Big Agnes Scout UL2 Tent

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Big Agnes Scout UL2 Tent
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Big Agnes Scout UL2 Tent - A new-school version of the old-school A-Frame tent, the Big Agnes Scout UL2 uses your trekking poles for support, sets up in minutes, and provides ample floor space at a minimal weight. If you're in the market for an ultralight, single-wall tent, then you'll love the Scout UL2.

Country of Origin: Imported


  • Single wall design has front and rear vents to keep air circulating inside the tent; vents are lined with polyester mesh to keep the bugs out
  • Tent body and floor are made with silicone-treated nylon ripstop with 1200mm polyurethane coating for waterproofness

Weather and Wind:

  • All seams are taped with waterproof, solvent-free polyurethane tape (no PVC or VOCs); waterproof door keeps tent dry


  • Tent corners and suggested anchor points have reflective guylines and webbing so you won’t trip over them at night


  • Big Agnes Scout UL2 tent feaures 2 built-in, bin-shaped storage shelves and gear loft loops (gear loft not included)
  • Requires two trekking poles to set up (not included)
  • Interior loops will accommodate a gear loft if you need extra storage space (gear loft sold separately)
  • Set up the tent with 1 trekking pole on the inside at the back end and 1 on the outside at the door
  • Two built-in storage bins at the head of the tent provide space to store your gear
  • Includes 12 superlight aluminum J stakes
  • Scout features 1 large, easy-entry front door and no vestibule
  • Large single door allows for easy access without much disruption to your tent mates

The ultralight Scout UL2 is a 3-season, single-wall backpacking tent that uses 2 trekking poles (sold separately) to set up the tent. Carry less than a pound per person for a fully waterproof shelter.


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# Fly/Vestibule Poles:0
# Main Poles:2 trekking poles (not included)
Canopy fabric:Coated ripstop nylon / polyester mesh
Design type:Non-freestanding tent
Floor Coating:1200 mm polyurethane
Floor Fabric:Silicone-treated nylon ripstop
Floor area:34 square feet
Floor dimensions:90 x 54 inches
Floor dimensions - metric:229 x 137 centimeters
Max. Length:1 lb. 15 oz.
Min. Length:1 lb. 10 oz.
Minimum trail weight:1 lb. 9 oz.
Minimum trail weight - metric:0.68 kilogram
Number of doors:1 door
Number of poles:0
Packaged weight:2 pounds
Packed size:6 x 12.5 inches
Peak height:43 inches
Peak height - metric:109 centimeters
Rainfly Coating:N/A
Sleeping capacity:2-person
Tent Weight:Less than 2.5lbs

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Big Agnes Scout UL2 Tent Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Superb ultralight 3-season tent

This is my go-to backpacking tent because of its great function combined with its incredibly light weight and very compact size when packed. I've used it in the North Cascades in the early spring, and in the Central Cascades and Goat Rocks Wilderness in the summer.

FAST AND EASY TO PITCH. The tent comes with twelve high-quality stakes and great guy lines. The rest of the materials are high-quality, as is the workmanship. It is as fast and easy to pitch as any tent I've used.

EXTREMELY ROOMY--TRULY A TENT FOR TWO. The tent is wide, and it is so long that neither the head nor the foot of my zero degree winter bag touched or even came near the tent walls. The tent is so tall that I can sort of stand, bent over, to change pants. (I'm 5'9".)

GOOD VENTILATION, NO CONDENSATION PROBLEMS. There is a band of several inches of mesh in the tent walls on all three sides other than the door side. There is an integrated "eave" flap over this band in order to keep out rain. The mesh band is plenty high up enough off the ground to keep water from bouncing in during a rainstorm. By varying the distance of the side stakes from the tent wall, you can vary the amount of ventilation in the tent. I've had no condensation problems even in temperatures below freezing.

