Durston Gear X-Mid 2P Ultralight Backpacking Tent (V2)

Durston Gear SKU: Durston Gear X-Mid 2 V2
Durston Gear X-Mid 2P Tent Ultralight backpacking polyester trekking pole shelter designed by Dan Durston sold by Kaviso
Durston Gear X-Mid 2P Ultralight Backpacking Tent (V2)
Durston Gear X-Mid 2P Ultralight Backpacking Tent (V2)
Durston Gear X-Mid 2P Tent Ultralight backpacking polyester trekking pole shelter designed by Dan Durston sold by Kaviso
Durston Gear X-Mid 2P Tent Ultralight backpacking polyester trekking pole shelter designed by Dan Durston sold by Kaviso
Durston Gear X-Mid 2P Tent Ultralight backpacking polyester trekking pole shelter designed by Dan Durston sold by Kaviso
Durston Gear X-Mid 2P Ultralight Backpacking Tent (V2)
Durston Gear X-Mid 2P Tent Ultralight backpacking polyester trekking pole shelter designed by Dan Durston sold by Kaviso
Durston Gear X-Mid 2P Tent Ultralight backpacking polyester trekking pole shelter designed by Dan Durston sold by Kaviso
Durston Gear X-Mid 2P Tent Ultralight backpacking polyester trekking pole shelter designed by Dan Durston sold by Kaviso
Durston Gear X-Mid 2P Tent Ultralight backpacking polyester trekking pole shelter designed by Dan Durston sold by Kaviso
Durston Gear X-Mid 2P Tent Ultralight backpacking polyester trekking pole shelter designed by Dan Durston sold by Kaviso
Durston Gear X-Mid 2P Tent Ultralight backpacking polyester trekking pole shelter designed by Dan Durston sold by Kaviso
Durston Gear X-Mid 2P Tent Ultralight backpacking polyester trekking pole shelter designed by Dan Durston sold by Kaviso
Durston Gear X-Mid 2P Ultralight Backpacking Tent (V2)
Durston Gear X-Mid 2P Ultralight Backpacking Tent (V2)
Durston Gear X-Mid 2P Ultralight Backpacking Tent (V2)
Durston Gear X-Mid 2P Ultralight Backpacking Tent (V2)

Durston Gear X-Mid 2P Ultralight Backpacking Tent (V2)

Durston Gear SKU: Durston Gear X-Mid 2 V2
Sale price $300.00
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Ship Date:
Z-Flick Pole Bundle:
  • Pre-Order: Tents ship in November 22' (+$20) or February 23'
  • Free Domestic Shipping
  • International Shipping Available


SPECS

    Materials

  • 20D polyester in desert sage (canopy) and anthracite (floor)
  • 2500mm sil/PEU coating
  • Peak reinforced with 210d black nylon
  • YKK #5 AquaGuard (water-resistant) zippers (fly)
  • YKK #3 zippers (inner tent)
  • 4 titanium shepherd’s hook stakes
  • 4 titanium V stakes

  • Dimensions: Typical Values

  • Fly: 83 x 100 in / 210 x 254 cm
  • Fly area: 57.6 sq ft / 5.35 sq m
  • Fly peak height: 48 in / 122 cm
  • Inner peak height: 45 in / 114 cm
  • Floor width: 52 in / 132 cm
  • Floor length: 92 in / 234 cm
  • Floor area: 33.2 sq ft / 3.1 sq m
  • Vestibule area: 23 sq ft (11.5 sq ft x 2) / 2.1 sq m (1.05 sq m x 2)
  • Packed size: 12 x 6.5 in / 30 x 17 cm

  • Weights

  • Fly: 20.4 oz / 580 g
  • Inner: 15 oz / 425 g
  • Stuff sack: 0.5 oz / 14 g
  • Stake sack: 0.2 oz / 4 g
  • Stakes: 4 ti hooks @ 8g, 4 ti V stakes @ 12g
  • Tent (fly + inner): 35.4 oz / 1005 g
  • Typical setup: 38.4 oz / 1085 g (tent, stuff sacks, 6 stakes)
  • Complete package: 39.4 oz / 1115 g (tent, stuff sacks, 8 stakes)

