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my little lovebug
I am madly in love with this tent. I thru hiked the PCT in 2011, and started with a tarptent that I rapidly discovered I hated, and was miserable with. I swapped out for this lovebug, and I never once regretted the excess weight. I had dry, warm, nights, a very fast pitch, and the freedom of camping where ever I wanted since it was truly freestanding. It is a very spacious one-man tent, and in a pinch, accommodated two adults. I kept all my gear stashed inside, cooked (safely) in the vestibule, and was able to do everything I wanted and needed without having to worry about touching a wall and getting soaked. It packs up light and easy, the poles held up in high winds, rain, snow, and ice, and I slept happily inside. Many nights I slept without the rain fly on, but remained bug free, and appreciate that there was so much mesh to keep a nice breeze. This tent is well worth the price, and even after close to 100 nights of using it, it looks brand new and works like the day I bought it. Big Agnes makes great gear that will last you a long time, so consider it a well-spent investment.
Just spent 9 nights in the Winds with this tent. One of those had one of the worst storms I've ever experienced in the backcountry...wind, rain, hail, thunder, lightning...awesome storm! The UL1 was rock solid. With over 30 years of backpacking experience I can truly say that this is the best tent I have owned. Lightweight, excellent craftsmanship, free-standing, sufficient vestibules. The side door configuration is much better for an older guy that doesn't care for the squat thrust tent entry method required for front-entry tents (I did own the Seedhouse SL1 for a while). A little pricey, but well worth it. It will be the last tent I own.
Took a summer trip to Algonquin Provincial Park in Canada and loved this tent. Performed as advertized right out of the box. It's very light weight made it easy to portage with and its easy set up didn't drain what was left of my energy when we finally stopped to camp. I am probably going to get one for each of my kids when they are ready to do this too.
No Problem At Mt. Whitney
Just got back from a Mt Whitney (July 2011) climb using this tent. First off this tents rocks!! At first I was a little worried about how light the fabric was and the durabilty with all the mesh. I slept in this tent for 3 nights and each day like clockwork at around noon it rained for a couple of hours not to mention the wind gusts of 30 to 40 mph. With all the rain and wind the tent held up like a champ. The fly did an outstanding job of keeping out the rain and wind. Never once did I or my sleeping bag get wet. With all the mositure I never experience any penetration from moisture or any humidity problems. I think as long as the fly is staked properly this will give the tent adequate air flow to prevent moisture buildup. I am 5'10 and a 160lbs and never felt cramped and I even had a little extra room in the tent to store extra clothing.
Nice and small
I got this tent and the copper spur 2man I kept the single man. It is the best single man I found in the market for the price. I love that it is a free standing tent un like most single man tents they require stakes to balance the frame. There is a great amount of head room and the frame spreads the tent nice and tight. The single man is super light and packs really small. The layout tapers down like a mummy bag larger at the top and slims down near your feet. The rain fly clips directly to the foot print with color coordinated clips which is nice and keeps the rain fly on during heavy winds. There is not enough space to keep your pack in the tent with you but you can keep it out of the rain under the 10 feet of vestibule space. There is one door and the other side has a small half circle foot long door which i love you cand easily reach out through the doggie door and grab gear under the vestibule. Now for some gripes I have. There is no gear loft. They sell one separate which I bought 20$ and it does not fit any which way you try and apply it do not buy the gear loft! The other thing is the door opens in a half circle and the door is left ( while open ) directly on the ground where when getting in and out you step on it. If you bundle it up and faten it up the way it was designed to the door is still getting trampled on which damages the door I have small holes in it from snagging it getting in and out. I wish the made the door in a curtain fashion like most tents. When you close the door it pulls that door side wall up and you loose some floor space . The floor is not flush and square it curves up which Is a bit of a pain. The other thing is the footprint is sold separate I think at the price the tent is they could of at least thrown in the foot print and gear loft. Total with the loft and foot print ran at 420$ plus tax. It's a bit spendy for a single man.I would like to finish on a high note for the tent I love the way the frame separates the the rain fly and the tent walls so that when it rains they are not touching which cuts down on water condensation. When you touch the walls while sleeping your gear doesn't get wet. Also helping is the fact that the walls are made of mesh. In the summer it breathes very well it doesn't get stuffy in the morning when your trying to sleep in. Overall I recommend this tent for the hard core back packer and the regular camper that can afford it.
