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Chris W
(simplespirit) - MLife

Locale: WNC
MLD DuoMid Pics (yellow) on 12/08/2008 16:37:34 MST Print View

Got my MLD DuoMid in the mail today. I went with the sil since Ron suggested it would be stronger for winter use which is where I intend to carry it. The pics show a quick loose pitch.





Edited by simplespirit on 12/08/2008 16:38:13 MST.

Craig Burton
(MissingUtah)

Locale: Smoky Mountains
Re: MLD DuoMid Pics (yellow) on 12/08/2008 16:48:18 MST Print View

Nice! I just ordered the sharkskin grey sil like an hour ago. Can't wait to get it. It's even bigger than I imagined.

I see you are using the pole jack. Have you tried it yet by attaching knotting two poles together?

I plan on using mine for all-season use. I figure I can always open the doors and give it a high pitch during hot nights.

Rod Lawlor
(Rod_Lawlor) - MLife

Locale: Australia
Thanks Chris on 12/08/2008 16:53:48 MST Print View

I was just over at the MLD site browsing this shelter as you posted, wondering if Steve has his yet. I couldn't work out why the site froze up all of a sudden! You must have sent a heap of people over.

Any chance of posting some dimensions on the length and width of this shelter? I'm wondering if I can downsize from the Megalite for three of us (two kids) in a pinch, or as an emergency three person shelter for SAR.

Thanks, Rod

Chris W
(simplespirit) - MLife

Locale: WNC
Re: MLD DuoMid Pics (yellow) on 12/08/2008 17:04:08 MST Print View

Craig-

I haven't tried that yet. I just did a quick pitch to snap some pics before heading out. I would love to use mine all seasons and plan to at least give it a shot.

Rod-

I won't have it accessible to me until the weekend since I'm in a class all week and staying close to Atlanta but Ron has it at just under 9' wide by 5' deep. If you used the hang loop you could probably get 1 adult and 2 smaller children under it. You could also get the regular Mid and have over twice the room for 25 oz.

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
MLD DuoMid Pics (yellow) on 12/08/2008 19:33:29 MST Print View

Why must you tempt me!!!!

Art Sandt
(artsandt) - F
Re: MLD DuoMid Pics (yellow) on 12/08/2008 22:02:14 MST Print View

I love that color of yellow. Chris, how easy is it to pitch that tarp with the edges down to the ground and still maintain a taught pitch?

Steven Evans
(Steve_Evans) - MLife

Locale: Canada
Re: MLD DuoMid Pics (yellow) on 12/09/2008 04:06:33 MST Print View

Agreed, that yellow does look spectacular.

I picked mine up on Saturday, and as excited as I am, I haven't had a chance to do much more then spread it out on my floor. The weight with stuffsack, but without guylines, is 11.09 oz (cuben version). I will say that my initial impression of the "material at the top in which the pole holds the tent up" seems to be exceptionally bomber. Maybe it is required.

I'll get some pics up on Wednesday...

Chris W
(simplespirit) - MLife

Locale: WNC
Re: MLD DuoMid Pics (yellow) on 12/09/2008 06:23:42 MST Print View

Art-

I haven't tried a lot of pitches yet and won't be able to until the weekend but I would guess it's as simple as setting the proper pole height.

Steven-

Looking forward to the cuben pics.

John Haley
(Quoddy) - F

Locale: New York/Vermont Border
Re: MLD DuoMid Pics (yellow) on 12/09/2008 07:01:33 MST Print View

Chris... Thanks for the photos. My cuben is on order, but won't get here until next month. In the meantime I'll be watching and reading all the posts on the DuoMid. I'm looking forward to using it in the snow this winter. After some use I'll decide whether to take the DuoMid or my cuben Grace Solo tarp on my upcoming Colorado Trail thru.

Chad Miller
(chadnsc)

Locale: Duluth, Minnesota
MDL Duo Mid on 12/09/2008 07:58:48 MST Print View

Ron Lawlor wrote:
“Any chance of posting some dimensions on the length and width of this shelter? I'm wondering if I can downsize from the Megalite for three of us (two kids) in a pinch, or as an emergency three person shelter for SAR.”

