Big Agnes Fly Creek UL 3

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Those looking for the lightest 3 Person tent, look no further than the Big Agnes Fly Creek UL 3 Tent. The Big Agnes Fly Creek UL 3 Tent is a three season, free standing, ultralight backpacking tent and the bigger sibling of the popular Fly Creek UL 2 Tent. This free standing tent uses the lightest materials available.


  • DAC Twist clips attach tent body to the pole frame for quick and easy set up

Weather and Wind:

  • Main fly and floor seams are factory taped with solvent and PVC free seam tape to keep the rain out
  • High-tenacity ripstop nylon rainfly and seamless floor feature polyurethane and silicone coatings and solvent-free polyurethane taped seams for waterproof durability
  • All seams taped with waterproof, solvent-free polyurethane (No PVC or VOC's) tape
  • Multiple guy points for stability in wind


  • 4 Mesh interior pockets for organization and gear storage
  • Four side mesh pockets included


  • Full Coverage UltraLight RipStop Sil/Nylon fly completely surrounds the tent- silicone treated nylon with a PU coating for ultimate in waterproofing
  • Steep wall construction for improved tent living space
  • Rainfly and tent floor are made from silicone-treated nylon ripstop with 1200 mm waterproof polyurethane coating
  • Freestanding tent slashes weight with the latest in ultralight fabric and materials; single hub pole assembly also saves weight and sets up easily
  • Floor is ultralight silicone treated nylon rip-stop with a 1200mm waterproof polyurethane coating
  • Tent body is made from lightweight polyester mesh and durable nylon ripstop
  • Woven nylon mesh walls help ensure excellent ventilation and 360° views


  • Lightweight DAC aluminum poles with press fit connectors are made using DAC’s Green Anodizing process, which is safer for the environment than traditional anodizing and significantly reduces waste water by recycling water throughout the rinsing process
  • DAC Featherlite NSL pole system with press fit connectors and lightweight hubs - featuring eco-friendly anodizing
  • Tent interior has seven mesh pockets and gear loft loops to fit the Big Agnes Wall or Large Trapezoid Gear Lofts (sold separately)

Lining and Layers:

  • Packed weight includes poles, fly, tent body, stakes, guy lines, stuff sacks, instructions, and packaging.


  • Adjustable ventilation options help keep the tent and occupants comfortable in all conditions
  • Mostly mesh body is great for ventilation and stargazing


  • Reflective guyouts and webbing on tent corners increase visibility at night


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


  • 1 door and 1 vestibule to stow excess or wet gear
  • Post and grommet assembly with locking pole tips for convenience
  • Side release buckles attach fly to body for fast easy set up
  • Fast Fly configuration allows user to set up a superlight shelter using only the tent fly, poles and footprint (sold separately) - Pitch Light weight - 2 lbs. 7 oz.
  • For an even lighter setup during nice weather, leave the tent body behind; use the rainfly and footprint (sold separately) with the poles and stakes
  • Vestibule adds an extra 12.5 sq. ft. of covered space to store your gear
  • Aluminum DAC Featherlite NSL aluminum poles offer the latest advancements in light weight and improved longevity; anodization process uses fewer chemicals than other processes
  • Flashlight loop
  • The Big Agnes Fly Creek UL3 tent comes with stuff sacks and eleven superlight aluminum stakes
  • Single hub/pole design makes set up easy
  • Fire retardant
  • Three season, free standing, ultralight backpacking tent
  • Ultralight design with nylon/polyester mesh body
  • Average minimum weight specification is based on tent, rainfly and poles only
  • Includes 11 superlight aluminum J stakes (anodized using the same process as the poles)
  • Sleeps 3 (Spring 2014)

Tell your buddies that you'll carry the tent if they carry the food. They'll jump on that deal, not knowing that the Big Agnes Fly Creek UL3 3-Person 3-Season Tent (built for those looking to shave serious grams) weighs less than breakfast, courtesy of its ultralight DAC Featherlite hub-style pole system and lightweight but durable nylon fly. The 3-person Fly Creek has one more pole than the smaller models to provide a little bit of extra living space, but still has a trail weight of just three pounds, which is reducible to just 2lb 5oz if you choose to bring just the fly, poles, and footprint (sold separately). The hub system lets you pitch the tent in no time flat, and lightweight DAC Twist Clips make it easy to attach the tent to the poles.

