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Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL2
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|Bottom Line||One of our favorite tents for all your backpacking needs, it boasts a delightful balance of comfort, water resistance, and weight||A lightweight but comfortable tent with great storage pockets||A tent with plenty of pockets and great interior volume all in a lightweight package||This tent offers enough room for three, without weighing you down||A tent with lots of room and a great value for those who go weekend car camping|
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|Weather Resistance (25%)|
|Ease of Set-up (10%)|
|Packed Size (10%)|
|Specs||Big Agnes Copper Sp...||NEMO Dragonfly Osmo 2||SlingFin Portal 2||Big Agnes Copper Sp...||REI Co-op Half Dome...|
|Packaged Weight||3.09 lbs||3.29 lbs||3.18 lbs||3.88 lbs||4.82 lbs|
|Floor Area||29 sq ft||29 sq ft||27.45 sq ft||41 sq ft||35.8 sq ft|
|Packed Size (length x diameter)||19.5 x 6 in||19.5 x (5.5 x 3.5) in||14 x 5 in||21 x 6 in||20.5 x 7 in|
|Dimensions (length x width x peak height)||88 x 52 x 40 in||88 x 50/45 x 41 in||85 x 51/42 x 44 in||90 x 70 x 43 in||92 x 56 x 42 in|
|Vestibule Area (Total)||18 sq ft||10 sq ft||8.4 + 8.4 sq ft||18 sq ft||22.5 sq ft|
|Peak Height||40 in||41 in||44 in||43 in||42 in|
|Number of Doors||2||2||2||2||2|
|Number of Poles||1||1||3||1||1|
|Pole Diameter||8.7 mm||8.7 mm||8.7/9.3mm||8.7 mm||2 mm|
|Number of Pockets||3||4||7||5||6|
|Pole Material||DAC featherlite NFL||DAC Featherlite||DAC Featherlite NFL, NFL||Aluminum||DAC featherlite NFL aluminum|
|Rain Fly Material||15D 1200mm silicone nylon ripStop||0D OSMO Ripstop||10D Nylon 66 Ripstop Sil||proprietary patterned random rip-stop nylon with 1200mm waterproof polyurethane coating||40-denier ripstop nylon/20-denier nylon mesh|
|Inner Tent Material||[Body] 10D polyester mesh, [Floor] 20D nylon ripStop||10D Nylon Ripstop||15D Nylon mesh||proprietary patterned random rip-stop nylon with 1200mm waterproof polyurethane coating||40-denier taffeta nylon|
|Type||Two door freestanding||Two door freestanding||Two door freestanding||Two door freestanding||Two door freestanding|
Our Analysis and Test Results
This tent is an outstanding balance of light weight and comfort, making it a top-performing backpacking tent. We love its two large side doors and ample headroom. This is truly a tent that we could take anywhere, from sea kayaking adventures to peak bagging missions.
The Copper Spur HV UL2 strives to be both lightweight and spacious… and it succeeds! It is an excellent compromise for two people backpacking together who want to go light but don't want to sacrifice things like two large doors and headroom. This tent takes the unique approach of having two different zipper tracks on the doors (as opposed to one track with two zippers). Perhaps the most notable thing about this is that when the door is closed, the zippers are automatically in the right spot in case you want to stick your hand out to reach something in the vestibule instead of having the slide the zips around to the right place first. The tent itself is a solid 88 inches long and 52 inches wide at the head. The taper down to 42 inches at the bottom is noticeable, but the pre-bent poles make for some steep walls and contribute to a high interior volume, while the cross pole creates a lot of lateral space at peak height. The respectable 42-inch peak height makes it easy for both people to sit up. Twenty-nine square feet of interior space provides plenty of room to spread out and use the floor area.
Two 9-square-foot vestibules easily cover shoes and a moderate size pack. This model features large overhead pockets (one overhead and one at the foot end) that can store pretty much anything reasonable that you would carry into the backcountry. Two supportive side pockets can hold nighttime essentials. The privacy panels taper from head to foot, but we found that they were high enough to keep us covered from most angles. This is some of the best storage that we have seen for a tent under four pounds.
This tent has a nice geometry that produces a tight pitch, holding steady in the wind. The vestibule is hugely adaptable. It can pitch in a more traditional format with full-volume vestibules. The fly doors can also be propped open with trekking poles and guyline to create an awning that allows you and your stuff to stay protected in light mist or harsh sun while maintaining excellent ventilation. There are also a variety of intermediate options that allow you to balance ventilation and protection.
We also appreciate the flap over the fly zipper that prevents water from seeping through. The guy points at the head and foot help to secure this tent better than most lightweight competitors. A large vent above the head area helps combat condensation.
This tent weighs in at 3 pounds, 2 ounces — it does an excellent job of minimizing heft while maximizing interior space. Split between two people, the load is a breezy pound and a half per person.
Durability is a delicate balance with a tent this light, but for the most part, it does a good job. We think it is a good compromise — but it requires more care than burlier models. Its fabric is stronger than it looks and feels, but at the end of the day is still going to be less rugged than a model with a 65D polyester floor.
This tent has a sturdy and well-designed pole construction that helps to offset its potentially fragile fabrics. They provide both flexibility and rigidity. Some tents can stand a little more abuse than others. This is one of those models that will treat you well for a long time so long as you treat it well. We wouldn't necessarily recommend it for a night out with the kiddos, and we have our concerns about the nails of our four-legged friends on the nylon floor.
Ease of Set-Up
The Copper Spur HV UL2 is relatively easy to set up. It has an interconnected pole structure, including a cross pole that is responsible for much of the headroom. It is completely free-standing, so no funky stakeout maneuvers are required to get it to full volume. This tent goes a little further than the traditional grommet that often holds each pole in place at the corners; instead, this model comes with a teardrop-shaped mechanism that holds the pole fast, which we appreciated when we had to pitch it solo. Its stakes are decently strong, and the tent comes with enough of them for all of the critical points.
It comes with color-coded poles so that you can quickly tell how to orient them. You can also "fast pitch" it (just poles, fly, and footprint) if you purchase a footprint, sold separately, but we don't think this is the best way to use the tent.
This model's materials are very packable with bagged dimensions of 19.5 x 6 inches. One person can pack the whole tent and still have enough room in their pack for personal gear and food for a few days. As noted above, there is a fast-pitch option if you want to drop additional dollars on a custom footprint. Overall, leaving the tent body behind will save you about a pound, which, for us, quite honestly, isn't all that worth it, given all of the benefits that the tent itself offers. Bottom line: we wouldn't hesitate to take this tent for a couple of weeks in the backcountry.
Should You Buy the Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL2?
The Copper Spur UL2 is a great option for the solo or partnered backpacking adventure where keeping weight in check is a high priority. It's a serious investment for your kit, so we think this is a decent value if you are planning on doing a lot of backpacking. However, there are much more affordable (and roomier) options out there if you are planning to use your tent for, say, the occasional car camping trip. That said, there's no doubt this is a high-quality shelter, so if you will use it consistently and care for it, we think that the load you won't be carrying on your back as a result of this lightweight tent makes up for the initial price tag.
What Other Backpacking Tents Should You Consider?
The Copper Spur is an excellent option, but if there is something about it that just isn't quite doing it for you, there are plenty of other similar models out there. The Nemo Dragonfly Osmo 2 is another fabulous backpacking tent that expertly balances interior space and weight. If you want to go seriously lightweight, the Big Agnes Tiger Wall UL2 Solution Dye shaves additional ounces (but also some interior volume). In the other direction, the Sea to Summit Telos TR2 weighs slightly more but also has generous dimensions.