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Chris Chatman
(ChrisChatman) - MLife

Locale: Mid-Atlantic
ZPacks has a new pack and shelter... on 08/22/2011 07:49:28 MDT Print View

Greetings all. Has anyone else taken a look at the new ZPacks pack and shelter?

The shelter is a new hexamid sized between the solo and duo and looks very interesting to me as a great size for the solo hiker who wants to stretch out a bit more:
http://www.zpacks.com/shelter/hexamid_plus.shtml

The pack looks like it has a nice combination of weight, volume, and durability although I'd be interested to hear opinions on the usefulness of the CF stays to transfer weight:
http://www.zpacks.com/backpacks/exo.shtml

Jacob D
(JacobD) - F

Locale: North Bay
Hexamid Solo-Plus on 08/22/2011 09:01:43 MDT Print View

Sounds like a good idea. I like to have a little more room personally, and at 10.9 ounces fully featured that's sounding amazing. Hmmm...


Regarding the CF stays, I don't see why CF would be an issue, is flexure your concern?

Chris Chatman
(ChrisChatman) - MLife

Locale: Mid-Atlantic
Re: Hexamid Solo-Plus on 08/22/2011 09:16:27 MDT Print View

"Regarding the CF stays, I don't see why CF would be an issue, is flexure your concern?"

Now that I look closer at the pictures and description it seems that there are two "frame" options. One is the "two tent pole option" which I was more skeptical of given other reviews/feedback on this type of system and the second is the "exoskeleton" option which looks like it would do a better job transferring weight as it's similar to the U-shaped hoop stays that other vendors use.

Either way - I'm thinking of pulling the trigger on one...

Jason G
(JasonG) - F

Locale: iceberg lake
sweet on 08/22/2011 15:16:22 MDT Print View

I was thinkin and i might have posted this before that I was thinking of selling my solo and asking joe to custom build me a hexamid that was 10-15% bigger with a sewn in groundsheet! ahh why couldn't he have released this in may. if i order in now it don't get here till VERY late in the season.. decisions..

Brett Peugh
(bpeugh) - F - M

Locale: Midwest
nice, but... on 08/22/2011 18:21:45 MDT Print View

It looks like a good product but it just priced Zpacks right out of my range.

Praveen M
(prav66) - MLife

Locale: Mid-Atlantic
zpacks hexamid solo plus with sewn in Cuben floor on 08/23/2011 15:28:38 MDT Print View

I have a prototype of the new hexamid solo plus shelter, one customized with a cuben fiber floor sewn in.

Joe said the model with sewn-in floor didn't work so well when he tried it for couples use as the bath-tub design was inadequate for two and water would get in in a storm, compared to just using separate ground cloth(s) with overlap over the mesh as he normally recommends. However, no such problems for single use. It weighs about 11oz including seam-sealing, hard to beat that in a shelter of this size with full floor & insect protection.

Will be testing it the coming week in the black hills and report back with more thoughts.

Ceph Lotus
(Cephalotus) - MLife

Locale: California
Zpacks new backpack & tent on 08/23/2011 15:59:12 MDT Print View

These new Zpacks pack and tent look real interesting. I would love to see some reviews and videos.

Sam Ridge
(samridge817)

Locale: North Carolina
Zpacks Exo on 08/24/2011 00:26:39 MDT Print View

Ya someone buy one and hate it. Then give it to me for free! In all seriousness though this is some next generation stuff going on here. I think we are going to see more and more of these lightweight frames being introduced. Watch out; as I have been notified of MLD releasing a 22 oz framed exodus by October 1st. Exo or Exodus? hmmmm

Sam Ridge
(samridge817)

Locale: North Carolina
Exo Mania on 08/24/2011 00:28:26 MDT Print View

I almost forgot osprey has an "Exos" too.

Stephan Doyle
(StephanCal)
Re: ZPacks has a new pack and shelter... on 08/24/2011 09:51:57 MDT Print View

I'm not sure about the framed Exo. It looks uncomfortable. Then again, I don't like much transfer to the hips (90% of the time you won't see me with my hipbelt buckled).

