Meeting the strict criteria of the lightweight backpacker isn't easy. The Microlight achieves it without compromising performance. A stand-out attraction is the Multi-pitch, which extends options beyond the already impressive 1.4 kg minimum weight.
|Fly Fabric||UV30™ SI|
|Inner Fabric||40d Ripstop Nylon|
|Floor Fabric||Torrentwear™ XP|
|Pole Type||DAC Featherlite NSL / 9.0mm|
|Minimum Weight (kg)||1.4|
|Total Weight (kg)||1.6|
|Floor Area (m2)||2.00|
|Vestibule Area (m2)||0.80|
Seam Sealing Your Tent
Please note that the nature of the lightweight UV30si fabric means that the seams can’t be sealed with normal seam tape. This means you will have to seam seal the following tents before their first use: Olympus, Minaret, Citadel, Macrolight, Sololight and Microlight. We supply a tube of SilNet with this product to do this – for instructions on how to apply this, please refer to the manual that comes with your tent. All other tents come fully seam sealed at the time of purchase
Cleaning Your Tent
You are best to clean your tent with a natural soap (non-detergent; e.g. pure soap, vegetable soap, Granger's Tent Clean or Lux Soap Flakes) and a soft-bristled brush. Rinse well and dry in a well-ventilated area out of direct sunlight.
Reproofing Your Fly
After washing your tent with a solution of Nikwax Tech Wash, we recommend that you reproof the tent fly with Nikwax Tent & Gear Proof.
Condensation is an ever-present problem when you're trying to stay dry in the outdoors. You have probably experienced the same thing on a wet day when you have just climbed into the car and the windows seem to take forever to clear. In small tents, the problem is exactly the same and shows up as condensation on the inside of the fly.
Condensation is the result of atmospheric conditions, which we cannot prevent, but can only minimize with good design and an understanding of the factors, which can make the problem worse.
What factors will increase the amount of condensation?
• High moisture level inside the tent
• A big temperature difference between the warm air inside the tent and the cold outside
• Low ventilation to carry the moisture-laden air away
• Very waterproof tent material
• A high overall humidity
During periods of high humidity, such as during rain, it can be impossible to remove or reduce condensation. In these conditions, even a high degree of ventilation can actually increase the condensation rather than reduce it. In dry snow conditions, the humidity is usually very low, which can help to minimize condensation.
The more effective barrier that the tent fly fabric provides to stop rain getting through, the worse the condensation problem will be. This puts our tent designers in a difficult position and they naturally tend to favour keeping the rain out.
Because we all have to live with condensation, Macpac tents are designed with a gap between the fly and the ground, as well as active ventilation systems, to reduce the amount of condensation forming.
What can you do to minimize condensation?
• Minimize the amount of moisture within the tent.
• Ensure that all available ventilation is used
• Pitch the tent to catch any available draft
• Leave damp items outside or in bags
• Dry the tent thoroughly between uses
The combination of lightness, strength and waterproofness makes UV30™ the premium performance fly fabric designed for use in severe cold, wet, and windy conditions. UV30™ is proven as a real performer through constant testing and use in New Zealand's Southern Alps and damp Fiordland Valleys.
UV30™ SI is a 30 denier double ripstop nylon 66 fabric with a high thread count. It is waterproofed with multiple coats of silicone elastomer on both the inside and outside of the fabric. The combination of a double ripstop construction, nylon 66 and silicone coatings gives UV30™ SI unrivalled strength. The silicone coating does not bind or lock the weave of the fabric but allows a certain amount of give in the weave increasing its capacity to absorb tension. Additionally, the coating is applied without the use of heat and therefore does not weaken the natural strength of the fabric.
The silicone coating also provides superb UV resistance which significantly reduces the damage done by the sun.
UV30™ SI has a hydrostatic head of 3, 000 mm and is highly waterproof, stimulating a high degree of water shedding to keep you dry.
Note: Due to the nature of the fabric, a silicone gel (which is supplied) needs to be applied to the seams on the underside of the fly before the fabric is completely waterproof. Instructions for this application are included with the silicone gel.
Torrentwear™ XP is a densely woven nylon with multiple PU coatings for maximum durability and an outstanding waterproof rating – it has a hydrostatic head of 10, 000 mm.
The fabric weighs 104 gsm and provides an extremely high level of durability; both abrasion resistance and tear strength are exceptional.
The tent floor fabric wraps up the sides of our tents and all floor seams are sealed in our factory with special waterproof seam sealing tape.
40d Nylon Ripstop
Distinguishable by its regular grid pattern ripstop nylon is constructed from heavy threads that are interwoven at regular intervals. The advantage of ripstop nylon over other nylon weaves is its exceptional strength-to-weight ratio, which prevents small tears from spreading. Constructed from a nylon 40 denier filament yarn, the fabric is coated with a water repellant coating to prevent condensation from forming.
When you’re tired after a long day out and about. When it’s raining cats and dogs or when darkness is about to set in, it’s important you can pitch your tent quickly and without hassle. Macpac offers different pitching systems, providing you with flexibility and ease of use.
Multi-Pitch™ offers multiple tent pitching versatility and provides pitching options to suit the conditions. It allows you to pitch the inner and fly together, the fly only or the inner only. This versatility offers a huge advantage in wet weather conditions.
Tent poles form an essential part of a tent. They have to be lightweight and strong; rigid enough to stabilise the tent, but also flexible enough to give in to pressure from high winds. They also need to have a certain recovery to 'bounce' back after being deformed. Creating the right tent pole means finding the right balance between all these different qualities.
DAC Featherlite NSL™ (9.0 and 9.6 mm)
Constant research and testing makes DAC Featherlite poles among the best-balanced tent poles on the market. Featherlite NSL™ is the latest development of tent pole from DAC. The design allows a continuous thin wall build with expanded ends. This allows the poles to be lightweight and strong.
Featherlite NSL™ utilises Green Anodizing™ processing which minimises the toxic chemicals used during the anodising process.
Macpac uses DAC Featherlite NSL™ 9.0 mm and the 9.6 mm poles according to the specific requirements for each tent.
I've been using this continuously for several years in Tasmania and Europe and the tent has continued to perform perfectly in snow and strong winds. It is extremely simple and quick to set up and for those that like to travel fast and light this is perfect. It's listed as one man but you could easily squash in another person in an emergency situation. For example, I always fit my pack in the tent with me when I sleep. The large opening zip also makes it feel larger and ventilates it well. I couldn't recommend this more!
I've had my Microlight for just under a year, and already spent over a month's worth of nights in it. Used both in the winter in Wilsons Promontory and summer at Woodford Folk Festival, it is such a great little tent. Roomy enough on the inside, yet still weighs very little and takes up negligible room in my pack. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone.
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