Macpac Olympus Alpine Tent — Two Person


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Macpac Olympus Alpine Tent — Two Person

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Why we made this
Our most iconic tent, the Olympus is a two-person, four-season alpine tunnel tent — designed for hiking and climbing in New Zealand's harshest weather conditions.
  • Product Description
    Constructed with a three-pole tunnel design, the four-season Olympus is our classic alpine tent. Engineered for maximum durability and aerodynamic stability in high winds, the Olympus comfortably sleeps two people. The Multi-Pitch™ system offers ultimate versatility, allowing you to pitch the fly and inner together or separately. In addition, the Olympus's design also allows you to pitch the fly and inner at the same time while connected — an advantage in wet weather. The waterproof UV30™ SI fly is made from a silicone-coated nylon fabric known for its strength, water resistance and UV protection. It has a 3,000 mm hydrostatic head. Please note, this fly needs to be manually seam sealed with the provided SilNet™ seam sealer. A Torrentwear™ XP tub floor design is both waterproof and durable, keeping the water out and removing the need for a separate footprint. Three DAC Featherlite NSL poles are included — these poles are developed through DAC's 'green anodizing' process which helps to minimise toxic chemicals in the production process, which is better for workers and the environment. The tent offers dual entry points with a large vestibule (complete with storm/snow flaps) for shelter cooking and gear storage. It has an internal double door, mesh panelling and a four vent system for improved airflow in the warmer months.
  • Design features
    Two person alpine tunnel tent with three-pole Multi-Pitch™ design
    Waterproof UV30™ SI fly has a 3,000 mm hydrostatic head — please note, is fly needs to be manually seam sealed with SilNet™ seam sealer (provided)
    Torrentwear™ XP floor is waterproof with a 10,000 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 entry with a spacious vestibule, complete with storm/snow flaps
    Internal mesh and double-door system for improved airflow
    Unique four vent air system
  • Product Specifications
    Outer FabricUV30™ SI 100% Nylon Ripstop, 30D with Silicone coating — needs to be manually seam sealed with SilNet™ seam sealer (provided)
    Tent Inner Fabric100% Nylon Ripstop (40D)
    Outer Fabric Hydrostatic Head (mm)3000
    Floor FabricTorrentwear™ XP 100% Nylon (70D/210T with PU coating) — 10,000 mm Hydrostatic Head
    Floor Area (m2)2.97
    Pole TypeDAC Featherlite NSL 9.6 mm
    Pole Count3
    Pitching SystemMulti-Pitch™  
    Vestibule Size (m2)1.5
    Dimensions HxWxD (cm)55 x 15 (rolled size)
    Weight (g)3100 (Max), 2800 (Min)
  • 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
14 Reviews
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I really recommend this tent. I have used it on the route burn and loved it. I really love the yellow colour too.
October 9, 2020
Great Tramping tent
I have had this tent for about 5 years now, it is exactly as i expected. It is an alpine tent not a camping tent. This is a tent for people that know what their doing. It has fantastic capabilites in high winds and snow loading. Have used it in Patagona where the winds are frequently over 100km/h. Had plenty of nights where my Olympus was the only tent left standing in the camping area. I have used it all around Scandinavia while touring on my motorcycle, so it has seen more than its fair share of rain. I would like to get a freestanding tent for the bike, but the vestibule on the olympus is just too useful with all my wet motorcycle gear, and it offers good head room for its pack down size. Again this is a tent for the serious, not the weekend sand pit warrior. It's easy to put up in high winds (because it is not free standing) and gives a worry free dry nights sleep.
June 28, 2020
I love my original tent that much l just bought another one to thoroughly enjoy a bit of well made kit.
I bought my original purple slug in 1980 and have used it consistently ever since and its still going strong, how can you get a better five-star review than that. 39years old now, a bit low on ventilation and warm in summer but nothing a second fly or a bit of shade doesn't fix. The original fly ripstop nylon is now white but showing no real signs of wear and tear will adversely affect it's further use. I have been accused of being a bit fussy at times though.
November 28, 2019
Pretty good tent for extreme conditions, but not suitable for general camping in my experience.
Tent is pretty good but is not freestanding, if you can't get the pegs in it won't stand up.
The tent comes with four robust looking pegs along with some badic pegs.
The robust looking pegs all broke (the tops pulled off) by their third use.
Because I had bought the tent tk be used up in Alaska and so much of the ground there is rock and gravel I couldn't get the pegs in so I ended up buying another tent that was freestanding.
The other issue I had with the tent is that the inside of the fly was constantly wet because of condensation and because it is so heavily attached to the inner it made it extremely had to dry.
It is a very good tent but as a camping tent you could definitely buy something more appropriate.
As a four season tent for extreme conditions I think it's pretty good as it is quite robust and you can keep draughts out easily.
September 18, 2019
New tent made in Vietnam
Those reviews stating they had the tent 30 years or more give misleading info and should be deleted. Sealing it yourself not that easy. Have just been in southern NSW and tent not that easy to set up. Poles do not go into pockets without help, nor do they come out in one go, poles pull apart in process. Would not recommend this tent, buy a MD four season tent instead.
June 14, 2019
This tent can save your life when the weather goes to hell.
We all know the Olympus is amazing. I never had one but freinds I camped with did. It's an amazing tent for extreme weather I had its little sister the purple Minaret. Had it for decades and used it snow camping in various ranges around the world. Back then, the Minaret was the 2-person version and the Olympus was the 3-person tent. So have you put a media room into the Olympus and relabelled it a 2-person tent? :-)
January 23, 2019
I've had my Olympus for 30 years, the original purple slug, and it is still going strong. I look after it and it has looked after me from the snowy mountains to central Australia and everywhere in between.
I am the lucky owner of the original purple slug, bought way back in 1988. It is without doubt the best tent that I have ever owned. A bit heavy by todays standards but absolutely bomb proof. I've camped up on the main range in Kosciszko NP and everywhere else from the coast to central Australia in this tent and it is still going strong. I'm 195 cm in height and this tent is roomy enough for me to sit up in and has enough room for two blokes and their gear up in the snow. If the new models are as good as my original then they would have to be the best value for money tent on the market.
May 17, 2018
I have owned a dozen different tents and slept in dozens of others, from TNF VE-25 to the no-hitch pitch-tents, 4-person to bivy sacks, and my 1997 purple Zenith Olympus is my favorite.
It's been to the desert and mountains, 40C summer camping to -25C winter mountaineering and has always worked like a charm.
The thick floor is heavier than other tents, but after 20 years I still never worry about holes or leaks.
With three poles to slide through sleeves, it's the fastest, most simple tent I've ever set up. When the fly and tent are left connected you never have to worry about your tent getting soaked when setting up in the rain. Free-standing tents are nice, but I've never found a location that I couldn't securely guy out this tent -dirt, rock slabs, sand, snow, ice, there's always something to use.
It's not as bulky as many other mountain tents, but has plenty of room for two.
I hope you always make this tent, because it will be the only two person tent I ever buy. Thank you MACPAC!
February 6, 2018
Bought my Olympus like some of the other reviews, in the '90s and it has stood up incredibly.
This tent saw me through a storm in the West Coast alps which dumped 4 1'2 feet of snow, brutal winds and torrential rain. It has seen me through many hunting trips and endured mother natures wrath brilliantly.
Very fast to set up and bomber to live in when guyed out I couldn't be happier with it!
Like some of the other reviews mine is purple and for a 20+ year old tent it is awesome. Great quality, materials and time honored design with great space!
One of those purchases I will NEVER regret!
January 18, 2018
Old School Rugged
Pulled the old Olympus out of the shed this week after 12 years break to camp with my young son for the first time. Still going strong. Old design, originally purchased in the early '90s, it'd have to be 25+ years old now. Still waterproof. Its been to Tassy a couple of times, over the Arctic Circle, out in the snow. Terrific bit of kit. The only repairs required: straightening the tent pegs!
April 20, 2017
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Hi there, What is the width of the narrowest points? You have the width at the widest points on the diagram, but I would like to know whether my double pad will fit at the narrowest points (width 120cm)? Cheers
Josh l on Nov 26, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hello Joshua,

