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Ridiculously light and extravagantly spacious.
By definition, the solo backpacker gets stuck with all the gear, but cut yourself a break with the ultralight Big Agnes Fly Creek 1 Platinum HV Tent, a freestanding shelter with a high-volume design that lightens your load without sacrificing an inch of living space in the process. An all-mesh body ventilates and provides a view of the stars, and the silicone- and PU-treated fly acts like a hostile bouncer, turning water away before it can get in the door and cause trouble. Zipper storm flaps and fully taped seams give it some back up, too, because moisture's a sneaky, two-timing no good customer.
Of course, the biggest feature that the Fly Creek has is actually what it doesn't have: weight. It checks in at a mere, a ridiculous, and an unbelievable 1lb 7oz, more than a half-pound lighter than a quart of water, and if you're really feeling like going ultra-ultra-light, you can ditch the tent body, bringing just the hub-style DAC Featherlite pole, the footrpint (sold separately), and the fly, after which your setup will weigh just an ounce under a pound—a weight that's probably less than whatever you're carrying in your pockets right this moment. Even with this silly poundage, you still get a fully-functional vestibule, a mesh pocket, and reflective guylines and webbing so you don't trip yourself up at night. Sometimes, it's all about what you don't have.
- Big Agnes' lightest double-wall tent for ultralight backpacking
- Waterproof fly with fully taped seams protects against rain
- Mesh canopy is ideal for stargazing during clear nights
- High-volume design maximizes living and storage space
- Superlight DAC poles with Angle SF hub for steeper walls
- Hook-and-loop tabs connect poles to fly for bomber pitching
- Reflective guylines increase visibility when staked out
- Item #BAG00AY
- Q & A
Mountain tops and River islands
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Done some serious backpacking in the Sierras with this tent, Mountaineering route up Mt. Whitney, summit-ed Mt. Ritter, Paddled 100 miles in a wooden canoe on the Arkansas and Mississippi Rivers, slept through down pours, survived 80 mph winds in SoCal on San Gorgonio, and it is still holding strong. Always wake up dry. Did get a little rip near the zipper seam on entrance from being hasty, definitely delicate material, but taped it and it is holding fine. Next test is a glacier summit in WA a month...
- Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
2 of the 3 positive reviews of this tent are Backcountry employees, unbiased? 1 negative reviewer experienced quality problems with his tent and also with a friend's. So humm what to make of this?
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I did a ton of research before buying this tent, and with the sale price at Backcountry, it made it doable. It's extremely lightweight and kept me dry in a light rain. People have complained about the difficulty entering and exiting, and their right. BUT, any freestanding tent is going to weigh a half to a full pound more, so it's all about trade offs. The new lightweight materials are crazy thin, but so far , so good. Any item that's ultralight, has to be treated with care, we're talking about a tent that weighs less than most Bivy sacks. Big thanks to Gabe at Backcountry for the help !
This tent is extremely light, yet the zipper seam ripped after a month of use. My friend also bought this tent and her seam ripped in the same place after 5 days of use. Big Agnes did not reimburse either of us under warranty. I would not recommend this tent.
Light and Mighty
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I had the opportunity to take the Fly Creek Platinum out for a nice little backpacking trek. This tent is awesome. A 1-person tent for under 1.5 lbs?! Insane. It fits so small on your pack and is incredibly lightweight. Don't let that fool you, this tent is still pretty bomber considering how light it really is.
It's definitely a little cramped with 1 person (as expected), but there's adequate space in the vestibule to keep your gear dry.
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Meet the new Fly Creek
This tent has been the go-to model for long-distance and ultralight backpackers for good reason--lightweight, relatively spacious, double wall, freestanding, weatherproof, durable, and a world-class warranty. Big Agnes has taken the standard for ultralight backpacking and raised it to a whole new level.
When Weight Matters
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Pros: Easy to pitch, spacious enough for a claustrophobic backpacker (me), unique pole design, absurdly low weight.
Cons: Fellow backpackers are jealous because I look like a leaf bug in this tent (google image search, it'll make sense) and my pack is way lighter than theirs? I'm kidding, mostly. I'll update this review as soon as I find a flaw; until then, nothing notable.
I first took this tent out after work for a weekend backpacking trip. I wasn't necessarily needing to save pack weight for the weekend, but, man, was it nice to do so anyway.
I was a little hesitant that I'd look like a goof in front of my two male co-workers pitching the tent for my first time, but I had nothing to fear. The design is user-friendly and intuitive, and I had my tent pitched first out of the group, so I fixed dinner-only seemed fair-and snapped this awesome photo while doing so.
This tent will be my go-to from now on. It's packable, light, and it withstands the rain. Big Agnes has done it again.