(3 customer reviews)


Often Copied, Never Surpassed.

WEIGHT: 11 – 14 OZ | 310 – 410 GM
SQ FOOTAGE: 30+ sqft  | 3 sqm

NOTE: Custom Order- Non Returnable.

The ultra-strong SoloMid sets up fast, handles light to moderate snow loads like a pro, and sheds wind from any direction.

SOLOMID ™ | 4 X 9

Often Copied, Never Surpassed.
WEIGHT: 11 – 14 OZ | 310 – 410 GM
PEAK HEIGHT: 49″ / 125cm
SQ FOOTAGE: 30 + sq ft  | 3+ sq m

The ultra-strong SoloMid sets up ultra fast, handles light to moderate snow loads like a pro, and sheds wind from any direction.

Single pole pyramid shelters like the SoloMid offer the fastest set up of any lightweight shelter design and because they don’t have any large vertical side panels like other two-poled designs.

Available in Gray/Green or Yellow 20d Pro SilNylon and .75 DCF ONLY.

The Solomid was the first small one person 4 sided pyramid UL shelter designed 20years ago when SUL hikers were tough, sleep pads where thin and a personal FKT was the default state of mind. It is a slightly small striped down version o the SoloMid XL. It is a small pyramid shelter and now with modern thick inflatable sleeping pads plus the desire of most campers for more room, the Solomid XL will be the better pick for most new campers. If you are dedicated to absolute simplicity, are a smaller hiker and not claustrophobic the SoloMid may work well for you. If you mainly only sleep in you shelter and prefer to just keep hiking to put in the miles vs camp lounging – keep reading.

• Under 6′ with a 3/4″ pad = no problem.
• Under 6’2″ with a 3/4″ pad pitched a few inches off the ground = OK.
• Under 5’10” with a 2″ inflatable pad and mid pitched up a bit = OK too.
• Under 5’8″ with any pad = No Problemo.
• Want to use an InnerNet? Nope – We do not make an InnerNet for this Mid. Use a Superlight Bivy.
• You have a dog or cat with you. NO PLEASE- GOD NO.
• If you have to email and ask any questions about the SoloMid = No, You’re Not Ready…

NOTE: Custom Order- Non Returnable.

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


• 30+ sq ft  | 3.25 sq m of usable floor space
• Large Peak Vent is held open by a flexible and removable wire. Can be fully closed to stop blowing snow or rain from entering; just fold closed the wire wand.
• Peak is reinforced.
• #8 YKK Aqua Guard Zipper.
• Over head Apex gear hang loop.
• One side door tieback.
• Six ground level perimeter tie-outs all with LineLocks for easy adjustment. Can be removed to save about 0.6 oz
• Center rear mid-panel tie-out. Note: Use the supplied bungee cord on the tie-outs to reduce stress on the shelter. Only tighten very SLIGHTLY so the main bottom edge tie-outs take most of the force – do not use to pull the panel out and change the shape of the mid. Always stake out this point last.
• Works perfect with most all 130cm and longer adjustable poles. If you have shorter poles ask for the free 6″ pole jack
• SILNYLON VERSION: Strong and fully waterproof with triple stitched seams.
• DCF VERSION: Special DCF bonding tape.
• Great for for light snow loads and strong wind from any direction


• Silnylon Stuff Sack
• 40′ MLD Pro Guyline
• 1.5 oz Tube McNett Silnet Seam Sealer


LENGTH: 108in | 275cm
WIDTH: 48in | 122cm 
HEIGHT: 46in | 117cm (Tight to ground/ Can Varies with pitch height)
SQ FOOTAGE: 30+ sqft  | 3 sqm

MATERIAL: 20d Pro SilNylon
WEIGHT: 14 oz | 395
COLOR: Gray/Green or Yellow

WEIGHT: 11 oz | 310 gm
COLOR: Light Green


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: DCF (Dyneema® Composite Fabric A.K.A. Cuben Fiber) shelters do not need seam sealing.


