The Big Agnes Fly Creek HV UL2

This tent was definitely in the splurge category. It was clear the tent was either going to be bulky and cheap, or light compact and expensive. I wanted to get a tent that could be easily carried on the bike and knew there had to be some great choices.

The website – is a huge influence and source of data for all things in this category. The drill down to this one came down to the recognition that I’d occasionally want another close person (ie wife/child) to share it. Thus, the UL2 choice, vs the UL1. The consistent raves on Big Agnes gave me a quality vibe that I’ve experienced when borrowing some Big Agnes gear in the past.

Specs considered:

  • Cost: $379.95 (purchased from – there was a 20% coupon – not easy to save on Big Agnes).
  • Weight: 2.6 lbs (and I thought 5 lbs was a light tent!).
  • Packed Size: 5.5 x 12.5 in (the poles – I carry separate).
  • Features: Gear ‘attic’ and side storage (makes in-tent life easy!).
  • Size: Room for 2

The Old Tent that got upgraded

What this gear replaced/displaced:

The Kelty Vortex 2 has been a great companion and friend, but was relatively heavy and starting to lose waterproofing after 18 years of solid use.


Remember not to lose your stakes in the grass/leaves! Oops…

I carry in my Revelate Saddle Bag with a dropper – sometimes with my sleeping pad. You can’t even tell it’s there it’s so light.

No regrets here – the only issue I’ve had is the setup at night is a little more involved – there’s some clippings and rigging to be done to get a perfectly setup camp.

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