OK tent for dry summer single person camping
Used this tent a number of times in different conditions within Australia.
Two average height adults on sleeping mats and sleeping bags is a seriously tight fit, be ready to store the majority of your belongings within the vestibule including hiking backpack, boots, trekking poles pots and jetboil etc.
The main issue we have with this tent is the lack of room towards the feet at head, and as moving in the night the sleeping bag will press the tent inner against the fly as water will pass through the fabric onto the sleeping bag.
Alongside...this, the sagging in the inside tent structure reduces the internal head height and restricts movement further. This tent would not be my recommendation for heavy rain fall, as areas such as the zippers in the fly are prone to water penetration, and as the tent takes on rain fall, sags touching the inside tent fabric which eventually accumulates and rain drops will fall on your sleeping head.
Purchased in January 2018 at Ray's Outdoors for $350.00.
Mantis II - Good hiking tent
I have used this tent on the overland trek, moreton island, stradbroke island, and the kids use it for their scouting hikes too. Over the last 6 years, it has demonstrated excellent longevity, storm proof, possum proof, & plenty of space for a light weight tent. I am 180cm and use a 3/4 hiking mattress and stay secure and sleep fine inside. Takes about 5-10 minutes to set up even when sober. I bought replacement pegs but then I do that for all our family tents too. Lost a part after about 4 years and Blackwolf replaced it once I sent a photo so they could figure out what I was babbling about.
new version mantis 1
I bought the mantis 1 a few years back and loved it so much I upgraded to the mantis 1 new version..it has a stronger ground sheet and still cozy in the winter season...I stick with the green colour as I like to blend in with my surroundings ..I took it bike packing in Japan and it really was an asset to take camping...
Practical but a little too short
I'm 178cm tall and do find that the tent is too low at the ends and possibly too short. Ok if I'm the only one in the tent because I can lie diagonally but can be difficult to get comfortable if you're a back sleeper with two people due to the tent pressure on the feet and head.
Vestibule area is not big enough for my 48L pack but great for boots etc. Easy to setup, have not tried a setup in the rain as yet.
I will be using this tent for my teenage daughters and getting myself a longer tent.
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I've had this tent for a few years now and done quite a bit of camping with it. As always a 2 man tent is a 1 man tent with gear. I've never had a problem with it. Although the vestibule area is small, it does come in handy to put boots and other small items in. It has started to fade on the doors but this is most likely due to poor care on my part. It is a bit tricky putting it up in the rain but i found lying the fly over the top of the inner keeps most of the rain off. Stable in the wind and good ventilation.
Reliable, Stable, Good ventilation, Hanging storage
Hard to put up in the rain
Would take this tent anywhere that it wasn't snowing. Have had this tent for three years and still looks and performs as good as new. Hard to go past for the price.
Great tent for remote area hiking. Light and relatively spacious (pack doesn't have to stay outside)Quick to set up (four to six minutes depending on ground hardness) Cool in tropical but seals well against wind and rain. Can warm up nicely in 0-5 deg temps. High vis colour good for emergency location if required. love the mesh gear stow hanging from the roof.
Not a huge amount of headroom. Must be quick to set up if raining because of mesh sides.
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Would this tent need a footprint?
In my experience I've never needed one. The material is thin but I've always cleared where I'm going to set up as much as possible and its been fine. A footprint might not be a bad idea to keep the general wear down but I haven't found it a problem.
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