Big Agnes tents expert reviews and user experience

Big Agnes is an American outdoor equipment company. The unusual name is borrowed from a rocky peak located in The Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area (MZWA) National Park in northwestern Colorado. And relatively close to it is the town and the ski resort of the same name Steamboat Springs, where the company’s headquarters are located. Proximity to the mountains allows the entire Big Agnes team – big fans of outdoor activities – to quickly test prototypes of new equipment and better understand the needs of hikers, climbers and travelers.

The company has existed since 2001, and its range includes travel mats, sleeping bags and even insulated clothing. But Big Agnes is world famous for its ultra-light tents with a breakthrough and memorable design, which has won many prestigious awards. In 2007-2019 alone, the company’s tents won the Editors’ Choice Award 9 (!) times from Backpacker magazine, the most authoritative and oldest publication in the United States dedicated to hiking and traveling. And seasoned editors of this magazine are hard to surprise. Tents from the equally reputable brand MSR received this award only three times. At the same time, the most famous Big Agnes models

Features of Big Agnes tents

So here’s what the designers at Big Agnes are doing to reduce the weight of the tent without sacrificing comfort:

  • use the most advanced materials: lightweight fabrics and frames with DAC fittings;
  • carefully work on the design of the tent in order to use the living volume as efficiently as possible.

What are Big Agnes tents made of?

All Big Agnes ultralight tents use the same thin Si/Pu ripstop nylon for both the tent and bottom. Silicone on the front of the fabric protects the nylon from the damaging effects of ultraviolet light and causes water to collect in droplets and roll off the surface of the material. On the wrong side, a thin layer of polyurethane is applied, which provides water resistance and allows you to reliably seal all the seams of the tent with heat shrink tape.

The thin nylon of the ultra-light Big Agnes tents feels like a slippery single-layer napkin. It seems to drop water on it and it will melt. But no – the materials for their weight are very durable and water resistant. Moreover, they retain these properties during long-term continuous use. On the same Pacific trail in the Big Agnes tents, tourists spend the night non-stop for 4-5 months in a row, moving the camp almost daily.

Big Agnes does not disclose detailed technical characteristics of its ultra-light fabrics, but their manufacturer Dominico Textile inspires confidence. This is a South Korean company that is best known for its durable nylons, which are widely used in the manufacture of parachutes and paragliders.

Water resistance of ultralight fabrics – 1200 mm. Both for an awning, and for a bottom. In appearance, the figure is very modest, but in practice, Big Agnes tents do not leak even under very heavy downpours, which has been tested in many trips and expeditions. It’s just that low water resistance values are typical for tents from American companies.

For camping and some camping tents, the developers at Big Agnes use Pu-coated ripstop polyester with a water resistance of 1500mm. It is heavier than ultra-light Si/Pu nylons, but also significantly cheaper.

Big Agnes tent
Silicone on the front of the tent protects the material from ultraviolet radiation and prevents water droplets from being absorbed into the fabric, causing them to roll off its surface. Photo Source: Big Agnes
Big Agnes tent
The lightest Big Agnes tents and awnings use Dyneema fabric. It consists of thin polyethylene fibers and is characterized by high tensile strength with minimal weight © Andrew Skurka,
Big Agnes tent
The fabrics used to make Big Agnes tents are much stronger than they seem, and can even cope with “non-standard” loads.
Photo Source: Big Agnes

Since 2019, Big Agnes has been using Dyneema fabric, which consists of the finest polyethylene fibers, to produce their lightest tents and awnings. Their array is combined into a single canvas, which is pasted over with a transparent film on both sides. The result is a translucent fabric that looks like a crumpled plastic bag.

But Dyneema is 4 times stronger than Kevlar in terms of tearing, it is not cut by sharp edges of stones and branches, it does not let water and wind through, it is resistant to ultraviolet radiation and aggressive chemical environments. But the main thing is that the fabric is very light and compact. The manufacturer only needs the ability to work with it: Dyneema is difficult to cut and process, so it was practically never used in large-scale production of 2-layer tents before. Before Big Agnes, the only manufacturer was the British company Terra Nova with its Ultra series.

Despite the relatively high strength for its weight, Big Agnes tents made of Dyneema fabric are still recommended for experienced light-walkers, and with due care. This material is relatively easy to pierce and not the most resistant to abrasion, so the place for the camp should be chosen carefully. As, however, for any other ultralight model of this class.