I am looking at this tent but read a really...
I am looking at this tent but read a really bad review a user experienced in a rain storm. I will use this 99% of the time in the Cascades, WA, so wet weather is expected.
How is the condensation inside the tent with the rainfly up?
How does the rainfly fair in rain? Is it close to the ground or is there a gap for water to splash up and in?
How is entry and exiting while raining?
Anybody 6'1" using this?
I am 6'0" and it worked fine for me... definately 3 season though due to weight.
Has anyone compared the copper spur UL1...
Has anyone compared the copper spur UL1 against the Fly creek ul2? I am about 6'1'' and hover around 240 lbs. I tend to sprawl when I sleep. I am downsizing from a Clip flashlight 3 person. The weight savings will be terrific, but I am concerned about feeling like a sardine.
John, Great question! These are both great tents made by Big Agnes and they both have their advantages. If I were you I'd go for the copper spur, but here are some key points to consider that should help you make your own decision.
Fly Creek SL Pros
-Lighter (2lb 3oz compared to 3 lb)
-Price ($50 less)
-Less Poles to deal with
Copper Spur Pros
-Free standing (easy to move after setup, setup without stakes possible)
-More floor space (similar width, but longer by 4 inches)
-significantly more head room (Nice for taller guys, they can sit up and change easier)
-More Vestibule Space (10 sqft compared to 5.5 sqft)
I am a big fan of going light, but given that you are already cutting out a significant amount of weight either tent will be a big improvement. I would think that the Copper Spur would suit you better. You'll appreciate the extra room and comfort, not to mention more space for your gear to hide from the elements. The extra poles will really open up more head room to lessen your "sardine" feelings and free standing tents hold up well in the elements (you'll still want to stake it down)
I think you'll love the Copper Spur.
Hope this helps!
Roomy for one
Excellent Tent. I can't believe how light it is. The fabric seems to hold up pretty well to dog claws. The inside is plenty roomy, I can fit in fairly comfortably with my 40lb dog and some gear.
Took it out with my boy in the Allegheny National Forest last weekend. We used the fast-fly setup and we both fit our full size Thermarests inside. Because of the huge vestibule, it allows for two people to fit underneath with the tent body gone. That's 2.2 lbs between two people. Ridiculous!
I leave you with a shot of this beautiful sunset in the Alleghenies.
What A Big Little Tent!!
After much debate between the Copper Spur and the Hubba HP i decided to go with the Big Agnes. I was initially worried about about head room... this is a non-factor now. I am 6'1 195Lbs. and can sit up straight without hitting my head on the ceiling. Now this is not a review on performance yet as i just received it and set it up. I'll be testing it out next weekend on a hiking trip. However the inside is HUGE!!! or at least has the feel of it being big due to the tapered footprint of this tent... wide at the shoulders and tapers down at the feet. The little back door to access the rear vestibule is genius and was one of the biggest selling features to me. Materials seem extremely light yet durable... I'll write back at a later date to see how it actually performs in the field... By the way set up took me literally 3 minutes . this is tent setup without fly.
How about quality wise and the materials...
How about quality wise and the materials used? I really do love the extra vestibule on the reverse side of this tent... means less items in the tent, plus i am wide at the shoulders... so i'm leaning toward the Big Agnes. I know the Hubba and Hubba HP are very well two of the best single man tents out there right now... does the Big Agnes stack up? I have never purchased a Big Agnes Product before.
Thanks for all the help and advise much appreciated and happy camping!!
Both tents are very good tents but the BA is wider at the shoulder area, has lots of extra room, and I like the extra vestibule...
How would this tent compare to the MSR...
How would this tent compare to the MSR Hubba or Hubba HP? I'm completely torn on what to get. I love the backdoor addition on this tent and the tapered design allowing more shoulder room. At my size of 6'1 190 Lbs. I hate being cramped, hence my switch from a Black Diamond Tripod Bivy to a one man tent (Although i do love my bivy). Anyhow, my two concerns are the height and the front zipper... WHY in the hell would they not give this tent a D door? No bottom zipper really kinda bugs me. Any suggestions?
I have had both. I went with the copper spur for the extra room. Both are good tents, but when it comes to having room for gear inside the tent, I took the copper spur....
A very nice tent!
