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Macpac Duolight

Price:

$799.99

Our Rating:

At a glance
The Good: Good volume, durable fabrics, strong
The Bad: It’s heavy, little mesh on the inner.

Weight 2170g Area 3.08m2

Features: The multi-pitch Duolight has a 10,000mm rated floor and 1200mm fly. It features two fly vents and a mostly nylon inner with a few mesh panels. It has four large pockets at the foot and head.

Pitching: The tent uses a central hub to connect two long poles in an X configuration. A separate pole at the centre provides width. The tent comes with 12 sturdy pegs and four pre-attached guylines. The fly is easily positioned over the poles and connects at the corners with a hook.

Comfort: This tent feels spacious, mainly due to the 105cm ceiling height and steep end walls which means this height is achieved for almost the entire length of the tent.

In use: This is a stable and sturdy shelter made with a durable floor that gives confidence in the wettest conditions.
There is just a few panels of mesh inside the tent, but airflow is aided by the two fly vents which sit near the apex. The mesh ceiling panels are positioned directly above the head, allowing stargazing opportunities when pitched without the fly.

The volume inside this tent is achieved with the 12 clips attaching the inner to the poles. But there’s one clamp that slides onto the poles’ hub and, combined with four surrounding hooks, creates a massive amount of internal space. It’s the kind of design feature you’ll be grateful for after a few pit days.

There’s reasonable airflow provided by the fly vents and the mesh ceiling panels. Compared to the other tents, though, there is little mesh. I also found the vestibules (0.66m2) on the small side, but adequate for stashing packs.

Value: With durable fabrics and a 10,000mm rated floor, the tent should last the distance. When it rains, you know you’ll remain dry.

Verdict: Macpac has sacrificed a little weight in the pursuit of durability. Though lacking the lighter mesh canopy found on other tents, this is still a comfortable and spacious tent. It is versatile enough for most trips and at any time of year.

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