Built with a three-pole tunnel design, the Olympus tent is made for aerodynamic stability in high winds and strength under load. 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. Several features make this tent a favourite among trampers and climbers. The spacious vestibule provides sheltered entry with storm flaps and plenty of space for cooking and gear storage. Warm enough for a snowy night on a high pass, the dual entry points and double doors provide excellent airflow when it gets hot during the summer. A unique four-vent system encourages airflow, managing condensation without compromising insulation. The four-season Olympus tent is designed to support two people and their gear above and below the snowline. Warmer than the two-season Duolight tent, but also heavier, the Olympus is the best choice if you value durability and wish to use a tent in full alpine conditions. If you are looking for a three-season tunnel tent, the slightly smaller Minaret may be a better option.
|Floor Area (m2)||3|
|Floor Fabric||Torrentwear™ XP|
|Fly Fabric||UV30™ SI|
|Inner Fabric||40d Ripstop Nylon|
|Pole Type||DAC Featherlite NSL / 9.6mm|
|Rolled Size (cm)||55 x 15|
|Minimum Weight (kg)||2.8|
|Total Weight (kg)||3.1|
|Vestibule Area (m²)||1.5|
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 walked the Bibbulmun track end to end with this tent solo. At 3kg+ it is a little heavy for one person to schlep 1000km but when night time crept in I was happy to have such luxurious space to stretch out in. As a two person mountaineering tent the Olympus is amazing; super tough floor, dual entry and enough head room to sit up in thanks to the third pole. You can set it up with multiple guys points to really hunker down when a storms a blowing, or pitch it with only 4 stakes and the inner on a fine night as a refuge from mosquitos and other things that go bump in the night. A very versatile bombproof piece of kit. 2 thumbs up and 5 stars
Bought this after mucking about with cheap tents. Once you've woken up one too many times with the tent around your ears in a howling gale with vertical rain, enough is enough. This tent is easy to pitch even in a strong wind, has enough room for all the gear I carry and then some. Just remember that you have to seal the seams when you get it home. Buy an extra tube of sealant while you're at it, (make sure you get the right stuff meant for silicone) it will save you the agro/frustration of ordering one later. I take this on tramping trips, fishing trips and camping with my daughter. It's not the lightest tent out there, but, you get what you pay for. "Cheap is expensive" as they say. This isn't cheap, but it is very good value.
I brought this tent way back in early 90,s when at uni (purple colour). It is still going strong no hole no tears just regular water proofing. Has been abused on treks png ,Iceland, Europe Australia, raging artic storms while in island of sky. So 20 years from a tent. Yep. Value dependability.
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!
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!
Doug, USA, 06/02/18
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!
Peter Lezaich, 17/05/18
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.
I have used this tent on many multiway trips/hikes in Australia. Very sturdy, can withstand ridiculous winds and snow loads, and the generous pockets inside are great for storing everything from gear to books. The large vestibule is great for storage of packs as well as for cooking in in really inclement weather. The dual entry is also a great plus. However, as the only downside, the second door and the asymmetric design limits pitching flexibility, the smaller door could be improved by increasing the vestibule size so as to give a bit more flexibility to the overall set up. Aside from that minor (and workable) problem, the size, weight and quality of the Olympus is great.