For quick repairs, self-adhesive patches are supplied with the tent. And in order not to damage the bottom, it is advisable to use an additional half-footprint, especially on rocky surfaces.

Big Agnes Tent Frames

Of course, good fabrics give a serious gain in weight. But no less than grams allows you to save an advanced frame. For him, the designers have selected the lightest aluminum segments from the world famous brand DAC – Featherlite NSL and NFL.

Despite their light weight, these tubes are remarkably durable. They are actively used in their frames by the Hilleberg company, known for the exceptional reliability and wind resistance of its tents. If the task of reducing weight as much as possible is not worth it, then very strong arcs DAC of the Pressfit series are used.

Big Agnes Tent Frame
Lightweight and durable DAC frames with unusual geometry are the hallmark of Big Agnes tents. Photo Source: Big Agnes

Only in Dyneema fabric ultra-light tent frames, instead of aluminum DAC segments, Easton carbon tubes are used, which, with the same strength, give a small weight gain. Only the hubs in them are made of aluminum, so as not to damage the carbon segments in strong winds.

Construction of Big Agnes tents

To significantly lighten the tent, simply reduce its dimensions. But designers from Big Agnes rarely resort to this method. Instead, they try to optimize the architecture of the tent so as to reduce weight, but leave enough living volume.

For example, most of their ultralight tents are made asymmetrical: wider and taller at the head, but narrower and lower at the legs to be roomy where you need it most.

The result of this approach is very clear. Closest competitors are the 2 man Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL2 and the iconic MSR Hubba Hubba NX, known for their combination of low weight and large living volume. But due to the asymmetric shape, the Copper Spur feels more spacious – it is more comfortable to sit and undress in it, especially for tall tourists. At the same time, the bed in it is 11 cm longer than that of the Hubba Hubba NX, but the tent weighs 320 grams less!

In addition to this, the Big Agnes designers try to make the most of all the available space. For example, they saturate their tents with conveniently located pockets and shelves that do not sag when loaded, and thus do not “steal” the living volume. Or they make it so that the awning at the entrance can be stretched and turned into a canopy, which will radically increase the area for cooking and relaxing.

Big Agnes ultralight tents

Ultra-light models of Big Agnes tents are represented by four series, inside of which there can be several modifications:

  • Copper Spur. Ultra light weight and large living volume.
  • Tiger Wall. The lightest tents with two vestibules and two entrances.
  • Fly Creek. Minimalistic 2-layer tents with one vestibule and an entrance.
  • Scout. Single-layer tents – “houses”, which are stretched on trekking poles.

All of them are made of ultra-light Si/Pu nylons of various densities with a water resistance of 1200 mm, and Carbon modifications are made of Dyneema composite fabric.

Copper Spur Series

The Copper Spur series is the most popular in the Big Agnes range of tents. Models in this line have been continuously produced and improved since 2008 and were clearly created as competitors to the MSR Hubba Hubba. Therefore, the signature feature of the Big Agnes Copper Spur tents is a very good balance between weight and living volume. There are 3 modifications in the series today:

  • Copper Spur HV UL is the basic version that offers the best combination of strength, weight and living comfort.
  • The Copper Spur HV UL Bikepack is a modification for cyclists, featuring a very compact package size and the ability to attach to the handlebars.
  • The Copper Spur Platinum is the lightest tent in the series, offering the highest living volume at the lowest weight of any ultra-light Big Agnes tent.
ModelFull/minimum weight, kgHeight, cmBottom area, m²Packed size, cm
Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL11,08/0,96971.944х14
Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL21,42/1,221022.750х15
Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL31,76/1,591093.853х15
Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL42,58/2,381275.356х18
Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL1 Bikepack1,25/1,05971.933х14
Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL2 Bikepack1,56/1,361022.730х15
Big Agnes Copper Spur 2 Platinum1,19/1,051022.743х13
Big Agnes Copper Spur 3 Platinum1,47/1,331093.852х17

Copper Spur HV UL – the best combination of “weight / comfort”

The “Standard” versions of the HV UL offer the best balance between weight, strength and living comfort of any Copper Spur tent. Let’s go through the points.


