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Durston Gear X-Mid 1 Tent Evaluate (Second Technology)

The Durston Gear X-Mid 1 (second technology) is my favourite tent to make use of on backpacking journeys. It’s a light-weight double-wall tent weighing (28 oz) that’s snug to sleep in and simple to arrange. Made with polyester, it’s a lot cheaper in comparison with ultralight Dyneema tents but in addition doesn’t sag when it will get moist. The X-Mid 1 comes manufacturing facility seam-taped and consists of ultralight titanium stakes, making it usable out of the field. It’s a trekking pole tent, so it’s not for everybody or all campsites, however it’s a nice shelter if you would like a trekking pole tent that’s inexpensive, spacious, stormworthy, and packs up small. (MSRP $240).

Specs at a Look

  • Capability: 1 individual
  • Kind: Double-Wall, Trekking Pole Tent
  • Path Weight: 28 oz / 795 g | Fly: 17.3 oz / 490 g | Inside: 10.7 oz / 305 g
  • Doorways: 2
  • Peak Vents: 2
  • Minimal variety of stakes to pitch: 4
  • Supplies: 20d sil/PEU coated ripstop polyester (2500mm), #5 YKK Aquagaurd water resistant zippers on fly, YKK #3 zippers on internal tent
  • Additionally consists of 6 titanium tent stakes, tent stuff sack, stake stuff sack
  • Packed measurement: 12 x 5 in / 30 x 13 cm
  • For full specs, go to Durston Gear. 

Tent Design

The X-Mid 1 is a double-walled trekking pole with an oblong flooring plan and twin facet doorways with water resistant Aquaguard zippers. It has two peaks with grommets inside to carry the information of your trekking poles. The X-Mid 1 consists of an internal tent with a tub flooring, mesh partitions, and a mesh ceiling with roof pockets, which is oriented diagonally contained in the fly, creating massive facet vestibules.

The inner tent has a bathtub floor, mesh sidewalls and a mesh ceiling
The internal tent has a tub flooring, mesh sidewalls, and a mesh ceiling.

The X-Mid 1 fly might be arrange earlier than the internal tent to guard it from getting moist in rain or you may connect them beforehand and set them each up on the similar time. The internal clips to buckles within the peaks and attaches to the 4 corners of the fly with mitten hooks. My choice is to separate the internal tent and fly when packing the tent if the fly is moist, so I can pull it out later within the day and dry it off after I catch a little bit of daylight.  In any other case, I hold the internal and the fly related which makes the tent very quick to arrange.

Grommets in the peaks prevent your trekking pole tips from ripping the fly
Grommets and strengthened cloth within the peaks forestall your trekking pole suggestions from ripping the fly.

The setup course of is ridiculously easy and requires a minimal of 4 tent stakes to erect. You merely stake out the 4 corners of the fly pulling them tight, drop your trekking poles by means of the height vents, place the carbide suggestions up within the peak grommets and prolong them till the fly partitions are stretched tight. Then you may stroll round and add extra guylines to the peaks, doorways, or facet panels, relying on the situations. I wish to stake out the guylines working from the peaks to the bottom, though this isn’t strictly crucial in good climate. You too can stake out the quick facet of the doorways if you wish to create slightly nook to retailer your backpack upright close to the internal tent door.

X-Mid-1 Schematic, courtesy Durston Gear
X-Mid 1 Schematic, courtesy Durston Gear. The inexperienced space represents an oblong sleeping pad. 

The internal tent is formed like a parallelogram, so there’s additional house above the pinnacle and foot finish of your sleeping pad to retailer your nighttime necessities or your camp sneakers for nighttime strolls. There are small mesh pockets within the ceiling corners which can be safe sufficient to carry valuable objects like a smartphone or your glasses, so that you don’t have to fret about them falling out and getting smashed should you roll onto them at evening. I as soon as broke a pair of glasses like this, which actually sucked.

Dimensionally, the X-Mid fly is 67 x 100 in / 170 x 254 cm with a peak top of 46 in / 117 cm, which is fairly lengthy and might make discovering an appropriate campsite tougher in densely forested terrain. The internal tent is significantly smaller, at 32 x 90 in / 81 x 230 cm with an internal peak top of 43 in / 109 cm, however greater than satisfactory to be used with an extended or broad sleeping pad.

This corner inside the short section of the side door is convenient for storing your pack upright.
This nook contained in the quick part of the facet door is handy for storing your pack upright.


