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. The floor is built with our legendary Torrentwear™ XP tub, designed for maximum waterproofness and durability. 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.
|Floor Area (m2)||2.35|
|Floor Fabric||Torrentwear™ XP|
|Fly Fabric||UV30™ SI|
|Inner Fabric||40d Ripstop Nylon|
|Pole Type||DAC Featherlite NSL / 9.6mm|
|Rolled Size (cm)||43 x 14|
|Minimum Weight (kg)||2.1|
|Total Weight (kg)||2.4|
|Vestibule Area (m²)||0.57|
UV30™ SI is a 30-denier double ripstop nylon 66 fabric with a high thread count. It is waterproofed with multiple coats of silicone elastomer on both the inside and outside of the fabric. The combination of a double ripstop construction, nylon 66 and silicone coatings give UV30™ SI unrivalled strength. The silicone coating also provides superb UV resistance which significantly reduces the damaged done by the sun.
Torrentwear™ XP is a densely woven nylon with multiple PU coatings for maximum durability and outstanding water resistance. The fabric provides an extremely high level of durability with exceptional abrasion resistance and tear strength. Tents with Torrentwear™ XP fabric have a tub design that wraps up the sides of our tents with all floor seams are sealed in our factory for greater waterproof performance.
Constant research and testing makes DAC Featherlite poles among the best-balanced tent poles on the market. Featherlite NSL™ is the latest development of tent pole from DAC. The design allows a continuous thin wall build with expanded ends. This allows the poles to be lightweight and strong.
Featherlite NSL uses Green Anodizing™ processing which minimises the toxic chemicals used during the coating process. Macpac uses DAC Featherlite NSL™ 9.0 mm and the 9.6 mm poles according to the specific requirement of each tent.
You are best to clean your tent with a natural soap (non-detergent; e.g. pure soap, vegetable soap, Granger's Tent Clean or Lux Soap Flakes) and a soft-bristled brush or sponge. Rinse well and dry in a well-ventilated area out of direct sunlight.
After washing your tent with a dilute solution of Nikwax Tech Wash, we recommend that you reproof the tent fly with Nikwax Tent & Gear Proof.
Condensation is an ever-present problem when you're trying to stay dry in the outdoors. You have probably experienced the same thing on a wet day when you have just climbed into the car and the windows seem to take forever to clear. In small tents, the problem is exactly the same and shows up as condensation on the inside of the fly.
Condensation is the result of atmospheric conditions, which we cannot prevent, but can only minimize with good design and an understanding of the factors, which can make the problem worse.
During periods of high humidity, such as during rain, it can be impossible to remove or reduce condensation. In these conditions, even a high degree of ventilation can actually increase the condensation rather than reduce it. In dry snow conditions, the humidity is usually very low, which can help to minimize condensation.
The more effective barrier that the tent fly fabric provides to stop rain getting through, the worse the condensation problem will be. This puts our tent designers in a difficult position and they naturally tend to favour keeping the rain out.
Because we all have to live with condensation, Macpac tents are designed with a gap between the fly and the ground, as well as active ventilation systems, to reduce the amount of condensation forming.
I've been in big snow dumps, massive storms and high winds where you can barely stand up in the likes of Patagonia, Tasmanian wilderness and back country Victoria. This tent has stood the tests and the test of time (over 10 years now). Glad to be an owner of such a high quality product.
This is a 4 season tent designed for alipne areas in winter. I understand some reviwer's frustration with wright and size but this is the real deal and will keep you dru im biblical weather. Thete are lighter and larger options for non alpine use.
I had one for 20 years and used it in difficult conditions. However, mo way would i describr it as a 2 man tent it is a big solo. 2 im emetgencies or if you really want togolight with a very good friend. As for cost.? Hey hypothetmia is more costly and this tent lasts.
Just works in the harshest of conditions. To those that whine about the vestibule, it has a retractable floor, undo the clip and make more space out there if you need it! Great to be able to pitch it in the pouring rain and still have a dry tent inside! I've hunted with two and had no problems. Use it for SAR both alone and with a team mate - it just works. Brilliant tent.
Dan Slater, 08/09/16
The Minaret is a long-standing classic tunnel from Kiwi brand Macpac and itâ€™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 wasnâ€™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 Minaretâ€™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 â€“ Sil Net â€“ which is included with the tent and must be applied at home. Donâ€™t panic â€“ 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 youâ€™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
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...
shorty but plump, sleeping naughty, think about it. Qualuty is absolute.
John Coll, 21/03/17
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'
Jack Austin, 09/10/17
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!
Simon , 09/02/18
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.
Camped in Japan in early March and endured HEAVY downpours of 5 C rain. Thought the tent must eventually give out - it did not.
Really only enough space for me and my unpacked gear.
Cooked in the vestibule with the door partially open during rain - to vent carbon monoxide - no problems.
The Minaret was very easy and fast to pitch and take down - which was essential.
Mine is juniper and grey in colour - great for keeping a low profile.
No condensation - lots of adjustable venting.
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.
We recently returned from a 5 day hike. Two of us had a dual entry tent and two of us shared the Macpac minaret.
The significantly cheaper (and lighter) dual entry tent received the thumbs up from all of us because it was easy to pitch, had dual entry, survived the rain and wind very well and had more space inside. The very expensive Minaret, on the other hand, was difficult to erect and take down, had only one entry, and was very cramped. Certainly not impressed. I wonder if this review will be published. This is the most expensive tent I have purchased, but is way down in performance and space.
Too many cut corners largely reducing its outstanding features. very cramped inside not suitable for average bigger one.
Neil , 25/01/16
Diagonally cut floor shape is disconcerting, leaving barely sufficient vestibule space for one pack: definitely not space enough for two. Tent interior is comfortable enough for one person, but would be claustrophobic for two. The tent is well constructed, and I'd be confident in high winds and heavy rain, but I found condensation inside to be a problem.
Had an old minaret for 20 years, and bought the new design as thought couldn't be as bad as had read. Not a fan of the vestibule, can't see the point of it and miss the space. Found it hard to pitch the fly taut, needed lots of adjusting and never managed it Found the fly was constantly flapping in the wind. Not an improvement on the old design and seems flimsier so not sure how would hold up in driving rain and wind.