Durston Gear X-Mid 1P Solid Ultralight Backpacking Tent

Durston Gear SKU: Durston Gear X-MID 1P - Solid
Durston Gear X-Mid 1P Solid Ultralight Backpacking Tent
Durston Gear X-Mid 1P Solid Ultralight Backpacking Tent
Durston Gear X-Mid 1P Solid Ultralight Backpacking Tent
Durston Gear X-Mid 1P Solid Ultralight Backpacking Tent
Durston Gear X-Mid 1P Solid Ultralight Backpacking Tent
Durston Gear X-Mid 1P Solid Ultralight Backpacking Tent
Durston Gear X-Mid 1P Solid Ultralight Backpacking Tent
Durston Gear X-Mid 1P Solid Ultralight Backpacking Tent
Durston Gear X-Mid 1P Solid Ultralight Backpacking Tent
Durston Gear X-Mid 1P Solid Ultralight Backpacking Tent
Durston Gear X-Mid 1P Solid Ultralight Backpacking Tent
Durston Gear X-Mid 1P Solid Ultralight Backpacking Tent
Durston Gear X-Mid 1P Solid Ultralight Backpacking Tent
Durston Gear X-Mid 1P Solid Ultralight Backpacking Tent

Durston Gear X-Mid 1P Solid Ultralight Backpacking Tent

Durston Gear SKU: Durston Gear X-MID 1P - Solid
Regular price $269.00
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SPECS

    Materials

  • 20 denier polyester in Alpine Sage (fly) or monument grey (floor)
  • 15 denier nylon in white (inner solid fabric)
  • 3500mm sil/PEU coating
  • Peak reinforced with 210d black nylon
  • YKK #5 AquaGuard (water-resistant) zippers (fly)
  • YKK #3 zippers (inner tent)
  • 8 aluminum V stakes

  • Dimensions: Typical Values

  • Fly: 67 x 100 in / 170 x 254 cm
  • Fly area: 46.5 sq ft / 4.3 sq m
  • Fly peak height: 46 in / 117 cm
  • Inner peak height: 43 in / 109 cm
  • Floor width: 32 in / 81 cm
  • Floor length: 90 in / 230 cm
  • Floor area: 20 sq ft / 1.85 sq m
  • Vestibule area: 20 sq ft (10 sq ft x 2) / 2 sq m (1 sq m x 2)
  • Packed size: 12 x 5 in / 30 x 13 cm

  • Weights

  • Fly: 18.0 oz / 510 g
  • Inner: 11.1 oz / 315 g
  • Stuff sack: 0.4 oz / 12 g
  • Stake sack: 0.2 oz / 4 g
  • 4 aluminum V stakes (6 in / 15 cm) @ 10 g
  • 4 aluminum V stakes (7 in / 18 cm) @ 12 g
  • Tent (fly + inner): 29 oz / 825 g
  • Complete package: 32.7 oz / 927 g (tent, stuff sacks, 8 stakes)

    Features

  • Based on the same core design as the second generation X-Mid tents
  • Ultra-simple four stake pitch
  • Solid inner fabric to block snow, sand, and winds
  • Fly zippers are reinforced with buckles at the base
  • Tent pitches fly first (inner tent stays dry during rain setup)
  • Twin pole structure provides generous living space
  • Double-wall design protects from condensation
  • Dual doors and dual vestibules provide easy access and ample gear space
  • Magnetic door toggles for quick operation
  • Protected doorways can be left open in light rain
  • Doorways are large and not blocked by trekking poles
  • Polyester fabric does not sag in the rain
  • Polyester fabric does not absorb water, so it dries fast and stays light
  • Interior peak pockets provide handy storage
  • Large vents provide excellent ventilation and close easily during harsh conditions
  • Excellent snow shedding via steep roof panels
  • Excellent wind performance with optional peak and side panel guylines
  • Full coverage fly extends to the ground to block drafts yet can be raised for more ventilation
  • Packs short enough to store horizontally in a pack
  • Fly and inner can pitch independently
  • Fully Waterproof Seams (Seam Taped or Waterproof Construction)
  • Fully double-stitched construction
  • Non-slippery floor
  • Premium materials and hardware (e.g., YKK AquaGuard Zippers)
  • Optional stake points include 2 peak guylines, 2 side panel guylines, and an extra 8 stake points around the base.

