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Zpacks - Altaplex Lite

Zpacks - Altaplex Lite

Regular price $949.99 CAD
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The ideal ultralight tent for hikers up to 6’6”, the Altaplex is the perfect place to wait out the rain on the Appalachian Trail or to recover after a long day of bushwhacking.

Specifically designed for taller backpackers and thru-hikers, this lightweight tent provides ample head and foot room while still easily pitching with a single trekking pole.

A great fit whether you are a triple-crowner or just out for a weekend in the Smokies. This tent is roomy, well-ventilated, packs down small, can be pitched quickly, and can be set up in the tightest of spaces. Tall hikers won’t find a lighter single pole tent with this much space anywhere on the market.

The Altaplex Lite utilizes our proven .55 oz/sqyd Dyneema Composite Fabric canopy combined with a .75 oz/sqyd DCF floor material which is 25% lighter and packs down smaller relative to our standard tent floors. It comes preconfigured with bright yellow 1.3 mm Z-Line guy-lines which save weight compared to the 2 mm guy lines on our standard tents.

*If your trekking pole does not extend to at least 56" (142cm) you will need one to set up this tent.


  • Sets up with a single trekking pole adjusted to around 56"-58" (147 cm). If your trekking poles do not extended to 56" (142cm), you can add one of our trekking pole jacks to increase the height or considering using one of our Carbon Fiber Staffs or Tent Poles. 58" poles and staffs may need to be angled a bit to get the perfect pitch. A trekking pole is not included but we have multiple Trekking Pole options to choose from.
  • Sets up with a minimum of 6 stakes but 10 stakes are recommended in windy conditions. Stakes are not included but we have a variety of Ultralight Stakes to choose from.

  • The Altaplex Lite includes bright yellow 1.3mm Z-Line guy lines which save weight compared to the 2mm guy lines found on our standard shelters. The guy lines can be swapped out on any of our shelters if desired.
  • The storm doors can be opened or closed independently. Leave one or two doors open in nice weather 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.
  • Overlapping storm doors allow for a small amount of airflow without the need for additional venting. There are no zippers on the doors that could potentially fail over time.
  • A single closed storm door creates enough vestibule space for storing a wet backpack or muddy shoes, if you don't want to bring them into the tent.
  • The screen door has a rainbow zipper which allows easy entry regardless of which storm door is closed. You can access the vestibule area on either side. The screen door conveniently drops inwards rather than hanging in your way. No need to roll it up or secure it.
  • The canopy overhangs the bathtub floor and the screen doors by 3-5 inches (8-12 cm). In calm rain or under dripping 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 cords and the ends of the floor to pull the screen door back away from the rain spray as seen in the photo gallery.
  • There is screen between the bathtub floor and the walls around the perimeter. Adjustable cord keeps the bathtub elevated, ensuring the screen slopes downwards away from the bathtub. Any condensation, which single wall shelters may experience, will run down the walls and out through the downward sloping screen, rather than onto the floor. Click here for tips to avoid condensation.
  • This tent has a seamless, sewn in 6.75 inch (17 cm) tall bathtub floor. The bathtub floor is a rectangle 40" wide by 90" long (102cm x 2.3m). Plenty of space for a wide sleeping pad with room to stretch out plus space for gear beside you.
  • Our "Lite" tent floor is made from .75 oz/sqyd Dyneema Composite fabric. It weighs 25% less than our standard floor material and packs up smaller, with the trade off of slightly less abrasion and puncture resistance. Choose spots on dry leaves or soft pine needles when possible to minimize ground splash-up and condensation, and be sure to move any pointy twigs, rocks or thorns from your spot. As with all DCF material, it is very easy to patch on-trail with the included seam tape. The Altaplex Classic is available with more durable, more opaque fabric.
  • If you are particularly tall, you might try propping up the head and/or foot guy-lines with Trekking Pole Cups, or check out the Offset Solo for additional head and foot room.
  • In order to keep the weight as low as possible, this tent does not have a built in internal pocket. Save weight by using your backpack's pockets for nighttime storage, or add a Stick-On Mesh Tent Pocket.
  • 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, Flat 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 a particularly noisy fabric; however, almost any tent will make a little noise in the wind. Earplugs are not a bad idea for windy nights.
  • Dyneema Composite Fabric is naturally waterproof and is not treated with any potentially harmful chemicals such as flame retardants or water repellents.
  • All Zpacks gear has a two year limited warranty against defects in materials or workmanship. Please see our return / warranty policy.
  • Made in the USA.


  • Weight displayed next to colour option. It shows the weight of the tent including guy lines, sewn in linelocs, and taped seams.
  • The following items are also shipped with this tent:

    • Medium DCF Stuff Sack - .28 oz (8 g)

    • 54" DCF repair tape strip - .14 oz (4 g)

    • Two spare zipper sliders - .16 oz (4.5 g)

    • Total additional items: .58 oz (16.5 g)

    *Up to 10x stakes are required but are not included. We have a variety of Ultralight Stakes to choose from.

  • Exterior Dimensions:
    • Peak height: 56"-58" (147 cm)
    • Width at center: 52" (132 cm)
    • Width including vestibules: 73" (185 cm)
    • Vestibule space: 24" (61 cm)
    • Length: 100" (254 cm)
  • Interior Dimensions:
    • Peak height: 56"-58" (147 cm)
    • Floor width: 40" (102 cm)
    • Floor length: 90" (2.3 meters)
    • Floor Area: 25 square feet (2.3 square meters)
    • Zipper entry height: 36" (91 cm)
  • Packed Dimensions:
    • Packed Size: 5" diameter by 11" tall (12.7 x 28 cm) / 216 cubic inches (3.5L)
    • Stuff Sack Size: 6" diameter by 12" tall (15 cm x 30 cm) size Medium. The intentionally loose stuff sack makes packing easy and it will squish down in your backpack.
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