    Features

  • Ultra-simple pitch with just four stakes
  • Fly first pitch, so the inner tent stays dry during setup in the rain.
  • 10% more compact footprint for the second generation version
  • Offset twin pole structure provides generous headroom and living space by maximizing the distance between the two poles.
  • Double-wall design protects from condensation.
  • Dual doors and dual vestibules provide easy access and ample gear space.
  • Protected doorways can be left open in light rain.
  • Doorways are large and not blocked by trekking poles like many designs.
  • Polyester fabric doesn’t sag in the rain.
  • Polyester fabric doesn’t absorb water, so it is fast dry and stays light.
  • Large vents minimize condensation and close easily for harsh conditions.
  • Excellent snow shedding via steep roof panels
  • Excellent high wind performance via even load distribution on the stakes, optional peak guylines, optional side panel guylines, and additional hem stakeout points.
  • Four interior pockets
  • 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 separately.
  • Magnetic door toggles for quick operation
  • Fully seam taped
  • Non-slippery floor
  • Premium materials and hardware (e.g., YKK AquaGuard Zippers)

  • Included

  • 2-year warranty
  • Stuff sack
  • 4 titanium V-shape stakes
  • 4 titanium Hook stakes

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

Check out some common questions:

No. The sleeping area is asymmetric so it is a bit different on each side, but the tent is spacious enough so that two people can comfortably sleep the same way. About 95% of X-Mid 2 owners sleep the same way.

In more detail, the tent does have two corners where the roof is lower (the corners further from the poles). When sleeping the same way, one person will have a low corner at their head and the other person at their feet. However, the floor length is very generous (92″) so these lower corners are not something you occupy but rather are extra space for gear storage. The person with the low corner at their head should slide down, while the other person slides up, so both people are positioned side by side and with ample space. It really is very comfortable for two people sleeping the same way, and certainly more comfortable than most 2P tents on the market since the X-Mid 2P is quite spacious.

The X-Mid 2 has a very typical footprint for a reasonably spacious trekking pole tent. The footprint is smaller compared to pyramid tents and is only sometimes considered large when it is compared to relatively small freestanding tents.

Trekking pole tents do have a bit larger footprint than freestanding tents because freestanding tents can steepen the lower walls to trim the edges, but the main difference is that many mainstream ultralight tents are quite tiny, so certainly there are tents with smaller footprints but X-Mid 2 is very similar to any other reasonably spacious 2P tent. 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, and we trimmed about 10% off the footprint for the second generation version, so it is even less of a worry.

The diagram below shows that the footprint of the X-Mid 2 compared to other popular and reasonably sized 2P tents, to show the footprint takes less area than many others.

The X-Mid is built at the same high end factory as respected brands like MSR and Mountain Hardware. Our price is only lower because we sell direct to you rather than having a large retail markup (retailers typically double the price). By eliminating that markup, we can pass most of the savings onto you, while also investing a portion into building even better gear. For example, the X-Mid is the highest quality as we insist that literally everything is double sewn, and we use premium components such as waterproof YKK AquaGuard zippers that are rare even on the most expensive tents (e.g. Big Agnes doesn’t even use them on their $1000 tents), and yet our price is lower than anything comparable simply because of the slim markup.

There are a few other tent companies that also sell direct yet are still priced similar to tents at retail. That’s simply because they’re enjoying generous profit margins while hoping you wrongly assume their higher prices means higher quality. Take a close look and you’ll see those tents often aren’t even seam taped nor fully double stitched yet cost 50% more. Even at a higher price, you can’t find higher quality than the X-Mid.

There are tents with traditional pole sets that are lighter than the X-Mid, such as the Big Agnes Tiger Wall UL2 (35 oz). Since pole sets are heavy (often about 10oz) to get the tent that light, something has to give. Commonly that’s space and durability, where a traditional tent as light as the X-Mid is almost certainly far smaller, less durable, and lower performance (e.g. lacking vents). In the case of the Tiger Wall UL2, that accomplished through giving up a lot of durability (e.g., 10D fabrics, #3 zippers), cutting useful features like vents, using less waterproof fabrics, and making it smaller (e.g., tapering the floor to 42″ at one end). By using trekking poles and a more efficient geometry the X-Mid 2P can offer more interior volume, higher performance/water capability, and more durable fabrics, zippers, and coatings at a similar weight. Instead of a small tent for docile conditions, the X-Mid 2P is a nicely sized 2P tent with legitimate foul-weather capability.

