Zpacks™ Solplex Tent
Solplex Tent - $549
Weight: 14.5 ounces (411 grams)
Shelters are made to order and are currently shipping in about five weeks
There may also be lightly used gear in our Bargain
The Solplex is sized for an average solo hiker. Larger hikers may prefer to
spread out in the Plexamid or Duplex.
Solplex Tent Overview Video.
Sets up with two trekking poles adjusted to around 48" (122 cm)
and 32" (81 cm). The back pole inserts between the back of the
tarp and the back screen wall. If your pole does not adjust, a
taller pole could be used at the back outside the tarp. There is
an exterior tie out on the rear peak for that purpose.
If you do not use trekking poles, we have
Straight Tent Poles
available, or you could consider our Freestanding
Solplex Flex Tent upgrade.
Eight stakes are required for this tent.
Either of the storm doors can be opened or closed independently.
Leave them open on nice nights for a breeze and great views. Close
the upwind door to block cold wind, or close both for 360° rain
protection. The overlapping doors are closed with custom made
metal hooks, with a toggle at the center to keep them pinned.
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.
The tarp overhangs the bathtub floor by 4-5 inches (12 cm). In
calm rain or under wet trees the 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. For even better rain protection with a door open, use the
included clips to pull the screen door back away from the rain
A Rainbow zipper gives you extra space to get in or out of the tent and gives you access to the vestibule area. The
doorway is tall for easy entry.
This tent has a solid, sewn in 8 inch (20 cm) tall bathtub floor. The
bathtub floor is a rectangle 30 inches wide by
7.5 feet long (76cm x 2.3m), plenty of space for one average sized person
to stretch out. You can use a full length wide width sleeping pad
with room to spare at the ends of the tent for gear. If
you need extra space try
propping up the side guylines for even more headroom.
The bathtub floor has a
at both ends for storing small items like your flashlight,
glasses, phone, etc. The pockets are about 8" x 8" (20 cm x 20
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,
Groundsheets are available.
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. Ear plugs are not a bad idea for windy nights.
Instructions / Set up Video
- Peak Height: 48" (122 cm)
- Rear Peak Height: 32" (81 cm)
Width: 37" (94 cm)
- Width including vestibules: 61" (155 cm)
Vestibule space: 20.75" depth. (53 cm)
- Length: 100" (254 cm)
- Peak Height: 48" (122 cm)
- Rear Peak Height: 32" (81 cm)
Width: 30" (76 cm)
Length: 7.5 feet (2.3 meters)
- Zipper entry height: 36" (91 cm)
- The tent weighs a total of 14.5 ounces (411 grams) including
guy lines, sewn in linelocs, taped seams, and a stuff sack. A
piece of repair tape is included with the tent.
- 8x Stakes are required but are not included. We have a variety of
Ultralight Stakes to choose from.
- Our tents are made from Dyneema Composite Fabric. DCF has several advantages over other materials:
- DCF has a very high strength to weight ratio. The
material can handle high wind force and does not tear easily.
- DCF is inherently waterproof. There is no DWR to worry about
- DCF is not coated with any chemicals. It is PFC free.
- DCF doesn't absorb any significant amount of water.
No extra water weight to pack up.
- DCF 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.
- The seams are stitched and then taped water tight. The tie
outs have bonded reinforcements for high strength. No seam sealing necessary!
- Tape sticks well to it. Any damage can easily be fixed in
the field with our
DCF Repair Tape.
- DCF 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 DCF material
available as an upgrade that you can choose.
One nice thing about DCF is you can also see the outlines of
trees and your surroundings for a more connected outdoor experience.
- 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 bathtub floor is made from 1.0 oz/sqyd DCF. This material weight is more than twice as thick as the canopy
material and is more resistant to abrasion and punctures. As with all
DCF it is easy to patch with tape.
- Lineloc 3 adjusters are sewn to all tie outs. Bright yellow Dyneema
Z-Line cord is cut for you and included. 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
- All Zpacks gear has a one year warranty against defects in
materials or workmanship. Please see our
return / warranty policy.
The photos here show Duplex tents for color comparison.
.51 oz/sqyd Standard Dyneema Composite Fabric
The default material choice on this tent is .51 oz/sqyd Dyneema Composite Fabric. It has high tensile strength and
can handle strong winds, storms, and all the typical conditions a tent will be in.
This is the weight I used on all my long distance hikes, and I've never had a problem with it becoming damaged.
If it ever were to get punctured or torn, I know that I can fix it easily in the field with
A piece of matching repair tape is included with the tent.
The floor material on our tents is always thicker more puncture and abrasion resistant 1.0 oz/sqyd
regardless of which tarp material you pick.
.67 oz/sqyd Camo Dyneema Composite Fabric
This material has the same Dyneema thread count as standard .51 oz/sqyd, but
with a slightly thicker laminate with a Camo pattern on it. The Camo print
brings the fabric weight to .67 oz/sqyd.
