X-Mid 2

Sale price$269.00 USD

Do you need stakes?: No (Ships mid-Sept)

Due to exceptional interest, the X-Mid 2 is currently sold out. However, we have the X-Mid 2 Solid and X-Mid Pro 2 in stock. If you would like the regular version, we have pre-orders open now for our next batch arriving in mid-September. You can also sign up below to be notified when they are back in stock:

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 for both the fly and interior doors.

Large Doorways

Unlike most trekking pole tents, the doorways are large and not blocked by trekking poles. They also have a overhanging design to keep out falling rain 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 this 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 to increase space. Two people can comfortably lay the same way while having 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 76 reviews
Daniel Myrand
First Durston product

Recently picked up an xmid2. Initial feel is that this is an awesome tent. I’ve set it up in the yard but haven’t yet hit the trail. What I want to stress about this tent is size. For the last 20 or so years I’ve been 6’3” 205-240 lbs. many tents feel small and I’m touching one or more parts of the tent as I sleep. Think wet. So, I’ve always had to buy bigger, heavier tents and sleep at an angle. Everything else in my pack is light but I carried a tent that weighed more than a brick. Finally, finally, finally I have a tent that’s big enough for me and it doesn’t weigh 7 lbs. What a relief! From one Dan to another, thank you sir.

Joakim Frogner
Light and spacious!

Tried this a couple of times now. Love it, takes so little space in backpack, light snd quick to set up. When its up it feels so spacious

The best tent

Very easy to set up and very spacious and comfortable tent. Being able to enter and exit from both sides was very appealing and easy to use.This is one of my favorite tents I have ever used.

Glad you're liking the tent! So neat to see these being used all over the world :)
- Dan Durston

Jan Hermans
tent pole

The tent seems good quality. It's being tested as we speak. I regret to read a complete story about the tent poles, how good they are, how Durston is doing better than other manufacturers. To find out the poles are not included!!! What the hell, you are not buying a car without wheels and rims, are you? It feels like a scam. Afterwards I saw indeed on the website it's a separate item, still I feel it should be automatically included. (same goes for the spikes/ tent pins)
If I knew in advance, I would have included it in my comparision and might ave bought another tent. The market is flooded with good lightweigth tents.

Hi Jan,

Sorry about the frustration. Our tents are 'trekking pole tents' that are designed to set up with trekking poles. We don't include poles because many people already own trekking poles and/or they prefer a specific type. So we have our own trekking poles but we don't force people to people them to get the tent. It is the same for stakes, where people have a wide range of preferences so we have a nice stake pack but we make it optional. I am sorry this was not clear enough. I will consider how we could make this more clear.

Thanks for using our tent. I am glad you are otherwise liking it.
- Dan Durston


Awesome bit of kit!!


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