User Review: Macpac Minaret
Design: ALPINE GRADE TWO-POLE TUNNEL
Ease of Setup: POSSIBLE TO PITCH FLY AND INNER TENT SIMULTANEOUSLY IN BAD WEATHER. POLES SECURED AT END OF CONTINUOUS SLEEVES, SO ONE PERSON SETUP IN STRONG WINDS - NO PROBLEM.
Weight: 2.4Kg (new pegs)
Price Paid: approx. £300 UK
An exceptionally light tent. Outstanding groundsheet. Stable in strong winds. The inner tent can be reduced in size to allow more cooking space in the vestibule.
I do not have a single complaint after using this tent in freezing and WET Scottish mountain winters, and a sweltering hot summer in the Picos De Europa in Northern Spain.
Perhaps not ideal as a base-camp tent because of the lack of head room for extended periods. However, as a lightweight mountain tent for backpackers, it will handle some of the worst.
The tent can be pitched outer alone (v.light), inner alone (when it's hot and dry), or both at once (v. quick, and stops the inner getting wet). The fine mesh of the inner tent provides excellent ventilation (one opening at either end of the tent), yet prevents entry of all insect life.
This one replaced a Marmot Peapod which was so leaky it was quite literally a bathtub in its first British winter.
Worth every penny.