COST: $60
WEIGHT: 3 oz | 85 gm
LENGTH: 55 in | 140 cm
STYLE: 4 Sections
FOLDED LENGTH 15.75 in | 41cm

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 0.44″ | 12 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…


COST: $18
WEIGHT: 2.68 oz | 76 gm

Add 2 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.


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.


COST: $10

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


A: One regular length 130 cm or longer adjustable trekking pole will work. A single pole can be slightly offset to the front leaving enough room behind the pole for a full sleep pad. An inverted V double pole set up is not needed.You can also buy our 55″ SMXL/DM pole CF pole and set it at an angle.


A: The main decision is cost vs. weight. The .75 DCF is very strong, has low stretch, and low weight. The SilNyon will have a slightly longer service life and stuffs a little bit smaller. Both fabrics are very durable and strong.


A: Yes. Remove all the LineLocks, use only small loops of smaller diameter cord and cut off metal zipper pulls and replace them with short line loops. This will save about 1oz on the shelter and 0.5 oz on the guylines.

• 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 edges.
• Two poles can be used in an Inverted V angle for maximum stability (Use our Dual Pole Connector + Jack!!) One pole can be used off-center, creating slightly less interior room, but personally, we use ours this way 90% of the time.
• 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.
• Extra Ventilation Trick: Pitch the front and/or backside a bit loose, then use the middle tie-out on a 3-inch line to pull the side out tight forming a large eyebrow shape edge to let under more air.
• Cut the corner guylines at 2 in | 5 cm and the center ones at 3 in | 7.5 cm. Try it out, then, if you never expect to tie off dead men sticks in snow, you may want to shorten them.

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.**DCF (Dyneema® Composite Fabric A.K.A. Cuben Fiber) Shelters do not need seam sealed.**


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.


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!


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.


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.

3 reviews for SOLOMID | 4 X 9

  1. Dave Stone

    Love this mid. have owned the Solomid for 3 years and its lived up to its price and weight. I own the Silnylon version, and it weighs 15.4 oz with everything. Sheds almost all wind. Some wind makes it in through the bottom. Worst weather I use it in was 2 weeks of rain in OR and WA and the quick set-up has proven to be helpful when I was just wanting to get out of the wetness for that day.
    Likes: quick set-up, weight to protection ratio, pack-ability (takes up very little room in my pack when folded properly), strength, and build quality.
    dislikes: at times I’ll need to use the MLD bivy with it, and that makes the total weight of the shelter system 20.9 oz (I get it… personal problem), but the idea of needing a bivy with a tent or mid seems redundant.
    Overall: even with my person problem, I refuse to get anything else. It’s a proven piece of gear that’s been there in the most unwanted hiking conditions. I can also still maintain a 7-9 lbs base weight in 3 season hiking conditions. I highly recommend this tent. There are other lighter full protection mids out there, but for the price and strength this tent offers, it can’t be beat.

  2. Ben Kilbourne

    I have the Solomid in brown sil nylon and I love it. I use it for backpacking and packrafting in every season on the Colorado Plateau. I love the simplicity of setup. With a few rocks as anchors it’s easy to set up even on slickrock. In the Winter I use it with just a piece of polycro as a ground tarp. Once the gnats come out in May I use it in conjunction with my Superlight Bivy. For me it is a perfect balance of weight, space and value for trips in the arid West. However, if I know I’m going to have to wait out some rainstorms I usually take my Duomid for the extra space. Once I wear out my Solomid I will certainly be buying another.

  3. Farwalker

    I have been using my brown silnylon SoloMid for over 7,000 long trail miles and it has never failed to protect me from the elements when needed. The brown is an excellent stealth color enabling me to go undetected when I needed or wanted privacy and safety. It sheds high winds and rain like no other tent (like my duomid which I use on trips when I expect more weather). I am very happy with all MLD products, can’t say enough about how reliable and what a blessing these tents are to those of us who live on trail 5-6 months of the year! Thank you Mountain Laurel Designs!

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