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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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5 5

I love this tent!

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

I love this tent so darned much. After trying other solo tents, I had to come back and say again that the Copper Spur UL1 is king.

It's light, tough, and easy to set up. I can't say enough good things or recommend it highly enough - this is THE TENT.

I love this tent!
3 5

Big Agnes Copper Spur UL1 tent

I bought this tent for my 1 month bicycle ride along the Pacific Coast, from Seattle to San Diego. Just returned 4 days ago. This tent is nice and roomy inside, and keeps you dry in rain and mist with the great rainfly. The key thing I did not like was the doorway. The zipper doorway is a large arc shape, and by the time you open it to get inside, the mosquitos or black flies beat you to it. Also, my zipper had a loose thread, which continually got longer and longer, and the zipper on one side fell off the tent more and more, until by the time the trip was over, there was a 1 foot area of zipper I could not close due to the loose thread stitching which came undone. So more than half of my bike trip included a door way that was partially open. At one camp site on the beach sand, ants walked right in and I was covered by morning with them, as well as the interior of my panniers. For the price of this tent, the quality of the zipper should have been much better. I returned it once home. Also the orange color ran into the tan color when we had to pack up on a wet morning.

5 5

Great 3 season tent

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Absolute perfect balance between features, size/weight and price. The Copper Spur UL1 setups and breaks down super fast. The design fits a medium build individual with room to spare and the door and vestibule allows one to keep a decent amount of gear out of the rain while still having access from the tent.

Lots of attention to details, like the color coded poles and fly buckles, the fly vent and the placement of equipment pouches, makes the Copper Spur UL1 one of may favorite pieces of equipment.

Great 3 season tent
5 5


  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is a great 1 person UL backpacking tent. Great weather protection, I like the door as compared to the FlyCreek on the side. The tent is super easy to set up. Takes 3 minutes tops. So when it starts to rain you can set it up in a hurry. The weight and quality of this tent is unmatched. Big Agnes has made another wonderful tent. You will be so happy you got this tent. The 1 person is just that a 1 person. If you want room for your gear get a 2 person and if its for 2 people i'd recommend a 3 person.

5 5

Solo Adventure!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This tent is simply amazing. The tent might be a tight squeeze if you are over 6ft tall. I am 5'11 and noticed that I was just the right length. I had just enough room for my feet and just enough room for my head where they were not touching the tent.

The tent is plenty wide to keep the things that are near and dear to you, near and dear. The tent offers plenty of pockets to store belongings and hooks to hang lights, or the separate gear loft.

The rain fly on this tent is great. It offers great ventilation and great weather protection. The bathtub floor on this thing is huge! That helps with any splash you may get that comes up under the fly.

The vestibule is a decent size. It can hold a pair of shoes, a pack, and a few other things. The single pole snaps together easily for a quick pitch. The walls are near vertical and the door is huge! LOVE THIS THING!!!

Solo Adventure!
Hunkered Down.

Hunkered Down.

Hunkered down to get out of the rain! Not all staked out, but just enough to keep me dry!

5 5

Fantastic, well balanced tent

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

We used a Copper Spur UL2, but this one is so similar that the review is also applicable!

This is a fantastic tent. It's really the best balance between comfort, weight, and price that we've ever used. You can get a tent that's lighter, cheaper, or bigger (more comfortable), but no tent balances all those aspects like the copper spur. It's light enough that you can take it on long backpacking trips. The major difference between the UL2 and UL1 (other than size and weight obviously) is that the UL1 has 1 door and 1 vestibule compared to the UL2's 2 doors and 2 vestibules. This should work fine though as you're only using it for 1 person. You won't fit 2 people in this tent. It won't break the bank either. Another great feature is that it is truly freestanding and doesn't require to be staked out unlike other ultralight tents (Big Agnes Fly Creek, NEMO Hornet, or REI Dash).

Truly one of the best tents we've ever used!

For a more in depth review, please check out our website!

To see how it compares to other backpacking tents out there:

5 5

Awesome little tent.

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

I have in the past owned a Sierra Designs Clip Flashlight, a Zpacks CF tarp, a Zpacks Hexamid and a BA Fly Creek UL2 and this beats all of them by a mile. It is super easy to pitch. Has side entry door so you don't have to crawl over everything when enteringt and also the rain doesn't dump all over you or the inside of your tent when you get up or go out. I love it.

What is the difference between Packaged Weight, Trail Weight and Fast Pitch Weight (Fast Fly Weight as Big Agnes calls it).

Also what does the footprint weigh?

Best Answer

Here is how Big Agnes defines the different weights for their tents:

Packed weight:
This is the heaviest you can expect your tent to weigh, straight out of the box or from the store. This weight refers to all packaging, hang tags, as well as the stuff sacks, fly, body, stakes, poles, and guy lines.

Trail weight:
This is the lightest you can expect your tent to weigh, stripped of everything but the essentials. This number reflects the weight of just the fly (no guy lines), body, and poles.

Fast-fly weight:
This is the weight of your fly, footprint and poleset only.

Copper Spur UL1 info:

Packed Weight - 2lb 8 oz (40 oz) or 1130grams
Trail Weight - 2lb 3 oz (35 oz) or 992grams
Fast Fly Weight - 1lb 10 oz (26oz) or 737grams
Footprint Weight - 4 oz or 113grams

Anytime you have a Big Agnes question, shoot me an email and I'll make sure to work with you 1-on-1!

Jared D.
Expert Gearhead

Would you upgrade the stakes on this tent to MSR groundhogs?

The DAC J-Stakes that come with the Copper Spur series are light, effective, and they nest together neatly.

I've been really impressed with the stakes and I'd recommend giving them a shot before replacing them.

Remember, the Y-shape of the Groundhogs means they won't nest together, makes for a bulkier/noisier pack.

5 5

As Advertised

It creates huge room in your pack. It weighs nothing and it provides protection against the weather. This tent is expensive - no doubt - but take it from someone who has bought cheap gear and regretted when the rain hit -- this tent is worth for backpackers looking to reduce weight but not compromise quality against the elements.

Spacious Vestibule!

Spacious Vestibule!

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

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

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.

Awesome picture Erin !!!

I selected this image to feature on the homepage of in our Activity Feed! Congrats on being GOATWORTHY !!!

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. :)

Hey Beth,

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.



Looking out at the La Sal range in Moab during a trip down south to visit Outerbike!