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 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 need a tent that just works. To achieve a tent that is simple and intuitive, obsessive attention to detail, combined with extensive backcountry experience, have gone into making the X-Mid 2.
It all starts with a simple pitch that only requires 4 stakes. The setup has no mandatory guylines and nothing to measure, which is a stark contrast to most trekking pole tents that require numerous stakes, guylines, and struts as part of a pitching process filled with measuring and estimating.
The ease of use continues when the tent is set up 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, 4 pockets, and one handed operated zippers.
Even the packed size of the tent has been carefully considered. It's compact size fits into a short stuff sack 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 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 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.
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 an ultralight tent that is spacious, simple, and highly stormworthy. It's the ideal tent for a wide range of conditions from long treks on the USA's Continental Divide Trail and remote adventures in Alaska's Brooks Range, to a circuit of Europe's Tour de Mont Blanc.
This product is rated 4.8 of 5.0 stars.
It has received 24 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 that 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 provides best in class stormworthiness, simplicity, space, and quality. To highlight this, the table below compares the X-Mid 2 to competing tents in this niche (2P double wall trekking pole tents).
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
$300 - $450
35.4 oz / 1005 g
35 - 45 oz / 1000 - 1330 g
20.4 oz / 580 g
15 oz / 425 g
35.4 oz / 1005 g
0.5 oz / 15 g
4 @ 6″ (8.5 g ea) and 4 @ 7″ (12 g ea).
Typical Setup (Tent, Sack, 6 Stakes)
38.4 oz / 1085 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 Sage
20D Sil/PE Polyester 3500mm HH in Grey
YKK #5 AquaGuard (water-resistant)
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Q) How tall of person does the X-Mid 2 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 size 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 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 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. 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 using 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 offers a more spacious, durable and high-performance shelter for the same weight.
Q) I heard the X-Mid 2 has a large footprint that can make site selection more difficult.
The X-Mid 2 is a comfortably sized 2P tent and thus does have a larger footprint than 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 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?
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.
Q) How does this compare to the X-Mid Pro 2?
The X-Mid 2 is our most well rounded 2P tent, while the X-Mid Pro 2 is our cutting edge super ultralight version. They are both built with the highest quality and just have different aims.
The regular version is a bit more spacious, more durable, and more functional (e.g. doublewall) but the Pro weighs far less (19 vs 35 oz) while being not far behind in those categories. It’s only slightly smaller and still good in tough conditions, but it is a bit less durable (e.g. #3 zippers), singlewall/hybrid, and a lot more expensive because it uses extremely light but very expensive Dyneema composite fabric. The X-Mid 2 is a great tent for anyone, but if you can afford DCF and don’t mind trading away a bit of durability the Pro 2 will save a pound off an already very light tent.
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 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 nylon absorbs water in rainy conditions. 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.
This product is rated 4.8 of 5.0 stars.
It has received 24 reviews.
After scouring the interweb I decided to give this tent a try. I have experience with the Nemo Hornet and much prefer this tent. It is far roomier and better storage and the extra features really set it apart. Thank you for creating this tent
I don't know if there is such a word but it fits this tent. It doesn't stand up. The photos they show on this website are not what I get no matter how many additional strikes I add. Last time I took it out I had to wear a baseball cap because the tent was that close to my face. Nothing I did made a difference. The rain fly sits on the tent which made everything much damper. Really irritating. I've written and asked for a refund no response yet. Yes, the guide wires were tight and nothing changed when the zip was closed all the way.
Sorry to hear that you haven't had a good experience. It looks like there are substantial issues with the pitch since the tent should not be loose like this. Have you watched our new pitching guide video?
The keys to a good pitch are (1) staking out the base in reasonably accurate rectangle, (2) snugging that up tight before adding the poles, and then (3) extending the poles firmly. Additional stakes can be added but shouldn't be needed for a good pitch. In your case the fly is very loose so I don't think the fly is being adjusted tight after it's staked out, and also the poles need to be taller as they aren't tensioning the fly now.
If you are willing to give it another chance, I think our pitching guide video is a really good resource and could enable you to have a much better experience with the tent.
I’ve owned this tent for 2 years now and it’s everything I could ask for in a backpacking tent. Ultralight, small, simple and fast to setup. For the price you won’t find another tent with all these features. Thanks Dan for designing a tent that just can’t be beat in my opinion.
Hi, wé are thé 11th of September. I'm trekking with m'y wife un South of France. And we having à big rain right now.. M'y tent is thé xmid 2 solid. M'y son is living un Georgia and he both it this spring and bring it to me un may.
The water is actually enter un the tent. My stuff is wet. And for the privé, I've paid I'm really unsatisfyd. And I have to say that i've watch all the videos of Dan explaining how to set up the tent..
I'm really not sure to keep it, when m'y nature hike mongar is better under à big rain...
M'y phone is [****] France
I'm sorry my English is Not very good...
Sorry to hear about this experience. If you send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org we can help you solve it directly. I am not sure what is happening here, but it may be that it is cold/humid conditions where condensation is forming on the inside of the fly and then if the fly is not pitched tight then it could flap against the inner tent and transfer the water. We have a new pitched video release recently that explains how to pitch it much better so you may find that helpful:
Prior to my first backpacking trip, I watched LOADS of YouTube videos in which I first saw the X Mid. I mistakenly thought this tent was made strictly for thru hikers and backpackers who put hundreds of miles in regularly and that it was a complicated set up, too much for me as a beginner. Long story short, I purchased another tent touted as "beginner backpacking friendly" and after setting it up in my living room, I HATED it. This is about the same time Dan released the new pitch video for the X Mid that just happened to pop up on my YouTube feed. I watched the video and realized I was wrong, this tent is a simple pitch! So I ordered it and it arrived just a couple of days later. After a couple of practice pitches in my yard, I was ready to take it on trail. It's AMAZING!! Such a simple set up (watch the video for troubleshooting tips!) and I was the first one all set up in the group I was hiking with. I got the 2P and it's so spacious inside, I could practically stand up all the way to get dressed. There's plenty of room for all your gear inside and large vestibules to put stuff outside. I am in love with this tent. The weight and price is perfect for me as a beginner!