Zpacks™ Solplex Flex Tent Upgrade
The Flex tent upgrade is an add-on to our normal Solplex
allows it to be pitched with
freestanding tent poles. It can be set up with just 1 or 2 stakes for the front
and back vestibules in calm weather. In windy weather you can stake the corners
and side walls, for a total of 8 stakes.
Freestanding tents are convenient in situations where stakes are difficult to
use. They make it easier to pitch on beach sand, snow, or on rocky or compacted terrain.
You can set up on a tent
platform, or other suboptimal locations without struggling with stakes. Flex poles are also handy on trips when
you don't have trekking poles, for example bike packing, canoe trips, or car
You still have the option to leave
the flex poles behind and pitch with your trekking poles to save weight on
regular backpacking trips.
Watch the Solplex Flex setup and overview video.
Four 80" (203 cm)
Easton Carbon Ion poles are included. Easton's carbon fiber poles are made using proven technology, and they are
super lightweight. Just 9 ounces (255 g) for a set including a
The additional hardware for connecting the poles to the tent only adds
.2 oz (5 g).
The poles will flex and bow horizontally when the wind gusts. In really windy
conditions if you can find a couple sticks or trekking poles to prop the
peaks of the tent you can keep it more rigid.
The folded length of the poles is 17" (43 cm). A tent pole sack is
included. The best way to pack them is stand them in your pack's side
pocket, or tuck them inside your pack vertically.
Any new Solplex tents made in February 2017 and later include attachment points for
the Flex upgrade, and poles can be added at a later date w/o sending the
Older Solplex tents can be retrofitted, see additional info below.
Ordering a new tent:
Add a normal Solplex Tent
to your cart, then add the
poles and hardware here. The normal tent lead time applies.
4x Solplex Flex tent poles with 4x rings, 2x toggles, stuff sack - $99
- 4x 80" Easton Carbon Ion poles.
- 1x tent pole stuff sack.
- 4x small metal rings. Untie the four corner stake loops on your tent and
re-tie them with rings attached like this.
- 2x toggles. Loop them on to each wall tie out to secure
the poles at the center like this.
Retrofitting an older tent:
**If your tent already has rings at the peaks you do not need to send it in.
If you would like to update an older Solplex tent produced before 2/1/17 you
will have to send it in to us to sew on the required attachment points and add
hardware. This does not include poles. Add the pole kit above to your cart too.
Make sure to email us right after ordering this and we will give you
instructions for sending in your tent.
Sending Solplex Tent for Flex upgrades - $25
Reviews and Customer Testimonials:
Please email us with feedback (good or bad) if you have any!
"Just wanted to share some kudos based on a recent experience with my Solplex Flex.
I recently upgraded my 3 year old Solplex with the optional "flex" poles and took it on a thru hike of the Ruby Crest Trail in Nevada.
On the second night of our trip, I pitched my Solplex on a beautiful, but very exposed, site above Overland Lake.
With the poles, I was able to setup on a granite slab, but could only get a couple of stakes in the ground.
The other corners were anchored with rocks. Despite the sub-optimal pitch,
my tent held firm while repeatedly pounded by heavy rain, hail and gusty winds during the night.
A little water splashed through the bottom mesh panels, but I fared as well or better than my hiking companions
with heavier traditional tents. My
still standing and dry inside, the morning after. Thanks for making great products." -Marla H.
"I used the Solplex with tent poles on a recent hike and can see the poles will be very useful on hard ground where rocks are not plentiful.
The full interior volume provided by use of the poles is also nice." - David A.