Macpac Olympus Alpine Tent


Macpac Olympus Alpine Tent, Spectra Yellow, hi-res



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Our most iconic tent, this Macpac classic is a four-season tunnel tent, designed for hiking and climbing in New Zealand's harshest conditions.
  • Product Description
    Built with a three-pole tunnel design, the Olympus is made for aerodynamic stability in high winds and strength under load. We chose to make the fly out of UV30™ SI, a silicone-coated fabric known for its strength, water resistance and UV protection. Please note, this fly needs to be manually seam sealed with SilNet™ seam sealer (provided). The floor is built with our legendary Torrentwear™ XP tub, designed to be waterproof and durable. We've incorporated the Multi-Pitch™ system, allowing you to pitch the fly independent of the inner so that the inner stays dry when packing up in wet conditions. Several features make this tent a favourite among hikers and climbers. The spacious vestibule provides sheltered entry with snow flaps and plenty of space for cooking and gear storage. Warm enough for a snowy night on a high pass, the dual entry points and double doors provide excellent airflow when it gets hot during the summer. A unique four-vent system encourages airflow, managing condensation without compromising insulation. The four-season Olympus tent is designed to support two people and their gear above and below the snowline. Warmer than the two-season Duolight tent, but also heavier, the Olympus is the best choice if you value durability and wish to use a tent in full alpine conditions. If you are looking for a three-season tunnel tent, the slightly smaller Minaret may be a better option.
  • Design features
    Three-pole tunnel system creates aerodynamic stability and strength under load
    Dual entry for front and rear accessibility options
    DAC Featherlite® NSL™ poles, giving strength and stability while being better for the planet
    Spacious single vestibule, with storm flaps
    Internal double-door system provides for both insulation and air flow options
    Numerous internal mesh pockets for organised living
    Please note: the water-resistant UV30™ SI fly needs to be manually seam sealed (SilNet™ seam sealer is provided)

  • Product Specifications
    Outer FabricUV30™ SI - 30D Nylon Ripstop, with Silicone Coating (needs to be manually seam sealed — SilNet™ seam sealer provided)
    Tent Inner Fabric40D Nylon Ripstop
    Main Fabric Hydrostatic Head (mm)3000
    Floor FabricTorrentwear™ XP 10,000mm HH
    Floor Area (m2)2.97
    Pole TypeDAC Featherlite NSL 9.6 mm
    Pole Count3
    Pitching SystemMulti-Pitch™  
    Vestibule Size (m2)1.5
    Dimensions HxWxD (cm)55 x 15 (rolled size)
    Weight (g)3100 (Max), 2800 (Min)
  • Care
    When required, clean your tent with pure soap (non-detergent) or Nikwax Tech Wash® and a soft-bristled brush or sponge
    Rinse well and dry in a well-ventilated area out of direct sunlight
    After washing your tent we recommend that you reproof the fly with Nikwax Tent & Gear SolarProof®

4.9 / 5.0
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I've had my Olympus for 30 years, the original purple slug, and it is still going strong. I look after it and it has looked after me from the snowy mountains to central Australia and everywhere in between.
I am the lucky owner of the original purple slug, bought way back in 1988. It is without doubt the best tent that I have ever owned. A bit heavy by todays standards but absolutely bomb proof. I've camped up on the main range in Kosciszko NP and everywhere else from the coast to central Australia in this tent and it is still going strong. I'm 195 cm in height and this tent is roomy enough for me to sit up in and has enough room for two blokes and their gear up in the snow. If the new models are as good as my original then they would have to be the best value for money tent on the market.
May 17, 2018
I have owned a dozen different tents and slept in dozens of others, from TNF VE-25 to the no-hitch pitch-tents, 4-person to bivy sacks, and my 1997 purple Zenith Olympus is my favorite.
It's been to the desert and mountains, 40C summer camping to -25C winter mountaineering and has always worked like a charm.
The thick floor is heavier than other tents, but after 20 years I still never worry about holes or leaks.
With three poles to slide through sleeves, it's the fastest, most simple tent I've ever set up. When the fly and tent are left connected you never have to worry about your tent getting soaked when setting up in the rain. Free-standing tents are nice, but I've never found a location that I couldn't securely guy out this tent -dirt, rock slabs, sand, snow, ice, there's always something to use.
It's not as bulky as many other mountain tents, but has plenty of room for two.
I hope you always make this tent, because it will be the only two person tent I ever buy. Thank you MACPAC!
February 5, 2018
Bought my Olympus like some of the other reviews, in the '90s and it has stood up incredibly.
This tent saw me through a storm in the West Coast alps which dumped 4 1'2 feet of snow, brutal winds and torrential rain. It has seen me through many hunting trips and endured mother natures wrath brilliantly.
Very fast to set up and bomber to live in when guyed out I couldn't be happier with it!
Like some of the other reviews mine is purple and for a 20+ year old tent it is awesome. Great quality, materials and time honored design with great space!
One of those purchases I will NEVER regret!
January 17, 2018
Old School Rugged
Pulled the old Olympus out of the shed this week after 12 years break to camp with my young son for the first time. Still going strong. Old design, originally purchased in the early '90s, it'd have to be 25+ years old now. Still waterproof. Its been to Tassy a couple of times, over the Arctic Circle, out in the snow. Terrific bit of kit. The only repairs required: straightening the tent pegs!
April 19, 2017
Tough and strong
I brought this tent way back in early 90,s when at uni (purple colour). It is still going strong no hole no tears just regular water proofing. Has been abused on treks png ,Iceland, Europe Australia, raging artic storms while in island of sky. So 20 years from a tent. Yep. Value dependability.
April 9, 2017
Very good, small vestibule
I have used this tent on many multiway trips/hikes in Australia. Very sturdy, can withstand ridiculous winds and snow loads, and the generous pockets inside are great for storing everything from gear to books. The large vestibule is great for storage of packs as well as for cooking in in really inclement weather. The dual entry is also a great plus. However, as the only downside, the second door and the asymmetric design limits pitching flexibility, the smaller door could be improved by increasing the vestibule size so as to give a bit more flexibility to the overall set up. Aside from that minor (and workable) problem, the size, weight and quality of the Olympus is great.
December 7, 2016
Bought this after mucking about with cheap tents. Once you've woken up one too many times with the tent around your ears in a howling gale with vertical rain, enough is enough. This tent is easy to pitch even in a strong wind, has enough room for all the gear I carry and then some. Just remember that you have to seal the seams when you get it home. Buy an extra tube of sealant while you're at it, (make sure you get the right stuff meant for silicone) it will save you the agro/frustration of ordering one later. I take this on tramping trips, fishing trips and camping with my daughter. It's not the lightest tent out there, but, you get what you pay for. "Cheap is expensive" as they say. This isn't cheap, but it is very good value.
September 1, 2016
A Bastion of Calm
I walked the Bibbulmun track end to end with this tent solo. At 3kg+ it is a little heavy for one person to schlep 1000km but when night time crept in I was happy to have such luxurious space to stretch out in. As a two person mountaineering tent the Olympus is amazing; super tough floor, dual entry and enough head room to sit up in thanks to the third pole. You can set it up with multiple guys points to really hunker down when a storms a blowing, or pitch it with only 4 stakes and the inner on a fine night as a refuge from mosquitos and other things that go bump in the night. A very versatile bombproof piece of kit. 2 thumbs up and 5 stars
January 28, 2016
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Any current reviews on the Vietnamese made Olympus tent?
Johnrj on Apr 20, 2019