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Re: X Mid - Dan Durston

Postby north-north-west » Thu 27 Aug, 2020 5:19 pm

Tortoise wrote:
Looking for a cheap, light set of adjustable poles to use with it.

Oxymoron?

Probably. Lightest I've found in the trekking pole group is from Anaconda at around 450g. Maybe I need to work out the optimum height for a flush pitch and get some folding poles; can always bung rocks under them for lift if I want the extra ventilation. Not using my walking pole as I have a bad habit of breaking/losing it.

Hmmm, found a folding carbon fibre pole, 10mm external, 8mm tip, 125mm length, 80g each, less than $80 for a pair. That will do if they're strong enough for Tassie wind.
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Re: X Mid - Dan Durston

Postby Tortoise » Thu 27 Aug, 2020 7:00 pm

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Tortoise wrote:
Looking for a cheap, light set of adjustable poles to use with it.

Oxymoron?

Probably. Lightest I've found in the trekking pole group is from Anaconda at around 450g. Maybe I need to work out the optimum height for a flush pitch and get some folding poles; can always bung rocks under them for lift if I want the extra ventilation. Not using my walking pole as I have a bad habit of breaking/losing it.

Hmmm, found a folding carbon fibre pole, 10mm external, 8mm tip, 125mm length, 80g each, less than $80 for a pair. That will do if they're strong enough for Tassie wind.

Goodness me! They sound too good to be true. I'll let you try them out in a gale first. :wink:

I'd decided I'd need dedicated poles, too. I thought folding poles would be almost infallible, but no. I've had sleeves stuck inside other bits, that makes the pole impossible to put together. Wouldn't want my shelter dependent on that, especially above the treeline.
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Re: X Mid - Dan Durston

Postby Petew » Sat 29 Aug, 2020 2:36 pm

I'd look for 11mm CF poles. Generally a little stiffer than 10mm.

There is this place in NZ that sells a few different lengths:

https://www.intentsoutdoors.co.nz/produ ... t-pole-85g

I bought some, seem well made. Now just waiting for my Bonfus tent to clear customs........
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Re: X Mid - Dan Durston

Postby north-north-west » Sat 29 Aug, 2020 5:47 pm

Petew wrote:I'd look for 11mm CF poles. Generally a little stiffer than 10mm.
There is this place in NZ that sells a few different lengths:

https://www.intentsoutdoors.co.nz/produ ... t-pole-85g


Yeah, they have a 120mm pole that would be perfect, except there's no little nipple bit at one end to go into the grommet thingy on the tent.
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Re: X Mid - Dan Durston

Postby Ms_Mudd » Sun 30 Aug, 2020 2:32 pm

My XMid just processed through Sydney, so should have it tomorrow or Tuesday. Crikey, could have done with it the last two days. I had 5kg (!) of tents in and on my pack.
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Re: X Mid - Dan Durston

Postby Petew » Sun 30 Aug, 2020 4:54 pm

Hopefully you'll have better luck than me. Ive had a tent in customs for three weeks being scanned every day. Not a xmid and sent by UPS.
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Re: X Mid - Dan Durston

Postby tazzi » Mon 31 Aug, 2020 10:15 am

Ms_Mudd wrote:My XMid just processed through Sydney


As did mine - but I will be lucky to see it before next week. Not that it matters as I will be away until Friday.
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Re: X Mid - Dan Durston

Postby north-north-west » Mon 31 Aug, 2020 12:38 pm

Yes, hit Sydney customs at 12:57pm local time (love the precision on the timing), so they were all obviously on the same flight. Now they just have to get past the bureaucrats and lost by AustPost.

We get limited freight flights down here due to the border closure, so it will probably take a week longer for mine to arrive than the others.
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Re: X Mid - Dan Durston

Postby Zapruda » Tue 01 Sep, 2020 11:32 am

My Xmid 2P arrived this morning. Just like my 1P I am very impressed. I did change the cord to 2mm Lawson Ironwire and I strongly suggest people do the same. I had a lot of slippage with the standard cord on my 1P. I’ll hopefully use the fly on a ski tour this weekend.

