Love at first use!
I swapped out a very roomy tent for this one, and saved about 2lbs in weight. I LOVE this tent! I have the same pros and cons as every one else. But here it is again.
Obviously the best feature is the weight. It is great, it feels like nothing. I love that. It is also a pure breeze to set this up. My last tent was more complicated, but this one takes 5 minutes, that is really helpful if it is raining.
The tent is plenty big for one person but a big snug for two. But it can fit two people as well as their packs, so long as both people are relatively small. If one person is 6 ft or bigger, they should probably get the UL 3.
The first few times I used the tent I had no issues. It got its real test when I took it to Gold Bluff beach campground in the Redwoods. The first night my friend was dripped on for a few hours. We thought there was a leak. It turns out it was heavy condensation. It collected so much that it dripped inside the tent. It wasn't even a downpour. It was somewhat steady rain, but the air there is so moist that the tent was pretty much wet the whole time unless the sun was on it. If it rains or the air is wet, you can basically fill a cup with the condensation build up. This is bad because it could drip inside, but it is also amazing how much water it holds. Once you shake it out and hang it for a few minutes, it dries really quickly. The other issue is that it can get crazy hot in there if it rains. But this will be good in cooler seasons.
I am very happy with the tent. I am a little concerned about how it will perform if I am ever in a major storm with steady heavy rainfall. We will see, until then, it is a keeper!!
We were at first planning to get a Big Agnes Fly Creek for a lightweight backpacking trip to the Wind Rivers and Tetons in Wyoming in September. But when we tried out the Fly Creek in the store, it seemed cramped and awkward to get in. My husband and I are both 6 feet tall, he's 190 lbs and I'm 155 lbs. Luckily the sales person suggested the Copper Spur. Its two entrance doors and two vestibules and cross piece overhead really made it feel spacious. We have a 3-person car camping tent with that same configuration and have found 2 side doors excellent.
The additional weight was worth it for a little more room, especially when we thought we might run into snow. We packed without the stuff sacks and substituted titanium stakes to lighten it a bit more. We also didn't use a groundcloth or footprint and had no problems at all.
Set-up is extremely easy. In the Winds we had a few slightly rainy nights, but the last night when we were in the Tetons camped in an exposed spot at 9,000 feet, a storm battered us all night -- lots of wind-driven rain, 40 mph or more. The tent was great. In fact, the rain kept coming down in the morning and we ate breakfast in the tent and then also packed everything in our packs in the tent (except the tent itself).The vestibules were large enough to nestle our small packs out of the weather at night, a real plus.
We didn't mind the zipper configuration on the doors. Our 3-person tent with 2 vestibules has D doors, and after experiencing both I actually prefer the doors unzipping this way, as long as you're a little careful with them so they don't get trampled.
The little vent at the top of the fly really helps with condensation -- make sure to prop it open. We forgot one night and we could really tell the difference.
A wonderful tent.
The Copper Spur UL2 is definitely more livable than Big Agnes' Flycreek series. The flycreek gave me a very tight coffin-like feel inside the tent with its slanted walls design. The Copper Spur UL2 provides high degree of comfort and livability for ONE PERSON. I took this tent on a solo cold-mountain backpacking and put it through hellish torrential rain + 65mph wind in the middle of SANDY STORM last year and I was pleasantly surprised to see the excellent performance. I pitched the tent on its "footprint" (purchased separately) using only 4 stakes, didn't even use the guylines... no pole breakage, no leak, no condensation, everything was bone-dry inside the tent despite the insane weather (-although both vestibules got really flooded because the rainfly is not designed to reach all the way to the ground) I am glad that I picked the UL2, if I had the UL1 then I would've been forced to place my gears in the "faulty" vestibules. IMHO, the Copper Spur UL2 is most suitable for ONE PERSON only; of course it's still "doable" to push 2 people in it, but they would have to be tiny teenagers or super skinny adults who won't move around much during sleeping. It's miserable riding out a bad weather in a very cramped space, even when both occupants really like each other. One more complaint that I have is its Rainbow Doors! The "D style" doors would certainly seal the FIVE STARS approval. After stepping on the doors so many times I can't help wondering why such a nice highly packable ultralite tent would have this stupid flaw. But then again, Big Agnes' tents are NOT in the same class as the Hilleberg's so I don't expect they'll ever make a tent like the Hilleberg's. Swedish manufacturers seem to always have well thought out designs and superior quality. Nevertheless, even with the annoying "Rainbow Doors", I still highly recommend this tent! It's even worth the wait when it's on back-order!
