Already one of our best-selling, full-featured, ultralight backpacking tents, the Copper Spur HV UL series just got better. Redesigned with new features inside and out, using proprietary materials that are lighter, stronger, and equipped with hardware that makes set-up even easier. The high volume design provides ample living space in this freestanding structure. Traditional, media, and 3D bin pockets help to organize your gear without cramping your sleep space or capacity to sit up inside. Awning-style vestibules can be customized to expand living space, great for both drizzle and sun protection. Your ultimate UL home away from home.
NEW awning-style vestibules with double-zippers provide multiple access options.
Two doors and two vestibules
NEW 3-D bin 'mezzanine' at the foot provides elevated storage, oversized ceiling pocket at the head provides additional storage; media pockets provide cord-routing for electronics.
Reduced condensation with dual low-vent vestibule doors and high fly vent to maximize active and passive airflow.
Smooth-closing, dual-zipper doors with easy-grip pulls allow for ease of entry, exit and quick, reach-through access.
Quick Stash door-keeper makes stowing unzipped doors quick and easy.
Velcro tabs connect fly to pole structure providing perfect pitch and extra stability; pre-cut guylines and tensioners attached to fly; reflective guylines and webbing on tent corners make it easy to see at night.
Vestibule zippers protected with storm flap.
The Copper Hotel HV UL2 Accessory Fly is interchangeable with the standard fly, convenient for those trips when you need the extra vestibule space - sold separately
Multiple interior loops for attaching gear lofts, accessories and mtnGLO® Tent & Camp Lights.
To extend the life of your tent floor we recommend using a Big Agnes footprint - sold separately.
Compatible with 2020 model year HV UL2 footprint featuring TipLok Tent Buckles
Fast-fly setup available with footprint.
Construction + Materials:
Fly and floor are silicone treated proprietary ultralight double rip-stop mixed denier nylon with 1200mm waterproof polyurethane coating
Tent body is proprietary ultralight double rip-stop mixed denier nylon breathable and polyester mesh
NEW proprietary tent corner construction with unique TipLok Tent Buckle to streamline tent set-up by combining three functions: secure pole-tip capture, rainfly attachment and tensioner, and stake-out loop. Keyed hole buckle locks pole tip securely during setup, hinged design stabilizes structure by equalizing force between tent body, rainfly, and ground stake.
NEW proprietary ultralight nylon double rip-stop, mixed denier fabric offers extra tear strength and puncture resistance without adding weight.
NEW pre-bent span pole with 4-way high-volume hub design increases strength, stability, and shedding.
All seams taped with waterproof, solvent-free polyurethane tape (No PVC or VOC's)
DAC Featherlite NFL and NSL pole system
Ultralight plastic clips attach tent body to pole frame
2 interior mesh pockets, 1 3-D bin pocket, 1 oversized mesh pocket with two cord-routing portals, 8 DAC
Superlight aluminum J stakes & 4 awning guylines
Gear loft loops included
UL2 compatible with all Big Agnes gear lofts - sold separately
Packed Size - 20 x 6 in
Minimum Size - 2.69 lb
Weight - 3.12 lb
Tent Type - Backpacking
Tents and Shelters Application - Backpacking, Camping
Application - Camping
Sleep Capacity - 2-person
Color - Orange
Body Material - Double rip-stop mixed denier nylon breathable and polyester mesh
Floor Material - Silicone treated nylon rip-stop with 1200mm waterproof polyurenthane coating
This is a classic tent and I think has been around for forever for a very good reason! This is my go to backpacking tent. Its lightweight, packs easily and it fits myself and my partner perfectly with our Insulated Q Core SLX pads perfectly.
Look no further for a lightweight backpacking tent
Just spent 4 nights out in the Alpine Lakes region of Washington with my kid- the Cooper Spur was the perfect companion. Wonderfully light, easy to set up and packed down like a dream. I look forward to years of camping adventures with this tent. Thanks Big Agnes!
I had a one 2 person Seedhouse for most of my adult life, well over a decade, and it never failed me. I used it almost every weekend for hikes, mountain biking trips, fishing/ hunting trips, concerts, car camping and a few long haul hikes. It never, ever failed me. Sure, I patched this and sewed that along the way but the only real thing that was difficult about that tent was having guests stay with me. It was perfect for 1 person with gear but was too cramped for 2 plus gear. That tent was so good that when I loaned it to a friend for a long bike camp trip, he swore he couldn't give it back. We're still friends.