I sleep rather well within the X-Mid 1, which I attribute to the colour and density of the rain fly. I’m very delicate to mild after I sleep, which makes it tough for me to understand translucent tents made with Dyneema when the moon is shining vibrant. Whereas some moonlight does shine by means of the X-Mid 1 fly cloth, the inside is darkish sufficient that I can sleep deeply with out being bothered.

If I need air flow or views, it’s simple to open a facet door or roll up a facet panel from contained in the tent. Ditto with closing them. I often sleep with one of many doorways tied again for air flow.

The X-Mid-1 is easy to stuff into a stuff sack and will fit horizontally in just about any backpack
The X-Mid 1 is simple to stuff right into a stuff sack and can match horizontally in nearly any backpack

The inside isn’t as massive as the within of a two-person tent, however it’s completely livable should you don’t thoughts mendacity in your again the entire time, which is what I primarily do in mine. It’s no drawback altering garments inside both: there’s loads of house for that.

I additionally like having all of my gear beneath cowl at evening and saved within the vestibules the place I can entry it simply, however not have it piled up with me contained in the internal tent. I’ve by no means skilled any inner condensation switch from the fly to my gear or the internal tent. Within the occasion of wet or windy climate, the vestibules present sufficient top that you may prepare dinner beneath them with a range with a captured flame like a Jetboil or an MSR Windburner.

After years of getting to seam-seal ultralight tents, it’s good to have a tent the place none of that’s crucial. Polyester and silpoly (siliconized polyester) tents might be seam-taped however some tent producers nonetheless require clients to seam seal their tents earlier than use in wet climate. I’ve by no means understood that. It’s not tough to do however it’s a ache within the ass. None of that’s crucial with the X-Mid 1, which is able to use out of the field.

Setup Video


The X-Mid 1 isn’t as general-purpose as a freestanding tent. For instance, it wouldn’t be the tent I’d carry if I needed to camp on wood platforms, rock ledges, and even sandy surfaces. The tent additionally requires a pretty big house to be arrange, which might take additional time to seek out in densely forested terrain. It’s nice to be used at pre-existing campsites, nonetheless, particularly these with a forest duff floor the place tent stakes get buy.

Durston Gear affords a groundsheet (4.6 oz) for the X-Mid 1, however I don’t assume it’s crucial except you frequently camp on abrasive surfaces. I carry a 2 ouncespiece of polycryo plastic however often find yourself utilizing it as a porch outdoors the door of the internal tent to maintain my socks dry after I get out at evening for a pee. I don’t assume you want a footprint beneath the vestibules except you need a dry floor for a canine to sleep on.

The X-Mid-1 is able to withstand a spruce grouse attack.
I wish to stake out the X-Mid 1 peaks which have line locs and pre-attached guylines. This proved helpful on a current journey when the tent was attacked by a territorial spruce grouse that didn’t like my tent website choice! The tent withstood the assault with no drawback. Ethan Pond Shelter Campsite, New Hampshire.

For sandy, dusty, or chilly/winter situations, Durston Gear has the X-Mid 1 Stable which has an internal tent with partially strong partitions that it is best to try. They don’t provide that internal as a standalone buy now however plan to sooner or later. Additionally they provide webbing straps/buckles that can help you use the internal tent standalone as a bug bivy when the fly isn’t required.

Second Technology Enhancements

There was an earlier first technology of the X-Mid 1 however it has been improved on this second-generation model. The most important change is a 30% enhance within the quantity of the internal tent, making it wider, longer, and better, with extra headroom. There have been additionally some design optimizations made to the fly to enhance its wind efficiency and the tightness of the pitch, however these had been made with out making the tent heavier, altering the fabric used, or decreasing performance.

Comparability Desk – Light-weight Two Peak tents


The Durston Gear X-Mid 1 is a good one-person, double-wall, trekking pole tent that’s simple to arrange and weighs 28.0 oz. It may be arrange fly-first to maintain the internal tent dry within the rain, comes seam-taped, and is totally outfitted with guylines and linelocs so you need to use it as quickly because it arrives. Should you’ve been eager to slash your gear weight or strive a trekking pole tent, the X-mid is a good choice as a result of it packs small and has loads of room inside to retailer gear. The internal tent is snug, each doorways might be opened for enhanced airflow, and there are kick-stand vents (that work) for additional air flow in stormy situations.  A 2 individual model of the X-Mid can be obtainable.

Disclosure: Durston Gear offered a tent for this assessment.

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