Great tent but not for wind
I got this tent for backpacking in warmer weather. (I also have a sub-4 lb Black Diamond 2 person single-wall for cold weather.) I really like this tent in general - holds up fine in the rain and easy to set up. 2 doors and 2 vestibules are great for night time pee breaks, gear storage, and cooking. The only drawback is that this tent doesn't do well in high winds. I was with my daughter on Bear Island, NC in a tropical storm and we had to wedge our internal-frame backpacks into the tent end to keep it from totally collapsing in 40-60 MPH winds. But it would be fine for anything under 25 MPH staked down well. It would be a chilly tent in cold weather, but is great for cool, warm, or hot weather. This is NOT a 3 season tent that you can get away using for mountaineering or real winter stuff. In terms of size, it's longer than many other comparable tents, which is nice for tall people (my 6'3 bf can fit in it) - or short people (like me) who like to keep gear in the foot of the tent. Also, it's narrow in the feet and wider in the head, so two people can't sit up as comfortably and face each other. Like most lightweight 2P tents, it's cozy and it would be weird sleeping in it with someone I wasn't very familiar with. I just ordered a 2011-version MSR Carbon Reflex 2 which looks sturdier and more head room, but which is not free standing. (I have too many tents but I use them all!) I'll post a review of that one after I've used it some more.
LOVE this tent
I have used this tent 3 times now, mostly along the AT in NC. I have nothing but good things to say. Setup is a breeze, although since the foot end is narrower than the head end you will undoubtably get the fly or footprint turned 90 degrees the first time. No big deal. I found the materials to be top shelf with a fantastic feel.
Sleeping without the fly on a starry night is heaven! The tent is just enough mesh at the bottom for privacy when camping with others- there is just enough room for 2 pads so you'll want to be comfortable with your friend if using as 2 man. For 1 person there is room galore for you, your gear, and a big dog.
The only downside I don't care for (and it's no big deal) is that I prefer doors that zip along the bottom. This one only zips along the arch meaning you have to unzip the whole door to go in and out. When opened all the way you will step on the door unless you roll it up and tie with the closure ties. Again, no biggie.
I haven't been in rain yet, so can't speak for how waterproof it will be, but the fly design seems like it will work just fine. Ventilation is very good, with low and upper vents - the upper vent has an attached 'leg' to prop the vent open with.
I'm not a fanatic gear-head like some on my buds, but this is my 4th tent and BY FAR my favorite - I'll be retiring my REI quarter dome for good now.
Excellent backpacking tent, solo or duo
First off, the reviewers knocking this tent for 30+ mph wind performance, lack of space, or cold weather inabilities don't get what this tent is about. UL stands for "ultra light" and there are numerous trade offs that happen when you get a 3lb+ tent. Get this tent if you're into fast summer backpacking.
This tent is compact and cozy for two people. I'm 6'-0" and had no issues sleeping in it with my hiking buddy who is the same height. We camped in the rain, and the vestibules had enough room for our packs and boots. If you separate the poles you can compresses it to the size of a large Folger's coffee can. This is amazing for backpackers with small bags.
MATERIALS & CONSTRUCTION
Everything about this tent is thought through. Like all contemporary tents, the important bits are made of silicone impregnanted ripstop nylon. The mosquito mesh seems quite dense and resistant to tears or snags.
Excellent, on par with any other tent in this class. People complaining about condensation on this tent have zero understanding of dew points and venting. If you stake out the rainfly's 4 vents you'll have a nice waterproof shell and plenty of fresh air circulating.