You've also got a fully-featured fly with taped seams, a storm flap, and a roomy vestibule to stash your gear in. When you guy it out, you'll notice that all the lines and pieces of webbing are reflective, saving you the trouble of navigating extra-cautiously when darkness falls. Big Agnes also decked the Fly Creek out with seven (count 'em, seven) mesh pockets to hold more headlamps, glasses, and books that a group of three could reasonably bring with them. Better make sure your buddies are carrying all that, too.
The Big Agnes Fly Creek UL 3 is the perfect tent for 3 people or for 2 people with some extra gear or a large dog.
Three season, free standing, ultralight backpacking tent.
DAC Featherlite NSL pole system with press fit connectors and lightweight hubs - featuring eco-friendly anodizing.
All DAC poles made from TH72M aluminum: the latest technology in lightweight tent poles featuring improved durability.
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 ultralight breathable nylon rip-stop and polyester mesh.
Mesh body offers excellent ventilation.
Hub/pole design makes set up fast and easy.
DAC Twist clips attach tent body to the pole frame for quick and easy set up.
Single door and vestibule.
Four side mesh pockets included.
Reflective guyline and reflective webbing on tent corners for nighttime visibility.
All seams taped with waterproof, solvent-free polyurethane (No PVC or VOC's) tape.
13 Superlight aluminum J stakes - featuring eco-friendly anodizing - included.
Gear loft loops included: Fits both Big Agnes Large Trapezoid gear loft and Wall Gear loft - sold separately.
Footprint sold separately.
The ultra light weight and super fast pitch of one-pole Big Agnes tents make them some of the best backpacking tents on the market.
Big Agnes Fly Creek Ultralight 3 Person Tent.

with a 1200mm waterproof polyurethane coating.
(No PVC or VOC`s) tape.
: Fits both Big Agnes Large Trapezoid gear loft and Wall Gear loft - sold separately.
• Color: Cool Grey/Gold.
• 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 3oz.
• Packed Weight: 3lb 10oz.
• Fast Fly Weight: 2lb 7oz.
• Packed Size: 6``x19``
• Floor Area: 39sq ft.
• Vestibule Area: 12.5sq ft.
• Head Height: 35``-42``
• Foot Height: 22``
Prepare for bed with the durable and easy to assemble Fly Creek Ultralight Tent by Big Agnes®.
Single hub pole assembly and plastic pole clips ensure a hassle-free setup.
fabric loops along the ridge pole decrease weight.
Lightweight and strong DAC® pole system with press-fit connectors and lightweight hubs uses an anodization process without harsh acids.
Rainfly and seamless floor are made of high-tenacity ripstop nylon and are both polyurethane and silicone coated for waterproof durability.
Walls are constructed of woven nylon mesh, providing excellent ventilation and 360° views.
All seams are taped with waterproof, solvent-free polyurethane tape to keep moisture out.
Reflective guyout and reflective webbing on tent corners increase visibility at night.
Includes a mesh pocket for storage and superlight aluminum stakes.
Seasons - 3-season.
Design type - Freestanding tent.
Sleeping capacity - 3.
Trail weight - 3lbs 3oz.
Packed weight - 3lbs 10oz.
Fast fly weight - 2lbs 7oz.
Packed size - 6" x 19".
Floor size - 39 sq ft.
Vestibule area - 12.5 sq ft.
Footprint weight - 6.5oz.
Floor length - 90".
Floor width - 66" - 60".
Head height - 42".
Floor height - 22".
Number of doors - 1.
Canopy fabric - Nylon/mesh.
Floor fabric - Coated ripstop nylon.
Rainfly fabric - Coated ripstop nylon.
Number of poles - 1 hub assembly.
Pole material - Aluminum DAC Featherlite NSL.
Pole diameter - 8.5 millimeters.
Best use - Backpacking.
The Big Agnes Fly Creek UL 3 tent sleeps 3 people. It weighs a tad less than 4 lbs. It is one of the best thought out tents on the market not to mention being among the lightest and easiest to set up for its size. Set up is with the ultralight DAC aluminum Hubbed frame and simple clips. The mesh roof provides ample ventilation as well as stargazing opportunities. The single door opens to a convenient vestibule where you can store stuff you don't want in the tent. The ultralight SilNylon floor and full coverage fly offer the ultimate in weather protection and weight savings. With a low profile, full coverage fly and external guy points this tent can ride out the worst storms and still keep you and 2 of your pals snug and safe. Are you still here? What are you waiting for? It's under 4 lbs.!

