Massdrop x Dan Durston X-Mid 1P Tent
Massdrop x 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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dandurston
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Dan Durston
Jul 6, 2018
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Thanks for checking out the X-Mid. As the designer, I think you'll find it's an awesome tent. The design combines first principles thinking, innovative ideas and extensive thru-hiking experience to create the ideal solo shelter. The goal with the X-Mid was to start with a clean sheet of paper and reason from there to create the best trekking pole supported solo shelter – one that offers maximal functionality, space, storm resistance and simplicity at the lowest weight. The end result is a design that "just works" when you're tired at the end of a long day and want a tent that pitches without fiddling, or when it's been raining all day and you want a tent that pitches without getting the inside wet, doesn't sag in the rain and gives you ample vestibule space to stow wet gear. The X-Mid sets a new standard for simple, lightweight functionality. The most fundamental - and thus first - design question was: What shape should form the tents base? Most trekking pole supported tents are based around hexagons or even more complicated shapes, but as the number of sides increases, so does pitching complexity, number of seams, stakes and weight. Typically these complex tents require estimates of stake locations, angles, distances between stakes, pole lengths and pole positions. Setting that up can be fun in the backyard, but not fun in a rainstorm. The X-Mid is rooted in the philosophy that simpler is better, and thus eliminates this guesswork by opting for a rectangle base - by far the easiest shape to stake out. The challenge with the rectangle - and the reason why it hasn't been used more historically - is that it’s hard to implement a good trekking pole structure. Most prior rectangle based tents have been single pole pyramids (e.g MLD DuoMid), which are lauded for their simplicity, but lack headroom and the single pole near the center typically interferes in the living space or with access. Other rectangle based designs have used two poles to improve living space, but these have either located the two poles centrally where they again interfere in the living space (e.g. Black Diamond Beta Light) or alternatively, located them near the perimeter (e.g. Sierra Designs High Route 1) which creates overly steep (wind catching) walls, adds mandatory guylines and increased stake requirements. Reasoning from first principles, it was obvious that the ideal solo tent should use two poles to bolster living space since hikers commonly have two poles on hand anyways and it would be a shame not to utilize these resources, but how to achieve this while avoiding the long list of common pit-falls was a design challenge that resonated in my head throughout my 2014 PCT thru-hike. It resonated again during my 2017 Great Divide Trail thru-hike until I realized a solution to all of these long standing issues with the X-Mid layout:
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The X-Mid layout starts with a unique idea: rotate the inner tent onto a diagonal inside a rectangular fly. No other tent in history has done this, but the diagonal inner creates vestibules and crucially, it allows for the two trekking poles to be positioned inwards from the edges of the fly without interfering in the doorways or living space. These pole locations form a ridgeline on the opposite diagonal as the diagonal inner, and thus the X-Mid becomes the first "double diagonal" tent design. These crossing diagonals of the ridgeline and inner within a rectangle form a unique layout which is the key innovation of the X-Mid and the inspiration behind its name. With the X-Mid layout, this tent pitches simply and robustly with only 4 stakes and no guylines. Like a single pole mid, there is minimal guess work because the shape of the fly dictates the length and location of the poles. Simply insert and extend until taut. It addition to preserving the simplicity of a single pole mid, this design vastly increases the living space, sheds wind and snow well with optimally sloping walls, has no poles interfering with the floor space or doorways, the fly shields the inner from falling rain even when the doors are open, and it offers class leading headroom, vestibule space and ease of entry at a lower weight than competing tents due to the more efficient geometry. If you look at metrics of design efficiency, such as surface area to volume ratios, you'll see that X-Mid exceeds any other tent out there including single pole mids, so it can provide more functionality and space for less weight. Compared to a single pole mid, the X-Mid pitches similarly quickly and weighs about the same, while offering dual doors, dual vestibules and vastly more living space. It's also similarly robust in storms because the X-Mid offsets its larger wind profile with more consistent wall slopes and the inclusion of peak guylines. By avoiding low angled slopes on the end walls, snow doesn't accumulate on the X-Mid like it does on a single pole mid. Compared to the more complex trekking pole based designs, the X-Mid is a revelation in simplicity and matches or exceeds the living area of these shelters while being lighter, quicker to pitch and better in wet and snowy conditions. Due to its efficient geometry that minimizes seams, the X-Mid weighs just 28 oz fully seam taped even while offering dual doors, double wall protection, highly functional vents, expansive headroom, no sag fabric and dual generously sized vestibules. You won't find a lighter tent that offers all this. - Dan DurstonGear.com