  • Included

  • 2-year warranty
  • Stuff sack
  • 4 aluminum V stakes (6 in / 15 cm)
  • 4 aluminum V stakes (7 in / 18 cm)

  • Not included: 2 trekking poles or tent poles required for setup
    Recommended Trekking Poles: Kaviso x Fizan Compact Trekking Poles
  • Recommended Tent Poles: Durston Gear Z-Flick (Pair)

Check out some common questions:

The X-Mid Solid does well in all four seasons, but is not a “4 season tent” in the sense that 4 season tents are generally expected to be capable of being exposed to severe winter storms which are beyond what the X-Mid is designed for. We are using lighter fabrics that do very well for how light this tent is, but are not as strong as the heavier fabrics you find in 4-season rated tents. We recommend the X-Mid Solid for high but not severe winds, and for substantial snowfalls (e.g. up to 6″) but not the worst winter storms.

The X-Mid 1 has a very typical footprint for a reasonably spacious trekking pole tent and is only sometimes considered large when it is compared to relatively tiny freestanding tents. This should not pose difficulties with site selection, as it is still smaller than almost every 2P tent (which are widely used everywhere).

Trekking pole tents do have a bit larger footprint than freestanding tents because freestanding tents can steepen the sidewalls to trim the edges, plus many mainstream freestanding tents are quite tiny. So certainly there are tents with smaller footprints but X-Mid is very similar to any other reasonably spacious 1P tent and smaller than almost every 2P tent. There is a trade off here between the amount of space and footprint size, where we think providing a comfortable amount of space is the right approach because it benefits you every night, whereas only on rare occasions is the bit larger footprint a small inconvenience. The X-Mid is one of the most popular tents on the Appalachian Trail where smaller campsites are common, which shows that this is not a substantial issue even in areas with limited sites.

Both tents are very capable and versatile. The regular version has the advantages of being 1 oz lighter, a bit less expensive, and the mesh inner enables stargazing at night. The solid inner version has the advantages of greater protection against rough weather and it is slightly warmer. Most people will be well suited with either style, but we recommend the mesh for people who like stargazing or camping in very hot areas (who might be too warm in the solid version) while the solid inner version is recommended for people who plan for regular use in poor weather, shoulder season and winter conditions.

There are tents with traditional poles that are as light as the X-Mid. Since pole sets are heavy (often about 8oz) to get a freestanding tents this light something else has to give. Commonly that’s space, performance, and durability. A freestanding tent as light as the X-Mid is almost certainly far smaller and using more delicate fabrics and much thinner waterproof coatings. You’ll also find they cut features (e.g., lacking vents). That can be a good approach if you only need a small tent for mild conditions, but the X-Mid offers a lot more space and capability for the weight.

Yes. The inner easily disconnects via buckles at the peaks and clips at the four corners to leave just the fly. If you want to pitch just the inner, you can remove the fly peaks’ guylines and tie them to the inner peaks while adding knots for the pole tips, buy makes inner-only pitching much easier as it has separate guylines that clip right on plus grommets for your pole tips and tensioners for quick adjustment.

The X-Mid 1 and 2 are designed to work with almost all adjustable length trekking poles and some fixed length trekking poles. The length of pole needed can vary based on how it is pitched and uneven ground, but the X-Mid tents typically pitch with the poles in the range of 46-48" and almost always in the range of 45 - 50". Adjustable poles are ideal for fine tuning the pitch and the X-Mid is compatible with every telescoping adjustable pole on the market. At Kaviso, we recommend Fizan Trekking Poles.

