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Big Agnes Copper Spur HV UL2



Our Rating:

The guff: Three-season, 1400g (max)/1247g (trail), 2.7m2, vestibules 1.68m2

This tent offers an impressive balance of weight and comfort. It boasts double vestibules, ample headroom and an uncramped interior, and all for a trail weight of 1247g. It’s the sort of tent you wouldn’t think twice about taking because you hardly notice you are carrying it. But the light materials, combined with the boxy and high-sides, make it vulnerable in high winds.

With a peak height of 105cm, occupants can comfortably sit up to read or cook. Six mesh pockets provide plenty of storage options, while the vestibules are big enough to accommodate a pack and boots.

The tent is straightforward to set-up. Two diagonal interconnected poles and a cross pole make up the freestanding frame. Like most tents, it’s an inner-first set up which pitches quickly and helps avoid a soaking if it’s raining.

Large mesh panels on the inner.

The fly comes with minimal guy-ropes, and still fewer pegs to stake them out. Only eight pegs are supplied, which, once the tent is pegged down, leaves two for the eight guy lines.

On a tops trip in the Tararuas, the wind picked up and without enough guys on the upwind side, the tent buckled with every gust. Eventually, the strain snapped a pole. It illustrates the vulnerability of high-sided tents, especially when not enough guys are supplied. It is my assessment that the tent was appropriate for the conditions and, despite stronger than expected winds, I am confident that it would have been fine had more pegs been supplied.

More pegs for the guy-lines would have prevented the strain and breakage.

There is a large vent to help keep condensation down, and the fly sits taught and aloft of the inner, which is 50 per cent mesh.

This tent achieves a remarkable balance of weight saving and comfort, though at the expense of durability. It’s a good choice for those looking to save weight and use it below the bushline, but care needs to be taken when pitching it in windy conditions.