X-Mid 2 Solid
Pinnacle of Lightweight Tent Design
The X-Mid 2 Solid is a variant of the award winning X-Mid 2 that is tilted more towards use in the shoulder season, cooler conditions, and wind-swept areas like Northern Europe, while remaining an excellent all around backpacking tent. Like its sibling, it has been developed from the first principles of geometry to be the most weight efficient design for a trekking pole shelter. No comparable tent under the 2.5 lbs (1.1 kg) mark offers such a well rounded mix of stormworthiness, spaciousness, and simplicity, which is why the X-Mid 2 has become one of the most popular and highly awarded tents in recent years including top awards from BackpackingLight and Section Hiker.
Most ultralight tents are designed more as fair weather shelters where they achieve their low weights by compromising in durability and stormworthiness. With the X-Mid 2 Solid, performance in tough conditions is a top priority, therefore the X-Mid saves weight through efficient design. This allows us to make a tent that is both ultralight and ready for tough conditions.
The X-Mid 2 Solid has a comprehensive set of protections including a full doublewall design, full coverage fly (extends low to the ground to blocks drafts and splatter), fly first pitch (keeps the inner dry during setup in the rain), polyester fabric (doesn't sag and loosen like nylon), large adjustable vents, robust waterproof coatings, durable 20D fabrics, factory waterproofed seams, and protected doorways that keep rain out even when open. No other tent offers this full list.
When the weather turns against you, it is critical to have a tent that performs simply and intuitively. To achieve this, the X-Mid 2 Solid is designed from obsessive attention to detail and from Dan Durston's extensive backcountry experience.
The user friendliness starts with a simple pitch with only 4 required stakes. There are no mandatory guylines, odd angles, or guesswork, which is a refreshing contrast to most trekking pole tents that require numerous stakes, guylines, and struts as part of a complex pitching process.
The eye for usability continues when the tent is set up including large doorways that are not blocked by trekking poles, roomy vestibules that are located beside the doors instead of blocking them, magnetic door toggles, a collection of 4 thoughtfully placed pockets, and one handed operating zippers.
Even the packed size of the tent has been obsessed over and optimized into a short shape that can store horizontally in any pack.
"Exceptionally high quality. Field performance was outstanding. Overall, it has simply been a joy to use.”
Surpasses the Hype
"The Durston X-Mid 2 is one of the most hyped products in the ultralight backpacking world, and it lives up to, and maybe even surpasses, that hype.”
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"It's shape makes it extremely weather and storm-worthy. The all-mesh interior tent has offset peaks to maximize headroom"
"A winning combination of low weight, a ton of livable area and great condensation control.”
The patented X-Mid geometry is the most space efficient architecture possible for a dual trekking pole tent. It accomplishes this with an innovative design that sets the two poles further apart for greater volume and headroom, while keeping them set back from the edges to avoid a boxy shape that would be less stormworthy and require more fabric.
The result is a generously sized 2P tent that provides ample space for two adults. That includes a 52" wide floor that fits the widest pads, and a long 92" length that accommodates hikers up to 6'4". The diagonal ridgeline also allows the two occupants to move further apart for greater personal space.
The dual vestibules are also generously sized and accommodate large packs and everything else - all without blocking the doorways.
The X-Mid 2 Solid is built at the most experienced tent factory in the world, who have been building nothing but premium tents for nearly 70 years.
In partnership with them, we go beyond high standards to specify premium components and robust construction methods including full double stitching, double folded edges, waterproof seam construction, and generous bartacking. We know of no other tent that uses double stitching as extensively as we do.
This focus on quality gives the X-Mid 2 Solid a higher cost of production than competing tents, yet the X-Mid 2 Solid is priced affordably because we sell it directly to you with only a slim markup.
Magnetic door toggles with pull tabs provide easy one handed-operation.
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.
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).
The X-Mid's offset poles provides 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:
The X-Mid 2 Solid is a spacious and simple ultralight tent that shines when the weather turns challenging. It's a well rounded tent ready for everything from hillwalks in the UK's Lake District to remote traverses of Alaska's Brooks Range.
