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.
- 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.
Made with Bio-Based Dyneema® Fiber
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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:
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.
This tent has held up well for several hikes in the White Mountains (NH), and 7 nights out in Denali NP (AK). I've put it up in wind and rain and on a variety of surfaces, all we relative ease. I don't use a ground sheet, and that has worked fine on all surfaces. I'm 6'3", and like others I have noted that the foot-box of my sleeping bag is often wet in the morning where it touches the tent. This is more of an annoyance than a real problem, as the amount of water is quite small and easily dried off. I should note that I don't spend much time in the tent doing anything other than sleeping, and that given my size I find it a little tricky to move around in the tent while sitting, but that is what I expected from this compact shelter. Overall, I'm very happy with the Altaplex!
Great super-lightweight tent.
Pitched the tent and slept in it during a rainy night to test it out. The tent worked as advertised - pitched easily and completely waterproof. Like any freestanding tent, the soil needs to be good enough to hold it up with some tension to keep fabric tight. Unlike what I've heard, I experienced no condensation issues. I was also able to use my current poles (extended to 140 cm) without a problem.
Altra tent and women backpack
I am walking now on a trough hike on the Appalachian trail. So far tent is great, fast to install, fast to deinstall. Keeps good shelter, happy to see the moon trough the dyneema . Backpack is performing great, I am a light Wheight packer , happy with my purchase. When I see the people struggling with 40lb packs I feel their pain. The money saved in inexpensive options are not worth the struggle. Also I have the bags, so clean and organized everything. Makes my life better. My trail name is : betterhalf.
I'm 6'2" and finding a ultralight tent for one that doesn't feel cramped is a challenge but this tent was everything I needed. Its interior feels spacious but not wasteful for a single person. Easy to setup and easy to pack down. I would easily give it 5 stars on form and function but even this terrific tent still bruises the wallet at $675. While I don't regret the purchase I wish the price had been lower.
Great shelter, but…
I already have a Duplex. Now hiking NOBO on PCT. Have had 3 days of rain and one night of snow in the first 70 miles. The tent is well made, unsurprisingly…but in my opinion could be 24” longer. I’m 5’11 and using a sleeping bag and wide Thermarest pad, but keep ending up with a very damp foot box in the morning, as the end if my bag touches the tent material. Great minimalistic tent…but needs to be longer.