Lightweight tent; swift setup.
The Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2 2-Person 3-Season Tent provides durable protection in a lightweight, no-hassle design. With just one DAC Featherlite NSL three-branched pole (made with an eco-friendly anodizing process) and DAC aluminum twist clips, this one-door tent sets up easily, packs down small, and comes in with a trail weight of close to two pounds.
- Waterproof fly, floor, and taped seams keep you dry
- Covered vestibule protects your gear and gives you more floor space
- Mesh body provides ventilation and reduces condensation
- All Big Agnes tents feature poles made with DAC's Green Anodizing process, which eliminates the chemical polishing stage, reduces the need for hazardous chemicals, and recycles water throughout the rinsing process
- Three interior mesh pockets organize odds and ends
- Reflective guy lines prevent injuries at night
- Rain fly combines with poles and footprint (footprint sold separately) for an ultralight, fast-pitch setup
- Optional gear loft (sold separately) provides extra storage space
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Seriously great tent! Incredibly light weight and packable. The pole system is so easy to set up. Rain fly goes on easily, and the whole setup pitches taught. The quick pitch option with the rain fly and floor print is awesome in nice weather!
Bought this specifically for it's extremely light weight and packing ability. Used it twice now on back country biking trips. Comfortable for two adults or one adult and two small children. Easy to set up with poles to snap together quickly with no chance of error. Stake down tent first then assemble poles; clip tent to poles; fly has clips and stake lines easy to match up. Strong against the wind. Small but functional vestibule. Zippers seem delicate and fabric is strong but thin; I'll be careful not to stress the zipper, screens or fabric. Love it!
pretty decent video description of the tent.
Great tent for backpacking at just over 2lbs. Packs small, not taking much space in your pack. Recommended for nicer weather, nothing too cold.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I bought my Fly Creek UL2 specifically for solo trips. This 2-person tent is nearly as light as some bivy sacks and is lighter than most solo tents. Here's component weights as measured on my scale (accurate to within 0.05 oz):
14.1 oz - tent canopy
11.5 oz - rain fly w/ guy cords
10.2 oz - pole
4.40 oz - (11) stakes
0.60 oz - tent stuff sack
0.40 oz - pole stuff sack
0.20 oz - stake stuff sack
Subtotal weight = 41.4 oz (2 lbs, 9.4 oz). I also add in a custom 6.10 oz Tyvek footprint and total weight = 47.5 oz (2 lbs, 15.5 oz).
This tent certainly fits the bill for a solo tent. I'm 6.0" x 175 lbs and have no problem stretching out without touching foot or head of the tent's 86" length. I easily have room in tent for my pack, though it could also go in the vestibule with my boots. I wouldn't "buddy-up" in the Fly Creek UL2 unless it was my girlfriend... and if she were along I'd use my Mountain Hardwear Skyledge 3 anyway (see my separate review of that excellent tent). I only have two small gripes (and a one star deduction): 1. I prefer side doors to "end" doors (I'm sure Big Agnes designed tent with end door to minimize weight and maximize vestibule); 2. Tent could use an "eyebrow" pole to help get tent walls more vertical / more taught (tent does have a system of guys and clips for that purpose but a small, dedicated pole would work better).
If you're looking for a small, light, 3-season personal shelter, this tent is recommended.
Pic shows tent in use in the backcountry in Iowa's Ledges State Park.
Does the big Agnes fly creek ul2 come with stacks?
Stakes? Yes, it comes with 11.
Great tent here is a video demonstrating the features found on the Fly Creek UL2.
Perfect for a single person.
- Gender: Female
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I bought this after seeing it in use in the Tetons. It packs light enough for me (5'3") to carry alone yet is roomy enough for a companion as well. I am excited to put it to the test on my own!
When my backpacking partner whipped this thing out and quickly pitched it I was really impressed. Then I went to grab the fly to put on it and I couldn't believe how light it was. It felt like nothing compared to standard rainflys on 2 person tents. We were two females under 5'5 and it was a cozy fit for both of us, not really room for both to sit up, but that's ok when you have a tent this light and compact. I found this to have some condensation issues as the majority of the walls next to your sleeping bag is not mesh, so I woke up with a partially soaked bag every morning, but I guess that also depends on other factors like the season and environment you are camped in (October, cold, camping by a lake in the Sierras). Anyways when it came down to breaking down camp for the hike out, my jaw dropped again on how tiny this thing packed down to. It packed down to half the size of the tent I own which is only 1 lb more than this. Its no wonder that my friend said its ok if she carried the entire thing rather than splitting up the tent parts to make our pack weights distributed equally. Usually before I go out if the weather outlook is really good, I won't bring a tent at all for weekend trips in the Sierras and just sleep outside on my pad, but I feel like this tent is an ideal choice for the Sierras where torrential rain and wind isn't the general rule. I have to admit I am a little skeptical on how it would hold up in harsher conditions.
