Big Agnes Copper Spur UL3 Tent

Priced: $387.95 - $499.95 Rated:   - 5 stars out of 5 by 4 reviews.
Big Agnes Copper Spur UL3 Tent
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If you've got a whole gang (well, a whole gang of three) heading into the backcountry and don't feel like drawing straws to decide who gets to sleep in the tent and who's bear food (it's been real, Steve!), bring along the Big Agnes Copper Spur UL3 3-Person 3-Season Tent and let Stevie survive to hike another day. Even though it sleeps three comfortably, has a full-coverage fly, and pitches using a two-pole hub system, the Copper Spur weighs in at just under four pounds, making it easy to load up and take with you. If you're looking to drop even more weight, bring just the poles, fly, and footprint (sold separately) for a waterproof setup that weights a full pound less.

The Spur pitches using a single hub-style DAC Featherlight aluminum pole, and has one cross pole that attaches overhead, combining with the steep-wall design to give you plenty of space to sit up without having to brush against the tent walls or jam your head into the roof. Even if you touch the walls occasionally (and you will, let's be real here) moisture won't be a worry, since the walls are primarily polyester mesh, allowing plenty of air to circulate, and the PU and silicone-coated fly has fully-taped seams and zipper-covering storm flaps to ensure that no water can sneak in and soak your gear in the middle of the night. The Spur has all the comforts of home, too, (fine, maybe not quite all) like four mesh storage pockets, individual media pockets with cord ports to keep things neat and organized, and reflective guylines and webbing to make circumnavigating your tent in the dark a little less hazardous.


  • DAC Featherlite NSL pole system with press fit connectors, and lightweight hubs - featuring eco-friendly anodizing


  • Waterproof PU coating on floor and fly fabrics
  • Rainfly and floor are made from extrememly light silicone-treated ripstop nylon with a waterproof polyurethane coating
  • Fabrics and mesh used on the inner tents are made from breathable lightweight nylon or polyester
  • Cordurar fabrics used in our Mountaineering line
  • Lightweight fabric has a high thread count and double twisted thread for strength and durability
  • Fabrics used on our tents include silicone treated nylon rip-stop and polyester depending on the model


  • Opposing mesh doors provide good cross ventilation
  • Mesh body designs offer excellent ventilation
  • Fly vents improve ventilation to reduce condensation

Weather and Wind:

  • All seams taped with waterproof, solvent-free polyurethane (No PVC or VOC's) tape


  • Two vestibules with single stake outs and storm flaps over zippers
  • Two doors and two vestibules provide easy access and shared storage areas; stormflaps protect vestibule zippers


  • Color-coded pole ends, webbing and buckles for ease of set up
  • Reflective guylines and corner webbing


  • All DAC poles made from TH72M aluminum: the latest technology in lightweight tent poles featuring improved durability


  • One (UL1), two (UL2 and UL3), eight (UL4) interior mesh pockets
  • Interior mesh pockets keep your gear organized and up off the tent floor; includes gear loft loops
  • Interior mesh pockets for storing essentials
  • Media pockets with cord port


  • Featherlight DAC aluminum poles
  • Ultralight 2-pole hub design
  • Footprint (sold separately) extends the life of the Big Agnes Copper Spur UL3 tent by protecting it from abrasive wear and tear
  • Tent body has two rainbow doors
  • Crossover pole provides roominess up high
  • Cross pole increases head room
  • 14 lightweight aluminum hook stakes included
  • Fast fly set-up option with Copper Spur UL 3 footprint (sold separately)
  • 8 (UL1, UL2 and UL3), 10 (UL4) Superlight aluminum J stakes
  • Footprint sold separately allows fly and footprint only pitching for super lightweight shelter
  • UL2, UL3, UL4 feature double doors and vestibules
  • Oversized stake-out loops
  • 8 Superlight aluminum J stakes - featuring eco-friendly anodizing - included
  • Compatible with Big Agnes Wall Gear Loft (sold separately)
  • Includes stuff sacks and eight superlight aluminum J-stakes
  • Fast Fly weight refers to the poles, tent fly and Fast Fly footprint (Sold Separately).
  • Light yet strong, DAC Featherlite® NSL poles are anodized without the use of harmful acids
  • Double hub/pole design and DAC Twist Clips makes setup quick and easy; DAC H clip attaches tent body to cross pole
  • Free standing structures reduce the number of stakes
  • Three season, free standing, ultralight backpacking tent
  • For a lightweight setup during nice weather leave tent body behind; use the rainfly and footprint (sold separately) with the poles and stakes
  • Steep wall design for extra headroom
  • Footprints extend the life of your tent floor and can be used in the fast fly setup option on some models
Big Agnes Copper Spur Ultralight 3 Person Tent.

