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: 53" (135 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. 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.
.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) - 34 inches (86 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.
I’m very happy with the tent. The setup was easy. Quality was high. While backpacking a couple of nights on the PCT I could see the moon shadows through the top of the tent. Kind of cool.
Great tent - would buy again - a few caveats
This is a belated 3-year-old review of a 2016 triplex that we used on a JMT thru-hike plus a number of training hikes beforehand. Overall, I loved this tent and would buy it again. It's SUPER light and SUPER spacious (we had 2 people plus our backpacks. But here are the caveats to be aware of: - It takes longer to set up than traditional free-standing pole tents. Not a big deal, but there's a lot of line adjustment to get it right. (On the flip side, it is much faster to take down than free-standing tents.) - The fabric will not stand up to punctures like pine cones dropping from high up. I know, because a squirrel decided to bombard our tent with pine cones, and before we could move it there were 8 tiny punctures in it that we had to carefully find and patch. On the plus side, the included patching material worked great. - Because of the single-unit design (and built-in ventilation around the sides), you have to set it up carefully during the rain to avoid rain coming in the sides while you set it up. - You probably knew this, but this is not a winter tent. The built-in ventilation won't keep out sub-freezing temps. You can jury-rig the doors to fold in tight to reduce ventilation to preserve heat, but at the risk of increased condensation. In temps above freezing, it was fine for us. However, the above caveats will be forgotten as you hike down the trail with almost no weight from your tent on your back, and as you spread out in the palatial size of this tent. I was very happy with it.
SUCH A WEIGHT OFF MY SHOULDERS... AMAZING TENT!
Absolutely LOVE my new Triplex Tent that I use when my partner and I go on hiking trips togther. I'm not going to spend a lot of time repeating what's already been said about the Triplex, I'm just super happy with this purchase. The amazing size-to-weight ratio, the quality, the simplicity, the packability, the look, and the living space for two people... I love it all. If you're someone that's looking for a tent that comfortably shelters two people with ALL their gear INSIDE, without having to feel the weight of that on your shoulders, then look no further - this is the tent. It's so light that I can't even feel it in my pack. Thank you Zpacks team for this incredible product and getting it to me so fast after I ordered it. I've thoroughly enjoyed all the products I've ordered from you so far and will definitely be ordering more very soon! Keep the great products coming and you have another customer for life!
Triplex has worked wonderful for the two of us from dry AZ to soggy NY. Was very skeptical about this tent but has become a hands down favorite (time for a duplex too). Photo by Kim Fazekas (Weavers Needle).
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!)