The Big AgnesFly Creek UL series tents are built and designed to be a light weight alternative to the average bivy sack. Available in solo and multi-occupancy options, these tents are ideal for lightweight devotees who want a freestanding structure, but aren't willing to commit a ton of space in their pack. They are efficient, fast and adventurous, just like those who carry the tent.


An ultralight, three-season tent for three that weighs in at 3 lbs., the Big Agnes Fly Creek UL3 grants protection from bugs and rain at a weight that even one person can easily carry alone.


Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS)
Designed and built to be a lightweight substitute for a bivy sack, the Big Agnes Fly Creek UL3 tent is made for minimalist backpackers who desire a freestanding three-season shelter but don't want to give up valuable pack space.

Country of Origin: Imported

Sierra Trading Post
Weighing less than four pounds with a body made of nylon ripstop and polyester mesh, Big Agnes' Fly Creek Ultralight 3 tent is designed for weight-conscious backpackers seeking a spacious, easy-to-set-up shelter.

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# Fly/Vestibule Poles:0
# Main Poles:1
Best Use:Backpacking
Body Fabric:Nylon rip-stop and polyester mesh
Body Material:Polyester Rip-Stop with Polyester Mesh
Canopy fabric:Ripstop nylon/polyester mesh
Color:Cool Grey/Gold
Country of Origin:Overseas
Design type:Freestanding tent
Dimensions:Length. 90" x Width. 60"-66" x Height. 22"-42"
Doors / Vestibules:1.1
Fast Fly Weight:2lb 7oz / 1.11kg
Floor Area:39sq ft / 3.6m2
Floor Coating:1200 mm polyurethane
Floor Dimensions:90 (66-60)(in) / 229 (168-152)(cm)
Floor Fabric:Silicone treated nylon rip-stop
Floor Material:Ultralight silicone treated nylon rip-stop with a 1200mm waterproof polyurethane coating
Floor Space:39 sq ft / 3.6 sq m
Floor dimensions - metric:229 x 168 (foot width) 152 centimeters
Fly / footprint pitch weight:2 lbs. 5 oz.
Fly Fabric:Silicone treated nylon rip-stop
Fly Material:Silicone Treated Nylon Rip-Stop
Foot Height:22(in) / 56(cm)
Footprint Included:no
Footprint Weight:6.5oz / 184g
Free Standing:yes
Gear Loft Style:Lg Trapezoid/Wall
Gear loft Included:yes
Gear loft loops included:Fits both Big Agnes Large Trapezoid gear loft and Wall Gear loft - sold separately
Head Height:35-42(in) / 107(cm)
Length:7 ft. 6 in.
Max Inside Length:90 in / 229 cm
Max Inside Width:66 in / 168 cm
Max. Weight:3 lb. 8 oz.
Min. Weight:2 lb. 5 oz.
Minimum Weight:3 lb 3 oz / 1.4 kg
Minimum trail weight:3 pounds
Minimum trail weight - metric:1.36 kilograms
Note:We list several weights for our tents to aid your product research.
Number of People:3
Number of doors:1 door
Number of poles:1 hubbed pole set
Packaged weight:3 lbs. 8 oz.
Packed Size:5.5 x 19 in / 14 x 48 cm
Packed Weight:3lb 10oz / 1.64kg
Peak height:42 inches
Peak height - metric:107 centimeters
Pole Frame:Clips
Pole Material:DAC Green Anodized Featherlight NSL Aluminum
Pole Set Type:DAC Featherlight NSL
Pole diameter:9.0 / 9.6 millimeters
Poles:DAC TH72M Aluminum
Rainfly Coating:1200 mm polyurethane
Rainfly Material:Ultralight Silicone Treated Nylon Ripstop with a 1200mm Waterproof Polyurethane Coating
Rainfly fabric:Coated ripstop nylon
Seam Taped:Yes
Season Rating:3 Season
Set-up is quick and easy:plastic clips attach the tent body to the pole frame and color-coded grommet webbing and buckles ensure everything is properly aligned
Sleep Capacity:3 Person
Sleeping capacity:3-person
Square Footage:Floor Area. 39 sq ft / Vestibule Area. 12.5 sq ft
Stakes - Type:11 J
Storage Pockets:6
Stuff Sack Dimensions:6" x 19"
Taped Seams:yes
Tent Weight:2.5 - 4lbs
Trail Weight:3lb 3oz / 1.45kg
Upc, Ean, Isbn:873840011723
Vestibule Area:12.5sq ft / 1.2m2
Vestibule Space:12.5 sq ft / 1.2 sq m
Wall Type:Double
Weight:3 lb 10 oz / 1.6 kg
Width:5 ft. 6 in.
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Big Agnes Fly Creek UL 3 Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Awesome Tent and Awesome Company

