The X-Mid line represents the pinnacle of ultralight tent design. These tents are designed from the first principles of geometry combined with extensive field experience to deliver a shelter that really works when you need it to: Simple to pitch, ultralight, stormworthy, spacious and premium quality in both materials and craftsmanship.
What the Community Has Said
The X-Mid was among the most popular tents in our thru-hiking survey this year and also got a strong vote of support from the comments section last time we published this list, earning it the title of Fan Favorite. It’s easy to see why.The TrekThe Best Thru-Hiking Tents of 2022
“Exceptionally high quality. Field performance was outstanding…an excellent size-to-weight ratio for a dual-pole, double-wall, two-person tent….Overall, it has simply been a joy to use.”Backpacking LightHighly Recommended
The X-Mid 1P is a double-wall trekking pole tent for one person that is simple to set up, well made, and quite affordable. Weighing under 28 oz, it's also quite lightweight and a really great deal for backpackers who want to reduce their gear weight.Section HikerOne of 10 Best Backpacking Tents
It’s easy to see why the X-Mid a fan favorite. It’s reasonably lightweight, simple to pitch, and has plenty of space, including two doors and vestibules—a luxurious touch for a one-person shelter.The TrekBest Backpacking Tents of 2021
This is a well-designed tent made by someone who has hiked a lot of miles. It’s well-engineered for livable space, relatively easy to pitch, and the double-wall design is a key factor in reducing condensation. We love the ease of use with the two doors and vestibules.Adventure AlanTop Pick 2021
The Durston X-Mid 1P combines the luxuries of a double-wall tent and the simplicity of a traditional tarp, making it one of our favorite shelters that we've tested to date.The Gear LabLabeled as a Best Buy
The Durston X-Mid 2 is one of the most hyped products in the ultralight backpacking world, and it lives up to, and maybe even surpasses, that hype.I RUN FARBest Ultralight Tents of 2022
The Durston Gear Kakwa 40 Backpack is a small-volume pack capable of carrying heavier loads. The Durston Kakwa 40 offers a light but strong internal frame that can support heavier loads.Backpacking Light2022 Members Choice Awards
FUNDAMENTAL DESIGN PHILOSOPHY
Getting to know
Dan has been a hiker and adventurer for nearly 20 years. He has amassed hundreds of nights in the outdoors and written thousands of technical gear posts in ultralight online communities like BackpackingLight.com and r/Ultralight. Never content with the status quo, Dan has been building his own gear for over a decade, including building a tent with DCF way back in 2009 before most other companies working with DCF even existed.