Macpac Olympus Alpine Tent


Macpac Olympus Alpine Tent, Spectra Yellow, hi-res



Macpac Olympus Alpine Tent

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Why we made this
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®

4.6 / 5.0
12 Reviews
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I love my original tent that much l just bought another one to thoroughly enjoy a bit of well made kit.
I bought my original purple slug in 1980 and have used it consistently ever since and its still going strong, how can you get a better five-star review than that. 39years old now, a bit low on ventilation and warm in summer but nothing a second fly or a bit of shade doesn't fix. The original fly ripstop nylon is now white but showing no real signs of wear and tear will adversely affect it's further use. I have been accused of being a bit fussy at times though.
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November 28, 2019
Pretty good tent for extreme conditions, but not suitable for general camping in my experience.
Tent is pretty good but is not freestanding, if you can't get the pegs in it won't stand up.
The tent comes with four robust looking pegs along with some badic pegs.
The robust looking pegs all broke (the tops pulled off) by their third use.
Because I had bought the tent tk be used up in Alaska and so much of the ground there is rock and gravel I couldn't get the pegs in so I ended up buying another tent that was freestanding.
The other issue I had with the tent is that the inside of the fly was constantly wet because of condensation and because it is so heavily attached to the inner it made it extremely had to dry.
It is a very good tent but as a camping tent you could definitely buy something more appropriate.
As a four season tent for extreme conditions I think it's pretty good as it is quite robust and you can keep draughts out easily.
September 18, 2019
New tent made in Vietnam
Those reviews stating they had the tent 30 years or more give misleading info and should be deleted. Sealing it yourself not that easy. Have just been in southern NSW and tent not that easy to set up. Poles do not go into pockets without help, nor do they come out in one go, poles pull apart in process. Would not recommend this tent, buy a MD four season tent instead.
June 14, 2019
Response from Macpac
Hello John, thank you for your review. We are sorry to hear you aren't entirely happy with your Macpac Olympus Tent. We do continue to recieve amazing reviews for this, so we would highly recommend popping into your local Macpac store, and getting a quick demo on how to assemble / pitch the tent as they might have a few tips and tricks to help you in pitching easier. We also have this wee video that may help. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqh4JD-X8AU&t=14s
February 16, 2020
Customer C
This tent can save your life when the weather goes to hell.
We all know the Olympus is amazing. I never had one but freinds I camped with did. It's an amazing tent for extreme weather I had its little sister the purple Minaret. Had it for decades and used it snow camping in various ranges around the world. Back then, the Minaret was the 2-person version and the Olympus was the 3-person tent. So have you put a media room into the Olympus and relabelled it a 2-person tent? :-)
January 23, 2019
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 6, 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 18, 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 20, 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
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Any current reviews on the Vietnamese made Olympus tent?
Johnrj on Apr 20, 2019