Zpacks™ Hexamid Twin Tent
This item is discontinued. Please consider the Duplex Tent
as an alternative.
The Hexamid Twin is spacious for one or a minimalist shelter for an average size
couple. It has fully enclosed screen, a detachable bathtub floor for
versatility, and storm doors for 360° rain protection.
Set up requires two adjustable trekking poles and a minimum of six
stakes. Eight stakes are recommended. The main trekking pole
should be set to around 48 inches (122 cm), the back pole to about
32 inches (81 cm). Either pole can fluctuate a couple inches.
Tent poles are
available if you don't use trekking poles.
Set up Instructions
are available. Watch the Hexamid Twin Setup Video!
- Reasonable space for two average size people plus gear, or a palace for one. The tent is long enough
for most people to fully stretch out their arms and legs, and tall enough
for two people to sit
upright. The front edge of this tent is longer than the rear, it
works best with a shorter partner towards the back. A couple with two
tall partners should consider the Duplex
as a more spacious alternative.
A 6 foot tall person centered in the tent would have about 17.5"
(45 cm) of vertical height at the end of their head and feet (more
factoring in the extra lift from the end guy lines).
A pair of storm doors protect the front of the tent from rain spray.
The doors overlap in front, you never have to worry about a broken
zipper. They clip down to the front center guy line, or roll up out of the way.
Leave one or both doors open for air flow when the weather allows it.
You can also use the doors for vestibule space.
Great ventilation, and a great view through the large screen entryway.
6" (15 cm) of screen around the perimeter allows air flow. The
bathtub floor is set back from the screen walls. You can leave both
storm doors open in the rain for air flow, unless spray is blowing
directly at the front of the tent.
Our Hexamid tents are unique in that they have a fully enclosed screen floor
which keeps 100% of insects, spiders, ticks, etc out!
You will need a separate waterproof bathtub floor on the inside, on top
of the screen, just like sleeping under a tarp.
Keeping it separate from the tent offers the following advantages:
- Our Cuben Fiber
Bathtub Floor works great, but alternatively you can
use a Poncho
to double as rain gear, a Bivy,
or inexpensive material like
Tyvek to save on cost.
- On nice nights you can take your separate floor out and sleep under the stars or on the ground under a shelter.
- If rain is blowing hard at one side of the tent, you can
fold or shift your floor away from
any spray. Rain spray or condensation runs harmlessly out the
- You can set your wet shoes, wet pack, and clothes on the
screen, while keeping your bathtub floor dry.
- You can take out your bathtub floor to dry the tent off
faster. If the tent is wet you can pack your dry floor separate.
- Normally the floor stays clipped in place and packs
up with the tent. You don't ever have to take it out except when
you want to!
Each inside corner of the tent has a loop and clip for attaching your
bathtub floor. The peak also has a loop on the inside for hanging a flashlight or stuff sack.
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. Cuben Fiber is not a particularly
noisy fabric, however almost any tent will make a little noise in the
wind. Ear plugs are not a bad idea for windy nights.
Cuben Fiber 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 material available as an
One nice thing about Cuben Fiber is you can also see the outlines of
trees and your surroundings for a more connected outdoor experience.
- Our tents are made from .51 oz/sqyd (17.4 g/m˛) Cuben Fiber material.
Cuben Fiber has several advantages over other materials:
- Cuben Fiber has a very high strength to weight ratio. The
material can handle high wind force and does not tear easily.
- Cuben Fiber is waterproof.
- Cuben Fiber 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.
- Tape sticks well to it. Any damage can easily be fixed in
the field with our
Cuben Fiber Repair Tape.
- The seams are stitched and then taped taped water tight. The tie
outs have bonded reinforcements for high strength. No seam sealing necessary!
- This tent has fully enclosed .7 oz/sqyd (24 g/m˛) 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 screen floor holds up
surprisingly well. As long as you are a little careful to move pointy
things from your tent site you are unlikely to get any damage. If it did
get a puncture it would be under your solid bathtub floor where it
wouldn't affect the performance of the tent.
- The separate (optional) bathtub floor is made from 1.0 oz/sqyd Cuben
Fiber. This material weight is more than twice as thick as the canopy
material and is more resistant to abrasion and punctures. As with all
Cuben Fiber it is easy to patch with tape.
- Bright Yellow 1.25 mm Spectra Z-Line cord is included for guy lines
(uncut). This cord is very strong, tangle resistant, and doesn't stretch
so it gives you a tight pitch. Yellow is easy to see day or night. We
recommend fixed length guy lines for the easiest set up with no knots or
adjustment necessary. Some customers choose to add
Linelocs or different
cord. The side guy lines can be
propped up with a second set of trekking poles (if you are hiking
with a partner) for extra head room, though it is not necessary.
- The expected life span of this shelter is at least one
full 2500+ mile thru hike, or many years of casual use with some
- All Zpacks gear has a one year warranty against defects in
materials or workmanship. Returns or exchanges are welcome.
- For more info check out the Tent
- Peak Height: 47 inches (119 cm)
- Rear Height: 30 inches (76 cm)
- Length: 9 feet (2.75 meters)
- Width at center: 62 inches (158 cm)
- Width at ends: 42 inches (107 cm)
- Entryway Height: 29 inches (74 cm)
- Vestibule Depth: About 12 inches (30 cm)
Floor Dimensions (Assuming a Twin Cuben Fiber Bathtub Floor is used):
- Width at center: 50 inches (127 cm)
- Width at ends: 38 inches (97 cm)
- Length: 7.5 feet (2.29 m)
- Bathtub wall height: 5-6 inches (15 cm)
- Note that you also have additional space around the perimeter of the
bathtub floor for gear.
