The Black Wolf Mantis range have become known as a staple for hikers and backpackers who want a compact, reliable, and low profile tent for rugged outdoor excursions. Now even lighter than the original, this nifty model shaves 25-30% of weight off the original – so it’s even more hike-friendly than before.
When you’re in intense conditions, the last thing you want is a big protruding shelter that rattles around in the wind. The Mantis is lower to the ground which will help keep your shelter secure when conditions aren’t ideal. The nylon fly has a waterhead rating of 2000mm, and taped seams to keep you dry should the weather turn sour. For warmer evenings you'll still get some cool coming through the tent thanks to the No-see-um mesh head and foot vents.
The Mantis allows enough room under the vestibules for you to store your boots or other dirty gear out of the way, and has internal storage pockets to keep your valuables with arm's reach. For a low profile and reliable tent that’ll shelter you after a rugged day on the track, you can’t go past the Mantis 2 UL tent from Black Wolf.
Happy with the tent, have spent about a week in it so far. As others have commented, it's a great tent for 1 person with gear, or 2 with not too much gear.
I bought this tent after a bit of research into light weight tents for hiking. (I’m now 67!) We took this away for two nights at Xmas at Mt Feathertop. Conditions at night were windy (tho not excessive) Inner tent VERY stable - fly flapped a bit but could be tightened. I was surprised how much room there was for my wife and I given its size Good ventilation with plenty of options to close it up
Putting it up is quite straightforward Packs readily into its bag (some other tent bags can be very tight to use) and was able to fit it easily into 45 L backpack
Overall, very good value for weight, size and stability
My daughter and I just took our new Mantis UL II for a test run for two nights in the Kosciuszko area. Was fantastic for the two of us (each 170-180cm height) and our packs which fit under the side annexes. Didn’t feel like we were crowding each other at all. We had great weather so didn’t get to test in the rain but plenty of dew each morning and it dried off very quickly each time. No problems at all setting it up first time every time, so simple. Certainly recommended along with the fast simple service of Snowys getting it out to me right before Christmas.
This follows on from my previous review about the tent's weight being 200 grams more than the specified weight (which remains as true). After using this tent several times, including Victorian winter and rain, I reckon it's great value for money. Two adults would be a squeeze, but for me and my 8 year old son, with the backpack left outside under the vestibule, there's enough room to sleep snugly. After being certain that this tent should have come with extra pegs, I now realise that if the pegs are used as in the image, with one peg shared between the fly and the inner, there are indeed enough pegs for 4 guy ropes. And, you WILL need those guy ropes pegged out if there's any sort of mist/rain etc, since the longish shape of the tent means that the weight of any rain will cause the inner and outer layers to touch, and thus allow water in. So, to hopefully settle the peg question for prospective buyers, simply use the pegs as seen in the image, with 2 head-end and 4 foot-end pegs being doubled up for the inner and outer.
Thanks for your feedback John, I went and checked the weights of these and I get 1.86 Kg on our calibrated scales, this includes the peg and pole bags, guy ropes, the only thing I removed was the storage sack. I see what you mean about the pegs though, Black Wolf supply 12 pegs with this tent, so if you only use four pegs on the inner tent, leaving them out of the corners where the poles reside, it leaves you with enough pegs for the fly, but not the guy ropes. I'd have not set it up to check, but from what you are saying, I guess it either needs longer cord on the inner tent to cater for the tightening of the flysheet, or at least four extra pegs. We'll pass this on to Black Wolf next time our rep is in the store, thanks for the feedback. ~ Ben
It's a great little tent and is just what I was after ... nearly. The specs declare it to be 1.8 kgs, however when my tent was weighed upon arrival it came in at 1.99 kgs (without the bag).
I was after a lightweight tent and this fits the bill despite the extra 200 grams so I'm not bothered, but some folks might be.
Good product. Pitched and packed easily
Easy to pitch, quick to pack up, plenty of room for 2 small adults and still small pack and lightweight.
felt sturdy in wind.
