Macpac Sololight Hiking Tent


Macpac Sololight Hiking Tent, Citronelle, hi-res



Macpac Sololight Hiking Tent

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Why we made this
Our lightest tent yet, the Sololight is two-season solo tent, perfect for the weight-conscious hiker.
  • Product Description
    If you want to travel solo, fast and light, the Sololight is the tent you’ve been looking for. Engineered for minimal weight, optimal space and weather protection, the Sololight has earned its name. The tent weighs in at just 1.29 kg, and with a single ridge pole, plus two small struts at each end, the Sololight tent maximises liveable volume. The factory seam-sealed fly is constructed with UV20™ PE fabric, a quality material that strikes the balance between weight and performance. Coated with silicone on the outside to repel moisture and PE on the inside for waterproofness, UV20™ PE offers the weather protection you need during the summer. The Sololight utilises mesh extensively throughout the inner, allowing greater airflow for comfort in warmer climates. A generous vestibule provides space for cooking and gear. 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. The DAC Featherlite NSL™ poles are green anodised, minimising the use of toxic chemicals during the production process, while also providing strength and stability. The Sololight is designed to support a single person hiking below the snowline in summer. Lighter than the four-season Microlight tent, the Microlight is a better option if you wish to camp above the snowline in all seasons.
  • Design features
    Seam sealed, waterproof fly
    All fabrics and components optimised to save weight
    Fly door has two sliders to allow for more airflow if desired
    Internal stash pocket for your essentials

  • Product Specifications
    Outer FabricUV20™ PE - 20D Polyester Ripstop, with PE Coating
    Tent Inner Fabric40D Nylon Ripstop
    Main Fabric Hydrostatic Head (mm)1200
    Floor Fabric40D Nylon Ripstop, with PU Coating — 10,000 mm hydrostatic head
    Floor Area (m2)1.68
    Pole TypeDAC Featherlite NSL 8.5 mm / 9 mm
    Pole Count3
    Pitching SystemMulti-Pitch™  
    Vestibule Size (m2)0.59
    Dimensions HxWxD (cm)48 x 11 (rolled size)
    Weight (g)1290 (Max), 830 (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®

4.8 / 5.0
6 Reviews
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Lightweight and roomy
I've used it twice so far and no issues to report. The first time was on the Royal National Park coast walk where I took the fly only and the second time was to the Walls of Jerusalem in Tasmania.

Pitching is not as easy as my now retired first generation Minaret where the poles slide through the sleeves in the fly and the Jakes Foot is a little confusing at first, but I'm sure I'll get used to it.

Pitched as fly only it make a very roomy and light shelter when combined with a polycro ground sheet. We had some rain on the coast walk and I stayed dry, no problems. Still had some condensation though, which seems to be unavoidable in humid conditions.

In the WOJ, despite Macpac saying you can't put up the fly and then the inner under it, that's exactly what I did. A bit fiddly, but it is doable so in bad weather you can keep the inner dry by putting up the fly first.

I recommend guying out the tent even if only a little windy as it will flap around across the pole. It kept me awake half the night in Tasmania until I had enough and got up and guyed out either side of the fly which fixed the problem

It's high enough so I just miss the roof of the inner and I'm 185cm, but that's on a 2.5cm Thermarest. I think I'd hit the top on a thicker sleeping mat.

Floor strength is good as I accidentally pitched it on some very spiky scoparia in the WOJ but no holes to see by either me or Macpac staff who also looked over it.

The bonus is on my scales it is lighter that advertised. I also plan on replacing the pegs with lighter ones which will bring the full tent weight including bag to less that 1.2kg. Finally, it packs down very small if you uses (carefully) a compression bag.