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Re: X Mid - Dan Durston

Postby Petew » Tue 01 Sep, 2020 11:54 am

Hi Zapruda,

Did your xmid clear customs straight away?
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Re: X Mid - Dan Durston

Postby Zapruda » Tue 01 Sep, 2020 11:58 am

Petew wrote:Hi Zapruda,

Did your xmid clear customs straight away?


It took less than 24hrs. I wonder why your Bonfus was caught up for so long.
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Re: X Mid - Dan Durston

Postby Petew » Tue 01 Sep, 2020 12:13 pm

Maybe because it's from Mexico?

What shipping method did your xmid come by?

I'm starting to get worried about my fancy tent...
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Re: X Mid - Dan Durston

Postby Zapruda » Tue 01 Sep, 2020 12:17 pm

Petew wrote:Maybe because it's from Mexico?

What shipping method did your xmid come by?

I'm starting to get worried about my fancy tent...


DHL.

It’s very strange. I’ve never had anything from OS spend that long in customs. I’m sure it’s fine but it’s *&%$#! annoying for you.
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Re: X Mid - Dan Durston

Postby Petew » Tue 01 Sep, 2020 12:24 pm

Sure is. Maybe it's a UPS thing? I'm sure it will be worth the wait.

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Re: X Mid - Dan Durston

Postby tazzi » Tue 01 Sep, 2020 12:45 pm

Woohoo. Mine just arrived also. In time for me to take camping with me to have a go setting it up.
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Re: X Mid - Dan Durston

Postby Ms_Mudd » Tue 01 Sep, 2020 1:15 pm

Mine here too!
I cant believe that tiny cardboard box contains a 2p tent!!!!
Trekking poles still in the boot of my car so heading out to the front lawn pronto
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Re: X Mid - Dan Durston

Postby north-north-west » Tue 01 Sep, 2020 6:32 pm

*sulks in living on small island at the *&%$#! end of nowhere*

Oh well, at least we have Australia''s best bushwalking down here.
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Re: X Mid - Dan Durston

Postby Ms_Mudd » Tue 01 Sep, 2020 6:46 pm

north-north-west wrote:*sulks in living on small island at the *&%$#! end of nowhere*

Oh well, at least we have Australia''s best bushwalking down here.


True.

All for your own enjoyment at the moment too!
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Re: X Mid - Dan Durston

Postby onward » Tue 01 Sep, 2020 8:07 pm

hmmm mine arrived at customs at the same time...but hasn't moved...harder to get to Victoria than Tassie (guessing no one want to bring it here!). But the good bit is we can't use them anyway! Oh hang on that is not the good bit :(
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Re: X Mid - Dan Durston

Postby Mookie » Tue 01 Sep, 2020 11:46 pm

Hi folks!
I'm new to this forum and have been looking over posts for lightweight 2p tent suggestions.
I'm wondering what it is that seems to make the x-mid so popular amongst some of the forum members?

Is it price, weight, function, size?

I Love the look of the x-mid 2P, looks like there is heaps of room, sturdy, not too heavy. Price is fantastic!
I love the look of the tarptent stratospire Li also, although it is much more expensive.

Would love to know what it is you love about this tent! Thanks :)
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Re: X Mid - Dan Durston

Postby north-north-west » Wed 02 Sep, 2020 7:39 am

Mookie wrote:I'm wondering what it is that seems to make the x-mid so popular amongst some of the forum members?

Is it price, weight, function, size?


It's a bit of everything, including the design features and the thought and effort Dan has put into it. It makes a big difference having the designer come here in person to explain why it is the way it is. What's not to love about that tent (apart from it not being here yet GRRRRRRRRR).
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Re: X Mid - Dan Durston

Postby Mookie » Wed 02 Sep, 2020 7:51 am

I spent quite a while backtracking through many many comments on this thread last night and the tent seems to be exactly what I’m after! So... I just went ahead and ordered one!
Can’t wait to hear more on the arrivals of everyone else’s tents and see more pics!

