Reviews and Customer Testimonials:
Please email us with feedback (good or bad) if you have any!
Will Wood shares his final thoughts on his Duplex Tent after
sleeping in it nearly every night on a 7 month 2014 Appachian
Trail thru-hike in this
Duplex Tent Review Video
shows his initial impressions before his hike and
covers some of the tent's features.
"When making a major purchase like this, remember to consider
the whole package....it's not just about the product you are
buying, but the company and people behind it. Zpacks scores on
Steve B. Reviews the Duplex Tent
"I can say without question that I have not once felt bummed I spent so much on a
shelter. This is the first time when I have absolutely
known it was totally worth it."
John Abela's Duplex Tent Review
"This tent is huge. With a long sleeping bag, I never touched
the ends of the tent or got the bag wet at all. At one point,
we (three 6ft tall guys) all sat in there together playing
cards and were comfortable. Setup took about two minutes each
BoredInTheSouth Reviews the Duplex Tent
"I can't comment yet on how the tent handles bad weather;
however, it certainly feels sturdy. The ergonomics of the tent
were pretty much perfect for us. My wife loved the tent and
loved getting her own view, which certainly helps me when
spending this amount of money! The four door system is very
flexible and is a great solution. We really, really like this
"Used the Duplex shelter in grand canyon last month, awesome
shelter. The Duplex is substantially lighter than what I had
before, but also with bug protection and a great groundsheet.
I'm really happy with room, at six feet with big feet and using Neoair, I usually rub
the foot of my bag on enclosed shelters, but not
an issue at all with the Duplex." -Jon F.
"Just got your tent today. In typical Outer Banks fashion it was
blowing 30 to 35 and raining, so I set it up just to check it
out in some weather. Man that tent is awesome! Plenty of room
and rock solid. I love the two doors and the vestibule space.
Blown away by the craftsmanship. I can't wait to take it out on
Thank you man" -Bob S.
"Love the tent and sleeping bag. Took them out on the AT this
weekend in Maryland. Wind was blowing 30mph Friday night which
made my first time setting up in the field a challenge. Not to
mention setting up on rock. It then rained to beat the band so
my Duplex got a very good first workout and did well. Thanks
again for the great products!" -Rich M.
"I wanted to let you know that the Duplex tent rocks and so far
I am very happy with my purchase. I got lucky, the first night
out it rained all night and the following day. It has just the
perfect amount of room for me and my dog with room for gear. I
didn't think the floor space would be much bigger than the
Twin, but boy does it feel bigger" -Josh P.
"I am back from my 6.5 day, 83 mile “Q” hike at the Torres del
Paine in Patagonia. 5 of us hiked in and the 1st day it rained
and blew like crazy. The other campers made interesting
comments about my space ship and how they would be amazed if it
stayed up. Well come the morning, after a very windy and rainy
night, all was good with the tent - no issues other than it was
noisy during the night. You had advised taking ear plugs which
was great. Other tents had issues during the night so had a lot
of visitors in the morning wanting to know more about the tent
- they could not believe the weight and roominess in side.
Awesome trip, bad ass hike and great equipment." -Tony L.
"The tent worked like a dream, even in high wind. Some
challenges in staking the tent in
(I used large
boulders ~15kg each and extra ties). The wind hitting the tent
moved some of these boulders but the tent was fine! Nights were
below freezing and quickly heated up when the sun came out.
With the tent being well ventilated, a good sleeping bag is
essential." -Peter J.
"I wanted you to know how happy we were with the
you made for us for our JMT hike. Setting up
camp and breaking down was SO easy with your tent! My wife and
I would have the Duplex set up in about three minutes and
would then sit and relax to enjoy the scenery. Getting ready to
break camp in the morning was just as easy. We were ALWAYS done
WAY before our friends." -Joe R.
"I believe the Duplex tent is the best all-purpose backpacking
tent in the world." -Max Neale, (formerly) Outdoor Gear
"I have just returned from the JMT using your Duplex tent,
sleeping bag, and accessories. We got rained on very hard, and
all the gear proved itself to be very reliable - so wanted to
say - Thanks!! It was a pleasure carrying the low weight and by
that enjoying the view :)" -Neer Z.
