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Don't make unnecessary sacrifices in order to go ultra light—pack the spacious Copper Spur Ultra Light Tent for your next adventure.

Planning to spend a week or two in New Mexico's Gila Wilderness? Keep your pack weight really low—carry the Big Agnes Copper Spur Ultra Light Tent. Yet you don't have to give up space and comfort to go light: The Copper Spur has two doors and two vestibules so three people can come and go and not get in the way of each other. A mesh top and partial mesh sides allow air circulation for less stuffiness and excellent, bug-free stargazing when the rain fly is off. This three-season tent features tent-pole-making company DAC's super lightweight, durable tent poles. DAC made these poles using an eco-friendly process that eliminates the need for two toxic chemicals and that recycles wastewater. These aluminum poles fit together using Big Agnes' hub-pole system to make setup fast and easy.

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5 5

Save Haven, just go for it

I have bought this tent for a two weeks hiking trip in the norwegian wilderness. The weight of the tent is a dream, it fits three persons perfectly wit enough room for the packs in the vestibules.

Although ultralight the tent withstood thunderstorms, hail and heavy rain without any problem. It was our save and reliable have under all conditions. Even considering the rather stiff price I would definitely buy it again.

With three people inside we experienced some condensation on the outer tent in humid weather, as to expected. But the inner tent never got wet and the venting is excellent thanks to the large mesh area in the inner tent. One thing you have to keep in mind is that in colder conditions you still have a constant airflow the tent. There the large mesh area is then a downside. Even with three people in it, the air in the tent will not get warmer than the outside air. Therefore I rate it as a 2.5 season tent instead of 3 seasons. If you plan to use it in cold weather adjust your sleeping bag choice accordingly.

The tent really is free standing, however I would highly recommend to tie it down with some lines in windy conditions.
I also recommend the use of the footprint! Due to the lightweight design the floor is rather thin and I would not like to have it damaged by rough floor conditions.

Have fun

Chris

Does anyone know if the Mesh on the body...

Does anyone know if the Mesh on the body of the tent is no-see-um proof?

I noticed that the Sierra Designs Lightning HT 3 Person tent specifically says its mesh keeps them out, but the MSR Mutha Hubba, which I know to be no-see-um proof from the Everglades, doesn't say that.

Any thoughts?

5 5

The best Three Person tent on the market - PERIOD.

Have had this tent for 3 years now. It has stood up to all the rain, wind and sleet and hail that the Sierras can dish out.

Not only is this tent as light if not lighter than most two men tents (mine weighs 4lbs 12oz total) but it actually fits three people! The nearly vertical walls actually allow three guys to stand each other for several hours. And the roomy vestibules allows all of us to throw our backpacks under its wings

The only complaint is the price as many have mentioned but also the issues with condensation. After staking out the tent, I've always guyed out the two short sides of the tent so increase airflow and also kept the brow open as to help increase it. Even so some nights I've had issues with condensation with three guys inside the tent. Nothing that a few minutes of sun drying in the morning can't fix but it does add to the many chores one has to do before breaking camp, which can be an annoynace

Mine still looks immaculate after years of use and there is no sign its gonna give up anytime soon! Big Agnes FTW!

The best Three Person tent on the market - PERIOD.
5 5

The UL2 Person 1 Dog tent

We just tried this lovely tent out on an 8 day trip through California's Emigrant Wilderness. I opted for the UL3 so we'd have plenty of room for us, (me and husband) and our cattle dog Ginger. We had room and then some. It's super easy to set up, but we discovered some nuances to this. In the tent there's gear lofts, which we positioned to have our heads by each night. The fly has color coded clips, black2black and green2green. We couldn't quite figure out why as it's universal, and it actually works better black2green as it positions the fixed side of the vestible door more ergonomically correct. At least we thought so. This way you're able to climb in and it puts you facing the head of the tent (where the gear lofts are fixed). I guess it's all a personal preference but we thought it made the most sense. We did have one night of ferocious freight train winds and it flapped wildly, but held up beautifully. It's a very warm tent too, as a couple nights it dropped down to into the 20's and we could feel a significant difference in the temp inside and outside of the tent. Condensation wasn't an issue. We split the carry weight, I had the fly and stakes and my husband the tent and poles. Made for a lot of tent and hardly any weight...2lbs each? Overall we're very happy with the UL3 and are looking forward to many more trips with it.

