Plexamid V Beta Tent
- Our standard Plexamid tent has Lineloc 3 adjusters and 2 mm cord installed on all guy-lines. Lineloc 3's will only work with cord down to 2 mm diameter.
- The Plexamid V has new custom made line adjusters with a narrower V shaped slot which will grip tight on thinner cord. This tent is shipped with Lineloc V buckles and our bright yellow 1.2 mm Z-Line cord installed. It is 1.2 ounces (34 grams) lighter than the standard tent due to the smaller linelocs and thinner lines.
- We have tested our new buckles on short trips and in in high wind conditions. This "Beta" tent is being offered in limited quantities to gather additional real world feedback. Please shoot us an email and let us know how your tent performs!
- This tent includes our normal two year limited warranty against defects in materials or workmanship. Please see our return / warranty policy. In the event of any functional issues with the new linelocs, the tent can be retrofit to standard Lineloc 3 buckles and 2 mm cord.
- Sets up with a single trekking pole adjusted to around 48" (122 cm). A Tent Pole is available if you don't carry a trekking pole.
- This tent pitches with a minimum of 6 stakes, however up to 10 can be used in windy conditions. Extra stakes also help pull the walls out for more interior space.
- The storm doors can be opened or closed independently. Leave one or two doors open on nice 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 custom made metal hooks, with a toggle at the center to keep them pinned.
- 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.
- A single closed door creates enough vestibule space for storing a wet backpack or muddy shoes, if you don't want to bring them into the tent.
- There is screen between the bathtub floor and the walls around the perimeter. Elastic cord keep the bathtub elevated ensuring the screen slopes downwards away from the bathtub. Any condensation will run down the walls and out through the downward sloping screen, rather than onto the floor.
- A rainbow zipper gives you extra space to get in or out of the tent and gives you access to the vestibule area. The doorway is tall for easy entry.
- This tent has a solid, sewn in 8 inch (20 cm) tall bathtub floor. The bathtub floor is 38 inches (97 cm) wide at the center and tapers to 28" (71 cm) at the head and foot. The floor is 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. Tall hikers can add even more head and foot room by propping up the side guylines.
- 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. 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. Ear plugs are not a bad idea for windy nights.
- This tent rolls up to about 6" x 12" (15 x 30 cm). It is a loose fit in an included Medium-Plus size stuff sack which is 7" x 13" ( 18 x 33 cm). The squared off peak is built in and rolls up with the tent (no disassembly).
The Plexamid V in the standard .51 oz/sqyd DCF material weighs a total of 13.6 ounces (386 grams) including guy lines, sewn in linelocs, taped seams, and a stuff sack. A piece of repair tape is included with the tent.
*10x Stakes are required but are not included. We have a variety of Ultralight Stakes to choose from.
Peak height: 48" (122 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)
Peak height: 48" (122 cm)
Center floor width: 38" (97 cm)
End floor width: 28" (71 cm)
Floor length: 7.5 feet (2.3 meters)
Zipper entry height: 36" (91 cm)
6" diameter by 12" tall (15 cm x 30.5 cm) / 340 cubic inches (5.6L)
- Our tents are made from Dyneema Composite Fabric. DCF has several advantages over other materials:
- DCF has a very high strength to weight ratio. The material can handle high wind force and does not tear easily.
- DCF is inherently waterproof. There is no DWR to worry about wearing out.
- DCF is not coated with any chemicals. It is PFC free.
- DCF doesn't absorb any significant amount of water. No extra water weight to pack up.
- DCF is made from Dyneema threads which do not stretch. The tent stays taut all night. Nylon material by comparison can stretch and sag, especially if it gets wet.
- The seams are stitched and then taped water tight. The tie outs have bonded reinforcements for high strength. No seam sealing necessary!
- Tape sticks well to it. Any damage can easily be fixed in the field with our DCF Repair Tape.
- DCF is semi-transparent. In bright sunlight you can see a fuzzy silhouette of a person sitting inside the tent. You cannot see any details and it has a suitable amount of privacy for changing clothes etc. In lower light (such as in the evening or at night) you cannot see through at all. We also have thicker, darker DCF material available as an upgrade that you can choose. One nice thing about DCF is you can also see the outlines of trees and your surroundings for a more connected outdoor experience.
- This tent has fully enclosed .67 oz/sqyd (22.7 g/m²) insect screen. The holes in this screen are super tiny, 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 DCF. This material weight is more than twice as thick as the canopy material and is more resistant to abrasion and punctures. As with all DCF it is 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.
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Cutting Guy Lines:
Guy lines 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:
Front center (1x) - 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.
Walls (cut 4x) - 54 inches (137 cm)
Corners, Back Center (cut 5x) - 34 inches (86 cm).
- Adjust your trekking pole to around 48 inches (122 cm). If you expect your pole tip to sink into the ground, add a couple inches to compensate.
- Give your corner guy lines some slack. Stake out all four corner guy lines at a 45 degree angle, roughly straight off the corner points.
- Insert your trekking pole with the handle in the pocket at the peak, outside of the tent screen. Stake the front line.
- If the peak is too high, tighten the front corner lines. If it is too low, loosen them.
- Stake out the back center tie out
- If the walls of the tent aren't smooth you may need to reposition the corner stakes or adjust the lines tighter.
- If the back corners are too low, loosen the back guy lines, and tighten the main peak line to pull the front of the tent down and raise the back up. It should be about 6-8" (18 cm) off the ground all the way around.
- Stake out the four wall tie outs.
The storm doors can be clipped down to the front center guy line, or rolled up depending on the weather. Leave at least one door open for air flow when possible unless the weather is very bad.
All Zpacks shelters have taped seams and bonded tie outs! No seam sealing necessary.
If I could give 6 stars, I would -- as a backpacking trip leader and instructor I can say you knocked it out of the park with this tent. I've used the Plexamid V beta tent a half dozen nights now, and was surprised at how fast it pitches ( stake out the 4 corners, insert the pole, stake the two mid sections, and voila, much less fussy than other cuben fiber tents I've seen and this tent is faster to pitch than other tents with built in poles) and folds up and how much room there is inside. Correctly pitched, it's also very stable in the wind. On a kayaking trip I was able to use 1/2 the paddle to support the tent, and it worked well. The tent plus light titanium stakes all come in at > 1 lb and the shelter is so comfortable compared to bivies!! A couple nights it rained, one night hard and no water inside, stayed totally dry. Take the advice to keep the door open, got a little condensation when I didn't -- but no problems at all with ventilation. I also had no problems with the lighter linelocs and line - worked well for me. I am 6' tall and there was room above my head and plenty of room beside me in the tent, and some room outside under the vestibule for gear.
Plexamid V Beta Tent
I love this tent, it was a little hard at first to get the correct tension for me since I'm small and my poles where just a little too short, I added the pole extender and voila, it just got a lot easier to set it up, specially when the soil is soft and the poles tent to sink into it a bit. Over all, the tent is very strong, holds up good in the wind and I stay pretty dry. Again I'm small so there is so much room in this tent for me, gear and my dog also. I can probably fit in it with my son too. I can't wait to see how it holds up after a whole season of backpacking. It is just the beginning... Happy trails