Macpac Duolight Hiking Tent — Two Person


Macpac Duolight Hiking Tent — Two Person, Citronelle, hi-res



Macpac Duolight Hiking Tent — Two Person

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Why we made this
A lightweight, three-season tent, the Duolight is perfect for hiking in the bush and in warmer climates — comfortably supporting two people and their gear.
  • Product Description
    Engineered for minimal weight, optimal space and weather protection in New Zealand conditions, the three-season Duolight balances comfort with practicality. Designed with a waterproof, factory seam sealed UV20™ PE fly and 40D nylon ripstop floor, this tent keeps you dry in the wet season and comfortable in warmer climates with internal mesh maximising airflow. The Multi-Pitch™ system offers ultimate versatility when it comes to uncertain weather conditions, allowing you to pitch the both the fly and inner independently of each other. This way, you can choose to reduce weight and fly camp in the summer months or take the full set up for extra warmth in the shoulder seasons. We're also pleased to supply DAC Featherlite NSL™ poles with the Duolight tent — these poles are developed through DAC's 'green anodising' process which helps to minimise toxic chemicals in the production process, which is better for workers and the environment.
  • Design features
    Two person tent with two-pole/one ridgepole Multi-Pitch™ design
    Waterproof UV20™ PE fly fabric is factory seam sealed (1,200 mm hydrostatic head)
    Lightweight ripstop nylon floor fabric is waterproof with DWR finish (10,00 mm hydrostatic head)
    Waterproof 'tub floor' design to eliminate need for separate footprint
    DAC Featherlite NSL poles for strength and stability — green anodised to help minimise toxic chemicals in production process
    Dual vestibules/entrance points for easy access and sheltered gear storage
    Extensive internal mesh for improved airflow
    Internal stash pocket and lamp hook
  • Product Specifications
    Outer FabricUV20™ PE 100% Polyester Ripstop (20D, PE coating) — factory seam sealed
    Tent Inner Fabric100% Nylon Ripstop (40D)
    Outer Fabric Hydrostatic Head (mm)1200
    Floor Fabric100% Nylon Ripstop (40D, WR C6) — 10,000 mm Hydrostatic Head
    Floor Area (m2)3.08
    Pole TypeDAC Featherlite NSL 8.5 mm / 9 mm
    Pole Count3
    Pitching SystemMulti-Pitch™  
    Vestibule Size (m2)0.66
    Dimensions HxWxD (cm)L220 x W140 (plus 60 cm vestibule width) x H105 (cm)
    44 x 16 (cm) — packed size
    Weight (g)Total Weight: 2170 g
    Min. Weight: 2000 g
  • Care
    Always dry tent components before storing
    When required, clean your tent with pure, non-detergent soap or Nikwax® Tech Wash® and a soft-bristled brush or sponge
    Do not machine wash
    Rinse well and dry in a well-ventilated area out of direct sunlight
    After washing, we recommend that you reproof the fly with Nikwax® Tent & Gear SolarProof®
    UV damage — do not leave tent pitched in direct sunlight for longer than necessary
    Hot surfaces — do not pitch tent on hot surfaces as can cause blistering of fabric
    Repairs — fabric patches and a pole repair sleeve are included for temporary repair
    Contact Macpac Repairs Department for permanent repair — see ‘Warranty & Repairs’ link under the Help section for more information