The UL2 Person 1 Dog tent

I'm trying to decide if I should get this...

I'm trying to decide if I should get this tent or the two person tent for my husband. I go car camping with him, but I'd also like him to be able to use it when he's camping in back country. Would the three person tent be too overkill for one man? The weight seems okay, but it's obviously large. Also, are there internal pockets on either of the models?

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Tara
These ultralight tents are pretty tight on space . I always say the 2 person is good for one plus gear or two folks that really get along well. So the 2 would be good for him and you if you need. However if the 3 person isnt too much weight more room is better !

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Great, thanks Kirk. I'm going for the 3 person!

Ahhhhh nothing like home....

Ahhhhh nothing like home....

Backpacking in the High Uintahs - Amethyst Lake.

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How do you keep the rain fly door open like that? I have the tent and never could figure out a good way of keeping one or both doors open for ventilation.

I'm a little concerned about the relatively...

I'm a little concerned about the relatively low waterproof rating on the floor of this tent. Has anyone had any issues with seepage during very wet weather?

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I agree with Dwayne. I have the tent and the footprint; I have been more than satisfied with the purchase and always remained dry! This tent is amazing hope you like your purchase!

5 5

Almost perfect

I've had this tent for 3 years now and think it's the bomb. It holds up great in high winds and weathers heavy rain better than most. Highly recommend.

4 5

Preliminary Thoughts

I bought this tent because my wife and I had a girl, and we wanted to bring her backpacking with us. This tent fits three thermarests side by side, making it the equivalent of a giant pack and play for my daughter. It might be a bit cramped for three adults, though. The tent is super light, and once you practice in the living room once or twice, a snap to set up. I haven't had it in a serious storm yet, so that's why my review is preliminary, but this appears to be a very solidly built tent -- what I would expect from BA.

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I went backpacking to Karelia (east of Finland on the Russian side) for two weeks past June and had experienced all kinds of weather, including pouring heavy rain for days. This tent is outstanding. Always was dry inside, super light and roomy, nice for two people. Fly Creek, which I have as well, is too small for two people, good for one person only.

Zion NP West Rim

Zion NP West Rim

Night one on the West Rim Trail Zion, NP.
Recently had the tent in a 8 hour down pour in Glacier NP and not a drop of water made it into this tent.

3 5

Light and quick to set up... but awesome?

I've slept in this tent twice now and there are a few things I really like - number one being that it is wicked light for a 3 person tent. I also love how quickly it sets up, and all materials seem very high quality.

It is a bit smaller than I had expected. Sleeping 3 people in it leaves very little room for gear stowage - and the vestibules are quite small. We ended up taking in only the essentials and garbage bagging our packs outside under a tree. I think this size would probably be a great 2 man backpacking tent.

Both times I slept in it there were 3 of us and I was by a door. We didn't have much rain - only a slight misting, but the fly was very wet - from all our breathing I guess. This became a problem as people got out in the middle of the night or morning. As the vestibule was moved drops fell through the bug netting ... right onto my sleeping pad and down bag. The angle of the side walls also makes for very little head room. We've worked hard to really guy out the fly, but this seems more of a design issue to me.

I'm going to give it one more try, but am seriously thinking about returning it even if it means carrying a bit more weight.

4 5

Light and awesome

This is my two-person tent of choice, and although there are a few extra ounces compared to the Big Agnes Fly Creek UL3, the full features and easier pitch make this worth the weight penalty.

There are only two downsides that I can think of. The first is the inherent issue with sil-nylon as it tends to sag when wet. You can still stay completely dry.

My biggest complaint is the configuration of the zipper door -- it would be much better if it zipped like a side-ways U rather than an upside down U. The door zip configuration is about the worst possible, as you'll eventually trip and step all over your door and possible tear some mesh. The Big Agnes Jack Rabbit SL3 and using Featherlite NSL poles rather than the lightweight poles would yield almost the perfect tent (only a tad bit smaller than the Copper Spur UL3) I don't understand why Big Agnes doesn't redesign the doors.

The Copper Spur is a phenomenal tent if you can swallow the price.

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Big Agnes has known about the poorly designed door issue for quite some time now, and still refuses to redesign. Perhaps they'd like you to buy a new tent when you tear it? Cynical view, but possibly true.

