Updated: ZPacks Solo Plus Hexanet

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A few weeks ago I received a prototype of the updated ZPacks Solo Plus Hexanet from Joe (see my write-up here). After checking it out, overall, I was very excited about it, however, there were a few things that I would like to have seen a little different, which were described in the above mentioned write-up. Once done, I returned the Hexanet back to Joe, along with my thoughts. Then, just a couple of days ago, Joe has finally added the finished Hexanet back to his site (linked here). But even better, mine was in my mailbox yesterday!

The final version is quite similar to the prototype version that he sent me, with a couple of changes:

  1. The direction of the door zipper has been changed. Originally, it ran vertically down the center and then horizontal to one side; now, it runs from the top down the angled side, turns at the bottom just above the cuben floor, and then runs back horizontally towards the middle. I actually like this better as it makes the door “hinged” at the center, which makes it easier to keep out-of-the-way when unzipped.
  2. A pull out loop has been added to the front, and the back center, of the cuben floor. (This was one of the ideas I suggested.) By guying out the back of the bathtub floor to the center back pull out on the Hexamid, I found that it helps a great deal to both open a bit of width at the floor, as well as maintains a bit of tension on the back wall of the Hexanet, which reduces the possibility of mesh sag. At this point, I don’t see myself needing to pull out the front, but I never know…
  3. The pole cup is now sewn directly to the reinforced apex of the Hexanet. This allows the Hexanet to be pulled up into the very apex of the Hexamid, which means that it is easier to get a tighter pitch on the Hexanet when pitched under the Hexamid, while the poles are set to the optimal 52 – 53″ height.

One other thing that is not part of the final version that I would liked to have seen is a solid, one piece floor. However, the floor is 2 pieces, sewn together and taped, so it should still provide a waterproof barrier.

Here are some things that I have added to the set-up to better accommodate my personal needs:

  1. I added 2 small loops of shock cord to the front stake out points on the Hexanet. I feel like this allows a tight pitch, while still allowing a bit of give.
  2. I added the shock cord with a mitten hook to the back pull out on the Hexanet so that I could guyout the back wall of the Hexanet to the back of the Hexamid.
  3. I tied a mitten hook to the loop in the top of the Hexamid (with a piece of shock cord). Now, I can pitch the Hexamid as normal, then throw the Hexanet under the Hexamid, stake out the 4 corners, and then attach the loop on the top of the Hexanet through the mitten hook in the top of the Hexamid.

I have got to say, despite that I really wanted a solid floor, I am very happy with the Hexanet/Hexamid combo. It is a very versatile set-up (as I can obviously set up either piece separately, or both together), it is roomy enough for my personal needs, and it sets up easy.

So, how about weight?

  • Hexamid with guylines & stuff sack: 6.9 oz
  • Hexanet with guylines & stuff sack: 9.1 oz
  • 14 assorted stakes with stuff sack: 2.5 oz

This gives me a total combined weight of 18.5 oz. I will admit, this is not the lightest set-up on the market, but the weight is still very respectable. Considering this is a full, double-walled shelter, and includes a whopping 14 stakes (that is a lot, although, I only use 10 unless the wind is bad), 18.5 oz is quite lightweight, at least in my opinion.

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As some may know, I have used the Hexamid tent for the past 1.5 years, and it was a great tent. It weighed in at 18.1 oz for everything, however, I found that the mesh floor was more than I (personally) wanted to deal with. For only 0.4 oz more, I have what I feel like is a superior set-up. Either way, this set-up is definitely here to stay!

Many thanks again to Joe and the crew at ZPacks!

And of course, thanks to all of you who have stopped by to check out my blog!

Til next time…

~Stick~

Disclaimer: I paid for this shelter with my own hard-earned money, however, I was charged $50 less than what he is now asking for the Hexanet and Hexamid. I am (regretfully) not affiliated with ZPacks and have no obligation to write about these items or the company. The statements in this post & video are of my own opinion, which I formed after putting my hands on these items and using them personally.

