Durston X-Mid 1P Tent Review

The X-Mid 1P is a single-person double-wall trekking pole tent that weighs 27.9 oz. It requires two trekking poles to erect and can be set up in rain without getting the inner tent wet. The inner and outer tents both have two doors and can be rolled up for enhanced ventilation and airflow. The X-Mid 1 setup process is easy, but the tent has a large footprint so considerable space is required to pitch it. The tent comes factory seam-taped and includes ultralight titanium stakes, making it usable out of the box. The X-Mid 1P is now available on Amazon (Prime) and was developed in cooperation with Dan Durston, an ultralight backpacker. While it has some minor limitations, it’s a great bargain.

X-Mid 1-Person Tent

Ease of Setup
Weather Resistance
Packed Size

Excellent Design and Affordable

The X-Mid 1P is a double-wall trekking pole tent for one person that is simple to set up, well made, and quite affordable. Weighing under 28 oz, it's also quite lightweight and a really great deal for backpackers who want to reduce their gear weight.

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Specs at a Glance

  • Color: Desert Sage
  • People: 1
  • Type: Trekking Pole Tent (2 poles required)
  • Double-wall: Yes
  • Seam-taped: Yes
  • Weight: 27.9 oz (18 0z, fly including guylines), (9.9 oz, inner tent)
  • Material: 20d 420T 100-percent polyester
  • Hydrostatic head: 2000mm sil/PU coating
  • Minimum number of stakes to pitch: 4 (8 recommended)
  • Stakes: 8, Titanium stakes included

The X-Mid 1P is a double-wall trekking pole tent with two offset peaks. The rain fly can be erected before the inner tent, which is attached to connectors in the rainfly corners and in the peaks, or you can keep them attached for faster set up the next time you use them together. Both the inner tent and the rainfly can be used separately in a modular manner, which is an added perk of the design.

The X-Mid 1P has a rectangular footprint which makes it very easy to set up.

The X-Mid 1P has a rectangular footprint with two doors which makes it easy to orient and set up, even if one entryway is blocked by vegetation. Once you’ve staked out the four corners of the rainfly, open the kickstand vents near the peaks and insert your poles though the openings, inserting the tip into the grommet provided in each peak. This makes the X-Mid 1P compatible with all trekking poles, including Pacerpoles which have a unique ergonomic grip. A pole height of 46″ is recommended, although you may want to adjust this for more airflow under the sidewalls or if you have to set up on uneven terrain.

The X-Mid 1P has kickstand vents below each peak. During setup, you’d insert your poles through these vents, inserting the tips into grommets located in the peaks.

While the X-Mid 1P can be pitched with a minimum of four tent stakes in the corners, I’d recommend that you stake out the peaks to make the ridgeline between them taut and increase the tent’s wind resistance. All of these guyout points are outfitted with cord and lineloc tensioners when you receive the tent, so you don’t have to add your own, although I’d recommend lengthening the corner guylines so you have more flexibility in where you plant your stakes. If you camp in windy conditions in open country, I’d also suggest adding guylines to the side panels to reduce flapping.

While the X-Mid 1P rain fly requires 100″ x 67″ inches of room to set up, adding the peak guylines increase the tent footprint to about 120″ x 67″ in size (unless you can guy the peaks to nearby trees). This is definitely on the large end and can present a challenge if you plan on camping on unprepared tent sites in densely vegetated areas or along backpacking trails with smaller campsites…like the Appalachian Trail or most anywhere in the Northeast. This isn’t a showstopper, but it means you’ll have to keep your eyes open for good tent sites or spend a little more time scouting around for one.

I like to store my backpack upright in the little nook on the right when the side door is rolled up

The X-Mid 1P has two doors, one on each side of the tent. Both doors can be rolled up for increased airflow and to make it easier to get in and out of the tent. The doors make up about 3/4 of the area of each sidewall, while the remaining 1/4 panel acts as a windbreak and nook where I like to store my backpack. I stake this smaller panel to keep it from flapping and because it adds additional strength to the structure.

The inner tent is anchored to the corners of the fly with cord and glove hooks.

