Macpac Microlight

This 2-person backpacking tent is very light at just over 2kg and very easy to pitch as it has only one pole. It pitches outer-first, which is ideal in wet weather, and there is ladder lock adjustment for easy tensioning of the tent. There is one entrance and one porch, which extends down one side of the tent. You can open up virtually the whole side of the tent with the doors opening to the sides to expose the spacious porch that is ideal for two rucksacks. The inner doors have a zip-out panel as well as a midge net so you get reasonable control over ventilation. Inside the inner two campers can sit up at a squeeze. There’s also space for two to lie down, if you are not too big and don’t mind being very close! But this is really a one-person tent that can be used for two smaller people and the width is a clear indication of this, being some 30cm narrower than most tents in this class. The outer doors also only get one zip pull, so you cannot vent the doors from the top when cooking in the porch. The pegs are quite sore on the hands too.

Verdict: Buy it if you want a small tent with one reasonably large porch for overnight use rather than multi-day use.

Design: 1-pole hoop

Poles: shock-corded alloy

Flysheet: UV30 30 denier double ripstop nylon, 3500mm hydrostatic head

Inner: ripstop nylon

Groundsheet: Torrentwear XP; 10,000mm hydrostatic head

Internal dimensions: length 225cm; width 117cm; height 90cm

Packed size: 46x16cm

Weight: 2050g

Made in: Vietnam

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