Black Wolf Turbo Tent Lite 240
Our tent (without the fly)
We have a number of tents, for different conditions, but the best all round tent suited for our family of 4 is the Black Wolf Turbo Lite Plus 240.
If you are in the market for a tent (of any sort), before you commit to purchase, we recommend that you read our top 10 tips to choosing a tent because a goood tent is imperative to a happy camping experience!
The market is crowded with tents and finding one that suits you and your needs is a complicated business.
Do your research well, and try and see if you can put it up easily before you buy. Some tents look great when they are up in the showroom, but have taken a small army to get them that way.
What we like about this tent is ease of putting up and space. It really is a 5 minute job to get it set up (minus the fly - adding the fly requires more time than the actual set up of the main tent). I think you need 2 people to put the fly on.
With quality fittings, that won’t snap under pressure, its a job for any adult.
- The tent has a rollback vented curtain room divider in the middle, which zips up - great to put 2 or 3 children in that section.
- Excellent ventilation with 2 side windows and 1 back window plus the front door screen. A small awning provides some protection from rain or sun (enough to get 2 camp chairs under).
- There is 1 storage pocket in the tent, in the back section. Alloy knuckles and feet, and a strong steel inforced centre hub, make this a long lasting tent.
- Our tent is polyester, but it is available in canvas.
We have used this tent in heavy wind and rain, and have never had any problems with it.
Whilst its fast to set up, because of its bulk, we tend to only use this tent when we are staying in a location more than 1 night.
If we were moving to a different campsite every day, I think you could tire of the setting up/and taking down. We tend to use smaller, backpacking tents for quick overnight stops. The Black Wolf is not a touring tent.
One thing to be wary of – it is very heavy, so if you are putting it on a roof rack, take care. We did look at some of the larger Black Wolf tents, but found that when all packed up, they did not sit on our roof rack, nor fit in the back of the 4WD we own.
Packing it up at the end of the trip, takes a bit of practice and skill, but the more you do it, the easier it becomes. The floor is made of Polyethylene, and its easier to fold this up when it is warm (so place in direct sunlight if possible) and the heat has softened it a little. Another point with packing it up is that its handy if there are two of you. One to place the tent into the bag, the other to hold the bag, and guide the tent in. The second person will also need to hold the sides of the bag together as one of you zips it all up!
This is a good family tent for those who don't mind weight (around 32kg) and bulk, with plenty of room in your vehicle.
Further reading on our site:
A lightweight tent that we like is the Mountain Hardwear Drifter 3 Tent
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How to choose a tent - 10 tips on what you should look for when buying a tent