I really like the SoloMid, pitched nice and tight it's proved itself in a stiff breeze and I've found it large enough if I keep myself organised. One thing I've felt it's missing though is a tieback for the panel to the left of the door, so I decided to add my own...
This second tieback comes as standard on the larger MLD mids such as the Duomid and it's a handy feature giving the option of opening up the entire front of the shelter as shown in the photo's above and below.
I own the cuben fiber version of the SoloMid which made this modification extremely easy. All it took was a couple of stick on loops which are available from Zpacks, a short length of bungee cord and a cord lock. I opted to use the 1.43oz weight cuben loops as they should be more than strong enough in this application and the white colour is quite transparent so it wouldn't stand out as much against the olive green cuben of the SoloMid.
To try and ensure the loops bonded well I took a little time to ensure the cuben was clean and smooth, after measuring the spacing of the existing loops it was as simple as pealing off the backing paper and sticking the new loops in place. Job done.
Both doors half open (probably not something I'll use but another option with the mod)
Admittedly this isn't much of a mod but then it only took a couple of minutes, adding less than 4 grams (0.142 oz) to the weight of the SoloMid I feel it was a worthwhile addition.
Added materials (weight inc backing paper)
MLD tieback (Exterior)
Added tieback (Exterior)
MLD tieback (Interior)
Added tieback (Interior)
Close up of one of the added loops