The feature-rich Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL 3 backpacking tent boasts an impressive interior space-to-weight ratio. The balance of weight and performance is sure to appeal to ounce-counters who still appreciate comfort.
Stretching a full 90" in length, the interior of the tent is 70" wide at the head and tapers to a width of 62" at the feet. With 41 square feet of interior space and a trail weight of only 3 pounds, 6 ounces, the tent offers ample room for 3 or serves as a super spacious shelter for 2 hikers. Dual vestibules offer 18 square feet (9 square feet per vestibule) 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 either the Big Agnes Triangle Gear Loft, Large Wall Gear Loft, or Large Trapezoid Gear Loft (all 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 vestibules. 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 doors 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 3 Footprint (sold separately) for a tarp-style set-up that weighs a mere 2 pounds, 13 ounces.
The Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL 3 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
- Four-way high volume hub design increases strength by 25% and the useable interior volume by 20% when compared to previous versions of the Copper Spur
- Two doors and two vestibules 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, Camping Warranty Limited Lifetime Packed Size 4.5" x 20" Average Min Weight 3 lb, 7 oz Average Packed Weight 3 lb, 14 oz Interior Height 43" Floor Area 41 sq ft Floor Dimension 90" x 70" (at the widest point) Vestibule Area 9 sq ft + 9 sq ft Doors 2 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
- Excellent tent with easy set up!
Likes: I love this tent! It is simple to set up, and can easily be done by one person in under 5 minutes. It is spacious and lightweight. I previously had the Big Agnes Copper Spur UL3 Classic, and I love how they have simplified the original design by using fewer poles. The color coded pole tips are also an awesome new addition, and help to streamline setup.
- Best all-around 3-season ultralight tent
Likes: Super lightweight for the volume and features. Quality of construction is top notch. Very easy to erect and tie down. Love the two doors for my wife and I. The 3-person is a better tradeoff between lightness and livable space for 2 people on longer trips. I also have a Fly Creek 2-person (which I use as a roomy solo tent) which affords me some instant spare parts in terms of guylines/stakes/clips/etc.
Dislikes: Not really a dislike, but just a concern as to the durability of the thin fabrics used. Should not be an issue if proper care is taken with the tent both in the field and maintaining/cleaning it at home.
- Love it
Likes: Quick easy setup
- Better than expected
Likes: Everything on the tent is color-coded, making for a quick and easy pitch! There
was plenty of room for three (in our case 2.5) people.
Dislikes: Although we have not had issues with it so far, the fabric on the floor is more delicate than I'd like it to be.
- An amazing tent made better
Likes: I recently sold my Copper Spur Classic tent to a friend so that I could finance an upgrade to the new Copper Spur HV UL. Even though the tent is lighter than the previous version, which was my primary reason for wanting to upgrade, I questioned my decision after I bought it. Would it be worth it? The answer is YES! Not only is this version lighter, but it's noticeably roomier. They added two inches to the length of the tent, which I didn't think was a big deal when I bought it, but it made my pack finally fit comfortably at the foot of my tent when I sleep without it resting on my pad. The pole design is fantastic! While the Copper Spur Classic already did a great job of utilizing space with fairly vertical walls, the HV UL completely outshines it. My friend and I slept more comfortably than ever since we could each get closer to the doors without touching them, maximizing the amount of wiggle room between us. I also like the redesign they've done on the doors. When the doors are open the fabric tends to hang along the side of the tent, rather than on the ground like the previous version. I kept having zipper issues with the previous version, probably because the door was on the ground when the tent was open, so it would get dirty. I'm hopeful that the new doors will help with that issue.
Dislikes: None so far.
- Awesome Tent
Likes: Weight, interior space (floor dimensions, height), ease of set up.
- Big Agnes Copper Spur UL 3 is the BOMB!
Likes: Out of the box, I had it completely up in less than 5 minutes. (OK, I did watch a video first) It was so easy and LIGHT! Love it. Looking forward to spending many a night on the Appalachian trail in this incredible tent!
Dislikes: hmmmmmm. Nope, love it!
- Spacious and light
Likes: I had high hopes for this tent, considering the price and other reviews. It did not disappoint. I was impressed by how spacious the tent is. The HV feature makes it possible to get the most out of every inch of space. The built in gear pockets are a plus...don’t need a gear loft. Two doors and two vestibules are great. I was surprised at how far the “walls” come up, seeing as though there’s a lot of mesh material. It offered some degree of privacy without the fly.
Dislikes: Delicate material is the trade off for lighter weight, I suppose, but I would be reluctant to have my dog in there with me, as it seems like the material would be susceptible to getting torn. I was really gentle with it because the zippers can easily snag the rainfly if not careful. A footprint is a must.
After a night of steady rain, I noticed some spots on the floor and walls where it looked like water had seeped through. It only happened in certain spots and almost seemed as though after had been absorbed through the material. It was well-ventilated and the fly was pitched pretty tight, so I don’t think condensation was a factor. Docked one star because of it. Will look into treating the floor and walls with nik-wax or similar.
- Great 3 season tent.
Likes: In my opinion it's the perfect size for 2 people and a dog. You'll have no problem fitting gear and all inside the tent. I had seen other reviews that stated it leaked during rainfall, we got a small rainstorm but i saw no signs of leaking or condensation on inside of rainfly. Tent was very easy to set up with color coded poles, tears down is just as easy. I also purchased during the Big Agnes Sale so I got tent, footprint and a free t-shirt all for $100 bucks less than i could have gotten just the tent at other online retailers
Dislikes: if i had to list one dislike it would be the color...I was particularly fond of the bright orange but like the bland greenish-grey tent even less.
- Light weight
Likes: Super light and easy to set up. Roomy for 2 plus the packs and stuff.
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