Is this a 4 season tent? Can it be used to camp on glacier snow or frozen lake? And is the total weight less than 30ozs ( including everything like stakes, cords etc.)
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Dan Durston
Jun 5, 2020
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I'm hesitant to use the terms "3 season" and "4 season" because the challenges that a tent faces (e.g. high winds) don't align that well with the seasons. For example, most "3 season" tents would do just fine camped in the forest in the winter, but many would fail dramatically in mid-summer if they were pitched in alpine ridge in a wind storm. So I think "regular conditions" and "extreme conditions" sums it up moreso than 3 or 4 season. Anyways... In many ways, the X-Mid is a good winter tent. It has consistently steep walls that shed snow better than perhaps any comparable trekking pole shelter. It also has a full coverage fly (extends to the ground) which can block winds and blowing snow. You can certainly go out mid-winter and expect it to do quite well in decent snowfall (e.g. 6"). It's also got a simple pitch, so it's easier to set up on snow/ice than tents requiring 8-12 stakes. Where it differs from a typical "4 season" tent is that it has mesh inner walls, which aren't as warm as the solid fabric used in many 4-season tents. And secondly, it's not built to be robust enough for extreme conditions like pitching on an alpine ridge in a howling storm, like some 4 season tents are. So I would certainly be comfortable using it on a glacier or frozen lake in normal winter conditions, but would advise caution if there are major storms in the forecast. As for the weight, the tent itself weighs about 28.5oz including cords. Once you add the stuff sack and stakes it tends to be a little over 30oz (e.g. 31-32oz), although in the winter I might forego the stakes and just bury sticks as "deadman anchors", in which case it would be about 30oz. Good to a bring a bit of extra cord in the winter in case you end up tying the tent to skis/poles/snowshoes etc.
Jun 5, 2020
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Jun 6, 2020
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Thank you for detailed explanation.
Jun 6, 2020