Big Agnes Copper Spur UL 1 (2013) 3-Season Backpacking Tent

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Key Features

  • Color-coded pole ends, webbing and buckles for ease of set up
  • Free standing
  • Oversized stake-out loops
  • Interior mesh organizational pocket
  • Gear loft loops
  • Waterproof PU coating on floor and fly fabrics
  • Single door and vestibule
  • Storm flaps on vestibule zipper
  • Cross pole increases head room
  • Reflective guylines
  • Fast fly set-up option with Copper Spur UL 1 footprint (sold separately)
  • DAC Featherlite NSL pole system with press fit connectors and lightweight hubs
  • DAC Twist Clips attach tent to pole frame
  • DAC H Clip attaches tent body to cross pole
  • Hub pole design
  • All seams taped with waterproof, solvent-free polyurethane tape (no PVC or VOC)
  • 14 lightweight aluminum hook stakes included
  • Compatible with Big Agnes Wall Gear Loft (sold separately)


Recommended Use: 3-Season Backpacking
Packed Size: 6" x 18"
Sleeping Capacity: 1
Average Min Weight: 2 lb 8 oz
Average Packed Weight: 2 lb 13 oz
Interior Height: 37" (at highest point)
Floor Area: 22 sq ft
Floor Dimensions: 90" x 42" (at widest point) 30" (at narrowest point)
Vestibule Area: 10 sq ft
Doors: 1
Pole Type: DAC Featherlite NSL Aluminum
Number of Poles: 2
Freestanding: Yes
Clips or Sleeves: Clips
Interior Storage: Mesh Pocket
Material: Walls: Nylon and Polyester Mesh
Floor and Fly: Silicone-treated Nylon Rip-Stop with 1200mm PU Coating
Seam Sealed: Taped Seams
Seasons: 3
Other: Stuff Sack Included
Warranty: Lifetime

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Product Highlights

A feature-rich solo offering, the Copper Spur UL 1 boasts an impressive interior space-to-weight ratio. The balance of weight and performance is perfect for ounce-counting backpackers who don't want to skimp entirely on creature comforts.

Stretching a full 90" in length, the interior of the Copper Spur UL 1 is 42" wide at the head and tapers to a width of 30" at the feet. With 22 square feet of interior space and a trail weight of only 2 pounds, 8 ounces, the Copper Spur UL 1 offers ample room for solo hikers. A front vestibule offers 10 square feet of additional weather-protected external storage space. An interior mesh pocket provides a place to stash gear and clothes while integrated gear loft loops offer a connection point for the Big Agnes Wall Gear Loft (sold separately).

The Copper Spur UL 1's DAC Featherlite NSL aluminum poles are both lightweight and durable. The single hub/pole design works in conjunction with the tent body's integrated DAC Twist Clips to make setting up the Copper Spur UL 1 fast, easy and intuitive. An additional short section of pole runs across the roof of the tent and connects easily via an innovative H Clip attachment, pulling the tent body taut, increasing the verticality of the interior walls and helping to maximize the spaciousness of the two vestibules. An eco-friendly anodizing process is used by DAC to treat the poles without the toxic chemicals traditionally used on aluminum tent poles.

Ample mesh on the tent body and a large D-shaped door encourages cross ventilation and provides circulation to fight condensation build-up. Coated with waterproof polyurethane, the rip-stop nylon floor and rainfly are lightweight and durable. All of the Copper Spur UL 1's seams are tape-sealed to further protect the tent from the elements.

Reflecting an overall commitment to maintaining as light a packed weight as possible, nine super-light aluminum J stakes are included to further secure the freestanding Copper Spur UL 1. If you really want to travel light, leave the tent body at home and use the rainfly alone with the optional Copper Spur UL 1 Footprint (sold separately) for a tarp-style set-up that weighs a mere 1 pound,15 ounces.

Big Agnes part number: TCS112

Product Reviews

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Big Agnes Copper Spur UL 1 (2013) 3-Season Backpacking Tent

Average customer rating:
Number of reviews: 13

Individual Customer Reviews:

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  • . Whitefish Bay WI

    Likes: I did a lot of research before purchasing this tent and the staff at Backcountry Edge was a tremendous help! My desire is to get back into backpacking, needing to update my gear with a lighter tent, as I am not getting younger... Upon setting up the tent I was amazed at the amount of room I had, I am 6'4" and 210 lbs and I had plenty of room. I am looking forward to many years of fun trips with this tent.

    Dislikes: I have nothing negative to say about this product at this time.

  • Chris A. Hickory NC

    Likes: Returned the Flycreek UL1 and replaced with this tent. Like the side entrance and totally freestanding features. Even though the dimensions are the same this tent just feels bigger. At 5'11" and 170lbs the fit is really good for me. The additional weight is offset by the easier setup (read way less staking). I gave a 4 because I have not had the tent in the "wilds" yet. That will change in the next couple of weeks as I head to Springer Mtn for a northern walk. I'll try to do a revised review as time allows. Thanks Backcountry Edge!

    Dislikes: Nothing as of yet.

  • Anonymous Backcountry Edge Customer

    Likes: I am 6-1 190 size 12 feet. I have been using a Luna Solo for years and still love it, but I needed a free standing UL tent. Due to my size finding a comfortable FS solo tent at packable weight was a challenge. I don't care for front entry, which are usually lighter, as entry/exit is easier with side entry. I haven't spent but one night so far in the Spur, but I love it. Neither my toes or head touch the ends. I have room beside me, most solos my bag touches tent sides at my shoulders. Poles are actually easy to deal with after a couple of times. Sitting my head is right at the top but unlike others that come to a peak the spreader bar gives lots of space. Weight/room are excellent

    Dislikes: The cord tied around tent can be used to guy out one vestibule, but you will need another cord for other vestibule. Don't understand this as even storm guy-outs have cord attached with sliders. This tent comes with everything, except one little piece of cord.