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39 Responses to Updated: ZPacks Solo Plus Hexanet

  1. This looks like a very interesting modular combination that could be considerably more flexible than my Hexamid. The main downside that I can see, other than a bit less interior space, is the apparent requirement to stake out the corners of the hexanet. I’ve camped in places where stakes simply cannot be driven into the ground and I have had success tying the Hexamid guylines to large rocks. If stakes cannot be used, do you think that the corners of the hexanet could be attached to the interior of the Hexamid tarp where the tie out loops are located? My guess is that this could be done with some shock cord with only a small weight penalty although maybe the pitch wouldn’t be as tight.

    • Stick says:

      RamblingHiker,

      The biggest fear I initially had when ordering this was interior room, but I am happy to report that for me, it is plenty! Don’t get me wrong, it is not spacious like say, my SMD Lunar Duo was, but after using my Borah Bivy, and even my MLD Bug Bivy, this thing is grand! :)

      I do agree with you about the corners though. Having more stakes is not just an issue of extra weight, but even moreso, the chance of setting up in an area where getting every stake in the right place…

      I recently ordered a set (6) of the extremley tiny 1 gram Terra Nova ti hook stakes. I did this with weight in mind (of course), but also with the hope of being able to have a little more luck at getting these shorter, smaller diameter stakes in the ground in potentially less than ideal situations. But I do understand that can go both ways…

      However, if I can’t get them all (or any) staked down, I feel like I would be ok with just weighing the corners down from the inside with my gear. Of course, this won’t result in as tight of a pitch, but I think it would still be acceptable.

      I haven’t tried attaching the corners of the Hexanet up to the tieouts in the corners of the Hexamid, however, I see no reason why it couldn’t work. Here again though, it will result in sagging mesh, but if need be, it would work…

      Anyway, I understand that there are some shortcomings with this set-up, like any other set-up, but, at this point, I feel like for my needs, this set-up offers more pro’s than it does cons… even over my older Hexamid tent…

      ~Stick~

  2. Flapjack says:

    Sweet shelter. Nice review. I too use Zpacks gear. 40 degree sleeping bag, 8.5 x 10 cuben tarp, and waiting on my Arc Blast to arrive. They are the best. I ordered some mosquito netting, cuben tape backed Velcro pieces and made my own bug free sleeping zone. It is closed off on all sides with stakes except for the front where the netting drapes down to the Tyvek ground sheet, that I also ordered from ZPacks. My wife and I went out for a weekend near the Tye river and neither one of us were bit by Mosquitos. Pretty awesome stuff. Thanks ZPacks!

    Flapjack
    A.T. Section Hiker

    • Stick says:

      Flapjack,

      I know that ZPacks has been a respected company for a while, but it definitely looks like they have really moved some gear in the last couple of years. It is common now to see others with their gear, heck, on most of my trips, just about all of the others I hike with have a bunch of the ZPacks stuff… it is not uncommon to head out on a hike and see at least 3 or more ZPack packs, and then a few shelters too, not to mention other smaller, various pieces of gear.

      In my book, they produce great, lightweight gear that is well constructed and well thought out. As well, they have some of the best customer service I have ever dealt with (backpacking or not).

      ~Stick~

  3. clark says:

    Hey stick, Im a huge fan of your blog. Ive been very interested in the zpacks hexamid solo plus tarp for a while now, What are your thoughts on the extended beak, Ive got it in the shopping cart right now, but Im not 100% certain as to whether it would be necessary for a 1 person tarp. I know this is a little off topic for this but I figured you knew best. I live In western NC so I constantly deal with rain and wind, especially recently.

    • Stick says:

      Clark,

      For me personally, I like having the beak, and especially in rainy weather. I liked it so much that when I sold my Hexamid tent and rebought the tarp, I decided to get the beak on it too…

      However, I have read of numerous other accounts where others use the Hexamid’s without the beak and are fine without it, so I guess it is just a personal preference.

