Gear Review

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Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2 for Solo Trips

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought my Fly Creek UL2 specifically for solo trips. This 2-person tent is nearly as light as some bivy sacks and is lighter than most solo tents. Here's component weights as measured on my scale (accurate to within 0.05 oz):

14.1 oz - tent canopy
11.5 oz - rain fly w/ guy cords
10.2 oz - pole
4.40 oz - (11) stakes
0.60 oz - tent stuff sack
0.40 oz - pole stuff sack
0.20 oz - stake stuff sack

Subtotal weight = 41.4 oz (2 lbs, 9.4 oz). I also add in a custom 6.10 oz Tyvek footprint and total weight = 47.5 oz (2 lbs, 15.5 oz).

This tent certainly fits the bill for a solo tent. I'm 6.0" x 175 lbs and have no problem stretching out without touching foot or head of the tent's 86" length. I easily have room in tent for my pack, though it could also go in the vestibule with my boots. I wouldn't "buddy-up" in the Fly Creek UL2 unless it was my girlfriend... and if she were along I'd use my Mountain Hardwear Skyledge 3 anyway (see my separate review of that excellent tent). I only have two small gripes (and a one star deduction): 1. I prefer side doors to "end" doors (I'm sure Big Agnes designed tent with end door to minimize weight and maximize vestibule); 2. Tent could use an "eyebrow" pole to help get tent walls more vertical / more taught (tent does have a system of guys and clips for that purpose but a small, dedicated pole would work better).

If you're looking for a small, light, 3-season personal shelter, this tent is recommended.

Pic shows tent in use in the backcountry in Iowa's Ledges State Park.

Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2 for Solo Trips