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When ultralight doesn't cut it, it's time to go platinum.
Diamonds are played out—all the real ballers know that platinum is where it's at, and Big Agnes is one of the premier ballers in the tent game, which is why it introduced the Fly Creek Platinum HV 2-Person 3-Season Tent, which is the lightest double-wall tent in Big Agnes' impressive lineup of ultralight tents. Don't think this tent's light just because it's tiny, though, because Big Agnes built this beauty with a volume-maximizing design that you will only find here at Backcountry.com.
If the Fly Creek's trail weight of 1lb 10oz seems a little much for you, go ahead and leave the mesh body behind, bringing only the pole, the silicone- and PU-coated fly, and footprint (sold separately), for a shelter that weighs 10oz less and is still fully waterproof. Don't worry, just because you're ditching unnecessary weight doesn't mean the Fly Creek is some kind of minimalist bivvy sack. It's got a full-zip door and vestibule for your pack and boots, a storm flap, and taped seams that keep night-ruining moisture at bay. Mesh pockets hold glasses, flashlights, and a book, while reflective guylines and webbing save you the pain and indignity of late-night trip-fests. Since weight's the name of the game, even the pole hub, clips, and stakes are designed to be superlight. Now you know why the real players always go for platinum.
- Backcountry Exclusive
- Big Agnes' lightest double-wall tent for ultralight backpacking
- Waterproof fly with fully taped seams protects against rain
- Mesh canopy is ideal for stargazing during clear nights
- High-volume design maximizes living and storage space
- Superlight DAC poles with Angle SF hub for steeper walls
- Hook-and-loop tabs connect poles to fly for bomber pitching
- Reflective guylines increase visibility when staked out
- Item #BAG00AZ
- Q & A
When Weight Matters
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I wrote the review that's below when I tried out the one-person tent. My friend just recently picked one of these up, though, and so I wanted to post my original review on this tent as well.
Pros: Easy to pitch, spacious enough for claustrophobic backpackers, unique pole design, absurdly low weight.
Cons: Fellow backpackers are jealous because I look like a leaf bug in this tent (google image search, it'll make sense) and my pack is way lighter than theirs? I'm kidding, mostly. I'll update this review as soon as I find a flaw; until then, nothing notable.
I first took this tent out after work for a weekend backpacking trip. I wasn't necessarily needing to save pack weight for the weekend, but, man, was it nice to do so anyway.
I was a little hesitant that I'd look like a goof in front of my two male co-workers pitching the tent for my first time, but I had nothing to fear. The design is user-friendly and intuitive, and I had my tent pitched first out of the group, so I fixed dinner-only seemed fair-and snapped this awesome photo while doing so.
This tent will be my go-to from now on. It's packable, light, and it withstands the rain. Big Agnes has done it again.