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Gear Review

4 5

Excellent UltraLite Backpacking Tent!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The Copper Spur UL2 is definitely more livable than Big Agnes' Flycreek series. The flycreek gave me a very tight coffin-like feel inside the tent with its slanted walls design. The Copper Spur UL2 provides high degree of comfort and livability for ONE PERSON. I took this tent on a solo cold-mountain backpacking and put it through hellish torrential rain + 65mph wind in the middle of SANDY STORM last year and I was pleasantly surprised to see the excellent performance. I pitched the tent on its "footprint" (purchased separately) using only 4 stakes, didn't even use the guylines... no pole breakage, no leak, no condensation, everything was bone-dry inside the tent despite the insane weather (-although both vestibules got really flooded because the rainfly is not designed to reach all the way to the ground) I am glad that I picked the UL2, if I had the UL1 then I would've been forced to place my gears in the "faulty" vestibules. IMHO, the Copper Spur UL2 is most suitable for ONE PERSON only; of course it's still "doable" to push 2 people in it, but they would have to be tiny teenagers or super skinny adults who won't move around much during sleeping. It's miserable riding out a bad weather in a very cramped space, even when both occupants really like each other. One more complaint that I have is its Rainbow Doors! The "D style" doors would certainly seal the FIVE STARS approval. After stepping on the doors so many times I can't help wondering why such a nice highly packable ultralite tent would have this stupid flaw. But then again, Big Agnes' tents are NOT in the same class as the Hilleberg's so I don't expect they'll ever make a tent like the Hilleberg's. Swedish manufacturers seem to always have well thought out designs and superior quality. Nevertheless, even with the annoying "Rainbow Doors", I still highly recommend this tent! It's even worth the wait when it's on back-order!