Anyway, as I got older, mountain biking trips became moto-camping trips. Then they became moto-camping trips with my special lady friend. Now that we have been weekend warriors together for over 5 years, and my trusty Seedhouse has started a new relationship, I had to pick up a new tent for the first time in a very long time. After all of the good experiences with my Seedhouse, I had to try another BA.
I picked up the Copper Spur, the double wide cabin creek bag and the double wide Q Core SLX along with Q Core Deluxe pillows. I am certain we have never slept outside more comfortably. No whiskey chugging before bed required (we still sip for fun) What is truly amazing is that all of that gear plus a Mica basin camp chair and another ultralight chair all fit in my 80L motorcycle panniers and I still have room for my soft cooler and my partner.
We are lucky to live at the edge of Yosemite and every weekend is an adventure. For the past month, we have been wondering why we waited so long to expand our tent and bed space. The Copper Spur has every feature I loved about my Seedhouse and way more. The materials, construction and features are beyond my expectation. it's even the same color of my 'ol tent. I called my friend the other day to thank him for keeping my Seedhouse so that I had to upgrade. I realize I owe BA as well, so THANK YOU!
Tent is super light, has plenty of pockets, a smart door design, and ample vestibule. It poured very hard the first time I used it, and I noticed a pretty big flaw - where the crossbar intersects the corner-to-corner bars, since the crossbar isn't directly under the 'hub', it creates a triangle area that isn't sloped, and collects water. Like... a lot of water. I had to push on it a lot from inside the tent to get the water to roll off, but due to the super-stretchy material and overall design, it would just pool again very quickly. It did not leak, but I was pushing on it a lot to keep water out. Looking at how the seams are made, it almost looks like this was on purpose, which I find hard to believe from a company that makes such high-quality products.
Just back from 2.5 week backpack of the Sierra High Route. The Copper Spur was excellent. While not the lightest 2 person tent on the market, it's shared weight was very manageable and, for the price, you can't beat the weight to durability ratio. I love the two zippers on the vestibule and found I used the flexibility more than I expected. I did not, however, pop-up the vestibule door into awning mode. Too much trouble on a trip like the one I was on. At first glance in the tent body I thought there were a lot of storage pockets but, again, found I used all of them frequently. Some of these features add a little weight but I guess I feel it was worth it. I still managed to keep my base weight below 15 pounds, which isn't bad considering I was hauling a 2.5 pound bear canister too. The tent showed no signs of wear at all despite exposure to granite, sun, wind, rain, and two very smelly backpackers. My only complaint, and this is very minor, is the the T and Loop closures for pulling back the vestibule doors were difficult to use. The loop needs some kind of structure to keep them open. Otherwise, I'm extremely happy with all aspects of this tent. If it performed like this on the Sierra High Route, I can't imagine another 3-season trip that it couldn't handle.
Took this tent for my latest 4 day trip on the AT in Virginia. I have hiked over 600 miles of the AT with other big name tents, and this is the best so far. Super easy setup and I love the color coding. When you are tired in camp it makes it easy to get it up fast. I did not use the fly this trip, but it is just as easy to install. Excellent tent!
I usually don't write reviews but this tent deserves one. The Copper Spur UL 2 could be the best do everything tent on the market. We just came out of 8 days in the Sawtooth, 65 miles, 16,000' of elevation. We were trying to balance weight/comfort/durability. This checks all three after camping on rock, snow, mud, and being stuck in it for a day waiting out a storm I wouldn't have taken another tent out there. It fit 2 people and a dog at our feet in bad weather.
Could have gone lighter but the cost goes up and I appreciated the structure through some pretty nasty weather. Could have gone bigger with a 3 person for more room and a permanent spot for the dog but we wouldn't have been able to camp as many places with a larger footprint and the weight goes up.
Only thing I'd change is adding a couple more tie down points for the fly to keep it taught when the tent is tucked into small sleeping spots.
Bummed by a small tear in the door window within 5 uses. And I take proper care of it. Big Agnes gave me the choice to tape it myself or waiting weeks (and pay for all of the shipping) for them to sew it. At this price point, I expected a longer lasting product with better product support. I would not buy this tent again.
