For the lone wolf who likes to explore off the beaten track, the newly updated Mantis UL 1 from Black Wolf is a low profile, easy to use hiking and backpacking tent that will shelter you in all kinds of conditions.Now even lighter and pack friendly then before, the new model shaves 25-30% of weight off the original.
When you’re faced with Mother Nature’s finest gusty conditions, the last thing you want is to be a in a tall, protruding shelter that’ll rattle in the wind. The Mantis has a low profile structure which will help keep your shelter steady when conditions aren’t ideal. For protection against rain the nylon fly has a waterhead rating of 2000mm, and has taped seams to keep water out.In warmer conditions you’ll have plenty of air flow that’ll come through the No-see-um mesh head and foot vents plus you'll have the added insect protection.
You can keep your pack and boots outside of your clean shelter, as this tent has enough space under the vestibule to store your gear. There are also internal pockets to keep important items like your phone or PLB at arm’s reach once you’re all settled in. For a reliable low profile tent that’ll shelter you after a rugged day on the track, you can’t go past the Mantis 1 UL tent from Black Wolf.
Well built and so easy to erect and pack away, the ideal tent when you're on the go. Across the various brands it represent excellent value for money.
I am cyclotouring and I really like the packed size as I can fit it inside a pannier rather than on top of the luggage rack.
One inconvenience is the inner height as it is impossible for an adult sized person to sit up.
Would I purchase it again Yes but in 2 persons size as the weight difference and packed size are negligible.
Hi there, I have heard of issues with sagging near the foot of the tent in earlier models of the Mantis, regardless of how well you pitch it. How is this model different in that way? Thanks 😀
I'm not sure if the reviews you've read relate to older versions of this tent or not but the foot of the tent has a pole section to keep the inner erect however if this is not fully guyed out it may not achieve its optimal height, which is actually quite low, therefore this might be an issue if you are a taller person or have long feet and sleep on your back.
As we haven't had any feedback in relation to this I can't specifically comment as the tents in store seem to be fine however, from the reviews I've read, it seems that to avoid any problems the optimal height for someone using this tent is 170cm.
Does the foot end have a pole too? What is stopping it from sagging onto your feet?
I can see where you would be concerned as if the inner was touching your feet - there'd be a lot of annoying condensation!
Yes there is definitely a pole at the end of this tent to keep the inner elevated off your feet (I double checked with the display model).
You can get a good idea of what this looks like in the second image linked on the product page, which shows the Mantis UL I without the fly on.
Is it possible to sit up in this tent? for changing?
The maximum internal height of the Mantis UL I Hiking Tent from Black Wolf is 70cm. I'm 5"6 and I wouldn't be able to sit up inside comfortably. You may be able to depending on your height - but it is quite a cosy tent, so it's probably not optimised for getting changed in.
The old model had a door on each side but this new model only specifies one door. Is the other side mesh or solid material?
I've given Black Wolf a call and they've confirmed that the door on this tent is mesh, and the other side has a mesh panel at the top, with a solid panel at the bottom.
Do the mantis come with light pegs? Or would I be better off buying some sea to summit ground control pegs? I am trying to go ultralight but not ultra expensive.
The pegs are regular 'hook' style pegs, but they are lightweight alloy, I tried to attach a photo for you but we are having upload issues in our store at the moment sorry. The ground control pegs will be stronger and more packable, but not necessarily lighter.
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