Triplex Tent

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$699.00 Weight 22.5 oz / 638.0 g
Lead Time 1 Week

Specifically designed for ultralight backpacking and thru-hiking, the Triplex has a comfortable amount of space for three average-sized hikers, or for two larger adults with a dog, a child, or extra gear. It has two doors to provide cross-ventilation, breathtaking views, and ample entry space on both sides of the tent.

Carrying this lightweight tent will allow you to persevere and explore to your max potential, whether you’re hiking through the Grand Canyon or bikepacking across the country. You won’t find a lighter functional three person tent anywhere on the market.

  • Sets up with two trekking poles adjusted to around 48" (122 cm). Slightly taller or shorter fixed length poles will also work.

    Tent poles are also available if you don't use trekking poles.

  • A minimum of eight stakes are required for this tent, but up to twelve stakes can be used in windy conditions.

  • Any of the four storm doors can be opened or closed independently. Leave all four open on nice nights for a breeze and great views. Close the upwind doors to block cold wind, or close all four 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 tarp overhangs the bathtub floor by 4-5 inches (12 cm). In calm rain or under wet trees, one or two 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.

    Tip: 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 shown.

  • Rainbow zippers on both sides of the tent allow easy entry regardless of which doors are closed, and they give you access to every vestibule area.

  • This tent has a solid, sewn in 8 inch (20 cm) tall bathtub floor. The bathtub floor is a rectangle 60 inches wide by 7.5 feet long (1.52 m x 2.3 m). It will fit three standard 20" sleeping pads, or two wide pads with space to spare.

  • If you are particularly tall, you might try propping up the side guylines using Trekking Pole Cups for even more headroom.

  • Mesh pockets are conveniently located near each screen door so that they can be accessed from inside or outside the tent. They are a good place to store your cell phone, glasses, headlamp, the tent stuff sack, and spare seam tape (included). The pockets are 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.

  • There is screen between the bathtub floor and the walls at the ends of the tarp. An elastic cord keeps 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.

  • All of our tents do pretty well in the wind. The material can handle high wind loads. 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.

  • 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 Triplex weight (shown above) includes guy lines, sewn in linelocs, taped seams, and a stuff sack. A piece of repair tape is included with the tent. Multiple material choices are available and will affect the total weight.

8 to 12 Stakes are required but are not included. We have a variety of Ultralight Stakes to choose from.

Exterior Dimensions:

Peak height: 48" (122 cm)

Ridgeline width: 53" (135 cm)

Width including vestibules: 101.5" (257 cm)

Vestibule space: 20.75" (53 cm) depth on each side

Length: 100" (254 cm)

Interior Dimensions:

Peak height: 48" (122 cm)

Floor width: 60" (153 cm)

Floor length: 90.5 " (230 cm)

Zipper entry height: 36" (91 cm)

Packed Dimensions:

8" diameter by 13" tall (20.3 cm x 33 cm) / 650 cubic inches (10.7L)

  • 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 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 3 adjusters are sewn to all tie outs. Bright yellow 2 mm 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.

.51 oz/sqyd Dyneema Composite Fabric

The default canopy material choice on this tent is .51 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. 

Available in Blue or Olive Drab.



Tensile Strength: 63 lb/in (552 N/5cm)

Puncture Strength: 
1.8 lb (8 N)

Water Resistance:
 15,000 mmH₂O

Made in the USA.



.67 oz/sqyd Dyneema Composite Fabric

This canopy material choice has the same Dyneema thread count as standard .51 oz/sqyd, but with a slightly thicker laminate that allows for a darker color or pattern to be printed on the material. The thicker laminate brings the fabric weight to .67 oz/sqyd.  It blends in to nature well. It is darker, less transparent and offers more privacy. Dyneema Composite Fabric has a bit of a sheen to it when it is new, but it dulls down significantly with some use.  

This video by John Abela shows the opacity and color of the camo fabric.  It adds around 2.0 ounces (56 grams) to the weight of the Triplex.

Available in Camo print.

Tensile Strength: 63 lb/in (552 N/5cm)

Puncture Strength: 1.9 lb (8.5 N)

Water Resistance: 15,000 mmH₂O

Made in the USA.



