Keep the comfort—ditch the weight.

You don't want to sleep in something the size of a tube sock, but you don't want to carry excess weight into the backcountry, either. The Big Agnes Copper Spur UL3 3-Person 3-Season Tent (UL stands for ultralight) gives you enough room to move at night without adding too much weight to your pack.

  • Polyurethane-coated, silicone-treated nylon ripstop floor and fly help rain bead off instead of soaking you and your gear inside
  • Lightweight, durable polyester mesh and nylon body keep the weight down for longer weekend backpacking excursions
  • All the tent's seams are taped without using solvents (PVC or VOC) to effectively lock out heavy rain and help protect wilderness watersheds at the same time
  • TH72M Aluminum DAC Featherlite NSL pole system provides amazing strength and durability without weighing down your pack
  • All Big Agnes tents feature poles and stakes made with DAC's Green Anodizing process, which eliminates the chemical polishing stage, reduces the need for hazardous chemicals, and recycles water throughout the rinsing process
  • Freestanding, dome-like structure withstands harsh weather and wind while its DAC HClip attaches the tent body to the cross pole to provide more interior headroom
  • Double vestibules (9sq ft each) and double doors give you and your buddies room to stow your gear and escape easily for midnight bathroom breaks
  • Staked-out vestibules and zippered storm flaps on the vestibules seal out nasty three-season weather
  • Rectangular 44sq ft (70in-90in) floor area provides enough space to fit three adults comfortably, and its 44in ceiling height allows sitting up and crouching when you get stir-crazy in a storm
  • Entire tent weighs less than four pounds for easy hauling in the backcountry, especially when you split the weight between partners
  • Mesh body lets fresh air in and lets hot air out during hot nights or muggy mornings
  • Simple design uses press fit connectors, hubs, and twist clips that are easy to assemble while reflective details on guylines and webbing keep the tent visible in the dark
  • Eight super-light J stakes secure the tent to the Earth during wind storms
  • Fly Fast pitching option lets you carry just the poles, fly, and footprint (sold separately) for a lightweight (3lb 1oz) trek in mild climates
  • Once packed into its included sack, the entire tent package is only 7in-22in for easy lashing to a pack or fitting inside a dry bag
  • Interior mesh pockets hold your headlamps, map, or other small accessories close at hand
  • Gear loft loops let you attach a gear loft (sold separately) for even more convenient gear storage

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is foot print included?

is foot print included?

Best Answer Responded on

No. The footprint is not included.

The tent material is quite thin... so I'd recommend the footprint.

5 5

Big enough for 3, light enough for 1

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Picked mine up on SAC and couldn't believe it. Sharing first impressions:

-- Really light, easy setup, and well made. (I set it up in my living room, myself, without poking a hole in my television, in under five minutes.

-- Wish the door didn't unzip onto the floor, but seems like the shape of the door is part of the structure of the tent.

-- LOTS of gear storage. Does not need a gear loft. Some of the storage is large enough to serve as a reasonable drying rack for clothes.

-- Big enough for three, light enough for one. This is a BIG DEAL. Now I can save myself some dough and use a single tent for most of my adventures. For me it's either me with two small kids, me with one of my bros, or me alone. This tent works for all three scenarios.

5 5


  • Gender: Female
  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Although I haven't been able to take this tent out too much yet I have loved it for the car camping I have done so far. It is really light weight, and super easy to set up. As soon as I got this I set it up in my room and was amazed at how big it was! Since using it outside now it still seems very big, not as big as it did inside though! It is a really durable tent and it breathes well. I usually will only be camping with a dog and one other person but decided that for the weight this would give plenty of floor space and not weigh me down. The first night camping in this my boy friend and I slept right against the walls and my dog slept across the tent in between us so i am definitely happy I didn't go with a smaller tent! I am anxious to try this backpacking later this summer. Th picture included is of the tent packed up to give you an idea of size next to a 32oz Nalgene. It isn't packed too well and it does include the footprint in there.

4 5

I Love this tent

I bought this tent for a 3 month trip to New Zealand backpacking. It is perfect for 2 people as we were trapped in it a few different days when it was pouring rain. My only complaint is we were camping on a coast and with the tent staked out the wind still folded the tent up and bent the poles a tiny bit. I should have taken a picture. Big Agnes actually did not believe me but fixed the poles anyway which was nice of them. Strong winds will fold it up whether you are in it or not with it staked. If it happens to you take a picture.

Copper Spur vs Fly Creek

Good comparison video between the two. If you were trying to decide between to two

Copper Spur Ultralight tent series

Kelly shows off the Copper Spur Ultralight tent series from Big Agnes

5 5

Awesome tent

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Used this tent on tons of backpacking trips, in pretty much all weather conditions except super heavy snow. When properly staked out, this tent is bombproof. Wind/Rain are not a problem at all. It also breathes really well, so you don't wake up to an inside full of condensation. Sleeps three average sized humans comfortably, and the twin doors and vestibules are awesome for easy access, day or night.

