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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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- 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
Can't get enough of this tent
Replaced my Seedhouse UL2 with the UL3 and I couldn't be happier.
Awaiting the storm
Fly Creek UL 3 set up at Garnet Lake, John Muir Trail.
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.
Fly Creek UL Series Tents
Desert Camping in Eastern WA
Having fun climbing the Feathers in Vantage, WA
Our campsite en route to Ruth Mountain in North Cascades, WA
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
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!)
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.
Nalgene, Slater ul2+, Flycreek UL3
Size comparison of a Nalgene (left), Slater ul2+ (middle), Flycreek UL3 (right)
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!