"My Duplex tent is my absolute favorite possession. So much
room for me and all my gear to stay dry and bug-free. Everyone
comments on how small and lightweight my pack is and how
spacious and nice my tent is." -Mark H.
"I had the
out on the JMT for 20 days, 10 of which I got
rained on. The Duplex worked out great, I wouldn’t of wanted
any other tent out there. Feel free to post." -Ken K.
"I absolutely love, love, love my new Duplex shelter as
a one person shelter. It stood up wonderfully in the all day
all night rain we had for 36 hours. It stood up in cloudbursts
with winds of probable 35 to 40 mph. It had enough space for me
to dress, relax, "camp out", and enjoy. I hadn't realized it
from your webpage info, but closing all four doors snugly
really enhanced the solidness and takes advantage of its basic
hexagon shape. Opening a door on each side, when the winds die
down, lets you stay weatherproof and still see around. I
couldn't be more pleased. I was torn about whether to order the
standard weight cuben fiber or the heavier cuben fiber. I
decided to follow your advice, and I'm completely glad I did.
The heavier material would have added cost and weight with no
benefit, as far as I am concerned." -Barry W.
"Here is my
on recent 12-day expedition to the Philmont Scout
Ranch. Very wet last 5 days but I stayed dry and definitely
mastered how to set it up in torrential rain. Your rain gear
and tent made the wet portions of the trips so much better to
deal with. Just love both pieces of gear!" -Rich M.
"I love my new Duplex tent. I've got 6 or 7 tents, and this is
far superior to any of them." -Hugh A.
"The Duplex saved us during 3 very stormy nights including one
with around 12 hours of continuous heavy rain. All the thru
hikers we spoke with the next morning had pretty wet sleeping
bags except for us! Nice design Joe." -David T.
"I just finished a JMT thru-hike with a 60L Arc Blast and a
Duplex tent, and they both worked fantastically. I had high
standards for the tent because of its high price, but I think
it's phenomenal. Its had no problem with overnight sustained
30mph wind or overnight thunderstorms, and the tent design does
a good job of preventing and managing condensation. Given its
weight, it's amazing how few sacrifices the tent makes. Really
great job, folks." -Austin L.
"I recently returned from completing the Wind River High route
in Wyoming and I took along the Duplex tent. What an amazing
tent! I was impressed with the quality and functionality of the
tent as well as how easy it was to setup and takedown. For its
size it is amazingly light and packs small. We had wind, rain,
hail and everything in between, it performed better than
expected in all conditions. I liked having two vestibules when
the weather was bad, or the ability to keep them open when the
weather was good. Thank you for the great gear!" -Brad S.
"I would like to thank you for the quality products you have
produced for me. I purchased one of your sleeping bags and then
a Duplex tent. I have used the bag and tent in the Sanoran
Desert and recently on a section hike of the PCT in the Eastern
Sierras. I always beat my hiking companion setting up my tent.
I was concerned about wind with your tarp/tent style but even
in very windy and rainy conditions, the tent kept me warm and
dry." -Jon H.
"I am very pleased with the Duplex tent. It is light, very easy
to put up, and very roomy. At 6’5” I do need space, and this
has lots of it. Loads of room for me and all of my kit, sitting
up or lying down. It is also a very clever design, and is well
made. The Cuben fiber is a wonderful fabric. It seems robust,
stays taut, and the tent copes well with wind (not yet tested
in a full gale!). It’s fully waterproof. It does have a slight
condensation issue, but then, all tents seem to. The way
condensation runs down the inside and out through the mesh gap
provided for it is very clever, and it works. And if two or
more of the four doors are left open, condensation becomes
minimal. I think it just has to be accepted that if the
temperature inside any tent is noticeably higher than the
outside, there will probably be condensation. A star buy,
10/10" -Jerry W.
"This summer I had the honor of breaking in the Duplex
solo sleeping bag at Philmont scout ranch. My crew and I
covered 120 miles over the eleven days and your product made
this experience priceless. Thank you for making best
lightweight gear on the market." -Scott F.