So overall a good value, lightweight tent that I expect will provide many years of reliable service.
March 8, 2020
Overall a fantastic lightweight tent, 4ou ot 5. It would be a 5 out of 5 if the 2 issues i mentioned were resolved.
A terrific tent to put up, althoughit would be nice to easily be able to put up the fly first in adverse weather to keep the inner dry.its possible but quite a bit of mucking around.it would help if extra pole support clips were with the tent, you could then have this as an option without having to change the pole support clips over to the cross strap provided. The tent base also allows moisture through to wet the mattress, rather anoying, a foot print ground sheet isnt available, im taking mine back to have this fault investigated, maybe the tent floor has been sewn in upside down!!
This review was collected as part of a promotion
January 22, 2020
1 year ago
Response from Macpac
Thanks for the review Bill. Please do take back into store for testing and possible replacement. We don't sell a footprint as the material used doesn't require one - tougher some other brands / models. We have also sent an email to follow up and see how you got on. Thanks the Macpac Team
January 27, 2020
Customer C
Took this tent on Kangaroo Island trail - it was awesome !!
June 29, 2019
1 year ago
Light weight, good in rain and wind
Got this tent a year ago for a three day hike at the Prom. Had heavy rain on the second night and stayed dry and warm. Took it up to Mt Feathertop recently and had high wind overnight, and the tent held up perfectly. At under 1.3 kilos it is a great hiking tent.
April 29, 2019
Very good tent.
I bought this tent just before Christmas for the Souch Coast Track (Tasmania). We did the walk in the 1st week of March.....7 nights, great weather..luckily.
No problems at all with the tent. Really liked the high roof compared to other 1 person tents. My old joints are a bit stiff...but I was able to change clothing inside the tent without too much difficulty.
The vestibule will shelter a large pack, but at Little Deadmans Bay a rat chewed a hole through it,s tough wall....I brought it into the tent with me.....plenty of room.
I like this tent, and my Macpac Olympus and old Macpac Coocoon. Robert
March 22, 2018
Withstood heavy South West Tassie weather
I just got back from an overnight hike up Mt Picton, in Tasmania's South West National Park. We had wonderful weather on the way to the top, but as we descended a bit to camp as the sunset, a southerly change arrived.

We later saw gusts of winds over 100km/h were recorded at kunanyi/Mt Wellington that night, and it certainly felt like that at our campsite, coupled with driving rain.

3 of us had a tent each. The MSR Hubba snapped a pole at 3am, which tore through the side wall of the tent. He squeezed into the other tent, a Wilderness Equipment Second Arrow. This stayed up over night, but did allow a fair bit of moisture in.

I stayed dry all night in the sololight! It certainly wasn't 100% upright when the sun came up, and I got buffeted about inside by walls moving with each gust, but I was dry, and my gear in the vestibule was also dry.

Pitching and tear down is super easy. And for that I was again thankful to be able to pack up and get off the mountain in short order once the sun rose, because that certainly didn't stop the wind and rain!

I was amazed and impressed and very thankful for this hard working little tent.
January 3, 2018
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Hey, Im just wondering whether I would comfortably fit in it as I'm 6'4" (about 193cm)?
Julian W. on Jan 19, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Hello Julian,

Yes you would fit, the tent is a total of 220 cm long.

Kind regards,
The Macpac Team
Can I set up the macpac sololight tramping tent in the rain? Can i pitch the outer then crawl inside and set up the inner?
Tory N on May 29, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Basically you can't because the central pole is attached to the inner tent so it has to go up first. If you wish to pitch the tent in the rain you'll have to work quickly. However, I've just thought of something. In the tent equipment there is an extra strap that is used to hold the central pole in it's bowed shape when you do wish to just pitch the outer shell. If you use this then it SHOULD be possible to pitch the outer first and then attach the inner from the inside. I haven't done it this way as I've never pitched the tent in the rain. I'd practise it in the dry before trying it in the rain.
I love my Microlight and now use mostly just the fly to create added space but will the Sololight give me bit more space and height? Any other improvements over the Microlight? Maybe it's not as tough?
Kayaks on Feb 7, 2020

The Macpac Mircolight tent perform better on almost every aspect except for weight. The Sololight tent is the lightest we have to offer and is slightly smaller than the Mircolight.

You can see all specifications under Product Specifications on both tents.

Kind regards,
The Macpac Team
What is the headroom like in the tent? I'm 185cm and could I sit up without hitting the roof of the inner?
Andrew G on Sep 19, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Not comfortably. I'm 168 and could sit comfortably. The headroom is good whilst you're sitting right in middle but you'd probably touch the inner getting in to that position.
How fo i attach the inner to fly when using both? Sololight Tent (new)
Sally T on Apr 25, 2019
BEST ANSWER: There are two ways in which you attach the inner and outer sections. First, at either end of the tent there is an oval ring into which you insert the tube shaped attacher. Second, on the inside of the fly there are two velcro bands which you attach to the metal poles. It's not the easiest tent to pitch but it has just kept me dry in a couple of rain storms and a snow storm in Pine Valley Tasmania.