X-Mid Pro 1
The 2024 X-Mid Pro 1 has arrived. These tents are in stock (woven floor version) or ship early December (DCF floor version) and feature a variety of refinements, a new DCF floor option that is even lighter (15.7 oz / 445 g) and more affordable pricing.
Pinnacle of Ultralight Tent Design
The X-Mid Pro 1 is the ideal tent for the ultralight backpacker. It combines our maximally weight efficient X-Mid geometry with Dyneema® composite fabrics (DCF) to create one of the most spacious, simple, and stormworthy one person tents on the market - and yet it weighs under 1 pound (15.7 oz / 445 g) for the lightest version.
The X-Mid Pro 1 is a seriously spacious tent with more interior volume than any other 1P trekking pole tent. It's not just spacious in the context of superlight tents, but actually is more spacious than almost every 1P tent - at any weight.
The X-Mid Pro 1 accomplishes this with its space efficient geometry that moves the two poles further apart to create 25-50% more interior volume than competing tents, including more useable length, headroom, and shoulder room.
The floor length is a generous 90″ which is combined with steep end walls such that the length is still 90" at 15" off the ground. The result is best in class useable length (suitable for hikers up to 6’8″), while the 32″ floor width easily accommodates the widest pads with room to spare. You can comfortably sit up throughout the length of the tent while two people can easily sit in the tent together.
In addition, there are dual large vestibules which put the main area beside the door instead of blocking it, and can easily hold large packs and other gear.
The X-Mid design was formed in tough real world conditions where you need a shelter that works, and this elegant and capable simplicity continues in the X-Mid Pro 1.
Our thoughtful design includes an ultra simple 4 stake pitch, magnetic door toggles for one handed operation, doorways that aren’t blocked by poles, large vestibules that put the main area beside the doorway instead of blocking it, a tensioned floor that lies taut and wrinkle free, one handed operating zippers, and dual interior pockets.
The X-Mid Pro 1 also packs smaller than any other 1P DCF tent at just 4.5″ x 10″. Thanks to the absence of poles and struts it packs short enough to store horizontally in your pack.
More than just a spacious tent, the X-Mid Pro 1 is a robust shelter for harsh conditions. Unlike other tents near the 1 pound mark, the X-Mid Pro 1 doesn’t trim away the lower part of the fly for weight savings but instead has a full coverage fly to block drafts and rain splatter while also having the option of raising it higher.
Other features found in the X-Mid Pro 1 – but otherwise unheard of at the 1 lb mark – are peak vents (important to minimize condensation) and zippered doorways (blocks drafts, increases structural integrity).
The X-Mid Pro 1 also features ultra strong and highly waterproof Dyneema® composite fabric, dual protected doorways that keep rain out when open, and attachments for peak and side panel guylines for stormy conditions.
Gear the Editors Loved
"Durston’s X-Mid Pro 1 just might be the most spacious, lightest-weight tent....It hardly budged in 25 mile-per-hour winds on an exposed alpine ridge."
New and Wonderful
"Our storm of praise can't stop...This new and wonderful shelter has pushed forward mountain tent design by 100 years."
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The Hype is Real
"The X-Mid Pro 1 is a head- and foot-room king. The hype is real...the easy setup and interior space exceeded my expectations."
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.
Full Coverage Fly
The fly extends low to the ground to block drafts and rain splatter, yet can be raised for more ventilation. Other tents cut away the bottom of the fly to save weight but it leaves you more exposed.
Small corner struts and cords tension the floor so it lays taut and easy to clean. Competing tents hang the bathtub floor from its top edge (like a bag) which saves weight but is more prone to wrinkling and sliding around.
Dual peak vents minimize condensation.
In addition to the highest performance design, the X-Mid Pro has industry leading quality. That starts by using premium materials like Dyneema, and assembling them at the most experienced tent factory in the world for DCF.
We use hot bonded construction to create Dyneema seams that are stronger, cleaner looking, and better retain their strength in extreme temperatures. We also use a proprietary pre-shrinking process for DCF so that the shape is more stable over time and won't shrink to create wavy zippers.
While this premium quality gives the X-Mid Pro a higher cost of production than comparable tents, it is affordably priced because we sell it to you direct with only a modest markup.
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:
With best in-class space, stormworthiness, simplicity and build quality, the X-Mid Pro 1 is the ideal ultralight tent for everything from thruhiking the Pacific Crest Trail, to crossing Icelands’ wind-swept tundra, to remote adventures on Australia’s Bibbulmun Track.
This product is rated 4.8 of 5.0 stars.
It has received 47 reviews.