      Saying that, I have one of the Pocket Tarps on my list. Of course it is the solo version of the Hexamid, and it does not come with a beak. So, maybe next year I can pick that up and give the solo version a try sans beak…

      ~Stick~

  4. vizcara says:

    This looks so much cleaner and not to much DIY anymore.. Looking good. Also it looks like it feels a bit roomier without anything sagging as before. Good job.

    • Stick says:

      I assume that you are talking about the original Hexanet’s when you are talking about the DIY look & the sagging mesh?

      ~Stick~

  5. Rick says:

    Stick how do you compare this to your yama mountain tent? What kinda problems did you have with the netting floor on your original Hexamid? Did it pick up a lot of debris during rainy nights? Also how does this new set up breath on these hot nights? I have a few items from Joe at Zpack i agree nicely thought out and constructed. I am waiting on a rain kilt now. i live in North carolina and it rains in the mountains quite often here keeps me thinking about improving rain gear.

    • Stick says:

      Rick,

      I have talked about many of these issues in a few of my past posts about the Hexanets, but I will give you a quick answer to some of them again:

      Stick how do you compare this to your yama mountain tent?

      I don’t. These are 2 totally different tents. When I head out, it is more of a choice that I make at the moment which one I want to carry. I love them both though, and will keep them both around.

      What kinda problems did you have with the netting floor on your original Hexamid? Did it pick up a lot of debris during rainy nights?

      Debris was not the issue as much as water, and if set-up on packed, dirt ground, then mud was also a bit of an issue. In dry conditions, I had no problems with the mesh floor, and actually prefered that it allowed me to enjoy all the interior space. But, we have a lot of wet conditions here… so the choice was made to get rid of it and go with the Hexamid Solo Plus tarp & Hexanet. So far, I am happy with this decision, although, I have not used it in the field yet…

      Also how does this new set up breath on these hot nights?

      Honestly, it has been so hot here I have only slept in it one night. The temps dropped to low 60′s that night, so it was good. However, the Hexanet does disrupt airflow to a certain degree, so the more the wind is blowing the better it will feel, at least in these hot, muggy conditions. Then again, any other tent is the same way. I can say though that the Hexamid allows a good breeze to blow through/under the tarp. This is a plus in warmer weather, and depending on your preference, it may not be so good in colder weather. This is also a good thing for dealing with condensation issues though. I personally like the amount of circulation it allows, even in colder weather, however, YMMV.

      I have a few items from Joe at Zpack i agree nicely thought out and constructed. I am waiting on a rain kilt now. i live in North carolina and it rains in the mountains quite often here keeps me thinking about improving rain gear.

      I totally agree, I have been happy with all of my purchases from ZPacks. Joe is a great guy, responds well to his customers, and makes some sweet, UL gear to boot.

      Enjoy your rain kilt, as well as dialing in your rain gear!

      ~Stick~

  6. Rick says:

    Thanks for the quick reply. I have seen a good many of your reviews as i work on lightening my hiking gear over this last year sorry i missed some thanks for patiently filling me in. I have thought about the hexamid plus, love the weight and design just not sure about the netting floor, seems like i would be cleaning impregnated mud from the netting. I do like the originality of the net floor tho, letting water pass thru.

    • Stick says:

      Rick,

      Not a problem at all… and no worries. However, I do have a lot of thoughts I have put out there on the Hexamid shelters from when I got my first one… it really is too much to sum up again though.

      As for the mesh floor, I found that if I was expecting rain, I tried to set up on a grassy area. This way the grass would lessen some of the splash back, as well, if I were on grass, then getting mud in the netting was not so much of an issue. However, water was still an issue. The mesh will absorb a good deal of water, and for my hiking style, this was just too much for me to deal with. I generally like to get up early, pack up and hit the trail early. However, this did not leave much time to let the tent sit out and dry some in the morning sun… assuming it wasn’t still raining.

