X-Mid 2

Sale price$280.00 USD

Pinnacle of Lightweight Tent Design

The X-Mid 2 has been developed from the first principles of geometry to be the most weight efficient and functional design for a trekking pole shelter. Its innovative and patented geometry makes the X-Mid 2 exceptionally stormworthy, spacious, and simple at the lowest weight. No other tent offers this level of space and protection for just 35 oz (1005 g), which is why the X-Mid 2 has become one of the most popular tents on demanding trails and one of the most highly awarded tents in recent years including top awards from BackpackingLight, The Trek, and Section Hiker.


Most ultralight tents achieve their low weights by shrinking the size and trading durability and stormworthiness for weight savings. In contrast, the X-Mid 2 saves weight through efficient design including a trekking pole structure that eliminates tent poles while being stronger, and a geometry that maximizes the volume possible from the fabric area. In doing so, the X-Mid 2 achieves its low weight while also being a robust shelter for tough conditions.

X-Mid 2's long list of protections include a 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.

In addition to this set of protections, the X-Mid shape is well suited for windy and snowy conditions because every panel is at a consistently moderate slope. Other tents have flatter roof panels that catch snow and flatter sidewalls that catch wind, while the X-Mid 2 puts every panel at a balanced 50-55 degrees to deliver strong all around performance.


In tough conditions you want a tent that just works, which is why obsessive attention to detail has gone into making the X-Mid 2 simple and intuitive.

That starts with the simple pitch that goes up quickly with only 4 required stakes. There are no mandatory guylines, odd angles, measurements, and complicated struts, which is a stark contrast to most trekking pole tents.

The ease of use continues when the tent is pitched with large doorways that are not blocked by trekking poles, roomy vestibules that are located beside the doors instead of blocking them, magnetic door toggles, handy pockets, and one handed operated zippers. Even the packed size of the tent has been carefully considered where it's short stuff sack can store horizontally in any pack.

Notably, the X-Mid 2 uses polyester fabric for the fly which doesn't sag and absorb water like nylon so your pitch stays tight and the tent stays light and dries quicker, with less time spent adjusting your pitch and drying your tent. Polyester was controversial when we launched the X-Mid with it in 2018 but our passionate advocacy for polyester has led to an industry wide switch with many other companies now following our lead.

The Trek

Best Thru-Hiking Tent

A laundry list of well-thought-out details makes these tents exceptional in rough weather...one version of the X-Mid or another should be near the top of your list.

Backpacking Light

Highly Recommended

"Exceptionally high quality. Field performance was outstanding. Overall, it has simply been a joy to use.”

Section Hiker

10 Best Backpacking Tents

"It's shape makes it extremely weather and storm-worthy. The all-mesh interior tent has offset peaks to maximize headroom"


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.”

Adventure Alan

Top Pick

"A winning combination of low weight, a ton of livable area and great condensation control.”


The patented X-Mid geometry is the most space and weight efficient architecture possible for a trekking pole tent. It accomplishes this with an innovative double diagonal design that puts the floor on one diagonal while the ridgeline is on the opposite diagonal. In doing so, the two poles are set further apart to increase volume without requiring struts, yet remain setback from the edges to avoid a boxy shape that would be less stormworthy and require more fabric.

The result is a 'real' 2P tent that provides comfortable space for two occupants. That includes a generous 52" wide floor and a long 92" length that accommodates hikers up to 6'4". The diagonal ridgeline increases headroom and allows the two occupants to move further apart for greater personal space.

Additionally, the dual vestibules are generously sized and easily accommodate packs and other items without blocking the doorway or creating a long reach to close the fly doors.


A quality tent is one you can trust in tough weather. A high quality tent will hold up, and quality is important at Durston Gear. The X-Mid 2 is built at the most experienced premium tent factory in the world who have been building nothing but tents for nearly 70 years.

Here, we go beyond normal standards to specify premium components and robust construction methods including full double stitching, double folded edges, 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 a higher cost of production than competing tents, yet the X-Mid 2 is priced affordably. This is possible because we sell directly to you with no retailer markup and only a slim markup ourselves.