15.7 oz / 445 g (DCF floor) or 17.3 oz / 490 g (Silnylon floor)
0.3oz / 8g (DCF) or 0.4 oz / 11 g (Silnylon)
DAC J Stakes (4 x 6" @ 7 g; 4 x 8" @ 16 g)
Typical Setup (Tent, Sack, 5 Stakes)
17.8 oz / 505 g (DCF floor) or 19.5 oz / 555 g (Silnylon floor).
90 in / 2.3 m
32 in / 0.81 m
20 sq ft / 1.9 sq m
45 in / 1.14 m
63 x 98 in / 1.60 x 2.59 m
22 sq ft (11 x 2) / 2 sq m (1 sq m x 2)
10 x 4.5 in / 25 x 12 cm
0.55oz Dyneema CF in Spruce Green
15D Sil/PEU nylon (grey) or custom DCF (white)
YKK #3 AquaGuard
Patented X-Mid geometry with twin offset poles provides best in class headroom, living space, stormworthiness, and ease of pitching.
More interior volume and useable length than any other 1P trekking pole shelter. With 50% more volume than its closest rivals, it is suitable for hikers up to 6'8".
Dyneema® Composite fabric (DCF) is extremely strong and highly waterproof (8,000mm).
Dual doorways are zippered, not blocked by trekking poles, and keep rain off the floor even when open.
Dual vestibules are large, tall and put the main area beside the door instead of blocking it.
Dual adjustable peak vents minimize condensation yet can close during harsh conditions.
Dual interior pockets provide convenient storage.
Full coverage fly blocks drafts and rain splatter, but can also be pitched higher for more ventilation.
Optional peak and side panel guyouts plus eight additional stake points around the base can be used for harsh conditions.
Fly first setup keeps the interior dry during setup in the rain.
Compact 63" x 98" footprint plus the vestibules can be collapsed to fit into even smaller sites.
Ultra-simple pitch with just four stakes.
Premium hot bonded construction with pre-shrunk DCF.
Tiny 4.5 x 10″ packed size can store horizontally in any pack.
The X-Mid Pro 1 provides unprecedented stormworthiness, user friendliness, and space for a superultralight tent. To illustrate this, the table below compares the X-Mid Pro 1 to what is seen in the main competing tents.
X-Mid Pro 1
Extends low to block drafts and splatter
High cut fly leaves you more exposed
Dual vents minimize condensation
Vents are small or omitted
6 - 10
Medium - Hard
25 - 50% larger
45 cu ft
25 - 36 cu ft
32" / 81 cm
25 - 36" / 64 - 91 cm
90" / 2.3 m
84 - 90" / 2.1 - 2.3 m
90" / 2.3 m
80 - 85" / 2.0 - 2.15 m
10.8 sq ft x 2
6 - 8 sq ft x 1
$549 - $639
$599 - $699
15.7 oz / 445 g (DCF floor version)
15.4 - 17.0 oz / 440 - 485 g
17.0 oz / 485 g (DCF floor version)
18.3 - 20.6 oz / 520 - 585 g
Browse the FAQ to learn more or get in touch if you have further questions.Contact Support
Q) Should I choose woven (silnylon) or DCF floor?
Originally we did not use DCF floors because we don't think the commonly used 1.0 oz DCF is ideal for a floor application. It works and we haven't been opposed to it, but we don't think it's compelling choice because 1.0 oz DCF is not substantially better for durability or weight savings compared to our 15D silnylon floor, yet it increases the cost and bulk (packed size) of the tent.
However, we have implemented a new version of DCF for our floors as an industry first. This new version reduces the weight and bulk while preserving the durability, such that it offers similar performance as 1.0oz DCF while being lighter and packing smaller.
This addresses our previous critiques of 1.0 oz DCF. Our DCF floor still is more expensive than silnylon, but offers additional weight savings. Choose the silnylon floor for the best value and/or smallest packed size, or choose the DCF floor for the absolute lowest weight and faster drying.
Q) How tall does the X-Mid Pro 1 work for?
To understand the useable length in a tent you have to consider both how long the floor is, and how much the length slopes inward off the ground.
The X-Mid Pro 1 has a 90" floor length, which is good but not that much longer than most other tents which are 84-90". However, other tents normally slope inwards quite a bit such that 12" off the ground (at the height of your sleeping bag) the length is commonly about 6-12" shorter.
With the X-Mid Pro 1 the fly is 98" long and the end panels are steep, so even 12" off the ground there is still over 90" of useable length. This means if someone is 6'0" (72") they could sleep straight with an additional 3" of sleeping bag loft at both ends and still have 12" extra inches of length. This is longer than all comparable tents.