      If I weren’t expecting rain, I was comfortable setting up anywhere that was flat. I did not experience much difficulties with the mesh picking up dry debris too bad. A little bit of a shake, a slap and a wipe and it was good enough for me to pack away and move along… I could clean it out better when I got home.

      Keep in mind that if you camp in snow, the mesh could be a problem. If the snow directly beneath you melts and then refreezes while the mesh is lying in the melt, then you will end up with the mesh floor frozen into the ground. (To be fair though, I have never had this issue as I rarely see snow… I have read about this from others though.)

      So, for me, having a fully enclosed floor was a more practical option. So, I sold the Hexamid tent and bought the tarp, then soon after the Hexanet. So far, I am happy with it, although, as I mentioned, I haven’t used it on the trail yet. Also, I am not saying that this is the perfect set-up either… it has its limitations too, but I just happen to be more ok with the ones that this combination offer…

      ~Stick~

  7. Joh says:

    HI Stick,

    in the 2nd video in this post, i noticed you attached loops to the corners of the hexanet, to attach to the tarp. Can you show us a close-up of how you did this?

    • Stick says:

      Joh,

      Good eye! This is something that I added to my Hexanet a few days after the initial post, just to try. I had some cuben tape & some flat nylon cord lying around, so I made up some DIY tape on tie-outs (similar to what ZPacks sell, but not as robust), then added some short pieces of 1/16″ shock cord with mitten hooks & cord locks (to adjust the length) to the tie-outs. These additions have added an additional 0.5 oz to the weight, which results in a total weight for the Hexanet (with stuff sack, guylines, and the shock cords) to 9.6 oz.

      Essentially, this is now the same thing that is on the first gen of Hexanets that clipped into the corners of the Hexamid. The difference is I can stake the corners down to the ground to get that tight pitch too.

      So, as seen in the video, I stake out the corners first (as normal), then I guy the shock cord out to the loops in the corner of the Hexamid. Last, I just clip the top of the Hexanet into the mitten hook in the top of my Hexamid. I can make adjustments to the corners if need be with the shock cord.

      To be honest, I don’t find that it makes much of a difference at all when pitched. The only thing that I can see that it can do, is maintain a “bathtub floor” if the Hexanet is pitched lower. At this point, I am not sure if I will leave the shock cords on all the time… but I can easily take them off if I decide I don’t want them.

      Thanks for watching.

      ~Stick~

  8. Hey Stick,

    Looking at picking up one of these this week. Looks fantastic. Was originally looking at a tarptent stratospire and then a HGM Echo that i almost bought last week. Had decided against the Hexamid because of the mesh floor. Glad i managed to cotton on to this new option!

    Have a couple of questions for you tho…

    Have you managed to take it on the trail now?

    What compromises have you made with this tent? And, if i was to get ZPacks to mod it in any way, would you have some recommendations?

    Definitely like the look of the clip out points for the floor… thinking that they might help reduce wind blown rain into the tent? Or would lovering the tarp achieve that ok anyways…

    Thanks heaps for the pics, review and video. I’ll have to get some pics online of the tent in Aussie conditions once it arrives. Need to order it first tho!

    Cheers,
    Trav

    • Stick says:

      Trav,

      I just used this set-up 6 nights in the Olympic NP, and 5 of those night we had wind and rain.

      I will talk about it more in a future video, but short story, I was super happy with it. I stayed dry the whole time, and putting away the shelter when wet was easy to do. I personally like it better than the tent version.

      As for the clip out points, the one on the back and the front now come stock, but I added the 4 at the corners. At first I was unsure, but one night I had trouble getting a couple of stakes in to pull the hexanet corners out, but the shock cord with mitten hooks helped to make up for some of that, so I will be leaving them.