It blends in to nature well. It is darker, less transparent and offers more privacy.
DCF 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
This material is more expensive. It adds around .6 ounces (17 grams) to the
.74 oz/sqyd Spruce Green Dyneema Composite Fabric
This material has a higher Dyneema thread count which gives it a higher tear strength.
The standard material is already difficult to tear, so in our opinion this
unnecessary. Some people like it for added peace of mind.
It is also a bit thicker and darker than the standard weight. It is less transparent and
offers more privacy, but it is not as dark as camo.
It adds around 1.2 ounces (34 grams) to the weight.
Reviews and Customer Testimonials:
Please email us with feedback (good or bad) if you have any!
Congrats to Heather 'Anish' Anderson on her 2015 Fastest Known
Time record for an unsupported hike of the Appalachian Trail at 54 days, 7
hours, and 48 minutes. "Lots of people along the way heard me rave about my
that's for sure! :)" Read
"I have used a Zpacks Solplex tent for two thru hikes.
It is my favorite tent... ever!"
Solplex Tent Review
at Gnarly River.
"Slept out in silent and sturdy comfort despite freight-train
sounding winds all night last night. Totally in love with this
beautifully crafted and ultra useful piece of work. Thank you."
"My thanks for the great Solplex tent. It's had four
nights use now and seems to be everything I expected: light,
easy to set up, and looks like it will handle rain well, light snow as
well." -David A.
"2 thumbs up on the Solplex, my new bug haven!!" -Jeffrey S.
"I finished the JMT about 2 weeks ago and at first I was really
concerned about how it would hold up in bad weather. I am happy
to announce that we were hailed on about 4 times and a ton of
rain and wind and the tent did amazing. I had one night of not
much sleep because of wind but that's to be expected. I wanted
you to know how happy I was with it and loved how lightweight
it was. My backpack was so light and it made the trip so much
easier. thank you for making this tent happen for me in a
pinch." -Joellen G.
"My friend and I went camping this past weekend. The
temperature got down to -7C and both our tents performed
flawlessly. We both made our lines longer than normal and
fitted them with micro linelocs for more pitching options. I
totally open with the back to the breeze and
looked at the stars all night! We are both very happy, the
tents are winners! Attached are a couple of pics from the
Greenstone Valley on a frosty morning." -Sally S.
"I just got back from my Katahdin / 100 Mile Wilderness trip
and I am thrilled to report that all my Zpacks gear performed
110%! I was out for 11 days including a summit of Katahdin and
I hiked all the way down to Monson - 114.9 miles.
The Arc Blast pack was great - so light and strong! The Solplex
tent kept my dry in a two hour pouring rain and wind storm and
the rain gear performed really well. Loved the hat and gloves.
Thanks again - I'm sure I'll be using Zpacks gear for years to
come!" -Joe K.
"I have had my Solplex out for a few forays in the English Lake
District; it certainly attracts comments. I quite like summit
camping so it has had good exposure to wind and rain and has
performed excellently; remained stable and kept me dry. The
times I had a few issues were during warmish muggy nights where
I did find condensation on the inside, but a wipe down with a
cloth before I start moving around sorts it out. The weight
saving is phenomenal and a three day pack now looks smaller
then a lot of day packs." -Dave C.
"Thank you guys! Have always been impressed with your customer
service and craftsmanship. Have spent about 40 nights in the
Solplex since it arrived, and it has preformed flawlessly in
everything from biblical hail to heavy wind and rain. Great
shelter! Thanks again." -Brian F.
"I want to tell you that I fell head over heels in love with my
Solplex tent. I thought I loved my earlier Hexamid Solo, but I
always preferred to cowboy camp when I could. Once I got the
knack of it I found setting up the Solplex easy and fun. I
never wanted to camp outside because I loved the tent so much.
I had plenty of room for my backpack and all my gear in the
tent with me and that felt very cozy and secure. I did the
Wonderland Trail around Mt Rainier and then hiked the PCT from
Rainier to Timberline. I was in tent heaven." -River M.
"I got my order and love my new gear! Just returned from a two
night San Rafael Swell backpack trip in <28F weather. The tent
in particular is next level. I think I may have made some other
customers for you already! Thanks and, again, great
products!!!" -Glade S.
"I used the Solplex tent in monsoon rains and hail thru-hiking
the JMT in 2014. I was warm and cozy while the hail came down
so strong, it sounded like I was inside of a snare drum in a
marching band. The bathtub floor was in over two inches of
water after a particularly heavy downpour without a leak. My
gear was dry and so was I. After the JMT, my tent, rain suit
and I hiked the Wonderland trail too. I couldn't be more
pleased with the performance and quality of the gear ordered
from you. Thank you!" -Cindy L.