I love this tent! It's very lightweight, takes up little room in my pack, and is easy to set up. It also fits me just fine since I'm 5'5", but my taller friends (all over 6'2") usually prefer to bring their own tents.
It would be nice if this tent were a bit more freestanding, but I suppose I value the simple pole system more than having a completely freestanding tent.
Perfect tent for backpacking.
its a little pricey, but you wont be disappointed.
looks whimsy but extremely durable especially the fly,very water proof,
no problems with condensation, perfectly ventilated out with the mesh walls, (not all the walls are mesh, just the door, above your head, and by your feet)
vestibule has lots of room for your gear to store in.
cozy with two people, feels like a castle with one person love the extra room!
simple to set up, with one pole that branches out unlike those complicated tents with all the extra poles you don't even need.
love how light weight this tent is
I've had this tent for a couple of months and has not let me down. haven't found anything negative about this tent so far
The Fly Creek UL2 is a must have backpacking tent!
this tent was pretty roomy and luxurious for a 5'5 person camping in the summer.
one night, the tent did blow over when it was set up in a grassy area with no wind protection.
i wish the tent were a little more freestanding, and the rain fly is hard to tension just right.
i fit really well in the tent with my bags, but i can imagine that someone taller would have trouble squeezing in there.
This tent looks like just what I need for my upcoming multi-month trekking excursion abroad. Above all, a small pack size/packed volume is what I'm looking for. Could someone upload a photo of what this tent looks like packed? Thanks!
Hey, so this is actually a similar sized tent, the Seedhouse SL2, but you can see it relative to a Nalgene. The shell/ footprint/ fly are in an XS Granite Gear Rock Solid comp sack, and the pole system and 14 x-peg stakes are in the sleeve measuring about 3-4" in diameter and about 18" in length. Your packed size should be really close, but I have to say that it's sometimes better to just cram soft items like tents into various nooks and crannies in your pack when space is an issue. Hope this helps.
For long-distance, light weight backpacking (is there any other kind), this is THE tent. It's just a hair over two pounds, packs very compactly, sets up super quick, well-ventilated, and provides more space than you think. And yes, it works for two people. I haven't done the "fast-fly" set up (footprint + fly), but it seems awesome.
I've used this on 1 and 2 person backpacking trips, with other male friends, and also my wife. It's great for my wife and I, certainly cozy (but not cramped) for two guys, and absolutely perfect as a solo tent. The fly creates enough of a vestibule in front of the tent door to keep some gear out of the rain.
One minor adjustment I made was buying cord to better guy-line out the tent. The fly contains guy-lines (and I think the tent body also), but I found with longer/better cord, you could stake out the tent to be more taut, enable better ventilation, and gain a few inches of room around the
edges. Also, I wish Big Agnes would make a formal vestibule for this tent like they have for the Emerald Mountain line. Just a formality, though.
Great tent, but most importantly it's amazingly, ridiculously, and wonderfully light. Your days on the trail will be that much better.
Love this tent. We also have the Copper Spur, which is 1 lb heavier and is bigger in the pack. Very happy with both tents. The Copper Spur opens on both sides, so it's easier for two people.
I took this tent on a 2 week Mountain biking road trip. While in Moab, we got some very very long heavy rain and I was able to put this little guy to the test.
Having to set up a tent in the rain is always something to consider and with the extra stakes required to pull the corners out to make use of the full interior, it took longer than I wanted. But it was for the most part easy to set up. Once set up, it was pretty solid and handled the winds very well and kept the water out for the most part.
The problem came when having to get in or out of the tent. When you open the rain fly to get out of the tent, all of the water that was on top of the fly, runs straight down and in to the tent, on to your sleeping bag or gear!! This was a HUUUUGE disappointment!!! Having to get up in the middle of the night while its pouring to go take a leak is bad enough, but to add on to that water coming pouring off of the fly and in to the tent!! That was too much of a design flaw for me. You can see in a lot of the pictures, and even better in person, but the peak of the opening for the rain fly hangs over the tent body itself, and since the majority of the tent is mesh, there is nothing to stop water from running off of the fly in to the tent, while the vestibule door is open.
I ended up returning this and swapping it out for the Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2. At only 10 ounces heavier (which in the ultra light world might be a lot), and marginally larger when packed, this is the tent for me! I will take the extra ounces over getting wet, cramped, and other design issues I wasn't thrilled with. The copper spur has double vestibules and a pole across the top that creates an overhang out past the interior of the tent, making rain run off from the fly in to the ten impossible. Also, the fast fly set up for the Copper spur is so much more useful.
I think this tent is great and could be considered a 1 man. I never did have two people in it, but it would definitely be tight to put two people in there. Another reason I like the Copper Spur better.