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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Cieranm
0
Oct 17, 2020
Yesterday was the second time I have used my XMID 1P and first time in strong winds in Scotland, was about 30mph. Woke up in the middle of the night with a rip along the stitching. I had the tent taut but not overly, did I do something wrong on the set up? Would this still be covered under warranty as it’s the second time I’ve used it and have only had it for a few months? Thanks
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Wow that's quite the rip. I've never seen that before. My guess would be that this isn't from the high winds because it's a rip in the inner tent which is protected inside the fly. Normally even if it's very windy there isn't much strain on the inner. It looks like the side mesh wall of the tent was under quite a bit of strain and ripped from that. Is it possible you rolled over in the night where you body weight rolled onto the sidewall? Maybe didn't hear it ripping due to the wind noise? We've never had a rip like this before, but did have one other report of a different type of rip in the inner mesh where the occupant rolled onto the mesh wall. There is a 1 year warranty on the tent, so you are welcome to get in touch with Drop by going to profile -> transactions -> completed -> X-Mid -> Contact support. I can't speak for them as to what they will say.
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dbg01
14
Oct 15, 2020
Here's are pics of my version of a simple mod of the XMID 1P outer that allows you to pull out the inner mesh for more shoulder room and still be able to use the existing outer door cord to roll up the outer doors for ventilation. I tied a simple overhand stopper knot in the existing door rollup cord and then added a 12" thin bungie cord (it can be a bit shorter) with its own cord lock behind the stopper knot using a slip knot loop that is then pulled tight. This allows you to pull out the inner using the bungie and inner mesh door rollup loop without undue stress on the tent outer (since the bungie has some give) and still use the original outer door cord to hold the rolled up outer door for ventilation. This mod works equally well on both sides. (BTW Dan, I'm still hoping for a XMID 1.5 in the future!)
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dbg01
14
Oct 15, 2020
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Very clever! Nice mod.
mslmsl
10
Oct 15, 2020
@dandurston Any news on solid / semi solid inner coming up?
WheelBug
7
Oct 15, 2020
I've been asking for this for some time now and I won't buy this tent unless it is offered with one. At this point, with the number of tents sold, it's asinine for Drop not to offer both a mesh and solid inner option. A bathtub floor that covered everything except one vestibule for winter use like you made for yourself would be nice too. Drop is going Yoko Ono on your tent Dan.
mslmsl
10
Oct 19, 2020
Will buy once this is available, unless there will be competitive products before that. TT Notch is already close.
jweaks
52
Oct 7, 2020
Footprint suggestion. Many years of backpacking experience, this is my favorite footprint for any small tent: https://smile.amazon.com/S-Survive-Outdoors-Longer-Reflective/dp/B001MW31XS/ You can cut it to size or just fold it. I bought two of them several years ago. One package is still unopened as the first one is worn but going strong. It's small, light, and multipurpose. He is a pic beside a twelve ounce can for reference...
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oppfields
2
Oct 6, 2020
Adding to the footprint discussion the MSR Universal 1 Person Regular could work for some people. Its 83 x 28 in (211 x 71 cm) which fits the parallelogram inner without spilling out. It would provide an extra layer across the full rectangle area but not the end wedges. Comes with guy outs already fitted and weighs in at 146g (SKU: 13008).
Yeah that looks like it would work well. FWIW, I'm in discussions with the factory to hopefully get a run of custom footprints made. Not certain at this point, but hoping to have them out for spring.
oppfields
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Oct 7, 2020
I think for some people having a stock footprint would be a good option, others will go with MYOG for weight and cost. Really comes down to where and when I guess or how accident prone you are but thats what gaffer / duct tape is for :-)
Tyler-S
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Oct 5, 2020
Dan - question on winter/snow use... conditions are northern Minnesota in February - so cold temps but not alpine conditions. Most likely pitched on top of crusted but not consolidated snow. Would you use the supplied inner nest or use fly only along with a groundsheet or bivy. This is my first modular tent so not really sure how I want to deploy in the different seasons.
