Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Durston X-Mid Tent - Setup and Overview

I'm pretty simple and typically enjoy hammock or cowboy camping. However, there are certain circumstances where a tent is simply more pragmatic or needed. Therefore, I recently acquired a new ultralight tent about which I'm pretty excited - the Durtson X-Mid Ultralight 1 person tent.

The design, production and distribution of this tent was a collaborative development between the online community commerce website Massdrop and hiker/designer Dan Durston. The full name of the tent might be the Massdrop Dan Durtson X-Mid Ultralight 1 person tent.

I have not had an opportunity to fully test this tent on an adventure, but I wanted to demonstrate the setup and provide an overview.

This tent has some unique features and specifications that I try to highlight in the following video. I stated some incorrect specs regarding the material (40D should be 20D) and weight (40 ounces should be 30 ounces), so please see the spec list below for the proper info.

Here's a detailed list of the specs:

Key Features
  • Double-wall design provides full protection from condensation
  • Twin pole structure provides generous headroom and living space
  • Ultra-simple pitch with just four stakes (eight in harsh conditions)
  • Polyester fabric won't sag in the rain
  • Dual doors and dual vestibules provide easy access and ample gear space
  • Tent pitches fly first so the inner stays dry even during setup in the rain
  • Inner is fully protected from falling rain during entry and exit
  • Interior ridgeline pocket provides handy storage
  • Large vents provide excellent ventilation and close solidly for harsh conditions
  • Vents and doors are easy to operate from inside or outside the tent
  • Includes peak guylines and eight stake points for harsh conditions
  • Packs into a short 12" x 5" package that stores horizontally inside a pack
  • Fully seam taped


20d 420T 100-percent polyester in desert sage
2000mm sil/PU coating
Peak reinforced with 210d black nylon
Titanium stakes
Dimensions: Typical Values (Ranges in Parentheses)

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 / 116.8 cm (45.5–47 in / 115.6–119.4 cm)
Inner peak height: 43 in / 109.2 cm
Inner height at ridgeline midpoint: 41 in / 104.1 cm
Floor width: 28 in / 71.1 cm
Floor length: 86.5 in / 219.7 cm
Floor area: 16.8 sq ft / 1.6 sq m
Packed size: 12 x 5 in / 30.5 x 12.7 cm

Fly, including guylines: 18 oz / 510 g
Inner: 9.9 oz / 281.7 g
Fly + inner: 27.9 oz / 791.7 g
Stuff sack: 0.4 oz / 10.8 g
Stake sack: 0.2 oz / 4.6 g

Massdrop's 1-year warranty
Self-fabric stuff sack
8 titanium stakes
Not included: 2 trekking poles required for setup

This tent can be compared to the Sierra Designs High Route tent, Six Moons Design Lunar Solo, Mountain Laurel Designs Solomid and the Zpacks Pleximid.

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