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Whatever you do, don't let them pick up your pack.

Tell your buddies that you'll carry the tent if they carry the food. They'll jump on that deal, not knowing that the Big Agnes Fly Creek UL3 3-Person 3-Season Tent (built for those looking to shave serious grams) weighs less than breakfast, courtesy of its ultralight DAC Featherlite hub-style pole system and lightweight but durable nylon fly. The 3-person Fly Creek has one more pole than the smaller models to provide a little bit of extra living space, but still has a trail weight of just three pounds, which is reducible to just 2lb 5oz if you choose to bring just the fly, poles, and footprint (sold separately). The hub system lets you pitch the tent in no time flat, and lightweight DAC Twist Clips make it easy to attach the tent to the poles.

You've also got a fully-featured fly with taped seams, a storm flap, and a roomy vestibule to stash your gear in. When you guy it out, you'll notice that all the lines and pieces of webbing are reflective, saving you the trouble of navigating extra-cautiously when darkness falls. Big Agnes also decked the Fly Creek out with seven (count 'em, seven) mesh pockets to hold more headlamps, glasses, and books that a group of three could reasonably bring with them. Better make sure your buddies are carrying all that, too.

  • Ultralight design with nylon/polyester mesh body
  • DAC Featherlite hub pole system
  • One door and vestibule
  • Seven mesh pockets
  • Reflective guylines and webbing
  • Gear loft and footprint sold separately

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too flimsy

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

Too flimsy. Ours ripped in the first few nights use in exactly the same place as another online review's ripped: at the center attachment. Did not notice when it happened, so perhaps it came that way. Tent is quite expensive to put up with that.

Still, a very lightweight and roomy 2-man tent.

too flimsy

Great Tent

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

I recently was charged with outfitting my group (wife, sister, brother-in-law, brother, sister-in-law) with gear for a week long trip in southern utah canyon country. We got tents, sleeping bags, stoves, backpacks, the whole run. All of our gear held up and served us well.
The Big Agnes Fly Creek Tent was great for two people. The added space kept us from fighting for space after long days on the trail.


Terrible quality

    I used this tent once and the seam that meets the screen mesh and the material ripped. I sent it to big Agnes for repair for a minimal charge and they claimed they repaired it. I received it back from Big Agnes and it still was torn. I contacted them and had to once again mail it back for repair, I'm still waiting to receive the tent back from the secondary repair. Very frustrated with their slow turn around time and lack of concern. I've been without tent for about a month now and considering the cost of the tent you think the quality and customer service would be superior which is not at all the case. I will not purchase another Big Agnes product.

    Unanswered Question

    Will the BA Fly Creek UL2 inside material stand up to a lab retriever's nails or is it prone to rip?


    Great Backpacking Tent

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    We have the Fly Creek UL2, but it's really applicable to this tent too as it's just smaller and lighter. Note that the UL3 will be more freestanding than either the UL1 or UL2 because it's pole connects at 2 points at the back of the tent rather than 1.

    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:

    And our comparison putting it up against other backpacking tents:

    Great Backpacking Tent

    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?

    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 UL3 info:

    Packed Weight - 3lbs 8 oz (56 oz) or 1590grams

    Trail Weight - 3lb 0 oz (48 oz) or 1360grams

    Fast Fly Weight - 2lb 5 oz (21oz) or 1050grams

    Footprint Weight - 6.5oz or 184grams

    Anytime you have a Big Agnes question, shoot me an email and I'll make sure to work with you 1-on-1!

    Jared D.

    Expert Gearhead




      Thank you for purchasing by the kindness of the staff could be better


      Size Up!

      • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

      I posted an initial thoughts on this tent after we used it on several trips. This is a follow up review after more extended use.

      We took this tent on a variety of trips in the Cascades and most recently on a three-week long backpacking trip of the John Muir trail. During these adventures we encountered large variety of conditions - heavy rain, hail, lightning storms, gusty winds, hot and humid nights.

      If staked correctly the Fly Creek handles foul conditions very well. It is important to make the final adjustments and tighten the strings once the tent is set up, especially if you anticipate precipitation. Otherwise the fly will get too close to the tent wall and could possibly dampen the inside of the tent. Between proper set up and using footprint we did not have any water related issues, even after several hours of continuous heavy rain, and on days when the weather did not allow us to completely dry the fly before pitching the next evening.

      Proper set up (butt into the wind) and staking also got us through some windy nights. The tent felt steady, the poles held strong without bending.

      On the downside, this is not a true 3 person tent. It provides just the perfect amount of space for 2 people. You can place 2 pads next to each other and still have some space on the sides for extra layer or gear you wish to store inside. There is not enough space to fit 3 standard size pads in without significant overlap.

      The vestibule has enough space for two backpacks placed one on the top of each other and two set of boots in the opposite corner. With this set up you can still easily enter and exit the tent. I suspect trying to place 3 backpacks and boots in it would make it little too crammed and it would take crawling over gear while getting in or out.

      The walls of the vestibule go all the way down and we did not experience any backsplashing during the rainy periods of our trip. The vestibule can easily be zipped and unzipped from either inside or outside of the ten

      All very good advice. If you want a lot of room, do size up as this tent if small! It will hold up well in bad weather (assuming it's staked out like you said), and so far durability, at least for us, has been stellar for such a lightweight tent.

      Can't get enough of this tent

      Can't get enough of this tent

      Replaced my Seedhouse UL2 with the UL3 and I couldn't be happier.

      Not truly 3 person

      Not truly 3 person

      There is not too much space left after placing our 2 standard size pads inside the Fly Creek UL 3. Definitely not enough to fit third pad in without significant overlap.

      Desert Camping in Eastern WA

      Desert Camping in Eastern WA

      Having fun climbing the Feathers in Vantage, WA

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      Excellent working qualities

        On northern caucasus I have got to a storm in this tent. It has passed tests, and other tents were blotted also by their owners floated

        Excellent working qualities
        large built in pockets

        large built in pockets

        these are the smaller side (the other side of the tent has a slightly larger small pocket due to the asymmetry in the tent). There is also a pocket on the top of the tent on both sides.

        Tent at Mt. Pierce (Doc approved!)

        Tent at Mt. Pierce (Doc approved!)

        Here's a photo of the tent set up this past weekend on a platform at Nauman tentsite.

        On the left side of the tent in the photo is where Doc slept towards the front of the tent. Our two bags were stored along the same side towards our feet.

        Ocasionally Doc walked down towards our feet and slept on our pads, but he spent most of the night on his bed along the side.

        Not sure 3 people would work, but perhaps as long as they're willing to be super cozy! But it definitely was nice for 2 people with gear and a dog.

        Our bags would have fit under the vestibule if it weren't for the platform but we stored them in the tent instead and kept our boots and other random gear in the vestibule.

        Absolutely exhausted (about time!) but he was ready to go the next morning! He thought backpacking was pretty much the best thing ever.

        Nalgene, Slater ul2+, Flycreek UL3

        Nalgene, Slater ul2+, Flycreek UL3

        Size comparison of a Nalgene (left), Slater ul2+ (middle), Flycreek UL3 (right)

        What's crazy is that the flycreek only weighs slightly more - and though it looks much larger it does compress down a little more than is shown here. But the slater is definitely smaller and a bit lighter.