We recommend the X-Mid Pro 1 up to 6'8" because a user of this height in a sleeping quilt would have 3" of loft at their foot end (83" total length) and thus would still have 3-4" of clearance at both ends or more if they are side sleeper.
Q) What is hot bonded construction?
DCF is commonly joined together using a double sided tape or sewing. Sewing is the least desirable option because unwoven materials like DCF have poor ability to hold stitching, so the seams are much weaker. Double sided tape works well and is the most common method, but these adhesives still weaken in extreme temperatures. They can slip in hot weather or fail in extreme cold.
Hot bonding construction also uses adhesive tape, but with a special heat activated adhesive that is stronger and much more temperature stable. We use a double sided tape between the overlapping panels of material, plus we add single sided DCF backed tape on the outside of the seam. The DCF backed tape is important because it adds Dyneema® fibers running parallel to the seam so the seam does not stretch under load (one of the most common failures for DCF tents is when this step is skipped, leading to the seams stretching and cracking under load).
Our tapes are applied at room temperature and then the seam is pressed under heat to set the adhesive. Using a heat activated adhesive and pressing every section of the major seams is a more labor intensive and costly process, but the result is the strongest possible tent with the cleanest look and much better performance in extreme temperatures.
Another premium construction technique we employ is pre-shrinking the DCF fabric. DCF fabric shrinks by 3-5% over time due to repeated stressing/folding/creasing which degrades the pitch of tents and can leave the zippers wavy (since they don't shrink). We use a proprietary process to pre-shrink the material so that our DCF shelters are more dimensionally stable and will retain their performance over time.
Q) What is a singlewall/hybrid tent?
A singlewall tent has a single wall (the fly) while a double wall tent has two layers (inner, fly). The X-Mid Pro uses a hybrid construction where the inner and fly are sewn together some areas are doublewall (sides) and others are singlewall (ends, roof).
Combining the inner and fly into one piece saves weight and remains 100% bug proof. The downsides are that you don’t have the ability to use the fly and inner separately, and that there aren’t mesh inner walls in all areas to prevent you from touching the fly if there is condensation (but the tent is quite spacious)
The X-Mid Pro 1 has every possible advantage to minimize condensation (e.g. large peak vents, spacious) and it is not more prone to condensation than doublewall tents, but if condensation does occur you do need to be more careful not to touch it. The X-Mid Pro makes this easier than most single wall tents because it is more spacious and has steep walls so condensation won’t drip.
Q) Should I use a groundsheet?
The 15D floor is more durable than the floors in many ultralight tents which can be 7-10D fabrics or 0.8 – 1.0 oz composites. We have selected this 15D material because it is durable to use without the added weight and hassle of a groundsheet, provided care is used not to pitch on harsh surfaces like gravel, pine needles, or bedrock. However, for a cleaner floor or use on harsher surfaces, we offer a groundsheet.
Q) How does the X-Mid Pro 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 Pro 1 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.
The X-Mid Pro 1 is almost the lightest one person tent in the world. The few tents that are lighter are much smaller, single door, single vestibule, single vent and still usually wind up heavier when their higher stake requirements are factored in.
Q) How should I pack the X-Mid Pro 1?
You should roll the tent rather than stuffing. DCF can eventually delaminate over time if it is subject to repeated sharp creasing. Rolling the fabric reduces this and will prolong the life of your shelter.
Q) What is the optional stake kit?
For 2024 we have sourced premium stakes from DAC that offer excellent performance.
Our stake kit includes 8 stakes total in two sizes. Four of the stakes are large 8" DAC J stakes weighing 16g each and offering excellent strength and holding power (better than even full size MSR Groundhogs stakes). These are ideal for the four corners of the tent.
The other four stakes are a smaller 6" version of the DAC J stake weighing just 7g each. We recommend using these at any optional stake points you may choose to use.
This product is rated 4.8 of 5.0 stars.
It has received 47 reviews.
I have owned several UL DCF 1P tents. The Durston X-Mid Pro 1P is 'top of class'.
This tent is super easy to pitch. 4 stakes, 2 trekking poles, tension, done. The Pro is a single wall tent so it cannot be pitched fly-first as the polyester versions can. Given how quickly this tent pitches, I do not see this as a significant difference.
This tent is extremely light. At 16.4 oz (4 corner guy lines, no stakes), is among the very lightest available. In my opinion, it wins many ratios such as interior volume-to-weight, storm worthiness-to-weight, and ease-of-use-to-weight. The double entry and vestibule space are both advantages that are simply unavailable with most other tents in the 16.x oz and below class. In bad weather, having your pack, shoes and rain gear in one vestibule, and being able to cook in the other is super convenient.
