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Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2 Tent: 2-Person 3-Season

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Travel fast and light, and then sleep like a baby.

Prepare for your summer alpine assault and pack up the Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2, an ultralight two-person tent, before you take the long trail well above the treeline. Even if the weather doesn't cooperate, this sturdy, roomy three-season shelter can keep you and a partner out of the elements and comfortable with its double-door, double-vestibule design.
  • Two doors and two vestibules so no one has to crawl over the other person's sleeping area, and you have plenty of room to shelter packs and pooches
  • Polyurethane-coated floor and fly help rain bead off instead of soaking you and your gear inside
  • All the tent's seams are taped (without using ecologically harmful solvents such as PVC or VOC) to eliminate rain penetration during rainstorms
  • Aluminum DAC Featherlite NSL pole system provides amazing strength and durability without weighing down your pack
  • All Big Agnes tents feature poles made with DAC's Green Anodizing process, which eliminates the chemical polishing stage, reduces the need for hazardous chemicals, and recycles water throughout the rinsing process
  • Simple design uses press-fit connectors, hubs, and clips that are easy to assemble, while reflective details on guy lines and webbing keep the tent visible in the dark
  • Breathable mesh walls fight condensation during humid nights
  • Fast Fly pitching option lets you carry just the poles, fly, and footprint (sold separately) for a lightweight (2lb 8oz) trek in mild climates
  • Vestibules can be closed completely with zippers and storm flaps, but the sides also roll up to use the space for gear storage and shade
  • Mesh storage pockets hold your headlamp and a map after you and your companion finish planning the next day's trail assault
  • Item #BAG0283

Tech Specs

Fast-pitch Option
yes, footprint not included
Gear Loft
yes, sold separately
Packed Weight
3 lb 7 oz
mesh ceiling
Floor Space
29 sq ft
Pole Attachment
DAC Twist Clip
[fly] nylon ripstop, PU/silicone coating (1200mm), [body] nylon, polyester mesh, [floor] nylon ripstop, PU/silicone coating (1200mm)
Wall Type
Floor Dimensions
[length] 90 in, [head width] 52 in, [foot width] 42 in
Interior Height
[head] 42 in, [foot] 22 in
DAC Featherlite NSL aluminum (9mm)
Number of Doors
Number of Vestibules
Vestibule Space
[front] 9 sq ft, [rear] 9 sq ft
fully taped
Fast-pitch Weight
2 lb 6 oz
Trail Weight
3 lb 1 oz
Number of Poles
Recommended Use
ultralight backpacking, camping, backpacking
Packed Size
6 x 18 in
Manufacturer Warranty

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Really nice

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought this over the Nemo Obi 2P because the Nemo was too small. This tent is perfect. I used it all summer while hiking through Bulgaria. It's incredibly light, easy to set up, and very roomy. The vestibules are very nice. THe fabric is super thin, and can be damaged if anything abrasive keeps rubbing it, so be careful there. Had no problems with leaks during rain. I couldn't be happier to be honest. I didn't waste the money on a ground tarp, i just used a tyvek sheet that works fine. Really this is the perfect tent for 2. I'm 5'10" and my girlfriend is about 5'6" and we're both thin and had plenty of room. Only reason not to get this tent is the price

One of my Faves!

    This tent has traveled many places with me. It has never let me down so far. Super easy to set up, pretty bombproof in bad weather, easiest tent I have ever used to roll up back into the stuff sack. A little difficult to get the fly taut in all places. And it can gather condensation pretty easily. Two large regular neoair's can fit, but there is some overlap. All in all, and excellent tent! By the way, if repairs are needed on the fly, get some SilNet. I had a small burn hole from a campfire ember, and SilNet was the only thing that I could get to stick well to the Sil-nylon fly fabric. You won't be disappointed with this purchase.

    Copper Spur UL2 compressed

    In the black stuff sack I have the fly, body, footprint, and stakes. This tent is very compact. I prefer to put the tent in the top of my pack with the poles strapped to the side, so using a separate stuff sack works great and compacting this awesome tent.

