Big Agnes Fly Creek UL 3 Person Tent is rated
4.875 out of
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Award Winner - National Geographic Adventure Gear of the Year Award 2011
The Big Agnes Fly Creek UL 3 Person Tent is a fantastic three season, free standing, ultralight backpacking tent made with a breathable nylon rip-stop and polyester mesh that is incredibly durable but still offers great ventilation. One of the lightest tents available, the Fly Creek 3 person has a Trail Weight of only 3 lb, 3 oz, and a packed weight of 3 lbs, 10 oz, but still provides plenty of room at 39 sq. feet when set up. Big Agnes uses a DAC Featherlite NSL pole system with press fit connectors and lightweight hubs featuring Eco-friendly anodizing. The DAC poles are made from TH72M aluminum which is the latest technology in lightweight tent poles to increase strength. Both the fly and floor of the Fly Creek UL tent is made of silicone treated nylon rip-stop with 1200 waterproof polyurethane coating, and the single hub & pole design makes for an easy set up. Big Agnes includes a range of extra features for this 3 person tent, including DAC twist clips to attach the poles to the tent body, a single door and vestibule design, an included overhead mesh pocket, reflective guy-lines and webbing for visibility at night, and 11 super-light aluminum J stakes with Eco-friendly anodizing. The keep moisture out and warmth in, all Fly Creek UL designs have seams taped with waterproof, solvent-free polyurethane tape.
FEATURES of the Big Agnes Fly Creek UL 3 Person Tent
Fabrics and mesh used on the inner tents are made from breathable lightweight nylon or polyester
Mesh body designs offer excellent ventilation
Oversized stake out loops
Free standing structures reduce the number of stakes
Interior mesh pockets for organizing gear
Gear loft loops included
Footprints extend the life of your tent floor and can be used in the fast fly setup option on some models
Footprints and gear lofts sold separately
Storm flap on vestibule zippers prevents drips
Fabrics used on our tents include silicone treated nylon rip-stop and polyester depending on the model
Cordurar fabrics used in our Mountaineering line
Waterproof polyurethane coating on all fly and floor fabrics
Reflective guyline and reflective webbing on tent corners for nighttime visibility
All seams taped with waterproof, solvent free polyurethane tape (no PVC or VOC)
Fly vents improve ventilation to reduce condensation
Single door and vestibule
Storm flaps on vestibule zipper
Reflective guyline and webbing on tent corners
Fly and floor are silicone treated nylon rip-stop
Fly and floor have 1200mm waterproof polyurethane coating
Tent body is nylon and polyester mesh
All seams taped with waterproof, solvent-free polyurethane tape (No PVC or VOC's)
DAC Featherlite NSL pole system with press fit connectors and lightweight hubs
DAC Twist Clips attach tent body to pole frame
Hub pole design
11 Superlight aluminum J stakes
Three (UL1andUL2), six (UL3andUL4) interior mesh pockets
Gear Loft loops included
Footprint sold separately
Fast Fly setup available
UL3 and UL4 fits both Wall and Large Trapezoid gear lofts sold separately
Rated 5 out of
Awesome ultralight luxury for two!Seems to be pretty typical that you need to -1 on big agnes ratings. i can understand "cozy for two" on a two man tent, but I don't roll that way with three :) That said, I knew that going in and bought this tent for just my partner and I. It is quite copacious for two, easily fitting our gear inside. As an added bonus the three man is an extra 4" higher in the ridgeline, improving liveability. Ventilation is great, any condensation sticks nicely to the fly and not in the tent. I think the weight penalty is well worth it if most of your tripping is not solo. Definately get the footprint as well - the floor is the same light silnylon as the tent body and benefits from extra protection.
Date published: 2011-04-25
Rated 5 out of
Great size for 2ppl.If you want a roomy tent for two people, this is the one. I would imagine it would be pretty tight with three people. I bought this for motorcycle traveling and backpacking, and I'm very happy with it. It's super light, packs up tiny, and is a cinch for just one person to set up. The fabric is thin and kind of translucent, but it seems like it's pretty durable. I notice that the fabric flap covering the rain fly zipper is easy to accidentially get caught in the zipper, but now that I know this, I am just more careful with it.