This product is rated 5.0 of 5.0 stars.
It has received 7 reviews.
Patented X-Mid geometry with twin offset poles provides best in class headroom, living space, stormworthiness, and ease of pitching.
The diagonal (offset pole) ridgeline increases headroom and interior volume by 15-35% compared to similar shelters.
The X-Mid has been a pioneer of lightweight polyester fabric because it doesn't absorb water and sag like nylon, so the shelter retains its structural integrity in wet conditions. Our passionate advocacy for polyester was initially met with resistance from many established companies using nylon, but has since led to polyester becoming widely recognized as a superior material and with many competitors now following our lead.
The X-Mid shape provides consistently moderate panel slopes which balance wind and snow shedding to provide excellent all around performance. All the panels are an ideal 50 - 55 degrees, while most tents contain a less consistent mix of shallower panels (worse for snow shedding) and steeper panels (worse for wind performance).
Full coverage fly extends low to the ground to block drafts and rain splatter, but can also be raised higher for increased ventilation.
Full doublewall design with separate fly and inner components avoids potential contact with fly condensation and allows for modular use, including pitching the inner only in fair weather and using the fly as a tarp shelter for up to 4 occupants (ideal for ski touring).
Dual vestibules are large, tall and put the main area beside the door instead of blocking it. A large backpack fits easily in the main area.
Dual doorways are large, not blocked by trekking poles, allow for cross ventilation, have a protected design to keep rain out when the doors are open, and a easy reach to close the fly doors.
Dual adjustable peak vents minimize condensation yet can close during harsh conditions.
Optional peak and side panel guyouts plus eight additional stake points around the base allow the shelter to be solidly reinforced for harsh conditions.
A protected (fly first) setup keeps the floor and inner tent dry during setup in the rain.
Ultra-simple pitch with just four stakes. The inner tent can be added separately or left clipped inside for a quicker setup.
With light fabrics and no tent poles or struts, the X-Mid packs remarkably small including packing short enough to store horizontally in any pack.
Magnetic toggles allow the fly doors to be closed easily with one hand.
Four interior peak pockets including dual sidewall pockets and dual peak pockets allow for storage and provide a convenient way to suspend a headlamp in the tent.
Vestibules can be collapsed to fit the tent into small sites.
Unlike many trekking pole shelters, our seams are factory waterproofed so user seam sealing is not required. We use a mix of seam taping and proprietary waterproof seam technology.
The X-Mid 2 Solid provides best in class stormworthiness, simplicity, space, and quality. To highlight this, the table below compares the X-Mid 2 Solid to competing tents in this niche (2P double wall trekking pole tents).
X-Mid 2 Solid
Extends low to block drafts and splatter
High cut fly leaves you more exposed
Dual vents minimize condensation
Vents are small or omitted
Medium - Hard
Medium - Good
52" / 132 cm
45-52" / 114 - 132 cm
92" / 2.34 m
84 - 90" / 2.1 - 2.3 m
11.5 sq ft x 2
6 - 9 sq ft x 1 - 2
$329 - $450
36.5 oz / 1035 g
39 - 45 oz / 1105 - 1330 g
21 oz / 595 g
15.5 oz / 440 g
36.5 oz / 1035 g
0.5 oz / 15 g
4 @ 6″ (8.5 g ea) and 4 @ 7″ (12 g ea).
Typical Setup (Tent, Sack, 6 Stakes)
39.9 oz / 1135 g (tent, stuff sacks, 6 stakes)
92" / 2.34 m
52" / 132 cm
33.2 sq ft / 3.1 sq m
48" / 122 cm
83 x 100" / 210 x 254 cm
11.5 sq ft x 2 / 1.1 sq m x 2
12 x 6" / 30 x 15 cm
20D Sil/PE Polyester 3500mm HH in Alpine Sage
20D Sil/PE Polyester 3500mm HH in Grey
15D Ripstop Nylon in White
YKK #5 AquaGuard with buckles
Browse the FAQ to learn more or get in touch if you have further questions.Contact Support
Q) What are the differences between the regular and Solid versions?
