Macpac Microlight Hiking Tent
Why we made this
Our toughest solo tent, this Macpac classic is built to withstand all four seasons and is ideal for climbers and hikers.
Using a single ridge pole, the Microlight tent is designed to minimise weight, shed snow and remain stable in high winds. We chose to make the fly out of UV30™ SI, a silicone-coated fabric known for its strength, water resistance and UV protection. Please note, this fly needs to be manually seam sealed with SilNet™ seam sealer (provided). The floor is built with our legendary Torrentwear™ XP tub, designed to be waterproof and durable. We've incorporated the Multi-Pitch™ system, allowing you to pitch the fly independent of the inner so that the inner stays dry when packing up in wet conditions. Designed for the hiker or climber, the single vestibule provides enough space for cooking and some gear storage. To insulate for four-season warmth, we've built the inner out of ripstop nylon and included a large double door that can provide airflow when it gets hot. We’ve created a unique vent system that encourages airflow, managing condensation without compromising insulation. The Microlight tent is designed to support a single person above and below the snowline through all four seasons. Warmer than the two-season Sololight tent, but also slightly heavier, the Microlight is the best choice if you value durability and wish to comfortably use a tent in alpine conditions.
Single pole system minimises weight while providing performance
Intelligent peg and guy rope placement keeps structure highly stable
DAC Featherlite® NSL™ poles, giving strength and stability while being better for the planet
Internal double-door system provides for both insulation and air flow options
Numerous internal mesh pockets for organised living
Please note: the water-resistant UV30™ SI fly needs to be manually seam sealed (SilNet™ seam sealer is provided)
Outer Fabric UV30™ SI - 30D Nylon Ripstop, with Silicone Coating (needs to be manually seam sealed - SilNet™ seam sealer provided) Tent Inner Fabric 40D Nylon Ripstop Main Fabric Hydrostatic Head (mm) 3000 Floor Fabric Torrentwear™ XP 10,000mm HH Floor Area (m2) 2.1 Pole Type DAC Featherlite NSL 9.6 mm Pole Count 1 Pitching System Multi-Pitch™ Persons 1 Vestibule Size (m2) 1.2 Dimensions HxWxD (cm) 41 x 14 (rolled size) Weight (g) 1600 (Max), 1400 (Min)
When required, clean your tent with pure soap (non-detergent) or Nikwax Tech Wash® and a soft-bristled brush or sponge
Rinse well and dry in a well-ventilated area out of direct sunlight
After washing your tent we recommend that you reproof the fly with Nikwax Tent & Gear SolarProof®
4.4 / 5.0
Good but could be great
A nice strong tent with a brilliant floor and good size for a 1 man tent, however it does have a few flaws. The inner is pretty saggy, it could do with a 2 way zip on the outer door and the pole sleeve being on the inside seems to be of no advantage but does make thing quite awkward if you want to take out or put in the inner whilst the outer is up. If you addressed these issues it would be one of the best tents in the world.
Wild camp in Scotland
October 12, 2019
Fantastic all season tent for serious use
I bought my first Microlight while working in Australia in 1998. I had it for fifteen years and used it in all sorts of places from Queensland to Iceland and Norway in winter, but mostly in wet and windy Scotland throughout the year. Eventually I gave it to a friend's son who still uses it. I then bought myself another. It's not the lightest tent on the market, but it is extremely robust and weatherproof and I would choose it over more expensive and lighter options which don't have the same toughness. I haven't had any real issues with pitching or condensation, as mentioned by others, although the fly sometimes gets a bit damp. But this is a trade off. You either have weather resistance or ventilation. Difficult to have both. I'd rather have the former. Two of my friends now swear by this tent too. It's good that Macpac haven't surrendered to the lightness over usefulness trend that most of the other brands seem to have fallen victim to.
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October 8, 2019
Micro light tent
I found this tent to be very good, nice light and compact, easy to put up and pack up. I purchased more pegs for the fly as I found on the tops you need to have the storm ropes out and pegged down. Condensation is an issue, and if you need to pack up in the rain the storage bag is too small when you try to cram it in quickly
April 21, 2019
7 months ago
7 months ago
I used this tent for many years in USA on the PCT, across Corsica for the GR20, numerous treks in NZ, in Australia, in Yosemite, all across the UK, slept in 60mm of water in Wales-never got wet. Sadly it went under water in a local flood in 2011 and I will buy another. Great tent with the best floor in the business. Footprints are useless if you're sitting in water.
June 6, 2018
This tent quite literally saved our lives
Just got back from a trip you don't want. A friend & I got caught out on the tops in Tararuas, exhausted and in trouble. We opted to hunker down on the leeward side of the ridge on a slightly less angled slope about 1.5m by .75 m. Just barely big enough to pitch the tent. We spent 20 hours, two of us huddled inside with a 300m drop below us and 160km wind gusts. After setting off our PLB and hanging on, my pack was tied to one end and the wind kept picking it up and trying to sail away, but the tent held on! It literally did save our lives until SAR got to us. It didn't rip, protected us from the lashing rain, and near freezing conditions. Unfortunately SAR wouldn't try and save it, so it's on the loose somewhere, but I am going to replace it! Thanks Macpac for making such good gear.
April 19, 2018
I am using microlight tent from last one year. It's easy to put up, lightweight, enough room for one person and a backpack. It has also survived in heavy winds and storms beautifully. I would highly recommend this tent.
February 6, 2018
Purchased in 2002 and it's still going strong. Good all year round including uk winter, snow and wind. Easy to put up and take down. Cosy ie warm. Great for one small person with motorbike stuff.
November 7, 2017
Needs more ventiolation!
After 2 month of every day use: A lot of condensation even with the vent window fully open. Just needs an additional vent to create air flow. This was very annoying.
October 22, 2017
Peg inner and outer separately
I have had one for years, hundreds of nights. Never pitch inner and outer together with the buckles supplied. Outer up first to suit ground levels etc. Then the inner to suit and always with max tension to prevent sagging. Take the inner down and pack it first; then pack rest of your gear; then the fly as the very last before setting off. Brilliant tent if pitched to suit both it and the weather - learn from experience and you will both improve with age!
August 21, 2017
An awesome tent, but sagging issues need fixing
Love this tent and have used many times for tramping in all conditions. Very waterproof and never had any leakage issues. Love the double skin and lack on mesh on the inner - keeps the tent warm in winter (you can simply take the fly or keep the door unzipped in summer). The only issue is the sagging of the sides inside the tent. This is a design fault that Macpac really needs to fix in this tent. A number of friends in my tramping club have this tent and we all agree this is the only downside of this tent - no matter how much tension you put on the tent, it still sags. Hope this will be passed onto the Macpac designers to look at - with a few tweaks this tent will be unstoppable!!
July 28, 2017
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Would the Microlight be large enough for a normal sized guy and a medium size dog?
BEST ANSWER: Some great advice from customers there Sean. Out 2 cents...….If you don’t mind your pack being stored in the vestibule (there is enough space for this, but it can get in the way of the door) then yes. Inside the inner of my Microlight I can fit myself (180cm, 70kg) and my 65ltr pack and it's pretty snug. Thanks.
Is there enough room for 2 people?
BEST ANSWER: Hi Jacob, this tent is designed as a one person tent. Two people would be a bit of a squeeze.
I am 201cm (6'7") so tent length is a big issue. What are the dimensions of the floor?
BEST ANSWER: Hello Peter,
2200mm x 1300mm and height 1000mm.
2200mm x 1300mm and height 1000mm.