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DUOMID ™ | 5.5X9

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 3 customer ratings
(3 customer reviews)

$265.00

Often Copied, Never Surpassed.

WEIGHT: 12 – 18 oz | 340 – 510 gm
SQ FOOTAGE: 45 + sq ft | 4.1 + sq m
SLEEPS: + GEAR

The DuoMid is the ORIGINAL two-person, ultralight pyramid shelter, and though it has often been copied, it has never been surpassed! Designed to fit two people comfortably, this also works as a palace for one person and a furry friend.

DUOMID ™ | 5.5X9

Often Copied, Never Surpassed.
WEIGHT: 12 – 18 oz | 340 – 510 gm
SQ FOOTAGE: 45 + sq ft | 4.1 + sq m
SLEEPS: + GEAR

The DuoMid is the ORIGINAL two-person, ultralight pyramid shelter, and though it has often been copied, it has never been surpassed! Designed to fit two people comfortably, this also works as a palace for one person and a furry friend.

The optional InnerNet turns the DuoMid into a super light, sub-2lb, two-person fully double walled tent. Or, if you are a single hiker, the Solo Innernet can be used to create a 1.5 lb solo all-season modular tent.

Available in SilNylon, .75 Cuben Fiber, and .5 Cuben Fiber. The .5 Cuben Fiber SoloMid is the ‘Super UltraLight’ version, and while it saves weight, it is not recommended for 4-season use, as it is not as strong or as durable as the other materials. .5 Cuben Fiber Shelters are considered custom, and there is no warranty on this fabric option. If you need a true 4-Season Pyramid for high wind or snow load, pick the .75 Cuben or SilNyon SoloMid!

Read our “Options” tabs to learn more about all the great options that can be added to this ultra-tough, two-person shelter!

“After going through different tents over the years, I have landed with the MLD Duomid with sewn in perimeter netting because it is massive for one person, extremely light, cheap (I have the SilNylon version), stable in all kinds of weather and last but not least: It’s simple. One trekking pole in the middle, a few ground stakes and you’re done…. Buy this tent, thank me later. It’s lighter, bigger, cheaper, easier than any other comparable tent on the market. It’s really that simple.” ULTRALIGHT & COMFORTABLE

FEATURES

• 45 + sq ft of usable floor space perfect for two people cozy or use it as the ultimate shelter for one plus a 4-legged hiker buddy.
• Large Peak Vent is held open by a flexible and removable wand. Can be fully closed to stop any blown snow from entering: just pull out the wand and press the Velcro together!
• Great for moderate snow loads and strong winds
• Long service life #5 YKK water-resistant zipper w/ storm flap
• Interior Apex Hang Loop + Exterior Apex Tie-out loop
• Both doors roll open and secure
• 17 total tie-outs!
• Eight ground level perimeter tie-outs all with LineLocks for easy adjustment. LineLocks make winter use with buried snow anchors MUCH easier.
• Four side panel tie-outs: Reinforced center panel tie-outs on each side for high wind. Use the supplied bungee cord on the tie-outs to reduce stress on the shelter. Only tighten slightly so the main bottom edge tie-outs take most of the force.
• Four main seam extra tie-outs loops
• Overhead gear hang loops on all four main inside seams to clip up bivy hoods, lights or to make a clothesline.
• Some trekking poles will need the pole jack to be tall enough for single pole set up. You may be able to cut it in half to fit your pole length to same more weight

INCLUDES

• Silnylon Stuff Sack
• 40′ MLD Pro Guyline
• 1.5 oz Tube McNett Silnet Seam Sealer
• Pole Connector Strap, or 6″ Pole Jack.

NEW SIZE FOR 2017! The DuoMid is now a little larger. We added 4″ to the width and 3″ to the length, so it will now fit 6’3″ users!

DIMENSIONS:

LENGTH:110 in | 275 cm
WIDTH: 66 in | 160 cm
HEIGHT: 56 in | 142 cm (Varies with pitch height)
SQ FOOTAGE: 45 + sq ft | 4.1 + sq m

MATERIAL: Pro SilNylon
WEIGHT: 18 oz | 510 gm
COLORS: Brown, Gray, OD Green, Orange Citrus

MATERIAL: .5 Cuben Fiber **
WEIGHT: 12 oz | 340 gm
COLOR: White

MATERIAL: .75 Cuben Fiber
WEIGHT: 14 oz | 400 gm
COLORS: Green, White

MATERIAL: .85 Cuben Fiber
WEIGHT: 15.5 oz | 439 gm
COLORS: Camo CUSTOM!

