It was $199 on the pre-order. I got in on the first of two drops and it took from September of last year until April to receive it. Now they have a more predictable production setup so any new drops should have a much shorter wait.Yep. I just watched the video and I can tell it looks really well made. Do you mind telling me how much it cost? I can’t seem to find it on drop.
Mine came in at 31 oz as packaged. Shave about 1 1/2 without sacks and exta guy outs. It’s a sweet setupWhat’s the weight on that dude and anyone know when that will drop date will happen?
If you are hoping to get in on a drop in September and have your tent by October, good luck. I don't know if you've ordered from Massdrop before, but shipping times can be pretty lengthy. I would look for something different for this year.Thanks brother! I think this would be just the ticket for my upcoming muley hunt in October. I just read that the next drop should be around Sept.9. I hope that holds true.
Well that explains it, thanks for the knowledge man.Double walled, more headroom, simpler pitch. Lots of other advantages but those are the main ones.
Here is some commentary from the designer:
A major goal with the X-Mid was to shed a lot of the complexity that tents like the StratoSpire have (e.g. the pitch lock corners and six-sided shape) because pitching the StratoSpire is my least favourite aspect of it, plus the numerous struts, seams and stakes add weight and force it to pack into an undesirably long shape.
So the X-Mid starts with a fundamentally different concept of basing the entire tent around a rectangle, rather than a hexagon. This is an enormous difference between the X-Mid and StratoSpire, and in combination with the diagonal inner, changes everything about the geometry.
The X-Mid layout hugely simplifies the pitch, reduces the amount of seams, panels and stakes, and removes the need for the PitchLoc corners because it naturally generates more wall slope.
Notice in the diagram below how the PitchLoc corners in the SS1 are much further from the nearest peak than the corners in the X-Mid, so the X-Mid has steeper roof panels than the StratoSpire and thus is quite a bit better - not worse - at shedding snow. Part of the appeal of the X-Mid is that the fundamental shape solves issues like low angle panels, so there is no need to add the weight, complexity and packing hassles of struts. They haven't simply been skipped for patent reasons.
Also notice that the X-Mid's rotated inner is unlike the diagonal inner in the Stratospire: The inner of the StratoSpire is on a diagonal relative to the ridgeline but still square to the sides of the fly (see diagram). So the SS inner is not on a diagonal at all, only the ridgeline is. The inner has the same orientation as every other hexagon based shelter (e.g. SMD Haven, Zpacks Duplex).
Conversely, the X-Mid inner is truly on a diagonal because it is not parallel to any sides of the fly. Since the X-Mid also has a diagonal ridgeline (but on the opposite diagonal as the inner) which is indeed like the StratoSpire, you could say that the X-Mid is a "double diagonal" design or uses "double opposing diagonals". So both of these tents have a diagonal ridgeline but the X-Mid breaks substantial new ground as the first double diagonal tent. This rectangular base + "double diagonal" layout results in a large improvement in design because the X-Mid geometry is fundamentally more efficient (less stakes, seams and fabric for the volume), so you can have a tent that is lighter while providing the same amount of space.
Compared to the SS1, the X-Mid is appreciably lighter (28oz vs ~34oz), much simpler to pitch, has larger and adjustable vents, no sag fabric, packs smaller without struts (stores horizontally in a pack), has fewer seams, comes factory seam taped, sheds snow better with steeper roof panels, has higher end hardware (e.g. water resistant zips) and yet has similarly generous living space and vestibule area. So it is similarly spacious, but lighter, simpler and more functional.
Overall, the X-Mid is the only tent in history (to my knowledge) to use a diagonal inner inside a rectangular fly. In an era with so many extremely similar tents, I think it is noteworthy that the basic layout of the X-Mid is unprecedented. So I think it's pretty far from a "straight knock off".. -Dan Durston July 8, 2018
Here’s the comparison from the designer himself:Is it really worth upgrading from a lunar solo?
Yea the official Massdrop specs are super conservative. The actual dimensions depend on how you pitch it; Massdrop’s specs typically assume “worst case” with it pitched too taught.Sweet looking shelter for sure. The dimensions in that pic are a little different from what’s on Massdrop though.
They are essentially built to order. It’s the only way a very custom, niche product like this gets made. No way one of the big mfgs would take the risk, and if one of the “boutique” tent makers made it, it would cost 2-3x.I bet they would sell a pile more if you didn’t have to wait 9 MONTHS for them.