherd hooks. 3) I use the bathtub floor. In addition to the height of the pitch as indicated above, the other little modification that helps keep the form of the “bathtub” is adding stickup loop to the back center wall and using it instead of the one provided by the back center guy line. I added the mesh pocket. 4) I find that in rainy conditions, the above set up works very well, especially if you own the older version with the vestibule doors. Sometimes out of concern in rainy and windy conditions, I have lowered the height of the trekking pole to about 46-47 inches so the tarp walls are closer to the ground. This works in terms of better rain protection, but makes condensation worse due to less ventilation and since now your head and feet are closer to the walls, you will get moisture transfer. Covering the foot box of the sleeping bag with a rain jacket (or plastic bag) helps. But to me the best solution for this tarp on those conditions has always been a tighter pitch rather than a lower pitch. 5) Practice and experiment before you use it for the firs time. Overall, once you learn its peculiarities, this is a very good and very very light shelter. It is very easy to dry once wet from rain, especially because you can separate the floor from the tarp. I could go for one of the more spacious tents, but the weight savings of this tarp are material. If weight is not an issue, go for the tents with the screen doors, etc., but for me, this tarp is a good compromise between weight and protection. I hope the version with the vestibule doors comes back.
One of the most versatile items in my kit
"I've had the Pocket Tarp in my bag on practically every trip for going on 6 years. Most of the time it's there "just in case"....for actual shelter or for an emergency wrap. For instance, I carried it for a Wonderland Trail fastpack with a good weather forecast over 3 days which stayed true, so I never had to unpack it. And sometimes I use it as my primary shelter, like last year's Glacier Peak orbit. The ridiculous light weight and miniscule size make this one of the most versatile items in my kit."
Excellent pieces of kit, and very lightweight
A quick note to say that I picked up my Hexamid Pocket Tarp order at the Hiker Hostel back in October, and was stirred to write. I hiked the AT this year, flip flop via Harpers Ferry, and used the Hexamid Solo-Plus Tent from three years ago for the northern half, (for insects) and then the Pocket Tarp for the south. Both were absolutely excellent, and I’ve no adverse comments at all. Excellent pieces of kit, and very lightweight yet tough enough to survive a through trip on the AT. At times I had some serious wind and rain – but no real issues, a bit of spay and that was about it. I reckon its up to another through hike. Just as background, I’m 66, and have previously hiked the usual UK stuff, the TMB, Haute Route, GR20 and the Kungsleden, among other treks.