Macpac Microlight 2011

The Macpac Microlight is a long-standing, reliable design that is made tough for extended trips into the wilderness. Pitching is simple with a single pole that slips into a single-ended pole sleeve. Pegging out smoothes the low-profile shape even more to create a wide footprint that is very good in the wind, while multiple guy points add further stability and it stands up well in rough weather. The inner is spacious and the floor is very heavy-duty for pitching on rough terrain. There’s a stuff pocket for essentials and a mesh door panel for ventilation with added ventilation at the apex. The porch is huge and will easily allow gear storage, cooking and access simultaneously. The whole front opens up, so although this is well-designed for the worst of weather, it’s also just as usable on summer camps. There’s a comprehensive spares package including seam sealer, fabric patches and pole repair sleeve.

The Macpac Microlight is however on the heavier side for a one-person tent, and the packed size is quite large. The low profile does mean a lower inner height too, although space inside and in the porch is otherwise fantastic.

Design single-pole hoop
Poles shock-corded alloy poles
Inner ripstop nylon
Flysheet 3000 silicone-coated nylon, 3500mm hydrostatic head
Groundsheet Torrentwear XP, 10000mm hydrostatic head
Internal dimensions length 225cm; width 117cm; height 90cm
Packed size 46x16cm
Weight 1510g
Made in China
Stores in the UK 10

The Microlight is a tough one-person tent built for a tough life of many adventures but it’s just getting a little beefy – so let’s see an Ultralight Microlight from Macpac.

Review by Peter Macfarlane
First published in Trail magazine April 2011