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An stupendously ultralight shelter for speedy solo missions.
By definition, the solo backpacker gets stuck with all the gear, but cut yourself a break with the ultralight Big Agnes Fly Creek 1 Platinum Tent, a freestanding shelter that lightens your load without sacrificing performance and protection. An all-mesh body ventilates and provides a view of the stars, and the silicone- and PU-treated fly acts like a hostile bouncer, turning water away before it can get in the door and cause trouble. Zipper storm flaps and fully taped seams give it some back up, too, because moisture's a sneaky, two-timing no good customer.
Of course, the biggest feature that the Fly Creek has is actually what it doesn't have: weight. It checks it a mere, a ridiculous, an unbelievable 1lb 6oz, more than a half-pound lighter than a quart of water, and if you're really feeling like going ultra-ultra-light, you can ditch the tent body, bringing just the hub-style DAC Featherlite pole, the footprint (sold separately), and the fly, after which your setup will weigh an astonishing 1lb 1oz, a weight that's probably less than whatever you're carrying in your pockets right this moment. Even with this silly poundage, you still get a fully-functional vestibule, a mesh pocket, and reflective guylines and webbing so you don't trip yourself up at night. Sometimes, it's all about what you don't have.
- Ultralight design with all-mesh body
- DAC Featherlite hub pole system
- One door and vestibule
- Fully-taped seams and storm flap
- Mesh pocket
- Reflective guylines and webbing
- Gear loft and footprint sold separately
- Item #BAG000T
- Q & A
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I bought this tent for a 8 day packrafting trip on the Hula Hula river in the Brooks Range / ANWR Alaska. I could pack the tent, fly, neoair x-lite short sleeping pad, and a 20 degree Zpacks down bag into one 8L compression bag, taking up very little room inside of the cargo fly of the packraft. As with all things that are incredibly light, there is a concern for durability. It appears paper thin, but it kept out the rain just fine and stood standing in gale force winds (the walls did cave in quite a bit and isn't the most ideal tent in wind that fast, but its what I had). Room wise, the 1p had plenty of room for myself and some gear. I was able to sit up and move around inside of it as well. It is incredibly fast to set up with the pole hub system and quick clips. I can see this tent being an issue if you need to keep your gear inside the tent with you, however the vestibule is quite large for gear that you don't need inside with you.
I'm 5'8", 170. I kept minimal gear inside of the tent with me, dry suit was kept under the vestibule, rest of the gear was far far away to keep the bears at bay.
For little people only.
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
This tent has a pretty steep angle and is low at the foot. It would work just fine for a short person using a simple foam pad. I use a large Neo-Air and found my feet up against the net at the foot. To get my feet off the net at the foot I would have to have my head against the net at the door. I am glad I tested it indoors with weights on the tie outs to keep it clean. On the plus side it was as light as advertised!
Terrible tent and bad customer service
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I purchased this tent and used several times, each time I used it I woke up to a wet sleeping bag. I contacted Back Country and they refused to help me with this issue. I thought I could return it or exchange for another tent. I assumed I was covered under their satisfaction guaranteed policy. I was just informed they no longer have this policy, I would not of purchased from Back Country if I had known they changed or no longer honored their guarantee. I paid 499.95 for this tent and I am very unhappy with the product and customer service . In the future I will purchase elsewhere.
Best Back Packing Tent EVER!!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I used this tent during a 10 day bike-packing trip across the Colorado Trail (550 miles). It was the lightest setup I've ever used. The ease at which it was set up blew my mind and made establishing camp each night a breeze. The materials protected us from some brutal storms above tree line and held up against some pretty hard use with no footprint. The construction and design made for a comfy sleep for two people despot the compact nature of the layout.
This is a phenominal tent! Featherweight, easily set up and torn down, beyond pack able, and yet strong enough for the trail.
Here is a video link of it in use: http://m.pinkbike.com/news/colorado-trail-im-part-of-the-tribe-2014.html
Fly Creek Platinum Series Tents
What is the difference between Packaged Weight, Trail Weight and Fast Pitch Weight (Fast Fly Weight as Big Agnes calls it).
Also what does the footprint weigh?
Here is how Big Agnes defines the different weights for their tents:
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.
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.
This is the weight of your fly, footprint and poleset only.
Fly Creek Platinum 1 info:
Packed Weight - 1lb 13 oz (29 oz) or 822grams
Trail Weight - 1lb 6 oz (22 oz) or 624grams
Fast Fly Weight - 1lb 1 oz (17oz) or 482grams
Footprint Weight - 4oz or 113grams
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