Durston Gear X-Mid 1P Ultralight Backpacking Tent (V2)

Durston Gear X-Mid 1P Ultralight Backpacking Tent (V2)
Durston Gear X-Mid 1P Ultralight Backpacking Tent (V2)
Durston Gear X-Mid 1P Ultralight Backpacking Tent (V2)
Durston Gear X-Mid 1P Ultralight Backpacking Tent (V2)
Durston Gear X-Mid 1P Ultralight Backpacking Tent (V2)
Durston Gear X-Mid 1P Ultralight Backpacking Tent (V2)
Durston Gear X-Mid 1P Ultralight Backpacking Tent (V2)
Durston Gear X-Mid 1P Ultralight Backpacking Tent (V2)
Durston Gear X-Mid 1P Ultralight Backpacking Tent (V2)
Durston Gear X-Mid 1P Ultralight Backpacking Tent (V2)

Durston Gear X-Mid 1P Ultralight Backpacking Tent (V2)

Regular price $240.00
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  • Pre-Order: Ships April/May 2022
  • Expedited Pre-Order: Ships February 2022 (+$25)
1/13/22 pre-order is sold out

X-Mid 1P Notification from Durston Gear

General vs. Expedited Pre-Orders:

X-Mid tents will be ready to import from our factory on 1/24/2022. General pre-orders will be imported via ocean freight and ship to customers in April or May 2022. Expedited pre-orders (+$25) will be imported via Air Freight from our factory and ship to customers in February 2022. The additional $25 covers our increased freight costs to get the product to you sooner.

International Duties and Taxes:

International customers have the option to select FedEx, or USPS shipping at check-out.

FedEx: Duties and Taxes are collected at check-out and no additional fees, duties, or taxes are due at delivery.

USPS/GlobalPost: Duties and Taxes are estimated at check-out and due on delivery.

Duties and Tax estimates may differ between USPS and FedEx as FedEx includes discounted brokerage and other service fees in the shipping cost while USPS adds these to their duties and tax estimates due at import.



SPECS

    Materials

  • 20d polyester in sage green
  • 2500mm sil/PEU coating
  • Peak reinforced with 210d black nylon
  • Titanium stakes

  • Dimensions: Typical Values

  • Fly width: 67 in / 170.2 cm
  • Fly length: 100 in / 254 cm
  • Fly area: 46.5 sq ft / 4.3 sq m
  • Fly peak height: 46 in / 117 cm
  • Inner peak height: 43 in / 110 cm
  • Floor width: 32 in / 81 cm
  • Floor length: 90 in / 229 cm
  • Floor area: 20 sq ft / 1.85 sq m
  • Packed size: 12 x 5 in / 30 x 12 cm

  • Weights

  • Fly, including guylines: 17.3 oz / 490 g
  • Inner: 10.7 oz / 305 g
  • Fly + inner: 28 oz / 795 g
  • Stuff sack: 0.4 oz / 12 g
  • Stake sack: 0.2 oz / 4 g

    Features

  • Ultra-simple four stake pitch
  • Tent pitches fly first (inner tent stays dry during rain setup)
  • Twin pole structure provides generous living space
  • Double-wall design and dual vents protect from condensation
  • Dual doors & dual vestibules give easy access/ample gear space
  • Protected doorways can be left open in light rain
  • Doorways are large and not blocked by trekking poles
  • Polyester fabric is non-sag, UV resistant, and non-water absorbing.
  • Interior peak pockets provides handy storage
  • Excellent snow shedding via steep roof panels
  • Excellent wind performance with optional peak and side panel guylines
  • Fly extends to ground to block drafts, can be raised for more ventilation
  • Packs short enough to store horizontally in a pack
  • Fly and inner can pitch independently
  • Factory seam taped
  • Fully double-stitched construction
  • Premium materials and hardware (e.g., YKK AquaGuard Zippers)

  • Included

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

  • Not included: 2 trekking poles required for setup
    Recommended: Drop + Fizan Compact Trekking Poles

Check out some common questions:

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 as light as the X-Mid, such as the Big Agnes Fly Creek UL1 (27oz). Those pole sets are heavy (often about 8oz) to get those tents as light something else has to give. Commonly that’s space, performance, and durability. A traditional tent as light as the X-Mid is almost certainly far smaller and uses more delicate fabrics and much thinner waterproof coatings. You’ll also typically find they cut features (e.g., lacking vents) and use less durable #3 zippers (vs. #5), which are a common failure point. The X-Mid offers a more durable and high-performance shelter for the same weight to give robust 3 season performance.

