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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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Fly Creek Foibles (Cont.)
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Also, just wanted to note that the tent felt small, because it was. Coming from someone who is 5'8", that is assuredly an important factor to draw into consideration. If you are dead set on getting this tent, as others have said before me, but something which I believe pertinent to reiterate, get the UL2; the extra 3 or 4oz penalty incurred is a trivial matter when considering how much extra room you end up gaining overall.
Fly Creek Foibles
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I had high hopes for this tent. However, over a period of a few months of use, I found myself increasingly frustrated.
First off, let it be known that this tent is not free-standing; it does in fact have to be staked out at two points around the feet for it to even be erected completely. Not that I thought it was when I purchased, but I believe it is a fact worth noting right off the bat.
Second, the design of the tent, to me, seems inconvenient and while I didn't really mind it when hiking through dry climates and conditions that much, when things began to get cold and wet, it made for an aggravating set up to work around; to expound on that: when you have to leave your bag and gear outside but within the vestibule, it makes for difficult ingress/egress due to the fact that you are working around your pack and all your stuff that you don't want to bring inside the tent.
Third, the zipper on the door started having salient problems with actually clasping both zippers together after only a couple months of use, which I was flabbergasted about. It never had what I could call a smooth, controlled action to it, and grew to torment me; dread would envelop my psyche when realizing I had to get out or go in to the tent, blood boiling in my veins as I wrenched it up and down patiently, but fighting for every zipper tooth.
Fourth, the fact that it is a sort of pyramidal mummy shape became an nuisance once the temperature began dropping while working through northern Oregon and Washington; I often found my sleeping bag soaking, thanks in large part to my feet whapping the side walls in my sleep and gathering the condensation that would bead like stalactites (to concede a point, many of those times I was going to wake up slightly damp anyway, but the walls certainly exacerbated the problem) on any part that wasn't mesh.
While it was lighter than many options, and it did keep me dry, I would look for alternatives before deciding to buy this (e.g. MSR Hubba).
What is the difference between this model...
What is the difference between this model and the platinum version?
Simply weigh differences.
The regular UL1's packed weight is 2lb 3oz, whereas the Platinum UL1's packed weight is a meager 2 lb 1oz.
The regular UL1's trail weight is 1lb 14 oz, whereas the Platinum UL1's trail weight is 1lb 11oz.
The regular UL1's fast-fly weight is 1lb 5oz, whereas the Platinum UL1's fast-fly weight is 1lb 6oz.
Also of note, the packed size of the Platinum version measures 4x17 in, whereas the regular version measures 5x19in.
Best Tent I Own!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
II used this tent while backpacking the Appalachian Trail and it was spectacular. It weighs almost nothing and is a breeze to set up. A great part about it that came in handy for me was that you can put up the rainfly first when it's raining, so the inside of your tent doesn't get wet. It's a little small, but I slept in it every night with my pack in it with me and I did not have any problems, but I'm also 5'3" so taller people would probably need to use the vestibule for their pack.
After over 80 consecutive nights of use it does not show any wear, but I got a groundcloth so that helped save the bottom of the tent.
Good tent, but *not* freestanding.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Its always annoyed me that this tent is advertised as freestanding. Will it stand up on its own without being staked? Yes. Do you have all the interior room if you don't? No. The tripod pole does not create structure for the foot end of the tent. You will have to stake it out in order to do so. A friend of mine uses his sleeping pad to push out the corners. He doesn't even mess with staking it unless the weather looks like it may get interesting.
My other complaint is that the low angle for the foot end of the tent really makes it a tiny tent for anyone taller than 5'10" or so.
Other than those two complaints its a very nice tent. Light weight, well designed. Its not spacious, by any stretch, but it does its job.
My baseline for a great single person tent is my MSR Hubba... which is a pound and a half heavier than the Fly Creek UL1. The Hubba can handle golf ball sized hail and 70 mile an hour winds. The Fly Creek can not, but that kind of weather is exceptional, and not something most people will have to deal with frequently... if ever.
My other minor gripe is the end entry. I'm 6'2" and an end entry tent is a real pain. My current tent is a Mountain Hardwear Supermega UL2. Great tent, for the most part, but I just hate the end entry. Side entry tents are far more convenient and comfortable to enter and exit, but are slightly heavier.
Given the incredible light weight of this tent I think its shortcomings are worth it. Be warned though, if you're tall and/or want a truly freestanding tent... look elsewhere. The Copper Spur series is slightly heavier and truly freestanding... and, in my humble opinion, worth the slight difference in weight.
Big Agnes Fly Creek UL1
used 2 weeks straight in Kings canyon area -most popular tent in those mountains! Kept me cozy and dry in an intense rain storm,
even though tent surrounded by puddle, with water between tent floor and footprint.
On cold nights inside of rain fly gets soaked with condensation,
but easy to pitch so fly stays off tent, so you stay dry.
this "freestanding" tent requires 6 stakes (11 included) to pitch with rain fly, but I still recommend this well-designed and well-made tent.
6' 2" , 51 yrs old, and 235# how do you...
6' 2" , 51 yrs old, and 235# how do you think the fit will be?
The 1-person tents like this from BA are sufficient, even for your height and weight, but for a much more functional and roomy interior environment, with not too much extra unjustifiable weight, I would strongly suggest that you go up to the either the BA Fly Creek UL2, the Seedhouse SL2, or the North Face Mica FL2. The TNF Mica also has double side doors, which are much more user friendly for old guys like us that just aren't as into crawling out of cylinders on our hands and knees anymore. Claustrophobic or not, spatially, all these lightweight 2-person tents give you a much better experience overall, and are, in my opinion, the only way to go in solo tents. Hope this helps.
Rasta Papa, to add onto Phil's message, you could probably use something a little larger. I recommend going with something like the Slater UL1, which is a new line from BA that is made a little larger all-around. Check out the link I provided that compares the Slater to the Fly Creek. While the video is put out by Pro Lite Gear, obviously you should order from BC?the goat sticker alone is worth it.
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.
BEST TENT EVER!!!!!
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.
Fly Creek Demo
So far so good
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...
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!
Changed to UL2
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.
Impressive, most impressive
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.
Awesome, light, small packed size
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...
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.
testing out in back yard
OK, not great. Not good vaule.
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.
Kid tested. Mother approved.
Plenty cozy enough for a nap for a curious little 5 year old. :)