**.5 Cuben Fiber Version is Custom Order Only! This Super Ultralight version uses a smaller #3 YKK WR Zipper. This lighter Cuben Fabric saves weight but is not as strong or durable. Not recommended for 4 Season use. If you need a true 4 Season Pyramid for high wind or snow load pick the .75 Cuben or SilNylon Version. No warranty on this fabric option.

MLD PRO SILNYLON SEAM SEALING

COST: $40
WEIGHT: 1.0 oz | 28 gm

The SilNylon version of this shelter requires seam sealing, which is why we include seam sealer with all our SilNylon shelters. You can seam seal this shelter yourself in about 30 minutes with the supplied seam sealer OR as an extra service we can do it for you!

We use a diluted 100% Silicone Sealer on the exterior stitching above the lower hem. Factory seam sealing can add about 1 week to the order process. Seam sealing adds about 1 oz | 30 gm +/- depending on the shelter size.

Factory sealed shelters are returnable under the regular return policy, where as DYI seam sealing is not.

NOTE: Cuben Fiber shelters do not need seam sealing.

INNERNET, PERIMETER BUG NET, OR FLOOR

INNERNET(S): Add a pyramid shaped InnerNet to this shelter to create an ultra-light, double walled tent that is modular and strong in wind, rain, and snow. An InnerNet comes with your choice of Cuben Fiber or SilNylon 5 in | 12.7 cm tall bathtub floor with corner struts, Nanoseeum net walls, and #3 YKK zippered right side single door. MORE INFO…
DIMENSIONS: 87″ L x 48″ W x 42″ H | 221 L x 119 W x 106 H *
SILNYLON INNERNET WEIGHT: 16 oz | 454 gm
CUBEN FIBER INNERNET WEIGHT: 12 oz | 340 gm

*Will fit two people.

PERIMETER BUG NET: This is a simple 18 in | 46 cm (can be trimmed to 12 in | 30) skirt of bug netting sewn to the bottom edge all around the shelter. This is very effective for flying bugs and light to medium mosquito hatches. This option saves about 10 oz | 283 gm vs. using a full InnerNet. For high-density bugs, consider the full InnerNet option. The Perimeter Bug Net can be a problem used in winter if the netting gets wet and freezes into the snow; worst case you end up cutting or tearing it off. NOTE: This is a custom order, and is non-returnable.
PERIMETER BUG NET WEIGH: 4 oz | 113 gm (Trimmed Weight: 3 oz | 85 gm)

FLOORS: Keep you, and your gear, cleaner and dryer in camp with a waterproof pyramid shelter floor! Your choice of SilNylon or Cuben Fiber bathtub floor with 5 in | 10 cm walls and corner struts keep the floor upright and tight. MORE INFO…
DIMENSIONS: 90″ L x 50″ W x 5″ H | 229 L x 127 W x 13 H
SILNYLON FLOOR WEIGHT: 8 oz | 227 gm
CUBEN FLOOR WEIGHT: 5.5 oz | 156 gm

CF POLE

COST: $80
WEIGHT: 3.2 oz | 108 gm
LENGTH: 57 in | 149 cm
STYLE: 4-Section
FOLDED LENGTH: 16 in | 41 cm

Don’t hike with trekking poles? No worries, get an UL Carbon Fiber Pole in exactly the right length for this Mid. Our Pyramid Tent Poles are made from 0.5″ | 13 mm unidirectional cello carbon wrapped carbon fiber tube, with fabric weave carbon fiber ferrules – it’s a mouthful to say, but it means they’re super bomber and light! MORE INFO…

TITANIUM STAKES

COST: $25
WEIGHT: 2.68 oz | 76 gm

Add 4 Titanium Skewer Stakes and 4 Easton Aluminium Stakes to your purchase. Titanium Skewer Stakes are 6.5 in | 16.5 cm tall and each stake weighs 0.27 oz | 8 gm. Easton Aluminium Stakes are 8 in | 20 cm and each stake weighs 0.4 oz | 12 gm.

MLD 2.7 MM PRO REFLECTO GUYLINE

COST: $6
WEIGHT: 2.9 oz | 82 gm

This product includes 40′ of our regular, non-reflective Pro Guyline in your choice of Yellow or OD Green. You can upgrade this to 50′ of 2.7 MM Reflecto Pro Guyline which has properly spaced reflective markers that are bright enough to see, without making your shelter look like that obnoxious house on your block with the out-of-control Christmas lights.

ZIP CARE: ZIPPER LUBE & CLEANER

COST: $10

We HIGHLY recommend Zip Care™ Liquid Zipper Cleaner & Lubricant be purchased with all our zippered gear.