For their tailoring, wear-resistant ultra-light Dominico Textile nylon with a double ripstop weave is used, which is more resistant to tearing than the fabric of the Bikepack and Platinum modifications. This material has been used in Copper Spur HV UL tents since 2020 and is stronger than the fabrics used in these models in previous years.

The framework from a combination of tubes of DAC Featherlite NFL and NSL represents three arches. The two main ones are united by one High Volume hub – a knot that directs them at a steeper angle, making the walls of the tent more sheer. Both ends of the arcs rest against the ground, which provided the Copper Spur HV UL with a sufficiently high wind resistance for an ultra-light tent. The DAC frame is very elastic, and in strong gusts of wind the tent can bend almost to the ground, but after that the arcs do not break, but straighten back.


Depending on the number of places, the total weight of the Copper Spur HV UL tents ranges from 1.08 to 2.58 kg – so they fully comply with the ultra-light category. Especially considering their living volume and the number of interesting solutions that increase the comfort of living.

Living space and living comfort

The 1-, 2- and 3-seat Copper Spur HV UL are wider and slightly higher at the head, while the 4-seat model is symmetrical with a rectangular bottom. The end walls of the tents are made as sheer as possible due to the highly located High Volume hub, which significantly increases their living volume. At the same time, the cantilever arch-“rocker” is slightly curved, which significantly increases the space at the top of the tent. It is shifted so that tourists can sit inside opposite each other and without feeling tightness in the head and shoulders.

All models, except for the 1-seater, have two vestibules / entrances – this allows you to place one of them on the side protected from the wind, and the tourist can safely leave the home without disturbing the neighbors. And starting with the 2020 models, the open awning at the vestibule can be stretched on trekking poles. Under such a canopy, you can hide from the sun or cook under it when it rains and there is no strong wind. The height of the canopy is such that under it it is convenient to sit on a tourist rug and even on low ultra-light chairs like the Helinox Ground Chair.

Copper Spur HV UL
The most noticeable detail of the Copper Spur HV UL tents is the vestibules stretching with a canopy. Photo Source: Big Agnes
Copper Spur HV UL
The interior of all Copper Spur HV ULs is very spacious and there is enough space to sit and change without feeling cramped for all the occupants of the tent. Photo source:
Copper Spur HV UL
A large living volume is provided by a hub frame and a slightly curved cantilever arc, forming almost sheer walls. Photo source:

Inside the sleeping canopy, there are from 5 to 12 pockets for small items and equipment, including a media pocket with an output for headphones: it is convenient to watch a movie on a tablet or listen to podcasts.

At the same time, some of the pockets are located at the top of the sleeping canopy and are cut out so as not to stretch much under the weight of things, reducing the living volume.

With ventilation, the Copper Spur HV UL is also all right: there is a ventilation window, and a mosquito net occupies the entire upper half of the sleeping canopy. At the same time, its bottom is made of thin nylon to reduce drafts.

The 2- and 3-seat versions of the Copper Spur can be “upgraded”. Big Agnes produces interchangeable awnings of the Hotel series with a very spacious vestibule on a separate arc, which can replace the standard awning of the tent.

A large vestibule will definitely come in handy if you go camping, cycling or hiking with a dog – while the weight of the equipment will increase slightly. For the 2-seat version, the difference is only 300 grams. And when traveling light, you can use the Copper Spur as standard.

Copper Spur HV UL Bikepack – ultra-compact tents for cyclists

Big Agnes Copper Spur tents have become very popular among bikepackers who prefer to use light and compact equipment and carry it in several bags along the entire frame of the bike, rather than concentrate on one trunk. Therefore, the appearance of a specialized modification of the tent for bikepackers was only a matter of time. The main differences between the Bikepack version and the “standard” Copper Spur:

  • Shortened frame segments. This allows you to easily fix the tent on the steering wheel, in the saddle bag or inside the side bike bag.
  • The cover is made waterproof and equipped with straps for attaching the tent to the steering wheel.
  • Oversized interior pockets for clothing and equipment.
  • Elastic band on the sleeping canopy for attaching a bicycle helmet.
  • On the awning there is a looped sling for drying clothes.
  • Separately, for tents, an additional oversized footprint bottom is sold, which closes not only the bottom, but also the vestibule in order to change shoes in clean cycling shoes.
  • In the Bikepack version, there is no possibility to fold down the canopy on the vestibule.
Copper Spur HV UL Bikepack
Elastic band for tidy storage of the bike helmet on the sleeping canopy of the Copper Spur Bikepack Single Tent. Photo Source: Big Agnes

Copper Spur Platinum – maximum living volume with minimum weight

The Copper Spur Platinum is a lighter modification of the Copper Spur HV UL tents, but based on an asymmetrical frame with two hubs, as in the first Copper Spur models of the 2008 model. Weight is reduced with thinner and less durable fabric, ultra-light fittings, pegs, an all-mosquito net bedsheet, and slightly lower bottom sides.

