Specifically designed for long distance hikers, the Plexamid is both ultralight and spacious. The unique design of the squared off peak gives this tent extra headroom while still allowing the tent to pitch with just a single 48" (122 cm) pole. You won’t find a lighter functional one-person tent anywhere on the market.
An even lighter version of the Plexamid is available with smaller linelocs and a thinner cord. If you would like to help us evaluate it, check out the Plexamid V Beta tent
Sets up with a single trekking pole adjusted to around 48" (122 cm). A tent pole can also be used if you don't carry a trekking pole. See our tent poles here.
This tent has a unique squared off peak which gives you more headroom without needing a tall trekking pole. The squared off peak is built in and rolls up with the tent (no disassembly). The peak support rods can easily be popped in and out or replaced if necessary. The tent still pitches just fine with the rods removed, although you lose some headroom without them.
This tent pitches with a minimum of 6 stakes, however up to 10 can be used in windy conditions. Extra stakes also help pull the walls out for more interior space.
The storm doors can be opened or closed independently. Leave one or two doors open in nice weather for a breeze and great views. Close the upwind door to block cold wind, or close both 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 canopy overhangs the bathtub floor and the screen doors by 4-5 inches (12 cm). In calm rain or under dripping trees the 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. 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 seen in the photo gallery.
A single closed door creates enough vestibule space for storing a wet backpack or muddy shoes, if you don't want to bring them into the tent.
There is screen between the bathtub floor and the walls around the perimeter. 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.
A rainbow zipper gives you extra space to get in or out of the tent and gives you access to the vestibule area. The doorway is tall for easy entry.
This tent has a solid, sewn in 8 inch (20 cm) tall bathtub floor. The bathtub floor is 38 inches (97 cm) wide at the center and tapers to 28" (71 cm) at the head and foot. The floor is 7.5 feet (2.3 meters) long. There is plenty of space to stretch out, with room for your gear beside you or at the ends of the floor. Tall hikers can add even more head and foot room by propping up the side guylines.
A Mesh pocket is conveniently located near the door so that it can be accessed from inside or outside the tent. It is a good place to store your cell phone, glasses, headlamp, the tent stuff sack, and spare seam tape (included). The pocket is 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.
All of our tents do pretty well in the wind. 60 mph (100 km/h) gusts are no problem. The material can handle high wind loads, and 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.
This tent rolls up to about 6" x 12" (15 x 30 cm). It is a loose fit in an included Medium-Plus size stuff sack which is 7" x 13" (18 x 33 cm).
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 Plexamid in the standard .51 oz/sqyd Dyneema Composite Fabric material weighs a total of 14.8 ounces (420 grams) including guylines, sewn in linelocs, taped seams, and a stuff sack. A piece of repair tape is included with the tent.
*10x Stakes are required but are not included. We have a variety of Ultralight Stakes to choose from.
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)
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)
6" diameter by 12" tall (15 cm x 30.5 cm) / 340 cubic inches (5.6L)
- Our tents 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 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, 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 .67 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 3 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.
- 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.
.67 oz/sqyd Dyneema Composite Fabric
This canopy material choice has the same Dyneema thread count as standard .51 oz/sqyd, but with a slightly thicker laminate that allows for a darker color or pattern to be printed on the material. The thicker laminate brings the fabric weight to .67 oz/sqyd. It blends in to nature well. It is darker, less transparent and offers more privacy. Dyneema Composite Fabric 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. It adds around .6 ounces (17 grams) to the weight of the Plexamid.
Tensile Strength: 63 lb/in (552 N/5cm)
Puncture Strength: 1.9 lb (8.5 N)
Water Resistance: 15,000 mmH₂O
Made in the USA.
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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:
Front center (1x) - 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.
Walls (cut 4x) - 54 inches (137 cm)
Corners, Back Center (cut 5x) - 34 inches (86 cm).
- Adjust your trekking pole to around 48 inches (122 cm). If you expect your pole tip 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 your trekking pole with the handle in the pocket at the peak, outside of the tent screen. Stake the front line.
- If the peak is too high, tighten the front corner lines. If it is too low, loosen them.
- Stake out the back center tie out
- If the walls of the tent aren't smooth, you may need to reposition the corner stakes or adjust the lines tighter.
- If the back corners are too low, loosen the back guylines, and tighten the main peak line to pull the front of the tent down and raise the back up. It should be about 6-8" (18 cm) off the ground all the way around.
- Stake out the four wall tie outs.
The storm doors can be clipped down to the front center guyline, or rolled up depending on the weather. Leave at least one door open for air flow when possible, unless the weather is bad.
All Zpacks shelters have taped seams and bonded tie outs! No seam sealing necessary.
The tent has tons of room inside for me, my Arc Haul and all my gear…all for 14.8 oz. – Wow!
"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 gear…all 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."
Easy to get a good pitch
"Holy cow this tent is Sweet! I have so much more room than my Solplex and it’s 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."
Setup was quick
"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 6’2” 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 )”
I think you and the team have a winning design
"I think you and the team have a winning design, I’m super impressed with the space inside. I’ve now put 5 nights into the tent, best ever, and I owned the original Hexanet, a Duplex and an Altaplex!"
I’m new to backpacking
"I’m 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 I’m sure it had a lot to do with the design of the Plexamid. I might have not done it perfectly but I’m 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."