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Fly Creek UL 2 Tent-zm

An ultralight, 3-season tent for 2 that weighs in at 1 lb. 15 oz., this tent grants protection from bugs and rain at a weight one person can easily carry alone.

Best use Backpacking
Seasons 3-season
Sleeping capacity 2-person
Minimum trail weight 1 lb. 15 oz.
Fly / footprint pitch weight 1 lb. 7 oz.
Packaged weight 2 lbs. 5 oz.
Packed size 4 x 18.5 inches
Floor dimensions 86 x 52 (foot width) 42 inches
Floor area 28 square feet
Vestibule area 7 square feet
Peak height 38 inches
Number of doors 1 door
Number of poles 1 hubbed poleset
Pole material Aluminum DAC Featherlite NSL
Pole diameter 9.0 millimeters
Canopy fabric Ripstop nylon/polyester mesh
Floor fabric Coated ripstop nylon
Rainfly fabric Coated ripstop nylon
Ultralight Yes
Design type Freestanding

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Comments (6)

AslanAugust 11th, 2015 at 9:07 pm

I just purchased my second one of these. After 4 years and well over 100 nights the original was starting to look a bit ragged. This tent has held up better than any ultra light piece of kit has a right too. It’s a one person palace and the lightest way I have found to shelter two people from bugs and rain. One thing to know is that it is only sort of free standing. For a proper weather proof pitch you will need to stake it. It’s tight for two, but I’m so tired after a long day of riding I am going to fall asleep anywhere.

Ashley BennsAugust 13th, 2015 at 2:09 am

Me too: this is a great tent: very steep roof so that condensation runs down to the edge. With the back end orientated into the wind its very stream-lined and has held up in 50 mph winds when most other tents were flattened.

Good vestibule space. I never used a footprint and the floor is still OK.

It does stretch when wet and then needs re-tensioning.

I’m thinking to try the UL1 next time for more strong wind stability and lower volume = quicker warming instide for one person:

Anyone tried both?

John FairbairnOctober 22nd, 2015 at 3:55 pm

I’ve been using the Fly Creek UL2 for a couple years now and have been nothing but impressed. I lived full time in this tent for 2 very rainy months last summer and never got wet. I also did Tour Divide in this tent the same summer. I love the fast-fly setup option for nights when weather permits, the fast-fly option allows you to deploy the footprint, pole, and the fly without deploying the body of the tent. I used this tent for Tour Divide in 2014 which had some of the nastiest weather the tour has ever seen, I was happy to have the extra space inside to bring in some of my gear at night and the tent held up wonderfully. Great design, great durability, overall a great tent.

Jamie MoorbyNovember 23rd, 2015 at 8:53 pm

I love mine, been using a year or so, probably have a few dozen nights in it, including some snowy mid-winter high windy mountain tops! I started with the UL1, but it was just TOO small, and the UL2 is only a matter of ounces more, well worth it IMHO. Used to bike pack with a MSR Hubba Hubba (I like plenty of space for gear!) but just wanted something that packed smaller. Never looked back.

Bill HatcherNovember 30th, 2015 at 9:44 am

I have used this tent, my second in 6 years, for bike packing and cycling in Scotland, Iceland, New Zealand and the deserts of Australia and the American Southwest. Being a light weight tent it is made with durable but light and sheer material including the floor. When camping on rough rocky surfaces I always put my pad in the tent before entering to protect the floor from punctures. During a storm in Iceland my tent withstood 100 km wind gust. A pole was damaged in the storm, but I was able to repair the pole, using the pole repair sleeve that came with the tent, to finish the trip. Big Agnes also back their gear, after the Iceland trip Big Agnes repaired the pole at no cost.

Francois-HuguesDecember 29th, 2016 at 5:46 pm

I have used this one (UL2) and the UL3 as well for several years. This is clearly the best bike packing tent. Mostly because of its super light weight while still being very resilient to the elements.
I haven’t tried the MSR competition, but I think they are heavier than the corresponding Big Agnes models.
I use the UL2 when solo and the UL3 for 2 persons. Big Agnes totally nailed it with that super well designed tent.

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