X-Mid 1

Sale price$230.00 USD

Stakes: No

Pinnacle of Lightweight Tent Design

The X-Mid 1 has been developed from the first principles of geometry to achieve the most weight efficient, simple to use, and stormworthy design for a trekking pole shelter. The result is a double wall tent that is incredibly user friendly, capable and spacious while weighing just 28 oz (795 g). As a result, it has become one of the most awarded tents in recent years including awards for best tent from The Trek, Outdoor GearLabSection Hiker and numerous other respected outlets.


Most ultralight tents are designed more as fair weather shelters, and thus compromise stormworthiness and protection for weight savings - such as using lighter coatings that are barely waterproof, extremely thin fabrics, cutting away areas of the fly which leaves you most exposed, and omitting important features like peak vents and guy out points.

With the X-Mid we save weight with efficient design including minimizing seams and maximizing the volume:surface ratio, so we can create a tent that is both light and capable in tough conditions. The X-Mid excels in rough weather with its fly first pitch, full doublewall design, non-sag poly fabric, large adjustable vents, factory waterproof seams, full-coverage fly (blocks rain splatter and drafts), stormworthy shape, and protected entryways that avoid rain falling inside. No other tent can claim that list.


Simplicity and user friendliness are a major focus for the X-Mid because the last thing you want in bad weather or at the end of a long day is a tent that is a hassle to use. We avoid complexity and improve the user experience with our focus on first principles design, combined with obsessive attention to detail and extensive real-world validation.

Unlike most trekking pole tents, the rectangle based X-Mid offers a simpler 4 stake pitch. There are no mandatory guylines, no struts that are harder to pack up and store, and no measuring pole heights or estimating odd angles. It goes up quickly with just 4 required stakes and 2 poles that can be extended without measuring.

Once pitched, the user friendliness continues with large doorways that aren’t blocked by poles, vestibules that put the main area beside the door instead of blocking it, magnetic door toggles, intuitive pockets, and one hand operated zippers. Notably, the X-Mid uses polyester fabric for the fly which doesn't sag and absorb water like nylon so your pitch stays tight and the tent dries quickly. Polyester was controversial when we launched the X-Mid with it in 2018 but our passionate advocacy for it has led to many other companies following our lead.

The Trek

We Love This Tent

"A laundry list of well-thought-out details makes this tent exceptional in rough weather....it is our all around best thru-hiking tent of 2023."

Section Hiker

Editors Choice

"The X-Mid 1 is my favorite tent...it is a great shelter if you want a trekking pole tent that is affordable, spacious, stormworthy, and packs up small."

Best Ultralight Tent

It's still hard for us to believe that such an easy-to-set-up tent can be so delightful to spend camp time in while also being almost invincible to storms....it's our favorite 1P tent.

Paul Messner (YouTuber)

Best 2023 Tent

"A brilliant tent.....there's been a lot of hype around this tent and I think it's justified. It does everything really really well....the X-Mid ticks more boxes than any other"

Cottage Gear Innovation Award

"With a new type of design...the Durston X-Mid 1P offers light weight, livable space, ease of pitch, and storm resistance that we've never seen before"


The X-Mid geometry maximizes the space possible from two poles by using a diagonal ridgeline that positions the two poles further apart, while avoiding placing the poles near the edges that would detract from wind performance.

The result is a spacious 1P tent with best in class headroom. The two poles give headroom throughout the length of the tent so you can sit up anywhere in the tent and easily transition from laying down to sitting up without hitting the tent ceiling.

The floor has a generous 90" length which is combined with steep end walls to provide suitable length for hikers up to 6'4" (193 cm), while the floor width is a comfortable 32" that accommodates the widest pads. Also generous are the dual vestibules, which are spacious, tall, and easily hold even large packs.


In addition to the highest performance design, the X-Mid boasts the highest quality.

The tent is crafted at arguably the best and most experienced tent factory in the world using premium components, full double stitching, double folded edges, and generous bartacking.

We’re not aware of any other trekking pole tent that uses full double stitching and true double folded edges. While this premium quality gives the X-Mid a higher cost of production than comparable tents, the X-Mid 1 is priced lower simply because we sell it to you direct with only a modest markup.

Magnetic Toggles

Magnetic door toggles with pull tabs provide easy one handed-operation.

Large Doorways

Unlike most trekking pole tents, the doorways are large and not blocked by trekking poles. They also have a protected design to keep rain out even when open, and can be propped open with a stick or pole to create a 'porch'.

Full Coverage Fly

The fly extends low to the ground to block drafts and rain splatter, yet can be raised higher for more ventilation. Other tents cut away the bottom of the fly to save weight but it leaves you more exposed.

Stormworthy Shape

The X-Mid provides the ideal shape with consistent and moderate panel slopes. All the panels are an ideal 50 - 55 degrees which balance wind and snow shedding to provide excellent all around performance. Most tents are less consistent with a mix of shallower panels (worse for snow shedding) and steeper panels (worse for wind performance).