"I really love the Zpacks gear I bought last year. My Solplex Tent survived 50
mph windstorms, rain, and Alaskan levels of mosquitoes while keeping me warm and
comfortable. -Iris H.
"I purchased the Solplex tent in 2014 and have been very happy with the
performance to date. The bathtub floor did a great job keeping me dry during a
huge thunder storm in the sierra's last year. I could actually see the water
traveling under the floor while pitched on a granite shelf." -Roger G.
"I bought the Solplex last year and used it in the Wind River Range of Wyoming.
It worked out very well with the exception of one VERY windy exposed site, which
any tent short of a four pole 4 season would have struggled with. But to be
clear I love my Solplex. Attaching a
Picture of the Solplex
high up in Indian Basin, Wind River Range, last September. You do good work!" -Steve C.
"Started the CDT! My Solplex held up great in a super windy storm we had a few
nights ago, so sturdy for such a minimalist tent! Thank you." -Kate M.
"I'm going through my photos from my trip on the Great Divide Trail this summer and came across this one I thought you'd appreciate.
It was quite a great shot of double rainbows over two Solplex tents
!" -Wired (www.walkingwithwired.com
Update 2016- "My Solplex has held up great since 2014! I want you to know that I took it on 6 trails, 4,300mi, and slept in it 200 nights so far. I thought you'd appreciate the stats. The trails I took it on were the AT, Long Trail, Great Divide Trail, Tahoe Rim Trail, Hayduke, and the Lost Coast Trail." -Erin "Wired" S.
"I can't say enough how pleased I am with my
Camo Solplex Tent
I purchased it back in March 2016, and after a year of use, I know it's "the one".
I have not tried nor seen any other tents that compare to its weight, ease of use, and livability.
Many seem to agree with this since I was surrounded by Zpacks tents numerous times on the Colorado Trail.
Another thing I like about my particular tent is the camo color.
I could spot the silver and blue tents a mile away but mine blended in so well, sometimes I had a hard time relocating it.
I like this "stealthiness" for many reasons. Addionally, I like how connected I feel to my surroundings in my tent.
I love that I can roll the flaps up and stare out at the stars all night.
I will definitely bring the tent on my next thru-hike of the Te Araroa this fall.
It will be perfect for the rainy conditions there. It's such a relief to know I have a shelter that I can depend on." -Leah 'Twig' H.
"I just returned from 7 days on the Rae Lakes loop.
I went through 3 nights of thunderstorms. The worst night was at Rae Lakes.
Probably rained 1.5 inches in 30 minutes as an intense storm rolled through with pea sized hail.
Not having been in a DCF material tent before with hail, I had some fear it might break but it was fine.
Some poor fellow had to get up in the middle of the storm because he did not realize he was in a small depression.
There was still 6 inches of water in the morning. Other people on a slight slope with just a tarp and ground cloth got wet
because it was like a river flowing down the slopes. This was a situation where a bathtub floor was a must.
So glad I had a bathtub. Thanks for the great tent." -John D.
"I just spent a week at BSA's world's largest high adventure base at Philmont in New Mexico.
We spent 4 days backpacking as we applied Leave No Trace principles.
It was cold & rained literally 90% of our trek.
Not only did our driver compliment me on my ultralight setup (saying it was the lightest pack he'd ever lifted)
but I was also the ONLY one in the group that was able to keep my sleeping gear dry thanks to my Solplex tent.
Condensation was an issue of course because of the constant rain but was quickly resolved with a small shammy towel.
Thank you for an amazing product!" -Karen Y.
"Here are a few choice shot's of my
trusty camo Solplex
and Arc Blast whilst walking a rather wet and boggy Glyndŵr's Way (Mid Wales, UK).
All I can say is that what an amazing tent to keep me so snug, warm and above
all, dry, in such wet conditions day after day. " -Andrew C.
"In August 2017 I decided to celebrate my retirement by completing a thru-hike of the John Muir Trail,
traveling from Horseshoe Meadows to Yosemite. I took along my Zpacks Solplex tent. The tent performed flawlessly
and I'm extremely happy with it. Thank you." -Rod B.
"I have had the Solplex for about 3 1/2 years now and have been able to take it out on several trips.
Just wanted to let you know that I am highly satisfied with the performance of such a lightweight product.
Just this past week I rode out a night of heavy rain and thunderstorms, with nothing more than some very minor condensation.
Myself and my gear were warm and dry. It’s a good feeling to have a reliable shelter when you know the weather is moving in.
Thanks, and looking forward to more miles on the trail." -Christopher C.
"The Solplex is such a simple design, but at the same time, ingenious.
It just works…a concept that is more of a feeling or a knowing, after having such an intimate relationship with the tent over the years.
I have played with a lot of other innovative designs in shelters, none of which made such an impression on me.
The combination of the materials, dimensions, and open front with dual storm flaps come together in perfect harmony."
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