Hexamid Pocket Tarp

$379.00 Weight 5.5 oz / 157.0 g
Lead Time Ships in 1-3 Days

So freakin light and packs down to the size of a softball. The doors are awesome and there is plenty of room inside (I’m 5'10").

– Will P., ★★★★★

For all you gram weenies cutting tags and planning FKT’s, shave those last few grams off your base weight with the Hexamid Pocket Tarp; our lightest shaped tarp ever!

This ultralight tarp can be your primary shelter on an ultra-minimalist adventure or can be tucked away in a pocket in case you need it to sit out a surprise afternoon thunderstorm on day trips, or as an emergency shelter.

Super simple by design, the Hexamid Pocket Tarp provides shelter while keeping your base weight at a bare minimum.

A Bathtub Groundsheet is an optional add on. See the link for dimensions.

 

 
  • Sets up with a single trekking pole adjusted to around 52" (132 cm). A tent pole can also be used if you don't carry a trekking pole. See our tent poles here. A trekking pole is not included but we have multiple Trekking Pole options to choose from.

  • Sets up with a minimum of 6 stakes but 10 stakes are recommended for a taught pitch in windy conditions. Stakes are not included but we have a variety of Ultralight Stakes to choose from.

  • Packs up tiny. The tarp is a loose fit in an included 5" x 6" (13 cm x 15 cm) Small Stuff Sack. The Small Stuff Sack can also hold our optional Solo and Solo-Plus Groundsheets.


  • The Hexamid Pocket Tarp includes bright yellow 1.3mm Z-Line guy lines which save weight compared to the 2mm guy lines found on our standard shelters. The guy lines can be swapped out on any of our shelters if desired.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • A single closed door creates enough vestibule space for storing a wet backpack or muddy shoes.

  • 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.

  • Any condensation, which single wall shelters may experience, will run down the walls and out at the edges of the tarp, rather than onto the optional bathtub floor. Click here for tips to avoid condensation.

  • 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.

  • Our two sizes of optional groundsheets have 6" side walls to protect from groundwater and splash-up. When purchased with a tarp, they include 6x elastic clips to attach to the corners of the tarp, and to your trekking pole at the center to keep the walls elevated and in place. The Solo size is comfortable for one person at 32" (81cm) wide at the center, or the Solo-Plus size allows more space for gear or a dog at 42" (107cm) wide at the center. In sideways wind driven rain you may need to fold your groundsheet away from the windward side to avoid spray.

  • Dyneema® Composite Fabric can handle high wind loads, and as long as your stakes stay in the ground (use rocks if available) your tent will stay standing. DCF is not particularly noisy, however almost any tarp 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.


Weight:

The total weight displayed near the 'add to cart' button shows the weight of the tent including guy lines, sewn in linelocs, and taped seams.

The following items are also shipped with this tent:


  • Mini DCF Stuff Sack - .15 oz (4.2 g)

  • 54" DCF repair tape strip - .14 oz (4 g)

  • Total additional items: .29 oz (8.2 g)

6-10x Stakes are required but are not included. We have a variety of Ultralight Stakes to choose from.

Exterior Dimensions:

Peak height: 52" (132 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)

Interior Dimensions:

Peak height: 52" (132 cm)

Useable width at center: 38" (97 cm)

Useable width at head and foot: 28" (71 cm)

Useable length: 7.5 feet (2.3 meters)

Useable width floor area: 20.6 square feet (1.91 square meters)

Packed Dimensions:

Packed Size w/o Groundsheet: 3" dia x 6" tall (7.6 cm dia x 15.2 cm) / 42 cubic inches (.7 L)

Packed Size w/ Groundsheet: 5" x 6" (13 cm x 15 cm) / 105 cubic inches (1.7 L)

Small Stuff Sack: 5" x 6" (13 cm x 15 cm) / 105 cubic inches (1.7 L)


  • Our tarps 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.


  • Lineloc V adjusters are sewn to all tie outs. Bright yellow 1.3mm 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

Reduce your carbon footprint with bio-based Dyneema® fiber technology. Sourced from renewable, bio-based feedstock, it is the first ever bio-based ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (HMPE) fiber. Commit to sustainability and help reduce our reliance on fossil fuel resources and rely on the trusted performance of the world’s strongest fiber™. Click here to learn more about our sustainability initiatives.

Made in the USA.



.55 oz/sqyd Standard Dyneema® Composite Fabric

Available in Blue, Olive Drab, and White

The default canopy material choice on this tent is .55 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 the 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.



.75 oz/sqyd Dyneema® Composite Fabric

Available in Burnt Orange, Dirt, and Spruce Green

This canopy material has a higher Dyneema® thread count which gives it a higher tear strength. The standard material is already difficult to tear, so this weight is unnecessary. Many thru-hikers like this feature for added peace of mind.  It is also a bit thicker and darker than the standard weight. It is less transparent and offers more privacy.


Tensile Strength:
 104 lb/in (911 N/5cm)

Puncture Strength:
 3.1 lb (14 N)

Water Resistance:
 20,000 mmH₂O

Made in the USA.


Hexamid Pocket Tarp Instructions

Click here for a printable version.

Cutting Guylines:

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 72 inches (183 cm) and tie a stake loop at 18 inches (46 cm). The long end attaches to the tarp and the short end attaches to the door hooks.

Side Walls (cut 4x) - 48 inches (122 cm)

Corners (cut 4x) - 24 inches (61 cm).

Setup Instructions:

In windy conditions orient the end of your tarp with the overlapping storm door upwind. The Zpacks label at the corner indicates the upwind end of the tarp.

Splash-up can occur when camped on hard packed surfaces during heavy rain. Our overhanging canopy helps to keep mud and water from splashing up into your tarp, 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 bathtub groundsheet or floor but leave as much rain-dampening cushioning as possible to minimize the potential of splash-up.

  1. Adjust your trekking pole to around 52 inches (132 cm). If you expect your pole tips to sink into the ground, add a couple inches to compensate.

  2. Give your corner guylines some slack. Stake out all four corner guylines at a 45 degree angle, roughly straight off the corner points.

  3. Insert the trekking pole outside 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 tarp should be about 6-8 inches (18cm) off the ground.

    • If the walls of the tarp aren't smooth, you may need to reposition the corner stakes or adjust the lines tighter.

  4. Stake out the four wall tie outs.


Storm Doors:

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. 

Seam Sealing:

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.