The feature-rich Big Agnes Copper Spur UL 1 solo 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 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, 3 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. Three interior mesh pockets provide places to stash gear and clothes while a media pocket 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 Wall Gear Loft (sold separately).
The Copper Spur UL 1's DAC Featherlite NSL & NFL 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 DAC 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 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 Copper Spur UL 1'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 UL 1 Footprint (sold separately) for a tarp-style set-up that weighs a mere 1 pound, 10 ounces.
- Features single door and vestibule
- Storm flaps on vestibule zipper
- Steep wall construction and cross over pole improve tent interior’s living space
- Media pockets located above sleeping area enable clean ear bud cord routing from phones or other devices
- Reflective guylines and webbing on tent corners
- Fly and floor are silicone treated nylon rip-stop
- Fly and floor have 1200mm waterproof polyurethane coating
- Tent body is nylon and polyester mesh
- All seams taped with waterproof, solvent-free polyurethane tape (No PVC or VOC’s)
- DAC Featherlite NSL & NFL pole system with lightweight hubs
- DAC H Clip attaches tent body to cross pole
- DAC Twist Clips attach tent body to the pole frame
- Hub pole design
- 8 Superlight aluminum J stakes
- Three interior mesh pockets
- Gear Loft loops included
- Footprint sold separately
- Fast Fly setup available
- Fits Wall gear loft sold separately
Best Use Backpacking Average Min Weight 2 lb 3 oz Average Packed Weight 2 lb 8 oz Warranty Lifetime Vestibule Area 10.0 sq ft Sleeping Capacity 1 Seasons 3 Seam Sealed Taped Seams Pole Type DAC Featherlite NSL & NFL Packed Size 4.5" x 16.5" Number of Poles 2 Other Stuff Sack Included Material Tent Body: Nylon and Polyester Mesh
Floor: Silicone Treated Nylon Ripstop with 1200mm Waterproof Polyurethane Coating
Interior Storage Interior Storage Mesh Pocket Interior Height 37" Freestanding Yes Floor Dimension 90" x 42" (at widest point) Floor Area 22 sq ft Doors 1 Clips or Sleeves Clips
Real Customer Reviews
- So far so good
Likes: Completely water proof even though an heavy down-pour. The rain fly keeps a little patch of ground outside the door dry too for shoes to sit out! Easy quick setup with all the poles connected as one so you don't have to fumble around figuring out which peice goes where. Spacious interior considering the weight
Dislikes: I wish there was a little pocket to hold my headlamp in the interior.
- Excellent combination of size, weight and ease of use!
Likes: I was looking for something that was free standing, easy to pitch, roomy and took up an overall small foot print. I'm happy to say that the Copper Spur UL 1 fits the bill on all accounts. I do a lot of higher elevation backpacking (8k to 11k) and I don't always have the luxury of soft dirt or necessarily a lot of space in rock rings for example. It's nice to be able to walk up to a camp site or rock ring and know the tent will fit in a small area and pitch quickly and easily. My buddy has used the same tent at Mt Whitney trail camp and was able to tuck into an area where I couldn't even think of fitting in with my tent at the time. While I have no idea how well this tent would do in a thruhike I can certainly vouch for its usefulness for those that participate in quick overnights/two night backpacking adventures etc. I also love how light it is for what it offers. I'm a big guy with broad shoulders and I feel relatively comfortable in this tent. The rainbow door makes for easy entry and exit and the tent leaves just enough room for you, your sleep system and a few items which is really all you need in your tent when sleeping. Sure I can't sleep like a starfish in this tent but in the backcountry it provides just the right amount of protection from the elements.
Dislikes: Wow...it's hard to identify anything because of all the great features. But if I had to pick something, and this is certainly not a deal breaker but I wish the apex of the inner was just like 2 inches higher; but again this is not a deal breaker by any means.
- Great Ultra Lite Single Tent
Likes: After reviewing many different solo tents, the Big Agnes Copper Spur UL 1 tent met the most "wants" in my tent checklist. The product weight for product cost; side zip; freestanding; tent fly with vestibule. I have to mention Backcountry Edge hands down beat all other websites for having the lowest price on this tent.
Dislikes: The only ding is the cost of the tent footprint. Wake up Big Agnes, for the MSRP the footprint should be included, or considerately cost much less. Big Agnes, I chose to buy a $4.95 space blanket from Amazon instead.
- Surprisingly light 1 man tent--incredibly easy to pitch and stake out!
Likes: Weight for being entirely free standing is worth its weight in gold.
It's a breeze to set up and take down
Doesn't take up much volume in the pack
Larger than some other free standing or quasi-freestanding tents in the same class.
Dislikes: Kind of pricey
Less durable material than tents of similar price and function, however, my father who has the 2014 version of the tent has no rips or holes.
The ground sheet is too expensive and sold separately.
Ultimately, these negatives haven't impacted me though so it's rather subjective.
It's a great tent!
- Finally upgraded from a heavier tent
Likes: Finally moved up from a heavier tent for my trips. So far I have not been disappointed. Purchase the optional footprint to lighten your load even more by only taking the fly, footprint, and poles.
Dislikes: I will probably have the stakes bent in the first season. Price one pays to decrease weight.
Likes: Im 6'3" 240lbs and this tent fits me well. It is not as roomy as a two person tent but it is a very spacious one person tent. The tie out points are well thought out and work well.
Dislikes: I have to keep an eye out to ensure that the rain fly is not contacting the vestibule when I pitch this in inopportune spots but that would be an issue with any tent.
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