I used this tent backpacking and hitchhiking for 4 months from Lima, Peru all the way south throughout Patagonia, Chile, Argentina to the southern most tip of S. America and taking a boat to the Navarino Island of Chile to the Dientes trek- the southernmost in the world not counting Antarctica.

My main consideration when choosing this tent was weight and this was pretty much the lightest tent I could find. I'm a filmmaker and unfortunately I carry a DSLR with 1 lens, and MacBook air to download footage. Since I go on extended trips without a set end date, an exact itinerary or location to store extra gear, this adds a lot of weight to my daily backpack carrying, so I cut down as much weight as I can for everything else.

Aside from owning this expensive tent and camera gear, I'm a very frugal traveler. I was hitchhiking a lot and often walk with my backpack to avoid bus fares and other expenses. I was so grateful to spare 2-3lbs with this lightweight tent for several months.

I have the UL3 which is a nice space for 2 people (not big enough for 3) depending on what you're accustomed to. My friend and I had space to store things inside the tent and we fit our 2 backpacks stacked on top of each other with the rain covers on under the vestibule of the rainfly.

I like a single door entry for tents as it saves weight. Compared to the UL2, the pole structure is self standing and sturdier. I've heard people complain about the rain fly being difficult to get in out which I don't understand. I'm 6' and 155lbs and I never had any problem entering the tent. It's a backpacking tent and not a large car camping tent that you can stand up in. So if you're not a knucklehead and your accustomed to small backpacking tents this is not an issue.

Durability is an issue that people have complained about. But you have to understand that if you make your tent this light, you're gonna sacrifice something. You can push nylon materials so far. So yes, the tent walls are thin. Some people have mentioned a damp floor bed when camping on wet damp grounds or in rain. I used the Big Agnes UL3 footprint which I find necessary to protect the thin floor material. With it, I never had any issues with a damp floor, water entry or leaks. So I definitely recommend a footprint or cheap tarp underneath.

I've heard reviews complaining about the rainfly and leakage. The rainfly is very thin as well (that's why it's so light). We had some good rain storms in Patagonia and I never had any problems I considered an issue. In 4 months majorly sleeping in a tent and camping in the majority of national parks along the route, I never had an issue of getting wet inside the tent.

