Super light and extremely roomy for a 6'2" person! Sets up very quickly and durably minimalistic! In essence perfect!!
The ideal ultralight tent for hikers up to 6’6”, the Altaplex is the perfect place to wait out the rain on the Appalachian Trail or to recover after a long day of bushwhacking.
Specifically designed for taller backpackers and thru-hikers, this lightweight tent provides ample head and foot room while still easily pitching with a single trekking pole.
A great fit whether you are a triple-crowner or just out for a weekend in the Smokies. This tent is roomy, well-ventilated, packs down small, can be pitched quickly, and can be set up in the tightest of spaces. Tall hikers won’t find a lighter tent with this much space anywhere on the market.
An optional flat groundsheet is available for added protection here.
*If your trekking pole does not extend to at least 56" (142cm) you will need one of our Trekking Pole Jacks, 60" Tent Poles, or our Carbon Fiber Staff to set up this tent.
**Our newer Plex Solo Tent has a similar design, sized for an average height hiker with a 52" trekking pole.
Sets up with a single trekking pole adjusted to around 56"-58" (147 cm). If your trekking poles do not extended to 56" (142cm), you can add one of our trekking pole jacks to increase the height or considering using one of our Carbon Fiber Staffs or Tent Poles. 60" poles and staffs may need to be angled a bit to get the perfect pitch.
- Sets up with a minimum of 6 stakes but 10 stakes are recommended in windy conditions. Stakes are not included but we have a variety of Ultralight Stakes to choose from.
- 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.
- Overlapping storm doors allow for a small amount of airflow without the need for additional venting. There are no zippers on the doors that could potentially fail over time.
- A single closed storm door creates enough vestibule space for storing a wet backpack or muddy shoes, if you don't want to bring them into the tent.
- The screen door has a rainbow zipper which allows easy entry regardless of which storm door is closed. You can access the vestibule area on either side. The screen door conveniently drops inwards rather than hanging in your way. No need to roll it up or secure it.
- 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.
- 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, 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.
- This tent has a solid, sewn in 8 inch (20 cm) tall bathtub floor. The bathtub floor is 36 inches (91 cm) wide by 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.
- If you are particularly tall, you might try propping up the side guylines using Trekking Pole Cups for even more headroom.
- 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 (included). 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.
- Dyneema Composite Fabric is naturally waterproof and is not treated with any potentially harmful chemicals such as flame retardants or water repellents.
- 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 total weight displayed near the 'add to cart' button includes guy lines, sewn in linelocs, taped seams, and a stuff sack. A piece of repair tape is included with the tent. Your choice of canopy material will change the total weight.
Up to 10x Stakes are required but are not included. We have a variety of Ultralight Stakes to choose from.
Peak height: 56"-58" (147 cm)
Width at center: 48" (122 cm)
Width including vestibules: 69" (175 cm)
Vestibule space: 20.75" (53 cm)
Length: 100" (254 cm)
Peak height: 56"-58" (147 cm)
Floor width: 36" (91 cm)
Floor length: 7.5 feet (2.3 meters)
Floor Area: 22.5 square feet (2.1 square meters)
Zipper entry height: 36" (91 cm)
Packed Size: 6" diameter by 12" tall (15 cm x 30.5 cm) / 340 cubic inches (5.6L)
Stuff Sack Size: 7" diameter by 13" tall (18 cm x 33 cm) Medium-Plus. The intentionally loose stuff sack makes packing easy and it will squish down in your backpack.
- 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 .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 V adjusters are sewn to all tie outs. Bright yellow 2.0mm 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 - 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 (cut 4x) - 54 inches (137 cm)
Corners (cut 4x) - 32 inches (81 cm).
In windy conditions orient the end of your tent with the overlapping storm door upwind. The Zpacks label at the corner indicates the upwind end of the tent.
Splash-up can occur when camped on hard packed surfaces during heavy rain. Our tall bathtub floor and overhanging canopy helps to keep mud and water from splashing up into your tent, but for best results please choose camp spots on leaves or pine needles when possible. Remove any pointy twigs and sharp objects to protect your tent floor but leave as much rain-dampening cushioning as possible to minimize the potential of splash-up.
- Adjust your trekking pole to around 56 to 58 inches (147 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 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.
- 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 four wall tie outs.
Both of the 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.
The best tent for tall hiker
After having tests several tent from other manufacturers for quite long treks, I bought this Altaplex hoping that it would eventually meet my expectations. Indeed, I'm quite tall with my 1.87m / 6'2" and was looking for a shelter with a key parameters. Ultralight, of course, quite roomy, and at ease in bad weather (wind, rain, storm). I was first hesitating with the Altaplex as a bit reluctant with the DCF as known not to be resistant to puncture, wondering whether the height of the Altaplex won't be a drawback in high wind, and the door, just falling in the front, rather in the side (as usual), couldn't be annoying. At the end of the day, I decided to have a try and confess that - finally - I've just found out my Holy Grail! This tent is amazing and meets all my expectations. The DCF is perfect, as being absolutely waterproof. It's great in the morning, after a rainy night, not to carry a dead donkey as with other tents that absorb the water. Resistance in the wind is actually really impressive providing that the tent is well pitched. To pitch the tent itself is fast and easy after a sort training (see below). And finally, the "rainbow" door is really convenient as giving - for the tall hickers - plenty of room to go in or go out the tent. Actually, smart and efficient. A few advices. 1/ Have a look on YouTube for videos explaining how to pitch the tent in an optimal way, much better than the process recommended by Zpacks (sorry guys :-). 2/ Use a pole extending up to 56" as a whole. The "pole jack" is really suboptimal especially if you plan to sleep in bad weather. A tough high pole will make the job much better. 3/ change the front guy for a longer one. Honestly, I didn't understand why the front guy provided by Zpacks is so short, a longer one ensures more stability. 4/ This tent is really roomy for my size; I've never touched the walls when I selpt on my matress + quilt. I'm not sure that a taller hiker would have the same feeling. 5/ To avoid condensation, try to sleep as often as possible with the doors open. Usually, I kept only one open and it minimized really the condensation while making a barrier against the wind and protecting my gear stayed outside. When it appeared, it was easy to treat as DCF does not absord water at all. In conclusion, this tent is an amazing product, providing that you take into account the few advices above. I Highly recommend it for the tall guys +++
3 days of rain. A little leak from loop where you hang a flash light. Very slow drip. Everything else great. My new favorite tent now. Price high.
I’ve got 5 nights in it so far and have had only positive experiences. It goes up super quick and has a decent amount of room for a single person tent.
Simple to use
I was looking for a lightweight tent that would use minimal space in my 38 liter pack (which the Altaplex does). But after 500 miles of the Ice Age Trail what I enjoy most is how quickly the tent sets up. It’s a very simple design. Also, the optional carbon pole is super rigid. I really like the purchase :-)
Sleep like you’re dead
Almost as light as a bivy, but gives me a dry, bug-free sleep and I don’t feel like I’ve been gift wrapped for an autopsy.