Super easy to set up and take down and stow, the tent is super light on the trail and is easily distributed amongst 2-3 people without loading anyone down or taking up much volume. Can also be carried by one person just as easily.

Fantastic tent from a fantastic company.

5 5

Excellent 2-person tent

Initial impressions of the Copper Spur UL3 after a long weekend trip. We didn't have significant weather, but had both sun and rain. The tent was exceptionally room for 2 people with packs in the vestibules. Set up is a snap and the tent was sturdy and solid. Appreciated the height - we were able to sit up comfortably and enjoy time in the tent during a rainy spell. No condensation at night (used the fly, reluctantly, but wisely) which was a problem in my previous tent. As expected, it is a very light and easily packable tent. Footprint highly recommended as the floor of the tent is thin.

Posted this on the footprint page but I...

Posted this on the footprint page but I think it may get more views here...
Hi. I have the BA Emerald Mountain SL3 from a few years back and need a footprint for it. From the looks of it, the Copper Spur UL3 has the same dimensions, so is assuming this footprint would work with my tent a bad idea?
The tent I own -

The Copper Spur -

Thanks in advance! -Charlie

Best Answer Responded on

Hey Charlie,

It might be the same, but none-the-less, call Big Agnes directly @ 877-554-8975. They can tell you 100% and might even have the exact one you need hanging around somewhere. They keep a pretty good inventory and often can hook you up with either something new or gently used in some photo shoot or something. Hope this helps. Good luck.

Responded on

Phil, that advice definitely helps, thanks! I emailed them last night but I'll try calling soon too.

5 5

Great Tent!

I bought this tent when it was on sale at REI for $350 (2008 version) and I am glad I did. I had been looking around at tents to find one similar to my MSR Hubba Hubba in terms of structure and this one sets up very close to it. I wanted a comfortable 2-person tent and this does the trick (I use my MSR as a solo).

The tent is versatile and about as light-weight as you are going to get for the size and price. I haven't been through any storms with this one yet, only sunny warm weather. I do recommend getting the footprint, as I do with every tent I own to increase the longevity of the floor.

5 5

Save Haven

I have bought this tent (2008 version but the differences are small) for a two weeks hiking trip in the norwegian wilderness. The weight of the tent is a dream, it fits three persons perfectly wit enough room for the packs in the vestibules.

Although ultralight the tent withstood thunderstorms, hail and heavy rain without any problem. It was our save and reliable have under all conditions. Even considering the rather stiff price I would definitely buy it again.

With three people inside we experienced some condensation on the outer tent in humid weather, as to expected. But the inner tent never got wet and the venting is excellent thanks to the large mesh area in the inner tent. One thing you have to keep in mind is that in colder conditions you still have a constant airflow the tent. There the large mesh area is then a downside. Even with three people in it, the air in the tent will not get warmer than the outside air. Therefore I rate it as a 2.5 season tent instead of 3 seasons. If you plan to use it in cold weather adjust your sleeping bag choice accordingly.

The tent really is free standing, however I would highly recommend to tie it down with some lines in windy conditions.
I recommend the use of the footprint! Due to the lightweight design the floor is rather thin and I would not like to have it damaged by rough floor conditions.

Have fun


First day with Big Agnes Copper Spur UL3

Camping in Algonquin Park down the Highland Backpacking trail at Provoking Lake, with the Big Agnes Copper Spur UL3. :)

How about two adults and two adult dalmatians...

How about two adults and two adult dalmatians (60lbs each)? Thinking about using this for a Wind River Traverse, and torn whether to get this, the Fly Creek, or the same versions in a 4-person (each dog like a person, or half a person ...). Thanks.

Responded on

I'll take the 4-Person and not the 3-Person for two adult dalmatians, are big dogs (:

Responded on

Just bought the Fly Creek and took it back for this. Glad I did. To compare them:

• You can actually fit 2 big packs in the tent with 2 people (tried a 110L + pack with a 52L pack)
• The walls are much more vertical. You can sleep right next to the edge w/o feeling like the walls are pushing on you. This creates a lot more space.
• A little bit higher, and higher for more of the ceiling.
• Still super easy to setup. Just a couple more clips I think.
• Of course the 2 doors right next to each person, so you could leave your whole pack right by the door and get to things easily as needed.
• You could actually fit 3 people in this head to toe. With the flycreek, I think 3 people is more of a joke or for masochists.

.5 pound penalty worth it. I bet you could fit 2 dalmations in here too vs. 2 packs.

Responded on

I did the same as the person below ("the outdoors are fun and stuff"). I also first bought the Fly Creek UL3 and ended up going for the Copper Spur UL3. Worth the extra 12oz weight.

I did the same as the person below ("the outdoors are fun and stuff"). I also first bought the Fly Creek UL3 and ended up going for the Copper Spur UL3. Worth the extra 12oz weight.