Altaplex Lite Tent by Zpacks

Color: Blue
$ 669


Ships in 1-2 business days | Based in West Melbourne, FL | Est. 2004

Specifically designed for taller backpackers and thru-hikers

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 or tent pole.

Leave one or both 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. 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 elastic cords to pull the screen door back away from the rain spray.

The Altaplex Lite utilizes Zpacks proven 0.55 oz/sqyd Dyneema Composite Fabric canopy combined with a 0.75 oz/sqyd DCF floor material which is 25% lighter and packs down smaller relative to their standard tent floors. It comes preconfigured with bright yellow 1.3 mm Z-Line guy-lines which save weight compared to the 2mm guy lines on our standard tents.

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 tent with this much space anywhere on the market.


  • Taped seams
  • Tie outs have bonded reinforcements for high strength
  • Storm doors can be opened or closed independently
  • Overlapping storm doors allow airflow without the need for additional venting - no zippers that could potentially fail over time
  • Vestibule has enough space for storing a wet backpack or muddy shoes
  • Rainbow zipper on screen door allows easy entry regardless of which storm door is closed
  • Screen door drops inwards rather than hanging in your way - no need to roll up or secure
  • Tarp overhangs bathtub floor & screen doors - in calm rain or under dripping trees the doors can be left open for air flow without water dripping on the floor space
  • Sewn in 8" tall bathtub floor has plenty of space to stretch out, with room for your gear beside you or at the ends of the floor
  • Mesh pocket conveniently located near screen door can be accessed from inside or outside the tent
  • Dyneema is naturally waterproof and is not treated with any potentially harmful chemicals such as flame retardants or water repellents
  • Easily repairable - any damage can easily be fixed in the field with DCF Repair Tape
  • All Zpacks gear has a two-year limited warranty against defects in materials or workmanship
  • Made in the USA


  • Stuff sack
  • Repair tape

Note: An optional Tyvek or Polycro footprint is available for added protection but 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 (included). Sets up with a minimum of 6 stakes (up to 10 recommended in windy conditions) and a single trekking pole or tent pole adjusted to around 56"-58" (147 cm).

***Discounts are not available on Zpacks products.



  • Capacity: 1
  • Doors: 1
  • Floor dimensions (exterior): 100"L x 73"W (including vestibules)
  • Floor dimensions (interior): 90"L x 40"W
  • Interior peak height: 56"-58" | 147cm
  • Zipper entry height: 36" | 91cm
  • Vestibule depth: 20.75" | 53cm
  • Packed size: 5" x 11" (3.5L)
  • Pole setup: 1 pole (not included), 142-147cm (56"-58")

Weight: 13.8oz (total including guylines, stuff sack, repair kit)

  • Tent (including guylines): 13.2oz
  • Stuff Sack: 0.28oz | 8g
  • DCF Repair Tape: 0.14oz | 4g
  • Spare Zipper Sliders (x2): 0.16oz | 4.5g


  • Fly fabric: 0.55 oz/sqyd Dyneema® Composite Fabric
  • Floor fabric: 0.75 oz/sqyd Dyneema® Composite Fabric
  • Mesh: 0.67 oz/sqyd Ultralight Nano-Noseeum Insect Netting

Made in the USA

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