Summertime Backcountry Gear: Big Agnes Fly Creek UL1 Single-Person Tent

It was difficult to retire my old single-person tent that had performed flawlessly on countless trips from the B.C. backcountry to Mexico surf breaks, but the Fly Creek UL tent from Big Agnes made the transition easier than expected. The lightweight, solo, mostly freestanding tent packs up tight, has a 2lb, 4oz trail weight, is fast and easy to set up, has a spacious vestibule, vents extremely well and so far has withstood a spring and summer’s worth of repeated packing and pitching in all sorts of conditions without any noticeable wear and tear. Don’t expect a lot of bells and whistles in this ultra-light package; there’s only one mesh pocket and no gear loft, although loft loops are included for a gear loft add-on option. My favorite thing about this tent, other than the fact that you barely notice the weight on your back, is how much elbow room it has for a single-person tent. There’s plenty of space for your pack, trail hound, or even a significant other if the two of you don’t mind getting extra cozy. MSRP: $319.95. //

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