Drop + Dan Durston X-Mid 1P Tent
Drop + Dan Durston X-Mid 1P Tent
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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 Read More
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TXParkRanger
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Oct 25, 2020
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Fantastic tent, if you can deal with the width.
I researched tents intensely and accepted all the recommendations for the X-Mid. I tried the Lunar Solo, and while I liked it, I wanted double wall. The X-mid fits its spot in the tent market perfectly and packs a ton of features into an affordable package. It's a wonderful bit of kit and Dan is just the most knowledgeable guy. However, when it comes to actually sleeping in the tent, I had some issues. I'm not the smallest guy, but not terribly large either. I'm about 6' and 190lbs. I sleep on a long/wide Thermarest NeoAir which takes most of this tent's inner floor space. I move a lot in my sleep and don't like to feel constricted. The interior room of the tent is spacious, you can sit up etc. However, if you like to sleep with your arms out, legs up, or any part of your body stretched out, this may not be the tent for you. I've ordered the 2p just to have the space and ability to bring one of my kiddos or the wife along with me, and its only a half pound heavier.
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sonsturm
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Oct 24, 2020
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Love it!
I hit the jackpot with this tent! Price, weight, roominess, easy setup/take down, color, ... if you are undecided, just get it! I promise you will not be disappointed!
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Nice photos! Great to hear you are enjoying the X-Mid.
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AnimalT
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Oct 14, 2020
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Géniale!
Testée sur plusieurs bivouacs, cette tente est parfaite pour mon utilisation. Légère, compacte et assez solide (je la protège avec une couverture de survie épaisse en guise de footprint). Rapport qualité/prix imbattable. Merci Dan, merci drop!
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(Translate): De rien! Content que tu aimes la tente.
Rogerrabbit
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Oct 6, 2020
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Very nice tent
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Nice light weight tent. Easily packs onto the motorcycle!
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costl
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Oct 5, 2020
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full-featured, light, stable shelter. solid value.
Short review based on three days on Ozark Trail (Taum Sauk Section): I found the X-mid 1P delightful to carry, pitch, and inhabit. First, the tent is a really light and compact carry for such a substantial, full-featured shelter. What's most distinctive is the feature/weight/price ratio. It's not just a tarp, or a single wall. It's double layer shelter, with two large vestibules, two doors, very well-breathing even with both zips shut, bugproof, and weatherproof. A real tent. But, still well under 2 lbs. At this price, I've seen nothing like it. Second, it's extremely user friendly. The key is a good true rectangular pitch. Take a few extra moments to nail this, and the rest is easy. After one practice pitch at home, I had this set up in a couple minutes out on the trail. The second night on trail took 3 minutes in tent setup. Packs up easily, too. Occupies very little pack space. Third, while the living space is compact, it was plenty comfortable to me (small/medium build size). The vestibules are fantastic for space and protection, and they make the tent feel much roomier (more like a 2p) when the fly is zipped up. With the fly doors open, the angles still allow for really good night sky viewing. Fourth, it breathed very well, with virtually no condensation down to around 35*F. Faced only light rain and breezes, but all was stable and dry (with no ground sheet, as per Durston's recommendation). Material is not as burly as past shelters I've owned (check the specs), but seems tough enough to hold up with reasonable care. Looking forward to many more travels with it.
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prodentwill
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Oct 5, 2020
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Very nice and spacious place to lay your head
A solidly built tent with lots of leg room. I couldn't get the tensioner to grab on a corner and the door. Had more than desired condensation with the vents full open and the pitch all the way up, but was due to the pitch in grass and the temps. After all my searching for the best deal I found this was the best bang for the buck.
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Yeah wet vegetation plus cool temps is a recipe for condensation. When the moisture source for condensation is inside the tent (e.g. cooking or breathing) then venting helps, whereas when the moisture source is everywhere (e.g. green grass) then exchanging the air doesn't help much. That's why the X-Mid has large vents and doorways that can be left open, but it is also designed to manage the condensation that is inevitable sometimes. It does that by being double wall, using no-sag (polyester) fabric, keeping the inner a safe distance back from the fly, and having walls sufficiently steep so that if you did get really heavy condensation it would run down the walls instead of dripping on you.
oldlaxman
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Oct 3, 2020
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Love the flexibility of the two piece solution.
