X-Mid Pro 2

$679.00 USD$689.00 USD

X-Mid Pro 2 Tent

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Description

The pre-sale for the X-Mid Pro 2 has now sold out but we will have more to sell in July from our second batch (August delivery). Sign up below to be notified when those are released. If you’ve already ordered, see the ‘delivery’ tab for updates.


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The X-MidTM Pro 2 is the pinnacle of ultralight tent design. It combines our maximally weight efficient and stormworthy X-Mid geometry with Dyneema® composite fabrics (DCF) and a singlewall design to create a tent that is both incredibly light and incredibly capable. It weighs just 20 oz (1.25 lbs / 578g) while also bringing unprecedented stormworthyness, simplicity, spaciousness, and build quality to the super ultralight tent niche.

Until the X-Mid Pro 2, if you wanted a tent for just 1.25 lbs you had to settle for something cramped, delicate, and/or lacking in weather protection. The X-Mid Pro changes that. It provides a spacious interior for two large adults with dual doors and dual vestibules and robust weather protection including protected doorways, peak vents and a full coverage fly.

The X-Mid Pro also retains the user friendliness that the X-Mid tents are highly regarded for. Unlike most trekking pole tents, the rectangle based X-Mid has a simple 4 stake pitch with no mandatory guylines, no measuring or estimating odd angles, and no struts. Once pitched, the intuitive minimalism continues with magnetic door toggles, large doorways that aren’t blocked by poles, and one handed operating zippers. The X-Mid Pro also has a remarkably small packed size for a DCF tent because it uses a durable 15D woven floor that is more abrasion resistant and much smaller packing than a composite floor.

In addition to the highest performance design, the X-Mid Pro boasts the highest quality. It is assembled at the most experienced tent factory in the world for Dyneema® composite fabrics using hot bonded construction for the strongest and cleanest seams. This gives the X-Mid Pro a higher cost of production but we’ve priced it lower simply because we sell it to you direct with only a modest markup.

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The pre-sale for the X-Mid Pro 2 has now sold out but we will have more to sell in July from our second batch (August delivery). Sign up below to be notified when those are released. If you’ve already ordered, see the ‘delivery’ tab for updates.


Additional information

Weight.578 kg
Dimensions30 × 20 × 20 cm
Stakes

No, Yes (Aluminum V Stakes x 6)

Features & Specs

Features

  • Patented X-Mid geometry maximizes space and stormworthyness
  • Dual doors and dual vestibules provide easy access and ample gear space
  • Twin offset pole layout provides generous headroom and living space
  • Large floor accommodates two wide tapered pads and hikers up to 6’4″ comfortably
  • Full coverage fly blocks drafts and rain splatter, but can also be pitched higher for more ventilation
  • Dual peak vents minimize condensation
  • Protected doorways keep rain out when the doors are open
  • DCF fabric is extremely strong, highly waterproof (8,000mm), and does not sag or absorb water
  • Optional peak and side panel guyouts plus eight additional stake points around the base can be used for harsh conditions
  • Ultra-simple pitch with just four stakes
  • Compact footprint fits into small tent sites
  • Doorways are large, zippered, and not blocked by trekking poles
  • Small 12 x 6″ packed size will store horizontally in a pack (closest competitor is 50% more bulky)
  • 15D woven floor provides better abrasion resistance and is much smaller packing than a composite floor
  • Premium hot bonded construction

Weight

  • Tent: 20.4 oz / 578 g
  • Stuff sack: 0.4 oz / 12 g
  • Stake sack: 0.2 oz / 4 g
  • Stakes: Aluminum V stakes (8.5 g ea; optional)
  • Tent with required stakes: 21.6 oz (612 g)

Warranty: 2 years against defects

Materials

  • 0.55 oz Dyneema® Composite Fabric (CT1E.08) in Spruce Green
  • 15D Sil/PEU nylon in grey (floor)
  • YKK #3 AquaGuard water-resistant zippers (fly)
  • YKK #3 zippers (inner tent)

Dimensions

  • Fly: 80 x 100 in / 203 x 254 cm
  • Fly area: 55.5 sq ft / 5.15 sq m
  • Peak height: 46 in / 117 cm
  • Floor width: 48 in / 122 cm
  • Floor length: 90 in / 230 cm
  • Floor area: 30 sq ft / 2.8 sq m
  • Vestibule area: 23 sq ft (11.6 sq ft x 2) / 2 sq m (1 sq m x 2)
  • Packed size: 12 x 6 in / 30 x 15 cm

Compare

The X-Mid Pro 2 provides unprecedented stormworthiness, simplicity, and space for a superultralight tent. To illustrate this, the table below compares the X-Mid Pro 2 to its closest competitors – the highly respected Zpacks Duplex and Gossamer Gear DCF The Two.