- A Hexamid Twin Tarp including taped seams and Storm Doors weighs
7.0 ounces (198 grams)
- Bright yellow
Z-Line spectra guy
lines add .6 oz (17 grams)
- A medium 6" x 12" stuff sack adds .3 ounces (8 grams)
- Six elastic bands and clips to attach your bathtub floor to the
shelter are included. .5 ounces (14 grams)
- Fully enclosed bug screen adds 5.8 ounces (164 grams)
- A detachable Twin Cuben Fiber Bathtub Floor adds 4.6 ounces
- The Total Weight for the tent including all of the
above is 18.8 ounces (533 grams)
- 8x Stakes are required but are not included. We have a variety of
Ultralight Stakes to choose from.
- These weights are as accurate as possible. Compare carefully! Many
other manufacturers leave out seam sealing, lines, stuff sack,
stakes, ground sheet etc from their weights.
Shelters are made to order and are currently shipping in about five weeks
There may also be lightly used gear in our Bargain
This item is discontinued. Please consider the Duplex Tent
as an alternative.
Additional Material Choices:
.74 oz/sqyd Spruce Green Material
The default tent material is .51 oz/sqyd Cuben Fiber. This material has proven to be plenty
strong enough to handle high winds, and your tent will normally not be subject
to abrasion or punctures. If it does get damaged (for example by a falling
branch or sparks), the material is very easy to
patch in the field with our Cuben Fiber Repair Tape.
Some people prefer to upgrade to heavier .74 oz/sqyd Cuben Fiber for added peace of
mind. My own opinion is this material is not necessary, but it also does not
hurt other than a small weight increase. It adds $15 to the price, and around
1.5 ounces (45 grams) to the
weight. We have it in dark green as shown. It is a little bit less transparent
than the thinner material.
The detachable bathtub floor is always made from black 1.0 oz/sqyd Cuben Fiber which is
thicker and stronger than the tarp material.
Reviews and Customer Testimonials:
Please email us with feedback (good or bad) if you have any!
"Simply put, the Zpacks Hexamid Twin Tent is the best all encompassing
ultralight shelter that we reviewed."
2015 Editor's Choice Outdoor Gear Lab
Hexamid Twin Tent Review
"On September 27th, 2013 we finished the CDT and completed
our Triple Crown. I was carrying the Hexamid Solo you made for
me, and Cheese was carrying the Hexamid Twin that we shared last
year on the PCT. The thing is bomb proof! Cheese's tent has
survived not only this hike, but also our PCT thru-hike in 2012.
We've weathered wind storms above 12,000 feet, hailstorms,
monsoon-like rains, and even took an on-trail zero in the Hexamid
Twin during a day of constant downpour and 35 degree weather.
Through it all, your tents kept us and our sleeping bags dry and
sane." -Swiss Cheese and Bone Lady, PCT 2012, CDT 2013
"I have been on 2 backpacking trips to CA’s Sierra Nevada range
and got a chance to use my new tent during both outings. My Hexamid Twin has more than exceeded my high expectations! Thanks
to your Company for the quality workmanship and attention to
detail!" -Mark K.
the tent! Had a great week with it under some very strong winds.
No problem. I had a good view of some of my cohorts tents
cart wheeling by." - Alex V.
"Hey Joe, I've
been meaning to write and say thanks. My wife and I thoroughly
enjoyed using the Hexamid Twin on our 2010 sobo thru hike. We
couldn't have been happier and the tent is still in great
condition. It was perfect for bug season in Maine and worked
really well for stealth camping when we needed to- you can set it
up almost anywhere and it's light as hell."
"I used the Twin with beak and Cuben groundsheet this summer on
my CDT hike and loved it. It stood up to some 60 to 80 mile per
hour storms and for 4.5 months of hiking, never broke, tore or
was blown down. I never even had a stake pop out, but of course,
weighted them with rocks when a storm was approaching, or tied to
trees when I could. I never got wet in there. Just at dusk we
pitched on the shores of a small reservoir in the Great Divide
Basin just in time for a complete 180 degree wind shift and a
terrific thunder storm. By pulling up the inside bathtub
groundcloth into the door, which was now straight into ferocious
wind and driving rain with not a bit of shelter from trees or
brush, I stayed completely dry. One great tent. Joe's got a
winner here. -Shroomer
"We are using the Hexamid Twin out here on the AT and continue to be
amazed. I could not imagine a better tent. It has held up in
snow, rain and wind with no problems." -James R.
"You probably don't need any more testimonials but I just wanted
to let you know that the Hexamid Twin performed extremely well on
my JMT thru hike with 16 nights spent in the shelter. I had two
nights of very strong wind and a few afternoons of light to
moderate rain. What really impressed me was how well the Hexamid
did in a totally exposed and windy location at
. Probably not the most intelligent place to pitch
on a windy day but the shelter did not let me down at all!" -Ravi
"Weathered a storm on Mount Whitney in your Hexamid Twin tent. The tent worked brilliantly.
Before the rain came down I got a nice Photo of the tent
in action I thought you might like.
Absolutely love your products. Almost wish my gear would wear out faster so I can justify buying some more ;-)." -Brad A.
"It is a remarkable tent and has traveled across much of southern
Europe and a couple African countries. I am sleeping on the edge
of a mountain in Scotland's Isle of Skye, the night before their
referendum. Magic." -Steve J.
"I have had
my Twin tent
in winds gusting over 50mph, only issue was
keeping the stakes in!" -Aaron Z., Trailgroove Magazine
"I thought you might like to see my favorite shots of your super
tent in Antarctica!
" -Spider Legs