User Review: Big Agnes Fly Creek UL3
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $350
This is a technically a three. And it will fit three. Not three big boys like me, but three in a pinch. But it is an ultralight, small three-person tent. This is ideal for two people cruising for several days. It is only a pound heavier than the UL2 but offers an extra ten square feet of personal space. That means a lot when you're stuck inside waiting out a storm or when you just want to be able to roll over without worrying about rolling onto your tent mate.
I picked this tent up with my wife's blessing after she swore she'd never share my Seedhouse SL2 again. The SL2 is a tiny tent, even for me by myself. I'm not surprised she wasn't happy inside.
The tent sets up nicely, but the poles are delicate. The tent won't hold up to 60mph winds. But it's not meant to. Stake it out, sleep happy, pack it up and don't worry about splitting the weight. It's so light, there is no need.
- Easy setup
- Spacious for two without a weight penalty
- Rain fly must be zipped if raining
- Delicate single pole
With one practice trial, this tent is a great and easy setup. It's single pole design and clips makes setup easy without hassle of sliding a pole through finicky sleeves. The "wings" widen the ceiling nicely to great a wider headspace. Tossing the fly over the top and clipping it in is super simple. Tightening afterwards can be done by a child.
It'll pitch taut and resists a pretty good wind. Don't tempt a big winter storm, but relax in most three-season conditions.
It can be a little stuffy. All Big Agnes tents are designed to give you some airflow if staked out and all the guy wires are taut, but truthfully, I can's sleep unless I unzip the rain fly about halfway. This keeps it rainproof still, but does allow a little bit more airflow. Guy out the opposite end to open things up a little more.
With the rain fly unzipped, there's definitely less waterproof vestibule.
Packs down to smaller than my Seedhouse SL2, which is astounding. It doesn't weight any more than it either. Almost renders the SL2 useless at this point.