Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2
Tents come in all shapes and sizes. We have found them to cover multiple areas as well, from the ground to trees, which has us all the more curious what each one will have to offer as a way to keep up with the competition. After all, not everyone’s needs will be the same, but we all look to see whether the tent we want does cover what we need it to.
So, what is it that would set the UL2 apart when you look into everything? Will this tent have enough to offer to keep it in the running with all the newer tents out there? That’s what we set out to find out with this article.
We know sometimes you get it right earlier than everyone else, and that’s what we want to find out- what did this tent get right? Were there a lot, or not many areas of improvement to make at all? Let’s dig into what we found and see if you agree with our final word.
Small when packed
Easy to carry
Hard set up
Can’t handle high winds
You can also purchase a footprint for this tent to give you that extra padding and help you to set up your tent once you reach the spot you want to rest at. For the best and most enjoyable use, this is probably the one thing you would want with any ground tent.
Unfortunately, there are no other add-ons, however, but as mentioned, it is intended to make it easier on backpackers and climbers by lowering weight capacity and even the footprint is only 3 ounces to add into the weight of the tent as a whole.
It is made of a silicone treated nylon which is also designed to try and be rip-proof, but the actual material is extremely thin, and a wrong move can result in a tear. This is the most noticeable when you try to pack the tent. If you aren’t careful about how and where you slide the poles in with the fabric, you can end up with a bad tear. This also doesn’t bode well against other debris like sharp rocks, twigs or branches.
The other issue is that this thin of the fabric means it is pretty flimsy, and it can make things difficult when you are trying to just set the tent up and get the poles and guy lines down to make it so the walls don’t sink in on you.
The full measurement for it gives you 28 square feet of floor space, with a 40-inch height in the front (door) that tapers down to around 18 inches in the back where your feet are intended to be. This means you could feasibly sit in the front end if you don’t mind the flimsy wall fabric most likely brushing against you. It also has built-in pockets for some of your smaller items, but nothing really big to use.
One major concern, however, is the way the bottom sits if it is pulled tight. There is very little resistance to the backsplash, even with the rainfly fully in place. In the end, the redesign may help a little, but the experiences so far have been that it is better in calmer, clearer weather, especially if you intend to share with a second person.
The rainfly is your only real protection against rain when you take a full look at this tent, as well, so if the double layer has you considering it better protected than we are pointing out, we did look into it. The majority of this tent appears to actually be netting- so again this is best in calmer weather.
The style is more about being easily carried without weighing you down. The fact is that this tent is crazy lightweight, small and still able to provide necessary shelter while on a trail or mountain. While extra’s could have added to its attractiveness, even these would have ended up defeating its purpose of being the easiest travel tent on the market.
The main bit of advice is to make sure that when you pack up you take the time to properly fold and maintain your tent. Instead of just quickly trying to cram everything into the carrying bag, actually take sure everything is neatly stored and you don’t just shove the poles into the bag without the forethought of the materials inside. Also, when you are setting up, make sure the area you decide to put your tent in has good clearance and no sharp debris around that could end up tearing a hole into the fabric.
Set your tent up tight to avoid it billowing in, but not so tight that you are putting unneeded strain on the fabric. Assure that your tent is staked down good because heavier winds can pummel the sides and cause discomfort but pulling it too tight means that same wind could actually damage your tent, and the same can be said for heavier rain.
Another thing that can help to maintain the longevity of your tent is to purchase the correct footprint to place under it. This will give the bottom of the tent less of a chance of getting tears or holes from things you may have missed on the ground. Make sure when you go to put it away, that you also check everything to make sure it remains debris-free when you place it back in its pack. By following all of this, and occasionally taking the time to wipe it down, you will find that, despite its thin fabric, this tent can last you a while.
Making sure you set up appropriately as well as taking it down with your tent’s durability in mind, is a great habit to form. The only thing you can add to this is to check the weather. If it is going to be rough going, you may just need a heavier tent to go with you.
For better weather, the Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2 can be the ultimate in camping expeditions since it won’t bog you down and cause you to wear out. In the end, it is a matter of deciding what you need versus what you want and weighing your options. This can be a great first choice, but it can also be a good secondary emergency tent.
Many find that this tent is great if you know you are headed out for a long trip during milder weather but do advise that you may want to pick up a second and sturdier tent if there is a risk to it getting rough. The fabric will billow some, regardless, if you are staking it down properly and aren’t putting too much stress onto the tent when setting up. You’ll find it holds up well against light rain at keeping you dry, but you may want to pack warm if it is going to be a chilly night.
Is it worth the $338 that is being asked for it though? We feel that between the fact that it did everything that it was meant to do, and the fact that it does have a warranty which will replace your tent if it has defects, or refund you if the model is no longer available, that it is worth the cost.
- Guy lines attached to the tent
If you are focused on an easy to carry, easy to pack the tent, this is most definitely going to have you covered in every way. But, if you need something to be sturdy without having to be extra gentle with it, you may want to look elsewhere despite the extreme lightweight design- after all, you can’t get less weight on an item like this without sacrificing in areas you may not want to.