|Plenty of room for Billy no mates.|
There’s a few different models of Hexamid, this is a Hexamid plus … the ‘plus’ means that it’s a little bit bigger and has 4 additional guy points attached to the main body, 2 at the back and 1 on each side which help maximise space inside and obviously keep it stable when the wind gets up. Fixed length lines come pre-attached, there’s no adjusters or tensioning devices, just peg each one out until they’re tight. A minimum of 6 pegs and 1 pole is required to erect the tarp but an additional 4 pegs for the extra lines are well worth any weight penalty incurred.
Set-up is amazingly quick, even in the dark or under bad conditions there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to go from stuff-sack to shelter in under 2 minutes! My preferred method is – peg both rear corners, insert pole and peg front line out (it’s now up). Next peg the front corners then the rear mid line … job done.
|Additional ties … obviously not pegged out here.|
|Although open fronted there’s plenty of protection.|
|Pole reinforcement and inner hanging loop.|
Floors and inner nets are available for the Hexamid. The inside of the shelter has attachment loops already in place, so adding a Cuben bathtub floor for example, is just a simple matter of clipping it in place.
|Tie-out reinforecement patch.|
|750ml bottle v Home for the night.|
So, if you’re looking to minimise the weight you’re carrying but still need a reliable, weatherproof shelter, the ZPacks Hexamid (in one guise or another) really should be something you give serious consideration to.
Prices start at $195 and the Hexamid is available in olive, blue or white direct from ZPacks in the US.
Next Week … MLD Trailstar