Durston Gear X-Mid 2P Solid Ultralight Backpacking Tent

Durston Gear SKU: Durston Gear X-MID 2P - Solid
Durston Gear X-Mid Solid 2 Ultralight Backpacking Tent & Shelter by Dan Durston sold by Kaviso
Durston Gear X-Mid 2P Solid Ultralight Backpacking Tent
Durston Gear X-Mid 2P Solid Ultralight Backpacking Tent
Durston Gear X-Mid Solid 2 Ultralight Backpacking Tent & Shelter by Dan Durston sold by Kaviso
Durston Gear X-Mid Solid 2 Ultralight Backpacking Tent & Shelter by Dan Durston sold by Kaviso
Durston Gear X-Mid Solid 2 Ultralight Backpacking Tent & Shelter by Dan Durston sold by Kaviso
Durston Gear X-Mid Solid 2 Ultralight Backpacking Tent & Shelter by Dan Durston sold by Kaviso
Durston Gear X-Mid Solid 2 Ultralight Backpacking Tent & Shelter by Dan Durston sold by Kaviso
Durston Gear X-Mid Solid 2 Ultralight Backpacking Tent & Shelter by Dan Durston sold by Kaviso
Durston Gear X-Mid Solid 2 Ultralight Backpacking Tent & Shelter by Dan Durston sold by Kaviso
Durston Gear X-Mid Solid 2 Ultralight Backpacking Tent & Shelter by Dan Durston sold by Kaviso
Durston Gear X-Mid Solid 2 Ultralight Backpacking Tent & Shelter by Dan Durston sold by Kaviso
Durston Gear X-Mid Solid 2 Ultralight Backpacking Tent & Shelter by Dan Durston sold by Kaviso
Durston Gear X-Mid Solid 2 Ultralight Backpacking Tent & Shelter by Dan Durston sold by Kaviso
Durston Gear X-Mid Solid 2 Ultralight Backpacking Tent & Shelter by Dan Durston sold by Kaviso
Durston Gear X-Mid Solid 2 Ultralight Backpacking Tent & Shelter by Dan Durston sold by Kaviso
Durston Gear X-Mid Solid 2 Ultralight Backpacking Tent & Shelter by Dan Durston sold by Kaviso
Durston Gear X-Mid Solid 2 Ultralight Backpacking Tent & Shelter by Dan Durston sold by Kaviso
Durston Gear X-Mid 2P Solid Ultralight Backpacking Tent
Durston Gear X-Mid 2P Solid Ultralight Backpacking Tent
Durston Gear X-Mid 2P Solid Ultralight Backpacking Tent
Durston Gear X-Mid 2P Solid Ultralight Backpacking Tent

Durston Gear X-Mid 2P Solid Ultralight Backpacking Tent

Durston Gear SKU: Durston Gear X-MID 2P - Solid
Sale price $339.00
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Ship Date:
Z-Flick Pole Bundle:
  • Pre-Order: Tents ship in March 23' (+$20) or April/May 23'
  • Free Domestic Shipping
  • International Shipping Available


SPECS

    Materials

  • 20 denier polyester in Alpine Sage (fly) or anthracite (floor)
  • 15 denier nylon in white (inner solid fabric)
  • 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: 21.0 oz / 595 g
  • Inner: 15.5 oz / 440 g
  • Stuff sack: 0.5 oz / 15 g
  • Stake sack: 0.2 oz / 4 g
  • Stakes: 4 Ti hooks @ 8 g, 4 Ti V stakes @ 12 g
  • Tent (fly + inner): 36.5 oz / 1035 g
  • Complete package: 39.9 oz / 1135 g (tent, stuff sacks, 8 stakes)

    Features

  • 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
  • 4 Interior 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 seam taped
  • 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 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:

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.

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.

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 cramped freestanding tents.

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 2 is very similar to any other reasonably spacious 2P tent. There is a tradeoff 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. We also trimmed about 10% off the footprint for the second-generation version, so it is even less of a worry.

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.

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.

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.

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.

X-Mid Solid

The X-Mid Solid is the newest member of the Award winning X-Mid lineup from Durston Gear. The X-Mid Solid builds on the success of the original, 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 regular 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 2 Solid Ultralight Backpacking and Trekking Pole Tent Designed by Dan Durston sold by Kaviso Dimensions and Specifications
    Durston Gear X-Mid 2 Solid Ultralight Backpacking & Trekking Pole Tent 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 2500mm 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 36.5 ounces, it’s lighter, too.

    Durston Gear X-Mid 2 Solid Ultralight Backpacking and Trekking Pole Tent 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 2 Solid Ultralight Backpacking and Trekking Pole Tent 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 above each door 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 Titanium Stakes and Stake 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

    • 20 denier polyester in Alpine Sage (fly) or anthracite (floor)
    • 15 denier nylon in white (inner solid fabric)
    • 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: 21.0 oz / 595 g
    • Inner: 15.5 oz / 440 g
    • Stuff sack: 0.5 oz / 15 g
    • Stake sack: 0.2 oz / 4 g
    • Stakes: 4 Ti hooks @ 8 g, 4 Ti V stakes @ 12 g
    • Tent (fly + inner): 36.5 oz / 1035 g
    • Complete package: 39.9 oz / 1135 (tent, stuff sacks, 8 stakes)

      Features

    • 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
    • 4 Interior 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 seam taped
    • 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 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)