User Review: Big Agnes Copper Spur UL2
Price Paid: $299 on sale
After test-driving the BA Fly Creek UL2, and not being satisfied that it was sufficiently free-standing, I tried the Copper Spur UL2 and was favorably impressed. My first use was on a 4-day traverse in the Olympics, which contrary to the stereotype, did not allow me to test in in wet or otherwise nasty weather. Flies and mosquitoes were the most trouble.
The good: with the exception of the need to stake it out to use the vestibules, and pitch the ends of the fly, it is strictly free-standing. I like that. I also like the double doors. Several nights I was able to use it without the fly, staking a corner or to to keep it from blowing away in gusts. Allowed me to peer into the starry night sky and keep my eye on the nearly full moon.
It has a good 2-door design and construction appears to be of high quality with considerable interior space and headroom given the smallish footprint. The hubbed pole assembly was fast and easy to put together. It's not the absolute lightest tent for it's size out there, but it's not bad at all.
Not so good: I'm not a fan of drop-down doors (see my review of the Fly Creek UL2), I wish it were a tad lighter, and that the poles were slightly less bulky (but that's the price you pay for hubs, I suppose).
To reduce the bulk of carrying the tent in it's largish original tent bag, I put the tent body and fly into separate superlight stuff sacks, thus having three much smaller items (poles, body, fly w/stakes) to distribute in my pack without adding weight.
All in all, a nice tent. I will keep this one, as a double-wall complement to my Black Diamond Lighthouse.