Massdrop Dan Durston X-Mid 1P Tent

I thought readers might be interested in this innovative tent that is currently on offer at Massdrop designed by Dan Durston. I was a bit sceptical at first, but the more I looked at it, the more I liked the design. I’m not a great fan of mesh inners, but I think this might perform better than most as the flysheet goes to the ground all the way round, unlike most tents with mesh inners. At $199.99, it seems good value. It uses silpoly rather than silnylon for the flysheet, which should obviate the normal issue of the flysheet stretching when wet, which is a bit of an irritation with mids that use silnylon. I like the enhanced headroom and vents too. Although I don’t strictly need another tent, it does look good, so I put my name down for one. There are plans for a version with a solid inner and a two person version which might come to fruition next year. The only drawback with Massdrop is that it won’t be delivered until May next year. If you’re interested, here’s a link to the Massdrop page:


8 thoughts on “Massdrop Dan Durston X-Mid 1P Tent”

  1. Interesting tent Robin.
    I think though I still prefer my Strat 1 with solid inner. more room ,large porches and with the pitchloc ends very stable in high winds . The inner floor is wider also. All up weight,bag and good pegs is 1.113kg. Bear in
    mind Dan’s weight is with mesh ,which allowing for eight pegs (say 80g )
    comes to 887g according to his stats.
    Another point is that the Strat fly also comes right down to the ground
    so a mesh inner not such a problem as in other tents . If you opt for the later option of a solid inner in Dan’s(add say 100g or so ?) you are around 1kg ,so
    very close to my weight of 1.133g. I my opinion a much better tent
    Might be tempted by the new Strat Li. Around 878g with solid inner in DCF. Wider inner ,but slightly smaller porches. Pricy though. Much to
    ponder. On Trek-lite it is mentioned that Tarptent have just announced a new 1p tent in DCF at 453grms . Details in a week’s time. No let up then…

    1. A solid inner is only going to be 50-60 gm heavier (the difference for the Strat1 is 70gm and it is slightly larger). While I think the Strat’s pitchloc ends have a lot to commend them, they do make packing more awkward and the hexagonal shape is more awkward to pitch. I like the simplicity of the X-Mid. I’m intrigued to see whether Silpoly is better than silnylon given it doesn’t stretch. The X-Mid also comes seam sealed. Sealing a large tent usually adds about 50gm to the tent and is a faff. The X-Mid is also much cheaper $199.99 vs $309. I think it’s worth a punt and the rarity means if I don’t like it, I can sell it on for minimal loss probably. I think the Strat is a great design BTW

    2. Hi Charles42,

      It’s Dan here (X-Mid designer). A few points on your comments about the X-Mid vs Strat1:
      – I wouldn’t say pitching these two tents is similar. The X-Mid is far simpler with only 4 stakes and a rectangular pitch. It’s almost exactly like pitching a mid. There are fewer stakes, no distances to guess, fewer angles to get right, and you don’t have to measure the pole heights. I’ve owned a Strat and the X-Mid is far simpler (achieving a simpler pitch was one of the main points of this design). You can see a video of pitching the X-Mid here:

      – Since the X-Mid pitches with just 4 stakes and is already seam taped, you can have a full set up (fly, inner, stakes) for 850g. Even a solid inner wouldn’t be over ~900g. That’s a lot lighter than 1133g.
      – The fly of the X-Mid also comes all the way to the ground.
      – Overall the X-Mid has very similar space. The floor is 4″ narrower but the X-Mid actually has slightly more headroom and vestibule area.
      – The X-Mid also holds up better in high winds because the Strat design puts an awfully lot of strain on the stakes at the pitch lock corners. You’ve got quite a large side hanging off one stake out point. I’ve put over 200 nights on a Strat so I’m quite familiar with this. The X-Mid holds up better because you have multiple optional stake points along on the long side so the load per stake can be much less, plus you can orient the peak guylines to help too, which you can’t do with the Strat1.
      – The X-Mid has many other advantages including water resistant zips rather than basic zips with flaps, no sag fabric, higher HH fabric, far larger vents which vent better with struts plus can close easily and quickly in harsh weather, much better snow shedding because no shallow roof panels and the tent doesn’t have struts so it packs into a short package that can store horizontally in pack.

      So overall the X-Mid is a similar sized tent but 1/4 kilo lighter, much simpler pitch, higher end hardware and a long list of functional advantages.

      If you want to read more on this topic, there’s a good discussion here:

    3. A quick update on the solid inner. We have found a really nice material for it that is a solid 7D ripstop nylon that is barely heavier than mesh. For the 2P I got prototypes made with most mesh and the solid inner and the difference between them is 19 gm.

      We are not doing a solid inner for the first production run of the 1P but we hopefully will for the second. Since that inner tent is quite a bit smaller than the 2P, the weight penalty for the solid inner will be about 12 gm.

  2. agree it’s good value ,and you can sell it on if you don’t like it. Sure
    there will be a demand
    Pitching of both tents is very similar . Initially I found the Strat a bit tricky to pitch at the optimum ,but soon got the hang of it . Now goes up very
    quickly . I purchased mine already seam sealed ,so no faff there thankfully. Packed up fits well in the long pocket of my Mariposa .
    Similar to the Scarp 1.

  3. Like the look of this Robin. Would be good as a bikepacking tent, easy to fit into panniers with foldable poles hmmmm

    1. The compact packing size is certainly an attraction too. Hadn’t thought about it for bikepacking, but I can see it would be suitable.

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