PITCHES DRY DURING FALLING RAIN. You can erect the tent during falling rain without having the interior become wet. Although during the pitching process you must crawl into the tent to place the rear pole (keep in mind that you can do so while leaving your feet and muddy boots outside), this tent is designed such that the interior is never exposed to falling raindrops while you are erecting the tent.

SOLID DOOR, NO VESTIBULE. Some reviewers complain about the fact that the door is solid fabric, but mesh would not work because it would allow rain to enter. Adding a second door of mesh would defeat the purpose of this tent--to be ultralight. This amazing tent has most of the luxuries and protections of a tent but weighs the same as some tarps. I would buy it again in a heartbeat.
Hiking with dog at REI on 08/08/2013

Near perfect backpacking tent

This tent is a dream for hiking in the humid Appalachians. It's basically a tarp with a bathtub floor, end flaps and ample full-length screens on both sides for air circulation and protection from bugs. My first set up was in 20mph winds with temps in the mid 30s (2 deg C). After staking out the floor, raising it with your trekking poles is actually easier than putting up a tarp. It went up first time without any problems and held tight through the night without flapping. Like a tarp, you need to ensure all your guylines are taut for best performance. You can put your front pole outside or inside the tent, but either way you'll need to scoot around it getting in and out. The back pole doesn't stand at the back of the tent, but is actually about 8 inches in from the end. That location probably helps with a sturdy stakedown and enables the makers to put a vent at the top rear. Unfortunately, that means the pole is in between your bag's feet and your partner's. But given the enormous room available inside for a 2-person tent, it's no big deal. Given all the screening, it doesn't offer much high wind protection, so I'd normally use this alone only in warm weather. You can extend your season for the tent by adding a windproof bivy sack, at which point you're warm and snug with both you and your gear inside out of the cold rain.

A couple of small beefs: 1) They really should show the back pole location in their pictures or layout diagram to avoid confusion; 2) for those counting ounces (or grams), my packed weight as delivered was 1 ounce (29 grams) more than the specs stated; and 3) the stuff bag it comes with is a 5 liter bag; it really needs an 8 liter bag for easy packing. I swapped out for an 8 liter bag and changed the stakes to triple edge with strings (my own preference), adding an additional 49 grams. Despite this, I'm still giving it 5 stars and looking forward to more trails.
Withan S at REI on 03/03/2013

My go-to summer tent

This tent is basically what I have been waiting for. The Scout has more floor space and height than any other two person backpacking tent I have ever researched or used. Those truths are amazing, but combine those with the fact that this tent weighs HALF as much as most other tents that are smaller, and you have a winning combo. Now consider the fact that this tent costs less than nearly every other two person tent on the market that can be considered ultralight, and this tent is flippin' mecca. I would like to dispell some myths about this tent regarding the setup. First of all, it is no more difficult to set this tent up with no trekking poles inside the tent or in the way of the tent's door than it is to set it up the way it is depicted on the website. I used one trekking pole in the front, and tried it diagonally on either side of the door, and it worked flawlessly. Second, the pole that should go in the rear of the tent can be set up on the outside of the tent with no problems whatsoever. Since I do the majority of my backpacking in glaciated country, I do not carry stakes. I use thin cordage and rocks to get a perfect pitch. The first night I used the tent, I stayed at Clyde Lake and the tent endured 30+mph winds very well. The tent did not lean or sag, and looked the same in the morning as it did the night before. Pitching is definitely more time consuming than a freestanding tent, but hey, it weighs 25 ounces (750mL of whiskey weighs more than this tent). I do not believe the profile of this tent would be conducive to holding snow. I have not seen any rain while using this tent. The material is thin, but not as thin as the Fly Creek Platinum, and that tent shows no signs of wear after two dozen nights. I am careful, but not paranoid.
Onespeed at REI on 08/08/2013

I would buy this product again.

