Disappointing necessity. Thought we would buy a well known quality pack to do the Milford and Kepler tracks back to back. Selling point was the fact they were supposedly waterproof. That means the pack is slightly heavier to start with, but is then not affected by rain. Bad mistake. Packs suck water like a wet and dry vacuum. Sleeping bags and clothing got wet. Packs became heavier. Between tramps had to purchase a pack cover each (pain in the arse) and some dry bags. My wife's fitted OK, but my… Full review
Legendary mountain tent for Australia / New Zealand. I have been camping, hiking, XC skiing, and mountaineering for 40 (+) years and have owned many (many) tents. Winter experience covers most of the Australian alps, Antarctica, NZ, Patagonia, and a very cold German winter. This is the only 4-season tent I have ever owned, and I suspect that it will last me the next 20 years. The Macpac Olympus is a very popular / highly regarded tent, particularly in Australia / NZ. Macpac is a proud Kiwi company… Full review
Used a roughly 12- or 14-year-old Minaret tent last year when crossing the Pyrenees from the Atlantic to the Mediterranean (the High Route, not the GR10). So for seven weeks two men (from New Zealand) slept in it nearly every night. We solved the small vestibule problem by leaving one pack outside at night with a pack cover on it. We set off in 36 degrees Celsius and hit minus 6 at the base of Pic Carlit. We had rain, heat, cold, and wind. The Minaret handled it all with aplomb. Quick to erect and… Full review
I personally think any Macpac backpack is a good pack. Expect a heavy pack but also expect a durable tough rugged made for NZ pack. I tramped some serious trails and my Cascades new and old have held up extremely well. This well made pack is in Macpac's classic pack range. I have one of these from 1992 and it's been repaired over the years but is still a great pack to use. I recently acquired a new Macpac Cascade and I was interested to see how it preformed compared to my old one. And it didn't… Full review
Most reliable in all weather and climate conditions, robust and long living, easy to pitch, spacious, would never buy another one. We have used one Citadel for more than 10 years now and it just now starts to show signs of wear and the outer material breaks in places of repetitive use like the tubes the poles run through. But it has been pitched in all kinds of weather and climate conditions in heavy rain and storm, in strong sunlight and heat, on beaches, in rain forests and in the desserts and… Full review
Macpac was founded in 1973 by Bruce McIntyre, who started making packs in his parents’ Christchurch, New Zealand, garage. In 2008, Macpac was purchased by Mouton Noir Ltd, which also owns Fairydown.