I'm a buyer for an outfitter so I get to see all of the new product a year before they hit the shelves. I knew I wanted a second 2 Person Tent so I climbed in and played with just about everything on the market at last year's trade shows and the new Copper Spur was the most impressive. I'm always conscious of my pack weight, but I was really looking for something to use with my wife and kids, with an adult and a kid per tent, and that would have a fast fly setup that I could use for solo fast and light trips. Durability and extra space and storage were just as much of a factor as weight. In the premium backpacking tent category this is possibly the nicest tent I have ever put my hands on. The new fabric looks and feels great, lightweight but tough. Once I got it into the field I was amazed by the clever design. With every product from BA, and especially this update, it's obvious the designers actually spend time using the product and that they take user suggestions seriously. Every little detail is brilliant and well thought out. I haven't tried out the awning yet, but even without it my opinion would be the same, and I am a huge fan of the ventilation options. I know all too well that not all product updates are improvements, especially with something so well designed and much loved in past iterations, but with the new Copper Spur Big Agnes somehow took something great and made it even better.
I used it on a 6-day backpacking trip. It rained for three nights and the tent dripped from the fly every night. You could clearly see the fabric of the fly absorbing water (see pic). I tested the waterproofs of the fly at home in 4 different ways. It leaked if there was enough water pressure (heavy rain), and when exposed to water build-up for a long time. I sent it back for waterproof testing and they said it was fine, but did not want to tell how they tested it.
Great tent if it's sunny, but it won't protect you from heavy rain or long rain events - which is a huge deal breaker when backpacking.
I love this tent. I owned the previous generation Copper Spur HV UL2 and loved it through many adventures. It always kept me dry and was super easy to setup every night. The one thing that always bugged me about the tent was the way the fly door folded up when not in use. When wet, it was especially problematic as the weight of the wet fly door wanted to come down.
Well, that problem is old news with this new design. I love the extra zipper on the new fly door and I'm thrilled they kept the weight down with the addition. That it can open into a sun shade is a bonus. The new color looks sharp. I've camped in this thing with the kids (in the backyard for now, of course).
I have found that this tent works for two people, but I would suggest sizing up to the HV UL 3 if you use a wide pad and want to fit two. This tent floor, like most ultralight tents, tapers at the foot and is really only useful with two 20" wide pads (though we've endured overlap before without major issues).
If I didn't have this tent, I'd have the Tiger Wall, but I opted for free-standing and a little more space/durability. This is a great tent for the comfort-driven minimalist. How will I use it? Mostly as a solo shelter.
This tent is very will built made from high grade materials. The handful of experiences I managed to get out and use the product before COVID-19 fallout have been a blast. 10/10 would recommend to a friend!
I can usually set this tent up in about five minutes. It has kept me dry in severe thunderstorms, has been durable so far. I have not had any zipper problems so far with the tent. I do find that with the rainfly you have to zip a little more slowly to keep the zipper from getting caught on the rainfly material, but no major issues. On clear nights I leave off the rainfly so I can gaze at the night sky. Very roomy if you are solo, but there is room for two if you put your backpack/gear in the vestibule area. After twice emailing Big Agnes using their website question submission with a question about the footprint, and never receiving a response either time, I made a footprint out of Tyvek for a fraction of the cost Big Agnes would have charged for their footprint. I love the tent, recommend it strongly.
PROS: I got this to replace the same tent, version 1980, from parents. Light. Sturdy. Rainfly fits well. I lost the small pole that is used to suspend the top over the other poles. I was crushed- my lovely expensive tent, useless. B.A. sent me a new suspension pole for $10. I sold my parent's tent to a young excited dad with two kids. Unclear if f this version will also last 40 years of if I'll have kids to give it to, but both seem plausible.
CONS: It's kinda unbelievable seeing how much we're paying for this tent that they don't inc. a ground tarp? I cannot afford to shell out another $100+ for that.
I used the new Copper Spur last weekend backpacking Big Bend and I can say that I absolutely love it. I have always enjoyed the Copper Spur since I bought my first one back in 2014 but the enhancements Big Agnes incorporated into the 2020 edition are awesome. It is the best combination of lightweight, interior size, packability, durability and functionality.
The Copper Spur is very easy to set up. In a matter of minutes I completely set it up by myself on the top of Chisos Mountain's South Rim in Big Bend NP. I love that the Copper Spur is fully free standing and the side entry makes for easy access for in and out. The materials are very light weight and string, with a good combination of rip-stop nylon and mesh. The 4 way pole set up is very stable. My night on top of the South Rim of Chisos Mountain in was extremely windy but the Copper Spur stood up perfect in the wind.
A couple new features that are great are the mezzanine storage at the foot side of the tent makes all the area inside the tent usable. Additional the awing style vestibule made more area and easier moving gear in and out of the tent.
It's light, simple to set up, and really fun to put the awning up, and have a "front porch" feel to your tent. The awning is also super easy to take down if the weather's getting wild. We love this tent, and most importantly, our dog loves it too. Plenty of room for the three of us!