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Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL3
Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL3
Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL3

We put the Big Agnes Copper Spur HV Ultralight 3 person tent to the test in some of the toughest conditions possible - cold weather at the beach. But let's be real, the toughest part was probably just dealing with all the seagulls trying to steal our snacks. After a thorough shakedown, we give you our honest review and show you the pros and cons of this highly-rated ultralight tent.

Our Review:

Exploring the Big Agnes Copper Spur Ultralight Tent

The anticipation of summer backpacking adventures led us to the Big Agnes Copper Spur three-person ultralight tent. Eager to put it to the test, we embarked on a beachside adventure with temperatures hovering around the low 30s. Here's our experience and insights into the features of this backpacking-oriented tent.

Gear Overview

Big Agnes is known for its diverse range of tents, and the Copper Spur specifically targets backpackers with its ultralight design. We opted for the three-person version, intending to use it for two people and distribute the load between our packs.

Weight Distribution:

The advertised weight of the tent is three pounds and 14 ounces, a factor that garnered positive reviews in our pre-trip research. Despite being ultralight, the tent's thin fabric drew some attention during our evaluation. We discovered that the tent body weighs one pound and 1.6 ounces, while the poles and rainfly contribute 1.12 pounds and 1 pound 3.9 ounces, respectively.

Setting Up Camp:

The tent setup involves color-coded poles, making it user-friendly. The footprint, though sold separately, adds versatility, allowing for a "fast fly" setup using only the rain cover and footprint.

Ultralight Accessories:

Examining the included accessories, the stakes and repair splint are impressively lightweight. The stakes, weighing 0.3 ounces each, contribute to the overall 3.7-ounce weight of the stake bag.

Weight Saving Considerations:

For those inclined towards ultralight backpacking, we explored potential weight-saving measures. Removing the bags from the poles could save 1.5 ounces, a small but noteworthy reduction.

Interior Space and Configuration:

Inside the tent, the dimensions provide ample space, accommodating two sleeping pads comfortably. The two doors enhance accessibility and storage options in the vestibule area, allowing us to stow our packs securely.

Field Test Experience:

The Copper Spur tent has efficient storage with the added convenience of pockets and gear loft. The tent held up well, providing a positive overall experience despite freezing temperatures.

Overall Thoughts

Our adventure with the Big Agnes Copper Spur ultralight tent proved to be insightful. The tent's design, weight distribution, and cold-weather performance left us satisfied with our choice. As we continue to refine our backpacking gear, this tent stands out as a reliable and spacious option for those seeking comfort without compromising on weight.

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