Excellent value for a 4 season hiking and backpacking tent, the Black Wolf Isopod has sleeping room for two people on expeditions into cold environments.
Featuring a full rip-stop nylon inner for increased warmth, the Isopod has two double mesh/rip-stop nylon zippered doors each with roomy vestibules. Double brow poles create a roomy interior with upright walls that offer plenty of head room.
Two adjustable external vents and four zippered internal vents facilitate air flow, while internal side and roof stash pockets, as well as numerous hanging loops, create a versatile living space for lightweight adventurers.
Great tent, definitely recommend.
-kept us dry in heavy rain
-easy to pitch
-plenty of room for 2 people, able to fit two 70L packs, and boots inside tent.
-lots of useful pockets
-warm inside tent
-can be difficult to stuff back into carry case
-heavy (3.2kg), gets heavier (approx 4kg) when packed wet (after rain).
Used in the following locations:
The Basin (2017 Winter)
Duration 2 nights
Lowest temperature 8 degrees
Blue mountains (2017 Spring):
Duration 1 night
Lowest temperature 6 degrees
Heathcote (2017 Spring)
Duration 2 nights
Duration 6 nights
Used this tent for the first time on the weekend in Mount Kosciuszko, set it up in the pouring rain. I would advise if you set it up in the rain get the fly over it a quick as you can, we had a little bit of water come through as it was pouring on it before the fly went on. Once the fly was on stayed completely dry and handled very well with heavy rain, yet to see what it's like in the winds but I think it'll handle very well. Would definitely recommend we put a double size self inflating mattress in it and slept two adults with a couple of bags of cloths in there too
Used it once on a windy night with no problems. However the transverse tent poles were a problem to remove when taking the tent down & bent one of them. Tried to contact Black Wolf via contact us on their web site - no response in 3 weeks.
We'd like to help with getting your new tent poles - please give us a call on 1300 914 007. Laine :)
Have used this tent in heavy multi-day downpours and not a single drop got through. Very easy to put up and take down, packs down super small when you pack the pegs and poles separately. High quality materials, and really well thought out ventilation system. Only possible niggle is that with a taut pitch the outer zipper on the fly can be pretty tight around the bend. The plentiful pockets around the inside of the tent are really handy and you can throw your phone with the light on into the mesh pockets on the roof and you've got a tent light in seconds. Really happy with this tent and it's quite sturdy, I can't see any signs of wearing or tearing anywhere yet after about 6 months of use. Good quality tent.
Brought this tent for 13 yo scout. Very sturdy, easy to pickup and put down. Cross bars were tight to take down but side access design great. Will be great to take on long hikes coming up.
This tent is 95% perfect.
Removing the top transversal red poles from the eyelets in the tent can be a bit tricky; a longer tab strap would make it easier. A second loop to keep the door of the outer tent rolled and tidy would be nice too. The design of interior pockets, ventilation windows and double doors (with normal and mozzie mesh) is perfect. I measure 184 cm and can sleep comfortably. Two people and basic gear fit fine. Haven't tested bad weather conditions,
Used my new isopod over the long weekend, simple setup even for me, slept two of us but with not a lot of room left over. We had strong winds on both nights and light showers, tent handled conditions well. Biggest challenge, is getting the darn thing back in the carry bag, I ended up taking it home with the outer cover separate.
Took this down into the Grose Valley in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney on the Easter long weekend. A great tent. Had some heavy rain during the night and stayed dry and warm inside. Easy to erect, strong and sturdy. If you don't mind a slightly heavier tent when hiking, this is well worth the extra weight for the comfort and room it provides. The price was amazing too, considering it's very expensive elsewhere.
Just starting out camping on our bike. This tent is compact, reasonably light weight, simple to erect/dismantle, quite spacious and appears very sturdy.
The pricing from Snowys was spot on. Thanks guys.
Used this tent on my last motorbike trip (June). it was super easy to erect , (less then 15 minutes ). It was windy night but the tent didn't moved at all. And a good surprise in the morning - no condensation at all ! It was roomy enough for me and all my bike gear, and can accommodate two people as well, but then some of the gear will need to be store at the vestibules. (you have two of them.) all in all, I'm very please with this tent and will highly recommend it.
Hi there, I'm not sure whether to go for the Grasshopper or the isopod 2. I saw you mentioned that overall you would say the Grasshopper for multiple conditions but just afraid it won't withstand heavy downpours like the isopod or chilly conditions (most likely won't camp in conditions past -5) . Any help would be appreciated!
For the conditions you might experiance in those regions I'd go for the Isopod. The full nylon inner will be much warmer than the mesh of the Grasshopper if you need it to be, with the option to ventilate by zipping the doors open. You also get more head room in the Isopod which will be nice if you do happen to get stuck in there during some foul weather. Sounds like a great trip, happy camping!
Hi, would you recommend this tent for hiking the overland track in Tasmania?
The Black Wolf Isopod tent is a popular choice for many who are undertaking the Overland Track. It definitely errs on the side of a 3-season tent, but with usual conditions on the Overland Track (except for those super cold and snowy days), the Isopod tent should be work beautifully.
Hi. I'm after a tent for a three day hike in the Blue Mountains in the middle of winter. Just wondering if the Isopod will fit in my 75L Black Wolf McKinley along with all the other gear i need to take. Cheers
The packed dimensions of the Black Wolf Isopod Hiking Tent are 52L x 18W x 18H cm. While it is a touch larger and heavier than other 2 person Hiking Tents, with good packing you should have no issues getting it and your other gear into a Black Wolf McKinley 75L pack.
Hi. I'm looking for a tent that's 4 x seasons, but am also realistic that I'll most likely be heading out Spring - Autumn. Have had a good look through your top 10 from 2016 and this seems to be the pick of the bunch for what I need, with a key consideration being that I'm 6'8". So I need a tent with space. With regards where we'll be heading, o/nighting on Buller (sans snow) most likely the highest we'll be looking at, but would this tent be too hot if hiking in summer? Cheers
The Isopod is actually the only four season tent that we have available. As for space, it looks like this tent will accommodate your height. You will get some ventilation from the mesh door, and there are two adjustable external vents and four zippered internal vents for air flow - so you can open those up when you hike in the spring.
Just keep in mind that while you can use this tent in summer - it's probably optimised for colder weather conditions, and so you may be a little warm in Summer.
Hi, I purchased this tent just last week and wanted to know what foot print/ ground sheet you would recommend alkng with this tent. Thanks
G'day Shaun, there is no specific footprint for the Isopod, so it's really just a case of finding a tarp, some fabric or mesh that will fit in line with how you would use the tent. We have a tarp that will be slightly bigger than the footprint of the Isopod, you can view it here. You could also repurpose something like the Oztrail Hiker Fly and remove all the guy ropes, it would then double as an emergency lunch shelter. Hope this info helps.
Both the Isopod and the Grasshopper models are well made tents that we receive great feedback on, so I couldn’t put one above the other in terms of quality or durability.
Keep in mind that your tent’s main job is to shield you from the wind and rain - your crucial warmth will come mainly from your sleeping bag and thermals.
In summer, the Isopod will have less ventilation than the Grasshopper so you are going to get more condensation build up in your tent - but if you use minimal sleeping gear you could make it work. And with the Grasshopper, if you use it with a lower rated sleeping bag, a great mat, and wear thermals - you should be plenty warm.
Having said that, I’d say (and I got a few opinions from the other staff too!) your best bet would be to go with the Grasshopper as it’s lighter, well ventilated, and you can simply adjust your sleeping gear according to the season.
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