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SOLOMID | 4X9

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 2 customer ratings
(2 customer reviews)

$255

Often Copied, Never Surpassed.

WEIGHT: 12.5 – 15.5 oz | 354 – 440 gm
SQ FOOTAGE: 35+ sq ft  | 3.25 sq m
SLEEPS: + GEAR

The ultra-strong SoloMid sets up fast, handles light to moderate snow loads like a pro, and sheds wind from any direction. With 40+ sq ft of usable floor space, there is room for you and all gear…even if you're 6'5″!

SOLOMID ™ | 4X9

Often Copied, Never Surpassed.
WEIGHT: 12.5 – 15.5 oz | 354 – 440 gm
SQ FOOTAGE: 35 + sq ft  | 3.25 + sq m
SLEEPS: + GEAR

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

With 35+ sq ft of usable floor space, there is room for you and all gear…even if you’re 6’5″!

Single pole pyramid shelters like the SoloMid XL 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) they don’t buzz, hum, flap and roar in the wind!

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 shelter!

FEATURES

• 35+ sq ft  | 3.25 sq m of usable floor space
• Large Peak Vent is held open by a flexible and removable wand. Can be fully closed to stop blowing snow or rain from entering; just pull out the wand and press the Velcro together!
• Peak is reinforced with Dyneema X
• Over head gear hang loops on all four main seams to clip up bivy hoods, lights or to make a clothesline
• Interior Apex Hang Loop + Exterior Apex Tie-out loop
• Right door rolls open either half way (use the two mid-height snaps) or fully open
• Six ground level perimeter tie-outs all with LineLocks for easy adjustment. LineLocks make winter use with buried snow anchors MUCH easier. Can be removed to save about 0.6 oz
• Center front and 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 130 cm 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
• CUBEN VERSION: Special Cuben bonding tape with 3 Times the UV resistance.
• Great for for light to moderate snow loads and strong wind from any direction

INCLUDES

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

DIMENSIONS:

LENGTH: 108 in | 274 cm
WIDTH: 44 in | 112 cm 
HEIGHT: 48 in | 122 cm (Varies with pitch height)
SQ FOOTAGE: 35+ sq ft  | 3.25 sq m

MATERIAL: Pro SilNylon
WEIGHT: 15.5 oz | 440 gm
COLOR: Brown, Grey, Orange Citrus, OD Green

MATERIAL: .5 Cuben Fiber **
WEIGHT: 10.5 oz | 298 gm
COLOR: White

MATERIAL: .75 Cuben Fiber
WEIGHT: 12.5 oz | 354 gm
COLOR: Green, White

MATERIAL: .85 Cuben Fiber
WEIGHT: 13.8 oz | 391 gm
COLOR: 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 27″ W x 42″ H | 221 L x 68.5 W x 106 H *
SILNYLON INNERNET WEIGHT: 10 oz | 283 gm
CUBEN FIBER INNERNET WEIGHT: 8 oz | 227 gm
*Will fit up to 6’1″ person with head and foot lightly touching each end

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 6 oz 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: 87″ L x 27″ W x 5″ H | 221 L x 68.5 W x 13 H
SILNYLON FLOOR WEIGHT: 5.5 oz |156 gm
CUBEN FLOOR WEIGHT: 3.75 oz | 104 gm

CF POLE

COST: $60
WEIGHT: 3 oz | 85 gm
LENGTH: 46 in | 117 cm
STYLE: 3-Sections
FOLDED LENGTH 16.5 in | 42 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

PRICE: FREE

If you plan on using a single, 53 in | 135 cm or shorter 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.

Q: WHAT SIZED POLES FIT THE SOLOMID?

A: One regular length 135 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. Our Komperdell Carbon Vario 4 | 145 cm + Poles can be bought as a single pole and they work great!

Users with shorter adjustable or fixed length trek poles can request a free 6″ pole jack with purchase. Optionally, you can purchase the SoloMid 3 oz 46 in | 117 cm, 3-Section CF tent pole before checking out.
Q: WHICH FABRIC TYPE SHOULD I GET?CUBEN FIBER OR SILNYLON?

A: The main decision is cost vs. weight. The .75 Cuben 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. The .5 Cuben Fiber is for lighter 3 season use, is the lowest possible weight, and packs the smallest.

Q: CAN I TRIM MY SOLOMID FOR LOWER WEIGHT?

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 1.5 oz 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. 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.**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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2 reviews for SOLOMID | 4X9

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    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.

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