The X-Mid 1 and 2 tents are designed to pitch with the pole 'tips up' by fitting the tip into a grommet. Almost every pole will be compatible with this grommet but it is possible that rare models of poles have unusual tips shapes that are incompatible. At present, we only know of the Black Diamond Distance Carbon Z poles as being incompatible as they have thicker tips. These poles can still be used in a 'handles up' orientation with Tarp Tent adapters.

Durston Gear offers folding, adjustable length poles called Z-Flick poles that can be used instead of trekking poles. These are the lightest adjustable poles on the market and can be purchased in X-Mid tent bundles as well.

There are also less common folding style adjustable poles (e.g. Black Diamond Distance Z Carbon) which have more limited ranges and may only work in certain sizes so you should check the specified adjustment range to ensure it spans at least 46-48" (117 - 122 cm). Fixed length poles can also be used in the 115 or 120cm lengths, although these can be slightly too short or too long such that additional techniques are needed (e.g. angling them to make them lower, or shimming them up to be taller).

The main reason is that nylon absorbs water in wet conditions. That results in 3 big problems: First, it expands (or “sags”) about 4% which makes for a saggy tent in wet conditions. This is a common problem in nearly all lightweight tents, but low weight polyester fabrics are finally available which solve this. Second, nylon’s water absorption makes the tent slow to dry and heavy with up to a pound of water in the fabric, and third, nylon weakens by about 10% when wet. Polyester doesn’t absorb water, so it doesn’t have any of these issues plus it’s far more UV resistant so it lasts longer.

For the most weather resistant pitch, you should pitch it low to the ground (shorten the cord at the corners as much as possible), use the optional stake out points around the base to spread the load, and deploy the peak guylines. Orient the guylines towards the long sides of the tent to support those larger walls. For extreme conditions, you can add a second peak guyline by tying cord inside the peaks and running it out the vents. This way, you can guyout each peak from two directions, which makes it extremely strong.

The 20D floor is designed to be durable enough to use without a groundsheet, whereas many other UL tents use more fragile 10-15D floors. However, it still requires care not to pitch on sharp sticks and rocks, and the floor could be damaged on harsh surfaces like gravel. For harsh surfaces or a cleaner floor,

Check out Dan’s over at Durston Gear.

Every X-Mid tent purchased from Kaviso includes a 2 year warranty against manufacturing defects.

Starting May 1st, 2024, the warranty for your Durston Gear X-Mid is now managed directly by Durston Gear.

For detailed information regarding your X-Mid warranty, please refer to:

Durston Gear X-Mid Warranty

To initiate a warranty request, please email Durston Gear directly at:

support@durstongear.com

Domestic Orders:

Orders will ship UPS Ground or USPS Priority Mail with delivery confirmation. All orders will ship from Columbus, OH and arrive within 1-6 business days.

International Orders:

International customers may have the option to select FedEx, or USPS shipping at check-out (depending on your country).

Pre-paid Duties/Taxes Included: FedEx Economy and Priority: Duties and Taxes can optionally be collected at check-out and no additional fees, duties, or taxes are due at delivery. FedEx is our recommended shipping method and typically takes 2-8 business days depending on your country.

Due on Delivery (Duties/Taxes): FedEx Connect Plus or Priority / USPS First Class or Priority: Duties and Tax estimates are provided at check-out* for your reference and are due on delivery. Shipping times vary by country but may be up to 30-45 days for First Class Mail, and up to 30 days for Priority Mail. If you have a trip deadline, we always recommend FedEx to ensure on-time and reliable delivery. FedEx Connect Plus and Priority can be selected without pre-paid duties & taxes and is typcally the cheapest option. Delivery times are 3-10 days depending on your country.

With USPS, it is not uncommon for 14+ days to pass without any tracking updates. Unfortunately, USPS is unable to provide any additional information not displayed on the tracking page. Please be patient, Kaviso is unable to ship a replacement unless 45+ days have passed (For USPS International shipments). While this may be frustrating, this policy is borne out of experience and nearly 99.9% of packages are eventually delivered.

