The Zpacks Duplex is composed of DCF fabric  offering great weather protection and durability.
Hyperlite Mountain Gear UltaMid 2
Awards Editors' Choice Award  Editors' Choice Award  Top Pick Award 
Price $600 List$715.00 at Backcountry
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$999.95 at REI
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$689 List$535 List
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Pros Amazingly light, four-sided weather protection, ample space for two, double doorsDCF construction is lightweight and waterproof, super spacious, four season useExceptional weather protection, very comfortable and livable, easy to set-up, adaptable, ability to modularizeGreat weather protection, lightweight, adaptableUnder a pound, bombproof dyneema construction, ultralight stakes included
Cons Expensive, doesn’t include necessary stakesRequires lashing two poles together for setup, very expensive, no floor or bug protection built inExtremely expensive, ripped after two uses, careful use is required, need to buy ground sheet, poor valueExpensiveExpensive, single pole set-up takes a little practice
Bottom Line Amazing weather and bug protection makes this one of the most popular thru-hiking options and our Editors' ChoiceA spacious, expensive, and high quality single-wall pyramid tentWhile the value may be questionable, we appreciate its superior performance in weather and on long hikesA shelter built to take on storms with comfortLightweight and bombproof, this shelter will keep you dry and bug-free on solo sojourns
Rating Categories Duplex Flex Upgrade UltaMid 2 Tiger Wall 2 Carbon StratoSpire Li Tarptent Aeon Li
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Specs Duplex Flex Upgrade UltaMid 2 Tiger Wall 2 Carbon StratoSpire Li Tarptent Aeon Li
Type Single wall tent w/ sewn in bug mesh and floor Floorless pyramid Double wall semi- free standing tent w/ fly Double wall tent w/ removable floor and bug netting Single wall tent w/ sewn in bug mesh and floor
Weight with all components 1.8 lbs 2.32 lbs 1.7 lbs 1.60 lbs 1.09 lbs
Measured Weight of All Included Shelter Parts Total: 1 lb. 5 oz Tent: 19.7 oz, Guy lines and clips: 1.2 oz, Stuff sack: .3 oz. (Flex upgrade: 11oz) Mid: 1 lb. 7.7 oz. (bug insert with floor = 22 oz, bug insert w/o floor = 13.4 oz.) Total: 1lb.11.50 oz., Tent body: 9.30 oz., Tent fly: 6.65 oz., Stakes (9):3.45 oz., Stake bag: 0.05 oz., Poles: 7.20 oz., Pole bag: 0.15 oz., Repair kit: 0.40 oz., Tent bag: 0.25 oz Total: 1 lb.10 oz, Floor and bug net: 11.5 oz, Fly: 14.1 oz Total: 1 lb. 1 oz., Tent with Bathtub floor and bug net: 15.8 oz., Stakes: 1.7 oz.
Stakes Included? No No Yes Yes Yes
Poles Needed for Set-up? Yes w/o flex kit
No w/ flex kit
Yes, unless suspended from the peak Yes Yes Yes
Capacity 2 person 2 person 2 person 2 person 1 person
Max Floor Dimensions (inches) 45" x 90" 83" x 107" 86" x 52" 86" x 45" 88" x 30"
Peak Height (inches) 48" 64" 39" 45" 47"
Fabric .51 oz/sqyd DCF Fabric DCF8 Dyneema Composite Fabrics Dyneema Composite Dyneema Composite Fabrics Dyneema Composite Fabrics
Packed Size 7" x 13" 8.5" x 6" x 5.5" 6" x 17.5" 16" x 4" 14" x 4"
Floor Area 28.13 sq ft 63 sq ft 27 sq ft 26.88 sq ft 18.3 sq ft
Doors 2 1 2 2 1
Number of Poles 4 2 trekking poles 2 carbon poles 2 trekking poles 1 trekking pole
1-person version? No No No No Yes
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