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, but 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.

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.

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.

A) The X-Mid 2 is our most well rounded 2P tent, while the X-Mid Pro 2 is our cutting edge ultralight version. They are both built the highest quality and just have different aims.

The regular version is a bit more spacious, more durable, and more functional (e.g. doublewall) but the Pro is a lot lighter (20 vs 36oz) and not far behind in those categories. It’s only slightly smaller and still good in tough conditions, but it is a bit less durable (e.g. #3 zippers), doesn’t protect you from touching condensation (since it is hybrid/singlewall) and a lot more expensive because it uses extremely light but very expensive Dyneema composite fabric. The X-Mid 2 is a great tent for anyone, but if you can afford DCF and don’t mind trading away a bit of durability the Pro 2 will save an entire pound of weight off an already very light tent.

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 X-Mid geometry is the most volumetrically efficient shape possible. Thus, it is impossible to design a lighter tent unless you use lighter materials, fewer features, or make it smaller. If you find a more lightweight tent, it likely is a single wall design that isn’t nearly as good in sloppy conditions, or it uses DCF fabric and thus costs at least 2.5x as much.

Any tent that uses similar materials and is also a double-wall usually is quite a bit heavier. Of the few tents that are not, these are always smaller, less featured, or both. We could make the X-Mid smaller or less featured too, but its current design is carefully considered so that it is among the lightest tents in its class while still offering a comfortable amount of space and a useful feature set. Basically, the weight is similar to the lightest woven double-wall tents out there while providing more space and features. To save another two ounces would require large compromises in function or durability, such as hard to use door clips instead of zippers, smaller or omitted vents, and delicate hardware. Tents that make these compromises are much less well rounded.

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,

A) Check out our repair guide.

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

View the full warranty overview here.

The Warranty does not cover: normal wear and tear, tents that have been modified, neglected (e.g., not drying after use), or damaged from accidents or extreme conditions, material failure due to exceeding the durability of the fabric, or other signs of use that are reasonably expected with ultralight equipment. The Warranty repair requests will be honored at Kaviso’s sole discretion.

To initiate a warranty request, please submit the form through the following link:


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).

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

USPS/GlobalPost: 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.

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.

The X-Mid 2P

Awarded one of the best backpacking tents by BackpackingLight and Section Hiker the patented X-Mid is developed from the first principles of geometry to achieve the most weight efficient design for a trekking pole shelter. The X-Mid is exceptionally capable, spacious, and stormworthy, while anything lighter is smaller, lower function, and/or using less durable materials.
Durston Gear X-Mid 2P ultralight Backpacking / Trekking Pole Tent exclusive to Kaviso two-person
Durston Gear X-Mid 2P ultralight Backpacking / Trekking Pole Tent exclusive to Kaviso two-person
AN ULTRALIGHT SHELTER WITH PLENTY OF ROOM
The brainchild of Dan Durston, an experienced thru-hiker and established member of the ultralight community, the X-Mid 2P tent keeps everything you loved about our one-person tent, while providing additional room for a partner and more gear. With an innovative design that cuts down on setup time, it eliminates many of the pitfalls of single-trekking-pole pyramid tents, like a lack of headroom and overly complex multi-pole designs that are tedious to pitch. Thanks to the easy-access dual doors, simple four-stake setup, and ultralight materials weighing just under 36 ounces, the X-Mid 2P makes it easier than ever to enjoy all that mother nature has to offer.

