In my hunt for a budget friendly AND lightweight floorless shelter I stumbled across a product that no one seemed to have much info on. The Luxe Hiking Gear Hexpeak Tipi. For an advertised weight of 23.2 oz for the outer tent and a spacious floor plan I was very interested, considering the price for similar models I was determined to give it a shot!
The tipi sets up easily with a trekking pole and a hand full of supplied ground stakes (I order an extra pack of stakes as well). It comes equipped with the guy line for your main pitch points a little long so that you can trim them down and use the extra for the extra tie downs centered on each “wall”. It comes with directions on how to set it up as well as some training straps to help you get the distance figured out in the beginning. Once pitched you have a floor plan of roughly eight foot by eight foot with a inner height of four and half feet.
It has some extra features such as a vent built in above your door and a small rod to open it up more for air flow and less condensation. The extra tie out points on each “wall” help keep the tipi tightly pitched and secure in the wind. Each corner has additional tie out points for more guy lines if the wind is going to be picking up or if you just want to make sure it’s completely secured. The top of the tipi has a loop sewn in both inside and out, this allows it to be hung from a high line between trees or you can hang accessories inside.
The tipi is made from ripstop nylon and is sewn to minimize the need for seam sealing the majority of it. It still comes supplied with a tube of seam sealer for sealing around the cone of the tipi. I used the tipi and never had issues with leaks, however living in Utah I have far less rain than other areas do. Since the tipi came with a supplied seam sealer I decided to not just seam seal but completely overdo it. I seam sealed all the stitch areas on the entire tipi and made a video for my YouTube page but it has disappeared so I plan to try to recover it and post it again. I felt that even though it was overkill it was free and didnt add any weight so there was no harm in overdoing it in this situation.
I have used the tipi in below freezing wind storms with snowing blowing through underneath, I’ve been half buried in snow overnight in it and have of course enjoyed some nice calm nights in it as well. The total weight of mine with the outer tipi, 14 stakes, ground cloth, extra guy line and extra rubber feet for my trekking poles leaves me with a total weight of 37 oz including the stuff sacks. I encourage anyone over 5′ 9″ or who always has the room available to pitch a larger tipi to look into the hexpeak XL, though this tipi doubles the amount it useable space over my last backcountry tent I am nearly touching my head and feet where I lay currently and the extra space could be nice.
So far my only issue has been with the zipper, in the trip of below freezing wind and snow the zipper was ice coated and frozen. I forced the zipper open and jumped multiple teeth and actually spread the zipper slightly. After some time messing with it I got it lined back up and then using a small pair of pliers I pinched the zipper tight again and the issue has been resolved. Also I’m not sure if the guy line provided can be beefed up or if I’m just rough on it because I try to get an overly tight pitch but I have noticed a few showing wear at the line locks. This issue of course can be resolved by replacing less than a foot of guy line, I still plan to try some made by a different company to see if it holds up a bit longer and also to change up the color scheme.
This tipi is going to require serious practice at home before heading into the field, though it easy once you get it figured out and goes up quickly the first dozen times will leave you with lopsided or loose corners. Do not be afraid to test different pole heights and stake distances, I found pitching it a little lower cut down on the draft underneath but a higher pitch gave me more head space. This will take plenty of practice to decipher and to find your favorite set up. Like stated before pitching from a highline is another option and doing so really opens up useable space with the trekking pole not in the way. I’m also working on a few other pitching set ups that I will post once I test some more. The first night in bad weather I was familiar with setting up but due to conditions it still took some work, if I didnt have the at home practice I’d have been stuck without a shelter for sure.
When I ordered my tipi they did not have a stove jack option, I messaged the owner about adding some and we have talked a lot since. They are quick to answer questions and listen to feedback, now all of the tipis can be bought with a stove jack option if you dont want to try to have one installed yourself. The tipis also used to come sold with an inner tent, now all of them can be bought with or without this inner. The inner tent option can really make this set up more versatile especially for those not sure about floorless. Luxe also sells bathtub floors, ground sheets, dedicated poles, stoves and other tipi accessories. They have a mini peak shelter which is smaller all the way up a large family tipi set up. To see an actual walk around of the tipi and get an idea for its dimensions check out my quick video!
Overall my opinion is this is an amazing shelter for budget minded and entry level hunters, hikers or adventurers!