Specifically designed for ultralight backpacking and thru-hiking, the Triplex has a comfortable amount of space for three average-sized hikers, or for two larger adults with a dog, a child, or extra gear. It has two doors to provide cross-ventilation, breathtaking views, and ample entry space on both sides of the tent.
Carrying this lightweight tent will allow you to persevere and explore to your max potential, whether you’re hiking through the Grand Canyon or bikepacking across the country. You won’t find a lighter functional three person tent anywhere on the market.
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.
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 3 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.
.66 oz/sqyd Dyneema® Composite Fabric
This canopy material choice has the same Dyneema® thread count as standard .55 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 .66 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 2.0 ounces (56 grams) to the weight of the Triplex.
Available in Camo print.
Puncture Strength: 1.9 lb (8.5 N)
Water Resistance: 15,000 mmH₂O
Made in the USA.
Click here for a printable version.
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.
Took on the John Muir Trail. Was an awesome tent. Expensive but worth it for the light weight and great functionality. Did not have any problems setting up or finding enough space to set up. Could not recommend any more highly.
Very well constructed. Has defied rain and snow. Can’t be beat for the weight.
I have only had a two nite use of the tri-plex, setting up does indeed have a slight learning curve to it but goes up well, it is of course extremely light in weight, I do ,however, wish I would have gotten a darker color as my wife was not too happy with the almost seethru look of the tent, we got the blue one. Is it possible to exchange this tent for one that's darker in color ? Maybe something not so sheer ? Great product
The Triplex tent pitches easily and quickly. I am impressed with the engineering that went into this tent's design. I use a trekking pole cup and an 18" pole to pull out both pull outs on each side of the tent to maximize the head room. A 1/2" diameter stick 18" long also works well, and doesn't add to your pack weight. I use a single piece of very light weight cord that runs from one side pullout,, through the trekking pole cup's loop with an extra wrap for friction, and then on to the second pullout. The light weight cord is tied to the pullout's LineLoc3 where the webbing attaches using two half hitches since the cord is way too small to be used in the LineLoc3. Also the light weight cord would not interfere if I later want to use standard cord on the LineLoc3. I then use a 2.2 mm Dyneema cord from the cup's LineLoc3 to a stake for tensioning. It's not mentioned in the Triplex description but there are two loops on the inside of the tent near the pole pockets so that a drying line can be strung. I added one of the Zpacks Stick On Loops in the center of the inside of the tent's fabric ridge line to be able to hang a lantern. The added loop is also in line with the two loops near the pole pockets, so the added loop would also help support a line strung between them. I got the Camo color Triplex, and I am replacing the bright yellow/green cord that came with the Triplex with Desert Camo 2.2mm Dyneema cord that I ordered from SGT KNOTS. Seemed crazy to have a Camo tent with electric yellow/green cords. Ya, I will probably trip on the camo cords. The Triplex is bigger than my previous favorite tent and also much lighter, which is much appreciated in my old age. The tent is symmetrical, except for the direction of the fabric overlap on the two doors. So one should pitch the tent with the side containing the two Zpacks logos facing up wind, so that the two door fabric overlaps won't catch the wind. Thanks for a great tent, Zpacks!
Just received our Duplex tent this week and took it out for a short winter trip. It performed as expected and the quality surpassed expectations. The seams and quality of the build are top notch. I can’t believe how light this tent is!!! Another great Zpacks piece of gear and great customer service. Thanks Zpacks