"Your Duplex is the best backpacking tent that I have ever
owned in almost 50 years of backpacking!! I LOVE IT! It has
more space and is lighter than my previous “ultralight” tent -
and is much easier to set up. I felt secure (and luxurious!)
even (especially!) in heavy thunderstorms in Oregon and
Washington. The Duplex was just a delight." -Joe W.
"I have been so happy with my Zpacks equipment. Incredibly
light, durable for it's weight, and high performance in various
conditions. The Duplex tent has been amazing on all my
adventures from backpacking in the Rockies to pack rafting the
Rio Chama to ski mountaineering Mt Rainier. I always get lots
of questions and compliments about the Zpacks gear and always
recommend it. People are amazed that something so light can be
so functional." -Andy S.
"I absolutely LOVE the Duplex tent you made for me last year.
It’s a great product and has stood up nicely here in Virginia."
"Thank you so much for getting the Duplex tent to me within my
ideal time-frame. I am so pleased with its performance after a
three day trek In the Welsh mountains over Easter during which
it stood up to a night of gale force winds and rain with no
issues whatsoever. A great product." -Nigel P.
"By the way, last week I had to camp on a very exposed ridge in
the San Gabriels with very fierce winds. The Duplex tent held
up great despite - what seemed to me - taking a terrible
beating. No damage done to tent as far as I’ve been able to
tell. Fortunately I was able to find huge rocks for anchoring
the tent stakes." -Joe W.
"I really did my research before my thru-hike / bought and
returned many, many items just so that I could have ‘em in my
hands and look at the stitching and study the design, etc. On
the web, everyone claims to have a great product, but the
shopper can’t know the truth until they hold it in their hands.
I found Zpacks quality and design to be tops in the areas of
bags, packs AND tents, that’s an impossible trifecta! My
thru-hike confirmed it. Sorry, let me add Stuff sacks and
Customer Support to that list! Thanks." -Fred L.
"Thanks again for your recommendations about snow camping! My
pitch wasn't perfect but it survived all the crazy
wind and wasn't too cold at all! Glad I tried it out in the
snow!" -Karen W.
"I'm on the AT and I love my tent. I've slept in it every night
since I've gotten it and shown it off to a lot of people on
trail." -Kasey M.
"I purchased a Duplex in Nov 2013 shortly after they became
available, so I suspect I have one of the first run. Words
cannot describe how much I like this tent…it is orders of
magnitude more enjoyable than any other I have owned." -John H,
(Comment received May 2015)
"My ski partner and I were pretty thrilled with how the Duplex
performed in a range of winter conditions, and we were of
course glad to have less weight on our backs. I've attached a
couple shots of the Duplex tent from our trips.
" -Serge G.
"I bought a Duplex tent last year and its by far the best shelter I have used.
Been on a bunch of bike packing trips with it and have had nothing but great times ;-)" -Rick G.
"This letter is about my ranking the Zpacks Duplex as my
favorite tent of all outdoor shelters I’ve used since 1958. I
bought my Duplex from you a little over a year ago, and I’ve
used it about 30 nights since then in Wyoming’s Cloud Peak
Wilderness and in Montana’s Beartooths and Absarokas. I’ve used
it in every month of the year!!! I’ve used it mostly for one
person, but occasionally for two. I LOVE IT! I’ve never
experienced a blizzard in the Duplex, but I’ve experienced
hard, all day rain with wind gusts, lightening and all night
wind. I’m amazed at the wonderful protection. Thanks for a
wonderful invention." -Barry W.
"Last weekend we completed a presidential traverse; 3 out of 4
of us had your backpacks and tents. I slept in the tent above
tree-line in a wet swampy spot in 35 to 40 mph winds and no
problems. Lots of people commented on our packs and few knew of
them but had never seen one. Very impressed with the packs and
the tent. Very lightweight as advertised and seem quite
rugged." -Curtis B.
