The 2012/13 model of the BlackWolf Turbo Plus 240 tent has some new features, the main one being the larger front awning, as well as the curved rear pole and gusseted windows of last year’s model. Following are some of the first photos on the internet of the new tent.
Update: I have now been camping in the new BlackWolf Turbo Plus 240 tent and have posted additional comments here.
I am a big fan of BlackWolf tents. Our main family camping tent is a Turbo Plus 300 purchased in October 2010. When I was given the opportunity to test a 2012/13 model BlackWolf tent, I jumped at the opportunity. I was torn between testing the canvas BlackWolf Turbo Plus 240 tent or the larger, but lighter Turbo Lite Plus 300. In the end, I received the BlackWolf Turbo Plus 240 tent. Bigger is not always best when camping, so I thought the combination of the heavier canvas tent in a smaller size would be perfect for my family of two adults and two primary school aged children.
Any experienced camper knows that when you get new gear, the first thing you do is test it at home. My tiny back yard has been taken over by chickens, dogs and a trampoline, while my front lawn is on a slope. I therefore set up the 2012/13 BlackWolf Turbo Plus 240 tent on our very wide, but relatively flat, council footpath. There was plenty of neighbour and passer-by interest in the new tent!
BlackWolf Turbo Plus 240 kit
As with all BlackWolf Turbo tents, this tent was super easy to set up. The three-pole front awning and optional side panels added a couple of extra items in the bag. The BlackWolf Turbo Plus 240 tent is canvas, so think carefully whether you can lift the weight of the tent, which I weighed at around 31 kg (including the optional extra side panels). The polyester Turbo Lite tents provide a lighter alternative, or you can always split the awning and tent body into separate bags, which is what I do with my own Turbo Plus 300 to make it easier to lift above my head to put on my Toyota Prado’s roof rack.
BlackWolf Turbo Plus 240 features
The main difference with the 2012/13 model BlackWolf Turbo Plus 240 tent and last year’s model is the larger, three-pole awning. The awning is 180 cm x 220 cm wide giving a very usable shady area. The three-pole model tents supersede all the two-pole Turbo (both standard and Plus) tents in the BlackWolf range. (The Turbo FS, Basecamp and Super Fly models remain unchanged.)
The three-pole awning is an evolution aimed at making the BlackWolf tents even more rugged than they already were. The front awning of the older Turbo tents and rear section of the Turbo Plus tents were prone to rain water pooling. The curved rear pole introduced in the 2011/12 Turbo Plus tents combined with the three-pole awning of the 2012/13 model Turbo should fix this problem.
While BlackWolf Turbo tents have a rugged reputation, awnings on all tents are susceptible to becoming kites in strong winds, as I experienced with my own 2010/11 model Turbo Plus 300 tent recently on a trip to Stradbroke Island (read story here).
The side and front panels for the awning are an optional extra. The test BlackWolf Turbo Plus 240 tent was supplied with two pre-production side panels, but the front panel was not yet available. Nine times out of ten, I would not bother putting the side and front panels on — but that one time when it rained, I would be very thankful for having the panels in my camping kit and the extra protected area that they provide. Putting the panels on also provides an extra gear storage area away from prying eyes.
The new BlackWolf Turbo Plus 240 tent comes with push button knuckles on the tent legs, rather than the pull-pin knuckles on my own 2010/11 tent. The 2012/13 model tent also includes the gusseted windows of recent models.
Still the leader
Several manufacturers have copied the BlackWolf concept in recent years. I suspect that these copies have spurred the further development of the BlackWolf Turbo tents. BlackWolf has been making this style of tent since 2003. They stand by their product and have had 10 years of product development to refine their tents. I think that they are still the leader in this style of tent.
We are going camping again soon, so watch this space for a more detailed review of the 2012/13 model BlackWolf Turbo Plus 240.