https://youtu.be/cVboRcwY6P0

https://youtu.be/U9vOLs12KQE

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Jul 6, 2018
dandurston
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Dan Durston
Sep 7, 2019
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Check out this thread for a summary of you could expect. Short answer is that it depends a lot on expectations. You can certainly make it work, but you’ll end up touching the bug mesh sometimes which many don’t think is a big deal but some people don’t like it: https://drop.com/buy/massdrop-x-dan-durston-x-mid-1p-tent/talk/2502003
Sep 7, 2019
TheMailman1
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Sep 7, 2019
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Ok awesome thanks for the quick reply will continue to do my homework 👌
Sep 7, 2019
JaleesaG
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Apr 1, 2019
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UPDATE FOR JULY, SEPTEMBER AND DECEMBER 2018 PRE-ORDERS Hi all, Great news! We’re excited to announce that the Massdrop x Dan Durston X-Mid 1P Tents have arrived at our warehouse and shipping will begin soon. We now estimate we’ll begin shipping by the end of next week. If you need to change your delivery address, please contact Community Support through your transactions page (https://www.massdrop.com/transactions) by Thursday, April 4th at 5:00 pm PT. We look forward to you receiving and enjoying your tents soon!
Apr 1, 2019
Crawlas
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Jun 1, 2019
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21% vat +13 euro to the postal service which is normal but also 12% import rights which seems pretty high since you pay only around 4,2% for most products. The item is marked as: tents from different textiles which made it more expensive then i expected. I didn't know tents where in one of the highest brackets. even tablets/phones or watches are cheaper to import.
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Jun 1, 2019
dandurston
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Dan Durston
Jun 1, 2019
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Thanks for the info. The various tariff rules worldwide sure make it tricky to know how things will play out.
Jun 1, 2019
Freckz
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Nov 15, 2019
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Any word on when the 2p will be rereleased!?
Nov 15, 2019
Calyd0n
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Nov 14, 2019
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Got the tent today (France), first (easy) pitch in the garden, very impressed, can't wait to hike! Thank you Dan!
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Nov 14, 2019
dandurston
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Dan Durston
Nov 14, 2019
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Nice! Good looking pitch and beautiful spot.
Nov 14, 2019
RayF
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Nov 13, 2019
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Why so minimalist? There's no need to suffer just because you're camping!
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Nov 13, 2019
Denika
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Nov 13, 2019
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Finished my order on Nov 11. A bit worried if it shipped on Nov 15. My friend who will bring it back to Indonesia on Nov 20 :(
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Nov 13, 2019
Denika
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Nov 13, 2019
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Yes.... that’s just a typo :D What worried me is on the main product page it said estimated ship on Nov 15. Hope as you said, it already shipped and will be updated. :) Thanks Dan.
Nov 13, 2019
dandurston
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Dan Durston
Nov 13, 2019
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Oh I see. Now that these are in stock, I think that date automatically updates each day to reflect the shipping timing for new orders. Yesterday it was saying Nov 14. The estimated ship date when you ordered was Nov 12 so your should be shipping sooner than the 15th if it hasn't already.
Nov 13, 2019
StopItGetSomeHelp
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Nov 13, 2019
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guys guys i dont think the blue jacket man is actually camping
Nov 13, 2019
dandurston
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Dan Durston
Nov 13, 2019
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The "blue jacket man" is me. Those pictures are from a photo shoot, so I wasn't actually camping in the tent at that time. My wife and I were staying at a nearby backcountry cabin, so we were at least legitimately a few hours trek from the trailhead. I have camped in the tent a lot though, and my wife used it for a 500 mile thru-hike this summer.
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Nov 13, 2019
dandurston
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Dan Durston
Nov 12, 2019
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New pitching video is up for the X-Mid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVboRcwY6P0
Nov 12, 2019
Hotwheels329
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Nov 12, 2019
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Received my tent on 11/8!!!! Took it over to the City greenbelt and put it up in minutes and checked my XL sleeping pad and pillow for fit. Everything is good to go. Somebody in the neighborhood called the police on me though, thought I was homeless and setting up camp. Had a good laugh with the officer. Did the weigh-in at home and Fly is 18.9 oz, inner 10.3 oz and stuffs .53 oz....so 1.3 oz greater than stated weight. Other than thrilled with purchase....cant say enough of the support that Dan is providing with thousands of timely responses. Great design and support. Bravo.
Nov 12, 2019
Neil-Walks
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Nov 11, 2019
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Is this in stock. I get misleading info?
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Nov 11, 2019
dandurston
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Dan Durston
Nov 12, 2019
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Yeah it's in stock and shipping in 1 business day. "2029" is a typo.
Nov 12, 2019
Neil-Walks
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Nov 12, 2019
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Great news. my pay should go in my bank in around 2 hours. I will get one for sure. thanks for putting together such a great hiking tent.
Nov 12, 2019
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