D rings rusted, zippers failed after 2 years and 3 trips.
We purchased this tent after friends recommended it, from Anaconda at Ashmore. The tent has been great, no leaks and easy to set up and pack up. On our third trip with this tent we spent 5 days beach camping at Straddy (QLD) where it rained every night. This would have washed any salt spray from the tent. On the day we got home the tent was set up and hosed down with fresh water, and allowed to dry over the next week (hanging from our indoor cloths line).
On the next trip (about 3 months later) we noticed the front zippers were stiff and the...D rings had surface rust on them. I thought a $1000+ tent would have stainless steel D rings but apparently not. I freed the zippers up and lubricated them. No problems - planned to replace the D rings at a later date. The following September (about 4 months later) we use the tent again and the zippers are so corroded that they both fail (note this is on one side of the tent). I work in science and the damage to the zippers is not just 'rust', the zip carriage is reacting to the metal use for the zip - these zippers are not made for outdoor use. The carriage actually disintegrated. I returned the tent to Anaconda Ashmore (who are very good by the way) the manager warned me that Blackwolf will take around six weeks to have a look and get back to me. I rang Anaconda last week who were surprised that Blackwolf had not been in contact with me as they said they had. I have also rang and emailed Blackwolf and never had a response.
Great - except for leaks
Have read quite a few comments about leaking Black wolf tents. Ours too has leaked in heavy rain - always in same back corners, no amount of rejigging the frame or fly will help. But run some wax along those pesky seams and the problem will be solved. Apart from this have had no problems - great in high winds.
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