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Just you and your tent.
Backpacking's all about solitude, so ditch the office, the crowds, and the hangers-on and head up into the mountains with just you, yourself, and the Big Agnes Copper Spur UL1 1-Person 3-Season Tent. It's an ultralight backpacker's dream, weighing in at 2.5 pounds fully packed, and nearly a pound lighter if you opt to bring just the poles, fly and footprint (available here) for a quick-set up option. The Copper Spur is made primarily of polyester mesh to keep things light, airy, and breathable, and the ripstop nylon fly has a double waterproof coating and fully-taped seams to keep rain and condensation at bay. It has a handy vestibule, too, which has plenty of room to shelter your boots and pack.
To keep things lighter than a mint julep, Big Agnes designed the Spur with a DAC Featherlite hub pole system, which is super-easy to set up and reduces weight by eliminating the need for 3 or 4 poles. They did throw in a single crosspiece, though, to give you plenty of headroom to keep claustrophobia out of the picture. In fact, the Spur has more headroom than most similarly-sized tents, thanks to a steep wall design that lets you sit up without having to jam your head into the roof of your tent, which might not sound that special, but is a big deal when you're spending extended amounts of time on the trail. There's a media pocket with a cord port, too, as well as reflective guylines and webbing that make it easy to navigate your campsite by headlamp—and hey, even if you do trip and munch on a mouthful of dirt, at least there won't be anyone around to see.
- Ultralight 2-pole hub design
- Featherlight DAC aluminum poles
- Single door and vestibule
- Steep wall design for extra headroom
- Media pocket with cord port
- 3 mesh pockets
- Reflective guylines and corner webbing
- Gear loft and footprint sold separately
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Under that garbage bag is an Osprey Ariel 75 pack and a pair of boots. Plenty of space to cover your gear but still easy to enter & exit the tent.
Heart Lake, Mallard Larkins, ID
The Copper Spur at Heart Lake. A mountain goat with two kids walked by right after I took this photo, sadly I could not get the tent & the goats in frame together - I just guess we'll have to go back next year :)
Sunset in Murray, ID
1st night out with the Copper Spur UL1. I pitched it over my LuxuryLite Mesh Cot. Mild weather so I staked 3 of the corners and the vestibule. Worked well, slept comfortably.
You can see the survival blanket I threw over the cot before the tent sticking out in the lower left of the pic, not sure if it reflected any heat back or not, I'll try it without next time.
Copper Spur UL Tent Series
I've been trying to determine the difference...
I've been trying to determine the difference in last year's vs. this year's models. I see a shaving of a measly few ounces, but have there been any other improvements? I can't find a side-by-side comparison, and I'm trying to rationalize making the plunge for the fancy new one. :)
The biggest difference between this year and last years tents are the DAC Featherlite poles that have a greater strength to weight ratio and a more environmental anodizing process.
Does this new model have the second zip...
Does this new model have the second zip half-door to allow you to reach boots or a water bottle under the back of the tent the way an earlier version did?
It does not. It was deleted two version back to lose weight.
RISE n SHINE !
Looking out at the La Sal range in Moab during a backcountry.com trip down south to visit Outerbike!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I've used this tent for the much of the last two years solo backpacking, except in winter.
It's so small and light packed down it's quite amazing.
Setup has always been super fast, in the dark, in bad weather, etc.
No functional/durability issues to report so far, it's been pitched on mud, rocks, whatever.
I mainly wanted to get in a good review since another reviewer decided to give 1-star based on price, which has nothing to do with the product.
I am 6'1/170lbs, and when elevated on a pad (I use an Exped UL most of the time) I do just barely fit head to toe without almost rubbing one or the other on the side of the tent. I wouldn't mind another 2-3 inches in length... but it's not a big deal.
Attaching a couple photos of it last winter out in the snow (which was unexpected, and unpleasant). I did have to build some wind barriers to protect it and keep snow from blowing up under the fly, but that's why it's a 3-season tent!
I am 6'3". Can I fit comfortably in this...
I am 6'3". Can I fit comfortably in this tent without my head and feet being cramped?
You will have an extra 15 inches difference between your height the the length of the floor. So an extra 7 inches for your head and 7 inches for your feet and with a fairly generous wall angle you should have a reasonable amount of room to roll around before you start bumping your head.
I have this tent. I'm 6'2''. I'm using a long bag. This tent is 90" long, grommet to grommet (this is how the industry measures tents). The inside dimension depends if you stake it or not. I used a good old tape measure and here are the inside measurements of my tent in "free standing" set up 85" long, 40" head, 28" feet, 38" peak. There is a slant at the feet and the usable length is about 82"
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I have the older version of this tent and love it. I've been backpacking for decades including two trips > 500 miles and many many 50-100 miles trips in California, Washington, Alaska, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, North Carolina and TN. I was an Army Ranger while in the military so I've spent literally years of my life living in everything from swamps to desert, mountains etc..etc... Every shelter has it's place. This one for me hits the right balance of weight/coverage/ease of use and durability. My style of hiking is not to spend a lot of time in camp but when I'm there I don't want to be adjusting and playing with my shelter. I want to put it up and have a home against the elements. This design is big enough in a one-man shelter to give you room to lounge and it has enough pole coverage to not have large unsupported areas of fabric that sag against the inner. It doesn't take a lot of space to pitch and it isn't highly dependent upon stakes to form it's shape. There are lighter shelters out there but all of them have some sort of compromise in one shape or form. I'm very happy with this choice and if you spend any amount of time in the outdoors, the price is forgotten quickly.
- Gender: Male
I believe that this tent is overpriced for what you get. They say this tent is lighter than the 2013 model but from what I can determine it's only 5oz lighter. All dimensions are the same as the 2013 model so I think they may have made the stuff sac lighter. Backcountry was not able to tell me exactly what the difference is. I inquired to Big Agnes about the difference in weight, but have not yet received a response. The 2013 model is as far as I can tell the exact same as the 2014 model and the 2013 model can be purchased from another site at about $110 cheaper. Backcountry lost an additional $200+ sale because they wouldn't consider a discount, except a 10% discount and then I would have to pay shipping...no savings there. So...what u say?