The Solid version uses solid fabric instead of mesh for most of the inner and makes a few other changes to increase stormworthiness.
The most notable change is the solid inner fabric that provides a warmer and less drafty space, although it can be too warm for very hot conditions. Mesh is still used for the upper half of the doors for outward views and ventilation.
Additionally, the Solid version gains buckles at the base of the fly zippers, premium low-stretch guylines, and additional reinforcement at some optional stake points around the base. It remains great for all around use but more aimed towards use in cooler climates, the shoulder season, and winter trips.
Q) Why polyester over nylon?
The X-Mid tents have been influential in the recent trend towards polyester in ultralight tents, with many other companies initially criticizing our fabric choices and then later switching themselves. We weren't the first to use silpoly, but the X-Mid was the first popular ultralight tent to opt for polyester and our passionate defence of its merits has been a key reason for its resurgence.
The main advantage is that poly does not absorbs water in rainy conditions, whereas nylon does. That results in 3 big problems: First, it expands (or “sags”) about 4% which makes for a saggy tent. Second, nylon’s water absorption makes the tent slow to dry and heavy with up to a pound of water in the fabric, and third, nylon weakens by about 10% when wet. Polyester doesn’t sag, dries faster, remains strong when wet, and doesn't gain as much water weight.
Q) How tall of person does the X-Mid 2 Solid work for?
The diagonal ridgeline gives a different distribution of space on each side. One side will have very generous headroom while the other side will be more typical. As such, the more generous side works for people up to 6'4" while the the lower side works for people up to 6'0".
If you are using the tent solo, the tent is extremely spacious for tall hikers because the parallelogram floor gives one diagonal that is extra long. For solo use we recommend it up to 7'0".
Q) Do two people have to sleep opposite ways?
No. The headroom is a bit different on each side but the X-Mid 2 is highly spacious with up to 35% more interior volume than its main competitors, so two people can comfortably sleep the same way.
Compared to most trekking pole tents, the X-Mid’s diagonal ridgeline gives greater headroom which is gained diagonally, so two opposite corners get outstanding headroom, while the other two corners have more typical head clearance. You could sleep opposite so both people have outstanding head clearance, but when sleeping the same way the person on the regular side still has as much or more head clearance than competing tents. Only if both people are taller than 6’4″ do we recommend sleeping opposite.
Since the X-Mid 2 is longer than comparable tents, the person on the regular side does not need to sleep up in the lower corner. They should slide down to leave the lower corner as a space for gear. This puts both people in a normal side by side position with ample headroom and handy gear storage like this.
Q) How does the X-Mid 2 Solid compare to [some competing tent]?
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, cut features, or make it smaller. With the X-Mid 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.
Q) The X-Mid 2 Solid doesn’t seem lighter than some tents using tent poles.
There are tents with traditional poles that are as light as the X-Mid 2 Solid. Even with the lightest tubing those polesets are still heavy (about 8 oz) so something else has to give. Almost certainly that’s space, protection, and durability.
A traditional tent as light as the X-Mid will be much smaller and use more delicate fabrics and much thinner waterproof coatings. You’ll also find they omit features like vents and use tent poles that are much weaker.
Compared to the lightest freestanding tents, the X-Mid 2 Solid offers a more spacious, durable and high-performance shelter for the same weight.
Q) I heard the X-Mid 2 Solid has a large footprint that can make site selection more difficult.
The X-Mid 2 Solid is a comfortably sized 2P tent and thus does have a larger footprint then that some 2P tents that are quite small. There is a trade off here since a tent that is larger on the inside will also be larger on the outside, but the footprint of the X-Mid 2 is still quite normal for a 2P tent. Additionally, we trimmed about 10% off the fly area for the second generation introduced in 2022.
The diagram below shows that the footprint of the X-Mid 2 compared to other popular 2P tents:
We think providing a comfortable amount of space is the right approach because it benefits you every night, whereas only on rare occasions is the bit larger footprint a small inconvenience and even then you can collapse one or both vestibules to fit into smaller sites. The X-Mid is one of the most popular tents on the Appalachian Trail where smaller campsites are common.
