X-Mid Pro 2

$679.00 USD$689.00 USD

X-Mid Pro 2 Tent

SKU: DXM-4021-01 Category:

Description

Due to overwhelming interest our 2022 supply of the X-Mid Pro 2 has sold out. However we have more of the X-Mid Pro 2 arriving in February 2023 and these tents are on sale now. If you’d rather wait, please sign up below for an email notice when the tents are in stock:


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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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Due to overwhelming interest our 2022 supply of the X-Mid Pro 2 has sold out. However we have more of the X-Mid Pro 2 arriving in February 2023 and these tents are on sale now. If you’d rather wait, please sign up below for an email notice when the tents are in stock:


Additional information

Weight.825 kg
Dimensions30 × 15 × 15 cm
Stakes

Yes (Aluminum V Stakes x 6), No

Delivery

Ships Next Week, Ships February 2023

Features & Specs

Features

  • Patented X-Mid geometry maximizes space and stormworthyness
  • Dual doorways are large, zippered, and not blocked by trekking poles
  • Vestibules are large, tall and not blocking the doorways
  • 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 smaller tent sites
  • Doorways are large, zippered, and not blocked by trekking poles
  • 15D woven floor provides better abrasion resistance and is smaller packing than a composite floor
  • Premium hot bonded construction
  • Dyneema core guylines

Weight

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

Returns: 30 days
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 a similar weight, whereas versus the DCF Two the X-Mid Pro 2 is again more spacious, stormworthy, and simple while weighing less.

Video

FAQ

Q) Do two people have to sleep opposite ways?
No. We recommend that two people sleep the same way. 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.  About 95% of X-Mid 2 owners sleep the same way.

Two of the corners are lower, but you don’t have to sleep there. The person with the lower area at their head can slide down to leave this lower corner as a place for gear. The other person slides up away from the lower corner at their feet (see diagram), which conveniently puts both occupants side by side and leaves handy areas for gear storage. If one person is very tall (>6’4″) 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. In most other tents these people wouldn’t fit at all as the length of the X-Mid Pro 2 is about 6″ longer than comparable tents.

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?
Sometimes. 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 is 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 of 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) Should I pitch it with the pole tips up or down?
A) The X-Mid Pro 2 is designed to be pitched with your poles oriented handle up. The tips go into the small elastic loops on the sides of the floor. If you pitch your X-Mid Pro 2 with the tips up it can damage the tent.

Q) I don’t use trekking poles. What can I do?
A) We offer folding, adjustable length poles called Z-Flick poles that can be used instead of trekking poles. These are the lightest adjustable poles on the market.

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.

Pitching

The X-Mid tents are designed to be very simple to pitch with a 4 stake rectangular basic setup. However, there are some things to consider for maximum performance.

Basic Pitch:
1) Stake out the base in a rectangle (e.g. stake one end, pull out a 3rd corner at 90 degrees, pull last corner taut).
2) Inspect your rectangle to make sure it’s reasonably accurate (not skewed into a diamond). Adjust as needed.
3) Snug the rectangle tight using the corner tensioners (important so the poles don’t overextend).
4) Add the two poles with your handles up and extend firmly until they are taut.

Troubleshooting
Before reinforcing the peak with extra stakes or guylines, it is best to fix any issues with the pitch. There are two common issues:

1) Loose Sides
Problem: The rectangular base was not tight when the poles were added. This pulls the corners in and allows the poles to overextend.
Solution: Lower the poles, snug up the base, re-extend the poles.

2) Loose Ridgeline or Wonky Canopy
Problem: The base was not staked in an accurate rectangle but instead was skewed into a diamond. Depending on the direction of the skew, the ridgeline will be under or over tensioned.

Solution: As the diagram below explains, use the corner tensioners to adjust the corners back into a proper rectangle. Most likely you will loosen two opposite corners and tighten the two opposite corners.

Storm Pitch
To beef up the pitch for storms, we recommend in approximate order of importance:
1) Make sure your basic pitch is good (tight everywhere). It is best not to use more stakes to compensate for core issues.
2) Add cord to the peak guylines and stake these out along the ridgeline or angled more towards the door walls if the wind is broad side.
3) Replacing the shockcord at the doors and end wall stake points with static cord (included) and staking these points to better anchor the peak.
4) Add cord to the side panel guylines and stake these down on the same angle of slope as the roof panels. Do not pull the sides out substantially.
5) Add the stakes below the main door panels.

Video
If you are the video type, the below video shows how the to pitch the X-Mid 1 but the X-Mid Pro 2 uses the same process.