User Review: Macpac Minaret
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $450
A sturdy four-season tent, lightweight and pretty much bomb proof. Integral pitch design makes it a snap to get up in any sort of weather, but can also have fly and inner pitched seperately.
- Solid in strong wind
- Well made
- Small inner
- Hot in summer
- Small vestibule space
The Minaret is an easy to pitch tent, requiring only a handful of pegs most of the time. The guy lines are pretty much unnecessary unless you are in some really strong wind. It pitches well, once it's pegged out tight, the rest just comes together.
The Minaret stays strong in the roughest of weather, the only real let downs in a bad weather tent day are that it is quite small. The specs say it is a 2-person tent, but I would consider it a 1-person tent, unless the two people are quite small (I'm 6'3 and struggle for space). There is not enough room in the vestibule for 2 packs and boots and other vestibule bits, which means you need to have your pack outside with a cover and make sure you have everything ;)
As a single person tenet, there is enough space in the tent to bring your pack in and it is great. For a rough weather solo tent, it is fantastic. In fact it is more comfortable during a gale, and the ventilation between the fly and inner keeps everything cool.
The only other big downs side is it is very hot in summer, in fact I usually have the main door just closed with the mesh part even in winter with snow outside ... it's that warm.
So for a single person tent that will get you through everything I would thoroughly recommend it. If you have 2 people or aren't going to be tenting in extreme weather (wind, snow) I would look at something else.