X-Mid ProZpacks DuplexGG DCF Two
Stormworthiness & Durability
Full coverage fly (blocks splatter, drafts)YesNoNo
Peak vents (reduces condensation)YesNoNo
Fly zippers (increases rigidity)YesNoYes
Floor material (durability)15D Nylon1.0 oz DCF7D Nylon
Space
Interior volume150 cu ft125 cu ft115 cu ft
Floor width48″45″42-48″
Floor area30 sq ft28 sq ft25 sq ft
Vestibule area 11.6 sq ft x 26.9 sq ft x 25 sq ft x 2
Fits two wide tapered padsYesNoYes
User Friendliness
Minimum number of stakes486
Measuring poles required?NoYesYes
Overall ease of pitchingEasiestMediumMedium
Fly doorwaysZippersTwo handed clipsZippers
Doorways blocked by poles?NoYesPartially
Mesh inner doors fall in the dirtNoYesNo
Tensioned floorYesNoNo
Packed size340 cu in (12″ x 6″)500 cu in (13″ x 7″)375 cu in (19″ x 5″)
Quality
Main construction methodHot bondedSewnHot bonded
Double folded and stitched edges?YesNoYes
Price & Weight
Price$679$699TBD
Tent weight20.4 oz / 580 g19.0 oz / 540 g20.8oz / 590 g
Tent + minimum number of stakes21.6 oz / 612 g21.6 oz / 612 g22.6oz / 638 g

Overall, in comparison to the Duplex, the X-Mid Pro 2 is far more spacious, stormworthy, and user friendly for the same weight, whereas versus the DCF Two the X-Mid Pro 2 is again more spacious, stormworthy, and simple while weighing less.

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FAQ

Q) Do two people have to sleep opposite ways?
No. The sleeping area is asymmetric so it is a bit different on each side, but the tent is spacious enough so that two people can comfortably sleep the same way. As the diagram below shows, one person will have a bit of extra space at their head to store gear while the other person has some extra space at the foot end. If one person is very tall so they do need to use the full length, then we recommend they sleep on the side with more space at their head. Only if both people are very tall (6’4″ or above) does it make sense to sleep opposite ways so that you can both have that extra headroom.

Q) What is a singlewall tent?
A singlewall tent is when the floor of the tent is sewn to the fly so the canopy has just one layer instead of having a second inner layer of bug mesh or fabric. The X-Mid Pro is singlewall in some parts (ends, roof) but still doublewall in other areas (sides) so it can be called a hybrid tent. The design is 100% bug proof and brings substantial weight savings. The downsides are that you don’t have the ability to use the fly and inner separately, and that there aren’t mesh inner walls in all areas to prevent you from touching the fly if there is condensation. The X-Mid Pro 2 has every possible advantage to minimize condensation (e.g. large peak vents, spacious) and it is not more prone to condensation than other tents, but if condensation does occur you do need to be more careful not to touch it. The X-Mid Pro makes this easier than most single wall tents because it is more spacious and has steep walls so condensation won’t drip.

Q) Does the X-Mid Pro 2 fit two wide pads?
Usually yes. The X-Mid Pro is carefully designed to be just large enough for two wide tapered pads. Wide pads are spec’d at 25″ width but typically measure a real world 24-24.5″ when inflated for a combined width of 48-49″. The floor width of the X-Mid Pro 2 varies depending on how it’s pitched (a lower pitch also lowers the floor walls for a wider floor and vice versa) but typically the floor width about 48″. Thus, two adjacent wide pads will bulge the sidewalls out only slightly. This is normally fine with two wide tapered pads (e.g. Thermarest NeoAir) since >90% of the pad length under 24″ width and thus the bulged section is minor and not stressing anything. We do not recommend the X-Mid Pro 2 with two wide rectangular pads (e.g. Nemo Tensor) since it would bulge the full length the floor and thus stress the corner connections. When using wide pads, we recommend pitching the tent lower for the widest floor. To do this, adjust the corner cords short before staking out the tent.

