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I've had the Duplex for about a year now and used it for maybe ~16 nights, and though it is expensive, it's one of the best ways to reduce ounces per dollar spent. I like the tent a lot; there's a real satisfaction to getting it pitched taut, and it seems perfectly thought out (the way there's a gap between the top and the bathtub for condensation to move through, the mechanism for hooking the doors closed, the way the doors roll up). I haven't had any issues with condensation, which some people worry about with single layer tents.
I will say that in my experience the carbon fiber stakes and poles from ZPacks are not the sturdiest (these aren't available in the drop anyways, but just saying). I typically bring a couple titanium nail pegs from https://www.massdrop.com/buy/vargo-titanium-shepard-hook-stakes for tougher ground, and then the lighter carbon fiber stakes from ZPacks.
If you're seriously looking to drop weight from your pack, this is the best way to do it. It was slightly better value in weight reduction (for me vs my previous gear) than upgrading my sleeping bag to a quilt very similar to https://www.massdrop.com/buy/vargo-titanium-shepard-hook-stakes, and much better value for me than clothing or pack upgrades.https://www.massdrop.com/buy/petzl-tikka-zipka-elite just a bit ago), and that only gets you a couple ounces.
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These are some pictures of the Duplex in use on the JMT.
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Friend's Triplex on the left, my Duplex on the right.
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