• Updated for 2012, this tent is now lighter than before!
• Fly is ultralight silicone treated nylon rip-stop with a 1200mm waterproof polyurethane coating.
• Floor is ultralight silicone treated nylon rip-stop with a 1200mm waterproof polyurethane coating.
• Tent body is ultra lightweight nylon and polyester mesh.
for quick and easy set-up.
• All seams taped with waterproof, solvent-free polyurethane (No PVC or VOC`s) tape.
included: Fits Big Agnes WALL gear loft - sold separately.
• Color: Cool Gray/ Terra Cotta.
• Note: We list several weights for our tents to aid your product research.
Trail weight refers to poles, fly and tent body.
Packed weight includes poles, fly, tent body, stakes, guy lines, stuff sacks, instructions, and packaging.
Fast Fly weight refers to the poles, tent fly and accessory Fast Fly footprint.
• Trail Weight: 3lb 14oz.
• Packed Weight: 4lb 6oz.
•Fast Fly Weight: 3lb 1oz.
•Packed Size: 7` x 22`
•Floor Area: 44sq ft.
•Vestibule Area: 9/9sq ft.
•Head Height: 44`

FEATURES of the Big Agnes Copper Spur UL 3 Person Tent.
SPECIFICATIONS of the Big Agnes Copper Spur UL 3 Person Tent.

Backpacker Magazine awarded the 2008 Editors' Choice Award to the Big Agnes Copper Spur Tent series. Updated for 2014, this tent is now lighter than before! With a packed weight of 4 lb, double doors, and an easy setup, the Copper Spur UL 3 is certainly a consideration for lightweight backpackers.


With a trail weight of 3 lbs. 10 oz., the updated Big Agnes Copper Spur UL3 tent lets you and two friends enjoy a gossamer-light load and plenty of living space on your three-season adventures.


Backcountry Edge

The award-winning Copper Spur UL 3 3-season backpacking tent boasts an impressive interior space-to-weight ratio. The balance of weight and performance is sure to appeal to ounce-counting backpackers who don't want to skimp entirely on creature comforts.

Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS)
Superlight weight with stacks of room, the freestanding Big Agnes Copper Spur UL3 will keep you, your partner and all the gear you can haul dry. And the third wheel too, but only if it is raining hard.

Country of Origin: Imported

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# Fly/Vestibule Poles:0
# Main Poles:1
Average Min Weight:4 lb 0 oz
Average Packed Weight:4 lb 7 oz
Awards:2011 Award Winners, Past Award Winners
Best Use:Backpacking
Body Material:Ultra Lightweight Nylon and Polyester Mesh
Canopy Fabric:Nylon and polyester mesh
Capacity:3 Person
Clips or Sleeves:Clips
Design type:Freestanding tent
Dimensions:90" x 70" x 44"
Fast Fly Weight:3 lbs 1 oz / 1.39 kg
Floor Coating:Polyurethane
Floor Fabric:Silicone-treated nylon ripstop
Floor Length:90" / 229 cm
Floor Material:Rip Stop Nylon
Floor Size:44 Square feet / 4.1 Square meter
Floor Space:44 sq ft / 4.1 sq m
Floor Width:70" / 178 cm
Floor area:44 square feet
Floor dimensions:90 x 70 inches
Floor dimensions - metric:229 x 178 centimeters
Fly / footprint pitch weight:2 lbs. 14 oz.
Fly Material:Nylon PU
Footprint Included:no
Footprint Weight:7 oz / 198 g
Free Standing:yes
Gear loft Included:no
Gear loft loops included:Fits Big Agnes WALL gear loft - sold separately
Head Height:44 in / 112 cm
Interior Height:44" (highest point)
Interior Storage:2 Mesh Pockets
Material:Walls: Nylon and Polyester Mesh Floor and Fly: Silicone-treated Nylon Rip-Stop with 1200mm PU Coating
Max Inside Length:90 in / 229 cm
Max Inside Width:70 in / 178 cm
Max. Weight:4 lb. 6 oz.
Min. Weight:3 lb. 14 oz.
Minimum Weight:3 lb 10 oz / 1.6 kg
Minimum trail weight:3 lbs. 10 oz.
Minimum trail weight - metric:1.64 kilograms
Number of People:3
Number of doors:2 doors
Number of poles:1 double hubbed poleset + 1 cross pole
Other:Stuff Sack Included
Packaged weight:4 pounds
Packed Size:6.5 x 21.5 in / 17 x 55 cm
Packed Weight:4 lbs 6 oz / 1.98 kg
Peak height:44 inches
Peak height - metric:112 centimeters
Pole Frame:Clips
Pole Type:DAC Featherlite NSL Aluminum
Pole diameter:9.6 millimeters
Pole material:Aluminum DAC Featherlite NSL
Poles:DAC Featherlite TH72M Aluminum Poles
Rainfly Coating:Polyurethane
Rainfly Fabric:Silicone-treated nylon ripstop
Rainfly Material:Silicone Treated Nylon Ripstop with a 1200mm Waterproof Polyurethane Coating
Recommended Use:Three-Season Backpacking
Seam Sealed:Taped Seams
Seam Taped:Yes
Season Rating:3 Season
Sleep Capacity:3 Person
Sleeping capacity:3-person
Stuff Sack Dimensions:7" x 22"
Taped Seams:yes
Tent Weight:4-6lbs
Trail Weight:3 lbs 14 oz / 1.76 g
Upc, Ean, Isbn:873840011839
Vestibule Area:9/9 Square feet / 0.8/ 0.8 Square meter
Vestibule Space:18 sq ft / 1.6 sq m
Wall Type:Double
Weight:4 lb / 1.8 kg
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Big Agnes Copper Spur UL3 Tent Reviews:


