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X-Mid Pro 2 (Pre-sale Jan 24)

$639.00 USD$649.00 USD

X-Mid Pro 2 Tent

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The pre-sale for the X-Mid Pro 2 will open right here at 10am EST on Monday, January 24. They may sell out quickly, so we recommend setting an alert or signing up below for an email reminder with details about the launch:


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The X-Mid Pro 2 is the pinnacle of ultralight tent design. It combines our maximally weight efficient and stormworthy X-Mid geometry with Dyneema composite fabrics and a singlewall design to create a tent that is both incredibly light and incredibly capable. It weighs just 20 oz (1.25 lbs / 580g) 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 all that. It provides a spacious interior for two large adults with dual doors and dual vestibules and robust weather protection including 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 will open right here at 10am EST on Monday, January 24. They may sell out quickly, so we recommend setting an alert or signing up below for an email reminder with details about the launch:

Additional information

Weight.7 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
  • 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 six 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
  • 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 / 575 g
  • Stuff sack: 0.4 oz / 12 g
  • Stake sack: 0.2 oz / 4 g
  • Stakes: Aluminum V stakes (10 g ea; optional)
  • Tent with required stakes: 21.8 oz (620 g)

Warranty: 2 years against defects

Materials

  • Dyneema Composite Fabric (CT1E.08) in Spruce Green
  • 15D 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

Compared to its closest competitor, the X-Mid Pro 2 is substantially more stormworthy, spacious, higher quality, and user friendly for the same weight and less bulk.

X-Mid ProClosest Competitor
Stormworthiness
Full coverage fly (blocks rain splatter, drafts)YesNo
Peak vents (reduces condensation)YesNo
Fly zippers (increases rigidity)YesNo
Space
Interior volume150 cu ft125 cu ft
Floor width48″45″
Floor area30 sq ft28 sq ft
Vestibule area (each) 11.6 sq ft6.9 sq ft
Fits two wide tapered padsYesNo
User Friendliness
Minimum number of stakes48
Measuring poles required?NoYes
Overall ease of pitchingEasiestMedium
Fly doorwaysOne handed zippersTwo handed clips
Doorways blocked by poles?NoYes
Mesh inner doors fall in the dirtNoYes
Tensioned floorYesNo
Packed size340 cu in (12″ x 6″)500 cu in (13″ x 7″)
Quality
Main construction methodHot bondedSewn
Double folded and stitched edges?YesNo
Price & Weight
Price$639 (pre-sale)$699
Tent weight20.4 oz / 580 g19.0 oz / 540 g
Tent + minimum number of stakes21.8 oz / 620 g21.8 oz / 620 g

 

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FAQ

Q) Does the X-Mid Pro 2 fit two wide pads?
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 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 length the floor 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) We are developing a set of folding poles that will be ideal for use with the X-Mid Pro (e.g. carbon, 5 piece, adjustable length, ultralight) and our other tents, but they will not be ready until fall 2022. In the mean time, several other companies offer something similar. You can get a custom pole from Ruta Locura or Zpacks offer 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 right height. The X-Mid Pro 2 is designed to pitch with your pole handles up, so if using a folding pole a pointy tip or spike is not required and could damage the tent.

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 anxious 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.

January 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.

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