Before ride motorcycle I was traveling in South America with my backpack and look a tent which is light and easy to open it. After all my research, I decided to have the ‘Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL2’ which is only one kilogram, three season and two person tent. I bought a two-person tent because I was sleeping with my backpack. 🙂 I paid 370 USD. I bought on October 2014 and still it is with us.
What is my opinion after use 2.5 years to Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL2?
I would like to write all detail what I have in my mind. It’s not only about the tent it’s about when you look a tent for yourself which one is best for you to think all details.
It is not only so light at the same so small to pack. So easy to carry inside the backpack. Also, I can set it up in two minutes. I was always so careful to check the ground where I can open it. The floor of tent material is silicone treated nylon, so it is flexible but feeling is easily can have a little hole from sharp stone or needle… etc. I didn’t have any problem for that just check and clean the ground first.
It is three season tent. I didn’t have problem with cold when I slept in it around 7 degrees. Further, when it was so hot i just use the inside tent only.
The wind storms and rain were a nightmare in Patagonia. If they start they never stop. 🙁 I am not expert about waterproof things but I can tell that I stayed a couple of times in the tent all day because of nonstop rain, which was sometimes light sometimes was heavy, the tent kept to the rain well, nothing came inside.
It has only one door which is in front. Therefore, when I stayed two person it didn’t have so much problem. I suppose always nice to have two doors left and right to move easily.
The tent length is 218 cm which is good but wide is different in front (132 cm) and back (107 cm). The high is 102 cm when you enter the tent but the feet part is more low. When I was alone it was nice for me to sit or change closed but when two person are inside it’s a little hard to sit together. When sleeping with 2 people there is no space for any luggage inside as the foot part is smaller then your head part.
When we started to use the tent with Ferry we had another problem with the tent size. Our sleeping pad! We didn’t bought regular one which are general 50-55 cm. Our sleeping pad is 62 cm. Therefore when we tired to put to mattresses inside we had problem for that. When I was a lone I didn’t know that. If you want to have small tent you should calculate to tent and your sleeping pad size. 🙂
In front of tent has a storage to put backpacks. When I was alone I was putting everything inside,just dirty boots was outside. With two person and very big backpacks could be hard to put everything in the storage.
You can buy a footprint separately. You can more protect to floor. I bought it. Just don’t forget that the footprint cover only under the floor, it doesn’t include to storage part.
If you are looking for a tent which is high quality, ultra light, comfortable and set up easy I can tell you to look Big Agnes tents. Their price is worth it! Just find a correct tent for yourself. If you are not sure you can write them. I asked many many question and I learned a lot.
The tent is still with us and we use for hiking and tracking. I said before that every kilogram is so important for us on the motorcycle because we want to be light. But it is only 1.2 kg. so we can always find a space and never feel one kg extra on the motorcycle. 🙂