    Copper Spur UL2 compressed

    BA CS UL2 & ZPacks 6.5x10 Cuben Tarp

    Here is my BA Copper Spur UL2 tent packed up next to my ZPacks cuben fiber 6.5 x 10 flat tarp.

    BA CS UL2 & ZPacks 6.5x10 Cuben Tarp

    Good, but tight 2 person tent

      I picked this tent up a couple of months ago to use for either me and my wife, or me and my son. After setting it up I found that it is indeed a 2 person tent, but just so. I don't mind sharing this tent with my son (11 years old) or my wife which is also a small person. When I put a 20 inch wide pad and my 25 inch wide pad inside, the floor is completely covered, which is fine. However, the walls actually slope inwards pretty hard and then back out again at the top, so if 2 of us were to sit up inside the tent, we would need to sit at opposite ends of the tent rather than side by side.

      The tent is very easy to put up and the vestibules are large enough for plenty of gear. The material is thin, however, I am used to using thinner materials than this, so I am not so concerned about it.

      I am looking forward to using this tent for a number of years and feel confident in it.

      top notch

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Great 3 season tent. Spacious for 2 normal sized people and having 2 doors (vs. 1 door on the Fly Creek) is a convenience worth the extra weight in my opinion. First time used was in constant rain and inside of the tent never got wet. I amconfident this could stand up to just about anything 3 season weather would throw at you. If it's not raining, sleep with the fly off and enjoy the all mesh upper (which also provides great ventilation). Highly recommended

      My best tent so far !

        I have 6 one and two man tents , and this is my go two packer ! It's not the smallest packing but its the best all around tent I've found . I've used it many times in the last two years in all weather and here's what I've found . Love the two side doors and vestibules for two people . The 42 inch height invaluable . Have had three adults inside playing cards before . Easy to control ventilation and have not had a problem with rain and wind if fly is staked taunt.

        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!

        i haven't had a tent since i was a boy...

        i haven't had a tent since i was a boy scout .........set up was easy then
        Now i've got two left hands withouth thumbs fumbling with the set up ..........
        Any advice on a good sequence ?
        Many thanks

        Same basic deal as always: spread the footprint, spread the shell, clip in the poles, add the fly, stretch and stake it all out starting at the primary corners, fill in the other stakes, pull out and stake the guy lines as needed...boom, pitched tent in a matter of minutes. Or, do like I do and since it's a 3-person tent, make someone else do it. I actually bore children for just this type of thing.

        For me, the tent is easier to set up (especially during a low visibility condition) if I "pre-package" the footprint at the very bottom layer underneath the main tent with the rainfly on the last top layer making sure the grey and black loops all aligned (grey on grey, black on black). After the three layers stacked up in correct order you can fold them and roll neatly together with the poles+stakes in the center. Even after you fold in the three layers plus the stakes+poles together the sack is still big enough to carry additional tarp and a down jacket. I love having an emergency tarp in case I have to set up my tent in the rain. Being prepared for the worst scenario like this always helps keeping all my expensive gears safe. If you "pre-package" your tent, everything will be ready to go as soon as you roll out the content of your tent sack; no need to fumble around trying to match the colors (*setting up a simple tent in the dark windy wet condition can be pretty challenging). I also like to find out what the prevailing wind direction is so all tent-doors can be aligned along in the wind direction. This will greatly increase the ventilation in the tent and prevent condensation. Immendiately stake down the four corners at the 45-degree angle pointing away from the tent as soon as you roll out the tent while keeping the three layers together. Staking the corners is very helpful since the tent tends to flap around like crazy and lead a life of its own due to its featherweight material. Extend the poles by unfolding/connecting the strands. The only short independent strand should be attached right at the center (tent ceiling). To erect the "skeleton" of this tent you need to carefully bend the poles and insert each end of the pole into the matching color-coded riveted-loops, and then clip the black mesh parts and other hanging plastic parts to the tent "skeleton". Finally, drape the rainfly on top, clip on the color-coded strap at each corner... and it's done!