Your local carrier (Royal Mail, Canada Post, La Poste, etc.) will reach out to collect duties and taxes before the parcel is delivered. Once the shipment leaves the US, most countries allow customers to pay their duties and taxes online using your USPS tracking number. This process can lead to customs and delivery delays if you do not make timely payment.

International USPS availability: Due to delivery issues with recent sales, USPS availability has been slimmed down exclusively to countries with delivery confirmation: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, and the United Kingdom. Countries excluded from this list will be shipped via FedEx.

*If using Apple Pay, duties and tax estimates do not display at check-out. To get estimates, select payment through Credit Card to see estimate and then revert to Apple Pay for final payment. Pre-paid duties/tax options such as FedEx Economy and Priority do display correctly.

Pitching Instructions

The X-Mid tents are very simple to pitch, however, there are some things to consider for maximum performance. For this, we recommend watching the video below but we also have written instructions following that.

Basic Pitch:

1. Stake out the rectangular base (i.e. stake one end, pull out a 3rd corner at 90 degrees, pull last corner taut).
2. Inspect your rectangle to make sure it’s reasonably accurate (not skewed into a diamond). Adjust if needed.
3. Tighten the corner tensioners to pull the base tight (this will limit the poles to the right height)
4. Add the two poles and extend firmly until the fly is tight (poles will be handles up in the Pro series tents and tips up in the other models).

Durston Gear Pitch Guide

Troubleshooting

It is best to correct any issues with the pitch before you add more stakes to reinforce it. There are two common issues which are explained the most clearly in our video above (please watch that), but if you prefer text here they are:

1. Loose Sides

Problem: The rectangular base was not tight when the poles were added. Like this, when the poles are added it pulls the corners in.
Solution: Lower the poles to take tension off the corner seams, snug up the base, re-extend the poles.

2. Loose Ridgeline or Wonky Canopy

Problem: The base was not staked in an accurate rectangle but instead was skewed left or right. Depending on the direction of the skew, the fly will be loose on one diagonal (along the ridgeline, crossing the ridgeline).
Solution: As the diagram below explains, use the corner tensioners to adjust the corners back into a proper rectangle. Most likely you will loosen two opposite corners that were quite tight and tighten the two opposite corners so the tent is more evenly tensioned. Then extend the poles more to make everything tight.

Durston Gear Pitch Guide

Storm Pitch

To strengthen the pitch for storms, we recommend the following in this approximate order of importance:
1. Make sure your basic pitch is good (tight everywhere). It is best not to add more stakes to compensate for core issues. Get the core pitch right and then add more stakes to reinforce.
2. Add the peak guylines. Stake these out along the ridgeline or angled more towards the door walls if the wind is to the broad side.
3. Stake out the doorways. Angle the stake to reduce tension on the zipper. If your tent has shockcord at the door and/or end wall stake points, consider replacing this with static cord and stake these points to better anchor the peak. The static cord eliminates stretch for a more solid pitch.
4. Add the side panel guylines and stake these down on the same angle of slope as the roof panels so they are pulling against the peaks. Do not pull the sides out substantially.
5. Add more stakes around the perimeter as needed.

X-Mid Solid

The Durston X-Mid Solid is the newest member of the Award winning X-Mid lineup from Durston Gear. The solid version is based on the same core design as the second generation X-Mid tents, now outfitted for use in more challenging environments with a 15D woven fabric instead of mesh for most of the inner. For adventurers who get out in any conditions, this is your tent.
STORM-WORTHY MATERIALS
The Solid version of the X-Mid shares the same key advantages as the second generation X-Mid: spacious, simple pitch, robust weather protections, et al. Where the Solid differs is the use of 15D woven fabric in place of mesh for most of the inner, providing even more protection against tough weather – blocking drafts, snow, sand, and heavy downpours. But the solid wall is only part of the material upgrades.

