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.
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.
Peak height: 48" (122 cm)
Ridgeline width: 68" (173 cm)
Width including vestibules: 101.5" (257 cm)
Vestibule space: 20.75" (53 cm) depth on each side
Length: 100" (254 cm)
Peak height: 48" (122 cm)
Floor width: 60" (153 cm)
Floor length: 7.5 feet (2.3 meters)
Zipper entry height: 36" (91 cm)
8" diameter by 13" tall (20.3 cm x 33 cm) / 650 cubic inches (10.7L)
- 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 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.
.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.
Puncture Strength: 1.9 lb (8.5 N)
Water Resistance: 15,000 mmH₂O
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 (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) - 32 inches (81 cm).
- 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.
- 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 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
All Zpacks shelters have taped seams and bonded tie outs! No seam sealing necessary.
Poor communication and disappointing service
I purchased a Triplex tent on the Black Friday sales where there was no discount available. Two days later on Cyber Monday a deal was announced saying a tent purchase you would get a set of hiking poles. I sent an email requesting a set of poles given I only missed out by two days. i was told no and I sent another email asking to be put through to management and didnt receive a reply. Very dissapointing
Worth every penny
Worth every penny. Last night of a hunting trip in central Florida was the ultimate test, I was caught in the middle of the outer bands of the last tropical storm that hit Florida this year by surprise, strong winds and a whole night of rain. Not a single drop of water inside the tent, a little bit of condensation but less than expected for a single wall tent. Thank God I used heavy duty tent sticks, because I thought for a moment a was gonna end up on top of a tree with tent and everything, but it held up perfectly. Thanks
First use of Triplex Tent
I encountered rain, sleet, snow and moderate winds during my four day trip. This tent isn't sold as a four season tent but it held up reasonably well to 3-4 inches of snow. I did wake up twice to knock snow off the walls through the night. I feel that in stronger winds the tent could be quite drafty which during the warmer summer months would probably be nice it could prove to be uncomfortable when temps are below 0°c. Also I noticed a small issue with condensation forming on the walls of the tent as I was unable to leave any of the doors open due to cold temps again. This wouldn't have been a problem if the walls of the tent weren't so low at the sides and I like the 48" center height but the walls are so steep that I'm unable to sit up from a lying down position without knocking/wiping any condensation off with my face and head. I'm 6' tall and two of the nights I woke up to find the foot and head region of my sleeping bag were soaked from touching the walls of the tent. To be fair one of the nights was due to sagging from the weight of the snow. The extra trekking pole cups add on would probably fix this problem and is a must have before my next trip. I also used the 48" carbon fiber tent poles sold by Zpacks and love the light weight plus the benefit of being able to use my trekking poles while I explore and leave my tent still standing. Setup is super quick and easy. The tent itself seems very well made and really well thought out. Overall I feel that the weight savings exceed the few issues outlined in my review and I would recommend this tent to anyone not camping in snowy conditions.
Triplex is the way to go
After a whole lot of research I bought the Triplex to replace my year old Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL2. The BA is a fantastic tent but it's almost two pounds heavier. I used my new tent immediately on a three day hike November 2-4, 2019 on the AT. The weather was very cold and windy. I gave the tent 5 stars because I think it is fantastic! I can set it up by myself in about three minutes. It is so easy! This to me is a real plus when you're making camp late in the day in the cold, with little daylight remaining and you have to hang a bear bag etc. and you don't want to work in the dark. On the other hand, if you did have to set it up in the dark it would be a snap. Our first night on the trail it got down to 17 degrees and the wind was blowing at a steady 30 mph with stronger gusts. I had the sides guyed out and we had no problem whatsoever. At this low temperature the condensation from our breath froze on the inside of the tent. Same thing happened with my BA. Sorry, if you don't like it don't camp in the cold. Zpacks says you don't need a groundsheet. I bought the Tyvec sheet anyway for added protection. I love the tent, I want to protect it. I was originally going to buy the duplex like my buddy has but I read a review online that changed my mind. This reviewer said the triplex is only a couple ounces heaver than the duplex and if you usually share a tent with a buddy it provides a lot of extra room. I am really glad I got the triplex; the room was great! If I hike alone it will be like living in a palace that weighs less than all the single tents out there. The build quality is outstanding. It's ridiculously light weight. It's a snap to *****. It performs great in the wind and cold. It has two doors so you don't have to wake anyone up climbing over them (this is a big advantage), and it's huge for it's incredibly light weight. I feel like a stable genius for buying it.
Love the tent design but the length does not seem right I am 5' 11" and my quilt touches the wall of the tent if I moved even a little bit and I am concerned it will get wet on rainy hikes. Otherwise the tent is awesome.