Published on January 30th, 2014 | by Daniel Feinstein0
Big Agnes Fly Creek UL 2 Tent
Summary: This high-quality ultra-light tent packs into a tiny compact storage bag, perfect when weight and space are critical.
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The Fly Creek UL 2 is strong, efficient, intelligent and adventurous, just like the intrepid trekkers that choose to carry it.
The Big Agnes Fly Creek UL 2 is a 2 person, 3 season tent with one big entrance. This ultra-light tent weighs just 2 pounds, 2 ounces which is absolutely astounding. With most other tents, 2 pounds would get you a tarp and a couple of posts. With the Fly Creek 2, you get a roomy 2 person interior space, excellent weather protection, a big fat mesh door, sizeable vestibule, no interior condensation and plenty of ventilation. In addition to being light, this tent takes almost no time to pitch and pack making it perfect for backpacking adventurers that aren’t interested in wasting time futzing around with gear.
This ultra-light tent offers enough space for two while at the same time weighing less than most single person structures. All of this minimalism owes its thanks to clever design and advanced materials.
The tent body is made of extremely light and breathable rip-stop nylon and polyester mesh. The floor covers an area of 28 square feet and is made of rip-stop nylon treated with an ultralight silicone coating as well as 120 mm of waterproof polyurethane. In addition to 28 square feet of floor space, the tent also has a 7 square foot vestibule for cooking and additional storage as well as three mesh pockets to store gear that you might want to keep handy.
The tent fly is made of an ultra- light rip-stop nylon treated with silicone and a 1200 mm polyurethane coating, making this tent almost completely water proof. The DAC poles are both strong and super light, made from TH72M aluminum as are the 11 J stakes that come with the tent.
I have read that this tent has some issues under super strong winds and, even though it is advertised as free standing, the stakes must be used at all times.
Pitching and Packing
When it comes to pitching and packing, the Fly Creek UL 2 was designed with speed and efficiency in mind. This tent has a very simple single-pole hub design and can be pitched and packed as quickly as any tent on the market. All of the external webbing points and guy lines are reflective which makes pitching at night easier and will also help prevent the inevitable tripping over your tent in a half-asleep daze.
In addition to being light, this tent folds down into a tiny 4 inch x 18.5 inch storage bag leaving plenty of room in your backpack for other things.
While somewhat pricey for a 2 person 3 season tent, the super light design and compact storage makes it well worth the price and perfectly suited for bike tours.
- Packs compact
- Great ventilation
- Not for severe wind