The following is a review that is based on comparison to my Eureka SpitFire 1. I still feel that the SpitFire 1 is an excellent tent and best buy for the money!
I feel that the ventilation of the Copper Spur UL1 is superior to my SpitFire 1, it weights sligthly less, is freestanding, and has more floor space. Final Setup time is faster with this tent because I can move the tent around to find more level ground once the tent is erect. The UL1 has a nice overhang above the door that has kept my bag drier when entering/exiting in wet condtions. With a floor space of 22 sqft, it has plenty of room in it for me, my 60 dog, and few overnight extras. Since the materials of this tent are lightweight, Piper packs a small patch of sheet to protect the floor from his paws.
The small "back door" is just great! I now don't have to get out of my tent to access something under the fly on the other side! Every solo tent should have this !!
I measured the weight of the tent body, the fly, 6 stakes w sack, poles w sack, and 4 guy lines; the total was 2 lbs - 14.3oz.
Why the 4 stars? My only complaints would be the main door zipper and cost. The UL1 should have a bottom zip and we, the consumers, shouldn't be shelling out a small fortune to own this tent!
Anyone tried this with their dog? Size...
Anyone tried this with their dog? Size wise, how was it? Did you feel that the floor material was sturdy enough for paw traffic?
This is a pretty small tent, it depends on how big you are and how big your dog is. Most of the tent floor would be covered by your sleeping pad and bag so I wouldn't say that the dogs paws would do much damage.
Thanks for the response! Right now young Piper and I sleep in a Eureka SpitFire 1. I think it's listed at having only 18sq ft of floor space. So I'm hoping this would be better. We're a little cramped in the SpitFire, but it's doable!
My 60 lb. yellow lab has plenty of room in the 10 sq.ft. vestibule area of my BA Emerald Mountain SL1 (same overall dimensions as this tent). The lack of space & the thin floor material prevents me from allowing her inside even though she exhibits a great desire to be there. My heart is broken.
I was out for a rainy weekend in March with my dog Baby, a 45 lb pit bull, on the Minister Creek Trail in the Allegheny Nat'l Forest. She is not the biggest dog, but there was still plenty of room for both of us thanks to the huge vestibule that held all my gear. I brought a fleece lap blanket for her to lay on, because I was worried about her claws on the thin fabric, but at one point she stretched really hard and her nails pressed pretty firmly against the tent wall. Fortunately, there was no poking, not even a nail stretch-mark. The mini-door is one of the coolest features of this tent. Every tent should have one! It makes a perfect "pee-hole"! The best feeling is not having to exit the tent in the rain to go relieve. I can't say enough good about this thing.
I am trying to pack ligher but I still want a bit of luxury in the backcountry. Plus I really, really hate bugs. I carted 30lbs up the Mist trail and was really happy to climb into my new Copper Spur UL1 at LYV. Wow, this is an awesome single tent and feels huge inside. The headroom is incredible. Two might fit in a pinch, but it would be tight and you would have to spoon it. At about 3 lbs including a foot print, it's the best of the light free standing singles(I swapped out the stakes for MSR needles). The vestibule is huge, it has a mini back door and a built in pocket for your goodies. Really hard to knock much about it. A bit of a pain to get in with the fly up, the footprint fits loose and it is spendy. But all in all, it's still an A+. Waking up clean and bug free, watching those dusty dudes who slept on the ground mope about, priceless. p.s. Just did trip two through 20 miles of mosquito hell and a bottom zip door would of kept more of them out. Regardless it's still five stars.
Looking for one person light weight tent...
Looking for one person light weight tent with fly - is this better than Big Agnes Fly Creek or ASR Carbon Reflex from REI? Beginner backpacker - infrequent backpacker - old backpacker - so looking for easy to put up, light to carry - fly so bears can't look in.
This would be a great tent for any user. Fly creek and Seedhouse have an end entrance, MSR is a bit narrow. This has a side entrance and generous width, you can't go wrong. Bears hate the Terra-Cotta color,:).
Look no further. This is a great side entrance, spacious vestibule, solo tent. It is a bit expensive but with proper care will give you many years of lightweight, substantial sheltering.
It weighs just under 5 lbs? The above review is obviously not for this tent. While the tent is nice a roomy, this is one of the lightest solo tents on the market at under 3 pounds.