The feature-rich Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL 1 tent boasts an impressive interior space-to-weight ratio. The balance of weight and performance is sure to appeal to thru-hikers and ounce-counting solo backpackers.
Stretching a full 88" in length, the interior of the tent is 38" wide at the head and tapers to a width of 28" at the feet. With 20 square feet of interior space and a trail weight of only 2 pounds, 5 ounces, the tent offers ample room for solo hikers. A vestibule offers 9 square feet of additional weather-protected external storage space. Interior mesh pockets provide places to stash gear and clothes while media pockets located above the sleeping area enable headphone/ear bud cord routing from phones or other devices. Integrated gear loft loops offer a connection point for the Big Agnes Triangle Gear Loft (sold separately).
The tent’s DAC Featherlite NFL aluminum poles are both lightweight and durable. The single hub/pole design works in conjunction with the tent body's integrated clips to make setting up the tent fast, easy, and intuitive. An additional short section of pole runs across the roof of the tent and connects easily via an innovative attachment that pulls the tent body taut, increasing the verticality of the interior walls and helping to maximize the spaciousness of the vestibule. An eco-friendly anodizing process is used by DAC to treat the poles without the toxic chemicals traditionally used on aluminum tent poles. Reflecting an overall commitment to maintaining as light a packed weight as possible, superlight aluminum J stakes are included to further secure the freestanding tent.
Ample mesh on the tent body and the large D-shaped door encourages cross ventilation and provides circulation to fight condensation build-up. Coated with 1200mm waterproof polyurethane, the rip-stop nylon floor and rainfly are lightweight and durable. All of the tent's seams are seal-taped with waterproof, solvent-free polyurethane tape (no PVC or VOCs) to further protect the tent from the elements.
If you really want to travel light, leave the tent body at home and use the rainfly alone with the optional Copper Spur HV UL 1 Footprint (sold separately) for a tarp-style set-up that weighs a mere 1 pounds, 12 ounces.
The Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL 1 backpacking tent is available in your choice of color options.
- Based on the features of the best-selling, award-winning Copper Spur ultralight tents, the Copper Spur HV UL design allows for high volume pole architecture resulting in steeper walls without adding weight
- High volume angle hub increases strength by 25% and the useable interior volume by 20% when compared to previous versions of the Copper Spur
- One door and one vestibule with storm flaps on the vestibule zippers
- Large dual zipper door with discrete seams allows for easy entry and smooth closure while creating a clean, modern design
- Quick Stash on tent body door makes stowing unzipped door quick and easy
- Proprietary random rip-stop pattern nylon is 25% stronger providing maximum durability
- Two-tone mesh provides privacy while allowing for star gazing transparency
- Massive ceiling pocket provides great storage space
- Media pockets located above sleeping area enable clean ear bud cord routing from phones or other devices.
- One fly vent
- Velcro tabs connect fly to pole structure providing perfect pitch and extra stability
- Ready to pitch; with pre-cut guy lines and tensioners attached to fly
- Reflective guylines and webbing on tent corners
- Easy grip zipper pulls
Best Use Backpacking Warranty Limited Lifetime Packed Size 4" x 16.5" Average Min Weight 2 lb, 2 oz Average Packed Weight 2 lb, 8 oz Interior Height 38" Floor Area 20 sq ft Floor Dimension 88" x 38" (at the widest point) Vestibule Area 9 sq ft Doors 1 Pole Type DAC Featherlite NFL aluminum Number of Poles 1 Freestanding Yes Clips or Sleeves Clips Interior Storage Interior mesh pockets and gear loft loops (loft sold separately) Material Body: Double Ripstop Nylon and Polyester Mesh
Floor and Fly: Ripstop Nylon with PU
Seam Sealed Yes
Real Customer Reviews
- Awesome space saving and light
Likes: Can't believe how light this tent is and how small it can be compressed down to.
Dislikes: Wish it was the same width throughout the entire tent (tapers towards the feet).
- Great Lightweight Free-Standing One-Person Backpacking Tent
Likes: I like the olive green color that blends in nicely in stealth camping spots. This tent pitches easily and I really like the amount of headroom inside. The vestibule provides adequate room for shoes and other gear. The new zipper configuration on this HV model is a big improvement.
Dislikes: This tent is a little heavy compared to some single wall ultralights but I'm willing to trade the ounces for this roomy freestanding model.
- I think this tent is the best for comfort and lightweight combined. It is my first pick in backpacking tents.
Likes: The size of this tent is perfect for me and the weight is good for the comfort you get.
- Packs away small, easy setup, fun awaits.
Likes: Fits inside my bicycle pannier. Very easy setup, even for novice like me. Seems durable and well-thought out. No regrets so far.
Dislikes: The fly is really tight on top, almost worries me. High price keeps you on the fence longer.
- Great tent!
Likes: It keeps me dry and bug free. I’ve used this tent for a year now and have not had any issues with it.
Dislikes: It’s pricey. The rain fly does stretch a bit when wet.
- Great light weight tent for a thru hike
Likes: Very satisfied with this free standing tent. Roomy enough for 6'3 me and all my gear for a CDT thru hike. Light enough to keep me happy too : )
- I love this tent!
Likes: Light, compact, sturdy tent. Very roomy for a one-man ultralight tent.
Dislikes: Footprint seems overpriced.
- love it
Likes: design, quality and price
- Light, Roomy, but Delicate (or so it seems)
Likes: It's super light. Unbelievably light. And for a 1 person tent there is a lot of room inside. Head room and leg room. You have no problem finding a place to put your gear (or your dog, in my case).
I listed a few of my dislikes below. But this tent held up well on the Northern Yosemite borders for a 8 day trip. Temperatures dipped to 9 degrees and the wind blew hard.
Make sure you open the ventilation on the top. I forgot one night and the condensation floated up to the fly and ended up covering it with frost.
Dislikes: There are a couple weird things about this tent. (well one kinda). The fly vestibule doesn't stake out tightly. This means there is a lot of movement in the wind. The back side of the fly (opposite the vestibule) has a weird stake out loop -- it doesn't hit the ground. So you'll need to buy some extra cord.
The zippers can be problematic. They are very fine like a sleeping bag's so they snag easily.
The one thing that concerns me is that every single piece and fabric of the tent looks so delicate (and cheap a bit in some places). So there is a worry you are going to rip something. A good example is fitting the fly over the ridge pole. You need to pull, pull hard to get it fitted. It hasn't broken yet but each time I cross my fingers.
- Fantastic tent!
Likes: I first tried the the Big Agnes Fly Creek UL Platinum due to the weight savings, as it's going to be used for the John Muir Trail thruhike. I quickly traded it in for the Copper Spur. The platinum is definitely lighter, but the fly and floor material is ultra ultra ultra thin. The copper spur is still very light, but will withstand a lot more abrasion. The main reason I liked the copper spur better is that it is truly free standing. The Platinum claims to be freestanding, but you still have to get some stakes in the ground to make the tent stand correctly (it will still stand freely without stakes in the ground, but it's very loose and the sides drape in and touch your head when inside unless staked out). The copper spur is excellent, has very high volume, quality zippers and poles. Vestibule is large enough to cover your pack, does great in wind, and appears that it will hold up quite well in heavy rain (haven't had it out in a rain storm yet). And of course fantastic Big Agnes customer service.
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