The X-Mid 1P’s inner tent is oriented on a diagonal under the rain fly and its corners are attaches to plastic rings in the rainfly corners with tiny mitten hooks. It also has two zippered doors, so you can get in and out of the tent on either side. The diagonal orientation of the inner tent creates large storage areas on either side of the inner tent for gear storage or cooking in inclement weather. It’d also be a good spot for a dog if you bring along insulation for him/her to lie on at night.

The inner tent is sized for one person and has a convenient gear loft sewn in the ceiling for stashing a phone, headlamp, and glasses so they don’t get smashed at night if you roll onto them. The interior is high enough to sit up in (43″) and long (87″) but feels a bit narrow (28″). Still, given the amount of covered storage under the rainfly, it’s easy to store all of your extra gear in your pack while still being able to reach it easily when needed.

The X-Mid 1P requires considerable room to stake out


One of the strengths of the X-Mid 1P is its packability. Broken down, it’s about the size of a stuffed 20-degree quilt and can be stored into a small stuff sack (12″ x 5″) that will fit horizontally into most backpacks. That’s a big differentiator for me because I prefer to pack my gear horizontally in my backpack and dislike gear that must be oriented vertically in the main compartment.

Comparable Tents

Make / ModelWeightPriceDesigner
Drop X-Mid 1P27.9 oz$200Dan Durston
Sierra Designs High Route FL 128 oz$300Andrew Skurka
Tarptent Stratospire 134.5 oz$325Henry Shires
Yama Mountain Gear Swiftline 1P28.3 oz$335Gen Shimizu

Of these tents, the X-Mid is by far the easiest to set up and pack, while the Tarptent Stratospire 1 has the most livable and spacious interior and is the most storm-worthy. All of these tents have a fairly big footprint and require extra room to set up despite the fact that they are 1 person tents.

The X-Mid 1P has plenty of easy-to-reach covered gear storage alongside the inner tent


The X-Mid 1P is a great one-person, double-wall, trekking pole tent that’s easy to set up and weighs 27.9 oz. It can be set up fly-first to keep the inner tent dry in the rain, comes seam-taped, and is completely outfitted with guylines and linelocs so you can use it as soon as it arrives. If you’ve been wanting to slash your gear weight or try a trekking pole tent, the X-mid is a great option because it packs small and has plenty of room inside to store gear. The inner tent is comfortable, both doors can be opened for enhanced airflow, and there are kick-stand vents (that work) for extra ventilation in stormy conditions.  A 2 person version of the X-Mid is also available.

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  1. Thanks for the review Philip…your experience seems to closely mimic those of others who have posted reviews.

    My Duplex is going on 6 years old, having purchased it in late 2013 when it first came on the market. In that time I have loved every moment spent living in/with it. However, last year I started wondering how much longer it would last and, dreading another $600+ outlay, with what I would replace it when the time came. Dan announced his X-Mid 1P about that time and I was immediately fascinated. I like the design and material choices he has made, but I much prefer 2P shelters (even tho I backpack solo). I was one of the first to join the drop for his X-Mid 2p a month or two ago, and will have a hard time waiting for it to be delivered early next year.

    My intention is to use the Duplex when weight is the single most important criteria…hopefully extending it’s life…and use the X-Mid 2P when I am willing to accept the 10oz penalty or the weather prediction is particularly suspect.

  2. Great write-up! I’ve been hoping you’d review this for a while since you seem to have the most consistently level-headed and thoughtful reviews. I went in on the X-Mid 2p and your positive recommendation of the 1p give me confidence in my decision. I hope you’ll review the 2p when it comes out of course, but until then I’ll keep reading literally everything on this site and soak up the knowledge!

  3. Is there any aid built into the tent that helps in setting the trekking pole length (like on the Mountainsmith Mountain Shelter)?

    • I would think you could measure the optimum length somewhere on the perimeter of the rain fly and make a couple lines with a Sharpie to gauge setting your trekking poles. Stake it down as shown in the photo, then set your pole length from your marks. I don’t have this tent (but I’d sure like one!) so my idea may not be all that practical in real life.

      • You could premeasure your poles, but honestly, you can usually just wing it. For example, after you stake out the corners the length of the poles can only be the correct vertical height and still fit into the grommet. It’s like a right triangle. If the bottom and walls are a fixed length, so is the vertical pole.