Copper Spur Platinum
Unlike the regular version of the Copper Spur, the Copper Spur Platinum uses an all-mosquito net inner sleeping bed, thinner fabric and a classic twin-hub frame. Photo Source: Big Agnes

Big Agnes Tiger Wall Tent Series

ModelFull/minimum weight, kgHeight, cmBottom area, m²Packed size, cm
Big Agnes Tiger Wall UL10,99/0,85991.9843х14
Big Agnes Tiger Wall UL21,13/0,99992.646х14
Big Agnes Tiger Wall UL31,33/1,191073.548х14
Big Agnes Tiger Wall 2 Platinum1,02/0,87992.646х14
Big Agnes Tiger Wall 3 Platinum1,22/1,081073.548х14
Big Agnes Tiger Wall 2 Carbon0,76/0,62992.644х15
Big Agnes Tiger Wall 3 Carbon0,93/0,821073.547х15

The Tiger Wall series are the lightest double-entry, double-lobby tents in the Big Agnes range. They appeared in 2018 and are designed to fill a niche between Fly Creek – very light, but relatively cramped tents with one entrance, and the already described Copper Spur. And Tiger Walls do offer a very decent compromise between weight and living space, confidently competing with the MSR Freelite and Nemo Hornet tents.

Tiger Wall tent
The Tiger Wall tents are noticeably more spacious and comfortable than the Fly Creek, and noticeably lighter than the Copper Spur HV UL. Photo Source: Big Agnes
Tiger Wall tent
In 2018, the Big Agnes Tiger Wall 2 Platinum tent received the prestigious Editors’ Choice award from American Backpacker magazine for its excellent combination of low weight and comfortable living volume. Photo source:
The single-man Tiger Wall tent
The single-man Tiger Wall combines light weight, spacious living space and side entry with a roomy vestibule for an ultra-light tent. Photo Source: Big Agnes

Tiger Wall uses an asymmetric Y-shaped frame with a wide cantilever arch shifted to the legs, forming a pair of fairly roomy vestibules. In the area of ​​the legs, thin rods are sewn into the corners of the bottom, allowing it to be further stretched and provide more usable space. And the frame segments themselves are curved in such a way as to make the end walls more sheer and increase the living volume.

To further save weight, the designers removed the ventilation windows, but due to the abundance of mosquito nets, the air inside the Tiger Wall circulates well anyway. Also, the internal dimensions have slightly decreased in comparison with the Copper Spur series.

In addition to the regular version, three modifications are available:

  • Tiger Wall Platinum, it uses even lighter fabrics and fittings.
  • Tiger Wall Bikepack – Similar to other bikepack versions of the Big Agnes tents, it has shortened pole segments, as well as features like a helmet holder and clothes drying loops.
  • Tiger Wall Carbon – with Dyneema tarpaulin and Easton carbon frame. It is designed for experienced ultra-light walkers who want a comfortable, spacious tent with two entrances, but an elusive light weight. And according to these parameters, Tiger Wall Carbon is a world champion!

Big Agnes Fly Creek Tent Series

ModelFull/minimum weight, kgHeight, cmBottom area, m²Packed size, cm
Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL10,93/0,76991.848х10
Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL21,05/0,881022.648х10
Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL31,5/1,331043.650х11
Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL1 Bikepack1,08/0,85991.830х13
Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL2 Bikepack1,19/0,961022.632х14
Big Agnes Fly Creek HV1 Platinum0,82/0,65991.838х10
Big Agnes Fly Creek HV2 Platinum0,90/0,741022.639х11
Big Agnes Fly Creek HV 1 Carbon0,595/0,454991.846х13
Big Agnes Fly Creek HV 2 Carbon0,652/0,5101022.647х13

Fly Creek is the lightest tent in the Big Agnes range. They are quite minimalistic and are designed for light-walkers who prefer a full-fledged two-layer tent, albeit with a smaller living volume, to an ultra-light shelter. The Fly Creek series uses the same materials and fittings as the Copper Spur tents, and the weight is reduced through design changes.

