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

 

 

Blackwolf Tents: Turbo Tent Lite vs Traditional Canvas Tent

There are some very obvious differences between the BlackWolf Turbo Tent Lite and a canvas tent that need to be considered if you’re looking to purchase a family sized tent.

Canvas Tents offer the durability of handling multiple set up and break downs as well as protection from a multitude of conditions but they can be quite heavy. Turbo Lite Canvas Tents on the other hand offer almost the same durability as the Canvas Tent options. Using the latest technology in materials, the light canvas option allows you to customise your tent option to your needs

So while both types of tents are known to be durable and strong the BlackWolf Turbo Tent Lite has some benefits that a traditional canvas tent just can’t offer such as:

1.   The difference in weight

The BlackWolf Turbo Lite is generally about 7 to 10 kgs lighter than a canvas tent of the same size. A considerable variation in weight. The lighter weight of the Turbo makes the transportation of the tent easier; no need for a trailer & they’re more manageable to handle during setup and pack down.

2. Setting up

Any camper will know that setting up a tent is often a task especially when you are tired after travelling and the sun is about set! So, a tent that is easy to handle during set up is a huge bonus because it saves time and energy. BlackWolf Turbo Lite tents are also simple to erect and just as easy to pack away.

3. Cost effective

BlackWolf Turbo Lite tents are the perfect choice when you are looking for a durable, easy to assemble tent for those awesome holidays in the great Australian outdoors. They are light, easy to use and an affordable option.

BlackWolf will be releasing new mesh panels to fit their 2013 Model tents from 15th September 2013.

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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!

Blackwolf Releases New 2013 Turbo Tent

In October 2012, Blackwolf released some dramatic changes to their already popular Turbo Tent range.

The most notable was the changes to the front awnings.

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Old style front awning (pre 2013)

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New and improved 2013 front awning

The overall size of the awning has been increased as well as the adition of the ’3rd pole’ for added durability and stability in windier conditions.

The new awning also makes available the ability to add on the new Front Panel and Side Panels. Another new addition to the 2013 Turbo Tent Accessories range.

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The new panels now give you the option of extending your Turbo Tent by effectively converting your awning into an additional room perfect for extra storage room and/or protection from the elements.

A much simpler and cheaper ‘add on’ than the Turbo Tent Superfly, Basecamp and Screenroom. These all still have their pros and cons… its just the panels make an ‘easy’ addition

At leisuregear.com.au, we have seen a remarkable uptake on the new 2013 Blackwolf Turbo Tent range… especially seeing customers couple the tents with the panels.

The popularity and reputation of the Turbo Tent took a tumble in late 2011, early 2012 with a bad run of quality issues that of course Blackwolf jumped on to rectify as quickly as possible with a re-vamp in early 2012 but now the 2013 model has taken the range a big step forward incorporating public feedback and versatility into the improvements.

These include

  • improved Heavy Duty PVC for flooring
  • improved waterproofing seams on floor and fly
  • front awning – 3 pole construction
  • front awning – size
  • improved gusseted windows
  • full range of spare parts made available

So, now with the Blackwolf 2013 Turbo Tent range and the Blackwolf 2013 Turbo Tent Spare Parts, camping or 4wd touring has just become easier, sustainable, more comfortable and even more reliable than it ever was.