X Mid - Dan Durston

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Re: X Mid - Dan Durston

Postby Joynz » Tue 04 May, 2021 7:17 pm

I bring a combination of a few of the Titanium Shepard’s hooks that came with the tent and 6 MSR mini groundhogs.
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Re: X Mid - Dan Durston

Postby johnw » Tue 04 May, 2021 7:44 pm

stry wrote:Not a fan of the shepherd's hooks (crooks?) Too little grip on most types of ground for me.

I replaced mine with some Helinox J stakes, for the always valid reason that I had some :D
Warin wrote:The Ti shepherds hooks are nicely light .. but fragile and don't grip the ground well.

I use the flea bay knockoffs of the MSR ground hogs, not quite as strong nor as grippy as the genuine thing but much cheaper.
Joynz wrote:I bring a combination of a few of the Titanium Shepard’s hooks that came with the tent and 6 MSR mini groundhogs.

Thanks All, I'm currently tossing up between the J stakes and MSR Mini Groundhogs. I will probably use 4 of whichever type plus the 4 supplied shepherd hooks.
Those worked OK for staking out the vestibules and guys.
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Re: X Mid - Dan Durston

Postby Ms_Mudd » Wed 05 May, 2021 10:08 pm

I carry 4x S2S ground controls, with the cordage and plastic tube loop things removed, then carry 2-4 other assorted stakes of the less robust kind, eastons or the ti sheperds. I find if the 4 corners are solid, you are good. I do peg out the 2 x peak guy lines in bad weather, but don't need to use a heavier peg for that if my original pitch is good.
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Re: X Mid - Dan Durston

Postby cancan » Sat 08 May, 2021 10:16 am

choosing tents is so hard... after a foggy weekend of waking up damp in the Bivvy decided a 1 person tent was in order, narrowed it down to the Nemo Hornet, contacted a friend with one and he loved it then another friend chimed in about his tarptent and then I switched to the Moment DW although still couldnt work out best way to carry the poles on my drop bar gravel bike... then found the X Mid, it offered all the benefits that I liked of the Moment (manly duel door and double vestibule but with the advantage of using carbon poles that break down smaller... but Amazon AU price is now $380 plus 2 poles werent cheap, then the Nemo went on special for 20% off.. in the end I ruled the Nemo out, buying it because its on special when it doesnt tick the boxes didnt add up, Then I found some poles from Intent in NZ which are only NZ$45, slightly heavier than others but end of the day not enough to stress about and my partner is currently back in NZ for ease f getting them home, although $9 delivery to Canberra v $6 Auckland easier to have them sent here ... so jumped on Amazon and noticed gift voucher at checkout, jumped on my banks rewards program and 3% discount on Amazon gift cards... it all adds up so order placed delivery tomorrow they reckon, now to plan the next weekend trip... will be nice to be back in a tent after the last 3 years of being in a bivvy.
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Re: X Mid - Dan Durston

Postby FNM » Thu 03 Jun, 2021 9:38 pm

cancan wrote:choosing tents is so hard... after a foggy weekend of waking up damp in the Bivvy decided a 1 person tent was in order, narrowed it down to the Nemo Hornet, contacted a friend with one and he loved it then another friend chimed in about his tarptent and then I switched to the Moment DW although still couldnt work out best way to carry the poles on my drop bar gravel bike... then found the X Mid, it offered all the benefits that I liked of the Moment (manly duel door and double vestibule but with the advantage of using carbon poles that break down smaller... but Amazon AU price is now $380 plus 2 poles werent cheap, then the Nemo went on special for 20% off.. in the end I ruled the Nemo out, buying it because its on special when it doesnt tick the boxes didnt add up, Then I found some poles from Intent in NZ which are only NZ$45, slightly heavier than others but end of the day not enough to stress about and my partner is currently back in NZ for ease f getting them home, although $9 delivery to Canberra v $6 Auckland easier to have them sent here ... so jumped on Amazon and noticed gift voucher at checkout, jumped on my banks rewards program and 3% discount on Amazon gift cards... it all adds up so order placed delivery tomorrow they reckon, now to plan the next weekend trip... will be nice to be back in a tent after the last 3 years of being in a bivvy.


haha! You're not wrong cancan ... I swore never to spend so much time choosing a tent again after settling on and purchasing the X-mid 2p .... and now I've just started a thread re Zpacks Triplex/Tarptents and am literally going through the process all over again!! Ah well - helps to pass the lockdown time. Just yesterday I got thinking how cool it would be to have a backpacking tent "museum" if one had the space ... after mentioning it to my non-outdoorsy gf, I realised the market would probably be very very small :D At least I'd enjoy it!
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Re: X Mid - Dan Durston