Ample Headroom

The X-Mid's offset poles provide a longer diagonal ridgeline that extends the headroom over more of the tent. There is ample clearance to transition from laying down to sitting up without hitting the tent, and room to sit up anywhere in the tent.


The X-Mid shape has been developed from the first principles of geometry to be as weight efficient, simple, and functional as possible.

That includes avoiding all the common pitfalls of trekking pole shelters such as a complicated pitch, mandatory guylines, poles blocking the doorways, and a lack of interior volume.

Read the story about how the X-Mid geometry was developed:

As an incredibly well rounded, spacious, and capable shelter, the X-Mid 1 is the ideal ultralight tent for everything from a long thru hike to a remote adventure in Alaska. That's why the X-Mid 1 has become both the most popular and highest rated 1P tent on all three triple crown trails (Applachian Trail, Continental Divide Trail, and Pacific Crest Trail) according to hiker surveys by The Trek and Halfway Anywhere.

Customer Reviews

Based on 42 reviews
Hannah Kary
Strong tent, but bring extra guy lines and practice for a storm

I have loved this tent from the first moment I used it! I love the stuff sack pack up, it takes all the stress out of the mornings just being able to ball it up and hit the trail! It has stood up to some storms I thought it wouldn't.

One storm in particular though really tested its limits. This was a brutal spring Northern California coastal storm that had me praying to God & having my whole life flash before my eyes. The tent collapsed several times, but once I added extra guy lines and strung them out into the directions of the wind and piled giant rocks on every stake I had (I broke every single stake that night), this tent made it through the night, and so I did too. I probably wouldn't take this tent out into a potential high wind rainstorm like this again, and it was my fault for not choosing a free-standing tent for this trail in spring because everything ultralight has its limits. But the Durston made it through the night eventually with a lot of work manning the stations & defending the fort, and I managed to stay dry with all my trash bags.
I wouldn't say to rely on this tent if there's super strong wind inclement weather, but I trust this tent for more gentle raging storms than the oceanic ones that can turn anyone into a god-fearing woman/man in a matter of seconds. I do recommend buying stronger stakes before you hit the trail. Oh also it dries really fast!!

Glad you're liking the tent. That sounds like quite the storm! With the X-Mid (and any non-freestanding tent) it does rely on stakes, so yeah if they are pulling out the tent will collapse. In stormy conditions and on soften soil/sand it is best to have larger ones. We have recently started included larger stakes with our tents that are better for stormy conditions like these. The tent should do well with the larger stakes at the 4 corners unless it's really soft sand, but yes guylines are good to add in high wind conditions too. There are peak guylines on the tent, and also optional places to attach side panel guylines.

Yeah the polyester fabric helps it to dry fast, since it doesn't soak up water like more common nylon does.


Richard Johnson
Best Backpacking Tent I've Owned

Over 50 years of backpacking and I can't count how many tents I've owned. X-Mid 1 is the last one I'll buy. If I wear mine out, I'll buy another one. Super easy to pitch and has stood up to all kinds of wind and weather in the High Uintas, Gila Wilderness and others. The two vestibules provide more room than I need for covering gear, and details like the magnetic door clips are well thought-out throughout. I am most impressed by how the profile and surface angles handle the wind. I have only guyed out the poles once, and probably didn't need to that time. Thanks for an innovative and impressive product - I recommend this tent highly to any serious backpacker.

Thanks for the kind words Richard! Glad to hear the tent is working well :)
- Dan

Great tent

I just finished a 240 mile hike on AT. I heard so much grumbling about condensation and cold wind blowing up under all the single wall tents. My xmid 1 was so easy and quick to set up, always warm and dry no matter how rainy it was and a breeze to pack out out everyday. So happy I purchased it!! Thanks! This picture was taken in Smokies!

Fred Schiller
Unbelievable Value

I have owned the Xmid 1 now for almost 1 year and have used it on many occasions. I was a little nervous converting to a trekking pole tent but soon realized it was a great decision. This tent is such an unbelievable value! It is easy to set up, takes well to bad weather, roomy, well made, light and to top it off affordable. My only gripe is I wasn't a fan of the stakes, so I swapped them out for some msr groundhogs. No big deal. There also is the added value of the countless videos online about pitching the tent and Dan's own version and expertise explaining this. I have highly recommended this tent to others and will continue to recommend this tent. Great job Durston Team!

Thanks for the kind words, feedback, and using our gear. We are working on continual improvements and did update the stakes last year. You may have had the older titanium ones that were expensive but a bit too light so they would bend fairly easily.

Anthony Mcmanus
Windy, wet Scottish hills

Dan you have made a hell of a tent. Handles Scottish late winter weather so easily. Just so nice to have a light tent without the condensation issues of single skin tents.
Nice one mate.

Awesome :) Glad you're liking the tent!


Get started with our comprehensive X-Mid pitching guide.