Macpac Microlight 2009

The Macpac Microlight tent is a strong, reliable design, made for extended trips into the wilderness. It pitches easily with a single pole that slips into a single-ended pole sleeve for quick single-handed pitching. The floor is incredibly tough and waterproof, which adds confidence if you’re pitching it on rough ground, while the low-profile shape resists wind and sheds rain and snow very well. Inner floor space is good, with a handy stuff pocket and mesh door panel for ventilation without the worry of midges. The porch is huge and easily takes all your gear, still leaving room for cooking and sticking your head outside to see if the rain’s stopped. Four guy lines help give it stability, while apex vents help to keep the inside fresh. The stability and porch make this a comfortable place for sitting out a storm. But it’s getting heavy for a one-person tent at just under 2kg. The low-profile shape means limited height inside, although there is a massive porch. So although the tent will weather the storm with good humour, I might well be hunched inside getting impatient to be getting on the move again.

Design 1-pole hoop
Poles shock-corded alloy
Inner ripstop nylon
Flysheet UV30 30D double ripstop nylon, 3500mm hydrostatic head
Groundsheet Torrentwear XP, 10,000mm hydrostatic head
Internal dimensions length 225cm; width 117cm; height 90cm
Packed size 46x16cm
Weight 1995g
Made in Vietnam
Stores in the UK 39
Macpac – tel. (0131) 653 1313; www.macpac.co.nz

Verdict: The Macpac Microlight is a tough tent that will repel weather and resist wear and tear. Weight and internal height are the drawbacks, but stability and porch size are great.

Review by Peter Macfarlane
First published in Trail magazine March 2009