Did a treck at Philmont Scout Ranch in June 2013, It rained hard the first night out, then a 60 MPH wind came up, and had no problems with the rain or wind. Was easy to set up, and had no problems with using a piece of Tyvek for the ground cloth. Set it up from 8K to 11K feet, in all kinds of soil. Had no problems with bugs, but the fly zipper, like most zippers you have to take your time opening and closing. I would recommend taking this tent on any hiking or back packing trip. It is going back to Philmont again in Aug. with the group from my troop. Of the five tents we had in my group, it was the lightest by far. Had no problems stuffing it into the sack that came with it, or by folding it as it came. I stuff most of my tent rather than fold. No problems with the poles, but did use rubber covers over the tips to protect the tent. used the front pole both inside and out of the tent, no problems either way. I would recommend this tent to anyone who wants a light, quick to set up tent. I had no problems the one night it rained.
70 Scouter at REI on 07/07/2013

Love... But....

Just did the JMT with the new Scout UL Tent and I must say this is close to perfection for a lightweight fully enclosed tent.
This tent has great interior space. I am 6'3" and enjoy the space and keeping all my gear inside for quick retrieval.
Just a couple of quirks but manageable..condensation on some mornings was very,very wet,just be careful. The door zipper does get stuck a lot but after a while you know it may happen and take your time.
The pole issues of getting in and out or stretching and moving in the tent > great reviews on the way you can improvise, it works great with the pole sideways or guide line hooked to a tree, etc., improvise and you will not have a issue.
I did get rid of four of the tent stakes ( a little to light) and replaced them with better anchors on the mains.

Miss not looking out on great starry nights but no matter what I do...I always have to go in the middle of the night and will get to see the stars anyway :)

Pic.. Garnet Lake..Range of Light

Great Tent and Design, Thank You BA
Sworksdude at REI on 09/09/2013

Good value backpacking tent

Took this tent on a 3 night trip with my brother. I am tall and he is horizontally large. We had plenty of room for ourselves while lying down, with just enough room left over for our boots/misc stuff at our feet.

The entry is a bit awkward to get in and out of, I put a plastic drop cloth on the outside of the door to give us a place to place our hands/knees while climbing out which ended up working really well.

It was very rainy on our trip and we stayed dry. The tent did collect condensation, but it was not much and didn't get us wet unless we slapped the tent roof. there was not enough room for us to sit up comfortably to play cards while it was raining.

My tent was above the listed weight even without including the stakes. Still very light. If you hike with poles it is hard to beat the weight/price ratio with any other production tent. Would highly recommend if you can live with the small door and little head room.
Steven23 at REI on 07/07/2013

Love it

I love my Scout! I spent about 15 nights out in my Scout in 2013, looking to increase that in 2014. Overall it performed extremely well. Super light, packs up super small, and super easy to pitch. Very roomy. Lack of vestibule wasn't a bother, but then again I didn't have any torrential nights over the course of the season. To save even more weight, I upgraded to MSR mini-groundhog stakes, and Z-line for all the guys. So far so good.

The only gripe would be condensation - I found on cold nights especially, I would get a lot of condensation inside the tent. I think if I packed a packtowel or something it'd probably be OK, but in truth that probably has to count against the overall weight of the tent.

Either way, a very good tent. Nostalgia factor back to the boy scouts for sure. And overall very roomy tent for the weight. Highly recommend.
Hikeblr at REI on 12/12/2013

Used it for two Weeks Straight - great!

I took a group of Scouts to Philmont in NM for two weeks in June 2013. The tent performed flawlessly. High wind, rain and bugs were kept at bay. Only one night did I have some condensation and that was my fault for not adjusting the guy lines by the front entrance. The tent is light and packs in the bags provided well. I had the footprint and would recommend this as the fabric is thin.

The zipper did catch on the fabric, but i have found that this is tru for most BA tents. The use of hiking poles as the tent poles was a great way to reduce trek weight. Standard stakes worked great.

