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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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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.