User Review: Macpac Minaret
Design: 4 Season 2 pole tunnel
Ease of Setup: Easy
Price Paid: $AUD 450 (12 yrs ago)
We love this tent. My wife and I have used this extensively over the last 12 years bushwalking in Australia -- Tasmania and NSW. It has had to stand very wild, wet and windy conditions (though we haven't tried it in the snow) and has always come through with flying colours. In bad conditions you appreciate the amazing thought and detail in its design which makes life so much more comfortable.
Due to its design and pole sleeves sewn into the fly, when pitched into the wind and guyed out, it is rock solid. The continuous pole sleeves and ability to erect the tent and fly in one go make it quick to erect even when the tent and everything else is wet. I can set it up in a couple of minutes singlehanded. After 12 years, it still hasn't leaked!
Things I like include the extendible vestibule (you can unclip the inner when the tent is pitched, to increase the vestibule area) which allows a large storage or sheltered entry when the rain is bucketing down. The vestibule can be entered through either the main door or one of the triangular side flaps. This allows very flexible ventilation when the wind and rain are up, as well as a sheltered entry (through one of the side flaps) without exposing the gear in the vestibule or the inner to the elements. While the inner dimensions are quite cosy it has its room in the right places and feels bigger than it is. The maximum height and width is near the door. The inner mesh pockets are in the right places. There are a variety of ways the main entrance can be unzipped, allowing you to leave quite a bit open even in bad weather. It's nice to have a window when tentbound by the elements.
While this tent is an overkill for good weather or summer camping (we just use something like a tarp then), where the weather is wild, cold or marginal, this is a tent you can rely on.