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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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large built in pockets

large built in pockets

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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!)

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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.

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Doc looks exhausted!!
Hahaha, happy camp pup!

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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

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

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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.

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So far impressed

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was debating this, the copper spur 3, and the slater 2+. My fiance and I wanted a very lightweight tent but could not find a 2 person tent with quite enough room for both of us and our very important 4-legged companion Doc the Border Collie.

We liked the dual doors and vestibules of the copper spur and the light weight and middle ground the slater offered (a pound lighter than the fly creek and it's cheap starting price). In the end, we went with the fly creek because we found it accidentally labeled for clearance and thought it gave us the versatility of bringing a third person along at some point (we do have a few friends other than our dog).

So far we're really impressed with how light it is for a 3 person tent. We're a little concerned with the durability with a dog being involved - but that's not a fault of the tent.

Amazing that a 3 person tent can be this light - can't wait to really put this thing to the test this summer.

Update on 6/23/14 - so far so good! This thing was great on multiple nights at treeline in VERY cold weather.

Worked great for 2 people plus our dog. Stored our gear and protected our shoes, etc. in the vestibule. Floor held up great even when Doc scratched at it and when he tracked dirt into it!

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Lauren, have you used this with Doc yet? I am in the market for a tent for the same reason. I want a tent where the mesh is high enough to avoid a snag from a claw and the fly creek, copper spur , and fishhook all fit the bill.

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I will use it with him this weekend - you may also want to check out the slater ul2+ - it has less mesh and is a little smaller and lighter. My dad has the Slater UL2 and I have the fly creek ul3 so I'll be posting a direct comparison after this weekend. I'll attach a picture of the two in their sacks side by side so you can see relative "stuff" sized.

For what it's worth I think the fishhook probably isn't a "great" option with a dog - especially if you have a dog that's prone to bash into the sides of tents/cant see the mesh - the lack of zippers might mean your pooch could get out on his/her own.

I've considered making Doc wear ruffwear socks in the tent - because no matter what the claws could, in theory, scratch up the floor and these lightweight tents are made of very thin material.

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good stuff. thanks. the dog socks and/or booties are a great idea. how was the condensation in the slater? other than that it looks like a perfect tent for the pup/1-2 person combo. (btw, love the whites. I might be looking to do the pemi loop come september if time permits!)