Big Agnes Fly Creek Tent UL1, UL2, UL3

We’ve read the reviews across the web for the Big Agnes Fly Creek Tent UL1, UL2, UL3 and summarize the results below:

Universal Ranking

PeakScore: 82 (out of 100) 
User Rating: 4.1 stars   
Expert Rating 4.2 stars

Pros & Cons

Reasons to buy:

User Reviews

  • Shockingly lightweight, packs small, and very high quality.
  • If weight it very important to you, then this is the best option, hands down.
  • The UL3 version is great if you are two people who like a little extra space.
  • Handles wind and bad weather very well for an ultralight tent.
  • While the materials are fragile, since it is ultralight, Big Agnes has incredible customer service when things break.
  • Really easy to setup.
  • The UL3 is tight if you try to fit 3 full sized people in it.
  • It has a decent number of pockets and they are in the right spots.
  • By far the best tent I’ve ever owned.
  • The UL2 and UL3 can fit a dog inside with you, but be very careful so their nails don’t rip your tent floor.

Expert Reviews

  • Extremely light and easy to setup.
  • Packs small.
  • Not a lot of gimmicks – has what you need and not what you don’t.

Reasons NOT to buy:

User Reviews

  • Due to lightweight materials and construction, it is fragile.
  • The UL1 version is not free standing. You must use guy lines to expand tent.
  • Expensive to buy the add-ons, like the footprint and gear loft.
  • Go for the Big Agnes Copper Spur if you are very tall or if you want a sturdier (but heavier) tent.
  • The UL2 version is quite comfortable for one person and a little tight for two people.
  • Inside wall can collect condensaction. Make sure to stake out the fly to keep it off the tent.

Expert Reviews

  • Collapses in high winds.
  • Small vestibule.
  • Not strong or durable.


The Big Agnes Fly Creek Tents are shockingly lightweight. They are well designed and backed by top notch Big Agnes customer service. There are certainly more durable and roomier backpacking tents available, but if treated with care, Fly Creek tents can withstand the test of time and the feather weight more than makes up for the fragile materials.



User rankings were reviewed across the web and expert rankings were reviewed on outdoorgearlab, sectionhiker, gearinstitute.