I had this at various elevations from 7200 to 12,400 feet. Highest elevation at which I pitched the tent was about 8'100 feet.
AZ Hiker Guy at REI on 07/07/2013

Excellent tent for a large man

First and foremost I am 6'4" tall and 250 lbs. I need a tent that I can fit in without touching the ends. This tent suits my needs perfectly. It really takes no longer to setup as a freestanding tent. Then again I 45 years old and grew up using this style of tent in Boy Scouts.

This might not be the right tent for everyone but for anyone my size I would highly recommend it.
kidkrash6k at REI on 10/10/2013

Negative Reviews:

Balance needs to decide if it's right

I consider myself to be quite a gear nut. If I had all the money in the world, I would design my own gear. Since I don't, I rely on what's out there.

I was really excited to try out the new Big Agnes Scout UL2. I already own the Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2, but my wife doesn't like it because the pitch of the sidewalls is so tight, that when you sit up straight in the tent, your head is always hitting the side wall. It would really benefit from the type of cross bar utilized in the BA Copperspur. While my wife wanted something roomier in the head area, I didn't want to carry extra weight (I carry the tent and most of the other shared resources). So, when BA introduced the Scout UL2, it looked like the perfect tent.

The upside.
Compared to the Fly Creek UL2, the Scout UL2 footprint is much larger. In fact, two inflatable Exped Synmat 7 sleeping pads fit great with plenty of extra room on the sides. In the Fly Creek, the pads touch the sides of the tent.

The Scout UL2, has tons of headroom compared to the Fly Creek. You can sit up comfortably and not have your head hit the side of the tent.

In terms of weight, the Scout UL2 cannot be beat. At right around 2lbs for the tent and stakes (you can't leave the stakes at home), it is a super light weight tent. And, since both of us always use trekking poles when hiking, we always have the necessary resources to pitch the tent.

The downside.
There are a number of issues with the Scout UL2. Some may be easier than others to get over. Some may not.

Issue 1: The tent is designed with the poles in a horrible spot. The front pole can be pitched both inside and outside the tent. But either way, it is always in the way when you try to enter or exit the tent. I didn't think it would be that big of a deal, but when you are being chased by a swarm of mosquitoes and trying to get in fast, you don't want to worry about knocking the tent down by hitting the front pole on your way in. The rear pole must be pitched inside the tent right between the two sleeping bags and pads. This means no cuddling on a cold night. All night long, we were worried that we would roll over and accidentally knock over the back pole.

Issue 2: You have to leave your trekking poles behind if you want to head out on a day hike. If you have bad knees and want to keep your poles close by when you head out to visit a nearby lake or climb to the top of a neighboring peak, you'll have to leave them with the tent.

Issue 3: The tent does not have adequate ventilation to prevent condensation. We were in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness area this week with 80+degree weather during the day and no rain at all. For a low temperature, I think it got down to about 50 degrees at night. When we woke up the next morning, it was raining in our tent. Everything was completely soaked. We had the rear vent completely open and all the eaves were staked out to allow adequate airflow through the vents. It didn't matter. And since there is no screen door, you would have to invite all the mosquitoes in if you want to sleep with it open. And speaking of the door…

Issue 4: The rain flap on the door snags all the time. It was nearly impossible to unzip the tent without snagging the flap that overlaps the zipper. I know the flap is supposed to prevent rain, but it needs improvement.

Issue 5: There is no vestibule. Not that it is the worst thing in the world, but at night, it left me wishing I had somewhere to store my boots. I can look beyond the vestibule if it means I get to save a significant part of the weight.

So overall, I give the tent a 4 out of 10. However, I will be returning it. I think the weight and roominess is great, but the other issues – especially the condensation – was too much to overlook. I'll probably stick to my significantly heavier REI Quarterdome T2 for now until someone comes out with a better design.
epaget at REI on 07/07/2013

Great idea, fairly poor execution

Like many others I really wanted to like this tent. We brought it on 5 nights on part of the JMT. This plus another 2-person lightweight tent served our family of four.