No doubt a longer wait for those to n Vic! The post has been shocking! (I ordered a Father’s Day gift online from a store about 20 km from where I live.... it ended up in Sydney before making its way back to me two weeks later!)
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Re: X Mid - Dan Durston

Postby Lamont » Wed 02 Sep, 2020 9:27 am

2 Xmids nust turned up at my joint! Adressed to someone named Tutiose and Norwesterly I think it says. Looks like the packages went via Ulan Bator and Alaska.
Wow.
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Re: X Mid - Dan Durston

Postby Tortoise » Wed 02 Sep, 2020 9:41 am

Lamont wrote:2 Xmids nust turned up at my joint! Adressed to someone named Tutiose and Norwesterly I think it says. Looks like the packages went via Ulan Bator and Alaska.
Wow.
Nice tents.
:lol: You're a rum 'un, Lament. Tutoise is waiting for the partial solid inner. Maybe that will be available separately for some nice versatility. :D
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Re: X Mid - Dan Durston

Postby Tortoise » Wed 02 Sep, 2020 9:44 am

north-north-west wrote: What's not to love about that tent (apart from it not being here yet GRRRRRRRRR).

All mesh. Spindrift, fresh breeze, too chilllly for this little wimp. :cry:
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Re: X Mid - Dan Durston

Postby north-north-west » Wed 02 Sep, 2020 10:32 am

Well, yeah, but I'm going to fix that.
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Re: X Mid - Dan Durston

Postby Zapruda » Wed 02 Sep, 2020 10:43 am

Ive used plenty of solid inner tents and mesh inner tents in windy and snowy conditions. I can't say I've ever had a problem with spindrift or cold wind in the mesh inners as long as I've been able to pitch the fly to the ground. One of the best things about the Xmid is the ability to pitch the fly to the ground unlike many other ultralight tents. As for temperature loss, sure, you may lose a couple of degrees from the mesh but I always bring a sleeping bag with an appropriate temp raining anyway.

This isn't a Tas vs the world thing. I am up on the Main Range and the alps here on the mainland and our weather is snowy and windy as well with plenty of exposure and elevation. Mesh works for me. In fact mesh inners seem to handle condensation better than a lot of solid inner tents I've used in this cold and humid environment.

Give them a try before you totally make up your minds.
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Re: X Mid - Dan Durston

Postby north-north-west » Wed 02 Sep, 2020 10:58 am

The first modification I will do is simply putting a solid top on the inner, to prevent getting dripped on. That may be as far as it goes.

Zapruda: I thought they were supposed to be putting heavier guys on this than the earlier 1p models. Yet you still think they need to be changed?
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Re: X Mid - Dan Durston

Postby Zapruda » Wed 02 Sep, 2020 11:23 am

north-north-west wrote:The first modification I will do is simply putting a solid top on the inner, to prevent getting dripped on. That may be as far as it goes.

Zapruda: I thought they were supposed to be putting heavier guys on this than the earlier 1p models. Yet you still think they need to be changed?


A solid top will work well. Id love to see pics when it's done. There are those rare still nights where condensation forms followed by windy mornings causing it all to rain down on you.

My 2P arrived with the same cord as my 1P. It's absolute junk. It has far too much stretch and slips in a breeze. Once I changed it on my 1P I was completely satifised with the tent. 2mm has worked well for me. Simon at Tier Gear should have plenty of options. Luckily you don't need much cord to do the 2 apex guys and 4 corners. I left the original cord on the doors.

2mm VS 1.5mm
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Re: X Mid - Dan Durston

Postby surly 17 » Wed 02 Sep, 2020 11:40 am

Hi Zapruda does the 2mm Ironwire work ok or would 3mm be better?
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