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- Trail weight refers to poles, fly, and tent body
- Packed weight includes poles, fly, tent body, stakes, guy lines, stuff sacks, and instructions
- Footprint and gear loft sold separately
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I have been backpacking with this tent for the last few weeks, it has held up very well with no sign of wear or tear.
This tent is very light even if you wanted to tarp it you could not go much more than 1 pound less weight. Plus the hassle of the tarp and guylines, this tent goes up fast i love it.
I have not been using a footprint, I think I will try and buy a piece of Tyvek when I get a chance though, when im car camping or something, its prettymuch dead weight because the floor is suprisingly durable.
This is a minimalist tent, I find it adequate for me (6 foot 150 pound male).
One last thing, I have had this tent in some wicked wind and hail and it has not let me down, I only bring 6 stakes too.
Before I talk I will tell you that I'm a tent connoisseur. I got this tent around Christmas and I used it out in my backyard to test the material and make sure everything was good. The second night, it leaked so I returned it to Big Agnes and they gave me a brand new one. This one has had no problems and is the best tent I have seen.
Was shopping for a bivy sack but this was less expensive, roomier and only 2 oz heavier. A friend had recently got the Copper Spur and if you really have to have a side entrance, that might be a better option.
Just finished first two nights with the tent on 33 miles. My pack weight dropped by ~20% with this tent and a couple other changes. Super small size allows me to pack the tent inside the backpack and just leave the poles outside. First night was a put up in a decent wind (20-40Mph) and only had to make sure the light parts didn't blow away. The tent looked like it was blowing into itself (didn't line up with the wind right because the sloped ground was more of a concern). When I got inside, I realized it was just flexing, and there was plenty of room.
Over night the wind died down and there was a heavy frost in the morning. I only noticed a couple of drops of condensation inside and I was toasty warm with a 20 degree bag and sleeping pad.
Vestibule is small, but if you plan right you can leave your pack under a pack cover with extra gear just outside the tent and your bear bag/food needs to be further away anyway. Keep a change of clothes and jacket inside with you, leave a pair of boots and water bottle(s) under the vestibule and you're fine.
At 6ft tall, it's long enough and I just had to figure the best ways to move around in changing clothes.
Tent color lets in a little more light in at night than my 3 man North Face Rock 32 but this was actually beneficial. There is a small gear shelf at the top, big enough to put my headlamp on as a light for the entire inside.
If you're using the fly, I'd recommend staking down the guy lines to so it stays off of the mesh. If you don't need to stake down, use a trekking pole to spread out the foot area. You could also do the same if the winds are really blowing and you want to assure the foot box stays wide.
All in all I'm impressed with the tent so far.
Does the vestibule door go over the top of the tent? I've heard thats a major design flaw in the UL2. Anyone had an issue with water coming directly into the tent when you open the vestibule door? Dave
If the vestibule is open and there is rain, the rain get in!
I bought this, set it up, then decided to get the UL2. The amount of space between the two sizes is well worth the 4oz penalty for me. This is still an amazing tent, I just wanted the option to bring someone with me, or have my pack inside from the rain and change comfortably. If you really need to shave weight, then this is the tent to get.
I've been using a tiny bivy solo for years and the Fly Creek looked so luxurious in size and was actually lighter so I had to give it a whirl. Price is insane for a solo tent, I snagged one on sale and got mine a hundred bucks cheaper which lessened the blow and convinced me to finally get it. By far the most spacious solo tent I've used, it fits me and my full grown boxer pooch, or me and my 5 year old son comfortably, or all of us a little crowded. In crowded campsites the front door setup with the vestibule lets me sit up with my legs hanging out and change without flashing anyone, and is roomy enough for my boots and other gear. I had serious concerns with the lightweight material holding up, especially since I put a hole in the pole bag the first time I put the tent away. Mostly camping in the desert southwest, there is no such thing as a campsite free of rocks or debris as most manufacturers tell you to set their tents up. After many trips now setting it up on rocky gravel areas, even with my dogs paws stomping around in it with me, and a few trips with no ground sheet, the tent has no rips or holes. It has held up in 40 mph winds no problem. I have yet to test it in the rain. What I love as much as the lack of weight is the size it packs down to, it's crazy small. The only complaint is the need to stake the corners at the feet to get the full amount of space. It still counts as freestanding but I'd trade the ounce or two weight of little legs coming off the pole to make it fully freestanding to keep me from trying to pound stakes into the desert floor. Overall, money well spent, and light enough that I never have to second guess whether or not I want to haul a tent or chance the elements.
The total packed weight of this rivals a tarp, and is even lighter in many cases when considering the weight of trekking poles. Since I don't use trekking poles a tarp tent would cause me to carry unnecessary weight. The set up is really straightforward and the tent guys out nicely. It is surprisingly roomy inside and allows for me, my pack, and all the respective gear. It breathes well, keeps in warmth, and I have incurred no condensation problems yet. The front entry may not be for everyone, but I have found it to be no real hindrance. The vestibule seems adequate for a solo tent. It has proved to be more durable than the lightweight material would suggest and I have had good experience with it fending off foul weather and wind.
I have BA hogan park bag. Will it fit comfortably in this tent?
Yeah, you'll be fine. The tent is quite long, and has near vertical ends, and even at the taper, it's still wide enough for your bag.
Adequate tent. Fly can be tricky to get taught. The fly isn't vented so it can get stuffy. 6 footers beware - the footbox is short and narrow, your sleeping bag will brush against the mesh wall/ceiling.
Not worth the relatively steep price. Hope Backcountry.com will take it back after just 3 nights use.
Plenty cozy enough for a nap for a curious little 5 year old. :)
I love this tent! Super light, very easy to assemble, perfect amount of room. Not too much. Not too little. I'm pretty short, so plenty of room for my pack and unpacking inside. Nice tent to carry pretty far in and be comfy.
Just got the tent -- very excited. Ground cover seems overly expensive. While I understand the long term durability implications, will I stay dry on wet ground with just the tent floor? Fly is the same material, so I would expect the answer is yes.
Yes, you should remain dry without a footprint or other ground cover. But, your tent floor will take a beating.
The other option is to just purchase a light weight and inexpensive tarp and throw it down - also seen this done with emergency blankets...works pretty well.
Light, simple to set up/take down, and just the right size for one person plus essentials inside the tent. The vestibule is small to keep the weight down, but big enough for my pack.
I cut a piece of plastic to size instead of buying the footprint it works fine. This tent works best if you use 4-6 of the stakes rather than completely free-standing to keep the vestibule tight and minimize condensation. A pole splint is included--nice touch.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I am a minimalist and purchased this tent for backcountry hunting and camping. Gone are the bivy sack days...The selection criteria for choosing my tent was: 1) Weigh less than 3 lb fully packed with ground cover. 2) Have a vestibule. 3) Be freestanding.
This tent met all that and more. I used it for the first time in CO two weeks ago and loved it. It is a snap to set up and take down and although small, the vestibule is serviceable. The inside of the tent has just enough room to sit up if you�re not a big person (<5'10"). The Fly Creek UL1 tent is designed for a specific need. It fits that need very well! Highly recommend!!!