For the lone wolf who likes to explore off the beaten track, the Mantis UL 1 from BlackWolf is a low-profile, easy-to-use hiking and backpacking tent that shelters from all kinds of conditions.
Lightweight, pack-friendly, and ready for adventure - the Mantis has a low-profile structure which helps keep your shelter steady i unideal conditions. For protection against rain, the nylon fly has a waterhead rating of 2000mm with taped seams to keep water out. In warmer conditions, enjoy plenty of airflow through the No-see-um mesh head and foot vents, doubling as insect protection. Keep your gear outside of your clean shelter, with enough space under the vestibule for storage. Internal pockets keep important items such as a phone or PLB at arm’s reach too.
For a reliable, low-profile tent after a rugged day on the track - you can’t go past the Mantis 1 UL tent from Black Wolf.
Hi there, what's this tent like for condensation and breathability? I have a bivvy tent that is shocking for build up of condensation and i wakeup often wet as from it. What would be the best lightweight tent that is fairly useable in SA for most seasons. Cheers
Andy McArdle - Vista, SA(10 months ago)
The Mantis UL I Hiking Tent has large mesh panels on the tent inner, and a good size gap between the inner and outer tent, so it will have much better breathability and less condensation than a bivvy. There are a few lightweight 1P Hiking Tents available, so what is "the best" will vary based on the features you're looking for. You can find all of the options here.
Leece - Snowys(10 months ago)
Hi, I'm wondering if you can pitch the fly first and then the inner, or both together to avoid the inner getting soaked during pitching in rainy conditions? Thanks!
Fiona - Manly, NSW(1 year ago)
The Black Wolf Mantis UL is not a fast pitch or multi-pitch tent, meaning the tent inner creates the physical structure of the tent setup. The fly cannot be set up on its own. There are some of these options available, but they often have little to no ventilation or are designed for Alpine/above snow conditions. Check out the Vango Nevis 100 as an alternative.
Lauren - Snowys(1 year ago)
What are the length of the poles? 1 answer
Hi, I’m keen to do some bike packing & hope to fit the tent either on my rear rack or strapped to the handle bars. Thanks in advance ðŸ‘
Kevin - Belmont, Geelong (2 years ago)
I've just measured the length of the poles in the Mantis UL1 - they are 38cm long.
Leece - Snowys(2 years ago)
What is the width down near thee feet. Wanting to work out of my existing Black Wolf self inflating mat will fit.
Amanda - Newcastle (3 years ago)
I've measured the tent to be 40cm at the very end and 75 cms where the zips stop.
Susie - Snowys(3 years ago)
Tent weight1 answer
G'day, just wondering if you could please confirm the weight of the tent? You have it at 1.4kg, but the Black Wolf ( https://www.blackwolf.com.au/store/activity/hiking-and-trekking-activity/mantis-ul-1-adventure-tent/ ) site has it at 1.6kg . Thank you
Sven - Lindfield(3 years ago)
We've just checked this out and have adjusted the weight on this one to mirror the Black Wolf specifications.
Leece - Snowys(3 years ago)
If used without the fly, is this tent able to be used without pegs? I will be needing to erect on a platform with no tiedown points or holes for pegs etc. If not can you recommend a 1 person tent or bivy that can?
Craig - Landsdale(4 years ago)
You won't be able to use the Mantis UL I freestanding, unfortunately, but your best option for a one person freestanding hiking tent would be the Tungsten 1P (which is probably the best all-rounder, the Tungsten UL 1 or the Hubba NX from MSR (which is on the pricey side). I hope this was helpful Craig, if you have any other questions feel free to let us know!
Emily - Snowys(4 years ago)
Weight of poles1 answer
What is the combined weight of the two poles?
Michael - 2480(4 years ago)
I just weighed the two poles of the Black Wolf Mantis UL I Hiking Tent for you. Together, they weighed 266g. Keep in mind that it might be a few grams lighter as the poles did still have the rubber bands on them to keep them together.
Ben - Snowys(4 years ago)
Internal length1 answer
I am 183cm tall and it looks like the ends of the tent taper down. Would I be able to lie down without my head and feet pushing against the fly and getting wet when it rains?
Dave - Perth(4 years ago)
I've just had a quick look at the Black Wolf Mantis UL I Hiking Tent on our shop floor and I reckon that whilst it will be a bit tight, you should be able to lay down in the tent without your feet or head touching the ends.
Ben - Snowys(4 years ago)
How much room is there under the side vestibule?1 answer
Would I be able to store a 55L backpack and some boots in the side area of this tent under the vestibule? I get the impression that there isn't enough room to store gear inside the tent so my major concern is having a place to store my gear out of the rain/dew...
Jay - Brisbane(4 years ago)
You will fit a 55L backpack in the vestible, however it will probably touch up against the fly sheet so it might be a good idea to leave the rain cover on the pack just to give it a bit of extra protection in wet conditions. Your boots will fit off to one side no worries.
Tim - Snowys(4 years ago)
Support at foot of tent1 answer
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 ðŸ˜€
Freya - Childers, Qld(5 years ago)
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.
Sarah - Snowys(5 years ago)
How many poles?1 answer
Does the foot end have a pole too? What is stopping it from sagging onto your feet?
Jen - Bundaberg(5 years ago)
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.
Emily - Snowys(5 years ago)
Head height1 answer
Is it possible to sit up in this tent? for changing?
Sooz - Vic(5 years ago)
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 forÂ getting changed in. Â
Emily - Snowys(5 years ago)
Is the other side of the tent mesh or a solid material?1 answer
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?
Matt - Gisborne(6 years ago)
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.Â
Emily - Snowys(6 years ago)
Do the mantis come with light pegs?1 answer
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.
Trying to keep weight down - Morphett Vale(6 years ago)
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.