4.6 / 5.0
12 Reviews
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100% recommend Macpac Duolight Hiking Tent!!
I would highly recommend this product to other fellow outdoor enthusiasts. I have not had a chance to take it out on a trip yet, but I assembled it at home to check it out. Very easy assembly, and I really like the multipitch idea. It means the tent is completely opened out whereas some cheaper tents can be very saggy. Very roomy too and love the idea of two doors to avoid annoying the other person to go to the toilet during the night. Great size of vestibules to fit gear as well. I'm excited to test it out in the outdoors!
December 11, 2019
65km/h winds no problem !
Just come back from my first weekend away in this tent. I was really very impressed with its performance. Our first night was up on a mountain top where it was blowing 65km/h and this tent handled it like a pro. We spent the night getting buffered around but never once did I get the sense that the tent was struggling. The tent is pretty light and easy to fit in your pack, set-up is also very easy and the tent packs down just as quickly. I bought this when on special and certainly is very good value for money.
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November 24, 2019
1 year ago
After having read all these reviews pre-purchase, I have to say I was a bit disappointed in the duolight. It is indeed light and spacious for a 2 person tent, and I really like the double entrances and vestibules. The issue I have is that the floor is not as water resistant as the other reviews suggest. We had no rain on our night out, but there was a heavy dew. The dew came through the floor of the tent and the underneaths of our sleeping mats were soaked. There was also a ton of condensation on the inside of the fly (even though we had slept with both of the vents open). Overall the experience was of waking up decidedly damp. Next time I will pitch it with a footprint, I think that will help.
November 2, 2019
Response from Macpac
Hello Jim, thanks for your review. We can see our Customer Care Team reached out to offer support via email 8/11/19. Please do email us on customercare@macpac.co.nz if you have any further questions.
February 12, 2020
Customer C
Wet flor... Not good tent
Very desapointed with the tent. I bought a sleeping bag and a matress from them and Im happy with them, so i got the tent but this Doesnt seems to be the same quality. The flor of my tent is wet every morning. I put a litle mat under the tent and where the mat cover the inside is fine but all arround where is uncoverded is wet. So my bags are wet every morning and the matress too. For the price of the tent it should come with a custom mat insted the straps. The room of the tent is perfect and is nice the pitching sistem.
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October 28, 2019
Response from Macpac
We have contacted Mauro via email. Suggested this needs to be dropped into any Macpac store, and they will send to our repairs team for waterproof testing. If the material is deemed faulty, a full replacement will be offered. Thanks the Macpac Team
February 13, 2020
Customer C
Duolight's First Outing Success
I've just got home from testing this tent on its first outing up on a local mountain. I was using the tent solo and had massive amounts of room. My mate was there with his smaller tent (which weighed only 200gm less) and to say that he was impressed is an understatement. I wont be surprised if another MacPac Duolight is purchased very soon.
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October 13, 2019
8 months ago
This tent continues to blow my mind after 2 years of use. It's incredibly light, two people can split it and carry around 1kg each. Big vestibules either side for gear and boots, but the inside is roomy enough for packs as well. The short horizontal pole across the top stretches out the sides of the tent and makes it very spacious and comfortable inside, you could even fit 3 people if they are fine with being cozy. Has been used in the snow but for high wind alpine areas you need to face the shorter side into the wind.
Woke up at 5am in the Royal NP to torrential rain and a 4cm puddle forming under the tent - it felt like a water bed and we were totally dry! Dragged it up the slope a bit and went back to sleep ;)
June 4, 2019
More than exceed expectations!
This tent stood the test under a straight 7hr 8mm downpour. At 6°c, we couldn’t feel cozier inside and huddled in our overland 400 sleeping bags. Absolutely no leaks and condensation on the inner tent, we slept comfortably against the rhythmic patter of raindrops. We used a 20cm high double air mattress, and still had enough room to sit 2 bagpacks and 2 cameras. And omygoodness can I just rave about the pockets! If you are settling in for your sleep and wanna put away your glasses, rings, watch, book.. this pocket is so helpful. They come with 2 at each end, depending where you rest your head, so each camper gets his own pocket. Convenient and so useful! Setting up and keeping of the tent is a joy, and can easily be done by one person.
Easy to clean too, rinse and hang under the shade, all dry and ready to pack in <24hrs!
Can’t sing enough praises and will definitely bring it on every trip with us! Wish there’s a 4-man tent for this series!!
May 27, 2019
Brilliant job Macpac. Again.
I’ve been using an Olympus and Minaret, supplemented by a Fairydown (for the old timers!), for the last 30 years. The Fairydown has been retired and replaced by the Duolight (same specs & shape but much lighter).