The larger Hexamid is great. I love my single, but if I were purchasing today, the larger size would likely win out.

Chris Chatman
(ChrisChatman) - MLife

Locale: Mid-Atlantic
I'll be the guinea pig... on 08/24/2011 11:51:09 MDT Print View

I just ordered the Exo pack. I'll try to post some pictures and thoughts after I receive it.

Ceph Lotus
(Cephalotus) - MLife

Locale: California
ZPacks has a new pack and shelter... on 08/24/2011 17:58:55 MDT Print View

Anyone buy the new Zpacks pack or tent yet?

Jason G
(JasonG) - F

Locale: iceberg lake
ahh on 08/25/2011 00:32:13 MDT Print View

Praveen, let me know if you want to sell!! Ill take it!

Randall Miller
(speyguy) - F

Locale: Cascadia
hexamid solo plus on 08/29/2011 22:57:58 MDT Print View

The hexamid solo plus looks pretty cool. It looks pretty stake intensive though (10). I think I'd like it better if there was an option for a little heaver weight Cuben then the .51.

Ceph Lotus
(Cephalotus) - MLife

Locale: California
Re: hexamid solo plus on 08/29/2011 23:31:54 MDT Print View

I agree. The .51 oz/sqyd cuben fiber used on the tent is less durable. There's this note about it on the website:

"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. The shelter can also be easily repaired in the field since duct tape sticks well to the fabric."

On the other hand, the ligher Cuben is what makes the tent so ultralight to begin with.

Tradeoffs.......

Edited by Cephalotus on 08/29/2011 23:33:29 MDT.

Mary D
(hikinggranny) - MLife

Locale: Gateway to Columbia River Gorge
ZPacks has a new pack and shelter... on 08/30/2011 00:01:52 MDT Print View

I'm hoping to get a good look at these items at PCT Trail Days in Cascade Locks, OR this Saturday. I'll try not to drool on them! It's really great that Joe is coming all the way from Florida for this event!

Edited by hikinggranny on 08/30/2011 00:04:24 MDT.

tyler marlow
(like.sisyphus) - F

Locale: UTAH
.51 cuben on 08/30/2011 00:06:44 MDT Print View

I had a hexamid twin in the .51 cuben on my Colorado Trail hike this summer and was a little nervous about how thin/light it was. After a few days I noticed a defect in the material where very thin pieces of mylar had delaminated on one side. I contacted Joe and he assured me this was not normal and quickly offered to send me a new one.

I decided to upgrade to the .75 weight cuben as I was going to use this tent for a PCT thru as well and was willing to take the (estimated) 1.5 oz weight penalty for the heavier material.

Joe was super awesome and had it sent out immediately. Before we got to the town where we were picking up the new tent we were caught in a few days of bad weather, most notably a very intense hail storm with blueberry sized hail and an allllll night long rainstorm. The .51 held up perfectly and instilled in me complete confidence! I believe that the .51 cuben is comparable or stronger to silnylon and the .74 is definitely 'bomber'

In the end, Joe makes great, extremely well designed and made gear backed up with superb customer service! You won't to wrong with anything you buy from him.

Ben Smith
(goosefeet) - MLife

Locale: Georgia
Re: .51 cuben on 08/30/2011 06:28:55 MDT Print View

I've got a Hexamid Twin made from the 0.74oz cuben, and it is about 6.5oz after seam sealing and including guylines. It is my favorite shelter! I used it in the Bob Marshall Wilderness in Montana with lots of rain, hail, and wind, and it held up wonderfully! I have yet to see a single defect, either in materials or workmanship.

tyler marlow
(like.sisyphus) - F

Locale: UTAH
.74 hex on 08/30/2011 07:29:25 MDT Print View

Ben, is your Twin in the super stealthy DarthVader black cuben like mine?

Ben Smith
(goosefeet) - MLife

Locale: Georgia
Re: .74 hex on 08/30/2011 07:30:31 MDT Print View

Nope, Olive Drab. He used cuben that I sent him...