A four-season, plus two you never knew existed, tent. Absolutely bomb proof design, but a trifle on the small side for two. My son who works in Fiordland, NZ, has owned one for a number of years and this tent has never let him down winter or summer. It is heavy at just short of 6 lbs, but the weight is worth it when the going gets really tough. On a trip out to Pysegur there were force 12 hurricane winds and torrential rain, a little inland and in a more sheltered site we spent two days tent bound. Full review
The standard by which other tents could be judged. Capable of keeping you dry and sheltered in gale force winds and torrential rain—this, after all, is what a four-season tent is all about. The first Minaret I ever used was loaned to me by a good friend for a trip into the central North Island sub alpine country in summer. That was over fifteen years ago. This version was over 10 years old and was pretty faded but it still did a good job. A few years later I purchased another one secondhand that… Full review
Daypack with challenges; customer service slow but eventually responsive. I purchased the Macpac Kahu 22 while in New Zealand in December 2016 and, having returned to Canada, and after light use, by April 2017 two holes appeared at the bottom of the bag. The customer service person said my photos were unconvincing and that I would have to mail the pack to New Zealand for repair, costing Can $75. I bought a new pack from Mountain Equipment Coop instead. I requested they send me the patch kit, and… Full review
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
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.