Smaller footprint, more stormworthy, new solid inner version, more user friendly, and lighter
SMALLER FOOTPRINT – YET MORE SPACE
We’ve accomplished this by fine tuning the angles and gaps to eliminate wasted space and adding tiny struts to two corners of the inner tent to increase the height, so the space inside the tent actually becomes slightly more spacious. The main area of vestibules continue to be the same generous size.
- Shorter at 100″ (from 102″)
- Narrower at 83″ (from 88″)
- 10% smaller at 57.6 sq ft (from 62.3 sq ft)
The footprint is now:
- 2″ wider at the floor (now 52″ from 50″)
- 2″ wider at shoulder height (40″ from 38″)
- 1″ taller (45″ from 44″)
The inner tent is now:
In addition to this tighter pitch, the stormworthiness has been further improved by:
- The smaller fly reduces the profile to the wind
- Additional mid-height guyout points on the side panels (added early 2022)
- Additional mid-height guyout points on the end walls
SOLID INNER VERSION
This version replaces most of the inner mesh with 15D woven fabric to provide greater warmth and protection from drafts, snow, sand, and rain splatter while remaining an excellent all around backpacking tent. We’ve kept mesh on the upper half of the inner doors for fresh air and the ability to see out.
In addition to the solid fabric, we made a few other changes to optimize the X-Mid 2 Solid for high winds including:
- 10mm buckles reinforce the base of the fly zippers
- New reinforcement patches strengthen the extra stake points along the hem
- The peak guylines are upgraded from regular cord to new stronger and low stretch cord to help the tent deflect less in high winds.
All of this adds only 1 oz / 30 g on top of the mesh version. Both the mesh and solid versions are an excellent all around tents and will work well in almost all conditions. We recommend the mesh version for general use, hot areas, and stargazing, while the solid version is also excellent for general use while being optimized for cooler areas and shoulder season conditions.
We’ve made further improvements here for the second generation, including:
- New magnetic door toggles use super strong magnets and make securing and releasing the doors easier.
- The connections between the inner floor and trekking pole handles have been revised to avoid sliding up the pole (this provides a more solid connection for easier one handed operation of the zippers).
- Interior sidewall pockets are a bit less deep so they are easy to retrieve smaller items from.
- New flexible vent struts are easier to pack up compared to the previous rigid struts.
Specifically, we’ve saved weight by:
- Slightly small fly saves some material
- Waterproof seam construction (double needle lap felled seam with waterproof thread) on the two steeper fly corners above the vestibules saves seam tape.
- Revised inner pocket design saves a few grams of mesh.
In total, the second generation X-Mid 2 is a big step forward. It’s substantially tighter pitching and fits better into small sites, while being spacious and refined. And it still comes in sage…only now it’s your choice between Desert Sage or Alpine Sage.
- Dan Durston