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Light and durable shelter for covering serious ground.

Solo backpacking can be a hell of a time, but it's also nice to head out on the trail with a partner. Bringing someone else along doesn't mean you have to pack extra weight though; the Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2 2-Person 3-Season Tent is an ultralight beauty that's got plenty of room for two and weighs less than most one-man shelters on the market. With a trail weight of under two pounds and a super-simple single-pole hub design, it's no wonder that the Fly Creek has won awards from Outdoor Gear Lab and Backpacker Magazine. Its mesh walls work with the lightweight but durable rain fly to keep moisture and condensation out of your tent, and the front vestibule stores your packs and boots so you don't have to bring them in the tent or leave them in the rain.

All the Fly Creek's guylines and external webbing points are reflective (if you've ever tripped over your tent at night you know how awesome this is), and the vestibule's zipper is covered with a storm flap for extra weather protection. Three mesh pockets hold headlamps and small gear. If all this weight gets overwhelming somehow, you can even leave the tent body behind and bring the fly, pole, and footprint (sold separately) for a quick and easy shelter-style setup that weighs under 1.5lbs, which is almost certainly less than the hiking boots you're wearing.

  • Ultralight design with nylon/polyester mesh body
  • DAC Featherlite hub pole system
  • One door and vestibule
  • Fully-taped seams and storm flap
  • Three mesh pockets
  • Reflective guylines and webbing
  • Gear loft and footprint sold separately

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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?

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Here is how Big Agnes defines the different weights for their tents:

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.

Fly Creek UL2 info:

Packed Weight - 2lbs 5 oz (37 oz) or 1050grams
Trail Weight - 1lb 15 oz (31 oz) or 879grams
Fast Fly Weight - 1lb 7 oz (23oz) or 652grams
Footprint Weight - 5 oz or 142grams

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5 5

Ultralightweight!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great tent for a great price at a superb weight! I have used the tent extensively for all types of camping - car camping, bike camping, and backpacking. It is easy to set-up and take down. The unique A-frame and guide line system keeps the fly and body highly taught. It stands up well in the strongest mountain winds or coastal deluges. The gear loft is a nice feature, the mesh ventilates well - which is a huge bonus when you have two people in the tent. While perfectly sized for one person and gear it still manages to fit nicely for two adults with sleeping bags and pads. My wife and I frequently use this tent to get away from the kids in our larger family sized Vaude tent. On a 10 day road trip through the Alps in Austria, Italy, and Germany we slept in it every night and had plenty of room. Otherwise I have used it repeatedly as a solo tent and the weight makes the extra room well worth the investment.

Ultralightweight!
5 5

Amazing performance & super lightweight

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This tent is great all around for backpacking and camping. Easy to pitch the a-frame and stakes keep it taught. Camping here in the Alps you can tell the change in seasons by the temperature of the rain - the tent stands up well to torrential downpours and ventilates when it gets humid. The gear loft is a very handy feature. While perfectly sized for one person with gear it is not bad if you don't mind getting cozy. My wife and I used this tent to get away from kids in our big four person Vaude during a 10 day car-camping trip through Austrian, Italian, and German Alps. I have also used it extensively for backpacking and bike camping - it is extremely easy to put and take down in all weather and light conditions. Packs superlight and small - perfect for backpack or panniers.

Amazing performance & super lightweight
5 5

Great all around tent

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a fantastic tent for backpacking! We've used one for about 3 years now and it hasn't let us down yet. If you prioritize weight, definitely pick one of these up. On our review of all backpacking tents, it scores near the top (beat only by The Big Agnes Scout) and is a great all around tent.

If you're interested here's our detailed review of it: http://backcountrygeareview.com/2015/04/03/big-agnes-fly-creek/

And our comparison putting it up against other backpacking tents: http://backcountrygeareview.com/2015/03/23/backpacking-tent-review/

Great all around tent
5 5

Very Light

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Lightweight, weighs as much as a bivy. Tight for two, just right for one plus gear and dog(s). Broke two stakes in frozen ground, but hey, it only claims to be three season...

5 5

Snug as a Bug on a Rug

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've put years of abuse to this tent and it has definitely held its own. If you correctly stake it out, it holds up to high winds pretty well. It has a very compact design and is on the small side for a 2-person. I'd say two average sized guys will have to be pretty close buddies for it to not be awkward in this tent. I love the sleek design and never have a hard time finding a spot to post up when space is limited. It might be on the expensive side, but if you're looking for a super light with a quality design, give it a shot!

Snug as a Bug on a Rug
5 5

Seeing doubles

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This tent is light. Never mind that is wrong, this tent is UltraLight!
I was trying to figure out whether I should get a bivy or a light 2-man tent and when I saw this tent's spec it made up my mind. Why purchase a bivy that weight the same as a 2-man tent with less room? Every time I pull this tent out I am impressed how light it is. I really like that when I am backpacking with my kids I can carry the whole tent without sacrificing a lot of room or taking on a lot of extra weight in my pack, even better if I can split it with someone else.
On a multiday backpacking trip a buddy of mine and I fit nicely into this tent. There wasn’t a lot of extra room but we did not hit each other at night. I am 6’2” 190lbs and my buddy is similar. I would fully recommend this tent to any backpacker looking to go lighter. Also I would get a footprint, why not? It is already super light what a few more oz.?

