Hexamid Solo Tent
Every company has an origin story and the Hexamid Solo Tent is part of ours.
Originally tested by Joe on his 2009 CDT thru-hike, this ultralight six sided pyramid style shelter protected him all the way from Canada to Mexico; withstanding blizzards in the San Juans, the exposure of the Wind River Range, and the solitude of the New Mexican desert.
It is a perfect tent for an average size solo hiker, having a fully enclosed screen, an optional detachable bathtub floor for versatility, and storm doors that provide 360° rain protection.
With a design that even predates ours days in the garage, this is the ultralight tent that helped define who we are.
The Hexamid Solo tent has a fully enclosed screen floor and walls, which keep 100% of insects, ticks, spiders etc out. A separate bathtub groundsheet, a bivy, or poncho groundsheet must be used on the inside of the tent on top of the screen to avoid ground water.
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 tent is a loose fit in an included 6" x 12" (15 x 30.5 cm) medium stuff sack.
Ultralight Lineloc V adjusters are sewn to all the tie outs. 1.2 mm bright yellow Z-line cord is cut and attached for you. Linelocs, cord, and the stuff sack are included in the weight.
Either of the storm doors can be opened or closed independently. Leave both open on nice weather nights 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 a custom made metal hook.
Ample space for one person plus gear. The tent 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.
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 Solo Tent weighs a total of 10.4 ounces (294 grams) including guy lines, sewn in linelocs, taped seams, and a stuff sack. The optional, detachable, Solo Bathtub Groundsheet with provided attachment kit adds an additional 3.2 ounces (91 grams) bringing the total weight to an enviable 14.3 ounces (405 grams). A piece of repair tape is included with the tent.
*6x Stakes are required (8 recommended) 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)
Vestibule Depth: About 12 inches (30 cm)
- Our tents 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 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, 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. 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 optional, detachable, Solo Bathtub Groundsheet 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 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.
Hexamid Solo Tent Instructions
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All Hexamid Solo Tents come with the guy lines are cut and attached for you.
Front Center (1x) - 75 inches (190 cm)
*Note that the front center line on the Hexamid Solo Tent is 75" (190 cm) with a stake loop tied at 30" (76 cm). The short end of the cord is attached to door hooks.
Front and Back Corners (4x) - 32 inches (81 cm)
Back Center (1x) - 32 inches (81 cm)
Back Walls (2x) - 54 inches (137 cm)
- 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.
- Stake out one of the front corners. There is a label on one front corner to make it easy to find.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Stake out the back center guy line.
- 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:
- The distance apart of the two front corner stakes when you first lay out the tarp.
- The length and angle of the trekking pole.
All Zpacks shelters have taped seams and bonded tie outs! No seam sealing necessary.
- storm doors
- haul pack
- bathtub floor
I first picked this up in Tahachape, CA while on my 2012 PCT thru hike. I used it for the rest of the hike, then follow up trips for several years after (PCT Goat Rocks stretch, TRT, CT Collegiate Peaks loop, and shorter trips including winter camping in northern WI). I was dismayed to see it disappear from the product line for several years and missed buying a replacement a few years ago when a limited run was offered. In the meantime I’ve used a number of even lighter tarps including the hexamid packet tarps and loved them. If I don’t need the bug screen I’ll usually go with a lighter tarp like the pocket tarp or even a 8’ x 10’ flat tarp. BUT, for northern WI black flies or the heavily forested east coast trails like in PA where sleeping on the ground usually means a few inches of millipede and spider infested leaf litter, this is by far the best option. The Zpacks build is excellent and properly taken care of, this lasts way longer than a DCF tarp should! My original from 2012 still holds up after all these years but there are a few “thin” spots that would worry me in a longer trip so it’s time to get another one. I can’t recommend this enough. I’ve pitched it in the snow, pouring rain, on flat rock outcropping as with nothing but rocks to hold the guy lines and it’s never let me down.
I’ve never seen or had another tent like this, which was the main selling point. Took about 15 min to pitch the first time after getting adjustments right; after that, getting the bathtub floor how I wanted it, and securing one of the storm doors- I was set. Love this tent. Glad I was able to snag one before they were gone forever.