In Fly Creek, the developers abandoned the second vestibule, ventilation windows, simplified the architecture of the frame and slightly reduced the bottom area and height of the tents:

There is only one vestibule and entrance to Fly Creek and is located from the wide end of the tent. This option is less convenient when you live in a tent more than one. But it also allows you to prepare morning tea or coffee in the vestibule, lying on your stomach and without getting out of a warm sleeping bag.

The Fly Creek carcass uses a single Y-bar, which branches out with a hub-muff. It has less wind resistance than the Copper Spur, but such a carcass requires far fewer segments, which ensures less weight. Due to the high location of the hub and pre-curved arc segments, the end walls in Fly Creek turned out to be almost sheer, which increased their living volume in comparison with their counterparts.

To ensure adequate air circulation in Fly Creek without the use of ventilation windows, the edges of the awning are raised, and the sleeping canopy is almost entirely sewn from a mosquito net.

Fly Creek tents are available in the same modifications as the Copper Spur: “standard”, Bikepack – for cyclists and bikepackers, lightweight Platinum and ultra-light version of Carbon with Dyneema fabric awning and Easton carbon frame.

Fly Creek tent
For the sake of weight reduction, Fly Creek uses a Y-frame and only one entrance and vestibule. Photo source:
Despite their ultra-light weight, Fly Creek tents retain sufficient living volume and normal height. Photo Source: Big Agnes
The Fly Creek HV UL Bikepack
The Fly Creek HV UL Bikepack is very compact in packaging and can be mounted even on narrow road handlebars. Photo source:

The Fly Creek Carbon is the lightest double layer tent in the Big Agnes range today, and its single-person version is the world leader in weight/capacity ratio in its class.

For comparison: Nordisk Lofoten and Terra Nova Laser Pulse weigh 542 and 545 grams respectively, but they are comfortable only to lie down, but it is already difficult to sit, especially for a person with an above-average height. All this cannot be said about Fly Creek Carbon: the tent weighs 50 grams more, but inside it you can safely change clothes and there is no feeling of claustrophobia.

Single layer tents Big Agnes Scout

ModelFull/minimum weight, kgHeight, cmBottom area, m²Packed size, cm
Big Agnes Scout 1 Platinum0,539/0,3691051.4941х11
Big Agnes Scout 2 Platinum0,595/0,4821152.334х13
Big Agnes Scout 2 Carbon0,454/0,3121152.337х14

Big Agnes Scout are classic single-layer “house” tents, but made from modern ultra-light fabrics and fittings. They are stretched on trekking poles or on branded Big Agnes racks, which are purchased separately.

But in case of urgent need, they can be stretched even on branches. Due to the fact that the Scout tents are single-layer, they are very spacious inside with an ultra-light weight. Even the lack of a vestibule is compensated – there is a lot of space for equipment in the legs and on the sides inside the tent. Scouts require relatively little space to set up and are well ventilated thanks to wide mosquito net inserts under the canopy along the long walls.

At the same time, it is possible to organize a through hood if you slightly open the zipper at the entrance from above. All this helps a lot in the fight against the appearance of condensate – one of the main problems of single-layer tents.

Big Agnes Scout tent
The single Scout 1 weighs even less than many travel tents, but provides much more protection from the weather. Photo Source: Big Agnes
Big Agnes Scout 2 Tent
The Big Agnes Scout 2 Carbon tent in Dyneema fabric is aimed at experienced light walkers who are looking for the ultimate lightweight mobile home with plenty of living space. Photo Source: Big Agnes

The series is aimed at seasoned light trekkers and just experienced “old school” hikers who want to join the fast & light hikes. Both of them have enough experience to choose a good place for the camp, which smooths out the main disadvantages of the “houses” – the need for a flat area and mandatory stretching for their installation.

Scouts are available only in ultra-light modifications – Platinum and Carbon. The first is made of thin Si/Pu nylon, while the second is made almost entirely of Dyneema. Both weigh almost as much as a good tent for two, but provide incomparably more weather protection and living comfort.