Check out this thread for a drawing with dimensions of the MDL Duo Mid.

http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=17079

Craig W.
(xnomanx) - F - M
Re: MDL Duo Mid on 12/09/2008 21:51:51 MST Print View

I don't spend $$$ on gear often, but the Duo Mid has me drooling.
It looks like a great, simple design. The silnylon version (for winter and $$$) might be my next big purchase.
Thanks for posting.

Steven Evans
(Steve_Evans) - MLife

Locale: Canada
Re: MLD DuoMid Pics (Cuben) on 12/10/2008 11:47:12 MST Print View

Went over to the park at lunch and gave it a quick pitch. I will say that you can set this thing up in about a minute...even first time around.

I set it up beside a picnic table (standard size) so you can get an idea of it's size. It is way too sloppy and wet outside to get on the ground, but I will get some shots of me in it for size comparison as soon as it dries up. Unless, or course, someone beats me to it.

Also, I think I have to play around with the pitch a bit. It seemed to have great clearance on one side but not on the other. You can see it in my photo. Chris' yellow Duomid seems to have plenty of clearance all around? No doubt, operator error...:)

Pitch 4 corners...
Layout

Insert pole...
Pitched

Done!
side shot

Edited by Steve_Evans on 12/10/2008 11:47:59 MST.

Thom Darrah
(thomdarrah) - MLife

Locale: Southern Oregon
MLD Duomid Pics (spectralite) on 12/10/2008 11:52:15 MST Print View

Steve, What pole did you use for pitching and did you use a pole jack? Thanks for providing the pictures.

I recently received a MLD spinntex Trailstar shelter and I will try to post some pictures soon.

Edited by thomdarrah on 12/10/2008 11:56:21 MST.

Steven Evans
(Steve_Evans) - MLife

Locale: Canada
Re: MLD Duomid Pics (spectralite) on 12/10/2008 12:05:52 MST Print View

Thom,
I used a Komperdell C3 Duolock (mens) pole. I should have taken a pic of that aswell...I didn't use a pole extender. It was plenty long to pitch, and still had some length left, although it was pitched tight to the ground...ie. no guylines used.

I was going to go with a trailstar until I saw the Duomid up for sale one morning. I don't think you can go wrong with either one.

Jonathan Ryan
(Jkrew81) - F - M

Locale: White Mtns
Re: Re: MLD DuoMid Pics (Cuben) on 12/10/2008 12:06:37 MST Print View

very nice, just got my in Sil and cannot wait to set it up

Art Sandt
(artsandt) - F
Duomid pictures on 12/10/2008 12:07:06 MST Print View

Steve,
That's very cool. It looks like the Duomid is a fully enclosed winter shelter capable of blocking all the wind you want.

I'm wondering about the pole jack too. It looks like a simple piece of aluminum tubing that I could pick up at Home Depot and cut down to size myself, but maybe with a long enough trekking pole, it's not needed?

Chris W
(simplespirit) - MLife

Locale: WNC
Re: Duomid pictures on 12/10/2008 12:10:56 MST Print View

You only need the pole jack if your poles are < 140 cm or if you want to pitch the DuoMid off the ground.

Thom Darrah
(thomdarrah) - MLife

Locale: Southern Oregon
MLD Duomid Pics (spectralite) on 12/10/2008 12:16:50 MST Print View

Is the peak vent stiffened to maintain shape and stay open in windy conditions?

Chris W
(simplespirit) - MLife

Locale: WNC
Re: MLD Duomid Pics (spectralite) on 12/10/2008 12:28:59 MST Print View

The peak vent has a removable stiffener in it.

Chad Miller
(chadnsc)

Locale: Duluth, Minnesota
MDL DuoMid Pics on 12/10/2008 12:34:05 MST Print View

Dose the DuoMid have a tie out loop atop its peak? I ask because it would be nice so you can pitch it without a trekking pole.