  • . Fremont CA

    Likes: The Copper Spur UL1 is the perfect tent for 3 season (even light 4 season) backcountry exploration in my opinion. Light and compact, it sets up very quickly and easily and when the guy lines are set, it is very stable and water proof. There is plenty enough space for 1 and the extra wall mount for small gear storage made it a perfect stay. Ive only taken it on a 3 night trip to Joshua Tree, but it was windy (25mph) and cold at night (20*F) and the Copper Spur held up great. Love this tent and looking forward to many adventures with it!

    Dislikes: In my opinion this is a near perfect ultra-light 1P tent. The only thing I can think of to improve it would be a slightly bigger vestibule. It is a decent size, but could stand to be a touch bigger - it didn't quite fit my 75L pack. Including the footprint would also be great, but not a deal breaker considering how good the tent is

  • Mike B. Raleigh NC

    Likes: I have a Big Agnes Fly Creek but wanted a tent with a side entrance. The Big Agnes Copper Spur offers the best solution. The tent feels larger than the Fly Creek inside, even though the specs don't really indicate this. The vestibule is definitely larger, and is much more useful keeping gear out of the rain. It helps to have a Left Zip bag when using this tent since this is the side of your bag closest to the entryway. Other "likes" are the very light weight and very ease setup.

    Dislikes: Nothing as of yet.

  • . tobyhanna PA

    Likes: The side entry is what sold me on this tent. I used the Fly creek UL1 for the whole summer and liked it but this tent appealed to me more. Its more like a 1 1/2 person tent.

    Dislikes: nothing.

  • Anonymous Backcountry Edge Customer

    Likes: Easy setup, very lightweight. Perfect size for one and had more headroom than my last single person tent. I took this tent to a 4 night camp neat a lake in temps ranging from 24 to 35 deg. I only had condensation when I forgot to open the vent the first night. Was rock steady (and no flapping) in 20mph wind. I liked the fabric coming up the sides to keep drafts down.

    Dislikes: The door zipper in the fly seems to like to catch the storm flap, so I'll have to watch that. Also, I'd like the extra door so that you can set the tent in any orientation you want (could switch head-foot inside, but would lose headroom). Yes, maybe the jackrabbit or fly creek would be a better choice in this regard. I'm worried a little about field repairs if one of the fancy pole hubs or plastic pole snaps (not the hooks) break.

  • Steve S. Newport Beach CA

    Likes: Best UL tents out there! Lots of room for a solo, I'm 6' 180lb with no probs except for my clostro which is just in my head in any tent. Go to B A web site and Youtube for all the specs and you will buy the Copper Spur like I did. Nothing else comes close!

    Dislikes: Nada

  • Andrzej D. Zielona Gora IA

    Likes: Good tent. Lite, durable and easy to assemble.

    Dislikes: price ;)

  • Anonymous Backcountry Edge Customer

    Likes: This tent is extremely well made and mine only weighs in at 2lb 9oz with the stuff sacks and stakes. The fabric seems delicate, but it's ultralight, so that is expected. It is the perfect size for me to sleep comfortably in (I'm 5'8" and 130lbs). Also, I really enjoy the layer of nylon fabric between the floor and the mesh-netting; it adds a little privacy and blocks other peoples lights from glaring straight into your eyes while your lying in it at night (if you don't have the fly on).

    Dislikes: I have to say that it is not as roomy as it seemed to me. It is comfortable for one person, but there is not a chance that I could fit all my gear inside it with me.

  • . Beaufort SC

    Likes: Used on a solo 4 day hike so far. Weight is great. Set up is easy. I'm 6'2" and had plenty of room inside. On night 3, it it rained very hard all night, was 28 degrees incredibly windy. The wind was no problem and the tent was warm and dry and I was very glad for the relatively large vestibule. The only problem was one little annoying drip from a defective seam in the rain-fly. Other than the drip, I love this tent. When I contacted Backcountry Edge and Big Agnes about the defective seam seal, the customer service was excellent and I received a replacement fly within days.

    Dislikes: Defective seam in rain fly. However, it was taken care of promptly by the folks at Backcountry Edge and Big Agnes.

  • . frisco TX

    Likes: Wow is this light. I loved the price. Setup was fairly easy and took less than 5 minutes to set up. The stakes seem solid and light. Very excited to use this on a backpacking trip this weekend.

    Dislikes: For the price, it would be nice to have the footprint and at least a gear loft included which is the only reason I gave this a 4. I had to order this separately. The pole construction seemed a bit unwieldly but I think I'll get use to it. I do like the idea that I shouldn't lose any poles since their connected.

  • . Baden PA

    Likes: I normally use a single wall trekking pole supported tent. I wanted this tent for light winter use. Used it this weekend and was very happy with it. Got 6 inches of snow overnight. All condensation stayed on fly and the inner walls stayed dry. Set up is very easy and fast. Tons of room for a 1P tent. Ventilation directly above my head worked well. Total weight of the tent is only 8 ounces more than my single wall tent. I like it so much I can see it getting more than just winter use.

    Dislikes: Not much to complain about but maybe the stakes. DAC J stakes are very nice, but stronger and heavier than what are needed on a freestanding tent.

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