Big Agnes tents for mountaineering and mountain tourism

The collection of 4-season tents from Big Agnes is small, which is understandable – after all, this is not the main profile of the company. But each tent in the line deserves close attention, because it is thought out to the smallest detail and is able to compete with much more well-known analogues. Their main advantages are the same as those of ultra-light models – an excellent combination of weight and living volume for tents of this class.

Copper Spur HV Expedition – Fast & Light mountaineering tents

ModelFull/minimum weight, kgHeight, cmBottom area, m²Packed size, cm
Big Agnes Copper Spur HV Expedition 22,41/2,10992.746х20
Big Agnes Copper Spur HV Expedition 32,8/2,491043.851х20

Especially for those who want a “warmer and more reliable” tent, Big Agnes created a modification of the Copper Spur HV Expedition. Weight was sacrificed, but the result is a sturdy, spacious, wind-resistant tent for mountain touring light, which weighs no more than classic touring models.
Key differences between the Expedition version and the “standard” Copper Spur HV:

  • A stronger and stiffer frame made of DAC Featherlite NSL bars better withstands wind and snow loads. Its tubes have a greater wall thickness and an increased diameter.
  • Bottom made of more durable fabric with increased water resistance – 10,000 mm instead of 1200 mm.
  • Inner tent made of dense breathable fabric that protects against drafts, sand, snow and dust. Small fragments of the mosquito net are closed with fabric flaps with a zipper.
  • The pegs are reinforced and enlarged so that you can use ski poles, ice axes or skis when setting up the tent in the snow.
  • Extra strong Dyneema fibers are woven into the guy lines and peg loops. Thanks to this, they do not stretch when wet and in the wind.
  • The number of braces has been increased for greater wind resistance.
  • The classic for Big Agnes orange color of the awning has been replaced with a red that is more contrasting and bright in the mountains.

Climbing tents Big Agnes Battle Mountain

ModelFull/minimum weight, kgHeight, cmBottom area, m²Packed size, cm
Big Agnes Battle Mountain 23,41/3,01072.851х15
Big Agnes Battle Mountain 34,0/3,61124.156х20

Battle Mountain is a modern classic of tents for mountaineering and mountain tourism. They are light enough to be used on alpine style climbs and on long ski trips. At the same time, Battle Mountains are reliable enough to leave them unattended in the intermediate camp without worrying that the tent will collapse under the elements.

Snow and wind resistance is provided by a rigid frame with good sidewall support, the architecture of which has long been proven in such tents as The North Face Mountain 25 and Mountain Hardwear Trango. However, in Big Agnes, the frame was finalized for greater ease of assembly – part of the load-bearing arcs is united by a pair of splitter hubs.

Inside Battle Mountain is spacious enough for two or three climbers to comfortably use it in the base camp, as well as wait out a couple of days of bad weather. For equipment, there are two fairly roomy vestibules, in one of which you can cook in bad weather.

Big Agnes Battle Mountain tent
Big Agnes Battle Mountain at an intermediate camp on the slopes of Everest. Among the developers of the tent was Sherp Chiring Dorje Sherpa, who climbed the highest mountain of the planet 11 times. Photo Source: Big Agnes

The Battle Mountain tent has no skirt and is cut relatively high for a 4-season model, which reduces comfort in snowstorm conditions but improves airflow inside when you travel at low altitudes.

Such an approach to design is not uncommon today, as it makes the tent more versatile in use, allowing it to be used on approaches and long mountain hiking routes. Similarly, the awning is sewn on the Mountain Hardwear Trango, Marmot Thor and Sierra Designs Convert tents.

Tourist tents Big Agnes

This part of the brand’s range of tents includes the most affordable and versatile models, which are nevertheless lighter than many of their class competitors. All tents in this category are made of thin, but rather wear-resistant Pu polyester fabrics with a water resistance of 1500 mm.

