Hexamid Pocket Tarp

$199.00 Weight 3.8 oz / 108.0 g
Lead Time 1 Week

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.

A Bathtub Ground Sheet can be purchased separately. Another option is to use a Tyvek groundsheet or a bivy under the tarp.

  • 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.

  • Fixed length guy lines using no-stretch Dyneema cord make setup easy. No line adjusters or knot tying necessary.

  • 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 3.8 ounces (108 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)

  • Bright Yellow 1.25 mm Spectra Z-Line cord is included for guy lines (uncut). This cord is very strong, tangle resistant, and doesn't stretch so it gives you a tight pitch. Yellow is easy to see day or night. We recommend fixed length guy lines for the easiest set up with no knots or adjustment necessary. Some customers choose to add linelocs or different cord.
  • 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.

.51 oz/sqyd Standard Dyneema Composite Fabric

The default canopy material choice on this tent is .51 oz/sqyd Dyneema Composite Fabric. It has high tensile strength and can handle strong winds, storms, and all the typical conditions a tent will be in. All Dyneema Composite Fabric material can easily be repaired in the field with included repair tape if it were to get a puncture.

The material is semi-transparent, allowing you to see the silhouette of trees when looking out. In bright sunlight, you can see the fuzzy silhouette of a person when looking in, but it is opaque in low evening light.

Tensile Strength:
 63 lb/in (552 N/5cm)

Puncture Strength: 
1.8 lb (8 N)

Water Resistance:
 15,000 mmH₂O

Made in the USA.

Hexamid Pocket Tarp Instructions

Click here for a printable version.

Cutting Guy Lines:

30 feet of Spectra cord is included. Cut Guy lines to the following lengths, singe each end w/ a lighter, then tie a 2 inch (5 cm) loop at both ends. The guy lines can be looped on to the tent tie outs. Linelocs are not required, but if you do add them cut the lines a bit longer.


Front Center (1x) - Cut 54 inches (137 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.

Front and Back Corners (4x) - 29 inches (73 cm)

Back Center (1x) - 24" (61 cm)

Back Walls (2x) - 46" (117 cm)

Setup Instructions:

  1. 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.

  2. Stake out one of the front corners. There is a label on one front corner to make it easy to find.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Stake out the back center guy line.

  7. 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:

  1. The distance apart of the two front corner stakes when you first lay out the tarp.

  2. The length and angle of the trekking pole.

Seam Sealing: 

All Zpacks shelters have taped seams and bonded tie outs! No seam sealing necessary.

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Steve B.
Washington, USA

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."

Bob C.
Bristol, England

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.