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  • Big Agnes Fly Creek UL3 Tent: 3-Person 3-Season Ash/Gold
  • Big Agnes Fly Creek UL3 Tent: 3-Person 3-Season Body

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  • Big Agnes Fly Creek UL3 Tent: 3-Person 3-Season Ash/Gold

Big Agnes Fly Creek UL3 Tent: 3-Person 3-Season

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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
    • Item #BAG000X

    Tech Specs

    Material
    [body] nylon, polyester mesh, [fly and floor] nylon ripstop, silicone coating, PU coating (1200mm)
    Capacity
    3-person
    Season
    3-season
    Wall Type
    double-wall
    Freestanding
    yes
    Poles
    DAC Featherlite Combi
    Number of Poles
    2
    Pole Attachment
    DAC Twist Clip
    Number of Doors
    1
    Number of Vestibules
    1
    Vestibule Space
    12.5 sq ft
    Ventilation
    mesh walls
    Seams
    fully taped
    Gear Loft
    no, sold separately
    Interior Height
    42 - 22 in
    Floor Dimensions
    90 x 66 x 60 in
    Floor Space
    39 sq ft
    Packed Size
    5.5 x 19 in
    Fast-pitch Option
    yes, footprint not included
    Fast-pitch Weight
    2 lb 5 oz
    Trail Weight
    3 lb
    Packed Weight
    3 lb 8 oz
    Recommended Use
    ultralight backpacking, backpacking, camping
    Manufacturer Warranty
    lifetime

    Tech Specs

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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.

      I purchased a Big Agnes tent (a Rattlesnake Mtn) and needed repair after the zipper jammed on the 2nd time out - I had the same experience with Big Agnes repair service. Very slow and when finally fixed they acted like they were doing me a favor (never acknowledged that the tent failed under warranty, they said "the repairs on us this time" as if I was lucky for them not charging to fix the defective zipper). I've owned a number of Big Agnes products - tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads - they make great products but heaven forbid you have to have something fixed under warranty.

      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.

      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.

      Tent at Mt. Pierce (Doc approved!)

      Nalgene, Slater ul2+, Flycreek UL3

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

      Nalgene, Slater ul2+, Flycreek UL3

      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!

      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.

      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!)

      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

      801.736.4336

      jdowns@backcountry.com