.74 oz/sqyd Dyneema Composite Fabric

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, but it is not as dark as .67 oz/sqyd.  It adds around 2.5 ounces (71 grams) to the weight.

Available in Spruce Green.


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

Puncture Strength:
 3.1 lb (14 N)

Water Resistance:
 20,000 mmH₂O

Made in the USA.



1.0 oz/sqyd Dyneema Composite Fabric

Our tent floor material is made with a membrane that is more than twice as thick as our canopy material. It is more puncture and abrasion resistant. This is the standard floor material on all of our tents.


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

Puncture Strength: 3.5 lb (15.5 N)

Water Resistance: 20,000 mmH₂O

Made in the USA.

.67 oz/sqyd Ultralight Nano-Noseeum Insect Netting

Regular "No-see-um" bug netting weighs about 1 oz/sqyd. This ultralight version weighs roughly a third less without a noticeable difference in performance. It has extremely small holes which block even the smallest of insects including mosquitoes, noseeums, etc. Nothing gets through this screen.

Made in the USA.

Triplex 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 (2x) - 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 (4x) - 54 inches (137 cm)

Corners, Bottom of Walls (4x) - 34 inches (86 cm).

Setup Instructions:

  1. Adjust your two trekking poles to around 48 inches (122 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 front 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.

  4. Insert the back trekking pole the same way and stake it out.

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

  5. Stake out the two wall tie outs. You can stake the three wall tie outs on each wall independently, or run all three to a single stake.

Storm Doors:

Any of the four 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.

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SW
04/16/2019
Steven Wirtanen

Largest lightweight shelter available

This tent is amazing! I live in Alaska, and have used this tent on many camping and hunting trips over the last 4 years. It is so light you almost don't know you are packing it. Couple it with a zpacks sleeping bag and you have the lightest overnight set up possible. The pros: Lightest weight tent possible, and the three person is roomy! See my pics. Has a full waterproof bottom, and a bug fly. This fabric is VERY tough. If you get a hole, it's easy to patch. Cons: Single wall tent, so condensation can be present in below freezing temps. I'd prefer a zipper on the door flaps, vs the tie straps. Can be difficult to set up in an area that is very rocky ground - will require tying off to rocks as shown in my pics. Can be noisy in the wind, as described on the website. But, these cons are the drawbacks to all ultralight, minimalist shelters, which is nothing against Zpacks or this tent. I love this tent, and would absolutely recommend for anyone going for the minimalist, ultralight set up, with full bug protection. (A must in Alaska!)

MO
08/23/2018
Mike O.
Cardiff, Wales

The tent is truly AWESOME!

"I just wanted to say a huge thank you for the Camo Triplex Tent which I used for the first time last weekend during a two night hiking and wild camping trip in the Snowdonia national park, North Wales. The tent is truly AWESOME! It ticks all of the right boxes for me, the quality of materials and workmanship is first class and the design and features are far superior to any other shelter I've used before!"

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RB
07/24/2018
Rod B.
Surrey, Canada

The Triplex Tent was brilliant.

“We did 100km of coastal Naikoon wilderness, Haida Gwaii, BC, 6 nights, 0 humans. The Triplex Tent was brilliant. Thank you for making sure we had one for our trip!”

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05/29/2018
Claire P.
Biarritz, France

Thought you might enjoy this fantastic photo

"Thought you might enjoy this fantastic photo of your triplex tent I took, while we were walking the Australian Alps Walking Trail. This was taken just after it stopped raining, as the sun was setting."

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04/24/2018
Dean C.
Bristol, England

BLOODY AWESOME

"The Triplex has arrived and I've used it twice and there are only two words to describe it....BLOODY AWESOME!!!! I've owned a couple of your competitor's tents and I put my hand on my heart and say with honesty neither were in the same universe let alone ball park.  The craftsmanship is second to none, and it is the first Dyneema Composite Fabric stitching and tape work I felt confident in the integrity before even using it. The second night I used it I made a point of staying next to a lake on a night when heavy dew was expected. I woke about 4am and to my (very impressed) surprise, the entire inside was bone dry! Thank you for a thoroughly enjoyable and positive customer experience and a top tier fantastic product."