I found it is important to stake the sides and back of the rainfly well to provide adequate circulation. Doing so, I didn't remember having a problem/issue with inside condensation.

For summer, low rain/wind trips, I think this tent is perfect. Although I didn't have problems with rain or leakage, I may look into an additional lightweight tarp to go over the tent if you know you're gonna get heavy rains or camping in cold/windy environments where you may want additional warmth.

The tent bags are made of thin material as well so it's likely to rip if you stuff your tent poles in it repeatedly with force.

IMPORTANT: Winds in far southern Patagonia can be SUPER STRONG. One night, a gust of wind hit the tent hard and broke and bent one of the tent poles. I was able to repair it with a tent repair splint (I learned to always carry a tent repair kit, especially for long trips). With the tent repair, I was still able to use the tent fine for the remaining 2 months of my trip.

IMPORTANT: After returning home, Big Agnes repaired my tent poles and I have an excellent tent once again. I was VERY HAPPY with Big Agnes and their customer support. I will be happy to buy from them again in the future.

In summary, I would buy this tent again if I ever needed to and would recommend it. BUT, you must consider what is most important to you. Weight or durability. Weight is most important for me, but even though I have sacrificed some durability, this tent has performed great for me in a variety of climates and conditions on my crazy backpacking adventures. Also, my friend loved the tent so much that he bought the same one when he returned from Patagonia.

Definitely get a footprint and try to buy when there's a member coupon. :)
Marty S at REI on 11/11/2013

3 victoria secret models maybe.....

Tried this out with my son on his first camping trip. We were comfortable. 3 regular sized adults, it'll be tight. VERY TIGHT. 3 victoria secret models will have NO PROBLEM. I had this tent up in about 10 minutes. First time I did it in my house and it took 20 minutes. Once you know how to do it, its easy. Taking down was simple. VERY Compact and perfect for backpacking. I just felt that with the rainfly on, it was stuffy. Not very good ventilation even with the fly door open. I can see how in cooler weather this is a good thing. Next time I'll leave the fly off. I recommend to get the footprint too. Well worth the investment. Kept us dry (ground was wet from an earlier rain storm).
Tim at Campmor on 07/07/2013

Love this tent but for two people only.

Bought this for backpacking with the hubby. Plenty of room for two way you are getting 3 in there, even a dog at your feet would be cramped. Plenty of room to sit up without hitting the top of the tent. Very easy to set up and take down. Has good ventilation and is very light weight but sturdy. Pricey, but I believe worth it.
Weekend warrior at Campmor on 03/03/2012

Quality Product

Have used this tent several times. All conditions, BigAgnes has really improved on the design from previous models. Great tent. Like all 3 man tents, it's a 2 man with a little extra room for gear. Get the footprint , and a small tarp for the vestibule. I custom cut one , and it will help keep the inside clean. Enjoy.
DJ Hiker. at Mountain Gear on 06/06/2013

Great Tent

We use this tent in adventure races and it is great - fits 4 (3 males and a female) well with 3 sleeping mats. It is quite sturdy considering how light it is and super easy and fast to put up. I'd definitely recommend it.
Janet at Mountain Gear on 07/07/2013

best of all worlds

yet to see how rainproof it is but easy set up and very very the room and for 2 people great, 3 a little cramped. Extremely light
bbonkk at Campmor on 08/08/2011

great for two

great tent for two people, by that i mean me and my 12 year old son. no way three adults are sleeping in here. overall a good tent
bobcat33 at Campmor on 06/06/2011

When is 3 really 2?

Easy set up
Low ceiling
Great for two persons
PD at Campmor on 08/08/2012

Negative Reviews:

returned for four person model

Exchanged for the four person version. It was great for 3 people.

three 20" sleeping pads will not fit side by side in three man tent.
grandma at Campmor on 08/08/2013