Rating: 5 / 5
This is a fantastic shelter that accompanied two avid hikers on a planned ten-day trip through the 2nd southern tier trail and its environs in the Central Mountain of Taiwan (peaks approach within meters of 4000m). Ten days turned into two very interesting weeks because of the unexpected and extremely rapid formation of typhoon Morakot, which created immmense damage in the area. Nearly 3 meters of rain in three days, with typhoon force winds! Made for a really unforgettable trip (with an unsolicited helicopter "rescue" at the end) and a great way to find out about how cool the MLD Duomid is. It's easily taken it's place as our go to shelter for one or two person use when full protection at minimum weight in the face of mayhem is valued more than just weight reduction or the interest of other tarp options. If I could have only one shelter, this would be it. In fact, I ordered a second one in silnylon just for backup.
It is an easy shelter to pitch, either raised slightly for space/ventilation, lowered for storm protection. Gives full protection. Condensation apparently less than siliconised fabrics (maybe reflects heat instead of holding it?). Provides enough space for two (@ 170cm body height). Spectralite (cuben fiber) is cool, and on really wet days, the spectralite (cuben fiber sailcloth) material lets in as much of the full spectrum of light as there is. Should be called "spectralight".
Welded tie outs with bungees half way up add stability and give the structure some flexibility that is missing from spectralite in comparison with the ultrastretch of silnylon. Used two sets of spectra lines. I did not use the Duomid during the period of highest winds because there was available space in a national park hut, but did experience typhoon torrential rains and gale (not typhoon) winds. Sealing is a must, people!!! I received the Duomid only less than 24 hours before departure; my sealing job was less than ideal. Had to use duct tape (silver industrial tape) to seal the leaks. Good news is that duct tape will adhere to spectralite even when wet; bad news is that when removing the tape, it is prone to take off a layer of the mylar film that composes spectralite's outer layer. Ron Bell, head Minister and peace purveyor at MLD, was extremely helpful in the post-trip repair process.
MLD gear is tweaked for people who like gear, know how to use it and want it optimized for: high quality construction, UL function, and reliable simplicity.
Gives excellent views with one full side open. Very livable and lovely!