The mesh will add a little bit of warm but not much. The other advantage is that it helps keep out snow that you might otherwise knock in. I don't really like using only a bivy inside because then you don't have area off the snow for other gear. In the winter I usually use just a bathtub floor that I sewed myself. If you don't want to build one of those, I'd probably still use the stock inner but a groundsheet would be fine too - more space but also not quite as warm and some issues maybe with snow getting on top.
philip-shepherd
1
Oct 1, 2020
Dan - I've made one change to my X-Mid 1P. I've moved the strings that attach the inner to the outer, so that they are permanently attached to the outer (rather than how the tent is supplied - with the strings attached to the outer). The advantage is that it is now much, much easier to attach the inner when sitting inside the tent - which consequently means there's no great need to put up the inner until your ready to lie down. Obviously under wet scenarios or major insect attack the inner becomes more necessary, but there are many times when just having the outer up is a great start.
Yeah that is a nice way to do it. I considered that, but didn't want the strings hanging there if someone is only using the fly. Your way does make it easier to clip/unclip the inner while inside the tent, with the downside of making it a bit harder to clip from outside (I like to walk around the outside the clip the inner). There's pros and cons, where each way can be better depending on the preferences of the user.
Seanneves
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Oct 11, 2020
I really like the idea of this mod. Perhaps the best of all world would be to make both points removable?
philip-shepherd
1
Oct 1, 2020
I continue to love my X-Mid 1P. It performs exactly as expected. I need advice on two things:
  • What are the best pegs to purchase for dealing with strong wind scenarios?
  • Answers for people who state "sometimes you need a stand-alone tent"

The best pegs really depends on the soil. Wider pegs will hold better, but will bend if you try to use them on too firm of soil. Semi-wide pegs like MSR Groundhog mini and DAC J-stakes are good all around stakes. Wider stakes like Vargo Crevice stakes are ideal for high winds on medium-soft soils. Regarding "needing a stand alone tent" - even a freestanding tent requires stakes in high winds so it doesn't blow away. The X-Mid minimizes how many stakes you need since it can pitch with as few as 4 whereas most trekking pole tents are 6-10. People worry about not being able to get those stakes it, but it's almost always not a problem. You can put stakes, or if it's too hard of ground tie off to rocks, or if it's too soft of ground like sand or snow then use deadman anchors (e.g. bury sticks).
oppfields
2
Oct 6, 2020
Delta Strong Tent Pegs are highly recommended for wild windy pitches. https://deltagroundanchors.co.uk/products/delta-strong-tent-pegs
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If you're looking to buy an X-Mid 1P and it says that it's sold out, that's because you're seeing the older listing. Click the link below to view the new listing (which links to the same discussion and reviews so it looks like the same page but that one actually has the pre-sale for the next batch instead of saying sold out): https://drop.com/buy/drop-dan-durston-x-mid-1p-tent
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mazamabill
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Sep 27, 2020
Dan, do you think you will ever offer an adjustable ultralight pole for those of us who like to carry just one trekking pole? It’s obvious that your design really requires an adjustable pole, so buying a fixed length pole from 6 Moon Designs or Tarptent or Zpacks won’t work. All it would take is a 45” pole with a section that can be adjusted to add a few inches. Just a thought.
That is a nice light option - which is possible because the pole is non-adjustable, not that stiff, and only a 3 piece. I've got some of that tubing that I'm testing now. I like a 5 piece pole so it packs short like the tent. SMD sells their 45" pole in a 5 piece version too for 2.1oz, so an extra 0.3oz. But still fairly flexy (moreso than the 3 piece due to slop in the joints) and still not adjustable. It's hard to get to a nice stiff adjustable 5 piece pole for sub 3oz.
mazamabill
4
Sep 28, 2020
If the alternative is an 8 oz trekking pole that has to be stowed on the outside of one’s pack, I think a 1.8 oz 3 section pole is a great option.
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