Took it into the Whites for it's first outing. After an afternoon of hiking in the rain got to a tent site that only had wooden platforms. Had to improvise and use my bear cord to tie down the corners. It took a little extra time trying to square up the corners, however I got it set up and the inside was reasonably dry. I was worried that the poles might slip on the wet planks but no problem. For the future I am going to pack the parts separately if there is any chance of rain. Also highly recommend a footprint for muddy conditions. Planning a fall hike now and will only bring the fly.
Scorcho
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Oct 2, 2020
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This. Tent. Is. Perfect. Period.
I know what you're thinking, nothing is perfect especially in a field that is so highly personal. I get it, I really do. But the experience I have had with this tent in the backcountry has be beyond question the best ever. By far. Dan I just want to say, from personal experience I know you can't please everyone. However, almost every single little nit-picky thing ppl have had to say about this tent would force you to constantly be changing it and it would never make it to production. I love it, everything about it. I am 6'1", 200lb guy that had room at my head and feet to store things from my pack and my feet and head were not touching the netting. I managed to get a great pitch even on a BC Provincial Parks tent platform using rocks and the Ti Shepard hooks. Ventilation was perfect, everything stuffed easily back into the bag provided and it basically disappears in my pack. Thank you for this amazing product and I look forward to many nights in my new backcountry home.
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Awesome! That is a really nice platform pitch! Is that in Garibaldi?
Scorcho
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Oct 3, 2020
No it was at the Kicking Horse Wild Camp in Manning Park on the Heather Trail. I got a tiny bit stressed when I showed up there and saw it was platforms but with the design being so simple I quickly figured it out. Thanks for all your efforts.
cweston
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Oct 2, 2020
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Buy this tent!
I love this tent. For the money, I don't see how you could do any better. There are some (very) small things I don't love: •The line used in the tensioners is tiny and slips easily. I'll replace them with slightly thicker line. Maybe just the four primary corners. •Unlike my Tarptent, where the trekking pole tip just seems to guide itself into the grommet, on this one, you do have to take care to make sure it is in there. A couple times early on, I had missed. •The long shock cord connecting the two large-end-of-vestibule corners of the nest to the corner stake seems like it's tighter than it needs to be. I may add a small loop of something at the corner to relieve the tension a little. •The stuff sack it comes with is ridiculously small. Even when dry, it's somewhat hard to get the tent in there.
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kld1958
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Oct 6, 2020
They had 9 of the 1Ps left and I got one of them. It will be here Sunday. What size is the cord and I'll buy some.
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Okay nice. Yeah that'll be the smaller cord.
laytonstone
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Sep 30, 2020
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good design, quality materials, good value for money
on the plus side: simple to pitch, a good stable design, masses of internal space within the outer tent, smooth zips , quality materials. On the negative side. inner tent is narrow, insufficient pegs supplied for all the loops. Shepherd's crook pegs have insufficient holding power for use on the main guying points in strong winds. Air vents in the outer tent might allow rain ingress in strong winds because the 'eyebrow' does not appear to afford much protection. Still, over-all an impressive well designed tent, which I think will become a trustworthy companion.
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Glad you are liking the tent. Regarding the stakes, we have revised these now so tents in the current pre-sale will come with 4 wider V stakes (for softer soils) and 4 of the shepards hook stakes (for firmer ground or less important stake points). The tents include 8 stakes which should normally be sufficient since the tent requires a minimum of 4 (at the 4 corners) and most people use 5-8 (to stake the doorways and/or peak guylines). We've never had someone report getting rain in via the vents but perhaps it could happen in a wild storm. If there was really strong winds though, then the vents wouldn't be needed and they could be closed.
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