  • Buckles added to the base of the fly zippers to relieve strain in high winds
  • Reinforcements added to the stake points around hem of the tent
  • Peak guyline material switched to stronger, low stretch cord
  • All improvements add a minor 1 oz / 30 g weight increase
  • Mesh panels remain on the upper half of the tent doors for airflow and outward visibility
  • 20d polyester Alpine Sage fly
  • Durston Gear X-Mid Solid 1 Trekking pole tent and Ultralight Backpacking Shelter Designed by Dan Durston Sold by Kaviso Dimensions and Specifications
    Durston Gear X-Mid Solid 1 Trekking pole tent and Ultralight Backpacking Shelter Designed by Dan Durston Sold by Kaviso Dimensions and Specifications
    SIMPLE, EFFICIENT, INNOVATIVE DESIGN
    Designed to be the best double-wall shelter supported by trekking poles, the X-Mid achieves its impressive specs through an innovative design with a diagonal inner inside a rectangular-based fly. This allows the poles and peaks to be moved inwards from the edges without interfering with doors and living space, eliminating vertical, wind-catching walls and the need for peak guyouts. The tent is made of 20D polyester with a 3500mm sil/PEU coating. Tested under extreme lab conditions simulating 1.5 months of continuous high winds and heavy rains, the fabric still came out above 1500mm.

    The unique shape solves the common issues seen in trekking-pole-supported tents: Most are single-trekking-pole pyramids, which lack headroom, or overly complex designs, which are tedious to pitch. The X-Mid, on the other hand, offers a generous living space with dual doors and an easy setup using four stakes and no guylines. All told, it’s simpler, roomier, and more functional than its competitors—and at just 29 ounces, it’s lighter, too.
    Durston Gear X-Mid Solid 1 Trekking pole tent and Ultralight Backpacking Shelter Designed by Dan Durston Sold by Kaviso
    PITCHING YOUR TENT
    Pitching the X-Mid is similar to pitching a single-pole mid tent. Stake out the rectangle with just one 90-degree angle to guess for the third stake, then insert the two poles. There’s no guesswork with pole locations or pole lengths, because the fly naturally limits the length of the poles. Simply insert them into the grommets and extend until taut.
    Durston Gear X-Mid Solid 1 Trekking pole tent and Ultralight Backpacking Shelter Designed by Dan Durston Sold by Kaviso
    THE NITTY GRITTY
    The peak features 210d black nylon used to form a reinforcing cone, along with a quarter-inch grommet for the trekking pole tip. Vents on each side wall consist of overlapping panels of fabric that can be propped apart with a strut. In tough conditions, the peak and side panel guylines can be deployed, along with eight additional reinforced stake points around the perimeter. The inner uses a unique parallelogram shape to take full advantage of the area inside the fly. In addition to accommodating even tall hikers, this shape provides protected area for gear storage at both ends. It also features dual ridgeline pockets, which conveniently hold a headlamp for reading, provide a secure area for valuables, and keep important items in close reach during the night. Finally, the fly uses tough #5 AquaGuard zippers to ensure a long life, even in tough conditions.
    Durston Gear X-Mid 2 Solid Ultralight Backpacking and Trekking Pole Tent Designed by Dan Durston sold by Kaviso
    A LEADER IN OUTDOOR GEAR
    The X-Mid is made in the epicenter of high-quality outdoor product manufacturing, home to factories that produce tents and apparel for the top brands in the world. The factory that produces the X-Mid also produces some of its top competitors from well-known companies such as MSR and Mountain Hardware, maintaining the highest level of materials sourcing, construction techniques, and testing with all of the tents it produces.

    SPECS

      Materials

    • 20 denier polyester in Alpine Sage (fly) or monument grey (floor)
    • 15 denier nylon in white (inner solid fabric)
    • 3500mm sil/PEU coating
    • Peak reinforced with 210d black nylon
    • YKK #5 AquaGuard (water-resistant) zippers (fly)
    • YKK #3 zippers (inner tent)
    • 8 aluminum V stakes

    • Dimensions: Typical Values

    • Fly: 67 x 100 in / 170 x 254 cm
    • Fly area: 46.5 sq ft / 4.3 sq m
    • Fly peak height: 46 in / 117 cm
    • Inner peak height: 43 in / 109 cm
    • Floor width: 32 in / 81 cm
    • Floor length: 90 in / 230 cm
    • Floor area: 20 sq ft / 1.85 sq m
    • Vestibule area: 20 sq ft (10 sq ft x 2) / 2 sq m (1 sq m x 2)
    • Packed size: 12 x 5 in / 30 x 13 cm

