User Review: Macpac Microlight
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $315 AUS
The Macpac Microlight is a versatile tent especially for a 46-year-old Dad, me, wanting to introduce his 5-year-old daughter to the Australian Alps and for a once competent 20-something telemarker to give it go again this snow season on battered knees. At 46 I unashamedly want 4-season gear to be lightweight and this delivers at 1.5 kgs. I've heard it's perhaps too warm for Australian summer conditions but then you can't have everything, where would I put it! I thought the vestibule was generous and workable, possible to keep all gear covered and cook. I am 5'8" FYI, something to consider.
- Well thought out.
- Generous 1 person interior.
- Good size mesh gear storage pocket.
- Harsh to report any!
- Would like to be able to purchase a floor, maybe you can.
After using the Macpac Olympus for over 25 years I required another tent to introduce my 5 year old daughter to the wonders of the alpine wilderness (I did not want to hall a 3.5kg tent plus Teddy on my own).
After searching for a suitable tent it occurred to me that I have been in blizzards in my Olympus on numerous occasions where the tent would be flattened to face level then dutifully stand to attention only to be flattened again and re-stand itself. So it finally occurred to me, why would I consider any other brand?
My daughter and I set off for Mt. Howitt, Australia, last weekend. There had been snow and temps got well below freezing. What versatility the Microlight offers, a generous lightweight 1-man for me or for my daughter and I until she's at least 10 I'd say. She said she slept as "snug as a bug in a rug," and I slept soundly feeling that I had taken my daughter's safety seriously in purchasing a tent that I could trust above the snow line.
I'm yet to try it in heavy snow and feel that with cautious orientation and perhaps building a snow wall the Microlight would survive heavy falls with adequate snow pegs (I'M GUESSING THOUGH). I'm intending to give it a go this snow season.