Dan Durston of Durston Gear just announced an updated Dyneema composite version of his popular X-Mid 2 tent, combining the unique design of the X-Mid with the qualities of Dyneema to create a tent that’s both lightweight and packed full of features. Unlike most trekking pole tents, the rectangular X-Mid has a simple four-stake pitch with no mandatory guylines. Once pitched, intuitive design features include magnetic door toggles, large doorways that aren’t blocked by poles, and one-handed zippers. The X-Mid Pro also has a small packed size for a DCF tent because it uses a durable 15D woven floor that’s more abrasion resistant and much smaller packing than a composite floor.
According to Durston, the Durston X-Mid Pro 2 is assembled using hot bonded construction for the strong and clean seams. It’s designed in Canada, and manufactured in China at the same factory that makes DCF tents for other well-known brands like Locus Gear, Samar’s, TarpTent, and Big Agnes. The large floor area accommodates two wide tapered pads, the twin offset pole layout provides generous headroom and living space, and protected doorways keep rain out when the doors are open. Currently, Durston doesn’t offer folding poles for those travelling without hiking poles, but they are in development. In the meantime, several other companies offer something similar. You can get a custom pole from Ruta Locura, and Zpacks offers a 48″ pole. The X-Mid Pro typically pitches with the poles at 46-47″ so a 48″ pole is slightly long, but typically can be angled to achieve the proper height.
- Tent: 575 grams (20.4 oz)
- Stuff Sack: 12 grams (0.4 oz)
- Stake Sack: 4 grams (0.2 oz)
- Tent with required stakes: 620 grams (21.8 oz)
- Body Fabric: Dyneema Composite Fabric
- Floor Fabric: 15D Nylon
- Packed Size: 12 x 6 in (30 x 15 cm)
- Floor Area: 30 sq ft (2.8 sq m)
- Place of Manufacture: China
The X-Mid Pro 2 costs $639 USD (without stakes) and will go on sale January 24th, 10 a.m. EST on DurstonGear.com.
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