Looking for 2 person UL tent

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Looking for 2 person UL tent

Post by JerryB » Mon Sep 19, 2016 1:33 pm

Well, My ten year old MSR tent finally died. I have a Big Agnes Scout UL2 tent and it is great, but not free standing. I am thinking of replacing the MSR with a free standing, under 3 lb, tent. I would like, ideally, two doors and one or two vestibules (the Scout does not have a vestibule). I have started researching the MSR FreeLite and tents from Big Sky International (not a very user-friendly website).

Any suggestions? I am not tied to tents from the big companies.

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Re: Looking for 2 person UL tent

Post by Tom » Mon Sep 19, 2016 4:45 pm

I had the same criteria in mind this spring when I purchased a Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2. Freestanding, two door, solid vestibule space, and comes in at 3lbs 2oz, so pour off an inch from your water bottle. I liked the way it pushes out the top of the tent for a little more headroom. All the reviews kept coming back solid, and I'd only add to them. It's been great so far, so I'd recommend looking into it.
The only ding I would give it is that the door zips downward, instead of off to a side.


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Re: Looking for 2 person UL tent

Post by JerryB » Tue Sep 20, 2016 7:33 am

Thanks, Tom. I was shying away from Big Agnes because of a couple of very negative reviews about them not standing by their products. I probably should not overreact to a few voices. I have been very happy with my Big Agnes Scout.


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Re: Looking for 2 person UL tent

Post by HikerGal » Tue Sep 20, 2016 11:19 am

My friend bought a Big Agnes Copper Spur UL4. I borrowed it (probably too many times) so then I got my own. Then I bought a Copper Spur UL3.

During the most recent REI sale I bought my daughter a UL2 for Christmas (shhh). I have tried other tents but really really really got hooked on these. So light weight, easy to put up, vestibules, pockets.... I would definitely recommend the Copper Spur.

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Re: Looking for 2 person UL tent

Post by hooky » Tue Sep 20, 2016 2:34 pm

Just did a trip with with a buddy who was using a 2 person Copper Spur. You need to be really close with the person you're sharing it with, but as a solo tent it would be great. He shared with his dog and it worked well. He did complain about the zipper orientation.


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Re: Looking for 2 person UL tent

Post by Spinnister » Tue Sep 20, 2016 4:41 pm

We also have a Copper Spur UL2. Works great, although I also agree about the zipper orientation. And I'm 5'-6", hubby is 6'-5". Just long enough for him, and yes, snug. But works fine. Not many 2-person tents are long enough for him. After our trip in August, we did decide we want a 3-person, and after sifting through the Internet, we're going to get the UL3. Nothing else we can find gives the same combination of space, weight and cost. I agree the UL2 is perfect for solo. Just big enough for 2. When we're together and able to split up our gear, we'll both be happier with a little more elbow room, for a little extra weight with the 3-person.

FYI we do have a very small slit in the floor, after some sharp, very little rocks at Lake Ritchie, using a homemade tyvek ground sheet. It isn't the most bombproof thing, but we wanted light.


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Re: Looking for 2 person UL tent

Post by johnhens » Wed Sep 21, 2016 7:22 am

Another vote for the BA Copper Spur, love the room and I am a big guy. My friend used a BA on his AT thru hike, never a problem.


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Re: Looking for 2 person UL tent

Post by JerryB » Thu Sep 22, 2016 9:38 am

Thanks, Everyone!


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Re: Looking for 2 person UL tent

Post by JerryB » Thu Sep 29, 2016 10:36 am

To close the loop, I am convinced. Just ordered the Copper Spur from Backcountry Edge at $110 off list price. I had not seen it listed anywhere else at that good a price. Here's to hoping I get the tent and not just a photocopy of one at that price!

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Re: Looking for 2 person UL tent

Post by DonNewcomb » Fri Oct 07, 2016 4:36 pm

UL and freestanding are conflicting concepts.

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