Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL 2 Person Tent

Lightest Backpacking Tent – Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL 2 Person Tent Review

Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL 2 Person Tent

Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL 2 Person Tent
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Size and Comfort

8.0/10

Weather Proof

6.0/10

Weight

8.0/10

Ease of Set Up

6.0/10

Dismantling

7.0/10

Features

8.0/10

Durability & Quality

6.0/10

Pros

  • Very lightweight
  • Small packed size
  • Guy-lines already attached

Cons

  • Single entry door makes things awkward when two people occupy it
  • Delicate materials
  • Difficult to set up
  • Collapses in strong winds

Out of our selection of the 5 lightest backpacking tent, the Fly Creek by Big Agnes is the lightest tent by far. Weighing a mere 1lb 15oz ,this is a true backpacking tent that will allow even a solo trekker to get wherever they want to go. This though comes at the price of more delicate materials. Getting a tent this lightweight has meant that Big Agnes has had to reduce the fabric thickness substantially which puts it more at risk of damage, if weight though is your primary concern then this is a tent that’s tough to beat on that count.

Size and comfort

Weight: 1lb 15oz
Color: Yellow/White
Center Height: 38in
Base Size: 86 x 52in

As expected, the lightest backpacking tent is also the least comfortable. A small tapered floor with a single door and vestibule make for a tight fit for two people. Their latest update has created a bit more room that one person can sleep comfortably but two people will be quite cramped unless you like to snuggle. It comes with a few small pockets for storing gear but you’ll have a hard time getting all your gear in with two people.

Weight

At only 1lb 15oz this is one of the lightest backpacking tent we’ve ever come across. It’s a pure pleasure to travel with and packs up nicely into the provided stuff sack. If weight is your main concern in choosing a tent then it will be hard finding a lighter tent.

Ease of Setup

The Fly Creek is not entirely free-standing. A single hub pole design creates the front entrance while a back-ridge pole runs down the middle, even when fully staked out it’s difficult to get it taut with no sagging. Setup may take you anywhere between 5-8 minutes which can be an issue if any rain has started to fall.

Dismantling

When dismantling it folds up well once you’ve got the stakes out. Some customers found this a difficult tent for both setup and disassembly, the lack of enough guy-lines being the biggest issue.

Lightest Backpacking Tent       BIG AGNES Fly Creek HV UL

Durability and Quality

In order to get such a low weight, Big Agnes has had to trim down the fabrics as thin as possible which of course makes it quite delicate. 15D silicone treated nylon rip-stop with a 1200mm waterproof polyurethane coating makes it so thin that it crackles when folded up. you must exercise caution when handling this tent, especially when folding it up.

Although it’s recommended that you employ the use of a footprint with every tent that is especially so with the Fly Creek. An extra layer of protection will give you more confidence on rainy nights and give your tent protection against floor abrasion. With all lightweight tents, being careful with your gear is just something you just have to deal with.

Camping Situations for Best Use

Its incredible lightweight makes the Fly Creek a great choice for long and difficult treks through the backwoods. However. Its susceptibility to strong winds and thin build quality means you’ll need to choose your camping spot carefully. For solo travelers, it makes for a roomy shelter while for two it keeps things cozy.

Although rated as a 3-session tent the Fly Creek is best used in dry summer conditions. With a good footprint, it can withstand moderate rains but don’t expect it to perform miracles. If you do kayaking the Fly Creek would be a great choice if you need something light and easy to stow away.

Customer Experiences

Customer reviews have been a bit mixed. People love how lightweight it is but the quality of its materials has left a lot to be desired. Customers who had a good experience with it recommend that you properly stake out the fly for maximum protection. Along with a good footprint, it’s also recommended that you purchase some good stakes and extra guy lines for more protection. That aside though customers still loved how incredibly lightweight it is. It’s clear that if this is your main reason for buying then you’ll be very happy.

Manufacturer

Big Agnes has been designing and producing outdoor gear for the past 17 years. They’re all about taking risks and pushing the boundaries of what can be done. They carry this philosophy over to their gear which is always seeking new ways to be innovative. They produce every type of outdoor gear you could need from sleeping bags to clothing to camp furniture and, of course, tents.

Accessories to Consider

Add some extra comfort and protection to your trip with these products that we recommend.

Big Agnes Footprint Fly Creek

 Big Agnes Fly Creek UL HV2 Footprint

Give your Fly Creek an extra bit of protection with the Big Agnes Footprint. Made especially for the Fly Creek this nylon rip-stop footprint is just the right size and will give your tent protection against floor abrasion and water damage when the skies really start to open up.

Aluminum Outdoor Tent Pegs

         

As mentioned, the Fly Creek needs to be securely staked to the ground if it’s to survive strong winds. Ensure yourself against that with these Aluminum Outdoor Pegs. Over 7in long, these highly durable stakes will allow you to get your Fly Creek fixed securely.

Hikemax Lightweight Camping Hammer

    

Be sure to pick this up to go with your aluminum stakes for easy setup and dismantling. This high carbon steel hammer has received top-level reviews from satisfied customers and should be an essential piece of kit on any camping trip. With a weight of only 1lb 1oz, you’ll hardly feel it in your pack.

Features

  • 2-person lightweight tent
  • Nylon and polyester mesh
  • DAC Angle SF Hub unique to Fly Creek allows for steeper walls
  • High volume architecture increases the usable interior without affecting weight
  • Dry entry vestibule keeps the interior dry when you enter and exit

Pros

  • Very lightweight
  • Small packed size
  • Guy-lines already attached

Cons

  • Single entry door makes things awkward when two people occupy it
  • Delicate materials
  • Difficult to set up
  • Collapses in strong winds

Conclusion

With the Fly Creek, Big Agnes has attempted to make a lightweight tent that still stays roomy. For one person, certainly but with two people things become very cramped. This is to be expected with lightweight tents and the same goes for the quality of the materials. Big Agnes has tried to make use of good quality materials but in their efforts to make this tent as light as possible they’ve trimmed them down to almost paper thin thickness. This saves you on weight but means you have to be more careful when using this tent.

Decide for yourself what you’re willing to compromise on. So long as you’ve got it well staked in it performs well under rough conditions but it’s biggest weakness is the ridge-pole which has a tendency to collapse in strong winds. Use a footprint and take whatever other precautions you can and you should have a good time with this tent. When choosing the best lightweight 2 man tent, you can’t get much lighter than the Fly Creek. If that’s your main concern then this is a solid buy.]

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