      Anyway, hope this helps some. Like I said, I will do a post hike gear talk video, but it may be a week or 2… I got a few more posts I need to get up first… busy busy…!

      ~Stick~

  9. Thanks for that!

    I ended up ordering one on Thursday. Joe’s service is absolutely fantastic. Picked up the hexamid/hexanet combo, 14 of their UL shepherd hook stakes, and a 52L arc blast pack (in orange!). Spent way too much money, but hey – quality is worth the price right!?

    I’ll see how i go with the standard set up, and might follow your tips and add in the extra clip out points if i need to.

    You’ve got a great blog going here, very thorough and well written. Look forward to the post hike video. Will hopefully be out in the Aussie wilderness giving the new setup a go at the end of the month!

    Cheers,
    Trav

    • Stick says:

      Travis,

      Wow, that is a sweet order! I know you will be stoked when that comes in! :)

      The Arc Blast is on my list as well… but I think I am going to wait just a bit longer…

      Enjoy!

      ~Stick~

  10. dracobushcraft says:

    Chad I don’t mean to be too personal but how tall are you? I know that the Hexanet is listed as being 8 foot but the sloping sides have me a little concerned. You look like you have a lot of room but if you are 5’5″ that might be a tight fit for me. :)

    I am considering a 6 moon lunar (if they are ever in stock) or the Hexanet. I do like that the hexanet can be used without the tarp for a clear view of the stars. Not to mention the setup under the tarp when it is raining hard. The Lunar has more room but is heaver. Still I am leaning toward the Hexanet at this point if it is not too small.

    • Stick says:

      No problem, I am 5’10″. I personally find the Hexanet to be a perfect size for me. However, being that these things are such a personal preference kind of things, I would have a hard time recommending it to anyone much taller. My opinion though, I do think that for those over 6 foot or so, it may be a bit too tight… That is just my opinion though.

      Also, keep in mind that I have been (happily) using a 1″ thick, small ProLite 3 sleeping pad. I have yet to use it with my thicker NeoAir in the field, only trying it out at home, but I think it is going to be ok for me too…

      Hope this helps some.

      ~Stick~

    • dracobushcraft says:

      Thanks for the info. I’m 6 foot so I may squeak by. Zpacks seems to have a reasonable return policy if it does not work out.

  11. Hi Stick/Draco – used mine over the weekend in gale force winds, with a 3 inch Exped SynMat UL 7 and a enlightened equipment 30 degree quilt (fantastic thing that is). I’m 5’10″ (178cm) with a slim build.

    On the first night in calm conditions, i pitched the hexanet first and then the tarp. I had no real issues with tent size (height/length or slope of mesh), but i did place a 1.5 liter bottle at the head end of the hexanet to give me a little more room. .

    On the second night my pitch wasn’t perfect as i pegged the tarp to the ground first, sinking the tent pole 2 inches into the soil, and then tried to insert the hexanet which left the net very saggy; but i still need to work out the best pitching methods. Joe told me not to pitch to the ground even in high wind’s so I’ll need to play around with it a bit – still new to the tarp world. That being said – finding a nice taught pitch for the tarp was fairly easy (especially after watching Sticks clips) – taking me about 5 mins to perfect the job (only had a couple of goes, sure that I’ll get better).

    I definitely recommend the hexamid/hexanet combo. Joe is fantastic at ZPacks and will help with anything you need, and yes – they do have a great returns policy if it’s not quite right i believe. I’m switching over my white tarp for the olive drab though as i wanted a more natural colour. White is great in that it’s quite transparent and you can see all around you when the sun is up; but it seems to attract insects in Australia at least, and looks a bit ‘mother-ship’ from outerspace.

    Hope that helps your decision!
    Trav

    • dracobushcraft says:

      Thanks for the info Travis. Things are starting to cool down in my area of the planet so I might wait until the first of the year. I think I want something a little more substantial in the snow. Plus there is that income tax return that will make it easier on the budget.

