ZPacks Duplex Tent Success

As I noted in my blog post, our first attempt with our Zpacks Duplex and inner carbon fiber poles didn’t go so well, but with Joe Valesko’s help (the owner/founder of Zpacks) we received the Duplex Flex Tent Upgrade a few days ago.  Essentially this is four Easton Carbon Ion poles which weigh just 10 oz and span the outside of the tent.  

Come Sail Away

Kyle and I set up the tent on the side lawn today.  This tent is constructed of cuben fiber (no, not Cuban) which was used for the sails of the winner of the 1992 America’s Cup.  The material is quite durable, ultralight (the whole tent plus poles and stakes is around 2 lbs), and of course makes the perfect sail in windy conditions.  

Just as we started the setup, several gusts of wind hit which made for perfect testing.  

ZPacks Duplex like a sail in the wind
ZPacks Duplex like a sail in the wind

We properly staked the tent down, got inside, and are happy with the results. Most of all, we are ready for the Kokopelli, and for me, a Mojito.

successful setup in windy conditions
successful setup in windy conditions

Update – 07/21/2018

I’ve completed the Colorado Trail, the Collegiate West section of the CT and CDT, and several overnights in the Indian Peaks wilderness area since I wrote the above post.  I can say I love my ZPacks Duplex!  It’s saved my bacon in several rainstorms.  It’s a sharp looking tent too, and I get many questions and compliments from other hikers.  Here are some additional pictures.

CT Day 12, Carson Saddle at 12,900 ft
CT Day 12, Carson Saddle at 12,900 ft
setting up as fast as possible before storm hit on Indian Trail Ridge above Durango, CO
setting up as fast as possible before storm hit on Indian Trail Ridge above Durango, CO
near Soldierstone
near Soldierstone
a great spot near Kenosha Pass
a great spot near Kenosha Pass
such a great view
such a great view

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