When an old school mate and I decided we’d take our young sons camping it sounded like a load of fun. But then – the realisation that camping meant doing a lot more than just turning up and reception and asking for then room key – tent assembly has to be one of the most frustrating experiences of life. When Blackwolf suggested they had the product to solve that – I challenged them to prove it.
When I picked up the Blackwolf Turbo 240 I was firstly glad I wasn’t driving my little Mazda 2 – in its carry-bag this is one big item. Secondly, I scoffed at the suggestion I’d have it up in five minutes.
The Turbo 240 is a “four man” tent – but unlike what you might have seen as the traditional tent assembly with poles clipping together, feeding into the tent itself and propping the whole thing up – with the Blackwolf turbo range you’ve got a click and push and the whole thing is done.
Honestly, the instructions are simple. Lay it out, hammer the four corner pegs in – extend the four corner posts out and click them in place (when packed away they are folded like a “v” – then jump inside and push the roof up. Done. Four minutes. I kid you not.
Adding the fly over the top with the little awning out the front took a bit more time – but it’s all clips and velcro.
Making the simplicity even more obvious at every turn, the ropes that hold the awning posts in place are kept inside the fly itself – in small zipped pockets. Brilliant.
I took a video of our assembly, me with the Blackwolf and my mate Adam and his son with their more traditional tent. The results are clear.
It ain’t cheap – the Turbo 240 (canvas) has an RRP $1,399.99 and “Sleeps 4” – not sure how cosy that four would need to be, honestly three would be ok side by side.
But, if camping is your thing – and you’re doing it more than a few times a year – I can’t recommend this enough.
Oh, but with the size of this thing – make sure you’re camping close to the car-park. Our choice of “Little Beach” on the central coast – well, it’s a 700m walk up and down some serious hills – lugging this thing was a challenge:)
Trev is a Technology Commentator, Dad, Speaker and Rev Head.
He produces and hosts two popular podcasts, EFTM and Two Blokes Talking Tech. He also appears on over 50 radio stations across Australia weekly, and is the resident Tech Expert on Channel 9’s Today Show each day and appears regularly on A Current Affair.
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