Excellent light weight tent, used it on the 6 foot track recently where it rained every night. I stayed dry and warm. Great for one man, is very tight with 2, although 2 10yo's fit easily. Setting up the feet area is a bit tricky to ensure the water runs off. The tent pegs are amazingly light, which were fine in the wet. Its weight and packed size is brilliant, but like all tents not much fun to pack up in the rain. Snowy's service is great as well, arrived in a couple of days. Looking forward to going out with it again.
Just hiked 35 kms up and down 600 meters.over 2 nights camping. This tent is excellent, compact and lightweight, waterproof and stable in strong sea breeze, pitched in under 5 minutes, and airy inside. Brilliant for one person and a large pack. It would be a tight squeeze for two blokes. Needs stronger tent pegs, but still great value for money.
A good quality tent. Have only taken it out once but its really lightweight, stores in a compact dry bag, comes with strong poles and good zips. I bought some stronger pegs before taking it out, but I didn't need to - the included pegs are okay.
The only down side is that due to its size/shape, there isn't a footprint that suits this tent. I just ended up using a 8x8' Ultramesh Tarp - but you could make your own footprint.
I notice that this is rated as 3 seasons but the Grasshopper 2 is rated 2-3 seasons. Looking at the specs, the floor and fly thickness on the Grasshopper 2 is slightly better than the Mantis. Could you please explain the why they have different ratings? Thanks.
I can see where the confusion would be, however, the Grasshopper 2 has a full mesh inner (which you can see in the 2nd image linked on the product description here) so it has much more ventilation - which is why it’s suited to 2-3 season use. The Mantis UL II has a mixture of solid and mesh so it insulates better in colder conditions.
I'm a tall guy looking to mostly travel with this gear myself but if I wind up doing overnights with the missus I don't want to have to have two single mats (but the double mat should easily replace our double airbed) unless that really winds up being better. Will the Black Wolf Mega Deluxe Double Camp Mat fit in the Mantis UL II? From specs alone it seems yes? Cheers, Sam
We unfortunately don't have a display Mantis UL II to test this out for you, but from looking at the specs and considering the slope of the tent walls - if we had to guess it looks like it will. But it's likely the mat will be right up against the sides of the tent which might not be ideal for you.
Has anyone pitched the black wolf mantis 2 on a platform? I'm doing a hike where I'll need to pitch a tent on a platform (which I haven't done before). Not being freestanding, I'm just not sure how to do this... any thoughts pls?
Whilst I haven't spoken to anyone here who has done it with this particular tent, generally when platforms are provided, they are designed with different tent styles in mind so often have attachment points, chains or loops to thread your tent ropes through.
It is a good idea to take a few metres of lightweight cord (3mm is good) if you need to extend any pitching points or find an alternative way to attach to guy points plus its a handy accessory for many other uses too.
According to specs on your site the 2 man tent is shorter in length in sleeping area than 1 man version. Is that correct? I'm 186cm and with the sloped back tent ends i'm thinking my head and feet are going to hit fabric.
Howdy Tony. Yes that is correct. The one man tent is 230cm x 110cm and the two man is 210cm x 140cm. At the foot end is a raised section that will allow your feet to pretty much go to the end of the tent so as a gentleman of 186cm you should be ok on either of these two tents, even with a self inflating mattress beneath you.
How many pegs are included? One of the reviews mentioned that an extra few were required.
G'day Joshua. There are 14 pegs included with this tent which should be ample for safely erecting your tent. In saying that, we do advise that it is always a great idea to carry a few extra pegs, just for those occasions when you may lose one when out on your camping adventure.
Is there a footprint made specifically for this tent? Would a regular tarp work?
Black Wolf haven't come out with a compatible Mantis II footprint at this time, but you could definitely use a tarp if you've got the room for it in your pack. We currently don't have any lightweight generic footprints available, but something like the
We currently don't have any lightweight generic footprints available, but something like the Oztrail Hiker Fly can be used to protect the underside of your tent. It's not a perfect fit, but that's something you may want to check out as a lightweight option.
I asked BlackWolf about a footprint as we took this tent on the Overland Track. They replied that the tent doesn't specifically need one, and we found the base to be durable.
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