    • As Philip said, once you have the corners of the fly staked out, the tent fly will limit the length of the poles to the correct height because the peaks are inside that rectangle. You can just insert the poles and extend until taut, which is advantage over tents where you can’t easily start by staking the base.

      Of course the base of the tent needs to be staked properly (i.e. square and tight). If the base of the tent is not pulled tight then it will allow the poles to extend too tall and you’ll get a wonky pitch.

      There’s a video showing this pitch here:

  4. I used my X-mid in southern France this summer for a little over four weeks. Overall I loved it. The one issue I had was the narrow inner. Due to the heatwave I often slept on my sleeping bag instead of inside it and I had to take care not to touch the mesh. Which is quite difficult for me when sleeping. I kept touching the mesh and was bitten by bugs pretty much everywhere. So this tent works if the nights are cold enough to keep yourself covered or when there are no bugs. If it is hot and buggy it doesn’t work so well for me. It might be different if you are not an active sleeper and smaller than my 6’1″.

  5. How does this compare to the Tarptent Notch? I was really tempted to pull the trigger on this but decided to wait because the Notch works quite well for me when solo, however, I haven’t had to spend a day or two in it waiting out any storms.

    • The X-mid and all the others listed above have poles that are offset from one another at an angle. This is done to maximize the amount of head room space. The notch has poles that are directly across from one another and not offset.

  6. Had this and sold it. Went with the High Route, which I found to have more functional living space (within the inner) and more wind resistant. For me, it was also easier to set up.

    • Any other comments that you (or Philip) can provide on x-mid vs high route would be greatly appreciated.

      • I’ve heard there’s a lighter-weight version (a model replacement, not a new tent) of the High Route coming out next spring that will weigh about the same as the X-mid does currently. It will be smaller than the current model and made with lighter weight fabric. But I’m pretty sure the X-mid will remain less expensive and it will still be easier to set up.

  7. I have the 1P and love the quality of design, how fast it can be set up, and how small it packs crossways in my pack, and the large vestibules it has as a result of the offset poles. The quality of the materials used and the construction suggest that this tent is going to be very durable as well.

  8. I just got back from a 1 week section hike on the AT in Ga using my X-Mid 1P. It was a great tent and worked out well for me. I did spray the inner tent with permithrin before I left home and had no issue with bugs. It was a little tight, but as Phil mentioned you can store your pack vertically in the vestibule which keeps it close to the door and dry. I did have one night of sutained rain and noticed some minor misting after 8 or 9 hours of rain, but dont think thats unique to this tent. Overall an unbeatable value for the price.

  9. Which Trekking poles did you use? Dan Durston recommender locus gear poles. CMT and Fizan poles have longer tips that could damage the fly

  10. I too am selling mine. I set it up in my local park and then tried to imagine fitting it into several campsites that I have used in the past. I think it’s a great tent but the footprint is the size of an average two-person tent.

  11. Have the Stratospire and can definitely vouch for Its weather worthiness. The Tarptent is literally
    bomb proof and going on five years old. A hats off to Henry and crew – also have the doible
    Rainbow now , they make incredible products.

  12. Good review. I hope this tent can accommodate hiking pole “handles up” B/C I won’t ever put my handles in the duff or dirt.

  13. Is the inner tent walls well away from you as you sit/lay down? Are the mesh walls vertical and taught or do they slope and sag? Any issue rubbing into them while sitting, laying down, rising up, etc.? Thanks!

    • The inner tent floor (its a double wall) is 28 inches wide and the walls are vertical. I don’t rub up against them but even if I did, I doubt it would be much of an issue. The fly walls are far away from you, so there’s little chance of any internal condensation transfer.

  14. Great review Phillip. I have the 2P X – Mid on order. I love the design and I needed a two door 2P tent in my quiver and there was nothing on the market for anywhere close to the price . Even though I haven’t received it yet I’ve been encouraged enough by multiple reviews to maybe throw my lot in for the 1P as well. I currently use a Six Moons Lunar Solo and a Copper Spur 1. I really like the idea of two vestibules for storing gear or options configuring the door to a tight spot. I love the Lunar Solo but do find that it can be quite condensation prone ( like every other single wall on the planet) so a double wall shelter at pretty close to the same weight is appealing., plus an additional vestibule. I would continue to use it for cycle touring. How would compare the living area in the x- mid to the Lunar Solo? Also, do you have a link to Drop on your site so Section Hiker will get commish. TC

  15. Hi Phillip,
    I see the zippers don’t have storm flaps. These must be waterproof? How do you feel about their durability. Thanks

    • The zippers aren’t waterproof and they don’t have to be. They’re quite a distance away from the inner tent and drips will miss it entirely. As for reliability, they’re fine, but that’s also largely a function of the user, the locale, and whether you clean and lubricate your zippers since they can’t do it themselves.