6″ POLE EXTENSION JACK OR POLE CONNECTOR STRAP

PRICE: FREE

• If you plan on using a single, 49 in | 125 cm or longer trekking pole with this tent, you will need the FREE 6″ pole jack to extend the trekking pole’s length sufficiently to pitch this tent.

• If you have two shorter poles, or two non-adjustable poles, get the FREE MLD Pole Connector Strap, so you can connect them together. (0.5 oz)

• Or, you can use any other non-trekking type adjustable poles 56 – 62 in | 142 – 157 cm long,instead of the connector or the strap! We recommend our CF Pyramid Tent Poles.

TIPS
• Most of the time you will want to pitch the corners tight to the ground. The middle long side edge tie-outs can then be staked out to give good ventilation along the edge.
• To use the DuoMid for Solo use, angle the pole off center a few inches for more room, or for tall users over 6’1″ and up to 6’4″ to sleep at a slight diagonal.
• To use the DuoMid for Duo Use, place the pole in the center
• For “Special” Duo Use – Both hikers can connect their poles together to make two long poles and place the poles to form a wide inverted V in the Shelter. OR you can find two long poles and use them on the outside of the shelter to tie up to the Exterior Apex Loop.
• ONLY zip the zipper up OR down when the bottom buckle is fastened to relieve stress on the zipper. Clean and Lube the Zipper as needed.
• Most users will want to pitch it a few inches off the ground for ventilation and even more space.
• Extra Ventilation Trick: Pitch the front and/or back a bit loose, then use the middle tie-out on a 3’line to pull the front or back sides out a bit forming a large eyebrow shaped edge to let more air underneath.

TREKKING POLE USE:
• One full-length trek pole set at 54 – 56 in | 140 -145 cm will fit if DuoMid is pitched tight to the ground. Our full-length Komperdell Vario 4 UL 145 cm Carbon poles do not need a pole jack.
• Higher pitches require the 6″ Pole Jack, or a rock. Getting the 6″ Pole Jack is recommended.
• Or, you get the Pole Connector Strap, or use a piece of guyline to connect two trekking poles together.
• It is okay to angle the pole toward the front for more solo space behind the pole.
• CAUTION: Some of the lightest carbon fiber trek poles use the compact Leki-style flex tips which are a smaller diameter than most trekking pole standard tips. The small tips do not fit the pole extender tightly and can cause enough torque to break the pole tips! Using the 6″ Pole Jack with those poles vertically should be OK, but angling them or using a 12″ extenders may break the pole tips!

Trek Tromsø from Maxime Butscher on Vimeo.

Each of our SilNylon shelters comes with one tube of McNett Sil-Net Seam Sealer. It is STRONGLY recommended you use this supplied seam sealer to seal and strengthen the seams of your shelter.**Cuben Fiber Shelters do not need seam sealed.**

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Pitch and inspect your shelter for any issues. Once it is seam sealed, it is non-returnable except for significant defects.
2. Use the supplied SilNet Sealer and ONLY the SilNet Sealer. (If you want to dilute it or use some other silicone sealant it should work OK and is common (research this yourself online) but, you are on your own- results may vary and are not covered by warranty! If you go this route, it is assumed you know 100% what you are doing and have done it before!!!)
3. Pitch the shelter tightly. Temperatures should be above 60 F and humidity below 80%. You may do this indoors. You may also do one seam at a time indoors if the seam is stretched slightly. Pinning one seam from each end on the floor between two heavy objects works OK.
4. We use the SilNet straight from the tube. Do not make a big hole in the sealer tube – start small so that you can control flow. Multiple small application is a lot better than one big smear.
5. Main Seams: Place a small bead on the seam along the stitching. Work on a 3’- 4’ section at a time. Use a finger to press the sealer into the stitching and the small valley at the edge of the seam where it is rolled under.

ALLOW AT LEAST 24 HOURS TO FULLY DRY.

NOTE: You only need to seal the OUTSIDE of the shelter. You do not need to seal the bottom perimeter roller edge stitching. It is OK to add a small bead on the leading edge of the triangle tie-outs reinforcement stitching, but it is not required.

SPECIAL AREAS: Add a little sealer to any tie-out stitching on the middle of a panel (Mids, Cricket, and SuperTarps). Seal the zipper storm flap stitching and tie-outs on the Mids. Seal the stitching and apex tie-outs areas on the Mids, Crickets, and TrailStars.

IMPORTANT: Do no go back and forth over the wet seam too much – after a minute or three it will get gummy and look bad; it is better to wait for 8 hrs and then add some over any area you missed.