Postby Ms_Mudd » Fri 18 Jun, 2021 9:05 am

So, just saw on the Durston Gearfreaks page that the new XMid 1ps are going to be BIGGER and come in around the same specs. I own one of the original run XMid 1p's so mine comes in slightly heavier than current spec. I find the 1p to be generously sized as is, but if it were slightly larger and potentially lighter than my current tent, then I would not have a lot to complain about. The 2p was way too roomy for me, so I sold it. This gives me a purchasing dilemma. I was looking to nab the DCF version which will be smaller than the current 2p, but maybe I want the standard new 1p offering. Decisions, decisions.
I have taken to the idea of using an UL bug bivy under my XMid fly to save a bit more weight, now I have even more shelter options coming my way. Oh the indecision!

Btw, I finally joined FB after many years of resisting, FOMO is real.
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Re: X Mid - Dan Durston

Postby Alana84 » Sat 19 Jun, 2021 9:24 am

Ms Mudd,

Do you recall the dimensions of the new 1p? I had a look at the Facebook page but couldn't find the post.

I'm very interested as I found the original 1p a touch narrow, but the 2p is overkill for hiking solo.

Also eagerly awaiting the xmid pro!
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Re: X Mid - Dan Durston

Postby Ms_Mudd » Sat 19 Jun, 2021 11:30 am

Alana84 wrote:Ms Mudd,

Do you recall the dimensions of the new 1p? I had a look at the Facebook page but couldn't find the post.

I'm very interested as I found the original 1p a touch narrow, but the 2p is overkill for hiking solo.

Also eagerly awaiting the xmid pro!

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FYI, the next batch of the 1P (arriving in ~12 weeks) is substantially more spacious. Still nothing like the 2P, but a nice increase over the current 1P.


Just cut Dan's comment on the thread here. I hope that is ok? I don't think it would be a problem to reproduce it here as it was originally in a public forum. I only caught the comment as I was timewasting on night shift and was looking at a sale listing for an XMid in the group, that is where the conversation was. Dan said the new 1p will come in at a similar weight to the current 1p. So more room and not any weight penalty. Joy! It sounds like it will hit that sweet spot for a lot of people who find the 2p excessively large for solo use, but the 1p a little too cosy. I am a short female so fiund the 1p plenty roomy enough, but still am attracted to the idea of more room but potentially less weight. I own an original 1p and their specs have them a bit heavier than the later batches.
I was (am) holding out for the Pro, but now I have something else to consider too!
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Re: X Mid - Dan Durston

Postby keithy » Wed 30 Jun, 2021 11:35 am

Ms_Mudd wrote:FYI, the next batch of the 1P (arriving in ~12 weeks) is substantially more spacious. Still nothing like the 2P, but a nice increase over the current 1P.

Just cut Dan's comment on the thread here.

Thanks for posting that Ms_Mudd. I am also on the mail list for the Pro, but I'd be keen to check out the larger new batch 1P as well. I'd be keen for the increased floor space. Also felt the 2P was a little too big if going solo.

I miss that larger floor from my Axeman tent viewtopic.php?f=63&t=28191 although the benefits of my X-mid (head height and double side doors) probably outweigh the larger floor space of the Axeman.

With my 1P I have some spare Tyvek 443r fabric floating around, so I'm thinking of making a wrap around the mesh inner to try using it for the snow this year.
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Re: X Mid - Dan Durston

Postby stry » Wed 30 Jun, 2021 12:21 pm

It seems that are a few of us who found the 2P a little too space consuming for solo use, but would love a little more room in my 1P, particularly in the inner.

I'd love to see a floor plan of the new 1P before jumping in a queue
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Re: X Mid - Dan Durston

Postby Ms_Mudd » Wed 30 Jun, 2021 3:15 pm

Yes me too!
The newer 1p has me rethinking jumping on the DCF Pro- I have to remember I onsold my 2p for a reason -
It was too giant for me- and that reason will still exist in a DCF version of even a teeny bit smaller, no matter how UL it is.
The new 1p being a smidge bigger would be okay I think, potentially lighter than my current version also not inappealing either. I know I could sell my 1p to fund a new 1p too, the demand seems to be there. Would want to come out significantly better for me though, so yes Stry, I also want to see some plans/stats before committing
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