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When ultralight doesn't cut it, it's time to go platinum.
Diamonds are played out—all the real ballers know that platinum is where it's at, and Big Agnes is one of the premier ballers in the tent game, which is why it introduced the Fly Creek Platinum HV 2-Person 3-Season Tent, which is the lightest double-wall tent in Big Agnes' impressive lineup of ultralight tents. Don't think this tent's light just because it's tiny, though, because Big Agnes built this beauty with a volume-maximizing design that you will only find here at Backcountry.com.
If the Fly Creek's trail weight of 1lb 10oz seems a little much for you, go ahead and leave the mesh body behind, bringing only the pole, the silicone- and PU-coated fly, and footprint (sold separately), for a shelter that weighs 10oz less and is still fully waterproof. Don't worry, just because you're ditching unnecessary weight doesn't mean the Fly Creek is some kind of minimalist bivvy sack. It's got a full-zip door and vestibule for your pack and boots, a storm flap, and taped seams that keep night-ruining moisture at bay. Mesh pockets hold glasses, flashlights, and a book, while reflective guylines and webbing save you the pain and indignity of late-night trip-fests. Since weight's the name of the game, even the pole hub, clips, and stakes are designed to be superlight. Now you know why the real players always go for platinum.
- 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
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- Q & A
Light but fragile and delicate
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I brought this tent on a four-day, four-night trip. It was very light and easy to set up, and it withstood quite a bit of rain while maintaining great ventilation. However, I dislike the front vestibule; the fly setup wasn't ideal. Additionally, the zipper easily gets stuck and doesn't work properly. I was trying to zip my tent up on the second night, and it got stuck - I gave it a gentle tug and a massive hole ripped across the mesh window, leaving a giant doorway for all the mosquitoes and other bugs to get in. I can patch it up, but it's incredibly annoying to spend that much money on a tent and have it get destroyed on my very first trip with it because the material is shoddy.
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 2-person tent for under 2 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 2 people (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 world-class warranty. Big Agnes has taken the standard for ultralight backpacking and raised it to a whole new level.
lighter than my boots
If you need the lightest tent out there this is it.
Just because this is lightweight doesn't mean its not tough.
I dont feel like i need to baby this tent and it has gotten me through some burly storms.
The 2p is perfect for just me and my gear, 1p is tight for me. I am 6'4" and 200lbs.
Big Agnes is also great at backing up the gear they make.
This will be my go to tent until BA makes a lighter one.
If you dont like the single door in the front, the copper spur might be a better choice for you
When Weight Matters
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I wrote the review that's below when I tried out the one-person tent. My friend just recently picked one of these up, though, and so I wanted to post my original review on this tent as well.
Pros: Easy to pitch, spacious enough for claustrophobic backpackers, 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.
What is the major difference between this Fly Creek Platinum HV and Fly Creek HV UL Tent?
the main difference is the weight and pack size.
The platinum is lighter by about 10 oz and packs down about 3 inches smaller than the UL.