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Macpac Citadel

photo: Macpac Citadel three-season tent

Specs

Price Reviewers Paid: $600.00
Weight (minimum) 3.2 kg
Weight (total) 3.5 kg
Persons 3
Floor area (l x w) 1.2/1.9m x 1.6m
Height 1.25m
Vestibule area (l x w) 1x 1.1m2 and 1x 1.8m2
Rolled size 57 x 19cm
Poles 3 DAC Featherlite NSL / 9.6mm

Reviews

3 reviews
5-star:   3
4-star:   0
3-star:   0
2-star:   0
1-star:   0

Superb quality of construction and flexibility of use. Can set up fly and inner together, or fly first, or inner alone (in warm stable weather--needs only two pegs). Easy to separate/ reassemble fly and inner for loadsharing or keeping the inner dry. Two vestibules, one normal (1 m2) and and one large (2 m2). Two double doors in inner, both with mesh for ventilation/ fabric for warmth. Sleeps three, or two in luxury. Excellent groundsheet. Only negative is that the vents in the fly could be even bigger. Highly recommended for two people cycling in all weathers and conditions except exposed high mountain.

Design: three-hoop tunnel
Sleeps: 3
Ease of Setup: Extremely easy (5 mins)
Weight: 4.1 kg complete
Price Paid: ca USD $600

Most reliable in all weather and climate conditions, robust and long living, easy to pitch, spacious, would never buy another one.

Pros

  • Withstands all weather conditions
  • Robust and long living materials
  • Easy to pitch
  • Lots of space

Cons

  • Hard to get spare parts, e.g poles in Europe
  • Weak support from manufacturer in NZ if ever needed

We have used one Citadel for more than 10 years now and it just now starts to show signs of wear and the outer material breaks in places of repetitive use like the tubes the poles run through.

But it has been pitched in all kinds of weather and climate conditions in heavy rain and storm, in strong sunlight and heat, on beaches, in rain forests and in the desserts and in freezing winter conditions with ice and snow all around the globe.

Besides two broken poles it has never given any reason for complaints. It is comfortable, convenient to pitch, spacious and lightweight for its dimensions.

If wet, it dries easily and fast. Packing is uncomplicated, it easily fits into the compression bag which comes with it. The poles could be shorter for better storability but has never been a hinderance.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: app 600$ NZ

I can only agree with Rog. Overall quality, materials, ease of setup are great. Weight is also great for a three-sleeper with such a big vestibule, something I won't miss (It rains? Get inside, fire your cooker, get some food, play football ;-).

With such a good tent, the "downs" are minor: the entry for the short hoop could be marked better, the aluminium elements could be shorter (thus more) for better stowage, the herrings are rather weak. And Macpac prices in Europe are absolutely NOT funny.
Nevertheless: I love it.

Design: Three-season three-hoop tunnel with diagonal inner
Sleeps: 3
Ease of Setup: Slightly difficult: first you have to identify the right orientation (wind, doors), then the diagonal inner tent takes a while to understand its form.
Weight: 3.5 (3.8 everything)
Price Paid: 500 EUR

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