Big Anges customer service is terrific. I had a 2" tear in my floor, so I sent it to them in Colorado. They did a nice "Z" stitch and sealed it on both sides, charged me $5 and sent it back for free. I'm now a fan of the company.
This tent is great! I've used it on a couple of camping trips to Channel Island National Park so far. It's incredibly light, and packs down much smaller than the included stuff sack - the tent, fly, and even the footprint (sold separately) together pack down to about one-third the volume of the stuff sack.
The ventilation is excellent - maybe a bit too excellent; I've used it in relatively warm weather so far, but even with nighttime temperatures dipping into the 40s or 50s I was a bit chilly. I plan on using this tent in the winter as well, but I'll definitely need a very warm sleeping bag. On the plus side, I had no problems at all with condensation, and the mostly mesh construction contributes to its lightness.
The inside is very roomy, too; it really has a great design. It has a small footprint, but it feels very spacious: I can fit my sleeping pad, backpack, daypack, and assorted clothes inside, all with room to spare.
As a plus, the reflective guy lines are incredibly useful - they've definitely saved me quite a few stumbles at night! The stakes are also very sturdy construction - I've used rocks to hammer them into the ground, with no damage at all.
An awesome tent, all around!
Spacious, Ultra Lite Tent!
-Very light, compactable
-Sturdy, free standing set up (don't need to stake)
-Easy set up/take down & pack away
-SPACIOUS in length and head room
-100% mesh upper good for hot, humid conditions or star gazing
-Rainfly fabric is hard to put on cross-bar pole
-Rainfly fabric makes snapping noise in wind
-So spacious I use for car camping or backpacking
-So lite I have not needed a 1 person for solo backpacking trips (I am 5'2", 130 lb female and I can carry this in my UL pack with all my other bits n bobs).
Conditions used in:
-100+ degree, 85% humidity in S. Mississippi in July--did beautifully sans rain fly
-Used in Arkansas in summer (hot day, cooler night)--no condensation on inner part of tent w/ rainfly on
-Blowing wind and rain in CA-- we stayed 100% dry, no condensation on inside
I love being in this tent in the middle of nowhere reading a good book or just letting the breeze float in with no rainfly on! This tent is so roomy for the weight, I would buy it again 1,000 times over and cannot imagine my life without it.
Hard to beat the Copper Spur UL2!
The Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2 manages to deliver on practically every feature needed for 2 backpackers.
The tent is incredibly lightweight. Less than 3.5 pounds if one person carries it is great. Under 2 lb each if you split up the load.
Yes, it is close quarters if there are two people, but it is managable. There is room for two air pads in this tent.
The set up is a snap and should take less than 5 minutes. Disassembly and packing is about the same. BA does a good job of providing more packing space than you need in the sack as you aren't cramming the tent/etc back in -- with no room to spare.
The tent's volume is also nice and small. I was able to fit it in my 30L backpack (REI Stoke 29) and still fit 2 days food, a water filter, air pad, sleeping bag, JetBoil, first aid kit and a couple of other required items on a 2 day trip.
About the only drawback is the way the doors open, but considering all of the positives, this really isn't too much of a negative.
Glad I picked this one!
I was initially looking for a UL 1-person tent, but after setting up several in the store and feeling like a corpse stuffed in a bag I reluctantly (due to the price) set-up the Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2. Super easy to set-up, color coding makes it a no brainer. Not sure I would want another person inside but it works great for me and all my gear. At 5'6" I am able to sit inside and still have several inches above my head. I've even set-up my Alite butterfly chair inside to sit and read when the weather was not so nice. We've been through 3 pretty good thunderstorms together and never a drop of water inside the tent, condensation on the inside of the fly one night but it was around 90* and rained for several hours. I use a tarp-type emergency blanket as a foot print, mostly to save the bottom from any sharp objects and as increased protection for my pad. Love the vestibules on either side for access and keeping muddy stuff outside and out of the elements. Breaking camp is a breeze, stuff it in the bag and go!