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 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.

Our unique design has been successful in 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 is a well rounded ultralight tent that is spacious, simple, and stormworthy. It's the ideal tent for a wide range of conditions including a long thruhike on the Continental Divide Trail (where it is one of the most popular tents) to remote adventures in Alaska's Brooks Range or a circuit of Europe's Tour de Mont Blanc.

Customer Reviews

Based on 44 reviews
Getting used and very pleased

Shipping to the Netherlands went very fast without a hassle. I used prepaid tax shipping.

I had no experience with using walking poles and also these kind of tents.

Setting up the tent is really different than with usual tents, but after a few times I found out that that this tent is the most easy of all and fastest to setup.
It stands really strong, the poles are like pillars, my backpack can easily lean against them.
I love the magnets, only put them on the inner tent too:)
There is enough space to sleep for two with lots of headspace, they thought about everything. Even the inner zipper is quiet. The pockets are nice, the hooks are nice. Both can sit straight up with enough headspace.
One night was 12 degrees outside and inside 14 degrees with no wind and 2 sleepers.

The quality is very fine, but very durable.

The tent works in so many ways really nice and it's an amazing eyecatcher, unique!

The light fabric is so smooth which makes it harder to fold it. In the wild I just stuff it back in the sack, wich works perfect! At home the tent will be folded again nicely.

I wish I bought the groundsheet together with the tent. You really need it in the wild with moist and tearing. The tent will hold without, but eventually.. just buy the groundsheet with it:)
Also I assumed the inner tent could be setup seperatly, but you have to buy the stargazers accessoires in addition.
Maby if there was a complete package, I would have bought that in the first place.

Glad you're liking the tent! For the 'complete package' - yes this would be nice to offer. Originally these tents were sold by Kaviso but that is changing to our website in a few days and then it will be easier to buy everything in one spot.

For the stargazer kit, we offer this but also you can just tie cords to the inner peaks and tie those around your pole tips to pitch like this without the kit. And you can roll back the fly to accomplish almost the same thing. See the 'further variation' near the end of our pitching guide video.


Great tent!

This tent is light, roomy, easy to set up, but my favorite part is its storm worthiness. This tent has held up really well in some rough weather I've been in. From wind, to rain, to snow, it can handle pretty much anything. I trust it completely to keep my dry and safe.

Amazing spacious & lightweight tent!

I've taken the X-Mid 2 out on five trips (as well as two backyard tests) now and it has performed flawlessly each and every time. Each time I have backpacked with friends, the X-Mid was pitched in minutes and I was able to help them with their setups. I have now had two friends ditch their tents to get an X-Mid as a result.

I'm 6'3" and am a larger athletic build so I went with the 2p thinking it would be a normal size tent like most other 2ps. I have only used it for myself and it is massive! I feel like I could truly get away with using the 1p if/when I try to cut weight for a true UL setup.

This is by far the best backpacking tent I have used! Thank you Dan & crew!

Shay Carter
Best tent I've ever had!

I'm currently thru hiking the AT with my XMID 2p and I LOVE IT! Don't hesitate to get it because you think it's too big. It's just the right size. By far one of my favorite pieces of gear

how to Pitch the Xmid 2 with the footprint

Hi, I'm from Brasil and got the Xmid2 with the footprint. And I tried many time to get it to fit... I'm having a hard time failing rsss to get the inside room over the footprint. Is it possible to get a video tutorial of how to pitch the Xmid 2 with the footprint? it doesn't seem to fit... I believe I'm doing it wrong but just can't figure it out...
-It is water proof 1000% right? cause it doesn't have that sealed tape inside like the tents we have in Brasil...
by the way, living the tent! thanks!!
ass: Bruno

Hi Bruno,

Glad you're loving the tent. For the footprint, we don't have a video but the best way to do it is to lay out the footprint with the logo side up. That shape will match the shape of the floor. Then slide it under the floor and clip the cord at each corner to the corner of the fly (same spots the inner clips to). So basically the footprint clips into the fly the same way the floor does.

Yes the tent is fully waterproof.



Get started with our comprehensive X-Mid pitching guide.