  12. gregg says:

    Stick, can you tell me a little more about what you didn’t like about the hexamid with the screen on the bottom? I’m trying to decide myself between the soloplus with the screen on the bottom and what you now have in your video. Its really pretty similar for cost and weight. I’ve just never used anything that had mosquito netting as a floor so I don’t really know what issues might be involved with that? Just looking at pictures, it looks like I might have more room with the screen on bottom version? And if I went the hexanet route, would you advise also getting a cuben groundsheet for times when I didn’t need the net? Anyway, in general, if you can expand on why you prefer the hexanet over the normal screen on the bottom version, it might help me decide. Thanks (and thats for all your reviews, they’ve helped me a lot because I don’t really have any REI’s and the like near me where I can go lay my hands on different outdoor gear, your reviews are the next best thing).

    • Stick says:

      Greg,

      In a nut shell, I personally prefer a solid floor over a net floor. In my experience in wet weather, it just seemed like the net soaked up a bit of water, and mud if not set up on grass. But, it does allow the user to take advantage of all the interior space. The Hex tent is an awesome shelter (and I have no issues with recommending it to others), and it definitely has it’s benefits, but for me the benefits of the tarp & inner net outweigh the tent version. I like the solid floor, which doesn’t absorb as much water as mesh, I can set up either piece I want, depending on situations, and when both pieces are set up, it’s a double wall shelter. Of course though, there is less interior room, and this is where it will really vary from user to user. I find that I have all the room I need inside the hexanet though, but I am sure that others may not feel the same way. For me it just works. Anyway, I have a number of blog posts and youtube videos that I have talked about these things a bit more, just have to search through for them.

      As for getting a cuben groundsheet if you get the tarp/hexanet, that is a tough call… Honestly, I want one, I just gotta come of the $95 for it… (I personally would go with the solo size). It would definitely cut weight for bugs are definitely not an issue…

      Hope this helps some.

      ~Stick~

    • gregg says:

      Thanks, I’m guess I’m sorta leaning toward the hexanet now, because of the versatility like you were saying. How is the cuben fiber as far as putting it directly on the ground? Do you think you need something under it, you know like they have the floor saver sheets for tents? Also will water push thru like sil nylon does somethimes if you get a puddle underneath it?

    • Stick says:

      Greg,

      Yes, I would recommend using a ground sheet under the cuben. I would suggest buying some Polycro and cutting it to size. The one thing cuben fiber is not very good at is its resistance to abrasion. On my Olympics hike I was not using anything under the Hexanet and I ended up putting a small hole in the floor. I was set up over a small rock protruding from the ground and even though my pad was under me, I still managed to wear a small hole in it. However, I just patched it up with some cuben fiber tape and it is good to go.

      And no, it is completely waterproof, unlike silnylon. That is if it is completely in tact. If there are small pin holes in it, then of course water will come through…

      Hope this helps some.

      ~Stick~

  13. Paul says:

    I previously tried the Hexamid Solo with the Six Moon Designs Serenity Net Tent. Unfortunately I found it too small and claustrophobic feeling. Plus, it seemed like driving rain could get in from various sides and possibly get my quilt wet. So, based on your blog I decided to try the Plus size with Hexanet. For anyone trying to choose, the added peak height and width make the Solo Plus feel much bigger with a tiny weight penalty. The Hexanet is huge compared to the Net Tent, with only a 1 ounce weight penalty. Love this setup and can’t wait to get out in the field. Thanks for all your thoughtful comments. They really helped with my choice.

    • Stick says:

      Paul,

      Great to hear that you like the Solo Plus with the Hexanet… I agree with you, it is considerably larger than the regular Hexamid Solo… and while I will admit, it is not a mansion even inside this set-up, it is big enough for me to be able to do all I need to do and not feel totally cramped!