A four-sided pyramid tent is one of the easiest shelters to set up! After a few test pitches, most users can set it in in under 2 min on a normal day, and under 1 min when properly motivated!

PREPARATION:

Cut four 18 in | 46 cm guylines. Tie a 2 in | 5 cm stake loop on one end. Thread the free end of the guyline into the corner LineLocks on the shelter, then up through the rear LineLock slot/hole, over the bar and down through the front LineLock slot/hole. Tie an overhand knot with a 1 in | 2.5 cm tail to prevent the line from pulling out of the LineLock.

FIRST SET UP:

1. Adjust the corner guylines to be short – no more than 2 in | 5 cm of slack from the LineLock.
2: Stake out the rear corners to the ground. The rear wall baseline between the corners should be medium tight, with no slack.
3: Stake out the front corners. The side baseline of the shelter should be tight. Watch the angle formed by the rear and side walls of the shelter at the rear corners and position the front corners so that the rear corners form 90-degree angles. The goal is to have a perfectly square/rectangle floor base. As viewed from overhead the corners and corner guylines form a perfect X shape right out to the stakes.
4: Unzip the front door leaving the bottom buckle snapped.
5: Reach or step in and insert the center pole – adjust it’s height to make the shelter tight.
6: Now you can cut and add any other mid-panel or mid-baseline guylines as needed. The lengths needed will be obvious.

NOTE: Use a small bungee loop on any center panel tie-outs to limit wind force on that tie-outs. DO NOT stake out a center side panel tie-outs too much – it should only move the wall a couple of inches out at most! DO NOT pull it so far it changes the shape of the mid-wall.

That’s It!!! The shelter should be tight and square. You can slightly tighten each corner LineLock if needed.

Almost all setup problems occur when the shelter floor is not square, with all corner angles as close to 90-degrees as possible, or slack is left in the corner guylines.

NOTE: See the setup info for attaching the InnerNets on the InnerNet product page.

Your first setup is a good time to seam seal your shelter IF you have purchased a SilNylon version and did not have it factory seam sealed. Use the SilNet supplied to seal the main seams, center panels tie-outs, door zipper stitching, and the apex stitching. Use only a SMALL amount and do not go back over an area after 5 min. You can use your finger to push the sealer into the seams. If you miss a spot, wait until it is dry and then re-coat as necessary. See ‘Seam Sealing’ tab for instructions.
 
 
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3 reviews for DUOMID ™ | 5.5X9

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Christian Denniston

    The ultimate lightweight shelter. I have been using the MLD Duomid since around 2012. I started with a silnylon Duomid and after being so impressed with the shelter I upgraded to the Cuben Fiber model. The Duomid provides more versatility, simplicity, and comfort than any other shelter on the market. I own both the solo-inner and duo-inner and often vary my setup. When there are no bugs I forgo the inner net and simply use the Duomid tarp which provides a massive amount of space completely protected from the elements. During solo use in summer I take the solo-inner which provides a comfortable sleeping area protected from insects. The solo-inner also creates a massive vestibule where I can store my gear out of the elements and cook my meals. When hiking with a partner I take the duo-inner and the Duomid becomes a shelter very similar to a traditional double walled backpacking tent at under 2lbs! You see, buying the Duomid is essentailly buying a tarp, a solo tent, and a 2 person tent all in one. It can adapt to meet the demands of any adventure. I can’t praise the Duomid enough, and this review only scratches the surface of how great it really is.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ben Kilbourne

    I used a brown sil nylon Duomid for a season in the High Uintas where I worked as a Wilderness Ranger. It was awesome. I used it with the Solomid Inner which provided plenty of vestibule space for muddy boots and wet clothes. I waited out many rainstorms in it and never felt like I needed more space.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Bob Salcedo

    It’s just too easy to not use! I’ve had my Duo Mid for about 6 seasons. I got the bug netting along the lower perimeter and I believe that it works quite well. Mosquitoes like me and the netting helps immensely. My backpacking trips tend to be only 2 or 3 night affairs and the tarp with a Tyvek piece for the floor has served me well and it’s just over a pound! The best part is that, with the feather weight aspect, I can bring it along fishing and day hikes in case of weather. Many times I’ve hiked a number of miles along a river only to have rainstorms try to wash me away but, with this tent I can quickly get it set up from underneath whilst being shielded from the rain. Now I’m not saying perfectly dry but, when you’ve cheated the weather and are drinking hot tea in your tent, stream side,waiting out the rain to have great fishing in between squalls, it’s pretty cool. I can’t report any leaks because I check the seams before I leave and reapply seam sealer as necessary. I just wish I could use it more often.

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