Setup is great. If you have a spare trekking pole you can use two in an "A" shape at the front, and your entry and exit will not be obstructed by a pole.

We did experience condensation, but I am not dinging the tent on that since I knew it was single-wall. However. The fact that there is no mesh door makes the tent much more prone to condensation, and feels claustophobic.

Another problem with the door is that the flaps to keep rain out of the zipper easily snag on the zipper very badly when exiting the tent. While exiting you cannot really guide it, and it is extremely annoying to be stuck in the middle of the night, waking your tentmate while you try to escape for a bathroom break. This is the reason we returned it. If I had problems with it, there's no way my kids could handle it.

If you are using this tent I recommend bringing the rubber tip caps for your poles, it would be really easy to accidentally rip the fabric.

It is a nifty and very spacious design, but the door design is an awful dealbreaker for me. Glad I purchased it from REI.
mbirds at REI on 08/08/2013

I Wanted To Love This Tent, But...

I wanted to love this tent and I do love its light weight, packability and spaciousness. But, in a Smoky Mountains downpour, it got really wet inside. Not condensation wet, but during the storm, I could feel mist in my face while sitting up in the tent and the rest of the night the sides and roof of the tent were wet on the inside.
Also, you have to be careful zipping the door as the zipper gets caught up in the fabric.
On the positive side, in a compression sack, it packed down to the size of a Chicago softball. Was able to downsize from a 65 l pack to a 40 l pack for a 4-day trip.It's very lightweight and easy to set up and take down. It was also possible to effectively cantilever my trekking pole on the outside back of the tent to eliminate the pole inside of the tent, adding to its roominess.
Overall, I have to give it a C because of its lack of waterproofing, but still plan on keeping the tent. I'll just make sure that no rain is in the forecast before I pack it.
Beeline at REI on 06/06/2013

"Condensation" is putting it mildly!

We bought this tent as soon as it was available and used it multiple times under various conditions. We read that it had Backpacker Mags endorsement and felt confident that it would be a good choice for our back country adventures.

The condensation issue is HUGE! It does not matter how light weight it is if you and your gear end up soaked in the morning. We used this tent 15 times and found the only way it did not have this fault is if we pitched our tent in a windy area. A tent is supposed to protect you from undesirable conditions not create them!

We are not talking about Rainy conditions.... clear skies with temps 45 - 65 overnight. It's sad because we did not mind the pole placement and could live with the door zipper issues.

Returned it to REI today.
Hellion and Nimrod at REI on 09/09/2013

horrible condensation

very lightweight, held out rain, hail, and strong wind. The horrible condensation makes me want to get rid of this tent, and this is after my first 5 day trip in the Rocky Mountains with the tent. In the morning the inside of the tent was soaking wet. It is awkward getting in and out of the tent, but I could live with that if not for the condensation.
nicatator at REI on 08/08/2013

Neutral Reviews:

Second thoughts

I was excited about this tent after doing research and watching video reviews, etc. I love the concept and the super light weight. I have 5 other tents in the attic that is accumulating dust and wanted some comfort but was not willing to suffer the pain of carrying any heavy tent. I only did a overnight at 10,000 feet and had some T-head and light rain and wind, and very hot weather. It held up well, but, and it is a big but...No where in the literature or reviews talked about the lack of full mosquito netting in the front door. I like a alot of ventilation and the side vent design are nice, but when it is hot, the front door needs to be open. I am considering of returning the Scout and get the slightly heavier Flycreek. Also, I wished I had my hiking poles while out on day hike, but they were holding my buggie tent up. I tried to take a mid day nap in the tent under full sun, but the single tent material made the tent feel like a oven inside. The footprint is needed as the floor materail is quite thin. I just used my tarp poncho but some moisture accumulated under the tent. This design needs some improvement, such as adding door bug screen and reinforced pole set up pockets for outside tent placement option. Then, it will be a keeper.
muttmaster at REI on 07/07/2013