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ZPacks Hexamid Solo Tent

in Shelters - Single Wall Tents

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5.00 / 5 (1 reviews)

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Buck Nelson
( Colter )

ZPacks Hexamid Solo Tent on 11/20/2012 09:43:18 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

I used this shelter on my Desert Trail hike, Mexico to Canada, followed by three weeks canoeing the Yellowstone River.

My shelter weighed about 8.5 oz, plus stakes. It was held up with my hiking pole. The new version with taped seams (nice!) weighs about an oz more. A ground cloth is recommended for this shelter. I used a closed cell foam pad and no ground cloth and that worked fine for me. For rainier areas a ground cloth might be handy.

I expected little rain or insect problems on this hike. There was more rain and snow than expected. At times ants were a problem and occasionally mosquitoes. This shelter kept me dry and bug free under all conditions. As with all lightweight shelters and tarps, site selection was key (protection from strong wind, good drainage.) However, this shelter also did well buffeted by wind.

The construction is of a good quality and the design is great. Perhaps the greatest weakness of this general design of non-freestanding shelters is the number of stakes required: 8 for this shelter. I used a longer stake for the front stake which I would do again. At times during a heavy rain, water would follow the netting a few inches in. This was easily addressed by putting a shoe or canteen at problem spots. I never got wet. All things being equal the netting should be sewn in an inch or more from the edge of the shelter to prevent that issue but lightweight shelters always involve compromises.

It held up well and I'd expect many more miles of good service from it. The mesh floor has some small holes in it, not surprising after a summer in the thorns and stones. The fly is still in great shape.

The Cuben fiber stayed more taut than sil-nylon. I'm a big fan of Cuben for shelters now.

Condensation was average for this type of shelter and wasn't an issue for me. I had more than enough room for me and my gear.

I am always looking for a better shelter but for my next long hike I plan to use this very same shelter. It's an easy "5" and one of my favorite pieces of gear that I own.

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