OR - Macpac Microlight Tent
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Macpac Microlight Tent
Macpac Wilderness Equipment Limited
Year of Manufacture
0.6 kg (1.32 lb)
0.8 kg (1.76 lb)
0.2 kg (0.44 lb)
0.2 kg (0.44 lb)
0.1 kg (0.22 lb)
In use weight
1.7 kg (3.74 lb)(Nothing more than minimum required to pitch the tent.)
1.9 kg (4.19 lb)(Complete all parts.)
My In Use Weight
2.1 kg (4.63 lb, Soehnle kitchen scales)
2200 mm x 1000 mm (86.6" x 39.4")
1800 mm x 1300 mm (70.9" x 51.2")
2.0 m^2 (2.4 yd^2)
0.8 m^2 (0.9 yd^2)
40 cm x 12 cm (15.8" x 4.7")
All measurements are supplied by manufacturer unless otherwise specified.
The Macpac Microlight comes rolled up in its stuff sac. In this are
the fly, guide lines,
pegs in bag, pole in bag, inner/floor, instructions, seam sealer,
repair kit. This is a
"three season" and "multi-pitch" tent. This means the tent can be
used without problems
in all but the most extreme weather conditions, and that it can be
erected in many
configurations, fly only, inner/floor only, or combined fly with
Six aluminium hard ground pegs fix the fly to the ground, and two
guide lines may also
be used. This tent requires pegs as it will not stay pitched on its
own. The pole is
hollow aluminium telescopic type with elastic line through. The floor
is a "tub"
polyurethane coated nylon variety, seam sealed via tape, and sewn on
are the tent inner
walls. These consist of white/cream wind resistant nylon fabric. The
entrance consists of
"no see um" or "fly wire" ventilation fabric. Webbing buckles are
attached to the floor
peg points and the fly peg points, hoop and loop fabrics are fixed to
the fly inside and
the inner/floor outside. The repair kit contains a pole repair sleeve
and patches of each
of the tents fabrics ( three pieces ), except the entrance side
ventilation fabric. The
seam sealer is water based type in a bottle with an applicator nozzle.
General pitching of the Microlight may be done in number of
combinations, due to its
"multi-pitch" design. I used the inner alone, placing the pole
through the loops at the
top and pegging down each corner at the strap. With the fly alone the
pole slips inside
a sleeve present along the entire top seam of the fly, then pegging
the corner and middle
elastic cord loops down. When pitching the combined fly and inner, I
went about combining
either fly first or inner first.
Image Macpac Microlight Parts
Subtext My Macpac Microlight tent parts
Cape To Cape Track. It did not rain while I walked this track in the
spring, mainly coastal
heath and beaches with occasional forest walking. It is also a windy
environment when exposed
to the ocean, the tent holds up well with only a minimum of flapping
if pitched properly. I
used the pole arc as a fin and aimed it into the wind. I took the
complete tent on this walk,
I always needed the inner for protection from mosquitos, and it could
have rained during a night.
Bibbulmun Track, Northcliff to Walpole section. The tent was used as
an backup shelter if
there was a problem at one of the huts along the way, in the sections
walked. I used it the
first night in a designated clearing close to the hut, in forest. It
rained constantly through
the night, I pitched the tent in combined format. The rain ran off
the fly and onto the ground
without problems and drained into the soil, ventilation was fine in
the cool conditions 14 C
( 57 F ). The extractor vent worked well to minimise condensation,
but some remained. I'm glad
the weight of the tent is low, as it is annoying to carry something
I'm unlikely to use. This
tent will also allow 2 persons, but it is a tight squeeze.
Bicycle Touring in Germany. Not backpacking/walking, but I used the
tent most days over a
three month period and here is where it was tested most. Rain was
constant for weeks, light
usually, and pitching a taught and properly aligned fly was important.
The tub floor was
very useful here, as some much rain on muddy ground caused puddle to
form under the tent.
There was no problem of water leaking in either through the fly or the
condensation did build up, but not enough to cause any problems. The
vestibule offered an
excellent area to accommodate my gear. Once I'm in the tent, it is
comfortable for me to remain
for the entire night, and possibly afternoon. Pitching the tent in
the rain was a common ritual,
first the fly, then put gear and myself under and clip in the optional
ground sheet and inner,
much better than sorting things in the rain. In the morning as much
water was wiped off the fly
with a sponge, the fabrics are very quick drying. Packing the tent
wet and drying as soon as
possible never presented a problem. This tent was ideal for the
varied weather encountered, hot,
dry, wet and cool.
I find tents are best used when the weather is adverse to more minimal
setups, as they offer
complete shelter, also a measure of privacy in camping sites. This
tent performs very well in
This is a low weight, low volume, three season, single person shelter.
The design is simple and
Flexibility is a key asset of this tent. Easy to erect and with
choices offered by the "multi-pitch"
design, allows for both lowering the weight and volume when certain
parts are not required. Providing
shelter fast, with ability to be comfortable for longer periods in
adverse weather conditions.
Being able to open the whole entrance panel on the inner/floor and
unzip the fly is very convenient.
There is a problem with ventilation in hot or even warm conditions.
The extractor vent is only adequate,
and will minimise condensation mostly. I became uncomfortably hot as
air flow became too restricted
many times, this occurs when the door is closed to restrict insects.
The ventilation fabric does not
cover enough of the entrance panel with wind resistant fabric,
impeding air flow. If it was wet I had
to wipe the tent down and allow it to dry as soon as possible.
Getting in pegs also can be a problem.
I need a tent that is flexible enough to cope with a wide range of
weather conditions, this tent fits
* Quality of material and construction.
* Weight and volume.
* Performance of materials.
* Ventilation is restricted.
Aaron Joseph Hoette
172 cm (5'7")
58.0 kg (127.9 lb)
City, State, Country
Perth, Western Australia, Australia.
5th Feburary 2005
My home location is Perth, Western Australia. I have bushwalked for
approximately five years,
on trips of varying lengths. Areas include The South West and Pilbara
regions of Western
Australia and the Blue Mountains of New South Wales. My walks have
always been one to two weeks
long, which allows me to travel about 100 kilometers ( 60 miles ) per
week easily, so far,
always on marked trails. My pack weight is usually under 13 kg (28
lb), and I generally try to
get away with as little gear as possible but remain comfortable.