How to Pitch a BlackWolf Turbo Tent

BlackWolf’s Turbo Tent is a fantastic tent;  offering  a large amount of space with a relatively quick set up time. When it’s not in use it packs down to a compact size making it easy to transport and store.
Here are a few  tips to help you get the best out of your tent:

1. Pegging out the tent

  • After pulling the tent out of its bag, unfold the legs and lock the knuckles into place.
  • Before pushing the tent up, peg it out firmly. These tents do not stand up easily on their own as they are prone to twisting around putting a lot of pressure on the top pole connection.
  • Once you’ve popped the tent up, you may need to peg the tent out a little tighter.

2. Using the guy ropes

 As with any tent, the guy ropes will need to be pegged out tightly to hold the frame securely. In windy conditions, the tent may twist and bend putting unnatural pressure on the pole knuckles and joints. By putting the guy ropes out correctly, the tent will not be allowed to twist around, giving it the best chance to stand up to windy conditions.

3. Attaching the Fly

 As mentioned above, putting the guy ropes out is very important. The Blackwolf Turbo tents only have guy ropes attached to the fly. This means that the fly almost always has to be put on in order to secure the tent. In fair conditions, you may get away with not putting the fly on, in which case you may like to tie some ropes to the frame and make your own guy ropes just in case the wind picks up during the night.

4. Using the awning

 The small awning at the front of these tents does not provide much shelter in stormy conditions. It also does not have the option of being zipped down and secured. If it’s raining, you will need to drop one of the awning poles lower than the other to avoid water pooling on top of the awning.

5. Additions to improve your awning space

 If possible, getting a base camp fly or super fly is a great advantage. This means that in good conditions you can quickly use the original fly for a quick set up. Alternatively, in stormy conditions you have a fly that will give you a completely enclosed front room allowing you to escape from the elements. However, if you choose to use this it will take a little bit longer to set up.

6. Get an extra Bag

 Unfortunately, these tents can be a bit fiddly to get back into their bags. If possible, purchase another large good quality canvas bag that you can put the fly and the poles/pegs into. This not only makes it easier to get everything into the bag, but as you will have two smaller and lighter parcels it makes it easier to carry.

7. Use extra straps

After collapsing the poles when packing up the tent, you will need to lay the tent down on the ground and roll it up. The strap that has been provided, to stop the tent from unravelling, is not the greatest option. If possible, purchase a couple of good quality surf board straps to wrap tightly around the tent. This will hold the tent together and pull it all in smaller to make it a lot easier to put back into its bag.

8. Ground sheet

Even though these tents come with a very strong floor, it’s a great idea to put a tarp or ground sheet down to protect the floor of the tent. The last thing you want is a sharp stick or rock to puncture your new investment.

BlackWolf Turbo tents are awesome tents, using the tips in this blog will hopefully allow you to get the very best out of Turbo and if you need parts and accessories don’t forget to visit  www.leisuregear.com.au

 

 

How To Use A Compass

If you know how to successfully use a compass it can be the difference between getting lost in the endless Australian bush and navigating your way safely through on a successful hike, bushwalk or even camping trip.

Knowing how to use a compass is generally considered to be a skill for those that spend a heap of time in the great outdoors however it doesn’t hurt to know even if you are not an outdoor enthusiast because after all you never know when it may come in handy.

What is a compass?

A compass is an age old tool used for centuries to navigate. No matter where you stand and which way you face the compass that you are holding will always show which way is north and once you know this you can determine where you are on a map or which way you need to travel.

But how does it know I hear you ask.

It’s a very simple principle really. A magnetic compass has a small magnet that is light inside of its cover. This magnet is balanced on a pivot point that is almost frictionless and is often referred to as a needle. This magnet or needle is always attracted to the magnetic north pole which is why whichever way you turn it the needle will point towards north.

How to use a compass:

One thing that you need to remember is that the map grid north and magnetic north are not identical and you need to allow for this when using a map. Usually you can adjust for this by turning the casing approximately 2 degrees.

1.       Line the map north up with the north on the compass

2.       Take a bearing on the map and decide in which direction you need to head

3.     Regularly check that you are still headed in the correct direction – taking note of your surroundings as you move.

LeisureGear stocks a variety of compasses from electronic devices to  traditional metal.

Prices start from as low as $6.49!

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Beginners Guide To Packing A Rucksack

Rucksacks provide a great way of carrying your gear especially when you are venturing off the beaten track but if it’s your first time packing one you may be wondering how to do it. So, we here at leisureGear decided to list some handy rucksack packing tips which should help you when you’re out and about and need to access your things effortlessly.