    • Weights

    • Fly: 18.0 oz / 510 g
    • Inner: 11.1 oz / 315 g
    • Stuff sack: 0.4 oz / 12 g
    • Stake sack: 0.2 oz / 4 g
    • 4 aluminum V stakes (6 in / 15 cm) @ 10 g
    • 4 aluminum V stakes (7 in / 18 cm) @ 12 g
    • Tent (fly + inner): 29 oz / 825 g
    • Complete package: 32.7 oz / 927 g (tent, stuff sacks, 8 stakes)

      Features

    • Based on the same core design as the second generation X-Mid tents
    • Ultra-simple four stake pitch
    • Solid inner fabric to block snow, sand, and winds
    • Fly zippers are reinforced with buckles at the base
    • Tent pitches fly first (inner tent stays dry during rain setup)
    • Twin pole structure provides generous living space
    • Double-wall design protects from condensation
    • Dual doors and dual vestibules provide easy access and ample gear space
    • Magnetic door toggles for quick operation
    • Protected doorways can be left open in light rain
    • Doorways are large and not blocked by trekking poles
    • Polyester fabric does not sag in the rain
    • Polyester fabric does not absorb water, so it dries fast and stays light
    • Interior peak pockets provide handy storage
    • Large vents provide excellent ventilation and close easily during harsh conditions
    • Excellent snow shedding via steep roof panels
    • Excellent wind performance with optional peak and side panel guylines
    • Full coverage fly extends to the ground to block drafts yet can be raised for more ventilation
    • Packs short enough to store horizontally in a pack
    • Fly and inner can pitch independently
    • Fully Waterproof Seams (Seam Taped or Waterproof Construction)
    • Fully double-stitched construction
    • Non-slippery floor
    • Premium materials and hardware (e.g., YKK AquaGuard Zippers)
    • Optional stake points include 2 peak guylines, 2 side panel guylines, and an extra 8 stake points around the base.

    • Included

    • 2-year warranty
    • Stuff sack
    • 4 aluminum V stakes (6 in / 15 cm)
    • 4 aluminum V stakes (7 in / 18 cm)

    • Not included: 2 trekking poles or tent poles required for setup
      Recommended Trekking Poles: Kaviso x Fizan Compact Trekking Poles
    • Recommended Tent Poles: Durston Gear Z-Flick (Pair)

    Customer Reviews

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    K C.
    Lavish Teny

    Tent was a gift for husband. He loves it! It is very durable, lightweight and easy to put up.

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    Jeff M.
    Awesome Company

    The service was great. The tent was awesome!

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    Joshua O.
    Very pleased.

    My first proper backpacking tent. Super easy to pitch, seems very nice quality.
    Love the colour.

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    marcus m.

    The tent was great and the shipping took 2 days to Norway.

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    John M.
    Fantastic

    Dont think ill ever look at another tent - this Durston fella has ticked all the boxes.
    Was recommended by a friend to buy the xmid 1p,
    Im amazed at how quick and easy it is to pitch -
    Seriously if you can afford this tent, buy it - you wont stop smiling.
    Delivered within 3 days - was expecting about 2 weeks, so really good service

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    Chris A.
    My new durston....

    Had an overall great experience both with durston gear and kaviso.
    Ordered from the UK and the tent was delivered quicker than I could imagine!
    The product itself is amazing.
    I'm extremely pleased and recommend durston products and kaviso.
    Many thanks 🙏🏻

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    Don D.
    The Right Tent

    Compact, lightweight, and lots of features. Have yard pitched it on a very windy day, and am really impressed with this tent so far. The purchase through Kaviso was easy, and it was delivered quickly. Well done.

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    Dermot C.
    Duration x mid solid

    Fantastic service and arrived to me in UK in 4 working days.