Macpac Microlight Hiking Tent


Macpac Microlight Hiking Tent, Kiwi, hi-res



Macpac Microlight Hiking Tent

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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.
  • Product Description
    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.
  • Design features
    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)

  • Product Specifications
    Outer FabricUV30™ SI - 30D Nylon Ripstop, with Silicone Coating (needs to be manually seam sealed - SilNet™ seam sealer provided)
    Tent Inner Fabric40D Nylon Ripstop
    Main Fabric Hydrostatic Head (mm)3000
    Floor FabricTorrentwear™ XP 10,000mm HH
    Floor Area (m2)2.1
    Pole TypeDAC Featherlite NSL 9.6 mm
    Pole Count1
    Pitching SystemMulti-Pitch™  
    Vestibule Size (m2)1.2
    Dimensions HxWxD (cm)41 x 14 (rolled size)
    Weight (g)1600 (Max), 1400 (Min)
  • Care
    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®

4.5 / 5.0
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Trustworthy and easy to manage.
My third microlight in thirty years. An excellent and trustworthy tent for all seasons.
January 11, 2020
Robust, durable, and not too heavy. You can't go wrong here.
I am very pleased with my choice of tent - the Macpac Microlight - after agonising over the decision for so long. (The Macpac Sololight was the other main contender, but in the end I chose durability over lightness.)

I slept in my Microlight for the second time the other night. This was a second test run to see how well it performed, but this time I deliberately chose a night when I knew it was going to rain. And it rained alright. It absolutely hosed down. But I stayed warm and dry all night.

The Microlight is robust, easy to pitch, and not too heavy. It has plenty of room for one person, it is a breeze to pitch and take down, and the Multipitch system offers incredible versatility.

I was aware of three potential issues people had identified with the Microlight, but I found all of them were either easily resolved or were non-issues.

The first was that the limpet shape resulted in minimal living space. While it is true that the shape does significantly reduce the internal volume, I found I had plenty of room. I put my boots, poles and cooking gear etc. in the vestibule, and there was plenty of room inside the tent for my pack, clothes, and stuff I needed to keep completely dry.

The second was condensation. I observed this myself the first time I used it, but this time I completely resolved it simply by leaving the inner door very slightly open at the top.

The third was sagging. But I found this was not an issue because I took the time to pitch it properly.

All up, if you want a versatile and robust one person tent, you can't go wrong with the Microlight.

If your most important consideration is travelling light over summer, you might be better off with the Sololight. But if you don’t want to be limited by the seasons and you want something that is going to stand up to whatever the weather might throw at you, the Microlight is well worth the extra couple of hundred grams.

I had wondered for months whether I had made the right decision here. Now I know I did.
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October 18, 2019
187cm tall
I have had this tent for several years and it has served me well. Nice and light and warm, easy to pitch and pack up. I am 187cm tall with medium build so I it is only just big enough for me.
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October 18, 2019
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
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
10 months ago
fantastic tent
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 7, 2018
fantastic tent
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
Great tent
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 7, 2018
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Would the Microlight be large enough for a normal sized guy and a medium size dog?
Sean R on Apr 21, 2019
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?
Jacob on Feb 1, 2019
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?
Peter C on Sep 4, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hello Peter,

2200mm x 1300mm and height 1000mm.

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Macpac Team