We don't have the exact measurements, but you should be able to fit your 120cm pad in the tent.

Kind Regards,
The Macpac Team
Do you still make the Plateau?
NIGEL F on Apr 12, 2020

We are not manufacturing the Plateau at the moment. However we have a larger version of the two-person Plateau tent. It is called Aspiring tent - designed to support three people in alpine or polar conditions, through all four seasons!

Kind Regards,
The Macpac Team!
What would be an experts' thoughts? Are there any major differences between the Minaret tent and the Olympus tent apart from the extra 600-800 grams? What tent would be best for bush hunting and high ridge hiking with strong winds and rain? Is the Olympus easy to pitch and set up with the third pole or is the Minaret a more simple pitching option? cheers
Jacob on Oct 30, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hello Jacob,

In terms of pitching and how it will handle in strong rain and winds the two tents are pretty similar to each other. The main difference is that the Olympus is an alpine tent vs. the Minaret which is a hiking tent - essentially this means that Olympus is made for use in full alpine conditions. If you won't be in any alpine conditions, the Minaret is definitely the better option.

Kind regards,
The Macpac Team
Hi. Will the poles from the old purple Olympus fit this new model?
Brent P on Feb 23, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hello Brent, if the original tent was purchased before 2004 then no the old poles will not be compatible with the new model. Cheers :)
hi does this tent come with foot print?
wardie on Feb 15, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi Michael, this tent is designed with a highly durable water proof flooring that does not require a footprint. I hope this is helpful.

Thanks the Macpac Team