Q) How tall of people does the X-Mid Pro 2 work for?
The X-Mid Pro 2 has a generous 90″ floor. When sleeping two people in the tent we recommend it to 6’4″. That is a realistic estimate of what we think 90% of people would agree with (not some inflated marketing answer) but the actual outcome varies depending on a few factors like how thick your pad is, if you use a pillow, how large your sleeping bag is, how straight you sleep (e.g. side vs back sleepers), and how much space you think is enough. If you have a bulky setup and want a lot of extra room you might only find it suitable to 6’0″ but if you have a compact setup and aren’t too fussy it can work to 6’6″+. We recommend sleeping in the same direction, but note that the headwall will be steeper for one person than the other, so if one person is taller we recommend they on the steeper headwall side for a bit more clearance at their head end. If you are considering using this tent solo, the parallelogram floor gives one diagonal that is very long and we think it works well for up to 7’0″.

Q) How should I pack the X-Mid Pro?
A) You should roll the tent rather than stuffing. DCF can eventually delaminate over time if it is subject to repeated sharp creasing. Rolling the fabric reduces this and will prolong the life of your shelter.

Q) How durable is X-Mid Pro?
A) DCF is an incredibly strong material, with several times the strength of normal tent fabrics. However, it can be puncture and abraded which is why we use it only for the canopy of the tent which sees minimal abrasion and puncture stress. Provided the canopy is treated reasonably well (e.g. not used to sleep on top of, folded not stuffed) we expect it last 200-300 nights. Floors are commonly the weak link in DCF tents, which is why we have opted for a more durable 15D woven floor. This type of material is common in lightweight tents and will last as long as the canopy when used with the care. With a groundsheet and thoughtful use, this tent could last a lifetime.

Q) Why is the floor nylon instead of DCF?
A) DCF is very strong and waterproof so it makes a good material for a tent canopy. However, it is not woven so it doesn’t do well under abrasion and puncture stress compared to a woven fabric like nylon. Instead, it slowly abrades and develops pinholes and/or leaking areas. For a floor application abrasion and punctures are the main stresses, so we think woven floor makes more sense. It’s only a slightly bit heavier yet more durable and will remain more waterproof over time. We think that’s worth a few grams, so we’ve shaved weight in other ways. As a side bonus, it packs much smaller than the thick DCF often used for floors, so the packed size is much more compact. We like DCF but we prefer to use it only in the applications where it is best suited.

Q) Should I use a groundsheet?
A) The 15D floor is more durable than the floors in many ultralight tents which can be 7-10D fabrics or composites. We have selected this 15D material because it is durable to use without the added weight and hassle of groundsheet, provided care is used not to pitch on harsh surfaces like gravel, pine needles, or bedrock. However, for a cleaner floor or use on harsher surfaces, we will offer a groundsheet but it will not be available until late 2022/early 2023. In the meantime, you can cut a piece of polycro or tyvek to shape or just use the tent with care.

Q) The appearance of the DCF is uneven. Is this normal?
A) Yes. DCF is an artisan material where the Dyneema® fibers are hand laid. As such, variation in the density of the fibers and the corresponding color of the material is normal. In particular, darker bands every 12-18″ are common where the hand laid strands overlap.

Q) I don’t use trekking poles. What can I do?
A) If you don’t use trekking poles, you can use folding poles instead. The ideal folding pole is carbon, 5 piece (packs short), stiff, and adjustable. The X-Mid Pro 2 pitches with the poles in the range of 46 – 47″, so if you buy a fixed-length pole, you should opt for 47-48″ and use that slightly angled as needed. Even better is an adjustable height folding pole. Right now the best option is TarpTent’s PolyPole or a custom pole from Ruta Locura. However, we are working on a nicer option than both of those poles that will be out in fall 2022 if you are not in a hurry.

Q) How can I repair my X-Mid Pro?
A) DCF can be repaired easily with DCF backed tape, which is widely available from RipstopByTheRoll and other tent companies. We are working on having repair supplies available. For repair of the woven floor or bug netting check out our repair guide.

Q) How does the X-Mid Pro compare to [some competing tent]?
A) The X-Mid geometry is the most volumetrically efficient shape possible. Thus, it is impossible to design a lighter tent unless you use lighter materials, fewer features, or make it smaller. With the X-Mid Pro we have designed the lightest possible tent that is still reasonably spacious and functional. Thus, any lighter tent and even other tents at a similar weight will provide less space, function, and stormworthiness for the weight. Commonly those tents are smaller, use more delicate materials, and lack peak vents, a full coverage fly, door zippers, and a tensioned floor. To illustrate this, check out the ‘compare‘ tab which shows how the closest competitor to the X-Mid is a similar weight yet lacking in space and protection.