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.

If you don’t use trekking poles, you can use folding poles instead. We don’t currently offer them, but many companies do. The X-Mid 1P pitches with the poles in the range of 46 – 47″, so if you buy a fixed-length pole, you should opt for 47″ and use that slightly angled as needed. The best option is a custom, 4 piece, adjustable carbon fiber pole from Ruta Locura, but there are also cheaper options, such as the $16 poles from TarpTent. Also worth checking out are the carbon poles from SMD which are light, and pack short but non-adjustable, and at 49″, you should trim them shorter, which is why just building your own might make sense.

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.

We are working on it. Check out the upcoming and sign up for notice if you want get in on the upcoming pre-sale.

The reason we use polyester for the regular tents is because it’s a more well-rounded fabric. It lasts a long time, has great performance, no-sag, and is UV resistant. DCF is even stronger but doesn’t last longer because it eventually gets pinholes or delaminates over time. A DCF tent might last for 200-300 nights while a polyester tent can last almost indefinitely. DCF is also extremely expensive.

The main advantage of DCF over polyester – and it is a significant advantage – is that it is much lighter at typically 0.5oz/sq yd rather than 1.2oz/sq yd typically. So polyester is a better choice for a well-rounded tent due to its higher durability and lower cost, while DCF is the best choice for the weight geeks that don’t mind spending a lot more to save a nice bit of weight.

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,

The X-Mid 1P (V1)

Pitch Guide



Pitch 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:


The X-Mid 1P

Awarded one of the best backpacking tents by OutdoorGearLab, The Trek, 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.
SIMPLE, SPACIOUS TREKKING-POLE SHELTER
Designed to be the best double-wall solo shelter supported by trekking poles, the X-Mid is the brainchild of Dan Durston, an experienced thru-hiker and established member of the ultralight community. It aims to solve the common issues seen in trekking-pole-supported tents: Most are single-trekking-pole pyramids, which lack headroom, or overly complex multi-pole designs, which are tedious to pitch. The X-Mid, on the other hand, offers a generous living space (now 30% larger) 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 28 ounces, it’s lighter, too.

INNOVATIVE DESIGN, STORM-WORTHY MATERIALS
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.

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.

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 guylines can be deployed, along with extra stakes at the eight additional 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 zippers to ensure a long life, even in tough conditions.

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.

Even More Spacious

More spacious, more stormworthy, more user friendly – just as light. The inner is now larger in all dimensions, increasing interior volume by 30% while maintaining the same 28 oz weight.

SPECS

    Materials

  • 20d polyester in sage green
  • 2500mm sil/PEU coating
  • Peak reinforced with 210d black nylon
  • Titanium stakes

  • Dimensions: Typical Values

  • Fly width: 67 in / 170.2 cm
  • Fly length: 100 in / 254 cm
  • Fly area: 46.5 sq ft / 4.3 sq m
  • Fly peak height: 46 in / 117 cm
  • Inner peak height: 43 in / 110 cm
  • Floor width: 32 in / 81 cm
  • Floor length: 90 in / 229 cm
  • Floor area: 20 sq ft / 1.85 sq m
  • Packed size: 12 x 5 in / 30 x 12 cm

  • Weights

  • Fly, including guylines: 17.3 oz / 490 g
  • Inner: 10.7 oz / 305 g
  • Fly + inner: 28 oz / 795 g
  • Stuff sack: 0.4 oz / 12 g
  • Stake sack: 0.2 oz / 4 g

    Features

  • Ultra-simple four stake pitch
  • Tent pitches fly first (inner tent stays dry during rain setup)
  • Twin pole structure provides generous living space
  • Double-wall design and dual vents protect from condensation
  • Dual doors & dual vestibules give easy access/ample gear space
  • Protected doorways can be left open in light rain
  • Doorways are large and not blocked by trekking poles
  • Polyester fabric is non-sag, UV resistant, and non-water absorbing.
  • Interior peak pockets provides handy storage
  • Excellent snow shedding via steep roof panels
  • Excellent wind performance with optional peak and side panel guylines
  • Fly extends to ground to block drafts, can be raised for more ventilation
  • Packs short enough to store horizontally in a pack
  • Fly and inner can pitch independently
  • Factory seam taped
  • Fully double-stitched construction
  • Premium materials and hardware (e.g., YKK AquaGuard Zippers)

  • Included

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

  • Not included: 2 trekking poles required for setup
    Recommended: Drop + Fizan Compact Trekking Poles