I bought the Big Agnes despite reading reviews that the tent material was very delicate and the tent bag was prone to being shredded by spiky vegetation if you cannot fit it inside your pack whilst hiking. This didn’t turn me off as it’s a light tent and unfortunately if it’s light it is going to be a bit fragile.
The Big Agnes replaced our MSR Hubba Hubba, which had performed well for us during it’s life, but was a bit prone to being blown around a lot in windy conditions, and was a bit too well ventilated on cold windy nights. The fly of the Hubba Hubba had gone sticky and tacky as well.
For this tent I was looking for something lighter than the MSR Hubba Hubba whilst still being freestanding. I wanted better performance in high winds, a little bit more heat retention and the double doors were also a non-negotiable aspect.
We tested the tent first for an overnighter in the Southwest during winter, and then took it on a 4 week tour during the European Summer.
The following details are from wildearth.com.au (where we purchased the tent from)
Pack Options Copper Spur UL 2P Trail Weight 1.28kg / 2lb 13oz
Packed Weight 1.42kg / 3lb 2oz
Packed Size 14cm x 44.5cm / 5.5″ x 17.5″
Floor Area 2.7m2 / 29 sq ft
Vestibule Area 0.84m2 / 9 sq ft
Head Height 107cm / 42″ Foot Height 56cm / 22″
(Trail weight refers to poles, fly and tent body. Packed weight includes poles, fly, tent body, stakes, guy lines, stuff sacks, instructions, and packaging. Fast Fly weight refers to the poles, tent fly and accessory Fast Fly footprint.)
It’s an easy tent to set up. The hooks on the tent inner make it quick to snap on to the poles and the plastic buckles and nylon straps that connect the fly to the tent inner make the fly tension very simple to adjust.
The tent has a nice rigid structure to it and plenty of tie down points – it performed very well in high wind conditions. The provided tent pegs were excellent in hard/rocky ground as well as the dense clay we came across at some of our camp sites.
It stood up well to some very heavy rain. When it rains in the Netherlands it rains properly. It was akin to the wet season downpours I witnessed in Darwin, and there was no sign of the fly sagging enough to touch the tent inner.
The mesh pockets on the tent inner were in a convenient spot and provided a great place to stash a headtorch, my mobile phone, pens and other odds and ends. There is a loop for hanging a small tent light, which we used with a carabiner to suspend a head torch when we only had one that had battery power so we could both read our books.
Compared to the Hubba Hubba the weight and the pack down size were great.
The Big Agnes has more material and less mesh in the tent body, and so I found it quite a bit warmer to sleep in than the Hubba Hubba. There is an air vent in the top of the tent but this doesn’t really provide a lot in the way of air flow. There was one morning in particular in the Netherlands where we woke up baking hot and couldn’t get out of there quick enough. I would still choose a full mesh tent inner like the Hubba Hubba for an Australian summer. It is great for cooler weather though!
Whilst I am very short and never have issues in terms of sizing with tents, taller people should check the headroom in this tent as I think sitting up in it might be a challenge for taller folks.
I think this tent was a great purchase and hopefully it lives a long and productive life with us. It was comfortable and a good size and weight. It’s perceived fragility was never a problem for us as it was protected within my pack or in our bicycle trailers 100% of the time. It’s not the kind of tent you can just strap to the outside of your pack and then go hiking through the spiky Australian bush with.
I would recommend it for sure.