Q) How should I pack the X-Mid 2 Solid?
We like to fold and roll the tents because it is easier to get a smaller packed size, but it is also okay to stuff this model.
Q) Should I use a groundsheet?
The 20D floor is more durable than the floors in many ultralight tents which can be 7-15D fabrics or 0.8 – 1.0 oz composites. We have selected this 20D 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, added safety margin, or use on harsher surfaces we do offer a groundsheet.
This product is rated 5.0 of 5.0 stars.
It has received 7 reviews.
Love this tent. Took it on the Tour du Mont Blanc, and no issues - nice and comfy even with high-altitude gusts and chill. I had also pre-tested the tent last year in cat 1 hurricane winds with no problems.
I have now used the X - Mid Solid on a number of occasions and tested its weather resistance in measured 30 mph winds.
It is exceptionally easy to set up, even in moderate wind as it only needs just four stake points and feels very secure and stable.
Inside the tent the offset pole design gives excellent space and practicality. This adds height diagonally across the tent making it feel very spacious for sitting up. Lying down there is also really good length and width.
The vestibules are very practical for storing and organising gear and the fact that the flysheet comes right down to the ground gives great shelter for cooking.
When you purchase a product like this and you take it out of the bag for your first look you want it to feel special and put a smile on your face. The Durston X - Mid definitely does this no doubt at all. It's really well made and feels quality in every way.
I’ve had my X Mid 2 for about 8 months and have camped about 7 times in it and it has never let me down. The thing is wind proof and durable and quite roomy inside. Lightweight and easy to set up and manage. You can’t go wrong with this tent.
I have not slept in a tent in over 30 years. This was the first time I was goring to do a thru-hike five days, four nights. I started searching and ended up with this tent. It was great. I did some reading and some practice pitching. On the trail it was easy to set up and take down. The more I did it, the better it went. I used a diy groundsheet which I think helped to make a big difference. The solid might have been a little warm in July but it worked. I will probalby buy a mesh innner.
I needed a lightweight tent that I could fit in (I am 6'7) plus my girlfriend (5'9) plus our border collie and labrador. I wanted the tent to also be light enough for me to go off by myself. I scoured the net and found only the Xmid to fit the bill. With its double vestibule, i anticipated a dog in each but they are big enough to accomodate both in one. The other we use stash gear. This thing has a unique use of space that is remarkable. I can lay full length with ease. No diagonal laying required! I am glad I got the solid as I think it is a wiser choice for the British climate given our prevalent wind and rain. I have had it out on a few heavy nights and it has stood solid though the lower part on the end has blown against the inner (which could have been my inadequate pitching) it remained fully waterproof and solid. This was certainly helped by making full use of the optional additional guy loops and extra stakes. I would recommend checking weather forecast before setting out without them. As i dont hike with poles, i got the z flick poles which are super light and strong. I also peg the corners of the inner as my head does lay closer to the end than most folks' will do. So space above face to inner is maximised. The ability to sit up with ample space is quite a revelation for me! So spacious. The tent is well thought out and has a fantastic build quality. The inner pockets are v useful too. The waterproof zips are excellent but I must say the door tie backs need reviewing at least for UK use. The outer's magnets is a novel idea but useless in heavy wind and esp if the lower guy loops on the door sides are staked. I will be replacing mine with toggles and adding two as one is far from adequate in tieing back the door anyway. Also the short pieces of shockcord on the inner door are not quite up to it either. I would prefer two toggles there too. My only other gripes would be the colour - i wish it was a darker green which would be preferable in England and Wales where we have to do a lot more stealth camping. Also,the ironwire guy lines, although being made of DCF are the strongest, they are black and despite including reflective scotchlite, it proved insufficient to prevent us and the dogs from tripping on em! So i replaced them, ironically i know, with yellow glo-wire ones! Bottom line: overall VERY happy with my purchase! Very relieved to find something that meets my tall needs. Oh and lastly, I think a longer thinner stuffsack to accomodate the tents bought with Z poles would be preferable too :-) cheers Dan!