Q) What is hot bonded construction?
A) DCF is commonly joined together using a double sided tape or sewing. Sewing is the least desirable option because unwoven materials like DCF have poor ability to hold stitching, so the seams are much weaker. Double sided tape works well and is the most common method, but these adhesives still weaken in extreme temperatures. They can slip in hot weather or fail in extreme cold. Hot bonding construction also uses adhesive tape, but with a special heat activated adhesive that is stronger and much more temperature stable. We use a double sided tape between the overlapping panels of material, plus we add single sided DCF backed tape on the outside of the seam. The DCF backed tape is important because it adds Dyneema® fibers running parallel to the seam so the seam does not stretch under load (one of the most common failures for DCF tents is when this step is skipped, leading to the seams stretching and cracking under load). Our tapes are applied at room temperature and then the seam is pressed under heat to set the adhesive. Using a heat activated adhesive and pressing every section of the major seams is a more labor intensive and costly process, but the result is the strongest possible tent with the cleanest look and much better performance in extreme temperatures.

Delivery

We recognize you are eager to use your X-Mid Pro 2 and it is our goal to get it to you as soon as possible for your summer 2022 hikes. This page will provide regular updates on our progress.

June 9, 2022 Update: Things are progressing closely along the lines of our May 4 update. For those in the first batch (see May update) we expect production to be finished July 18. We will then express ship the tents to us (7-10 days) so we can get them sent to you in late July. For the second batch, the DCF material is now produced and about to ship to the tent factory, so in a few weeks we will have a date when that production is done (likely mid-late August).

May 4, 2022 Update: We have been working hard to get our DCF material from the manufacturer and over to our factory, as the primary constraint has been the availability of that material (it is several months overdue, although our initial preorder forecast anticipated much of this). As mentioned in March, the DCF manufacturer has decided to fill our order in two batches, so we will also be doing production in two batches.

We recently got the first batch of DCF, so that is arriving at our factory this week and production will start in about a week. They expect production to take about 60 days, so we are on track to have the first batch produced in mid July. After that we need about 10 days for the tents to ship to us, so we anticipate shipping them to customers in late July. This is about 2 weeks behind where we were at our last update, as a result of about 2 weeks of further delays from the DCF manufacturer (we are doing everything we possibly can and urging them almost daily to fulfill their commitment to us).

The quantity we can produce in the first batch will depend on a few factors like wastage, but we expect we can fulfill at least to order #10,100 and hopefully to about #10,200. For the second batch of DCF we are still awaiting a firm delivery date, but we expect news on that next week and think it is likely we get the material in about 3 weeks so we can build the second batch about 1 month behind the first (e.g. shipping to customers in late August).

March 9, 2022 Update: As mentioned previously, the primary constraint is the delivery of our DCF fabric. This material is overdue from the manufacturer, but we expected this and built this delay into our original estimate of May to Sept because we weren’t sure when they will actually deliver.

Recently we have gotten an update from them. They are going to be filling our material order in 2 batches so they can at least get us a good portion of the material earlier. The first batch of material will allow us to build about 1/2 of the tents for delivery around late June/early July. The rest of the material will follow 4-5 weeks later, so we anticipate fulfilling the second half of the pre-orders around late July/early August. We are still working with them to hopefully improve this, so we may be able to shave off a few more weeks but it all depends on how their production goes. On our end we are doing everything we possibly can to get these tents to you as soon as possible.

Please note these remain approximate dates and quantities. In a few weeks we will have more detailed information on material quantities and dates. At that point we will provide guidance on what batch you will likely be in, based on your order #.

Jan 24, 2022 Update:
Currently the expected delivery target is June 2022 but that may vary from as early as May 2022 to as late as September 2022. We are doing everything we can to meet the earlier part of this range and think May-July is most likely, but due to supply chain uncertainty we can’t rule out the latter end of this range.

Right now, the primary constraint is the delivery of our DCF fabric. Lead times are very long for this material, but we ordered enough for the first run of X-Mid Pro 2 way back in June 2021. We are currently near the front of the wait list so we expect to hear that our material is available shortly, after which it will take us about 90 days to construct the tents and have them ready to ship to you.