Rating: 5 / 5
MLD SoloMid Cuben Review
I like my SoloMid, especially the weight, but it is a compromise, but a compromise that specialist equipment requires the user to understand and live with.
I have the yellow cuben version I bought as I go out on my own, and it can be easily seen for safety.
Mine weighs 296g with tie outs and line locks, which are staying and are really easy to use. I use Golite Y stakes and only need six for the shelter.
The construction is first rate, I have used mine for about six nights over a couple of years, and it pitches tight as a drum. The zipper functions well, just remember to close the clasp before you do the zip!! I use Pacer Poles and have to put a rubber grommet on the bottom of the poles to pitch the shelter, with the handles on the ground.
It was a learning curve how to pitch it, but once practiced, site location remains the greatest challenge.
I have a Golite Hex 3, which I use for two people, and the SoloMid is my high mountain solo shelter of choice. I've had it in high winds, thunderstorms with hail, and felt secure inside. The ventilation is good, and I've never had condensation issues, even in storms.
I can cook in the Hex, but only tried once in the SoloMid, and wouldn't recommend it. I go cook less now, so it isn't an issue for me anymore.
If I was doing a really long journey I might pick a bigger shelter, but for a few days it is just right for me.