It has handled Tasmania’s Reserve and South West without hassle, and the advances in technology over time (especially cutting weight) are phenomenal. It is probably the quickest and easiest pitch I’ve come across.

[The only observation for improvement would be to beef up the spares kit: the more plastic parts, the greater the risk of something breaking. Suggest a spare Jake’s Foot fly connector, at least, and guy cord cleat. ]

This is a genuine top quality tent that, for its design parameters) can handle most three-season conditions with ease and with plenty of room. [For those who are quick to complain about the size of any tent, buy a bigger one and take the weight gain.]

Brilliant job Macpac. Again.
December 8, 2018
The perfect tent for us
My wife and I were looking for a simple, good quality tent for overnight trips, not planning to go out in the snow or harsh conditions. This tent is perfect for us: every aspect is well thought through, elegant design, spacious and light, easy to erect and pack away. Our first night out, it rained heavily so that a rivulet formed under/around our tent; nonetheless, we remained completely dry inside. Highly recommended.
October 18, 2018
Great tent, very happy with purchase
Purchased the duolight prior to Christmas. As I am not a small person, 103 kg and 186cm tall, I needed a tent that had enough head to toe space to be comfortable, light enough to carry when I am trekking on my own and quick to pitch. The added bonus was Macpac were having a 40% sale when I was considering my purchase. Clearly the tents were popular as they sold out in store and on line very soon after I purchased my tent. The tent was erected in store so I was able to make sure it was going to have the length I needed and all other features were evident. Took the tent out for a 'test run' to Marramarra National Park and it was excellent. The compact size of the tent and poles meant I was able to pack it inside my Back Pack. Pitching was quick and easy and as I was on my own had plenty of space with ample head and leg room. The internal pockets were very handy as well. A nice bonus was the aluminium tent pegs, a bit different to the old heavy steel ones I used to lug around. Equally easy to lift up and shake out the few leaves etc I had accumulated during my stay and packing up was effortless. A few weeks later, my wife and I used the tent for a short car camping trip and she used a blow up single mattress and I used my sleeping mat beside her. It has been a horrendously hot day (43c) and the benefit of being able to have two openings in the tent and fly meant we were able to capture the cross breeze that sprung up later in the evening. Whilst there was not a lot of space left over once we put our bedding in the tent, it was still perfectly suitable for the two of us. My wife is also a tall person. Have not pitched in the cold / wet as yet but I am sure that will be on the cards soon enough. For the moment, the tent has exceeded my expectations and requirements.
January 11, 2018
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Hi team what has changed in the tent that it went from a 2 season to a 3 season?
Mike N on Jan 13, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Hello Mike,

I have talked to our design team, and nothing has really changed in the design - only the way we categories it.

Season ratings are a vexed issue – the issues we’re really concerned about are:
•Wind (high winds are possible likely at any time of year in NZ)
•Ventilation (i.e. how much mesh does the tent have, how warm / cold will it be)
•Snow – is the tent designed to be used in snow

This tent clearly isn’t designed for use in the snow, but we think it is suitable for 3 season use below the bush line, so the previous “2 season” rating was probably underselling it.

Kind regards, The Macpac Team
How do you pitch the Duolight outer and inner together? Thanks Mike
Mike P on Jun 2, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hello I gifted it to my partner for his bday but he said he didnt have any difficulty in pitching it and its a very warm, light and spacious tent.
Are there any better pictures of the pole structure? We are after a tent that has multiple crossings and will keep up in a stiff NZ norwester.
Jaimita d on Feb 14, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi Jaimita, i have emailed you pictures of the pole structure and a brief description. Hope this is helpful, cheers :)
What is the weight of the tent in my pack? There is a huge difference between max and min weight in the specs.
Neil S on Jan 27, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Good question. The total weight (fly/poles/tent) is 2.17kg and the weight of just the fly and necessary poles will be 1.36kg. As this is a multipitch tent - you can pitch just the fly, or both the tent and fly together depending on conditions and your weight restrictions for carrying.