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An ultralight shelter with a seriously thoughtful design.

If you've got a whole gang (well, a whole gang of three) heading into the backcountry and don't feel like drawing straws to decide who gets to sleep in the tent and who's bear food (it's been real, Steve!), bring along the Big Agnes Copper Spur UL3 3-Person 3-Season Tent and let Stevie survive to hike another day. Even though it sleeps three comfortably, has a full-coverage fly, and pitches using a two-pole hub system, the Copper Spur weighs in at just under four pounds, making it easy to load up and take with you. If you're looking to drop even more weight, bring just the poles, fly, and footprint (sold separately) for a waterproof setup that weights a full pound less.

The Spur pitches using a single hub-style DAC Featherlight aluminum pole, and has one cross pole that attaches overhead, combining with the steep-wall design to give you plenty of space to sit up without having to brush against the tent walls or jam your head into the roof. Even if you touch the walls occasionally (and you will, let's be real here) moisture won't be a worry, since the walls are primarily polyester mesh, allowing plenty of air to circulate, and the PU and silicone-coated fly has fully-taped seams and zipper-covering storm flaps to ensure that no water can sneak in and soak your gear in the middle of the night. The Spur has all the comforts of home, too, (fine, maybe not quite all) like four mesh storage pockets, individual media pockets with cord ports to keep things neat and organized, and reflective guylines and webbing to make circumnavigating your tent in the dark a little less hazardous.

  • Ultralight 2-pole hub design
  • Featherlight DAC aluminum poles
  • Two doors and vestibules
  • Steep wall design for extra headroom
  • Media pockets with cord port
  • 8 mesh pockets
  • Reflective guylines and corner webbing
  • Gear loft and footprint sold separately

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4 5

Great Tent. $$$

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I've used this tent a handful of times so far and it has worked great every time. I've used it primarily as a luxurious 2 person tent and boy is it roomy. I used it once as a three person tent and the room was adequate and the per person weight is exceptional. The 2 door feature is great and allows for easy entrance/exit from the tent. Easy and quick setup. Great gear pockets on the inside.

1) Loud. The thin rain fly fabric gets blown around easily and is quite noisy even with all of the guylines staked out.
2) $$$ I got it on sale but I don't know if I could justify full retail price.

Great Tent. $$$
5 5

Best Tent Ever

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I love this tent. I've never been able to set up a tent with more ease. My first time setting this up was at night in the middle of a rain storm. I was able to pull it out of the bag and have it set up in under a minute. It's THAT easy! The weight is nothing to gripe at either. It's the lightest tent I've ever owned. I have nothing bad to say about this tent.

Where is the Big Agnes Copper Spur tent made?

hi there, I was wondering what differences...

hi there, I was wondering what differences between 2014 version and older version?

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the biggest difference is that they shaved 8 ounces off of the weight. Dimensions are all the same.

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Thanks for your reply, so both versions have the same fabric, right?

4 5

Roomy, Sturdy, and Easy to Pitch

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

We took our brand new Copper Spur UL3 to the 7,000 ft. level on Rainier for a test spin over the weekend. The tent was roomy enough for the two of us plus the full mountaineering gear pile. It also goes up fast - we had the tent, with rain fly, up in less than five minutes. The vestibules are impressive, big enough for a pack, and zip up almost to the ground level. This was hugely important to block the night time wind.

The only negative was some noise issues during the night. The winds coming off the mountain were 15 - 20 mph which whipped the rain fly into a frenzy. Earplugs would have been great to have. It otherwise held up great with the use of snow anchors. We're sold.

Roomy, Sturdy, and Easy to Pitch