Gear Review: Fly Creek Bikepacking Tent by Big Agnes

The two things that sold me on this single-person bikepacking tent vs carrying my standard ultra-light backpacking tent were two innovative features: shorter pole segments (12”) that make packing in panniers or lashing on handlebars easier, and a stuff sack with integrated daisy chain that means you can secure the tent in various ways without worrying about it coming loose on the trail. On a 3-day backcountry bike tour in Hells Canyon that included bombing down gated roads and ancient, overgrown singletrack; bushwhacking through thorns, poison ivy, and fording creeks; hiking our loaded bikes up the sides of mountains; and finally cruising along an ultra-scenic dirt road ride up on the canyon rim, I got to know and love the other features that make this tent built for bikepacking and touring worth every penny without extra weight (2 lbs., 6 oz). With rain every night, the tent design maximized elbow room, the oversized ceiling storage pocket allowed my riding gear to dry out, and a webbing loop attached to the tent for helmet storage kept my noggin armor dry through the downpours. The tent also has several pockets for storing sunglasses, phones, headlamps, or whatever you may need at night. You can also add a ground cloth that extends into the vestibule, and if you prefer a side-entry tent to the Fly Creek HV UL1 front entry version, go with the Copper Spur model. MSRP: $359.95.

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