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Big Agnes Fly Creek UL1 Review


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Overall avg rating 4.8 of 5 based on 2 reviews. Most recent review: January 22, 2013
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Pros:  Extremely light, easy to set up.
Cons:  Not strong, not durable, rear walls cave in during high winds, expensive.
Best Uses:  Lightweight backpacking.
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Manufacturer:   Big Agnes
Review by: Chris McNamara ⋅ Founder and Editor-in-Chief, OutdoorGearLab ⋅ April 11, 2012  
The UL1 is the little brother of the Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2 about which we did a hands-on review, and the smallest of the four tents in this series. The UL2 got our Top Pick award because it is one of the lightest tents out there. How is the UL1 different than the UL2?

The UL1
  • Has about 20 percent less floor area
  • Is $50 less expensive
  • Is 7 ounces lighter

Both tents have otherwise very similar designs and construction.

Both get similar reviews. Which one should you get? If you are getting a light tent, you should get the absolute lightest one that fits your needs. For most people, who hike in pairs, that will be the UL2. But if you only want space for yourself, the UL1 is the way to go.

Check out our full Backpacking Tent Review where we compare the UL2 to other top tents.

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simply_light · Backpacker · Midwest, Indiana
A great tent.

The biggest pro for this tent is how light weight it is. When you are counting the ounces, this is important.

It is also easy to set up, not too expensive, and packs fairly small.

There are a few things I did not like.

Front Entry Vestibule - Never been a big fan of front entry tents. I find it harder to get into than side entry. Although this usually allows for a slightly deeper vestibule, not worth it in my mind.

Not Truly Free Standing - Big Agnes uses a tent pole that y's at one end only. So, the front of the tent is free standing, but the back needs to be staked out to achieve maximum floor space. Most times, we all have tent stakes with us, but there are a few times were stakes were not needed or able to be used and adding an ounce or two to make the pole "y" at both ends would be an acceptable trade off for me.

Jared M. Baker
Simply Light Designs

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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