"We have just completed our 515 mile hike across Washington on
the PCT. Having now put our new Duplex tent and my Arc Blast
pack through their paces, I wanted to send you some product
feedback. First the Duplex tent--in a word, terrific! It was
perfect for us and held up beautifully. It seemed so ephemeral
when we first received it that it was hard to imagine it
surviving the rigors of the trip, but we needn't have worried.
With care and a post trip washing, it still looks new after
more than 30 nights" -Heidi P.
"I just finished my PCT section hike (Campo --> Cascade Locks) using a Zpacks sleeping bag and Zpacks Duplex tent.
Both were awesome and served me well on my hike. The Duplex was my favorite piece of gear!" -Jake P.
"I wanted to extend to you a huge thanks for your wonderful customer service and your amazing Duplex Tent!
It held up for me in snow, rain, and wind, and was my sanctuary in mosquito country.
Attached is a shot of it at my favorite campsite.
I have recommended the tent to many people, and will continue to do so." -Julia H.
"My Duplex was pelted with golf ball sized hale with only a minor hole being punched into one of the corners.
I was easily able to repair it in the morning with that Cuben Fiber tape (LOVE IT!!).
I'll admit I originally thought it was because of the fragility of ultralight products until I took a walk around the lake I was camped at.
I found a nylon tent with several unrepairable tears in the rainfly. I think my tent did amazingly well considering the conditions!
I now have no such doubts on the durability of these products." -Tyler R.
"My wife and I have just returned from a backpacking trip in King's Canyon.
We slept in the Zpacks Duplex tent every day and enjoyed our experience with it in every possible way!
The tent takes minutes to pitch perfectly, has enough room for two people to sit up and also store small items in and around the mesh pockets.
The bathtub floor indeed appears to be plenty strong for normal use with a little care taken when selecting the camp site to avoid very sharp
stones and twigs. The mesh, while looking very fine and offering beautiful views of the surroundings, turned out to be very robust and will
likely endure many years of normal use. We found the workmanship and the material quality unsurpassed and are looking forward to replacing
many of our other backpacking items by those offered by Zpacks in the future." -Aliaksei C.
"My Zpacks Duplex tent was such a great purchase! I've camped in the worst thunderstorms imaginable with very high winds and rain and the tent kept me snug as a bug in a rug. The open/shut sides are a great feature because it gives cross ventilation when open and seals out extremely bad weather when closed ... plus gives additional protected out-of-tent space. And it takes about two minutes to put up. The tent is very well made, extremely lightweight and takes up very little space in my pack. It is something I will keep and use the rest of my life! Awesome purchase!" - Linda Bliss
"I took my Duplex tent
to enjoy the last weekend of summer at Emerald Lake in the Cloud Peak Wilderness.
I knew I'd be getting into some snow, since in rained in Sheridan Thursday afternoon.
As always, the Duplex was great. I use it when I go solo, and I use my Triplex when I go with someone else." -Barry W.
"If you and your staff only knew how many times I sang your praises on the CDT this year, both to others and silently to myself.
Such as when:
--Just barely off the summit of Mt. Taylor, hail slammed the tent like machine-gun fire with two solid inches still left on the ground the next morning, and the thermometer inside the tent read 19 degrees.
--My last night, ten miles north of Cubres Pass, at 12,300 feet on the exposed summit of Flat Mountain we had hours of sustained 30-, 40- and more mile-an-hour gusts. "Please hold, please hold," was my mantra.
I was speaking to the seams, the fabric, the stakes and the carbon fiber tent pole (the second pole was my hiking pole)." -Barney 'Scout' M.
"Here is a Photo
from Troop 858 on the Big Piney trail in MO. Duplex tent and 30 degree bag in left.
Solplex tent, 40 degree bag and Arc Blast pack on the right. My Pack was down to about 26 lbs with food/fuel/water.
MUCH lighter than on previous trips!! My knees are thanking me today. :) Gear worked great.
Thanks for putting out great lightweight products that work as advertised." -Jamie B.
"I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your support while I was on the trail and for your Duplex tent. I completed my AT thru-hike on September 18th,
2015 and used your tent almost every night, except for a few town days. The Duplex performed as advertised; no water inside the tent and no condensation." -Robert H.