Waterproofing

There are some things that absolutely must stay dry in case you encounter some wet weather or fall in a stream. Things like your clothes, sleeping mat and sleeping bag need to be kept dry for your comfort. There are various waterproof packs on the market. We like  Blackwolf’s Aqua Himal Dry Pack. It’s made from heavy duty, waterproof nylon and features a spacious 28 litre watertight main compartment.

Sleeping Gear

Put your sleeping gear into the pack first and push it down to the bottom, if you have a larger sleeping mat you might want to think about attaching it to the outside of the rucksack.

Clothes As Space Fillers

Fill the spaces around the mat and sleeping bag with your clothes. Push them into the spaces and just keep something warm at the top of the rucksack in case you get cold.

Cooking Items

The rule is generally to pack the heavier items against your back to make the rucksack easier to carry because of the positioning of the weight.

Always Have Access To Water

Keep a hydro bladder or better still a LifeStraw in your rucksack. The bladder is easier than a bottle because they don’t take up much space when they are empty. LifeStraws enable you to filtrate water wherever you go ensuring access to safe drinking water.

Place most of your water at your back and close to the top of the rucksack.

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Everything Else

Pack this around the water but away from your back except for any items such as tins.

Put your tent on top because this is the first thing that you are going to need when you get to camp and start to set up for the night. It is also simple to remove during the day if you need to access the food or water.

Rucksack Compartments

This is where you pack things like:

-          First aid kit

-          Raincoat

-          Toiletries

-          Tools

-          Electronics

-          Accessories

-          and anything else!

Choosing The Right Sleeping Bag

Buying a sleeping bag used to be a whole lot simpler. You would look at the sleeping bags available, choose the style and colour and that was it. Often it would mean that you would shiver or swelter through your outdoor adventure, depending on the weather but that was a part of the experience, right?
These days sleeping bags Australia are a lot more sophisticated and you can purchase the right bag for your trip to ensure that sleeping is a pleasure not just something that has to be endured. If you’ve ever shopped for a sleeping bag you would have heard about the temperature ratings that distinguish one from another.

What is a sleeping bag temperature rating?

The temperature rating system originated in Europe and is referred to as EN13537 the idea being that there is a standardised rating system across the industry to make choosing the right sleeping bag easier for the consumer; sleeping bag temperature ratings are suggested rather than absolutes.
The manufacturer will rate each of their sleeping bags by making assumptions about the materials used in the construction of each bag and/or, by having bags tested in conditions of controlled temperature such as an air-conditioned room or cold-room.

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If you’re a warm sleeper (i.e. your body generates a lot of heat and you use less covers to keep warm) the bag’s temperature rating is probably pretty accurate for you.
If you’re a cold sleeper (i.e. you have a slow nighttime metabolism and don’t generate much body heat meaning you need blankets to keep warm) assume the bag’s temperature rating is at least 5⁰C warmer than stated on the bag. That is, a bag rated at 0⁰C should, for you, be taken as rated at +5⁰C.

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When looking to buy a sleeping bag it is better to look for one that is at least 5-10⁰C colder than your sleeping temperature. Such a bag will be suitable in a wider variety of temperatures.

Remember, it’s always easier and more practical to warm up with thermals, extra clothes, or a sleeping bag liner. We all sleep better when cooler than we do when warmer, so erring on the side of cooler is a logical decision.

Sleeping bag facts:
1. Your metabolism keeps you warm not the sleeping bag
Sleeping bags do not generate heat themselves, instead how warm that you stay relies on the amount of metabolic heat that you generate. This varies depending on the food consumed, exhaustion level and hydration.
2. Create a sleeping system
Often a sleeping bag, regardless of the rating, is not enough on its own. Generally manufacturers like Caribee make an assumption when deciding on their sleeping bag temperature ratings, that you will also be using equipment such as camping beds or a camping mattress as well.
3. The design
Is it a tight fit, have a hood or lots of zippers that will allow the heat to escape? These are all factors that will add or detract heat when a sleeping bag is used.

When you are deciding on the best temperature rating for you and your kids sleeping bags make sure that you take into account:
- The time of year and the expected weather
- Other gear that you will be using such as tents and camping beds
- Whether you normally sleep ‘hot’ or ‘cold.

If you want any further information on choosing a sleeping bag with the right temperature rating for you, please give us a call or shoot us an email and we will be more than happy to help!
Have a look at our range of sleeping bags, camping beds & sleeping mats to find one that suits you!

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