Love this tent.
We sold our enormous 3 room tent after finding the putting up/down too annoying. We have had Macpac Apollos for many years and love them, so settled on the Wanaka as a family tent (for 2 adults, 2 older kids). It is easy to put up/down, has a decent amount of room for 4 people and their bags. We use this as our car camping tent (including overseas/plane travel for car camping). It is about 11.5kg and is therefore too heavy for hiking (we use 2 Apollos for this), but fine for car camping and doesn't take up too much space at home.
Durable, reliable, quick and easy
I bought my Apollo in 1998, so 14 years ago. It has finally come to the end of its life now after a hell of a lot of use. Not only did I do extensive hiking and camping overseas but in 2007 it was used every night for 365 nights as we travelled around Australia.
It was a fantastic tent which was so quick and easy to errect and fantastic being freestanding which made is so versatile when we were on rock, sand or cement at times.
The weakness that finally has got us buying a new tent was the zips on all the doors. We have had them repl...aced once already and now think that a new tent is due. The thing that I really loved about this tent though was the very durable and waterproof groundsheet. On a couple of occasions I was flooded out and literaly had a river running under my tent. No water came through. I am aware now however that the newer tents don't have this same groundsheet which was very thick. It was also durable with rocks, sticks and other possible sharp things. BAsed on my extensive use of this tent over the last 14 years I would definitely recommend this tent and we will be purchasing another Macpac shortly.
I used my first Apollo for five trips around Australia, using it in all conditions except Alpine. It was terrific - Nullarbor limestone, Pilbara rock, mud, sand etc. I have now replaced it with another Apollo, which is just as good, but maybe with a few improvements. I do replace the original equipment pegs with triangle flange pegs for better performance in stony ground.
Easy and very fast to pitch, even for one person. In high wind, you can peg corners and then insert poles. Good ventilation in muggy tropical weather with the fly off. Cosy in cold windy weather.
Door zips became worn after thousands of uses and needed to be closed slowly and often repeatedly to get sealed. Even so, I replaced tent with another Apollo after 5 years.
I have spent hundreds of nights in my Macpac Apollo on three continents for eight years now and have never had problem with it. It is easy to pitch, durable, watertight (including some very bad storms in Tasmania) and roomy for two people. The design is intelligent, particularly the ease of putting it up (in the dark with no torch - no problem). It is only a three season tent, and would not be appropriate above the snow line, but as an allrounder hiking tent for people who like a bit of comfort, it is the best tent out there!
Sturdy, easy to pi...
I've had my tent for 8 years and it's still going strong. 3 of those years it was used almost everyday for adventure programmes with school kids. It's been in wet downpours, rocky conditions, spikey bushes etc.
Easy to put up, lightweight, has fly out both doors for backpacks, excellent in wet conditions
Questions & Answers
In all the info I've been able to retrieve, I still have no idea if this tent has any other openings or windows other than the main entry - as shown.
Does it offer any cross-flow of air?
Does it offer any ventilation?
Yes the new versions available now have fully mesh doors which have two flaps meaning that you can shut the zip on just the mesh or alternatively shut the zip on the material door and reduce airflow. And of course there are two opposite doors so airflow is good that way. Of course on the down side the more zips you have the weaker the structure. In our old tent that we had for more than 10 years it was the zip doors that went on them. We had them replaced and then they went also. So I am not so sure that it is a good design feature to have so many of them.
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