5 5

Wow....

The tent is expensive, but you get what you pay for and more! The rain fly has reflective corners which makes it really useful if it's nighttime and it starts raining on you. Also, the vents on the fly keep a nice breeze coming through, especially when it's humid. The material's extremely strong and ridiculously lightweight. The vestibules are large enough for 90 liter packs on each side. The head room is excellent and the interior room is comfortable and would accommodate 3 people snugly. At first I was hesitant about spending the money, however, now I recommend it to family members and friends alike. I'll always go for Big Agnes!!

Wow....

How is this tents durability?

How is this tents durability?

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I've had a couple of Big Agnes tents, and they've always been very durable.

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2008 -80 miles/10 days, Sangre de Christo Range, NM
2009 - 20 miles/2 days, High Divide Trail, Olympic NP, WA
2010 - 2.180 miles/147 days, A.T. thru-hike GE_ME
Is packed and ready to go more..... no rips, no tears, no leaks, no bugs, no problems.
Best 2hiker - 3man tent EVER. Big Agnes ROCKS.

2008 -80 miles/10 days, Sangre de Christo Range, NM <br/> 2009 - 20 miles/2 days, High Divide Trail, Olympic NP, WA <br/> 2010 - 2.180 miles/147 days, A.T. thru-hike GE_ME <br/> Is packed and ready to go more..... no rips, no tears, no leaks, no bugs, no problems. <br/> Best 2hiker - 3man tent EVER. Big Agnes ROCKS.

Trail Weight?

What does this mean, whats...

Trail Weight?

What does this mean, whats included? Does this include the rainfly? What about a footprint? Is a footprint needed?

I've been using a 7.5 lb Coleman 3-man on the AT. The bottom is a heavy tarplike material.
If I shell out $450+ to save weight but I have to add a groundcover and the rain fly to the 4.5lbs where does that get me? My knees what to know.

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"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."

I use a footprint with all my tents to reduce wear and tear on tent floor over time.

"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."

The packed weight for the Spur UL3 is 4lb 12oz, very lightweight for a 3 person tent. Add the footprint (9oz), and you are at 5lb 5oz.

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I don't recommend using the Copper Spur without a footprint- it protects both a very thin floor and a very costly investment. The rain fly's weight is included in the specs, but the footprint is not, and has to be added/purchased separately.

Hey, can anyone compare the Copper Spur...

Hey, can anyone compare the Copper Spur UL3 and UL4? I see the differences in specs, of course, but I'm interested in any differences in quality and design, whether ease of set up is at least near equal esp with one person setting up, and any other up or down sides. Thanks in advance!!

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The materials, quality and design are the same. It's just the specs that differentiate them. Easy enough to set up alone, but better with someone else. A few idiosyncrasies in the design (door openings), but no real downside. Obviously, for three people, the CS UL4 is a bit more spacious and user friendly. With either, use a footprint.

Here's a side by side comparison of those specs from BA-

http://www.bigagnes.com/Products/Specs/Tent

5 5

Size Matters

Oh Agnes what can I say about her? She's BIG! Who wants a little petite thing, I like em BIG. Ms. Big Agnes Copper Spur is a bad ass. She's very spacious, and light!? I love her partial mesh see thru body, take her top off and enjoy the night sky above while keeping those pesky bugs out. Even when the storm clouds roll in she takes everything mother nature throws at her, but put her top on first. You're not at a wet t-shit contest after all.

Size Matters
5 5

Fantastic tent, worth every penny!

I've had a North Face Tadpole tent forever, which was fantastic for just one person. I needed something a little more spacious for me and the wife but light enough for hiking/taking on my motorbike where weight is a big issue. The Big Agnes was brilliant, plenty of room for the pair of us, my wife's 6' tall. We had extremely hot weather in the Key's but the mesh and vent's kept us pretty cool and it also stood up to torrential rain; swayed a bit but didn't cause any hassle. As mentioned before a little tricky to get the flysheet (rain cover) over the cross bar but that helped with the stability when the wind picked up. There is also plenty of room under the flysheet, you could probably leave a rucksack in each doorway. To keep it light weight there aren't many toggles to hold the doors open, so you end up getting caught in them occaisionally but that is a minor issue.
Great tent, well built and designed. Recommended.

Fantastic tent, worth every penny!