Amazing lightweight 3 person tent

I've taken this tent on two multiday backpack trips in the Rockies. It is amazing. Needed a tent large enough for the two of us, plus our 40lb dog. But also needed a sub-5 lb tent for the backpacking trips we had planned. Our current 3-man tent was a 4-season tent that weighed nearly 11 lbs. The difference was amazing. At first, the construction made us question how well this tent would hold up to the wind/weather/dog. But performed to our highest expectations. Handled multiple days of constant rain and wind. After 2 days, did have some condensation in the rain fly, which when the tent shook dropped in through the mesh roof into the tent. But would expect this with ANY tent. Only issue is the rain fly design. The doors of the tent are great and open all the way up. Makes it easy to get in and out while putting shoes on. But the fly is a typical split down the middle zip. So you end up struggling to access the rain fly zip. A curved fly door would have made more sense. Elsewise, amazing tent. Can't wait to keep backpacking with it.
Boulder Kim at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 08/08/2013

No regrets

I own 2 Big Agnes Copper Spur Tents. A UL3 and a UL2. The UL3 is the one I use when my wife goes along. At first I was concerned with the thinness of the material, but so far, so good. I did purchase the optional Big Agnes footprint for added durability. We prefer to keep our packs and other gear inside the tent, and the UL3 is the perfect fit for 2 with gear. Dual entrances, with large door openings, make getting in and out easy. At first I wasn't sure if I would like the way the doors open, but after using the UL3 and UL2 on several trips, they are just fine. Have used this tent in summer only, and have had no issues with condensation. Went through a 6 hr rain on one trip, and had zero leaks. Setup is quick and easy with the hub system. Just a few minutes from start to finish. The trail weight of this tent is very acceptable. Lightest tents I've ever owned.
308Prepper at REI on 01/01/2014

Great spacious lightweight tent.

We bought this to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary as the lightweight tent we received when we were engaged (NF Junebug) was getting a little threadbare. We aren't particularly large people, but the tent is so lightweight we decided to splurge in favor of spaciousness and in case we were holed up playing cards in the rain for a day or two. This was hands down the best choice for weight/space ratio, and we love that you can sit up comfortably.
I loved the idea of the his/her doors on either side but am not as enthused about the execution. It is more difficult to enter and exit in the rain without getting gear wet, and I can see now that the exit at the foot of the tent helps in keeping the sleeping area clean and dry.
Nevertheless we love this tent and hope to use it for twenty five years as well. I don't necessarily expect it, but it does seem sturdy for the weight!
Lynne, Seattle Mom at REI on 01/01/2014

Awesome tent

we purchased the Copperspur UL3 for a 2 person shelter. It supersedes all our expectations for comfort and performance. The only improvement I would like to see BA make would be in the toggle door stays. I have removed the plastic toggles and replaced them with a small nite-ize s-biner for one hand operation.
Randy at Mountain Gear on 08/08/2013