Super-light versatility for streamlined backpacking.
The Big Agnes Fishhook UL 2-Person 3-Season Tent is a versatile, super-light shelter that will shield you from rain, wind, sun, and even the occasional snow storm. It's a smart combination of lightweight construction and pure burly toughness that will see you through week-long backpacking trips for many seasons to come.
- Fully taped silicone-treated nylon ripstop with a PU water-resistant coating is sturdy enough to shelter you from intense weather even though it is lightweight
- DAC Featherlite NSL pole system offers sturdy, flexible support at a low weight
- Six square feet of vestibule space keep your packs dry and secure
- Zipperless door means less total weight and eliminates zipper-snag scares
- 57-inch width offers just enough room for two sleepers
- Polyester mesh body vents stale air and helps moisture escape before it can turn into condensation
- Reflective guy lines and corner webbing makes after-dark set up easier and leads you back to your bed after late-night bathroom visits
- Nine super-light aluminum J-stakes combine low weight with sturdy construction
- Extra-large stake loops speed up setup time
- Two internal storage bins stash your essentials, and integrated gear loft loops secure your Big Agnes Square gear loft (sold separately)
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Owned this for 2 years
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Very light, compact, easy to put up. I don't like the zipper less door at all. Bugs come in and it doesn't close up tight. Wish I bought another tent.
1). What is the difference...
1). What is the difference between packed weight and trail weight?
2). What is a zipper-less entry? I've never heard of it. How do you keep out no-seeums?
Trail weight is sort of an ambiguous, disingenuous term that varies somewhat between manufacturers, but it's generally the minimum weight of fly, shell and poles- what it takes to pitch the tent, without stakes. Packed weight is the whole shebang. Here's how Big Agnes measures their respective weights:
- 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.
BA uses d-rings, hooks and overlapping mesh for the zipperless ("fish hook") system. Zach Parrott's video from BA below gives a good overview of how it works. That should also shed some light on the no-see-um part of your question.
Hope this helps.
How does this system hold up to intense...
How does this system hold up to intense mosquito / fly pressure? Also, is there any comparable tent that I should be looking at - in the same price / size / weight range? I'm a bit concerned that there are no reviews, almost anywhere on the web. Is there a specific weak point I'm missing / does this tent not sell very well?
I don't know what to say about the lack of reviews, but Big Agnes makes great tents. Being an ultra light tent means that it has some sacrifices structurally, although you shouldn't have any problems under normal use conditions. As far as the mesh goes- BA uses no-see-um mesh ( at least 625 squares per square inch), which is pretty standard for most heavily meshed tents made by anyone. Comparable tents from BA would be something like the Fly Creek, the Seedhouse or the Copper Spur. In the same price, performance and weight range, The North Face makes the Mica FL2, and MSR makes the Hubba Hubba. All would be excellent choices. Hope this helps.
I'm trying to decide between this and...
I'm trying to decide between this and the Hilleberg Rogen http://www.hilleberg.com/home/products/rogen/rogen.php
My problem is that I live in Norway and the weather can be quite harsh and unforgiving. Will the Big Agnes be able to withstand that kind of weather in the shoulder season?
While I love Big Agnes tents I'd have to say that the Hilleberg is going to be stronger. The criss-cross tent pole structure design is going to be stronger than the single ridge pole with two hubs. One is stronger, one is easier and faster to set up. The other thing is, Hillebergs are legendary tentmakers and unfortunately aren't offered on Backcountry. But you also have to consider that you're comparing a $400 to an $800 one, so the comparison is not really fair.
I'm not sure what you mean by shoulder season, however if you're truly worried about unforgiving weather, a solid four season tent should be what you're looking for. While they are heavier and more difficult to set up than a three season tent, shelter is NEVER something you want to compromise on and risk failing in inclement weather. Hope this helps in your decision.
I would have to agree with Alex. This BA tent will definitely handle the shoulder seasons in most cases, for about half the price, but there is no fair comparison of Hillebergs to much of anything except other mountaineering tents...maybe. If you're going to put out the money for the Hilleberg, and often get caught in bad conditions, I might suggest looking more towards their red label tents like the Annak or the Jannu.
Alex- Shoulder seasons mean transitions in the weather that don't always fall into the patterns and norms that you might usually expect for the time of year. Typically, that means May-June in the Spring, and September-October in the Fall. Mostly Spring or Fall conditions, but with maybe just enough Winter to matter and keep you on your toes and guessing. You can plan for something and usually expect the weather to cooperate and do what it's forecast to do, but then there's that blizzard during the last week of June that was only predicted with a 20% chance that suddenly goes to 100% and screws you up. Real gear selection hell kind of stuff. It's the point at which 3-season tents either handle it or not.