Date published: 2012-10-11
Rated 5 out of
Excellent lightweight tent for TWO peopleExcellent 2 man tent, unless you are bringing two midgets with you I don't know how in the hell a third person would fit (in there defense they are just following industry standard for sizing the tent). In reality I'm 6'1" and had about 5 extra inches which is nowhere near 90" (73+5=78 not 90) so I think it would be good up to about 6'6", any taller and you are still not going to fit. Two thermarest's fit side by side with some room for a few little extras. I still can't believe how light this thing was to carry.
Date published: 2011-09-07
Rated 5 out of
Best Backpacking TentThis tent sets up in record time with complete ease. Spent two weeks camping in Yellowstone National Park with my boyfriend. There was no issues with condensation, especially if you use the guy lines and the door design was generally not an issue for us. I would however recommend that you be careful to always fold the doors into the tent body upon exiting and entering because the mesh can be damaged easily if accidentally stepped on over rocky ground.
Date published: 2011-09-22
Rated 4 out of
Tea for 2- 3 on top of each other!We got this to fit 2 moderately sized adults + a big assed gentle giant OEM dog. ,,Aint not happinin.,,We would never fit and have any room to move.,,This is a fantastic 2 person lightweight tent (despite its 3 person rating.) We needed to accommodate 1 more, so we upped to the UL-4 and L O V E it. ,,Weight to size ratio is exceptional, sets up easily, quality construction. ,,Dig it for 2 adults.,,Or 4 6 year olds.,,Or 85 tea cup poodles.,,,,,,,,
Date published: 2013-08-14
Rated 5 out of
the tent of my dreamsThis tent is amazing! for 2 people there is so much room for three it would be a little tight but not too bad. it packs down super small and is so light it is unbelievable. the mesh top is great for looking into the night sky and breaths great. set up is easy takes only a minute or two and is so easy you could do it blindfolded.
Date published: 2011-07-05
Rated 5 out of
Thin Light ExpensiveThe fabric is very thin and will abrade easily,but the ripstop prevents spreading of tears (BA will double patch for a small fee if you mail it to them).The poles are amazingly strong-tested :).Tent is not nearly big enough for 3,but fits 2 perfectly if you are under 6'3" or so.Can fit two 25" wide pads side by side(barely).I'm 5'10" and have plenty of head/foot room (about 5" free at each end with long pad & bag).Pole is essentially 1 large interconnected shock-corded pole.Use a heavy duty footprint if camping on anything remotely rough (Tyvek recommended).Factory waterproofing is excellent(taped seams, etc)-no leaks so far.Condensation in cold (30 degF night) was minimal -it went through the mesh,onto the inside of the fly,condensed,ran down & dripped outside the tent,where it belongs.Hardly no moisture on bags in the morning.Use screw type stakes if leaving empty & unattended-it will pull out stakes & fly away in 15mph wind.This is one of the lightest,freestanding tents available!
Date published: 2013-12-21
Rated 5 out of
It's Made for the Job!Our goal this past year: lighten our overall pack weights. Did lots of research; here's our input on the UL3. 1.Thin material, but strong. Treat it nicely (we usually do with all our equipment) and it should hold up fine. 2.Condensation issues -stake out the rainfly. We tried it one night with just the sides of the fly staked and the next night adding staking for the vestibule area and back of the tent. A very noticeable difference. Even with minimal staking, nothing got overly wet inside. BTW we were in a high humidity environment. 3.Yes it does sleep three, IF you're not huge people and are ok with being close. We're 5'8",5'8", and 5'3" average build and family members plus our 14 lb. dog. This tent replaces our previous 3 person tent. We actually had as much or more floor space as before BUT 3+ lbs savings -pretty cool! Floor width seemed to be made for our Neo-Airs. Made a footprint out of Tyvek -strong, lightweight, and inexpensive. Looking forward many happy nights on the trail!