      Anyway, thanks for stopping by and leaving your thoughts on it… hopefully, it will also help others to decide…

      ~Stick~

    • Paul says:

      Stick, I have a follow up question. I tried setting up the Hexanet first to see what it would be like to add the tarp if I started in the Hexanet and it started raining in the middle of the night. What I found is that the 52″ pole was significantly too long (about 2 inches too long) for setting up the Hexanet on it’s own. This wouldn’t be a big deal with adjustable poles, but I use fixed length poles with a fixed length extender. I guess I could carry a second pole extender that is shorter, but that’s a bit annoying. What has your experience been on setting up the Hexanet first? Did you have to shorten the pole?

    • Stick says:

      Paul,

      If it is a bit too long, I would suggest adding a short piece of shock cord with a mitten hook to the top of the Hexanet, or to the loop in the top of your Hexamid. If you wanted, you could add a piece of shock cord with a mitten hook and a cord lock, or a LineLoc on the shock cord; this way you could attach the mitten hook, then tighten the shock cord as necessary.

      Hope this helps some!

      ~Stick~

    • Paul says:

      Sorry, Stick, I didn’t explain the situation very well. When setting up the Hexanet by itself, you place the handle of the pole into the cup on the top of the Hexanet, rather than hanging the Hexanet from inside the tarp. So I don’t think using a mitten hook would work because the cup is a fixed length. (Take a look at the photo of the Hexanet on the Zpacks website and you can see how the cup works.) I suppose one solution would be to ask Joe to lengthen the cup attachment so it can accommodate the full length 52″ pole.

    • Stick says:

      Paul,

      I am sorry… I actually read your question wrong… my bad…

      One question, are you using the updated (current) Hexanets, or one of the older ones?

      On the top of the (current) Hexanet, the cup should be sewn directly to the actual Hexanet, but there should also be another loop at the top sewn into the Hexanet as well. You could order another trekking pole cup from Joe (go to ZPacks, click on shelter, then click on the “Hammock Tarps” and then scroll to the bottom of the page), then use a piece of shock cord to attach that trekking pole cup to the loop sewn to the top of the Hexanet. Should be pretty easy. Then, if you would like, you could remove the cup that is sewn to the top of the Hexanet, or leave it there. An additional trekking pole cup is only 0.1 oz extra, so unless it was just really annoying, I would just leave it there.

      Another option would be to try to sink the tip of your trekking poles all the way into the ground, which should be around 2 inches…

      To be honest, I never measure my poles (although, they are adjustable too). I just know about how tall I need to make them by measuring against my chest. I set it all up at the same height though, whether it is just my Hexanet, just the tarp, or both.

      Hope this helps some!

      ~Stick~

    • Paul says:

      To close out this line of questioning, I ended up shortening my pole extender so that the total length of the trekking pole with extender is 51.75 inches (it was probably about 52.5 previously). It still seems a tad long for the Hexanet, but it works fine, and the tarp its still plenty high enough off the ground. But thanks for the referral to the separate zPacks cups, as I almost went that route before going in this direction.

  14. Martin says:

    I know this is old review, but thought I would add, that the mesh bottom of the hexamids, while it does have some drawbacks as you say, also offers a lot of protection for a light weight groundsheet. There are times you simply just have to camp on rough hard ground with embedded gravel and small sticks.

    • Stick says:

      Martin,

      I agree. I had mentioned this same thing to a number of folks… and it is weird to think about, but the mesh does help protect the cuben floor, at least some. Which was a good thing since the bathtub floor I had was 0.74 cuben…

      ~Stick~

  15. Martin says:

    my groundsheet in my hex twin is 1.0, and Ive camped on some scary stuff with no damage to it or the mesh yet.

    Im considering either the hexanet/soloplus or soloplus/bivy combo for the JMT this summer, cant pass up the opportunity to stargaze, should be worth the cost. Really appreciate your review of the hexanet combo here.

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