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
- A classic
Likes: The reviews say it all. This tent is the real deal when it comes to backcountry comfort. I previously used a Big Agnes Fly Creek, which is also a great tent and super light, but for a few ounces more the Copper Spur HV UL gives you a car camping experience in the backcountry. Since going to the dual side entrances with vestibules of the Copper Spur, I can't see how I could ever return to a single front entrance style tent ever again. And the fact that the Copper Spur is free standing makes it roomier, easier to set up and more stable than the semi-free standing Fly Creek, while also allowing you to set up in rocky conditions that don't lend themselves to stakes. This thing deserves every award it receives.
Dislikes: A little heavier than some backpacking tents, but the ounces are worth it.
- Excellent 3-season tent for 2 people with plenty room
Likes: light weight, easy to set up, spacious
- Light weight, easy to set up
Likes: This is our first tent ever. We are not ultralight campers, however given we live in a city and don't have a car, we wanted a tent on a light side so we can easily carry it around if we were to camp in the city or parks nearby accessible by mass transit. We have a small dog so we opted for a 3-person tent over the 2-person model, and eventually we were choosing between this tent and the Big Agnes flycreek model. Online reviews say this one is a bit roomier so we settled on this one. We experienced light rain and wind gusts during our first night and this tent held up well (even though we didn't set it up properly enough). It is also very easy to set up and take apart.
Dislikes: I'd be very careful to use the tent without a footprint given how thin the fabric feels.
- ultralight weight patagonia
Likes: I havent put this tent through the true test yet, but I am optimistic. I bought this for a 3 week trip thru patagonia. So far I like how light it is, though it seems fragile, but Im less stressed about the weight i'll be carrying.
Dislikes: I will try to update review after trip.
- BIG AGNES COPPER SPUR HV UL 3
Likes: I love how light it is! I bought the 3 to accommodate 2 people and all our gear! Super simple to set up!
Dislikes: A little pricey.
- Super light, very roomy.
Likes: Took this tent overnight up Pikes Peak on the Barr trail, it was very light for its size and extremely roomy, it slept two of us with plenty of room for our gear by our feet. I am a tall guy and most lightweight backpacking tents aren’t big enough inside to change your mind let alone your clothes :) but this one gave me plenty of room.
Dislikes: weird fit at the corners when using it with the footprint and fly.
- Super light; very portable; worried about tears
Likes: I bought this for this much money just because I wanted something VERY reputable that was very light and portable. And yes this achieves that in every possible way.
Dislikes: Not really a dislike but I've owned heavier D tents before and wow this one feels paper thin. I mean I get that that's how it is light but I seriously worry about what I might do to rip it. So my plan is to use some sort of sleeping pad or mat or something inside at all times and a tent pad under it at all times. I just feel it needs protected but maybe I'm just paranoid about tearing it :)
- Tent Indulgence
Likes: I could use a lesser tent, but why not indulge myself with the Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL 3. I really enjoy its light weight design, the ease of setting it up and taking it down, and its roominess. The double-doors provide great ventilation and easy access. I share this tent with one other person. I'm not so sure three adults would be comfortable, although, in a pinch it would work. I have only used it on one overnight so far and I do not have an actual experience in heavy storms. I am pretty confident that it would hold-up well in moderate to heavy wind and rain. The material and sewing seem very strong.
Dislikes: Very minor - The rain fly vents don't seem to do a whole lot of venting of hot air and the little poles to prop open the vents are a pain when packing up the fly.
- Love the roominess of this lightweight tent. Just spent 11 nights in it in Iceland in very windy & rainy weather.
Likes: Spacious for two, accommodates a third person easily. Being tall, I especially appreciated the ceiling height. Setup is super easy and intuitive. Did not have any condensation issues at all. I loved the extra storage pockets overhead and rainfly’s closeable vent. Vestibules are ample and doors are situated for easy entry. Great tent overall.
Dislikes: The footprint, although specific for this tent, doesn’t exactly match when putting the poles through both sets of grommets of the tent and footprint. The concept is great but I may need to shorten the footprints straps.
Caution is required when zipping doors to ensure no fabric is caught in the zipper.
Lightweight fabric for the stuff sack is not durable enough to be practical if carried outside of a backpack.
- Nice tent
Likes: very light, free standing, great ventilation. Can set the fly in the rain before tent
Dislikes: concerned about the floors durability. Want to take my Lab, but worried about him shredding it
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