Durston Gear X-Mid 2P ultralight Backpacking / Trekking Pole Tent exclusive to Kaviso two-person Dimensions and Size Details
Durston Gear X-Mid 2P ultralight Backpacking / Trekking Pole Tent exclusive to Kaviso two-person Dimensions and Size Details
INTUITIVE STORM-READY DESIGN
Just like the original one-person tent, the X-Mid 2P achieves its impressive specs thanks to the innovative diagonal rectangular-based fly. This allows the poles and peaks to be moved inwards from the edges without interfering with doors and living space, thus eliminating vertical wind-catching walls and the need for peak guyouts. To help it stand up to brutal conditions, the tent is made of 20D polyester with a 2500mm sil/PEU coating. And because failures can happen during extended trips, it’s been tested under extreme lab conditions simulating a month and a half of continuous high winds and heavy rains.
Durston Gear X-Mid 2P ultralight Backpacking / Trekking Pole Tent exclusive to Kaviso two-person shelter for backpacking
PITCHING YOUR TENT
Pitching the X-Mid 2P 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 2P ultralight Backpacking / Trekking Pole Tent exclusive to Kaviso two-person shelter for backpacking
Durston Gear X-Mid 2P ultralight Backpacking / Trekking Pole Tent exclusive to Kaviso two-person shelter for backpacking
THE NITTY GRITTY
The peak uses 210d black nylon that forms a reinforcing cone to support the quarter-inch grommets for trekking pole tips. Vents above each door consist of overlapping panels of fabric that can be propped apart with a strut for convenience. The strut consists of a 4.5-inch piece of plastic sewn inside Grosgrain and then sewn to the upper edge of the lower panel of the vent. In tough conditions, the peak guylines can be deployed, along with extra stakes at the eight additional stake points around the perimeter. Additionally, the fly uses #5 zippers that won’t snag and are built to hold up season after season.

Durston Gear X-Mid 2P ultralight Backpacking / Trekking Pole Tent exclusive to Kaviso two-person shelter for backpacking
Durston Gear X-Mid 2P ultralight Backpacking / Trekking Pole Tent exclusive to Kaviso two-person shelter for backpacking Pack size and stuff sack
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.

NEXT GEN X-MID 2P

Trail Tested and Updated for 2022

SPECS

    Materials

  • 20D polyester in desert sage (canopy) and anthracite (floor)
  • 2500mm sil/PEU coating
  • Peak reinforced with 210d black nylon
  • YKK #5 AquaGuard (water-resistant) zippers (fly)
  • YKK #3 zippers (inner tent)
  • 4 titanium shepherd’s hook stakes
  • 4 titanium V stakes

  • Dimensions: Typical Values

  • Fly: 83 x 100 in / 210 x 254 cm
  • Fly area: 57.6 sq ft / 5.35 sq m
  • Fly peak height: 48 in / 122 cm
  • Inner peak height: 45 in / 114 cm
  • Floor width: 52 in / 132 cm
  • Floor length: 92 in / 234 cm
  • Floor area: 33.2 sq ft / 3.1 sq m
  • Vestibule area: 23 sq ft (11.5 sq ft x 2) / 2.1 sq m (1.05 sq m x 2)
  • Packed size: 12 x 6.5 in / 30 x 17 cm

  • Weights

  • Fly: 20.4 oz / 580 g
  • Inner: 15 oz / 425 g
  • Stuff sack: 0.5 oz / 14 g
  • Stake sack: 0.2 oz / 4 g
  • Stakes: 4 ti hooks @ 8g, 4 ti V stakes @ 12g
  • Tent (fly + inner): 35.4 oz / 1005 g
  • Typical setup: 38.4 oz / 1085 g (tent, stuff sacks, 6 stakes)
  • Complete package: 39.4 oz / 1115 g (tent, stuff sacks, 8 stakes)

    Features

  • Ultra-simple pitch with just four stakes
  • Fly first pitch, so the inner tent stays dry during setup in the rain.
  • 10% more compact footprint for the second generation version
  • Offset twin pole structure provides generous headroom and living space by maximizing the distance between the two poles.
  • Double-wall design protects from condensation.
  • Dual doors and dual vestibules provide easy access and ample gear space.
  • Protected doorways can be left open in light rain.
  • Doorways are large and not blocked by trekking poles like many designs.
  • Polyester fabric doesn’t sag in the rain.
  • Polyester fabric doesn’t absorb water, so it is fast dry and stays light.
  • Large vents minimize condensation and close easily for harsh conditions.
  • Excellent snow shedding via steep roof panels
  • Excellent high wind performance via even load distribution on the stakes, optional peak guylines, optional side panel guylines, and additional hem stakeout points.
  • Four interior pockets
  • 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 separately.
  • Magnetic door toggles for quick operation
  • Fully seam taped
  • Non-slippery floor
  • Premium materials and hardware (e.g., YKK AquaGuard Zippers)

  • Included

  • 2-year warranty
  • Stuff sack
  • 4 titanium V-shape stakes
  • 4 titanium Hook stakes

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