Big Agnes Salt Creek Lightweight Panoramic Tent

Salt Creek are unique in their design tourist tents. What are their features:

  • Three entrances. Two side and one – at the head. This means that the tent can always be positioned so that the entrance is from a convenient side for you. And in the triple version, each tourist will have a separate entrance.
  • Panoramic view. If you open all three entrances, then from the tent you can enjoy a luxurious panoramic view of the landscape around you. And Salt Creek has no competitors in terms of visibility.
  • Three vestibules. Two classic side and one headboard canopy, which is stretched on trekking poles, like Copper Spur tents. Under a canopy, you can hide from the sun, drizzling rain or prepare morning coffee, lying in a tent and not getting out of your sleeping bag.
  • Huge living space. The tent is as spacious as possible in the headboard area due to the increased height and width, as well as the geometry of the frame. Two tourists can safely sit side by side in the wide part of the tent without feeling cramped.
  • Excellent ventilation. Three entrances and the optimal amount of mesh on the sleeping canopy allow for excellent air circulation, which is why it will not be stuffy in the tent in the heat.
  • Reliable frame. Salt Creek are not designed for strong winds, but their hub frame made of reliable DAC Pressfit segments can easily withstand wind loads at heights in the forest zone.
  • Light weight. All these solutions are “packed” in a very small weight. The two-man tent weighs only 1.84 kg, so Salt Creek can safely be called ultra-light.
Big Agnes Salt Creek Lightweight Panoramic Tent
One of the main advantages of Salt Creek is the opportunity to provide yourself with a gorgeous panoramic view. Photo Source: Big Agnes

Big Agnes Blacktail — классические туристические палатки

ModelFull/minimum weight, kgHeight, cmBottom area, m²Packed size, cm
Big Agnes Blacktail 22,24/2,041073.153х18
Big Agnes Blacktail 32,58/2,351124.156х18
Big Agnes Blacktail 43,54/3,321275.656х20
Big Agnes Blacktail Hotel 22,78/2,521073.1
Big Agnes Blacktail Hotel 33,12/2,861124.1

Blacktail tents are classics that are used with equal success in a very wide range of activities: from fun camping with friends and open-air festivals to simple mountain hikes that are not associated with hurricane winds and snow storms.

The standard version of the Big Agnes Blacktail
The standard version of the Big Agnes Blacktail and the modification of the Blacktail Hotel with an enlarged vestibule. Blacktail Hotel also comes in Bikepack version
Blacktail Hotel
The standard version of the Big Agnes Blacktail and the modification of the Blacktail Hotel with an enlarged vestibule. Blacktail Hotel also comes in Bikepack version

The frame of the Blacktail is simple and reliable. Two full-length poles offer good wind resistance, do not require stretching during installation, and provide good living volume. The cantilever arc not only forms a pair of roomy vestibules, but also additionally increases the space inside the tent.

The high polyester canopy sides protect sleepers from cold drafts, and the mosquito net concentrated on top provides an excellent view of the starry sky during overnight stays without an awning and good air circulation, which reduces the risk of condensation. At the same time, under the dome of the Big Agnes Blacktail tents, there are two closing ventilation windows at once, which will allow you to organize a through “hood” in different weather conditions.

In the Hotel modification, Blacktail tents are equipped with a huge vestibule. They are great not only for tourism, but also for camping. They will especially come to cyclists, because inside there is a lot of space for taking off bike bags and changing clothes. Realizing this, Big Agnes even started releasing a Bikepack version for the Blacktail Hotel tents, which is much more compact in the package due to the shortened pole segments.

Big Agnes C Bar – reliable and inexpensive ultra-light tents

With Bar, these are the most affordable ultra-light tents in the Big Agnes range. They cost like a Blacktail, only much lighter, and therefore they are focused on tourists who are constrained in their means and are ready to sacrifice the habitable volume of a tent for its low weight.

Outwardly, Big Agnes C Bar resembles the Fly Creek series – one entrance from the end, a small vestibule, a hub arc. So Big Agnes tried to lose weight without using expensive fabrics and accessories. In part, they succeeded – With the Bar, it is noticeably lighter than most tents in its price category. Living space has been sacrificed.

The bottom area of the tent is adequate and even tall tourists can sleep comfortably in it. But sitting inside is no longer so comfortable – sloping walls limit the space in the head and shoulders. So if you are looking for comfort, then you should take the C Bar with a margin of one place – a “kopeck piece” for one, a “three piece” for two.

Despite the affordable price and relatively low weight, the Big Agnes C Bar tents are assembled on the basis of a reliable frame made of DAC Pressfit arcs and sewn from strong polyester fabrics that almost do not stretch when wet and tolerate ultraviolet radiation well.

Big Agnes С Bar
The Big Agnes C Bar has the best weight/price/reliability ratio of most camping tents on the market. Photo Source: Big Agnes

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