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Macpac Minaret Hiking Tent

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Macpac Minaret Hiking Tent

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Why we made this
One of our most versatile tents, this Macpac classic is a warm and highly-functional three-season tunnel tent, made for hiking and summer mountaineering.
  • Product Description
    Built with a two-pole tunnel design, the Minaret tent is made for aerodynamic stability in high winds and strength under load. The Minaret’s two-pole design cuts down on weigh significantly. 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 tramper or climber, the single vestibule provides space for cooking and gear storage, and can be expanded using the retractable floor. Warm enough for a cold night on a high mountain pass, we've also included a large double door that can provide airflow when it gets hot during the summer. A unique four-vent system encourages airflow, managing condensation without compromising insulation. The three-season Minaret tent is designed to support two trampers or climbers above and below the snowline. Warmer than the two-season Duolight tent, but also slightly heavier, the Minaret is the best choice if you value durability and wish to comfortably use a tent in alpine conditions. If you are looking for a four-season tunnel tent, the slightly larger Olympus may be a better option.
  • Design features
    Two-pole tunnel system creates aerodynamic stability and strength under load
    DAC Featherlite® NSL™ poles, giving strength and stability while being better for the planet
    Single vestibule provides sheltered entry
    Retractable floor gives cooking and gear storage options
    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)2.35
    Pole TypeDAC Featherlite NSL 9.6 mm
    Pole Count2
    Pitching SystemMulti-Pitch™  
    Persons2
    Vestibule Size (m2)0.57
    Dimensions HxWxD (cm)43 x 14 (rolled size)
    Weight (g)2400 (Max), 2100 (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®







4.8 / 5.0
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Bombproof in wind
I've used my Minaret in a range of conditions (all in Australia) ranging from Southwest Tasmania to Kosciuszko and warmer areas of Northern NSW in Summer. The tent has been great so far. It was better suited to the mild and cold conditions though.

The only time this tent becomes uncomfortable is in very warm conditions (which are quite common if you're camping around Australia in summer). If you do most of your camping in summer then this isn't the right tent for you. As soon as the sun hits the tent in the morning you really can't stay in the tent as it gets so hot. The full nilon inner and single door design don't allow for much ventilation.

I had 1 day in Kosciuszko where the winds got over 100 Km/h and the tent stood up all day perfectly. The poles got a little bent but that doesn't matter too much. Its also super easy to set up and having the inner and fly attached before you set it up means that it doesn't get wet if its raining!

Overall if you're looking for a tent that will suit wet and windy conditions as well as mild conditions this tent is fantastic. If you are camping in hot conditions this isn't the best choice.
May 1, 2019
My adventure companion for 15 years
I recently retired my minaret for an Olympus after 15 years of use all over the world. It never let me down. Snow, hail rain, and a memorable lightning storm on my buggery in Australia. Performed flawlessly. Did 3 month trip through Europe sleeping in it every day. At the end of the trip my wife and I thought it had got bigger. Took me to so many places and repaid the purchase cost many times over!
October 16, 2018
Amazing Tent
I use this tent for tramping in alpine areas, search and Rescue operations and general tramping. Just recently got back from a trip on a glacier with winds we couldn't stand up in, tent held up perfectly and I didn't have any worries it was going to collapse. Fits two nicely including the dog in the triangle above my head (a good head warmer). It's light and small enough that I always take it in my pack.
February 9, 2018
A fortress in the wildest conditions
I was always concerned about getting an alpine tent and whether I could meet my need for functionality and compatibility with the conditions I’d be using it in, but also my preference for less weight. I’d heard and read the Minaret was a fortress in the wild conditions we can get here in New Zealand and only weighing in at 2.4kg, I decided this was the one I would go for. Since then I have pitched up in some testing environments and my Minaret has held strong without a bother.
The two-pole tunnel system is very easy to set up, combined with the UV fly sheet which provides great protection when the weather gets challenging.
I love the interior pockets the tent has, preventing clutter in and around the tent as well as the ability to retract the interior floor which can provide options for storage as well as cooking.