  16. One of the closest competitors to this tent is not only the Tarptent Stratospire 1 Li, but also the Tarptent Notch Li. It is supported by two hiking poles and is very similar otherwise to my TT Moment DW which I like a lot.

    And after comparing MANY Dyneema solo tents I think the Notch Li with the partial solid inner tent is just what I need for SUL 3 season camping. The Notch Li is only 3 oz. heavier than the AEON Li but is a double wall and could far better withstand a sudden, unexpected snowstorm.

    I’ll save my TT Moment DW for colder shoulder seasons and winter.

  17. My son bought me this tent so I could go on my first backpacking trip this spring. I have set it up and I’m so impressed with it. Good quality tent and seems very well made. Excited to use it out on the trail!!

  18. Can you set up the mesh of this xmid 2p tent without the fly?

  19. I should qualify my earlier post. Dan Durston has posted photos of pitching the X-Mid 1P inner-only. Hence I don’t know if the 2P version can be pitched inner-only. Here is a link to the discussion of the 1P inner only pitch: https://www.massdrop.com/buy/massdrop-x-dan-durston-x-mid-1p-tent/talk/2218269

    • X-Mid 2P pitches the same. You can pitch only the inner, only the fly, as desired.

      • I have used the X-Mid 1P for about 20 nights so far. Conditions range from 15 * to 65* at night, both dry and stormy conditions. It is indeed very easy and fast to set up. I have yet to need the additional ridge lines. I am a smaller person, 5 ft. And use a short pad. I have been able to have all my gear in the inner tent with me with the exception of my shoes. My pack is under my feet and I keep some items above my head. Even with the vents open I have experienced condensation, though no worse than my single wall tent. It is a bit awkward to roll up, combined, but does indeed roll up small. There are two improvements I can think of to make it just a wee bit better. 1) add 6 inches to the width of the floor and 2) move the toggle tie-up for the rolling of the door 6 inches closer to the apex of the opening. Unless one is fussy with the way the door(s) are rolled up part of it tries to escape the roll. Granted, that may be because I was taught to roll my doors/windows under to keep them from holding any rain/mist and not up where it supports itself. As to the vestibule size, I can fit between the inner tent and the outer so there is plenty of room with the doors closed. Sorry for the long post.

  20. Bill in Roswell GA

    I tried an aid to ventilation with the Xmid on my last rainy night. It was only about 55 F, no breeze, steady but not heavy rain. Yes, those conditions with 100% humidity. Thinking about enabling ventilation took me to my sailing days. Boat speed into the wind was all about “the slot” between the front jib and the mainsail, i.e. the Bernoulli Principle. The differential between the narrow start of the slot and the exiting rear of the slot created the wind to pull the boat forward. So instead height of the 2 door sides being the same, one needed to have more air flow to move air from the inside to the outside. So, I chose one side to be sacrificial and moved all gear to the other side. Then I unzipped the fly about 1/4 the way. Since there was no wind it held. If it were windy you wouldn’t need to do this! So I laid down. Within a couple minutes I could feel the air moving towards the more open side. I had a good night’s sleep. The next morning, there was only a little condensation near the top of the unzipped side, nothing to worry about. Later, I was thinking I could use a glue-on reinforcement patch, sew in a couple of buttons and some cord to enable the unzipping without putting stress on the zipper. Of course one could sew up clip and buckle, toggle and loop or what have you. I don’t have a sewing machine so the button route seemed to be most expedient for thinking about.

