This award winner is a tarp tent style shelter that includes sewn in bug protection and a waterproof bathtub floor at the lowest possible weight for a fully enclosed tent, only 21 ounces! The Duplex Ultralight 2 is our Editors' Choice Award winner because it combines the best attributes of an ultra light tent — low weight, great weather (and bug) protection, and ample space for two — better than any other tent we tested. Typical set up using two adjustable trekking poles, it is the ultimate backpacking or thru-hiking shelter. It is also possible to purchase straight tent poles, allowing one the versatility of not needing trekking poles or even upgrade it to a freestanding shelter. Its single wall and bathtub floor are made of Dyneema Composite Fiber (DCF), which is light weight, tear resistant and easily patched, naturally waterproof, and doesn't absorb water. Although you will need to pay a lot for this made-to-order shelter, we believe that compared to the competition, it easily shines as the best.
The Duplex Ultra Light is a revised and upgraded edition of the award-winning Zpacks Hexamid Twin tent that we have previously reviewed and loved. With its inclusive bug mesh and bathtub floor, this tent weighs a few ounces more than the super light Hexamid Twin, but we feel that the upgrades are worth the weight and that this is indeed a superior version. There are a few noticeable changes: the Duplex is taller, now has doors on each side, has taller doors, and has sewn in bug mesh and a waterproof DCF floor with eight-inch vertical sides.