I honestly love this tent and from what I have experienced using it, I would highly recommend for anyone taking on New Zealand’s outdoors, it’s awesome!
October 9, 2017
best tent !
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April 2, 2017
25 years of dry nights
I have had my Minaret for over 25 years and have subjected it to the harshest conditions New Zealand has to offer. I can testify that it stands up to 10 inchs of rain in one night in Fjiordland and 4 feet of snow on Mount Cook!
I don't understand those that complain about size, I am 5'10 and have found it no problem with two people. The 'odd' shape of the floor/vestibule is to accommodate your pack under cover but not cluttering your tent space-it works!
I am sure I will continue to get many more years out of my 'old reliable'
March 21, 2017
shorty but plump, sleeping naughty, think about it. Qualuty is absolute.
November 25, 2016
Nearly 20 and still going strong
Bought circa 1997 and used mainly for ski touring, often with heavy wind, snow and/or rain; it's currently snowing outside. Has withstood everything so far, with no major problems. I agree with others who've said it's comfortable for one and tight for two, but two is possible, and the relatively compact footprint means the tent will fit in spaces where some will not. I've never separated the inner and outer, the single pitch saving time, hassle and helping keep things dry.

It would be nice if the Minaret could be made to weigh nothing yet still have more space inside - like the Tardis - but ultimately it's a very reliable and weatherproof shelter. Whether the size and shape suits is a personal call...
September 27, 2016
Great Walks Review
The Minaret is a long-standing classic tunnel from Kiwi brand Macpac and it’s easy to see why. Although it took a bit more of a struggle to erect than most, especially for a lone camper, I got the feeling it could withstand a force 9 gale when fully pegged out. Luckily I wasn’t in a position to test that hypothesis. On the other end of the scale, four well-placed vents ensured a decent through-breeze.

The Minaret’s other positive features included all three pitching options and a curious asymmetrical floor plan: due to a diagonal protrusion into the vestibule, one side is 1.7m long and the other is a good 2.1m, surely long enough for 99% of hikers.

Not that tall? The extra space is great for night storage, and during wet days it retracts to enable maximum vestibule area. Pretty neat. The other important thing to consider about the Minaret is that the 30D flysheet is siliconised both inside and outside (known as sil/sil nylon) to ensure maximum strength.

This process prevents seam tape sticking to the fabric, thus necessitating the use of seam sealant glue – Sil Net – which is included with the tent and must be applied at home. Don’t panic – this is a simple procedure and should not put you off considering this tent. All these features add up to a fair weight, but if you’re going out adventuring in foul weather then a few hundred grams extra is a small price to pay to stay safe.

Check out the blog at: http://www.greatwalks.com.au/gear/tent-review-macpac-minaret
September 8, 2016
Reliable old school design
Decided to move back to a proper tent after checking out the "coffin tent" craze. You can actually live in this tent, tie up a line to dry your gear (so important!), clean yourself, be confident it won't collapse around you in a storm or get wet from too much condensation which is a huge problem with those single pole adventure racing jobs.
It is very well constructed, fabric quality is top notch. I don't know about others but I have found it easy to pitch, even on my own in 80+ kph winds.
Yes it's an old school design but ultimately it's much more versitile than many smaller tents commonly seen these days - decent tunnels are now becoming hard to find.
Only critisism is that I would really describe this as a 3+ season "1.5" person tent - if your looking for a full time two person than something a little bigger would be a better choice, especially taking into consideration the floor shape and vestibule space.
Weight is actually less than stated (mine came in at 2.15kg TOTAL) but at the end of the day weight really isn't everything and a don't mind the extra half kilo for a truely solid bit of kit.
August 17, 2016
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What is the difference between the two types of pegs? What is their intended use?
joshua s on Apr 26, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hello Joshua, One set is for the fly and the other set is for the tent itself. Thanks.
What is the internal dimensions? I see the specs show area but I'm more curious about width, length and height. Thanks.
Manoel M on Jan 6, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hello Manoel. Height is 1000mm / Width is 1150mm / Length internal is 2100mm with a vestibule length of 400mm
I have a Macpac Minaret tent, what do you use to water treat/tight the fly sheet? .. thanks Aydan
Fuzzy on Dec 26, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Hello Aydan. We recommend checking our our Tent Accessories page: https://www.macpac.co.nz/equipment/tents/tent-accessories