  21. I have the 2P and I am getting rid of it. Firstly the size of the footprint is ridiculously large for the way I utilize my tent. I like to pitch on mountain ledges and in tight spaces in thick forest. In the places I frequent a small footprint provides a distinct advantage in terms of the number of options you have to set up camp in a pinch. I know lots of people like the large space but I just don’t need it. I’m either camping solo, with my partner where our two pads are literally together, or with my buddies who I don’t mind being in the trenches with (we really only care about being fast and light since we are young kids). Also getting four solid stake placements in the areas I frequent just isn’t always a reliable option. It’s either solid rock or extremely rocky ground with loose soil. Miss me with the notion that I should move big rocks into place and tie (and untie) the corners off to those rocks. Finally, the weight really isn’t compelling but I agree the price is. All in, I’m going to posit that this tent doesn’t work well for east coast mountaineering.

    • I did warn you that the 1p version had a big footprint….

      • Yes of course you did! Really my bad for thinking this was holy grail. Alas it probably will never exist like that. Looking forward, do you think any of these DCF pole tents will improve to the point of intrigue for you? (Assuming one can stomach the price).

      • Not at the moment. I was hoping to get back to using my hammock more this year, Plus, I’m about to undertake a restoration project of an old Golite Shangri-la 1.

  22. Thanks for a really helpful review, Philip. Comments, also. I can see Bill’s info also applicable to other tents. Cheers from the mountains. 12 more – this summer – for my NE 100! And, should Scotland allow entry, it’s the munros next year.

  23. i love this tent and am considering it for the AT. I love everything about this tent. This would be my first backpacking trip (i’ve done plenty of camping). I have no clue, when you mention the need for a large footprint and AT . . . would you not recommend this for a first timer on the AT?

    Thanks so much for your reviews, i’ve been reading your blog for several years and appreciate the time you put into it.

    • It’s a great tent, but I think you’ll find it a bit large for the AT, in terms of the space to set up. if you’re thru-hiking you’re going to want to hike until dark and just set up wherever…I’d recommend getting a tent that takes up less room. Personally, I’ve pretty much given up on tents on the AT and use a hammock. But if you prefer a tent, I’d suggest the Tarptent Aeon Li or the Tarptent ProTrail (silnylon or dyneema). Both of these can fit into small spaces. A Zpacks hexamid solo is another option. Hope that helps.

  24. I’m curious, how well does the X-mid series work as single wall tents without the inner? Wouldn’t that make it a great lightweight alternatives where condensation or bugs is not a big issue?

  25. I bought this tent in July and love it. It’s my first trekking pole tent. One issue… what if I need my trekking poles for a strenuous day hike? I live in Utah — lots of high elevation peaks to conquer from base camps. I’m leary of leaving my tent staked but not pitched, especially if the weather isn’t optimal. Curious to hear what you and others do in this situation with trekking pole tents?
    Btw, big fan of your website, thanks for all your hard work.

  26. I have set it up it in the park to check it and it is very fast to set up. I am planning a multi day backpacking trip and some campgrounds have wooden platforms. I am wondering if and how you can pitch this tent on a wooden platform?

  27. I currently use a Six Moons Lunar Solo for my 3 seasons tent for my small dog and myself when section hiking in the Southern Appalachians. I really like the Lunar Solo design and space but do get tired of the condensation and am looking around for a lightweight double wall design that will fix the condensation problem. Sounds to me like the x-mid gives up living space and doesn’t solve the condensation problem. The search continues.

    • I don’t see why not. As a double-wall tent, the condensation stays on the X-mid rainfly and doesn’t touch you. It’s also made with polyester, so it doesn’t stretch like silnylon. But tent condensation is caused by physics. You’ll be waiting a long time for that to change.

  28. Yea, I get the physics. I just get the impression that the narrow width makes it hard to keep from pushing inner netting against the rain fly. I’m pretty tall (6’4”) and share the tent with my dog (mid-size terrier). Maybe the irregular shape would help. Did I get the wrong impression about the floor space? Hope so since it seems like a perfect tent otherwise.

    • There’s actually a lot of space between the inner tent and the outer walls. That’s on the 1 person version, at least. Plenty of room for pooch under the rainfly but not in the inner tent.

  29. Oho! So how will I break the news to Attila that he has to sleep outside with the bugs. I think I would have a revolt on my hands. He is a very compact sleeper though and my Lunar solo has a nice triangle area for him. Thanks for your helpful review and comments.

  30. Love my X-Mid 2! Simple question. Do you recommend rolling or stuffing back into sack to prolong seam wear etc?

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