Seeing doubles
4 5

Super super light, a couple drawbacks

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is a great tent, for sure. Unbelievably light, stays dry, can stand up to moderate winds. Ridiculously light. Did I mention how light it is?

Here are some cons:
-I would put an asterisk next to free standing. It needs to be guyed out for the tent body to take its full shape.
-There are 11(!) points to be staked out, 6 necessary, 5 less so.
-The anchor lines are not adjustable (the guy lines are). This is a dumb oversight in my opinion. If there happens to be a rock or root or something in the spot where you need to put a stake, too bad.
-The tensioning mechanism on the guy lines is a little awkward.
-If you want to use just the tent body without the fly, you will have to rig up a new set of guy lines.
-It is very snug for two people.
-The vestibule is a bit on the small side.
-The zipper on the vestibule is prone to getting snagged on the flap that covers it. They should have gone with a waterproof zipper instead.

All that said, this is a great tent.

5 5

Worth it

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This tent held up in a hail and rain storm. It kept me dry and all my gear. The vestibule will fit a medium sized pack but it wi still get wet around the edge at the bottom. I use the 2man tent even tho it's only me. I like to keep my gear inside with me. It would def be snug for 2 people. I like that it's light weight. I have not had a problem with condensation on the tent but the fly has had condensation. I also have the footprint which I recommend you get. The material seems thin but is tough. I like having the extra protection and if I'm gonna spend that much money on a tent, then I want it to last. Hands down it's the best tent I have owned.

5 5

Holds up in rough weather

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I took this tent backpacking on Mt. Whitney. My initial impression was what an amazingly light tent coming in under 2 lbs. Setup is quick, with staking and guy tying the tent, it maybe took ten minutes. The material does seem thin and I will probably buy the footprint for the extra protection. While backpacking Whitney a thunderstorm rolled in while I was away from camp. The wind picked up and the storm dropped hail, snow, and heavy rain. When I returned to camp I found the tent holding up strong. I got in it and everything was dry and in good shape. Condensation wasn't a problem, with two people inside the tent and all the moisture in the air I saw no condensation forming. After everything it packed up well and survived the trip with flying colors. I will take it out again even if I suspect weather because this light tent will hold up to the elements.

4 5

Rain, fine, Wind, not so fine

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I had this tent in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Kept the skeeter out and plent of room for gear. Cessna 180 pilot loved the weight of my stuff. Backpacked with this tent at 12,000 feet in South San Juan Wilderness. Big rain with some hail. Water under the tent. I stayed perfectly dry. I did bring my boots in from the Vestibule- good call. Recently used this tent on a 16 day paddle on the Yukon River in Alaska. Some significant rain- no problem. Some significant wind- a problem. The single pole running to the back of the tent is pushed over by a side or quartering wind. I put two guys on the pole abut 2/3 of the way back but the fly prevents an adequate angle to solve the problem. It is a trade off. I'm a fairly small 63 year old women. I can take a 5 pound bomb shelter and hike maybe 5 miles a day or I can take this and hike 12.

Rain, fine, Wind, not so fine
5 5

Best on the market

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is by far my most recommended piece of gear I own. Super lightweight, easy to set up, plenty of headroom, and great in the elements. I use this for backpacking and got the two person so I could have plenty of room inside for extra gear and what not, but I found that the vestibule is plenty big enough and I usually don't have to set anything inside unless it's a downpour.

There isn't anything negative I can say about this tent. It's a perfect lightweight, 3 season option that is very simple to set-up (even in the dark).

5 5

Ten Out of Tent

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This little tent is the lightest, coolest piece of backpackin' gear I own. The price might detour you, but if you're looking for a lightweight tent that won't disappoint, I would give this one a looksie. It's easy to set up (one-pole system), keeps you dry and warm, and in the two man version allows adequate room for me + boyfriend or dog (not room for both). There are two side pockets, one ceiling pouch, and a gear loop to hang a small light - in this tent you're practically glamping!

I have had mine for the better part of three years and haven't found a reason to complain yet. This is a well made, awesome piece of camping technology.

Ten Out of Tent

What do "fast-pitch", "trail weight" and...

What do "fast-pitch", "trail weight" and "packed weight" mean and what are the differences?

Responded on

Fast pitch is just the poles, footprint and fly.
Trail weight is the poles, tent, and fly.
Packed weight includes the poles, tent, fly, stakes, and ground cloth.

Responded on

One correction on David's answer. Packed weight does NOT include ground cloth. Packed weight is poles, tent, fly, stakes and guylines.

5 5

Perfect

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love this tent! It's my backpacking tent spring through fall. I've even used it in nice weather on Mount Adams. Ultralight, ultra packable. Setup is a breeze. Pitches taut, and guys out nicely. Holds steady in moderate winds. Haven't tested it in downpours, but stayed dry in moderate rain and fog.

Fast pitch option is awesome, great for going even lighter. Vestibule area with fly will hold a couple moderate size packs. Interior space is perfect for 1, cozy for 2, but can't beat the weight.

Responded on

I'm with you Brandon . . . at least most of the way. I've found the vestibule marginal in rainy weather. Maybe it's me, but I've been unable to pitch the fly "taut-enough" to keep the vestibule from sagging once it gets wet. As a result 1) I get a little shower exiting the tent and b) I just don't trust the vestibule to keep my boots & pack dry. So I wind-up with all my gear inside the tent. Good news is there's room inside for my gear as I use this as a (not quite perfect) one person tent.