This tent is highly storm worthy. The tent includes 2 ridgeline (pole top) guy line attachment points, 2 mid-side-panel attachment points, 2 door/vestibule attachment points, and 4 ground level attachment points in the center of each side/end panel. Adding the 2 pole top guy lines adds tremendous stability. Adding the 2 mid-side panel guy lines significantly reduces luffing of the side panels. I would be comfortable using this tent up to 50 mph with 8 stakes/guylines. I have not used the bottom stake outs to be able to say how much more stability they provide.
This tent is well vented. I was honestly surprised how well the two ridgeline vents worked. The cross ventilation at the top of the tent with just these two vents open significantly reduced condensation. Opening the bottom 6-inches of the door zipper on one or both sides was all that was needed to eliminate condensation in the most humid conditions I've experienced.
Overall - if you only own one tent, this is the one to buy.
First off, all the basics are as good as they can be. Innovative design, great materials, excellent workmanship, and Dan to stand behind his product. I've only used it on one real trip so far, but I thought my early impressions might help someone so am writing this.
I still don't know if a single wall tent is really for me: I've used an MSR Hubba NX1 for a few years, love it, but really wanted to try this tent and save weight. I wasn't sure if the Durston was for me at first, to be honest, because of its sensitivity to variables when it is pitched. But as others have said would be the case, with time and attention I'm getting the hang of it. So, my advice is to not give up too soon.
I got a good "external" pitch right off the bat by just doing what Dan said to do on his video but it's taken me weeks to get what I'll call a good "internal" pitch: the ends of the floor being aligned as they should with the "walls" coming up off the ground without weird angles and so forth. The key for me was to not have the guy lines in the four corners shortened up too extremely when I peg out those corners: rather, I found that it was best to have them extended almost their full length then tighten them up if needed. I think I was over-performing on Dan's advice to have the corners quite tight before inserting the poles. This also helps ventilation, of course, another benefit.
I don't like the magnet: almost any more traditional fastening system would be better. IMO.
Quite a lot is made of the durability of the floor but I had a nice clean slice about an inch long in mine. Maybe I did it on my trip or on the multiple pitches in the yard: if so, that floor material is not as strong as advertised and you should really think about a ground sheet.
I love the zippers. The vents are OK. I like having pockets at each end of the tent.
Once your brain adjusts to the angles inside, it is actually quite roomy for a one-person tent. More usable room than my NX-1, for example.
So overall, it's a very impressive but not perfect tent that I'm getting comfortable with and I expect it'll be the one I reach for for everything except real winter stuff.
And I can't stress enough how great Dan has been to deal with, and that's worth a lot.
I haven't even removed from bag yet. Looking forward to getting it out, but it may be a while. I'm sure I made the right decision, pulling trigger on the X-Mid Pro 1, just having to be patient. Thanks for asking.
The xmid pro 2024 version is a lot easier to pitch perfect. And overall the x-mid is an amazing tent that suits most people. Love it
I recently purchased the X-mid Pro 1 and even though I have not used it extensively, I did set it up in my back yard immediately. I found the XMP1 easy to set up, and after a few minutes of adjusting the corners and guy lines slightly, the tent was tight and ready to go.
The inside is spacious with plenty of room at my feet and head and I am a 6 ft 180lbs. As a bonus, the vestibules offer extra space for gear or use during rain/inclement weather. It all opens up for views from either side and vesti rolls up tight and is held in place by a snazzy magnet system that works quick and easy. It is pretty cool for sure.
The tent is feather light and is easy enough to unpack and pack. It is about 4x10 inches and can fit inside my HMG southwest pack without a worry. The light weight is very attractive. I bought this for an upcoming 200+ mile trip that is expected to be wet, cool and buggy. The duel door openings and apex condensation vents provide adequate airflow that should reduce condensation. There are mesh covered vents at the head/foot areas, along the bathtub floor, that allow moisture to roll down the inside of the tent out out through the vents without getting the floor wet.
With the extra room and separated vestibules, the user is away from much of the interior walls preventing contact with moisture and keeping gear dry. The mesh not only keeps critters away but makes the tent like a partial double walled tent, which should help reduce contact moisture.
The bathtub bottom is high enough to keep dirt, moisture and bugs out of the inside. I will use a DCF ground cloth for extra protection for the bottom, it isn't needed but it will keep the bottom dryer and cleaner. Plus, I bring the fabric to use as a ground cloth, entrance mat, small tarp, wrap, etc. if needed.
Overall, I find this next shelter a great addition to my kit and can't wait to use it on an extended trip to give it a good test. So far, it is exactly as advertised. Money well spent! Thanks, Durston.